Revis' Ramblings by By REVIS BLAYLOCK en-us Hanging in there Where do our minds go when we get a little older? I spend half my time trying to think of a name or what I came into the room looking for. Sometimes I will rack my brain trying to think of someone's name and when I give up, 10 hours later it will just appear. Yes, it is official, I am old. I call my five grandchildren by their sibling or cousin's name. I can remember my grandmother calling me by my sister's name or her by my name. I would think to myself, she is just getting older... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:57:01 -0500 Take Me Out to the Ball Game.... As I was looking for a parking spot at the Manila ballpark last week to watch a 10 and under softball game, the lyrics to the old song, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, started running through my mind. The catchy tune has been around for over 100 years. As I walked to the field where my team was playing, I saw kids of all ages on all four fields at the Manila park. I have spent a lot of time in ballparks across the area beginning when I played as a teenager. In those days we had one, big ball... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:29:44 -0500 Easter time Sunday will be Easter, a time to reflect on who we put our faith in. We celebrate Easter as the day our Lord came out of the grave so all who believe can have eternal life. For those who don't believe in the resurrection, Easter Sunday, like any other Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, is just another day. For all of us who believe, it is a special day, a day that renews our hope and gives us peace. I have fond childhood memories of the Easters we gathered at Grandma's house for a special lunch and... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:57:48 -0500 April showers for May flowers April showers bring May flowers, or so it is said. I think the showers started a little early. We saw quite a bit of rain the last week in March. The rain came down last week fast and furious. We made it through April Fool's Day on Saturday, a day set aside to play pranks on family and friends. The history of April Fool's Day goes back to the 16th Century with a calendar change moving the first day of the year from April 1 to Jan. 1. Evidently some people refused to change or did not get the... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:41:27 -0500 Graduation is near Spring break is over (hope everyone had a good week) and another school year is about to end. Each year at this time I like to congratulate all of the seniors who will be graduating from high school. They only have a few short weeks left and their high school days will be history. I hope they have good memories about their high school years. From now until graduation the time will fly by and one morning they will get up and it will be the day they march in to Pomp and Circumstance, receive... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:48:43 -0500 Spring has arrived Did everyone enjoy the snow and cold weather just a week before the official first day of spring? I am happy we did not receive the amount of snow and ice our northeastern neighbors are having to deal with. I am sure they would look at our snow as just a little dusting. I personally didn't mind the snow but the cold weather that followed did not make me happy. When I have up and out on those cold mornings, I think some of the bears have the right idea -- just hibernate until spring. Unlike... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:21:41 -0500 A new season begins In addition to the beginning of spring next week, basketball season is over and a new season -- high school baseball and softball -- has begun. I want to congratulate Riverside and Manila senior boys basketball teams for an outstanding year. Manila made it to the state quarter finals and Riverside made it to the state semi finals. With the end of basketball comes the beginning of baseball and softball. Most years spring sports have to battle the elements. Some games are cold, some warm, and... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:59:36 -0500 Don't forget to "spring forward" We will need to "spring forward" one hour for Daylight Saving Time on Saturday night. Don't forget to move your clock forward before you go to bed or you will be late all day. I am sure some people like Daylight Savings Time and others will not. I suppose it depends on if you are a morning or a night person. When I was younger I liked the sun to stay up as late as possible because I had things to do and places to go. I guess I still like the longer days but I don't have near as many places to... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:34:38 -0600 Skills for a lifetime Students have been busy celebrating Vo-Educational Week. I have visited all of the area schools over the last few weeks taking pictures and gathering information. The students and advisers have been very gracious and welcoming. It has been awhile, but I do remember my years in FHA (Future Homemakers of America) and home economics classes. Today it has been renamed to be more fitting for the times and is called FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America). Back in the old days when I... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:21:03 -0600 Another season coming to an end The end of another basketball season is nearing as the junior high tournaments are over and the senior high final tournaments are in the near future. The end of the season always takes me back to a time in our family life when we were busy, on the go and loving every minute of watching our children participate in their sports. Today, it is our grown children who are busy supporting their children. They are meeting themselves coming and going keeping up with their children. It is good to pass... