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December 29, 2011 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Last Days’ Vanishing Act: shyness or plot?

It’s the invisible week: those few days between Christmas and New Years. If not firmly grasped, it vanishes like the mists of Avalon. Leaving you to wonder.

A rumor exists there was some time there.

Between the frenzy of clearing the house of wrapping paper, and ribbon, and those holiday guests (Now tired and tiring). Before the bookend of morning alarms, the resumption of daily commutes, and the brain occupation by work.

Where did it go? (I know there were some daze there.)

Evidence of some sort of event remains: piles of laundry, aging leftovers in the fridge (but favorite foods? MIA), and no gas in the car. (I know I filled it.)

Elusive and fleet.

Gone without relishing. Passed without savoring.

Did it silently scream in protest while strangled or secretly slip into a shadow to see if it would be missed?Β (Wait. Please return. I see. I value. I cherish.)

If it was blizzarding – a winter wonderland scene – that would pause it, right? The quiet would stall it? Icy cold freezing motion? Not so easy to skip away with snow softly blanketing? But so easy to snooze in front of the fire while, unnoticed, the minutes fly like glitter in the wind.

The quiet week

Like the shy child.

Waiting to be noticed.

Hug that chance.

Ask this week to stay and play.

Hold tight.

It’s time.

Hitting pause,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Lilly Tomlin: Β “The trouble with the rat race, is that even if you win, you are still a rat.”

Slow Down:Β create subtle change

The 14th Dalai Lama:

We have bigger houses but smaller families;
more conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgement;
more experts, but more problems;
more medicines, but less healthiness;
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet
the new neighbor.
We build more computers to hold more
information to produce more copies then ever,
but have less communication;
We have become long on quantity,
but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods
but slow digestion;
Tall men but short character;
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It’s a time when there is much in the window,
but nothing in the room.


  1. Homestead Ramblings / Dec 29 2011 12:14 am

    Simplicity is sweeter isn’t it. πŸ™‚


  2. jmmcdowell / Dec 29 2011 12:38 am

    I’ll look at the next few days with a better perspective now. Thanks for this post.


  3. Neeks / Dec 29 2011 12:43 am

    How very well said. It’s true, this new generation is all about electronics – my daughters boyfriend is sweet but he’s too embarrassed to look at me when he talks to me. He gets all red in the face and stares off to the side. We’ll sit there and have a whole conversation that way.
    Now if I was to text him I would probably get an earful. lol. Nice post, love the pics!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2011 12:59 am

      The electronics have certainly morphed communications.(Maybe he would feel more comfortable with face-to-face on phone/computer?) Enjoyed your visit. Thanks


  4. Danlrene Β©2011 / Dec 29 2011 1:22 am

    love this. πŸ™‚


  5. Madison Woods / Dec 29 2011 2:23 am

    It does feel like the mists of Avalon shrouded the entire week. I tried to savor it, but still it went by too quickly even though I was off work most of the week. I am, have been on, a quest to get out of the rat race. To quit. Even if I do still find out one day I’m just a rat, after all. I want off the wheel.


    • dogear6 / Dec 29 2011 3:16 am

      I love your description here! Thanks for clarifying my thoughts on this.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2011 3:42 am

      The days between are so oddly illusive, blink and they are gone. Maybe the trick is to find the right wheel and learn how to make it spin as you wish…or so a teddybear hamster told me once (after it escaped the science class and moved into our kitchen). Hope your new year bring great adventures. Thanks for stopping by.


  6. dogear6 / Dec 29 2011 3:18 am

    What a wonderful post. There’s a lot to mull over here, but you’ve put words to my emotions of this week. The Dalai Lama quote capped it off nicely.

    I feel like this whole year went by with a whoosh. It seems like yesterday that I complained to the gal at Starbucks that I was off to a grumpy start on New Year’s Day.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2011 3:33 am

      Glad there is something that spoke to you. It’s been a strange year. Thanks for visiting


  7. Paprika Furstenburg / Dec 29 2011 3:29 am

    Great post It’s so easy to distract ourselves in this busy, constantly noisy world, but I think it’s important to savor something in every day of the year.


  8. philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2011 3:38 am

    Always good to slow down and listen to the quiet once in a while. Thanks for adding to the conversation.


  9. eyeLaugh / Dec 29 2011 5:15 am

    that’s a great note from the Dalai Lama. Thanks for sharing.


  10. Bongo / Dec 29 2011 6:41 am

    I’m afraid the week will be over and the mess will still be here. Yikes!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2011 3:32 pm

      Hi Bongo! Around here life is messy, but fun…still there is a limit, so German stop dragging in mouthfulls of mulch and stop while I wipe those paws. Thanks for bouncing by Bongo.


  11. Sunshine / Dec 29 2011 8:53 am

    You know I love everything you put together here…especially “ask this week to stay and play.”
    πŸ™‚ thanks!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2011 4:11 pm

      Wish it would hang around – I wouldn’t mind if it was under foot or in my hair. Thanks for adding to the dialogue. Happy New Year!


