Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

Lucy and Twiggy

“It’s Friday, Lucy. Let’s play.”
“Sure thing, Little One. Wait until I have my coffee.”

 

Here it is another Friday. It is Friday before Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. It makes it a pretty important Friday for sure. It is that kind of Friday that makes you really nervous if you don’t have all the gifts bought and all the plans made. It is the kind of Friday that makes you wish you had started the holiday preparation a wee bit earlier….like October. Don’t forget there are 24 hours in a day and if you don’t need a lot of sleep, plenty of time to get everything done. Well, maybe not everything but enough, so no one will know you put off your preparations until the last second. Yeah, that’s what Friday feels like, the last second.

Todays, JohnKu talks about procrastination. I hope you have a delightful weekend getting everything done.

Last Minute by John W. Howell © 2019

Many things to do,

Not enough time to do them . . .

Why did you delay?

To really get into the spirit if you want a really great time go to Sally Cronin’s blog today. She is hosting a fabulous Christmas Wish post which features music, food and the wishes of a number of your friends and fellow authors. If you don’t visit another post today this has to be the one. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-christmas-party-just-one-wish-guests-food-music-and-laughter/ 

79 comments

  1. So glad that the weekend is coming. Though I won’t be 100% thrilled until I’m crawling back into bed. One more day to get through.

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    1. Yup. School winter break then right?

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      1. Holiday break. Then winter break in February and spring break in April. I feel like it changed from long ago, but the school year is longer.

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      2. Yes. I think so.

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  2. Love the haiku, John. I got started and sorted early this year, and I’m so glad I did, because now I’m down with a heavy cold and need to be able to rest up. So relieved I’m not still running around like a mad thing. All the best for Christmas and the New Year. And thanks for the link to Sally’s place … headed there now. Hugs, Harmony x

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    1. I hope you feel better, Harmony. Those colds are annoying for sure. 🎁

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  3. Very true, dear John! Christmas period is so stressful. Do you celebrate Hanukkah as well?

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    1. No, we celebrate Chistmas. I love the idea of Hanukkah though.

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      1. Ha-ha-ha! I got! 🙂

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  4. Wishing you a Merry Christmas John and thank you for linking to the Christmas party.. lovely to have you over…hugsxx

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    1. Thank you, Sally. Merry Christmas.

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  5. I started early, but I’m still playing catch up. Perfect haiku, John. Happy Friday!

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    1. Behind is my usual status, Jill. No different this year. 😀

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  6. Thanks, John, I’ll pop right over there, while Lucy has her coffee!

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    1. Hahahahaha. Thanks, GP.

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  7. For the first time in years, I’m completely caught up. Even the gifts that needed to be mailed are well on their way. I’m going to just call it a Christmas miracle and enjoy it.

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    1. I am so jealous, Linda. I hope you do enjoy it for sure.

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  8. John,
    Although I don’t have that feeling this year, everyone has had that sometime in the life! Hang in there … and somehow, it all works out.

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    1. That’s the beauty of time. It keeps marching no matter what. Thanks, Frank.

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  9. Anonymous · ·

    Perfect haiku, John. Of course, the pups “stole the show” with their attitude, which is unmistakably “Howell”. Hillarious! 😀

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    1. Thank you. Great comment and would love to know who is “someone.”

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  10. Good one, John. I’ve never wanted Christmas to feel like business. If I started shopping in October, I’d start giving in November.

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    1. I’m with you on that. I think that’s why I wait until the spirit hits me. Thanks, Dan

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  11. Happy holidays, John! I hope you have most of your shopping and preparations completed and that the furry kids will be pleasantly surprised by Santa’s generosity.

    By the way, how long does it take for pipsqueak Twiggy to be fully grown and desire coffee before play? 😉

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    1. Hahahaha, Mary. She is full grown but likes Earl Grey before play. 😀

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  12. I only have a couple of things left to buy, but a lot of wrapping waiting for me. Happy Friday, John!

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  13. I’m in pretty good shape this year, just have a lot of wrapping to do, and hope to dig in over the weekend.
    Thanks for the link to Sally’s blog, too. That’s a fun, festive party happening over there!

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    1. She always has something going on for sure. Happy wrapping, Mae.

