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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Taking Time


I have a thing about time.
I am a clock-watcher.
I have to know the time at any given moment.
Day or night.
I didn't realize just how bad I was until I was in hospital after the birth of our third son.
He was born at 9:30 in the evening and I was so keyed up that I couldn't sleep.
All night long.
I'm sure you've heard people say, “It was the longest night of my life.”
Well, that night was.
I kept listening for stirrings that would indicate the coming of day.
But in a hospital, in a maternity ward, there are constant stirrings.
Sigh.
From that day to this, I have made sure that I have some sort of time-keeper handy.
Always.
Moving on . . .
For all of his life, Dad was a rancher.
He was good at it.
Now 87, he pours his energy and meticulous nature into the making of clocks.
Beautiful, inlaid, hand-crafted, gently-chiming clocks.
Which he then sells.
Usually to me.
I now have five of them.
With one more on the way.
They, together with my tall grandfather's clock, adorn various parts of my living room.
Even their ticking is noticeable.
When they collectively chime the quarter hours and then the hours, it's pretty nearly deafening.
I love it.
And have gotten so accustomed to it that I often don't even notice.
Sort of like living next to a set of very busy train tracks.
Sort of.
Oh, I have comments.
“It sounds like a clock shop in here!”
“I feel like I'm in some sort of creepy movie!”
Okay, I'm not sure that the person who made that last statement was totally talking about the clocks.
Ahem . . .
And my favourite, “Could someone please tell me the correct time. I think it just chimed forty-two in here!”
Hey. Love me, love my clocks.
Get over it.
Details
My first purchase in walnut and purple heart
One of the newest in walnut and maple
More details in Rocky Mountain Juniper




7 comments:

  1. You should set them all to chime 2 minutes apart. That would keep everyone on their toes.

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    1. Or keep everyone out in the yard . . . hmm . . .

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  2. What beautiful workmanship. How lovely to have these to hand down to your children. I have a collection of timepieces including one my dad made...none of them are wound and running because I can't stand the racket they make. Did I collect them on purpose? No. Every clock and watch and pocket watch in my collection is a family piece, loving restored and cleaned, in working order and mercifully silent.

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    1. Mercifully silent. There are times, usually only 96 per day when I wish for a little merciful silence . . . :)

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  3. Beautiful!!!

    I guess with that many clocks there's no excuse for being late now is there. lol.

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    1. Oh, I can STILL come up with excuses!

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  4. Those are beautiful! My husband used to design and build clocks, so I really appreciate the work and detail evident in your timepieces!

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