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December 20, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Fleece Navidad: tolerated or furrious?

It is an amusement, this Fleece Navidad, that has all of staff all giddy.

We must admit the chosen theme song is quite jolly.

Ear twitching.

Worth a tail swish or two.

The cadence does seem to keep staff moving quickly.

So while We do not encourage frivolity, as it detracts from focused adoration of Ourselves, it pleases Us to allow this festive mood just before Christmas.

And  it would be cruel to take away all the toys from the child-like staff.

Besides, the Fleece Navidad celebratory costumes are bright and sparkly.

And soft to sleep upon.

Though tolerating the outfits is as far as We are willing to go.

Activities featured on some of the Fleece celebration costumes are concerning.

Duck the Halls Season's Greetings

What it all this about inviting ducks to visit during the holidays?

Ducks! Anyone with a brain can see that is a featherbrained idea.

While ducks could offer feathers as tribute, they, how can We put this delicately, leave rather smelly calling cards.

We have already counseled the Molly that ducks should not be welcomed.

While the Molly is not of the same mind, she has assured Us that the new arrival ducks are completely afraid of her and will not even come close enough for her to terrorize them  to say hello on the banks of the lake.

We are pleased with this despite the sadness of Our subject.

This is equally disrespectful to Us, the RC of the Realm:

Two Duck Roasting by and Open Fire. Season's Greetings

Obviously inappropriate.

Our chosen spot is in front of the fire. No other is to even consider approaching that location.

There are suitable spots to observe Our magnificence available at a distance.

And besides, that roasting…it conjures up such delicious…

What? No We are not drooling!

Step back.

We need space to consider Our response with a cool fur!

You have been warned.

We are not amused.

Purrhaps tolerating this Fleece Navidad is unwise.

We shall consider alternative holiday uniforms. Ones more appropriate.

Yes, yes. Our wisdom is amazing to Ourselves on occasions.

(You may applaud delicately.)

Naughty or Nice? Holiday t shirts

We shall offer these to replace of the Fleece Navidad costumes.

More fitting for the seasonal temperatures.

(Staff! What is that AC setting on? We are feeling damp. Dunderhead! Damp from the humidity. WE do not sweat, fool! The idea.)

Yes. Yes. We shall assemble staff and demand strongly recommend this apparel substitution  with the threat of unexpected ankle attacks if not accepted.

While the front selection is green (humans seem convinced green is better for all), We shall sit on that one.

(Our great fluff shall obscure it…fluff not rear, who are you to say such oddness to US?). 

Red is good. Our preference.

The cautionary color may silently warn staff to tread carefully.

And We shall be able to scratch marks in either the Naughty or Nice columns as earned by staff.

Ah, simply delightful.

The simpletons are so worried about some List of Judgement.

Apparently there’s some office pool or something where gifts go to those nice.

We shall use this to Our advantage.

Santa with jewels

Things are already looking brighter. (Look! Move quickly. Out of the way! There’s a shiny…oh, nevermind. We were not really interested.)

Walk with Us now.

And observe.


Although We are bemused by staff’s childlike beliefs, this Fleece Navidad frivolity, We wish they comprehended the real Fleece of Christmas.

The Christmas Fleece is silent and hidden away most of the year.

Yet it quietly appears, mostly unobserved, each year.

There. Pay attention.

My paw is pointing.

Fleece of the Nativity

Fleece of the Nativity

There is the real Fleece of the Navidad: the lamb.

By the angels surrounding the manger scene.

He is so pure.


NO! We are not drooling and twitching.

We are overcome with reflection.

As RC of this realm, We feel called to protect this rare fleece.

We shall snatch escort the Fleece of the Nativity to a spot of safety.

Yes. This fleece will fit in well among Our mousie collection.


We must move with great speed and stealth.

Flee! Staff approaches.


Glittery Christmas tree

Every year it is the same:

We rescue this fleece of the Nativity.

Then staff intercepts and rudely jerks the fine fleece out of Our possession.

Their actions are intolerable.

