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December 14, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Author fiddling on the roof

How does he manage ?

Such a slippery slope

Of course he’s a famous author, is that why?

Or is it his ability to write and juggle, not jiggle, there?

Is that the real reason he’s successful?

Wish I could nail that down.

indestructible doghouse

A balance, there.

Will he mind my attempt to follow in his tracks?

Like there’s chance he’ll sniff out my teetering masquerade.

It’s out of respect and affection.

He’s one of my favorite writers.

How are you coming along with your author party preparations?


Of course you are invited to the Virtual Christmas Party.

LouAnn and Robin wouldn’t forget.

You dropped your invitation in the shrubbery on the way home after the last one.

See? Pick up your invitation here.

Please note: LouAnn and Robin are postponing the party for a bit.

The recent shock of the school attack is just too much. Read here.

We’ll let you know about future plans.

RC Cat and Molly, the mauler Malamute, are helping so maybe I’ll get done in time.

Just the RC cat’s meow: “We approve of staff’s choice, but insist this be done tastefully.”

(I’ve declined the offered hairball.)

But the eagerly offered light-colored underfur is perfect.

(Wish they would leave them all in one place, though. Sigh. Exercise is good.)

No need to sew or glue

Oh, it’ll stay for the duration.

Have you ever tried to get all the pet hair off with those lint rollers?

Nature’s velcro

But they insist on supervising.

If Our Realm's name is associated with it, it must be purrfect.

“If Our Realm’s name is associated with it, it must be purrfect.”

You can see the intense examination of the prototype.

Now all I need are a couple of black socks to hand down across my ears.

What? Oh, I’ll just keep my back to the wall for 5 minutes or so –

After everyone has a few drinks, the end won’t be noticed or observed.

But I’ll have a tale ready just in case.

Taking a few notes – or letter combinations – or fine phrases from my author hero.

Each time one of his stories begins, I just shiver

“It was a dark and stormy night….”


Sign of a great author: can’t wait to see what happens next!

Will it be a war epic of the French Underground?

dark and stormy night in London

Who knows with this character.

(Note to self: must learn that French song he sings by the piano)

What him the perfect choice for a wild Christmas party?

Not only is he an accomplished dancer, he’s a master of holiday decorations.

His home displays have even won awards!

For him, fame: fait accompli 

A lofty perspective gained from communing with flighty ones.

Vintage writing instrument, a signature piece.

An observer of society.

A philosopher commenting with few words.

A risk taker who lives life to the fullest.

Must do this noble author justice.

(Maybe he’ll toss me a bone: like a publisher’s home phone?)

Now, no more snooping around.

See you at the party on Saturday and you’ll find out who’s my author.

(Here’s the address, in case you forgot)

I’ll be the one backed up against the wall – holding the tale.

Doggedly determined,

Phil, the Philosopher of the Hedge.

RC Cat: "We are thrilled We can assist staff in this endeavor. Please not We freely offer the Molly's fur - and even sacrifice a bit of Our own. We expected mousies in recognition. NOW. You have Our permission to withdraw and fetch them.. No, the Molly requires nothing."

RC Cat: “We are thrilled We can assist staff in this endeavor. Please note We freely offer the Molly’s fur – and even sacrifice a bit of Our own. We expect mousies in recognition. NOW. You have Our permission to withdraw and fetch them. No, the Molly requires nothing.”

Oh, here’s some more? Thanks.

But I think that’s enough now.


You may stop.

Please enough with the fur.

Oh, merry on!


  1. jmmcdowell / Dec 14 2012 9:26 pm

    I will have to miss this party. 😦 But we have another engagement in DC tomorrow night. Be sure to have a good time. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 15 2012 12:10 am

      I missed the last party – but those comments were such fun. Had to post this one early due to conflicts (and seasonal insanity…at least the tree is up now…but there’s always a crisis here.) Have a great time (determined to check on the archeology dig shortly….as soon as I dig out of here a bit). Merry on. Jingle with glee!


  2. EllaDee / Dec 15 2012 6:25 am

    PMOTH I would have been there with you, and had indeed already accepted the invite, and a scrounge around my virtual wardrobe for the makings of a costume… but events I think have overtaken us…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 15 2012 3:37 pm

      It’s just a crazy time of year – I posted that early due to conflicts, too…hard to make all the parties.
      Already unwrapped from the fog a nice early walk this morning – lots of ducks still floating around the lake before they resume their trips today – must contact someone/coast guard about the oil sheen on the water. Probably from someone dumping in the marina.Not a great think when water fowl making so many exhausted landings at dark.
      Go for the peace this weekend – and the non-frenzy important things. Thank for flinging a little cheer here


  3. on thehomefrontandbeyond / Dec 15 2012 4:17 pm

    Thank you so much for updating the party status – someone suggested we do a healing New Year’s gathering–I think that would be a good idea.


  4. The Hook / Dec 17 2012 7:09 pm

    Sounds like it would have been fun!


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