This countdown lady.
Bossy can’t remember where she purchased her — or if she’s vintage or a reproduction — but she’s been counting things down in Bossy’s house for over a decade.
Mostly she lives in the Christmas box with the decorations, but she’s been used to count down other occasions, too. Like the time Bossy’s brother and his family were moving back from Japan after six years. As soon as their return fell into double digits (99 days), this lady got to work and didn’t stop until the plane landed.
In fact, taped on the base near her feet, is a fortune from a cookie: Friends long absent are coming back to you.
The countdown lady long ago lost one of her 6s and a 0, but someone drew the missing numbers on a piece of paper cut out to look like the rest of the wooden numbers, and the count down continues, tick tock.