The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.


Greetings to ever one in Western Illinois and all readers of The Quill.

Best wishes fer you'ns all fer the rest of the week.

Wet Spring

Many a farmer in this area is a wait'n for their fields to dry out so'ns they can either finish plant'n or begin replant'n. Many a story abounds about some large farmer somewhere with over six thousand acres of land to farm and he has barely started plant'n. It's a sad situation.

One story fer sure is true about a feller what got his 42 row planter stuck in the mud. He had to hire a special crane to lift the rig out. I'll wager that to be quite a sight.

Some folk is a complain'n on corn planted, just ahead of the last big rain, to be not do'n well at all. Too cool and too wet, I am told. I reckon for sure we could use a little bit of a dry spell to finish things up and get some hay up. Warmer weather wouldn't hurt much either.

Beware Turtle Cross'n

Have ya noticed the turtles cross'n the roads lately? It seems they are head'n fer some sort of breed'n ground or something. If ya hits one of them big snapp'n turtles with your car it could knock your front end out of alignment and maybe set ya forwards the ditch.

I seen one of them big snappers to the side of the road obviously ran over by a semi-truck. He was no match fer the truck and his travel'n days were over.


How many of youn's know what A.A.A.D.D. stands fer? It is Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. Thank goodness there's a name fer this dishevelment. This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.

As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first....

But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway,

I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only one check left.

My extra checks are in my desk in the study,

So, I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Pepsi I'd been drinking.

I'm going to look for my checks, but first, I need to push the Pepsi aside, so that I don't accidentally knock it over.

The Pepsi is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need water.

I put the Pepsi on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk,

But first, I'm going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I'll be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table,

So, I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,

But first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers,

But quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

The car isn't washed,

The bills aren't paid,

There is a warm can of Pepsi sitting on the counter,

The flowers don't have enough water,

There is still only 1 check in my check book,

I can't find the remote,

I can't find my glasses,

And I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,

I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day,

And I'm really tired!

I realize this is a serious problem,

And I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.....

Well, there ya has it then-A.A.A.D.D. and don't laugh, fer if'n this isn't you yet, your day is a coming!


Fer all farmers yet with crops ta plant, keep in mind-be patient, be careful and remember 5 years from now, likely as not, it won't count fer much as to this year's late plant'n.

That's all fer this column folks. There ain't no more.

Have a good week and remember, June 14th is flag day. Many a good folk shed blood fer Ole Glory. Take time to appreciate life, thank a veteran for his service, and concentrate on do'n a good deed or two when ever possible. Hope'n to see you'ns in church this weekend.

Where ever ya is, what ever ya be a do'n, Be a Good One!

Keep on Smile'n

Catch ya later

In neighborly love,

Barnyard Bruke