Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

I am absolutely amazed at how happy I am to have a cuckoo clock in our house.

Now I need you to know, that we didn’t go out and buy this.  My father proudly bought it home on one of his many trips to Switzerland.  It is a Lotscher Swiss chalet cuckoo clock made in Brienz, Switzerland. The rocks are from Brienz, the sand is from Brienz.  This is a little piece of Switzerland.

Anyway, the clock  sat in the basement catching dust amongst a lot of other stuff until we started clearing out the family homestead. Mom is downsizing. We took the clock and have put it in a prominent spot in the family room.

First of all, there is a lot to learn about cuckoo clocks.  The clock will not work unless it is perfectly flush against the wall and perfectly even.  Naive us, we hammered in the nail, hung up the clock, pushed the pendulum and walked away.

No good, so we did it again.

And again.

Finally, we made the trip to the garage, got the level and actually got the clock to work for more than two minutes.

The next frontier was to encourage the little people to come out to dance, the cuckoo to sing, and yes, the water wheel to turn.  For some reason, they were shy.  It took them about an hour to get their dancing shoes on and get ready for a spin.  Now everything is rocking and rolling!

With some added adjustments for time accuracy, the clock is now ticking away — chirping at the half hour and dancing on the hour.

What’s amazing to me, is how much I am enjoying having it it chirp and tweet and dance at me every thirty minutes.  Its an ongoing reminder not to take the world too seriously and to dance just a little bit at least every thirty minutes.  It might take a little work, but in the long run, its worth it.