Monday, November 29, 2010
Tuesday evening, 11/30, marks the annual broadcast of the Rudolph special on TV. It signals the true beginning of the Christmas season for us because seeing the Bumble transform from scary beast to helpful friend makes us all shiny inside.
Even though I long ago designated The Bumble as Andy's unofficial mascot due to Andy's clumsy bumbling, his favorite character from Rudolph is really Yukon Cornelius. He loves how he tastes his pick for gold and tells his dogs to "un-mush" when he wants them to stop pulling the sled. But The Bumble will forever be the character most associated with Andy, and myself as Mrs. Bumble, by extension.
That Bumble became our blog's image too. So when blogging buddy and crafter extraordinaire, LJ of Musings by Mugwhump, offered to make a creation for willing readers to get her in the swing of things for her holiday craft projects, I suggested The Bumble- much to her dismay.
LJ had not really felted something that was a recreation of a specific existing character or creature. She made wonderful items in her own vision - playful lizards for example. But LJ wanted a challenge so she decided to rise to the occasion. And she whipped up that beautiful guy up above in a matter of DAYS people! Like it was nothing. Incredible. When he arrived in her package sent with TLC from Canada we were ecstatic over the resemblance to the "real" Bumble in Rudolph.
The only problem was that our kitty Tedy was pretty pleased with The Bumble too. LJ forgot to mention that cats are magnetically drawn to these wooly creations as if they were stuffed with catnip. Andy woke up one morning to find the poor Bumble laying face down on the floor next to our bed with his back "fur" all pulled apart. I tried to patch him up and placed him high on our dresser for safe keeping. When I came back into the room about 15 minutes later, dear Bumble was back on the floor, further shredded, with a playful cat hovering above.
In despair, I hung my head in shame and e-mailed LJ to confess that her perfect creation had been mauled by a naughty cat and that I needed her to make us another one. I offered to pay any handsome sum of money that LJ wanted, groveled and then waited for a response. What did LJ say? Ship him back for free repairs. LJ is an angel. So back to Canada the Bumble went.
An easy fix for LJ. Within days he was back in our hands - just in time for his TV special. He is safe now on our fireplace mantle where it is a proven fact that Tedy the cat cannot reach. Plus, we bought him a new cat toy stuffed with catnip as a distraction just to be safe. Thank you LJ for having the talent to reunite us with our Bumble. And for being so kind and generous. You have put us in the spirit of giving this holiday season.