We yearly scold them for this.

The fleece does not be wished to be raised in a barn.

It is Our wish to mouth and bat about offer suitable surroundings.

Staff is so misguided.

And We do not appreciate comments about the fleece getting fleas.

Come. We shall skulk off and retreat to plot retire to the sunny room.

You have Our permission to delicately pat the spot above Our eyes to soothe Us.

(Perhaps this one is trainable?)

Shall We consider a compromise? Staff may have their Fleece Navidad, and We, Our precious little one?

To fleece, their own?


RC reflecting

We shall meditate on this possibility.


Permission to withdraw is granted.


The paw is waving!

And don’t forget to leave an open can of food in the doorway as tribute.

I am RC Cat and I approve this message.

Related posts:

“Paws Down! Hairballs: no excuse!”

RC reveals a universal truth about life that is timely with recent tragic events. Celebrate a glorious sky song with HRH.

“New Occupant’s Evaluation”

RC presents a performance review of how the Molly is adapting to her new life in the Realm.

“HRH’s Calming Pawclamation”

RC calms worried in the realm by solving the mystery of the missing Molly.

“Your Audience Granted. (Quickly now)”.

RC first allows visitors into the Realm.

“And You Are Here, Why?”

Rumpy Dog interviews RC Cat. The saga begins.

Click sidebar tag ”RC Cat” to visit her Realm. 



  1. Ally Bean / Dec 21 2012 12:00 am

    Delightful observations from a very wise cat. I am in awe of the paw.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 22 2012 9:42 pm

      RC Cat: “We are delighted with your kind comments. Yes, yes. A soft check pat AND a grand paw wave is sent. We wish this to be a weekend full of mirth and joy…We shall write a memo.”


  2. katecrimmins / Dec 21 2012 12:10 am

    Hi RC, Mollie here. We have similar problems with our staff. We have spent a few years carefully rearranging the tree decorations since the staff is incompetent at this, only to have them change it back. Now we concentrate on adding fur to the velvet blanket underneath the tree. We work at it very diligently. Usually by the end of the holidays, the blanket is perfect and you can’t be sure what color it was. Then said staff vacuums it. Sigh! Good help is hard to get.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 22 2012 9:49 pm

      RC Cat: “Chere, Mollie, life can be so difficult at times. Staff here does not understand the reverence We pay to the soft sparkling blanket …although they do notice We are constantly rearranging a clutter of parcels there. Fools, do they not comprehend the importance? Olde Tiger spent many hours in meditation in the pretend forest. His wisdom sits there along with some of his fur which remains tightly woven and wound around the sequins. So disrespectful to cover his chosen spot with silly boxes. Sigh. We must do what We can. A fond paw wave of joy to you fair Mollie!”


  3. Carrie Rubin / Dec 21 2012 12:21 am

    I have to agree with the cat–some of the shirts and sweaters that come out at Christmas time are a bit ‘loud’ and ‘colorful’ to put it nicely. 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 22 2012 10:34 pm

      RC Cat: “Ah, finally a human with great taste and intelligence. You are not looking for a staff position at this time? We award a soft cheek pat for your sound and logical thoughts.”


  4. jmmcdowell / Dec 21 2012 12:29 am

    Surely it’s only fitting for HRH to have her own fleece for the holidays? Perhaps staff could look into the acquisition of an appropriate offering for the season?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 22 2012 10:40 pm

      RC Cat: “We have requested staff send a requisition to that Sandy Claws fellow – especially not that the Molly had mouthed our second favorite mousie. It makes no difference that not a tail feather or ear was bent and she immediately dropped Our precious mousie once she was ordered to do so ( We do not believe her story that it was a case of mistaken identity.) It smells odd now. Bah! We bat it from us. This Claws perhaps is an expert in mousie selection. We do hope so. Sigh. We appreciate your kind concern and suggestions. We intend to wave this note in front of staff’s noses as an example. in fact We are standing very tall in the sunny window sending you as cheery wave in thanks.”


