Sep 5, 2010

My Cuckoo Clock

I am so fascinated by cuckoo clocks so years ago when we saw one in the stores my husband gladly bought it for me. I have had it for about 5 years now and I love it. You may wonder what really is my problem then?!

The problem is that ever since we brought it home, I have been trying to get it installed on the wall. But alas it has never been hung and lies in the corner of my closet. Hopefully the cuckoo is still alive.

My repeated requests were shrugged off with "Jot it down; I will get to it when I have time". It has been on my honey-do-list since then, but unfortunately Honey has been busy otherwise.

Few times when he volunteered to work on the list, we would disagree on where to hang the clock. I would say in my office and he would say in our bed room. If I say in our bed room he would say in the kitchen. There have been close calls where he came with the hammer and nails to work on it, but then the phone would ring or a friend would visit or a child would cry that he would hurry to the scene - completely forgetting my poor cuckoo clock.

There have been times when I would challenge to do it myself, but then the electric drill would need to be charged, so I put it on charge only to never find time to get back to it. I have even promised myself that may be next time when Ganesh visits I will request him, but Ganesh has come and gone many times while the cuckoo bird is out of sight and out of mind.

When I start complaining my husband would say, "If you keep hiding it in the closet; how will I remember? If you leave it on the counter top I will do it when I see it". It kind of made sense so I left it on the counter top with frequent reminders but for whatever reason the cuckoo just wouldn't budge. After months of seeing it on the counter top, attracting piles of paper and mail on top I took it back to the closet.

Then recently we painted the house and I was so sure I would finally get to use it, but weeks and months have passed and my cuckoo clock still awaits installation.

Is it me, is it him or is it the cuckoo clock?

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17 comments:

SG said...

I hope he installs the clock in the place where you want soon.

NRIGirl said...

Thanks SG! Let's see if this post helps...

A said...

No comments

Renu said...

It happens with all the men, my hubby also wants evrything to be kept on dining table..so that he can remembr that:) and I wont crowd it.

Bikramjit said...

I am so in love with the cucoo clocks really.. always wanted one and i also got as a gift a few years back and now its hanging on the wall above my tele :)

NRIGirl said...

Cool Bikramjit! Like you I need to trust my own hands so that I can stop blaming it on him always.

NRIGirl said...

@A! Please say something...

@Renu! Glad to know I am not alone...

A said...

NRIGirl,

"No Comments" means a lot...think about it. If I did want to say anything, I would not leave any comment. But I said "No Comments"...for a reason

NRIGirl said...

Of course it does! To me it says your Honey Do List is growing too... Could it be that there is a cuckoo clock waiting this long at your house too?

A said...

NRI, you are probably right. The list never ends. But here is what I really think:-

Being your friend, your husband also becomes our friend and I have to take an objective stand. Knowing you have a full time job, three kids, your passion for blogging and looking at the pictures of your house, I think your husband does a lot of work at home and is a 50% partner is all house hold activities. So it is not fair to just listen to one side of the story.

With regard to clock, it is delayed probably because of several reasons. May be an appropriate place has not been decided and in general depending on the size, location at the wall and weight of the clock, it may be a time consuming effort. These are not very motivating factors. If it is big my guess is some furniture needs to be moved. Then comes the tools, does he have all the tools. He needs an appropriate size ladder, drill machine, stud finder, hammer, nails etc. Also there is a possibility stud is not at a location where you want to hang the clock. If he does not have either one of these tools, it is probably cheaper to get someone from outside. Drill machine could be expensive and a reliable stud finder is not cheap either.

If you want him to install it, first decide on the location then allocate one afternoon (yes, don’t under estimate the work – because even if he has all the tools, he may have to run to the store to find a missing item) and help him to collect all the required tools……

NRIGirl said...

Ha ha ha... @A! You made his day!

Just when I was reading my post to him your comment arrived and he is so happy that you are taking his side.

He once again took it in his hands, looked around the walls and put it back on the table.

He says he has all the tools except the batteries for the clock. Let's see if things have changed this time.

Will keep you all posted.

A said...

One more thing, if the clock installation requires 2 nails (horizontal or vertical), he needs level too...slight mismatch would make clock crooked...

Latha Nair said...

Its hopefully taken its place on the wall by now??

NRIGirl said...

I wish :(

A said...

In my home, negotiation at home starts on Friday evening.....

NRIGirl said...

@A! I see some new batteries for it. It could be a sign it it going to be installed soon - very soon...

A said...

Waiting for an update...hopefully today is your lucky day assuming the clock still works....

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