Sorry for yet another late post, friends! I'm back to somehow forgetting to push publish on my posts when I schedule them. I usually try to check in the morning to make sure it's posted, but there was an emergency at work this morning and I failed to check until now. So, here's your Friday post! At roughly lunchtime.
It's a busy and festive Friday. First, let's start with the Friendly Fill-Ins. If you want to join in on the fun, please do so! My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.
1. _________ made me smile recently.
Especially for Santa and his gift-filled sleigh.
Santa was supposed to drive that thing around the entire globe,
Whether it was hot or cold, and whether there was rain or snow.
The older Santa got, the harder it became.
Aging simply made things, well, not the same.
That's why this year a helper was recruited,
That being a festive little elf named Rufus.
This elf named Rufus drove a festive red truck,
Under the moon and stars, through snow, and wishing for luck.
The back of the truck was packed with gifts,
And at every house he passed, through those gifts he did sift.
As he helped Santa deliver gifts on the ground,
Rufus drove admittedly a bit less than safe and sound.
He was, after all, in a hurry,
Driving speedy quick through the flurries.
So fast Rufus was going,
That a police care showed up with its lights glowing.
With a sigh and a roll of his eyes,
The elf pulled his truck off to the side.
The officer walked up to the truck and said,
"Do you know how fast—wait, are those pointy ears on your head?"
"They are," was how Rufus replied.
"I really can't be delayed, officer," he added with another sigh.
"Why were you speeding?" the police man asked,
All while eying the elf's pointy little shoes and hat.
"I'm helping Santa on this Christmas Eve," Rufus said.
"And now if you don't mind, I must continue on ahead."
Not taking the hint, the officer laughed and said,
"Oh, really? You work for Santa?
"Yes, sir, I do work for Santa," Rufus said.
He could not help but give another shake of his head.
That's not an easy thing, nope nope nope.
So I'm offering landbound support,
"You know," the office said, "my kids visited Santa at the mall.
And you better believe they didn't enjoy the visit at all.
He was big and red and made them cry.
Are you suspicious like him? Perhaps a bit sly?"
You know, that one that looks like a dog?
Except apparently it wears curlers on its head.
That's really what they want form the big ol' man in red?"
The officer frowned before saying,
"I'm bringing over my partner, who can sniff out all sorts of paraphernalia.
Are those gifts in the back of your truck stolen?
Is this some kind of crime you've got rolling?"
No, I am most certainly not a thief."
The officer showed up with—guess what?—a cat just then,
Rufus hoped to make it out of there alive if he had any luck.
Sven the feline officer sniffed this and batted at that,
And then, believe it or not, curled up for a cat nap.
"Hm," the officer grunted with a frown.
"I guess Sven didn't find anything this time around."
"Well, that's good," Rufus said with a sigh of relief.
"Like I told you, I'm not a thief."
Rufus prepared himself to get back on the road,
But then he said, "Oh, one last thing before I go."
Rufus rummaged through the gifts in the festive red truck's rear,
Saying, "Your gift is somewhere in here."
Finally, Rufus pulled out a little box wrapped in red,
And then he handed it to the officer with a shrug and nod of his head.
Eying the elf, the officer opened the box right then and there.
Now in his hand the officer held a globe.
But not just any globe, most certainly not, no.
This globe housed in it, well, that exact scene.
The red truck and other familiarities in the globe were exact enough to be obscene.
Rufus said, "You can use this globe to remember this Christmas Eve by.
Too bad you didn't get to meet Santa or see his sleigh fly.
Oh, wait, there he is," the elf finished and pointed to the sky.
The officer looked up and his jaw did drop.
Seeing a sleigh pulled by reindeer across the moon was a bit of a shock.
As he flew overhead, Santa did wave.
And then in a shout he did say,
"Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
And then, just like that, he flew out of sight.
"See you later," Rufus said.
All the officer could manage was a nod of his head.
Sven the cat continued to nap as the elf wished the officer good luck,
And then with gifts to deliver, he sped off in his festive red truck.
In fact, they displayed that strange little globe all year round.
From it, sometimes Santa's voice even did sound.
Today is another one of our tips on how to travel with your furbaby this holiday season, or any time of the year. When traveling with your furbaby, consider how you will be traveling and what all therefore might be necessary. Are you and your furbaby traveling by car? Plane? Train? For a plane, train, or other public transportation, do your research and understand what all that particular company might require for your furbaby to board and travel. Is a carrier required? If so, how small or big of one? Is a health certificate required, and/or proof of particular vaccinations? Look into all of this and plan well in advance so that all can be squared away before you and your furbaby head out on your travels. Of course, this is all also important to keep in mind when traveling in your own car. Proper, safe restraint is important even in a car, of course. Have secure carriers for kitties and small dogs, or leashes and seat belts for larger dogs. Even in your own car it is also important for your furbaby to be up-to-date on vaccines and other medical care, in case you should be stopped and asked for proof of their health status. So, while it is often possible to travel with your kitty or pup, do of course ensure that you allow proper time to find out what all you will need for safe and legal travels.