Revis' Ramblings by By REVIS BLAYLOCK en-us Warning: Tax deadline nearing Just a nice reminder income tax filing deadline is getting closer. This is a reminder to me to get it done. My husband and I just file a joint short form so it is not as much trouble as those who have to go through tons of paperwork. According to what I read, the deadline this year is April 17. That gives us a couple extra days from the usual April 15 deadline. At one time I was among the first to get the job done but over the last few years I seem to be dragging my feet. So far in the 50+... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Upgraded Just a short follow-up on last week's column – I did upgrade my cell phone. The phone numbers in my beloved flip phone are gone forever so when I see you, be ready to give me you number once again. I did not get another flip phone so I am still trying to figure out the new, smarter one. I am determined I will master it. Until I do, if you call and don't get an answer, be patient I will call you back as soon as I figure out which button to slide. I may drop this one in a mud... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Time for an upgrade I wonder at times how we lived without cell phones. When we travel we can keep in touch at home throughout the trip. It helps relieve the worry when family members don't arrive at their destination as planned. I was talking to my sister and she remembered when her son left to go to Texas on his first trip alone. Every time he stopped for gas or to eat, he would find a pay phone and call home. It was inconveient but it was the only way to stay in contact. My grandparents lived through the... Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0600 Spring around the corner My column last week was on a sad note but this week it is on a happier level – the coming of spring. We are about to go into March and hopefully we will begin to see temperatures rising, grass turning green, birds chirping and flowers blooming. I am looking forward to working in my yard, storing my heavy coats, and seeing the tractors out in the fields getting the soil ready to plant. You just can't be down when everything starts to come back to life. We had just a tease last... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600 Why? We are shocked and saddened once again over another school shooting. This one was in Florida on what is supposed to be a day to show love – Valentine's Day. We are only half way through February and it was the 18th school gun-related incident in 2018. Some of the incidents ended with no injuries, suicide or accidental shootings, but not so with the latest one. A young man, a former student of the the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killed 17 and injured at... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600 Don't forget Valentine's Day Tomorrow, Feb. 14, we will celebrate another Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day is the day set aside for us to let someone special in our lives know how we feel. Really there should not be a need for a special one day a year. We should let the people we love know every day how we feel. Of course without Valentine's Day we would mess up the candy/flower/gift sales for February. Reading the statistics on Valentine Day sales it would be a great loss to our economy. The estimated... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600 Has technology gone too far? My husband and I were on our way to Little Rock last week for a doctor's appointment and decided to run into McDonald's and get chicken nuggets to go. As usual, we were in a hurry and did not have time to sit down and enjoy a lunch. We make a lot of trips to Little Rock and have discovered chicken nuggets are easy to eat while driving. Also, we like them. We went in, I went to the ladies' room and when I came back I found my husband ordering off of a touch screen device – no... Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600 Flu season is here We have heard so much about the flu this year and we should take it very seriously. In this day and age it is hard to believe people are dying from the flu -- not just older people, but younger people, also. It seems to be wide spread and dozens of deaths have been caused by the flu. Cases of flu have been reported in every county in Arkansas. I am one of those people who plans on getting a flu shot but don't seem to get around to it. I am right there to tell my mother and my husband not... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600 Snow days We got our first 2018 “snow day” on Friday, Jan. 12. It was followed by another one on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Just in case you don't remember, the first snow day of 2017 was on Friday, Jan. 6 (I looked it up). We had more ice than snow on Friday but then on Tuesday we had more snow. Most of us will agree we would rather have a good snow as a thin sheet of ice on our highways. Ice makes for more dangerous driving. On my way to work on Friday I saw a lot of vehicles sliding around.... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:04:08 -0600 Time marches on Half of the 2017-2018 school year is over. Come May we will see another group of seniors take their walk into the next phase of life. I am sure any one of them can tell us how many days or maybe even hours they have left of high school. High school graduation is a real milestone in a young adult's life. Even though I am a long-time grandmother, I still remember leaving my children on their first days of kindergarten. I truly believe they took it better than I did. I was careful not to cry... