Grandpa Aberquacky’s Timeliest Invention

Grandma Aberquacky was a little concerned as she watched the leaves change colors and begin to fall off the trees this one extremely particular year in Duck Creek. It was time to be shutting up the house and workshop, and getting things tightened down against another brrrrry, northern winter. Year after wintery year it had […]

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Memories six, seven, & eight …

  Due to the fact that I am sick with bronchitis we will be combining memories 6, 7, and 8.    This picture is taken in either 1980 or 1981. Memory 6: See that little elf sitting just under the bells that are hanging on the wall?   His name is Ichabod and he has been in […]


The Fifth Memory of Christmas

Today’s memory is brought to you via our Christmas Letter from 1977.  Just so you know …  We have five children, our youngest being born May 5, 1977, and our oldest turning 9 on December 9, 1977.     “Twas the week before Christmas, and all through our house Not one person was pleasant, not even our […]


The fourth, no … third Memory of Christmas

Christmas Eve and (Almost) Five Years Old Edna Well, let’s see now…      When little Edna was (almost) five years old she was such a true believer in Santa Clause that it was inconceivable that there could be any doubt he existed.    By then, of course, she could remember what had happened the year before […]


Meet our turkey, Jon Pierre 1978/1979

Disclaimer to the Hancey’s and Henke children:  The memories are true and you will remember them all, but think of them as bits and snatches that have been floating around for almost 25 years.  I grabbed them one at a time and formed them into one big ball for the this story.   Please, please please, […]


The First Day of Christmas Memories

            “YES, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUSE”  Little Teddy with the permed, very, very curly hair and the smile that showcased her two missing front teeth, had some difficult decisions to make the year she turned eight.    And for an eight year old, it felt like it was pretty heavy.    It was mostly about Santa […]


This ‘n That, Chit ‘n Chat

Being just a hop, skip and a jump away from May is just unreal.   Time doesn’t seem to keep a steady pace; it either speeds or crawls … or both.   It crawls when you are waiting for something, speeds when you have a deadline.    Most of my winter was spent waiting; waiting for appointments, waiting […]


The Best Medicine For Me

I probably don’t have many readers left after all this time.    It’s been such a six months!    Just a quick update on me … some days I feel better and some days I don’t.   There is no change in the medicine yet but the doctor was going to try for a third time to get […]


Support Groups

My writing these days has been to the diary of a support group I’ve found that has been set up for people with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.   It seems like that (that being the disease) has been on my mind a lot the last four months (I wonder why) and I haven’t felt it was appropriate […]


A Monetary Heart

FiFi and I had fun making Valentines today.    It wasn’t in my plan to have her help but she’s one of those friends who likes to stay involved, especially if she thinks my attention to her has dipped below 100%.    After we finished the Valentines we typed “folding hearts out of dollar bills” on Google […]