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I Am Behind My Time December 9, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Books & Movies, Food & Drink.

Wikipedia ~ Bob Cratchit (in Public Domain)

But he was early at the office next morning.  Oh he was early there.  If he could only be there first, and catch Bob Cratchit coming late!  That was the thing he had set his heart upon.

And he did it; yes he did! The clock struck nine.  No Bob.  A quarter past.  No Bob.  He was full eighteen minutes and a half behind his time.  Scrooge sat with his door wide open, that he might see him come into the Tank.

His hat was off, before he opened the door; his comforter too.

He was on his stool in a jiffy; driving away with his pen, as if he were trying to overtake nine o’clock.

“Hello!” growled Scrooge, in his accustomed voice as near as he could feign it.   “What do you mean by coming here at this time of day?”

“I’m very sorry, sir,” said Bob.  “I am behind my time.”

“You are?” repeated Scrooge.  “Yes.  I think you are.  Step this way, if you please.”

“It’s only once a year, sir,” pleaded Bob, appearing from the Tank.  “It shall not be repeated.  I was making rather merry yesterday, sir.”

* * * * *

Wikipedia ~ Ebenezer Scrooge (in Public Domain)

Like Bob, I am behind my time.

And I’ll never catch up unless you all slow down.

So pull up to the fire and share a bowl of smoking bishop with Bob Cratchit and Ebenezer Scrooge.

* I’m not going to beat around the bush.  I’ll get straight to the point.

No obfuscation.
No pontification.

When we write tight, we write right.  Ask Eric.

* Need some tips on Aging Facefully?  Ask Goldie . . . a Golden Oldie.

* Enjoy a Miscellany of Happy Things, including a marvelous Christmas Card Craft . . . from Kate’s Creative Space.

* No time to make your own cards? . . . visit Paula for custom designs!

* If any of you are wondering what to get me for Christmas . . . I want a Black Sapote tree.  Why?  Because its fruit tastes like Chocolate Pudding!

* Need a Blog Party to attend on December 21st . . . to celebrate the Winter Solstice or, if you’re less optimistic, the End of the World?  Visit Me! Me! Me, me, me! for details on Tom’s planned Soiree.

* Want to enter a Holiday Writing Contest?  Swing by Susanna’s and check out the FABULOUS prizes.

Tis the Season to Be Writing . . . Fa La La La La La La La La.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. seeker - December 9, 2012

I’m infected by your happiness. What do you want me to bring to the party? Calvin and Hobbes?

nrhatch - December 9, 2012

Oh . . . yes, please! 😀

2. ericjbaker - December 9, 2012

At first I was happy to be incorporated into your post today, then I realized a few lines later you were softening me up so I might provide you with a black sapote tree for the December holiday!

I’m finally onto your tricks! And, I’m already quite soft.

By the way, I love this line from Dickens:

“He was on his stool in a jiffy; driving away with his pen, as if he were trying to overtake nine o’clock.”

Woe is me. I’ll never come up with anything that good.

nrhatch - December 9, 2012

That is a fantastic line . . . Dickens wrote right.

You do too. So, put on your thinking cap and enter Susanna’s contest. The awards are writing critiques AND gift cards. 😀

And, yes, I do want a Black Sapote tree . . . or failing that just a piece of its fruit to taste.

ericjbaker - December 9, 2012

Would you settle for some chocolate pudding in a fruit-shaped bowl?

nrhatch - December 9, 2012

Chocolate pudding . . . with whipped cream on top? 😀

3. Tom (Aquatom1968) - December 9, 2012

I’m always catching up, Nancy… or trying to, anyway!
Thanks for including a link to my site… I shall be sure to check out the others once I’ve caught up! Eventually! 😉

nrhatch - December 9, 2012

You’re welcome, Tom. Here’s hoping your blogging soiree hits a high note. With a tra la la la la!

4. granny1947 - December 9, 2012

Something tells me you have the Christmas feeling. 🙂

nrhatch - December 9, 2012

‘Tis the season to be jolly . . . 😀

granny1947 - December 9, 2012

Ho. ho, ho.
Nope it is not working.
It is still Monday and I have to go to work.

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

Monday mornings often trump the Holly Jolly Christmas Cheer. 😉

5. Sandra Bell Kirchman - December 9, 2012

A happy and helpful post. Also, A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite all-time books / movies. I have seen many different Scrooges, but I think my favorite was the one with Alastair Sim. Here is a list of the 10 greatest Scrooges. Isn’t it funny? We can have all kinds of different takes on the Christmas Carol, but the point is always made, loud and clear. The true Christmas Spirit is within.

nrhatch - December 9, 2012

A Christmas Carol is a favorite of mine . . . the book and the movie. I love them all ~ Alastair Sim, George C. Scott, Patrick Stewart, Albert Finney, etc.. I just ordered the Muppet Christmas Carol this week because I’ve never seen it and its not available through NetFlix.

