From October 2008

When Only a Grandfather Clock Will Do

There are those spaces in all of our homes that call out for something very specific; something very particular that is the only thing that will fit the bill. When I moved into my new home I was terrified by the amount of space, to be honest. It’s not that I didn’t love the wide …

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Grandfather Clock Shopping with my Grandfather

Before I moved into my new home with my new husband, I had quite a lot of preparation to do. Prior to this home, we had both only lived in small apartments with roommates; and we had all brought what little we had to the party. This meant an odd collection of mismatched plates and …

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The Grandfather Clock of My Dreams

I have had a recurring dream for many years now; in the dream I am on a swing that keeps going higher and higher until I feel that I will eventually fall if it doesn’t slow down. Then, just as feel myself getting completely out of control I hear the sound of a chiming clock …

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Grandfather Clock for Baby, Part II

As I shared in the last post, the time during which I gave birth to my first daughter was a time filled with excitement and trepidation as I made preparations to bring home this tiny new addition to our family. What I found after her birth was that I was far less concerned with filling …

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Grandfather Clock for Baby, Part I

When I was expecting my first daughter I was like most new parents-to-be in that I was running around like crazy putting things in place for an event that I couldn’t even wrap my head around; I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like after this child was born – what our life would …

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You Never Grow Out of Grandfather Clocks

If you have been in your own place for even a few years you have undoubtedly discovered that what you thought was really fun in terms of decorating just a year ago may not necessarily be something that you enjoy today. When I first moved into my home, for instance, I was just married and …

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Remembering Grandfather Clocks, Part II

In the last post I related my story of my close friend who – along with her sister – was charged with cleaning out her parents’ home after their deaths just eight weeks apart from each other. While it was a grueling process, the women were able to complete it with honor and each came …

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Remembering Grandfather Clocks, Part I

A very close friend of mine recently lost both of her parents within a span of eight weeks. It was absolutely horrific and something that no one should have to experience. Aside from the emotional trauma of the actual loss and all that it entailed, my friend and her sister were next charged with cleaning …

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Grandfather Clocks Galore

I have always loved grandfather clocks but in my mind they were sort of more traditional in nature; something that was best displayed in big, traditional homes where the style was classic and the ceilings were tall. Being that I live in a decidedly smaller version of such a home and my style is what …

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Finding a Grandfather Clock that I Remember, Part II

As recounted in the last post, the grandfather clock was a staple in the homes of my European childhood. They were simply a part of the decor of the homes of friends and relatives; something that I largely took for granted until we came to this country without much more than the shirts on our …

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