Hourglass

I have been wanting an hourglass, but wanted one that did not cost an arm and a leg. The other day I took a visit to the Hobby Lobby craft store. I did not go in to look for an hourglass but as I passed by an hour glass show case, I had to stop and look. I spent several minutes trying to decide if I really wanted to purchase one. They were half off so I gave it a lot of thought. I could get one for 8.00. It would look good on my desk or on the mantle in my house. I caved and bought it.

Hourglass is also know as a sandglass. In the early days, sandglasses were popular on ships as the motion did not affect the hourglass. They depended on them for measurements of time. Seamen would also us the hourglass to determine their position at sea. They called this “marine sandglass”. 

After I got my hourglass home, I was so excited to show it to Nick. I flipped it over and went on about my evening. I came back into the room shortly after and was disappointed to see that the hourglass had already emptied to the bottom. I was confused. “What do you mean it didn’t last an hour?” So I flipped it over again and watched the clock. It lasted 15 minutes.


I was so disappointed that it was not a 60 minute hourglass. I thought all hourglasses were and hour hence the name. I have a quarter hourglass. Now I know why it was so cheap. Even though I’m disappointed in my purchase, I will still flip it over just to watch the sand fall. There is something relaxing about watching the sand build up in the bottom half of the hourglass. 

7 comments

  1. Oh, I'm sorry it didn't last an hour too. I sure didn't know they had these with different times. You've taught me something today. It is cute though I'd be flipping it back and forth myself to watch it.
    Dolly

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  2. I would have expected an hour glass to be an HOUR, too! That should call that one a QUARTER glass!!

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  3. I don't think we have ever had one, an hourglass that is. I have always wondered what was in it, sand or salt. I imagine it is sand though. It sure is a nice conversation piece though. It amazes me that they can be made seamless to top that. NICE
    Sherry & jack from Florida... I seldom go to Hobby Lobby but am always amazed at what they do have when there.
    Love sent your way
    Sherry & jack with sunshine now.

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  4. I thought all hour glasses lasted an hour two - thats why it's called an hour glass I would have thought!!!

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  5. It's still very pretty, which is what matters most.

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  6. I did the exact same thing! Wanted one but didn't want to spend much, then found a pretty little turquoise glass one and bought it - guess they're quarterhour glasses ;)

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  7. -chuckle- "Caveat emptor" is Latin for "Let the buyer beware".

    I always remember that, from college, economics classes.

    Always was, and will always be, true..

    Blogs are little First Amendment machines.

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