“Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.”

When I let Gracie out at midnight, it was snowing, small slowly falling flakes. I watched for a minute or two then shut the door as it was cold standing there by the storm door. I think we got about an inch, but it was enough to cover my car. Good thing I bought a brush. I have to go to the vets today to get refills for two of Gracie’s meds and Maddie’s nails need cutting.

Last night was really cold. My afghan wasn’t enough. I’ll just have to hunt out one of the guest room comforters stored down cellar. I think I know where it is.

Today is sunny but cold, about 30˚ right now. There are dripping icicles hanging from the roof. They’ll keep dripping and getting longer until the sun moves around the house. The sky is pure blue and beautiful. The scrub pine tree branches have a layer of snow. When the wind blows, some of the snow falls in a flurry.

I had no mail yesterday so I wondered if the mail truck drove pass my box because I hadn’t shoveled. I called my neighbor whose box is next to mine, but he had mail yesterday. We chatted a while. He wondered where I’d been lately as he hadn’t see me. I mentioned hibernation, and he chuckled. I also mentioned I was going out later. Not long after the call ended, I heard a motor outside. It was my neighbor snow blowing the mail boxes and the area around my car. I yelled out the door to him and thanked him. He said no problem, glad to help. He is a wonderful neighbor.

The first load of clothes is in the washer. A second load is on the floor waiting its turn. I didn’t realize how many dirty clothes I had until I went down the cellar this morning. Most are my comfy clothes, evidence of my hibernation.

I am watching yet another version of A Christmas Carol. This one from 1938 stars Reginald Owen as Scrooge and Gene Lockhart as Bob Cratchit. From what I’ve read, this adaptation isn’t as accurate to the novella as other, later, films are. Anything scary or distressing is missing like the wandering souls Jacob shows Scrooge, the two children, ignorant and want, under the cloak of the Ghost of Christmas Present and the thieves who ransacked Scrooge’s belongings after he died. The studio, MGM, thought at the time these events were too disturbing for a family audience. I’m okay with all of that. The essence of the story is the same.

This film is my sixth A Christmas Carol so far this season. I don’t ever tire of the story, and I’ve found the films differ from one another in many ways. When I was a kid, Christmas was never complete until I’d seen what was usually the Sim version on TV. Sometimes it was on Christmas Eve, the perfect night for watching.

 

 

 

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8 Comments on ““Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.””

  1. flyboybob Says:

    Thank you Charles Dickens for giving Hollywood a great story to turn into movies and TV specials galore. Was the book ‘A Christmas Carol’ a precursor to the Communist Manifesto? Wasn’t Karl Marx living in England when he wrote the book that sparked Communism at the same time as Charles Dickens? Poor worker family struggling to survive while the mean spirited boss, made a fortune on the backs of his poverty stricken employees. Of course Karl Marx never envisioned the rise of and unfortunately the death of labor unions. 🙂

    I’m off from work until the January the second. I had to use up a week of vacation or lose it. I’ve worked too hard and for too many years for this outfit to forfeit my earned vacation time. Actually we can carry an entire year’s vacation over to the next year so I am using up 2016’s allotment. 🙂 I’m going to have to find things to do to keep busy.

    There is actually a small chance for a little rain tonight but the temperature is already 60 degrees. We have only had one morning so far this season that the temperature was below freezing. There’s a very remote possibility of either snow or a winter mix next weekend. I wouldn’t hold my breath in anticipation of a white Christmas. Thank you Irving Berlin for writing the song that gets everyone hot for snow on Christmas Eve.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      They mentioned in the TCM intro that this has the record for the most movies made from a literary source. A Christmas Carol was written before Marx’s Manifesto. The first, Dickens, was 1843 and the second was 1848. Here is the historical background of Dicken’s novella: https://study.com/academy/lesson/a-christmas-carol-history-facts.html

      I always loved the Christmas school vacation. One year it was two weeks, and I baked with my mother. We played Christmas carols and were in the kitchen together all day.

      It was 32˚ here today. Luckily I had just one thing to do, go to the vet’s for the cat to get her nails trimmed, I was only outside for a short time. Because I had the dog and cat with me, I warmed the car first. I was glad to get into my cozy clothes when we were done.

      If it stays this cold, the snow will be around for a while!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I only watch the one version of Christmas Carol. The one with Alistair Sims. The one you described today sounds familiar so I have probably seen that one, too. I’ve seen bits of the Basil Rathbone Christmas Carol. It’s on YouTube. It’s a bit over acted.

    The last few days were busy. Piki Dog had his follow up appointment with the neurologist. She was extremely pleased with his progress. We still have to do the complete treatment protocol. Now that’s he feeling himself, those injections each month are going to be fun. But I’m relieved that he is returning to his old self and I hope the trend continues upwards.

    There was no snow up here but it was wicked cold. The sun shone brilliantly all day so it looked warm out. But the puddle in front of the house stayed solidly frozen and the snow was crunchy.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I haven’t ever seen the Basil Rathbone version so I’ll put it on my list. I like all the different films, and Alistair Sim is my favorite. I don’t know why I never tire3 of watching these. I think I like the way the different men approach the characterization of Scrooge. In the one I saw today, the Cratchits looked more well-off than in any other film. They had nice clothes and their house wasn’t at all shabby. I read that critics thought Gene Lockhart was too fat to play Cratchit.

      I too am glad to hear that Piki Dog has continued to improved and one visit a month isn’t all that bad. The him being back to himself is the best sign.

      It stayed in the low 30’s today. I noticed ice where there had been puddles and ice was under the snow on thew front steps. Luckily, I had bought a friendly to paws de-icer the other day so I used it on the front steps. It worked great.

      Have a wonderful evening!

      • Caryn Says:

        Piki doesn’t go to the vet to get the injections. I get to give them. Yippee.
        The Basil Rathbone Scrooge is on YouTube but it seems to be broken up into three separate videos. I’m not sure if all of it is there, though, as I couldn’t sit down and watch it all at the time.

      • katry Says:

        I’m glad you get to give him his shots. The vets are just so expensive. Gracie’s acupuncture is $95.00, twice a month. One of her meds is over $50.00.

        It is tough when our babies get old.

  3. Birgit Says:

    I’ll join in when the Muppet Christmas Carol is on TV.
    Today I’ve listened again to a German Christmas classic on the radio, a satirical story about a postwar family which has to celebrate Christmas every day in order to prevent an old aunt from screaming hysterically. It becomes increasingly absurd, everyone goes crazy but the old aunt is happy.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I’ve been keeping an eye for that and for Mickey’s Christmas Carol.

      I love the story of that radio program.


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