Wedding clock ticking again

We have  a space in our living room, which we have long-planned for our wedding clock.  During our engagement, Hubs and I purchased a clock together, as a wedding gift to each other.  We first started it together at our wedding.  It ran in our first house, but when we moved here, we needed to do some work before we could hang it and finding the time to do it wasn’t easy.  We decided to take this Christmas vacation and get it ready.  Until now the space has lacked imagination (well, we imagined it, but it wasn’t there for others to see).  We used it as an extra space for random stuff and it was pretty blah.  Here it is right before we started working.  We had just taken down our Christmas tree.

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The first change was to remove the painted paneling, which was a mess.  We expected to find something terrible beneath it, as we wondered if it had been put up to hide something.  Things were okay underneath, so now we think it was just an accent wall put up in the ’70s when panelling was in.  Later it was painted the same red of the rest of the room.  It came down easily, but left some nasty glue behind.

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Nicky inspects our work, finding the outlets a-okay.

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Hubs made a mock-up of the clock arrangement from the old paneling.

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Later we hung the real things.

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Next, scraping and spackling.

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Then cut holes in the walls for wiring…

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…to the basement.

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The painting begins…

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… and ends.

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Finally on January 3, our 8th anniversary, we started the clock again, like we did 8 years ago in our wedding ceremony.  Perfect timing!

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Here, Hubs explains to BB why the clock has such a loud tick and another noise each minute and she begins her fascination with the buzzers.

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Standard Electric Time Company made this clock system.

The Standard Electric Time Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, made electric time systems for public buildings, private industry, schools and other institutions. The systems consist of a master clock, and secondary (or slave) clocks located in any number of rooms. The slave clocks are electrically controlled by the master clock. – Standard Electric Time Company website

Eventually we will have more of the secondary, or slave clocks, around the house, all connected to and run by this master clock.  I always felt it was the heartbeat of the house, as we can hear it all over.  We’re thrilled to have it running again!

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Hunting trip

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We set out into the wilds, The Hubs, The Bing, & I. We hunted, finally finding, then felling our prey – a perfectly pagan Frazier fir. It’s a little early for us to decorate for Christmas, but we have plans for right after 12/25 and the tree will be coming down early this year.

Ps. In case you’re wondering, we’re not pagans. We aren’t religious. But we do enjoy a variety of holiday traditions and this time of year is full of many lovely traditions that we enjoy. Happy holidays, everyone. No matter what or how you celebrate.

Gotcha!

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We just celebrated our Gotcha Day by going to our closest Chinatown for Peking duck and just wandering around. BB loves the annual train ride and Chinese gummy candy. Hubs and I love the duck. We gave BB Connectagons for a GD gift. Hubs has accused me of playing with them more than BB. I do share… Really.

Day at the ballet

We went to the ballet to see Carnival of the Animals performed by a local youth ballet.  Three grandparents went along and it was a delightful time.

A market day!

We went downtown by bus a farmers’ market for breakfast, shopping, climbing, and jumping.

Walk with MawMaw

I had to wait to post this until I could get a framed copy to MawMaw.  Now that’s happened, so I can post it here.  MawMaw and PawPaw’s place and the neighboring area is always the best for pictures!

The beach!

We have just returned from our annual, family trip to the beach!

BB loves the ocean and the sand and couldn’t get enough.

She also loves the boardwalk rides and we discovered she is an excellent driver!  She steered quite expertly around the bumper cars, being T-boned from 2 and 3 directions on occasions, but doing remarkably well for a 4-year-old.  I’m glad I’ve told her that driving my Mini Cooper isn’t only about skill, but obtaining a driver’s license or I think I’d have quite the fight on my hands regarding driving that this week, now that she’s proven her skills and all.  Only 12 more years and State approval.  I wonder if Bert will still be around by then?

No hands needed on this one!

Sadly BB found she doesn’t like the Pirate Ship, as it makes her tummy feel sick.  Ewwww, me too.  Made the woman in front of her quite nervous.

She still loves the Ferris wheel.

Finally a ride for me… the Merry-Go-Round!  Still, I was wobbly when I got off.  It seems my vestibular system went south when I turned 30.  The rest of me started going south at 40.  Ah, aging.

BB and I flew Agatha, who at 30-years-old, flew like the day she as first launched, despite fading, many tears and repairs.  She is a good kite!  Read HERE for a brief history of Agatha.

So cool to watch parasailors ride up the coast.  Wow!

The annual family picture.

Hubs and I caught a BB-fish.

October newlyweds.

BB and a cousin or two was often found in our closet with a portable DVD player.  We were informed that we must keep the door closed, as it was a movie theater (said in disgust… how could we not know???).  In this picture they are reading a book… in the dark.  We obliged, but never joined, as there was often dirty laundry on the floor.  Ewwwwwwww!

It was an awesome, but much too short trip.  Hubs and I are thinking of a short return in September.

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