Friday, January 28, 2011


The theme for week 4 of the MCP Project 52 is Soothing Repetition. This is the photo that I'm submitting. 

We bought this cuckoo clock in Germany when we were on our honeymoon (just over 21 years ago), and over the years we have gotten used to the sounds it makes - the soothing tick-tick-tick, the cuckoo that pops out and sings every half hour, and the dancers that spin around their circle to the tunes of Edelweiss and The Happy Wanderer.

A few years ago, our clock stopped working. If you've ever owned a cuckoo clock for any length of time, you know how hard it is to find someone who is willing to repair them. The little shop where we had taken it once before had gone out of business. After several months of searching, I found a shop that advertised cuckoo clock repair, so I took it in and dropped it off. I tried to be patient, because I know that clock repairs never happen quickly. Three months went by before I called to check on our clock. The owner promised that he would start working on it the following week. Again, I waited. A month later, I called again. He told me that it might require some extensive repairs and it could be very expensive. Something in his voice told me that he really didn't want to work on our clock. Then he offered to sell me a new clock. I picked up our clock that afternoon and we hung it back on the wall in our living room. It is still nice to look at, even when it's not working.

Several months later, fate smiled on us. While shopping at the Texas Renaissance Festival, my husband met a young man who works at a clock shop. A clock shop that wasn't too far from our home.  A clock shop that repairs cuckoo clocks!  We wasted no time in adding our clock to the (very long) repair queue at their shop. It took a few months for our little cuckoo to get to the front of the queue, but when it did, it was updated with all new workings. The repair was expensive - more than the original cost of the clock, including what we paid to ship it to the States - but it was worth it.

The now working clock has returned to its rightful place in our home, and we have since turned off the cuckoo and the music. Not because the noise bothers us after all those months of quiet, but because it attracts the attention of our new kittens. This is not a good thing. We can easily imagine the potential disaster of a kitten trying to "capture the cuckoo".  So, for now, we will be content with the soothing tick-tick-tick of our little Black Forest cuckoo clock.

In case you're wondering, the name of the clock shop is Moore Time, located in Old Town Spring, Texas, and no, I did not receive any payment for this mention.


Paula said...

It is so interesting that you love this clock so much. It seems these clocks are more appreciated here then back in Germany. I cant stand the sound!!!!Have a wonderful weekend. Paula

Le'Ann Ruggles said...

Hi Paula! Nice to "see" you again.
I've always loved cuckoo clocks and wanted one since I was a little girl, but they are so expensive here. We were thrilled to find that they were so affordable in Germany. Of course, when you add in the airfare, maybe not so much. ;)

Paula & Skip said...

I love your sense of humor! Thanks for directing me to HobbyLobby. Unfortunately there is none close by. Yet you have made me curious and I have to investigate further. Have a wonderful day!

vered said...

Soothing repetition... for me it's family life. The kids' schools. Our schedules. The way we have breakfast and dinner together every day, and the 4pm snack after my kids get back from school when I sit with them and listen to their stories. Thank you for making me think about this. You made me feel grateful, and so far this day has been disastrous!

Le'Ann Ruggles said...

Hi vered! Nice to "see" you again. I like that you find your daily routine soothing. Sorry to hear that you're having a rough day. Take a moment to close your eyes, breath in, breath out, picture your kids (when they're on their best behavior), smile. It will get better. :)

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