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:07:17 -0600 Bad Ground Hog Okay, the Ground Hog Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter a couple weeks ago but is he correct? He did see his shadow on Feb. 2, the official Groundhog Day. The temperature started going down as soon as his prediction was announced. I don't like to think about six more weeks of winter. I was hoping the little rascal would predict an early spring -- and be correct. I am so ready for outside time. Officially spring does not begin until Monday, March 20, but most of us would not... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:41:34 -0600 Don't forget to remember Feb. 14 Tuesday, Feb. 14, is Valentine's Day. This is just a friendly reminder to not forget your sweetheart on the one day a year set aside to remember. I personally think it would be a better world if we remembered to be nice and thoughtful to each other every day of the year. It might cut down on the high divorce statistics. A little kindness can go a long way in making a better relationship. Valentine's Day has been around a long time. One article I read said it originated in ancient Rome. Boys... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:36:35 -0600 A new year with an old problem We will go into February tomorrow. One twelfth of 2017 is behind us already. We had a busy January with a little snow to enjoy. We have a new president and first family. We have the Super Bowl just around the corner. Spring can't be too far off. Hopefully, we will all see good things in the coming year. With each new year we have to go through the dreaded tax filing time. It starts toward the end of January and does not end until April 15. Don't hold me to this, but I think I read somewhere... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:02:14 -0600 Friday 13th Just another day Everyone will not agree with me, but personally I am ready for spring weather. We recently made a weekend trip to visit my sister in Pensacola, Fla., and the temperature was in the high 70s. On the way home it dropped about 30 degrees and I could tell the difference as we traveled north. Weather change is something all of us from Northeast Arkansas are familiar with. We can see the weather change several times on a daily basis, so it was not too much of a shock. I hate to be a whiner but I... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:00:25 -0600 Snow day Friday, Jan. 6, was the first snow day for area schools. Teachers and students got to enjoy an extra day the first week of returning from the Christmas/New Year break. We all know about the January blahs. Christmas is over, New Year's Day is over and it seems like forever before we will have another holiday. Sometimes a little snow can perk us up. The snow day gave the kids one more day to sleep in. When we get a little snow we are excited. People in the northeast and northwest would not even... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:26:33 -0600 Time to cut back I did not make a New Year's Resolution to eat better (or eat less) but the time has come to cut back. It seems I started eating everything I saw the week of Christmas and I am still at it. I had been watching my carbs from March to December taking off 25 of the 35 pounds I gained over the last few years. Foods on the low carbohydrate list are foods I like so the low carb diet is my choice when I want to take off a few pounds. At my age, dieting is not so much for appearance as health. As I... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:44:15 -0600 Celebrating a New Year We are three days into the New Year -- 2017. Do you remember the end of 1999? Everyone was concerned about the year change. There was a fear the new millennium would make computers malfunction and cause a major disaster. We all know the world runs on computers. Fortunately the end of 1999 rolled into 2000 without a problem or at least any I knew of. I was still able to use my cell phone, my computer, and my debit card after the year 2000 came. That is about the extent of my personal technology... Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:42:03 -0600 Another year is about to become history It is hard to believe Christmas has come and gone, but it is true. Now we have the after Christmas sales and a New Year to look forward to. It is fun to decorate for Christmas but a little sad when it all has to come down and be stored for another year. We received an early Christmas gift this year. My husband Dale had surgery on Dec. 15 and is home recuperating. We do appreciate all of the prayers, calls and visits. A tumor was found in March and he unerwent five treatments in hopes it would... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:05:43 -0600 Will it snow? Christmas is almost here and most of us would not mind having a white one. Our area does not get a lot of snow for Christmas but it would be nice. Tomorrow is officially the first day of winter so anything can happen. Where we live we can have snow, rain, cold, warm, sunshine, ice or a combination of two or three all on the same day. As a child living near Chicago, we could depend on a white Christmas. My husband and I moved to Aurora, Ill., where we lived for a few years. Our son was born... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:34:52 -0600 You better be good "You better be good, Santa is coming to town." Yes, we only have 11 days until Christmas Eve. During the Christmas season wish lists become most popular. Kids write letters to Santa and grown ups just drop hints. Our wish list changes with age but we will more than likely always have a list. We may not write it down and mail it to Santa as we did as a child but the list is there -- in our minds. Growing up the lists changed from dolls for little girls and toy trucks for little boys to radios... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:19:23 -0600