  12. Tyler / Dec 29 2011 1:51 pm

    hey, isn’t Monday a holiday too?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2011 4:17 pm

      Monday, Monday. Can’t face that day. Oh, sorry, that song is just there. If it’s not a holiday, it might as well be..everyone’s still going to be bleary and not focused…sleeeeepy, sleeeeepy..sleeee….Oh, sorry. Thanks for stopping by, Tyler


  13. The Hook / Dec 29 2011 2:32 pm

    Yours is a gifted, creative mind, my friend. All the best in the new year.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2011 4:25 pm

      Thanks, Hook. Life offers an abundance of material, right? Enjoy the all fireworks in the new year.


  14. sportsattitudes / Dec 29 2011 6:13 pm

    Love the images here, both visual and created in the mind. This IS an invisible week in a lot of cases. Great job. All the best to you and yours…and all your other readers…for the New Year!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2011 6:37 pm

      Thanks. Never done much photography – but with computers, apparently even bad pix can become something. Hope your new year is picture perfect!


  15. K / Dec 29 2011 8:55 pm

    Talking about the week and electronics…I broke my cell phone the other day (accidently) and have been amazed at how quieter my days are without it. Yes, I will get it fixed but I’m going to enjoy this time without it. Great post!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2011 9:21 pm

      Glad it was the cell instead of the computer.Thanks for visiting and joining the discussion.


  16. kewsmith / Dec 29 2011 9:52 pm

    Thanks. Beautiful, thought provoking post.


  17. firebirdlifecoach / Dec 29 2011 11:03 pm

    Beautifully captures the essence of the feeling of this moment in time. Thanks – and thanks for liking my blog, too!


  18. MJ, Nonstepmom / Dec 30 2011 12:32 am

    The Dali Lama quote really begs the question ‘what are we [as a whole] doing wrong….this is an amazing piece!


  19. Andrea O'Connell / Dec 30 2011 1:31 am

    Such a lovely post, gorgeous photos, too. Happy New Year! πŸ™‚


  20. jannatwrites / Dec 30 2011 2:52 am

    Those days do have a way of slipping under the radar. Thanks to your post, I’ll keep my eyes open for the remainder of the week (what’s left of it.)

    Love the The 14th Dalai Lama, by the way πŸ™‚


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 30 2011 2:58 am

      These particular days are like herding marbles…so easy to get away. Grab what you can and enjoy. Thanks for joining in.


  21. Miles / Dec 30 2011 4:05 pm

    Lovely pictures…and your words made me smile. Thanks for posting! πŸ™‚


  22. mindwarpfx / Dec 30 2011 4:42 pm

    Your one of those people who have a great view on life. Thanks for letting us see that what you see through your posts. All the best and have a happy new year! Ps. I have made a mention of you in my last post of this year for me. The post is just a note people of the year. Enjoy. All the best!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 30 2011 5:48 pm

      Appreciate such kind words. Life is the great adventure. Dropped by your blog just a little while ago to leave Happy New Year’s wishes and was pretty surprised. Thanks for the honor. Do enjoy the rest of this year and blog on in the next!


  23. sshade / Dec 30 2011 10:34 pm

    Love this post. And the photos, too!


  24. Miss Y / Dec 31 2011 12:22 am

    It’s a pity yet a blessing I had to work 3 days of the vanishing week. I may of missed it otherwise πŸ™‚


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 31 2011 12:42 am

      Hey, you are right. At least work got you up and moving…too easy to just snooze and laze through the week. So yea! Hope you have a great New Year – thanks for wandering by here and adding to the dialogue.


  25. Robin / Dec 31 2011 3:40 pm

    Wonderful post. This shy week is one of my favorites. It’s a slow and quiet week. An in-between time. πŸ™‚


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 31 2011 4:16 pm

      Really tempting to just doze through it especially if weather is bad. Rest up and enjoy the new year.


  26. robpixaday / Jan 1 2012 4:32 pm

    Magnificent in every way!
    And sooooooo true.


  27. thomag1 / Jan 7 2012 6:34 pm

    this is a great site….I get a lot of inspiration around here! Thanks


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 7 2012 7:52 pm

      Thanks – always appreciate visitors like you.(let me get a chair for you right up front…). No, seriously, thanks.


  28. thomag1 / Jan 7 2012 6:36 pm

    Thanks for ‘liking’ my poem…The Deer


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 7 2012 8:00 pm

      Interestingly, it was foggy here and I was up very early – we still do have deer wandering the area – so the poem title grabbed my attention. (Always looking for a good read)


  29. Alternativepoet / Jan 16 2012 10:02 pm

    Yes there do seem to be a lot of rats out there…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 16 2012 10:20 pm

      But some of them know which is poison and which is not, and where the maze’s escape hatch is.


  30. pnwauthor / Jan 18 2012 12:42 am

    I agree with your words and the Dalai Lama’s words. Sad, isn’t it? What have we become?


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