A Mounted Moose

September 30, 2014 | My Jottings

Moose are very Alaska, very Maine, very Canada, and very Minnesota. I’ve seen one live moose in my lifetime, and it was on an autumn walk Michael and I were taking in the north woods of the Gunflint Trail in Northern Minnesota. We rounded a bend in the path and the moose, which was about 30 yards distant, lifted his head to peer at us out of his poorly sighted eyes, then turned and trotted off on his stilt-like legs. Have you ever seen a moose trot? You can click here to see.

Sara gave me a decorative plate and a canvas with a red bird painted on it for my birthday recently, and I’ve been thinking about where and how to hang them. I subscribe to the decorating rule/idea that odd numbers are visually better for groupings, so the plate and the canvas seemed like they needed a third item to go with them. I like moose. So I decided to buy a whimsical yet very anatomically accurate moose head to go with them. What do an aqua plate, a red bird and a white faux moose have in common? Nothing that I know of except that a quirky woman needing distraction likes all three of them and isn’t worried about what the Pottery Barn folks would say.

Here’s a picture taken from a distance, so you can see that the grouping hangs on a narrow-ish patch of wall in between our living room window and a tree we have in the corner.


And here’s a closer shot:


If you’d like to check out the other animal heads this business offers, click here.

I can envision his antlers being a good place to hang a few Christmas ornaments this December, too.

Now I’d like for him to have a name. You might already know I like alliteration, so I’m leaning toward an M name. This is obviously a manly mounted moose, so a man’s M name would be good.

Any ideas? If I choose your suggestion, I’ll send you a gift. You can list as many names as you like.

Have a blessed week!


  1. Jodi Clair says:

    Lettie just said “Milo”…which happens to be the name of the man who re-strung her viola today. I like it.

    I was also tossing around Monsieur, Mozart, Meijer, Mandela, Mendelssohn, Maverick, Macarthur, Maximillion…to name a few.

    We like moose around here and have a watercolor moose painting hanging in our guest bathroom. AND I have a white faux taxidermy stag in my master bath!

    Thanks for blogging Julie!

  2. Just Julie says:

    I like the stag too, Jodi. And the bear. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like almost all of what you’ve listed! How fun to consider a couple names that would never have come to my mind. Stay tuned…. God bless you dear Jodi. And thank you Lettie! oo

  3. Jodi Clair says:

    Naming is a particular favorite activity of mine Julie. Can’t help myself…how about Milton? Matthias? Two potential pronunciations of that one…the hard t sound followed by ee-us being Scandinavian, so I’m told.

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  6. Ginny says:

    The distinguished Murray T. Montaque, (said slowly, but loud) thank you very much, is an appropriate name for a white moose that hangs between a blue plate and a red cardinal because it takes a strong name to handle all that whimmmsy!
    I totally LOVE the combo!!!

  7. Jodi Clair says:

    Mordechai? Mordi for short? Malachi?

  8. Carey says:

    I know you’re looking for an ‘M’ name, but I just can’t get this swampy name outta my head…Quagmire..giving you the ‘m’ sound in the second syllable instead of the first. But if you REALLY need an ‘M’ name…then how about Manfred?

  9. Janet Skoglund says:

    Magnus is a strong name and means Great; the name of several kings of Norway and Sweden. I think with this name he can handle having decorations on his antlers during the different seasons and will fit quite comfortably between a red cardinal and a aqua plate. Julie, I hope every time you see this combination it brings joy to your heart.

  10. Just Julie says:

    Oh my goodness! Such wonderful suggestions from all of you. I like them all and love, love, love about five of them. I’m going to wait to see what else comes in, but I’m ruminating. Sort of like a moose…at least I think they ruminate after they eat. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you all so much!

  11. Ronda B says:

    Mountgomery (I just can’t get Montgomery out of my head)

  12. Kay in Cornwall says:

    I tried to submit a comment suggesting Montgomery (Monty), don’t know what happened to my comment but obviously Ronda and I were thinking along the same lines! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  13. Peggy Johns says:

    I love the fun in you, Julie! Girls just wanting to have fun! I didn’t want to be left out of this… McCartney, Mercedes, Melchizedek,(kind of a long name), Moses, Moby, Mortimer, Monroe, Miracle. That’s all I’ve got in me. Hope I didn’t accidentally steal someone else’s. Peggy

  14. Just Julie says:

    How am I ever going to decide our moose’s name with all these great suggestions!?! I see two names you’ve listed that I would lean to, Peggy. Thank you! God bless your weekend… xoxo

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