Saturday, November 6, 2010

Falling Back

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Spring forward Ah, it's time to Fall Back once again. Doesn't that sound nice?  Fall back ... perhaps on a fluffy cloud, or into a mountain of whipped cream -- something nice and delightful.

NOT!

I must admit, I'm still not happy that they moved the seasonal time change to a week later in November, and moved it up by almost a month in April.  Can't we just leave our clocks where they're supposed to be?

I don't know about you, but I think we must have 20 digital clocks lurking about the house, all in need of changing every November and April.  (Okay, the one in the guest room never got changed last spring -- hey, it's all ready for tomorrow.)  What a PITA!

My_grandfather_clock What's worse is my temperamental grandfather clock.  Springing forward is no problem,  but if I want to change the time to an hour earlier, I either have to stop it for an hour (and since my Dad the watchmaker/clock fixer has passed, we've had a hard time getting it going again if we forget to wind it), or go through the Westminster Chimes eleven times to get to where we need to be.  That gets tedious.  (By the way, My Dad made the clock for me.  Isn't it gorgeous?)

Then there are the clocks in the cars.  Gotta make sure I have a toothpick handy for those.

How many clocks will you have to change?

21 comments:

Dru said...

Your grandfather's clock is beautiful. I need to look up why they were called "grandfather's clock."

I have the kitchen timer, the stove, the microwave, the wall clock, my watch, and one radio clock that's already set because it thought last week was Daylights Saving Time.

Every thing else should change automatically.

Donna said...

we have 10 clocks to change...I agree there should be no need to change clocks, but if we do change them I prefer the way they are now...this way it gets dark early only a short time and then in spring the sun is up earlier for much longer and I get a longer time to get used to the change in spring :)

Heather Webber said...

Too many to count! And I know some will slip through the cracks until, oh, January. :)

Laineshots said...

What an absolutely beautiful gift your dad made for you, Lorna. I think I might just leave it the way it is all year round--but I'm quirky like that. I have a mantel clock that runs backwards, of all things!

Besides all the usual household clocks, I have a whole wardrobe of wristwatches that all need changed. Ugh. Every year I miss a few, and once I wore a watch for two weeks before I noticed.

My new car, now, does everything for itself. It even sends me e-mails to tell me to put air in the tires, so I'm quite sure it will handle its own time change.

I agree completely--time changing is a pain, and I've never quite understood the reason for it.

holdenj said...

The car is the worst! Usually takes a day or two to even remember how to do it!

CindyD said...

How many clocks do I have to change? Zero! Arizona didn't go on Daylight Savings Time. But now it is only an hour earlier when we call the kids in Texas and only two hours earlier when we call friends in Ohio and daughter in Georgia.

Aurian said...

We changed time last week, on Halloween night. My alarm clock, which is of course the most important, the microwave and the VCR, that's all.

Kay said...

Agree with you, Lorna, don't understand why we can't just return to normal time & leave it that way!

We have a couple of digital clocks that are older & a royal pain to change.

I can never remember how to change the clock in the car & am always digging in glove box for manual to change it.

Linda McDonald said...

Not too many actually. We don't have that big of a house, and not that many clocks so it is relatively simple around here to change them. For years though, I could never remember how to change the dang clock in my car. I'd have to dig out the manual to figure out how to do it. Now that I've had my car for 8 years I can remember how to do it, but for many years it was a hassle. Good luck with the grandfather clock. It sure is a beauty.

Anonymous said...

We have six not counting the car and truck. The worse one is the one that is supposed to be the atomic clock, it has never worked correct on changing.

Miki Willa said...

Your grandfather clock is beautiful. What a wonderful piece to have.
I agree with you about the time. I lived in Hawaii for six years where they don't change the time. The world didn't end when we didn't change our clocks twice a year. I really wish congress would do away with the change.
We have six clocks we have to change plus the two cars. But, they will have to wait until we get back from vacation. For now, we are not watching the time.

Merry Lu said...

That is a gorgeous clock, aren't dads wonderful!

Not counting the computer, which changes itself, I have 4 clocks. That includes the walnut clock my dad made me which has needed new batteries since last fall (it's a wall clock and requires some climbing to reach).

~ Babs ~ said...

Lorna your clock is beautiful! Thank goodness the computers change themselves. We have 5 clocks inside and the truck and car. Then my watches have 6 of them. Wish we did not have to change the time either.

Rita B said...

Have 6 clocks to change. Wish they would just stay with "Sun" time and live with it. They it saves energy...I've not seen any difference on my lite bill. But it sure uses up MY energy fixing all those dang clocks

Vickie said...

Your clock is gorgeous. You are blessed with a creative father. My dad does woodwork, too, his art is all over my house.

Some of the clocks will do themselves, thankfully, but we have three or four watches, three clocks in the kitchen, a few alarm clocks around the house.

Vickie said...

Oh, and I am of the school of thought of keeping the time constant. Pick one and keep it, no more of DST or Standard time.

Ellery Adams said...

8 clocks and I can only hope I remember the one on the coffee maker and how to change the one in my car. I have to do all this button mashing on the steering wheel- wish mine was like yours - I can handle a toothpick!

Merry Lu said...

Our power went out this morning, so guess what? Yep, I'm changing clocks again. (All except for my walnut wall clock, which is still awaiting a new battery.)

Linda Leszczuk said...

Beautiful Grandfather's clock!

By quick count, I have eleven clocks to change - but my gripe with DST is for the kids at the schoolbus stop (or walking to school). They may have to be out there in the dark for a couple months each year but we shouldn't have DST extending that time.

Anglers Rest said...

The clock is beautiful. Here in the UK we changed clocks at the end of Ocober. Such a pain! I I noticed earlier i have still missed one!

signlady217 said...

We were on vacation and had to change them when we got back (still have two I didn't do yet!). 10 clocks/electronics, wristwatch, car and truck totals up to lucky 13! And you're right: thank goodness the computers change themselves!