Another Moose

I told my niece that I saw a moose on the way to work this morning
She said, “How do you know he was on his way to work?”
– Author Unknown –


Not so long ago, a pair of Moose ambled across the field behind our house. The moose (not meese or mooses) stopped for a short while, contemplated something, then moved on. (This was the best I could do, photo wise. The light was not great, nor was the weather…)

Fast forward to last week. I was at our local Canadian Tire store, and what do you think I saw? A moose – and not just any moose. A genuine Canadian moose dressed in red Trooper’s Hat, plaid shirt and a sporty scarf – with a Rudolph Nose!

Portrait of a Moose

Showing great restraint, I didn’t buy the moose. I did buy two strings of Christmas lights, though. Two days later, I realized I needed one more string of lights… and guess what? Apparently I needed a moose too, because there it was, right where I had left it in the store. Waiting patiently, glassy eyes sparkling, red nose acting like a beacon as it drew me down the aisle of this, that and a bunch of other stuff I didn’t need or want.

Moose with an HDR filter

Did I need a moose? No, of course not. Did I want something that makes me smile every time I look at it? Well, maybe. Did I have a vehicle in the parking lot big enough to carry a small moose? Well, yes I did. Was The Car Guy willing to carry the beast through the store and out into the parking lot? Well, yes he said he would.

Moose with a cartoonish filter

Does red plaid clash with my decor? Not at all.
Going, going, gone – another Canadian Tire Moose gets a home!

Moose needs a name. I’m thinking ‘Bruce’. What would you name this moose?

32 thoughts on “Another Moose

    • I’ve only seen them behind my house a handful of times over the years. That’s not to say they don’t wander by often – just that it is a wonderful coincidence that I happen to be looking at that slice of the landscape at just the right time!

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  1. I would do the same thing Margy and he is cute in a moose kind of way. Love the boots! Many years ago, here in the U.S,. the Hallmark stores were selling Rodney Reindeer. They were made of a parachute-type brown material and were a little flopsy-mopsy when they sat or laid on something with all four legs akimbo. I had a pair of them I put on the back of the couch and a Christmas pin of Rodney too – everywhere you looked was Rodney Reindeer (much cuter than Maxine stuff). The following year Burger King had the whole family – each week during Christmas you could buy a family member: Rodney and Ramona his wife and their kids … Randy was in flannel sleepers and I can’t remember the little girl’s name but she had a Christmas pinafore on. They are packed away carefully up on a shelf, not giving many grins up there. Your real moose is very photogenic.

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      • I should do that – this year I took out just a few ornaments to put around – it is just me and no one comes to visit (I have no family) so I stopped decorating, but you are right, they give you a smile, just to see them. Here is the Hallmark commercial from the mid-80s when they were at the height of their popularity.

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        • Christmas is pretty quiet at our house too. Family events have moved to the city. Makes more sense for just two of us to make the commute! I still decorate though – every item is a memory of something and I enjoy reliving them all! I love the glow of lights on the tree! (My tree (artificial) goes up in early Dec and there have been times it hasn’t come down until Easter!)

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          • I think next year I will put up a tree … I collected teddy bears for years and my mom bought me a Boyd’s Bear ceramic tree – bears all over and it’s very cute. We had been very busy at work and I usually decorate at Thanksgiving when off the four days, and this year I decided to just hunker down and read –
            since I now work from home, and used to take the bus, and that was my primary time to read, I’d not picked up a book in many years.
            So I spent most of the long weekend reading – blogging has really taken a chunk out of any time I might have read. I like the glow of the lights too. When I worked on site, I always put a tree in my office as well as in the office –
            it was/is just my boss and me and our front of our office suite is glassed in, so everyone competes with one another to decorate.

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  2. I love Bruce! We have a much smaller Minnesota version moose in our living room and if I knew how to include photos in a comment box, I’d show it to you. He wears a striped scarf and fur-lined boots. 🙂

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