Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Roving Rudolph Mystery—Part II

Before we get too far past the Christmas holiday season, I wanted to provide  an update on the Roving Rudolph Mystery.  If you missed that post, you may want to go read it first so this post makes more sense…or as much sense as something this bizarre can make.

During the month of November and into December, Rudolph continued to gad-about the My Cottage of Bliss neighborhood, as he had done since mid-summer. 

On this day, he had picked up  a different straw hat, a pair of  red shorts, a  Hawaiian lei, sunglasses, and a camera.  What is difficult to clearly see in this picture is Rudolph has a red straw up to his mouth and appears to be sipping something from  a red “Coke” beverage container.  Yep, I’d say there is little doubt Rudolph is enjoying his laid-back Florida vacation to the max!

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Below  he was sporting a Florida State University pennant banner and  a yellow handkerchief that he elected to wear on his antlers.  This reindeer is one style icon!

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It would appear Rudolph  is not only a fan of  the various  Florida college and professional sports teams but he enjoys playing sports himself.  The next time I saw him, he was wearing tennis shoes and carrying a tennis  racquet.  (But if he wears his shoes on his front feet, how do you suppose  he swings the racquet?)  There was also something above his hat that depicts the University of Florida gator mascot.  (A tee shirt wrapped around his antlers, perhaps? I couldn’t tell.) 

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Closer to Christmas, Rudolph was spotted fraternizing with other reindeers.  He stayed in this yard longer than I had seen him stay anywhere but at some point, I think he must have slipped off to the mall to do a little Christmas shopping because he was carrying a blue plastic bag.  (I’d love to know what he bought.  Something sports-related, no doubt, but hopefully some shorts that aren’t quite so baggy!)

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Several days before Christmas, I left to go over to  the house in Hooterville.   I was gone for about 9 or 10 days so when I returned to My Cottage of Bliss on New Year’s Day, I truly expected Rudolph to be gone.

Imagine my surprise when I spotted him on the roof of this house!

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Geeez, I have to say this sight sort of tugged at my heartstrings.  Still wearing his sunglasses, doesn’t it appear as though he’s looking toward the sky and waiting for Santa Claus, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen to pass over with the sleigh so he can link up with them?

Poor Rudolph.  I think he might have  missed his chance.    I suspect Santa and the other reindeers have already returned to the North Pole to rest up and then prepare for Christmas 2011.

Now it will be interesting to see if Rudolph continues his vacation in this Florida neighborhood until NEXT Christmas.


Cindy said...

What a hilarious tale, that is one adventurous reindeer!
Thanks for the entertainment! Santa's reindeer may not have wanted him with them due to the way he was dressed, do you think?
Hugs, Cindy

The Cutest Cottage Lamps said...

I love your roving rudolph! What a kick! Happy New Year to you Shari!

Shelia said...

Hi Shari

Shelia said...

Oops! I pushed enter too soon! :)
I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too!!
I love hearing about your roaming rudolph! He's a cutie!!
Thanks for popping in to see me and be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

pam said...

How fun is that!!
I agree, he needs to get a smaller size shorts. Haha

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Too funny Shari! I bet, he visits friends and relatives that all live in the same neighborhood.


Cindy said...

Hi Sherry,
I will try to answer one of your questions regarding having large photos on a blog. I use Blogger to post, and under Settings, I use "Updated Editor". In using that one, once I have downloaded my photo, I click on the photo and it will give you several choices, one being x-large and that is the one that I click on.
As for the header, I, with the help of my husband, made the header in Xara, a photo-shop program that we happen to use, any program like that would do it, though.
I have learned a great deal from my husband and he just starts searching for the answer when I have a question. For instance, I showed him a blog that I liked and it was one that uses the whole page like mine does now, so he found that they used a different template than I was using, it is called Minima Stretch and it's available on the blogger site, but it's under the old templates that they offer.
I hope this helps.
Hugs, Cindy

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