Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Telling time . . . .

I like older things. Perhaps that is because they remind me of a time when things were slower, more methodical, more people friendly.

I loved the buffets after church that my grandparents would take us to out in the park. Everyone brought their own silverware and plates and one dish! We always had a grand time! No paper plates, plastic silverware and no waste! Great food and great company!

I loved going to the local restaurant after school, ordering cherry cokes and french fries! Yum!! No MacDonalds then! Sitting and talking with friends face to face instead of texting!

So, while I am reminiscing, I'll tell you about an old mantel clock. It is a wonderful old clock, the kind you wind with a key. It has the chimes on the hour and half hour. It needs a little work as the hands don't keep up but the chimes do!! I don't wind it because it drives my husband nuts. And, for now, the time will always be 6:56!

I love this old clock. My Uncle George gave it to me about twelve years ago. He said it had been his grandparents wedding clock. Daddy doesn't remember but then Uncle George lived with Grandmother for many years before she passed away so he would know many of the stories more than Dad. I can't even tell who made the clock as there isn't anything on the face of it.

Periodically, I look around at old clocks to see if I can find one like mine. So far, I've not had any luck but I found some really nice old clocks that work!!

For the person that loves ornate things, this ANSONIA CHERUB NOVELTY CLOCK - Early 1900's
 would be a great gift! From CheeryLane! 

This  Sessions Clock Comp. Chime Mantel Clock 1930`s M.In USA from IOffer.ItAll is similar to mine but this one does work! It doesn't have the chime and decorative glass but it is a very impressive clock!

For the person who loves Disney, this Disney Mickey Mouse Sixty Year Anniversary Rare Alarm Clock from Vermonter53 would be a blast!

If you need a pretty little desk clock, Goldi has this Westclox Goldtone Ornate Desk Clock Germany Vintage available!

And I absolutely love the old mantel clocks! This GE ANTIQUE STRIKE # 6B08 MAESTRO MANTEL CLOCK is from Plusizeglamor!

The fun thing that I found was that OLA.com is not just a place to sell WORKING old clocks, it is also a place to sell old clocks for parts, new clocks and everything between!

I found clocks that look like a basketball with the team name on it, I found clocks that projected, I found clocks that even had a surveillance camera in it!

So, stop on over and take a peek at OnlineAuction.com! We have lots to choose from . . . . and if you aren't interested in anything particular, stop in and browse through our store, KornKountryTreasures! We'd love to have you stop by!!

Thank you!

Oh, and if anyone does recognize my clock or could tell me how to find out who made it, I'd really appreciate it!!

Warning! Danger, Will Robinson! Solar Flare Approaching!

From Space.com:
"A powerful solar eruption is expected to blast a stream of charged particles toward Earth tomorrow (Jan. 24), as the strongest radiation storm since 2005 rages on the sun.
Early this morning (0359 GMT Jan. 23, which corresponds to late Sunday, Jan. 22 at 10:59 p.m. EST), NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught an extreme ultraviolet flash from a huge eruption on the sun , according to the skywatching website Spaceweather.com.
The solar flare spewed from sunspot 1402, a region of the sun that has become increasingly active lately. Several NASA satellites, including the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), and the Stereo spacecraft observed the massive sun storm.
A barrage of charged particles triggered by this morning's solar flare is expected to hit Earth tomorrow at around 9 a.m. EST (1400 GMT), according to experts at the Space Weather Prediction Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [Video & photos of the huge solar flare]
According to NOAA, this is the strongest solar radiation storm since May 2005, and as a precaution, polar flights on Earth are expected to be re-routed within the next few hours, Kathy Sullivan, deputy administrator of NOAA, said today at the 92nd annual American Meteorological Society meeting in New Orleans, La.

Scientists call these electromagnetic bursts "coronal mass ejections" (CMEs), and they are closely studied because they can produce potentially harmful geomagnetic storms when the charged particles rain down Earth's magnetic field lines.

In addition to generating stronger than normal displays of Earth's auroras (also known as the northern and southern lights), geomagnetic storms aimed directly at our planet can also disrupt satellites in orbit, cause widespread communications interference and damage other electronic infrastructures.
"There is little doubt that the cloud is heading in the general direction of Earth," Spaceweather.com announced in an alert. "A preliminary inspection of SOHO/STEREO imagery suggests that the CME will deliver a strong glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field on Jan. 24-25 as it sails mostly north of our planet."
Sunday's solar flare was rated an M9-class eruption, which placed it just on the verge of being an X-class flare, the most powerful type of solar storm. M-class sun storms are powerful but mid-range, while C-class flares are weaker.
NASA routinely monitors space weather conditions to determine any potential hazards to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Based on the agency's assessment, the six spaceflyers currently living and working on the orbiting outpost are not in any danger, said NASA spokesman Kelly Humphries.
"The flight surgeons have reviewed the space weather forecasts for the flare and determined that there are no expected adverse effects or actions required to protect the on-orbit crew," Humphries told SPACE.com in an email.
Last week, a separate sunspot group unleashed several M-class flares, and SDO scientists said these types of flares are occurring almost daily as the sun's rotation slowly turns the region toward Earth.
The sun's activity waxes and wanes on an 11-year cycle. Currently, our planet's nearest star is in the midst of Solar Cycle 24, and activity is expected to ramp up toward solar maximum in 2013."
Don't let a measly solar flare interrupt your shopping at Onlineauction.com!

Get your universe on with these fun space-themed things:

diecast153 is offering this super-cool Pilgrim Observer model!

Original Lost in Space crew magnet from Sparky44_1999 (maybe you could use it to thwart the magnetic upsets from the solar flare!)
It Came From Outer Space (it sure did!) from JRFLEAMARKET
 Wonderful Apollo 13 Doll from wiarks

Satellite Visions USA puzzle from spock100