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April 6, 2013 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Secrets: a cat’s tonic

Seasonal disorientation is causing calamity.

The deliberate teasing of Spring driving all creatures mad with glad.

All flirts and promises.

Then, a laughing retreat: one last cold shoulder.

Surprising Stephen King didn’t write a Spring sequel from the Stanley Hotel (hardly a claustrophobic winter cabin)

Maide of Most Beautiful Things. (SG Anderson 1823-1903.US public domain: reprod of PD art/ artist life +100/

Maide of Most Beautiful Things.
(SG Anderson 1823-1903.US public domain: reprod of PD art/artist life +100/

First the awkward doormat decision. (Now fading with time.)


It appears Staff’s light-headed foolishness has left evidence of Our surprise in plain sight.

Or maybe Staff is afraid to make final choices without Our in-paw.

Perhaps intentionally done.

In any case We shall put in our two claws worth – to ensure success of Our surprise.

The Realm’s artists and craftsmen are some of the best.

Young woman drawing. You can't see the ankle bracelet can you?(Marie-Denise Villers 1774-1821. Metropolitan Museum/US public domain: reprod of Pd 2D art/Artist life+100/

You can’t see the ankle bracelet can you? Wait. You can’t write that down. She’ll be livid. It’s a joke. Life is safe and free in the Realm.
(Villers 1774-1821.Met.Museum/US public domain reprod of PD art/Artist life+100/

We are delighted to find these creative forces are involved with Our surprise.

Staff has commissioned a custom doormat worthy of the Realm.

Sketches of the prototype are left buried under correspondence in plain sight on the desk.

See here’s a corner. All it took was a tiny tug.

And a paperfall spilling onto the floor.

So much easier to evaluate on a large flat surface anyway.

We exist to serve and make Our subjects lives easier.

Now sit. Sit. Prepare to be awestruck.

Woman. 1670. (Frans van Mieris,1635-1681.US public domain: reprod of PD art/  artist life+100/

A flourish here, a touch of truth there, a bit of elegance, add a touch of whimsy. That keeps the RC happy.
(1670.Frans van Mieris,1635-1681.US public domain: reprod of PD art/ artist life+100/

Here’s an intriguing entry from the Studio of Lossforwords360.

Notice the whimsy. Beams optimism and philosophy of Our Realm

Simple symbolism: the simple creatures encouraged to learn and be guided by the star bright RC.

So lovely. Sigh. So meaningful.

Shine on Award (

Shine on Award (lossforwords360)

Yes. Impressive. Good selection of purple for Our royal sky.

Still…this is a sketch, yes?

Perhaps a portrait of Ourselves superimposed on that large star?

So it will be easier for lesser creatures to recognize the symbolism.

A small note on a post-it. Tiny suggestion. A hint to the wise.

No! No! Stick to the paper not to Our royal paw.

Assist! Assist!

The stupid square won’t.

Flapping is accomplishing nothing.

This is Staff’s doing.

They must have purchased extra sticky notes. The dunderheads.

Ah, yes. We are grateful for your gentle fingers.

Pat the note there.

We shall allow you to do that as your reward.

Now Shall We examine the next entry? From the Studio of Kourtney Heintz.

Woman sewing. 1882 (C. Banti 1824-1904.Pitti Palace:US public domain: reprod of PD art/ artist life+100/

I’ll just pretend it’s some great commission – not a mousie.
(1882.C. Banti 1824-1904.Pitti Palace:US public domain: reprod of PD art/artist life+100/

Quite wonderful.

This Kourtney knows Us well: a border of lovely flowers.

We can imagine butterflies, bees, and birds being deceived being drawn to this.

Yes, We would love to share this with the winged wonders.

By Kourtney Heintz's Journal

(By Kourtney Heintz’s Journal)

Please a handkerchief – a tissue.

Quickly! Something!

We are feeling moisture on Our fur!

What? How insulting! It is not drool.

We have shed a tear over such beauty.

The idea.

Sit down.

Do not risk Our Paw of Fury.

Oh? A second version?

from elladeewords

(from elladeewords)

Yes. Yes a variation on a familiar design from one challenging the establishment?

We wish to encourage growth.

Ah, yes. From the creative Elladeewords – such a Happy place to visit.

The strong bright colors are purrfect.

Symbolizing the strength of the Realm.

How clever!

Oddly this design’s seams….

Could it be possible this has been a construction from those who make Staff uniforms?

It’s not just an accident from sitting on an iPhone?

No, they wouldn’t dare…to be the butt of such a joke, no.

Hand us the next entry. Ah, a vintage design from the Words without Pages studio

Inspiring  award. (from wordswithoutpages)

(from wordswithoutpages)

Classically inspired.

Such elegant lines.

Look closely.

Is this not reminiscent of Our own luxurious whiskers and fluffy tail banner?

How clever of the studio to incorporate the fine lines of long fur.

And the use of sophisticated calligraphy. Well done!

And We are offered a choice of finishes once again. Look at this by elkemurphy.

Very Inspiring by elkemurphy.wordpress

by elkemurphy

This silver tone looks so modern. We wish the Realm to embrace trends.