You mentioned a list . . . but I don’t see a link.

Sandra Bell Kirchman - December 10, 2012
nrhatch - December 10, 2012

Thanks, Sandra. I loved his reasons for putting George C. Scott in the #1 spot . . . but I like Alastair Sim’s performance on Christmas morning the best ~ when he’s doing head stands and scaring the maid.

6. diannegray - December 9, 2012

What a fantastic post, Nancy! I’m getting right into the spirit and clicking on all those links you have put up here 🙂

One Black Sapote tree coming up! 😀

nrhatch - December 9, 2012

They do grow in Florida . . . so I’ll have to see if I can find a piece of the chocolate pudding fruit to sample. Thanks for the intro to it. 😀

7. bluebee - December 9, 2012

A black sapote tree – now there’s a great Christmas gift (for me!) thanks for the intro to Di Gray, Nancy

nrhatch - December 9, 2012

You’re welcome . . . she’s right in your neck of the woods. Well, same continent anyway.

8. Paula Tohline Calhoun - December 9, 2012

First, my dear friend Nancy, thanks so much for the “ping!” Since Ashley loses his job as of January 1, because of budget cuts, he and i both are going into business (hopefully to make up some of the income lost) He will do colored pencil drawings of the subject of your choice – he needs only a photograph. Cost is only $1 per square inch, which means an 8″ x 10″ will only come to $80. Considering his remarkable skills, that is truly a bargain! My contribution to the business is my photography (specializing in cards with or without ubsouratuibak messages (either inside the card or out, or both!). BTW, ubsouratuibak is not one of my acronyms; it’s the way you write inspirational if your hand is in the wrong place on the keyboard and you aren’t looking at what you are doing. Oh well.

If you will tell me what a black sapote tree is, I will gladly send you one. You deserve at least that for sticking with me through thick and thin. I will research the internet, but send me your snail mail address so it will arrive at the right place. Of course, this offer is conditional – based on whether it costs more than 5¢. I might be willing to go as high as 10¢ if shipping is free. 😉 (But do, really, send me your addy – you might just get a custom Christmas card – guaranteed to have a bit of humor in it. (You will be the only one who gets it, too!)

I love this part of “A Christmas Carol” especially, and would not go through the Christmas season without watching at least two versions – (except the George C. Scott edition. Never really enjoyed that one very much, even though GCS appeared like he would make a good Scrooge – he didn’t – IMHO).

I wish you all the joys of this season of Hope, Light, Love, Peace, and Joy and the fervent wishes and prayers that they might be around all year for everyone the world over, and enough. . .

nrhatch - December 9, 2012

What an ubsouratuibak comment . . . clearly designed to kick the Bah Humbugs to the curb. 😉

Hope that your new business with Ashley soars!

I’ll shoot you my address. Thanks for the good wishes. They are enough.

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

I just added a link to a youtube video turning the fruit into a bowl of chocolate mousse.

9. Three Well Beings - December 10, 2012

I have never heard of a black sapote–but I love chocolate pudding, so this is most interesting! If you find a system that works for keeping up…please share it with me! I wish I weren’t interested in keeping up, but I am! That’s the problem right there. I really am! Loved the writing tight comment! 🙂

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

Same here, Debra. Until I read Dianne’s post, I had never heard of “chocolate pudding fruit.” That’s a great example of why I enjoy following the blogs I follow . . . they broaden my horizons (and my hips!) when I can keep up. 😉

10. Tori Nelson - December 10, 2012

I’ve never been too great at catching up, but I try. That counts, right?

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

Of course. And we understand that you must spend time with your little dynamo . . . he’ll be a teen-ager all too soon.

11. sweetdaysundertheoaks - December 10, 2012

You will love A Muppet Christmas Carol. It is a big hit at our house. We have even been known to watch it in summer. I die every dang time when I see the work crew in their flowery festive Florida shirts.. 🙂 You will see! Enjoy!!

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

Ooh . . . intriguing. I’ve heard that it’s “the best” version ~ which is hard to imagine, given how wonderful Stewart, Scott, Finney, Sims, etc., played Scrooge. In any event, I’m excited.

We sometimes want National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation in the middle of the summer. 😉

12. jannatwrites - December 10, 2012

Catching up? I’ve forgotten what this is…I’m only one day behind now (but with the next two nights busy with scout stuff, I’ll soon be further behind again!)

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

The problem: I follow “too many” blogs . . . but I enjoy their posts too much to stop reading.

So, I’ll just keep doing the best I can with the time I have.

jannatwrites - December 10, 2012

That’s my problem, too….I have sixty seven emails in my box right now!

nrhatch - December 10, 2012

That’s about where I was when I wrote this post (after deleting all the “junk mail”). . . much better now.

I can’t even begin to imagine what my In Box would look like if I had kids . . . or a life. 😉

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