      • jmmcdowell / Dec 22 2012 11:06 pm

        The paw wave is most humbly accepted. May your new year be filled with sunny windows from which to oversee the realm.


  5. rumpydog / Dec 21 2012 3:09 am

    I don’t get it. Surely the fleece would be much happier with a friend like you!


  6. PiedType / Dec 21 2012 3:16 am

    If you’ll allow me to speak, Your Highness. … Surely this Navidad brings fresh mousies or the equivalent for your royal enjoyment. Yes? I shall speak to staff on your behalf, to ensure they do not forget.


  7. roughseasinthemed / Dec 21 2012 7:02 am

    Feliz Navidad to you, Molly and staff and sending you a Fleecy Año Wave-O from across the sea.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 22 2012 3:30 pm

      RC Cat: “And a meowy catmess to all…except to fair Pippa who We hope will accept a paw extended in friendship and peace at this time of year…and We would so approve if Pippa would consider monitoring Cat Ah Pilar’s devious tricks. Sending a paw wave of warmth and joy to your realm”


      • roughseasinthemed / Dec 22 2012 7:00 pm

        Pippa appreciates a paw wave although not too sure about the meowy catmess. Perhaps Mejor Catmice would be a better phrase?

        Pippa will consider any new tasks in the new year although is not committing to any thing right now apart from sleep. He sends a sleepy paw to dear Molly and will try and find a mouse or a rat for RC on our next visit to our Spanish realm.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 23 2012 1:08 am

          Mejor Catmice is perfecto! ‘Tis the best time of year for naps. I’m with Pippa. May warmth and peace find you (and hang around)


  8. Beth / Dec 21 2012 1:35 pm

    RC –
    I want to wish you a Merry Christmas. I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! I want to wish you a Merry Christmas (repetition will help Staff remember the message) from the bottom of my heart!
    Fleece Navidad, RC! And to all Maulers and Staff a good night (and Joy (mousie) Filled Holiday Season).


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 22 2012 3:27 pm

      RC Cat: “We are so grateful for the catchy message. It has quite staff merry. We would return the gift with one of Our own, but it would be unkind to deny such a treat for all. Instead, please note the cheery swishing of Our lovely tail. We are standing tall in the sunny window purring graciously to you. Yes. It is true. We know such recognition sets your heart a twitter, but We are benevolent. Meowy catmess!”


  9. robincoyle / Dec 21 2012 6:35 pm

    “Duck the Halls” Hahahahaha


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 22 2012 3:22 pm

      I know. Great? Right? (Used to drive my mother crazy…so of course for years….) Jingle on!


  10. J Holmes / Dec 21 2012 7:00 pm

    Hey. I’m ging to sing Feliz Navidad to myself two or three times this month (when safely alone) and no amount of blogging can keep me from it!

    Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, and a joyous Kwanza to all of good will. if none of the aforementioned celebrations fit within your cultural system lighten up and be happy any way.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 22 2012 3:21 pm

      Oh, that song needs many voices singing and dancing along. (wonder if it can be heard from outer space…like the lights in that movie “Deck the Halls” with Danny DeVito…now that might be worth getting a crowd together to attempt it…)
      Thanks for stopping by. Jingle on!


  11. jannatwrites / Dec 22 2012 4:56 am

    Our cats can sympathize. They attempt to rearrange Christmas decorations as well. We are dense humans, so we keep putting things back how we left them 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 22 2012 3:11 pm

      RC Cat: “Sigh. We elevated ones do what we can with lesser creatures. We award a gentle pat on the head in recognition of your limitations. We are sending in a meowy catmess paw wave to your realm’s regents….We are standing tall in the window waving – see Us? Wishing you and yours a weekend of warmth and joy. Now depart. We are feeling teary eyed at your human limitations….or there is dust in Our eye from the breeze, whatever.”


  12. moviewriternyu / Dec 23 2012 3:07 pm

    I like having ducks around at the holidays because all the nasty comments just flow right off their backs. Plus, they provide me with extra down for the comforters so all my guests are warm and cozy… 😀



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