Marking time

During this keep or donate ongoing packing frenzy I came across a non-working clock. The face shows a different bird next to each hour number. My plan was to make sure it worked before I donated the clock. An hour later I had this “What in the world was that?” I looked all around the house but saw nothing amiss and went back to working. An hour later I heard a Goldfinch sing out – I realized it was coming from the clock. Upon investigation, the sound the hour before was a red-headed woodpecker or some weird facsimile. Now is two days later and I laugh when I hear the various calls, some more bird-like than others. The thought that began this post was about learning to enjoy the audible Β reminder that an hour has passed. Cutting the day (and night) into bite sized chunks. I have gotten a lot done in the last few days, I wonder if hearing the reminder actually makes working more effective. I am sure it does when I realize I have spent more than an hour on the computer just looking around. How time can fly.

Do you have a clock that chimes or tweets? Do you think it is helpful or do you secretely grumble at it? I find it amazing that the sound can make me jump during the day but I don’t hear it at night. Anyone want a clock cheap?

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16 thoughts on “Marking time

  1. We used to have one in my lab at school. Since I was usually in the lab alone, it made me jump almost every time it chimed. I finally hid it in a drawer to muffle the sound. I love the sound of birds and nature, but I think I like it better on a Nature CD or outside!

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  2. I think it would be fun to be suprised by strange bird calls all day, what would really make me sit up and take notice would be a series of jungle animal calls as well, such as shrieking monkeys and roaring lions…. πŸ˜‰

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  3. I have seen those bird clocks in classrooms, it seems to keeps the room very calm. My Uncle collected antique clocks, when I stayed at his house about 30 clocks would clang, buzz, ring or tweet not every hour , not ever half hour, but every quarter hour, I thought I would do mad, I tell you mad! Sleep was impossible. I still am a little jumpy around those creatures from he##! πŸ˜‰

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  4. So funny! My parents have got a cuckoo clock, and at first I would wake up all the time when I slept there. Now I’m used to it and hardly hear it! It plays a melody at half past and on the hour, as well as cuckooing the time at the full hour!
    I also find it comforting and useful when working in the garden to hear the village church clock strike every quarter hour.

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  5. I have a cuckoo clock from Germany that doesn’t work anymore. I’ve been keeping it for sentimental reasons. Perhaps, I haven’t fixed it because the cuckoos startle me too! It might be time to give it away or get it fixed. πŸ™‚

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  6. I would love to have a chiming or tweeting clock … think I’ll making a point of getting myself one. As a child I we lived near the city hall and the bells would chime the time every hour which I found most useful πŸ™‚

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