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!
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!
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.)
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!)
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!
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.