Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Moose Relocation Project (Part I)

We have had such a busy season, but now that our time capsules have arrived safely and we are settling in, I have a grand story to share!  This is Chris (the main moose)!

Back in "way back" time, which for us moose equates to about 4 months ago, both our Poppy and Moo set out to look for a new home for us. We loved our old home, but we were really starting to out-grow The Moose Room.  So, our Moo did a Google search and looked for the safest places to live in Indiana.  She had done this a few times over the years, and each time the city of Jasper appeared in the Top Ten.  If it's on the internet it must be true, right?!  No, of course not!  We had to check things out for ourselves.  Now, when we bought our Chicago home, I helped them pick it out, so it stood to reason I had to go on this trip as well.  My little brother Stosh and I packed a bag and got settled in for our trip.

Once we were there, we loved the place!  We rode around and took in some sights, we talked to some locals, and we did what all smart people do when they want to see what a town is about. We went and hung out at the local Wal-Mart for awhile.  Here are a few pictures. (No, not from Wal-Mart. There was nothing special to see there that day which was a good sign for us!)
A view from our hotel!

Around town!

Poppy and Moo after eating
dinner at the Schnitzelbank!

After doing our research and deciding to investigate further, the next step was to find a realtor.  So, back to the internet Moo went and she looked up a realtor she came across during her initial Google Search. Within minutes, we were at FC Tucker Realty and Dara O'Neil was the realtor that helped us. She was very kind, very thorough and at the time, didn't know that there would be moose involved in the purchase of a new home.   Of course, once Poppy and Moo described what kind of house they were looking for, the need for a moose room was soon revealed.  

Once our Pop and Moo did all the leg work, Stosh and I settled in to view some of the houses they found.  With lots of hard work, we helped them narrow down their search to just a few houses.
So many to choose from...

This room might be big enough for us!

Stosh, I think this might be the one!  

We were so pooped by the end of the night. We fell fast asleep dreaming of kitchens, basements, and square footage (since over 275 of us have to fit in the house).
Stay tuned for Parts II and III of The Moose Room Relocation Project and find out the following:

  • Which house was the winning house
  • How over 275 moose get transported into a different time zone
  • Who was the surprise guest at our house closing 
  • Pop and Moo's 30 seconds of fame
You won't want to miss it!

Friday, April 22, 2016

A moose book that is "moose" enjoyable!

We love reading books, and when we come across a real winner we like to share it with you!  Of course, the fact that the main character is a moose certainly doesn't hurt.

In This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom Lichtenheld, they regale us with the making of a film about moose. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, Moose is not playing the part of a moose very well at all.  He has bigger aspirations than just being a typical moose doing typical moose things. Actually, what Moose wants is to become an astronaut, which has the duck director all but quacking up!  Then Moose's grandmother enters the film explaining how she had a dream of being a lacrosse player as a young moose.  The director thought he saw it all until  Regal Giraffe joins the film. His dream was to be a doctor. A Doctor Giraffe in the middle of the woods??? It was "moose" unbelievable to Duck Director who just can't understand why none of the animals are acting like they are expected to act. We won't spoil the ending. We'll just leave it as is out of this world!

We really loved the message in this story.  Dream...dream big...set goals for yourself and don't let others influence your decision.  We, as domesticated moose ourselves, have learned that the sky is the limit.  When we were first rescued from the wild, we never thought we'd be able to do the things that we can do now...most of which are not considered "typical moose behaviors".  If we let others stop us, we would be missing out on so much.  Here are a few of our favorite things...

Sleeping in a house

Playing outside in the leaves


Bobbing for meatballs on Halloween


Eating human food like chili (pictured here)
or pizza and meatballs

Hanging out with friends

Laying out in the sun...poolside



River rafting

None of this would have been possible if we just acted like typical moose running and foraging in the forest eating twigs and berries.  None of this would have happened if we didn't dream big!

We give the story  This is a Moose our highest honors with our four hoof rating and our seal of approval!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

My Brother's Secret

Karl and Stephan are two brothers that definitely have opposing views.   Karl is a 12 year old Hitler youth brainwashed with the mindset that Hitler is great.  Karl can't wait to become a littler older so that he can go from playing war games to actually taking part in the war.  Stephan, who is older, has a more realistic view of Hitler and the war. Karl's views change dramatically when his family gets word that his own father was killed while fighting in Russia. At first, Karl believed that his father admired Hitler and proudly died for him, but as he learns more and more about his family, his father, and his brother's secret, Karl realizes that the truth has a very different face.

Though My Brother's Secret by Dan Smith book is a work of fiction, it is a very realistic and gripping story!

We give it our highest...

Saturday, March 5, 2016

I ought to be in pictures...oh, wait, I am!

Pudgy Moose loves  his new self-portrait!  Actually, one of Moo's students it drew this moose picture and gave it to her.  Little did the student know that the resemblance would be unMOOSEtakable!