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  14. If only we could get an extension as per gift giving!

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    1. Or a note from Santa. Dear Significent Other. John/Marc were so busy helping me at the Northpole they didn’t have time to shop. So this is to request an extension to March. Sincerely, Santa.

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      1. I am glad I’m single after reading this! LOL.
        I don’t know Boss, 😉

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      2. When in doubt, don’t procrastinate . . . 😉

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      3. You’re a baaaad man! Said in my best James Brown . . .

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      4. Found this. 😁

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  15. You have plenty of time left. There are probably all kinds of good gifts down at the convenience store. Quart of oil, some Slim Jims, maybe a six pack.

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    1. How about those snowball cupcakes and a quick pick.

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      1. I actually do put quick picks in the stockings.

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      2. We do scratch tickets.

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      3. That is what I meant. Not quick pick. I love those things.

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  16. Perfect johnku! The only way we survive this holiday season is by keeping a low profile 😉 Happy Holidays to you and to yours!

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    1. Hahahaha. I think that is good advice.

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  17. I, for one, am miserably behind… Though yesterday I did manage to do most in one fell swoop. I figure I’ll be able to do the rest today. Possibly.
    Have a great Friday and weekend pre-Christmas, John!

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    1. Wow. She rises from the ashes. Way to go.

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      1. Is that sarcasm I am reading from you, Mr. Howell?

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      2. Not at all. You were down and out two days ago and now you’ve done your shopping. I call it admiration. 😁

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      3. Ahh. My bad! I am far from 100% but am way better. Am even gonna go out and try to finish it! So. Thanks 😉

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  18. Wow! You’ve really put things in perspective for me, John. Thanks. I’m one of those procrastinators. :/ In my defense, I’ve had out-of-town guests the last two weeks. Phew! I better make it work.
    Thanks for the Sally mention. I’m heading over. Have a happy Christmas weekend!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Vashti.

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  19. “Delay IS the Way!” Merry, Merry! Happy, Happy!

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    1. Merry, merry to you as well, Billy Ray.

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  20. Getting settled…sending pics…

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    1. I got them. What a beautiful homw, Billy Ray. 😊

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      1. So glad you like them, good John…but I’m still missing the money!!! 🙂

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      2. Keep looking . You’ll find it. I hear your neighbors keep complaining about it blowing into their yard.

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  21. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    I realized I forgot a gift last night. There will be a mad last mintue dash soon.

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    1. Yes. There is always one.

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  22. Ah, yes! That last minute panic when you realize you forgot someone…Great JohnKu! I really enjoyed Sally’s blog! Merry Christmas, John!

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    1. Sally is very creative. I enjoyed it too. Thanks, Jan

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  23. Dear John,
    we like what one of the commenters wrote here “delay is the way”. We get in panic every Christmas that we have forgotten someone or not enough presents etc. But it always worked out well. Don’t panic!
    Happy Holiday Season
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  24. For the first time in I-can’t-remember-when, I’m caught up — cards, decorations, presents, everything! Woo Hoo,it’s a fabulous feeling … so good I might need to make it a habit. Lovely JohnKu and here’s hoping you, too, get it all tackled!

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    1. Good for you. It has to be a great feeling for sure. Merry Christmas, Debbie.

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  25. A nice picture, John. Merry Christmas to you and yours. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Merry Christmas, Suzanne. Thank you.

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  26. I know the feeling!

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  27. So adorable!!! Happy holidays. ❤️💜

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    1. Thank you, Katie Kay.

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  28. A great Johnku. I used to know a few different people who told me they always waited until Dec. 24th to shop because either “That’s what Christmas is about” or “It feels more like Christmas that way.” Not about getting the right gift for the right person, or even the joy of giving… It always gave me a headache trying to figure out those people. I guess it’s the joy of the mad dash, of picked-over leftover merchandise, and waiting in long lines to pay for it… But who am I to say? 🙂

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    1. I think they are offering an excuse for the delay. I could not imagine slamming a gift giving opportunity like that. Headache for sure.

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  29. Reblogged this on Loleta Abi Author & Book Blogger and commented:
    Another JohnKu! Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you, Traci

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  30. Yup, that’s Friday…especially now. Great JohnKu.

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