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600 Moving forward We are well into January with a new year ahead of us. I still have difficulty writing the new year's date -- 2018. It will take me a few weeks to remember 2017 is in the past. I don't write as many checks (due to the use of debit cards) so it may take me even a little longer than it once did. I can't blame it on age, I have always had trouble with change as we go from one year to the next. It seems like just a short time ago when we were all worried about the Y2K bug when we left... Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:27:10 -0600 It's over Santa has come and gone and the New Year has been celebrated. It is hard to believe how fast time goes by. Christmas is probably the most awaited day of the year and now we have to wait about 357 days until it comes around again. Don't worry, it will be here faster this year than last year. Each year it seems to get a closer. Hopefully, everyone had a good Christmas and New Year. Taking down the tree and all of the decorations is not as much fun as putting them up. Most people will be... Tue, 02 Jan 2018 09:16:55 -0600 The greatest gift of all (Editor's note: Yesterday we celebrated Christmas 2017 and lots of gifts were shared out of love. I hope we all took time to think of the greatest gift of all. I was going through the files and I found an article written by Peggy Johnson. Most of the long time Town Crier readers will remember Peggy's column “From These Hills.” I enjoyed reading her columns each week and I miss them since she retired. She was always been an inspiration to me. I ran across one from the Dec.22,... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:30:01 -0600 Weather talk Let's talk weather. So far, so good this year for our area. We have had a little chill, even a few low temperatures, but not anything to complain about. Most days we have had a little sunshine. It is cold in the mornings with temperatures rising to the 60s in the afternoon. Some days I have to remind myself it is December, almost Christmas. I made it to four of our five Buffalo Island area Christmas parades and enjoyed good weather for all. Monette had a little threat of rain but it did... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Life happens How many times have I heard, “life is what happens while we are busy making plans.” Again, it has happened. I was on my way to an organized Christmas 2017. I was even ahead of schedule. I had my two Christmas trees up and in place. We had our outside lights up for the season before the weather got cold. I had at least half of my Christmas presents bought, wrapped and under the tree all by Nov. 30. December is a busy time for all of us and I was excited to have a little head... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:42:29 -0600 The countdown December has arrived. Just in case you do not know, we now have only 20 days until Christmas. That is 20 short days (480 hours) to grocery shop, gift shop, wrap presents, decorate the tree, put up lights, bake a few cookies, make candy, sleep, work and be ready to welcome the family. We have to subtract the time we are in church, at work, at ballgames and sleeping. Taking those hours off maybe we have 10 days (240 hours) to get it all done. I have worked at the Town Crier for over 40 years... Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:45:51 -0600 Looking for the bargains I survived another Black Friday followed by more bargain hunting on Saturday. Actually Black Friday shopping starts on Thursday now days. As I have said before, I don't like change. I liked Black Friday better when it started in the early hours the Friday after Thanksgiving. Apparently, people do not agree with me so I have to go with the majority. I guess shopping all night helps us walk off the Thanksgiving turkey and dressing. I have observed shoppers seem to be in a better mood late on... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:13:24 -0600 Special days in November I know Veterans Day is over but I want to commend all who helped with Veterans Day ceremonies throughout the Buffalo Island area. I was privileged to be able to attend four different events and each one filled me with pride for our men and women who served. I was also proud to see the students from all of our schools, Manila, BIC and Riverside, show such respect and honor for our veterans and our flag. The recent lack of respect has really bothered me and when I see people protest using our... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Another tragedy Again, we have witnessed an act of disregard for human life – young and old alike. As more information is released about the recent shooting in the small church in Texas, it still doesn't make sense. It happened at a Sunday morning service in a town with less than 700 people. At least 26 people ranging from the ages of one to 77 were killed and over 20 more wounded. The church was located at Sutherland Springs near San Antonio. Through the years our church homes have been a place... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:45:51 -0600 Veterans deserve respect Saturday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day and there will be ceremonies, parades and special gatherings throughout our country to honor our service men and women who have served us well. I am a little partial when it comes to veterans. I have many family members who are veterans including my husband, son, son-in-law, brother, sister, brother-in-law, nephews, uncles and cousins. I am proud to say my family served our country through the years. I am always pleased to see veterans honored because they... Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:52:01 -0600