OK, we don't either, but now we will be traveling with a "grandmother" clock, so called because it is somewhat smaller than a grandfather clock. In the 1970's I built, from scratch, nearly a dozen clocks. I bought patterns and adjusted them to my own desires; I bought and cut the hardwood myself, including using a tool to shape the moldings; I bought the clockworks from a mail order company. I worked my butt off preparing these clocks. Those we didn't give as gifts stayed with us until we retired. Then we moved them to other family members' homes.
I stopped making these clocks (although I loved the hobby) when I kept hearing the question, "Oh, did you make this from a kit?" Hell, no, I didn't! But if people couldn't tell these from a kit project (like a model airplane) then I wasn't about to bother any more. I switched to writing as a hobby.
Here on the road we don't have any of our clocks, and we don't have pictures of many of them. We do have a picture of the clock I made for my parents' 40th wedding anniversary (and now we have celebrated our own 50th last year -- and we have that clock in our own home in Benson now!). Unfortuantely, search as I may, I cannot find that picture right now, but I know I have it. Somewhere. Gotta start labeling my pictures!
So what am I getting to? Daughter Kathie and her Shawn have kept our masterpiece all these years as they have moved ahead in their own lives. Now they have returned it to us!!!! Our "grandmother" clock! They brought it to us in our RV park yesterday in the back of their pickup truck! Here is Shawn unloading it and bringing it into Rosie's warm embrace. (The clock crown needed to be removed for travel.)
|Kathie and Shawn were also taking stuff to be donated.|
|Kathie is standing by to lend a hand if necessary.|
|Let's see now, which way should I approach this?|
|That's it, head first!|
|This is where the clock will ride -- standing right behind the passenger seat. Wrapped and protected, of course!|
|She's taller than I am by about two inches.|
Before closing, we do want to say a huge thank you to all those of you who have ever served in our armed forces. This is a day to remember not only those who have fallen and given their all for this country, but those who served in any manner at any time. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have enabled us to live ... Our Life on Wheels ... in this great, if imperfect, country.