How wonderful a feather incorporated in the design celebrating Our prized sporting equipment.

Notice the “beautiful place” phrase at the bottom – definitely one of the Realm’s goals.


This “Blogger” wording?

Staff must have requested samples anonymously.

Wouldn’t the Blogger family be surprised? They doubtless would feel honored.

Very wise.

Sometimes Staff does amaze me.

It's not "booger"? It's for RC, right? (Bouguereau 1825-1905.Reprod. PD art/ artist's life+100/

It’s not “booger”? Do you really think she’ll notice?
(Bouguereau 1825-1905.Reprod PD art/ artist’s life+100/

My paw is waiting.


This insignia from BrainRants might stir up Realm pride?

insignia from Brainrants

insignia from BrainRants

Such a strong, sturdy design with a bit of sharpness.

Perhaps it will encourage Staff to march in step and work with precision.

It includes two lovely rows of gilded moths.

But will it tempt birds, butterflies, and bees?

Lizards, surely.

And We do find camouflage mousies a challenge.

A good fence is a strong defense, We have been know to say.

And fly to keep the skies friendly.

We urge that of the winged ones.

Perhaps an official message at Our door would caution those who might wish to harm Us?

Young worker.(Bouguereau 1825-1905. US public domain: reprod PD art/

Are you believing this? See what we have to deal with?
(Bouguereau 1825-1905.US public domain:reprod PD art/

My how the time passes.

We have naptime duties calling and smelly food to gobble mousies to count.

Hurry with that last one by Le Clown.

Le Clown

Le Clown

Now this is a simple design with impact.

So reflective of the complex personality of Le Clown.

The whiskers and eyebrows swoops are distinctive. Interesting.

But so intense.

Still, the Realm does confront serious issues at times.

Some poignant message to ponder upon entering the Realm?

Well, what do you think?

Staff has collected quite a selection.

We adore variety and choices.

It appears there are others?

This is overwhelming.

We must rest and carefully consider.

Staff begs permission to enter. A small offering for your pleasure. (Titian,1490-1576.Staatlivhe Museen, Berlin/ US public domain: reprod of PD art/ artist's/

Staff begs permission to enter. A small offering for your pleasure.
(Titian,1490-1576.Staatlivhe Museen, Berlin/US public domain: reprod of PD art/ artist’s/

Ah, Staff is bringing some refreshment.

Quick. Gather these papers.

We do not wish to spoil their surprise!

Yes. Now shove them back on the desk.

No! Not so neatly.

Staff will know We snooped reviewed the project.

It’s a SECRET, remember? Zip the lips

You may hand over your notes so We may review.

What? You took no notes?

You didn’t know?

Why else would We allow you to accompany Us?


We give you permission to withdraw.

Leave us. We wish to purr alone.

Leave us. We wish to purr alone.

And place your cell phone here. It was be returned at a later time.

(Oh. An iPhone. We always wanted one of these.)

We do not wish any unsanctioned photo essays sold to tabloids.

Sigh. One cannot be too careful these days.

(Oh, here. The battery needs charging. We do not wish to be bothered.)

While We greatly appreciate your interest, We have grown weary.

Our paw is waving.

Staff, see to Our Friend.


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.

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


  1. betterphotos4you / Apr 6 2013 5:16 pm

    The Image of that cat looks like my cat did, The colours , very nice-, sadly,she had to be put down yesterday.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 6 2013 5:27 pm

      RC Cat: “We are so sad to hear about the loss in your realm. Neither words nor purrs can express. Cats appear to arrive when needed – and leave when their mission is competed. A regal standing two paw salute in recognition of her devotion and service. A soft paw pat to you in sympathy.”


  2. PiedType / Apr 6 2013 5:28 pm

    “Mad with glad.” Oh, RC, you’ve such a way with words.


  3. EllaDee / Apr 6 2013 10:31 pm

    Ah, RC Cat if only you knew… but I love your interpretation, you and your Staff deserve all those wonderful doormats 🙂 The lovely romantic photo of you in elegant repose befits your status, and I humbly remind you to be gentle and withhold claws 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 8 2013 2:01 pm

      RC Cat: “We are simply thrilled Staff has commissioned a mat search on their own. If they would only take more initiative, then We would be more rested – and more massages might occur. We gratefully award a soft cheek pat for your kind visit.”


  4. Beth / Apr 7 2013 1:30 pm

    RC, how ever will you help Staff choose which mat to set out first? They’re all lovely and pay perfect homage to your regalness (which WordPress is insisting isn’t a word right now, but we know).. Congratulations on so many choices!
    Bowing and scrapingly yours,
    Realm minion


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 8 2013 2:14 pm

      RC Cat: “We are so flattered someone thinks so much of Us to arrange such surprises. It makes all the difficulties and lack of fresh mousies worth the effort. A cheery paw wave in thanks.”


  5. Snoring Dog Studio / Apr 7 2013 2:30 pm

    Spring is teasing us mightily here. But the sudden switches to cooler temps and rain aren’t keeping me inside. I’m watching every new shoot coming up. I’m playing in the dirt/mud when I want to.

    Love the blogger award designs. How creative!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 8 2013 2:17 pm

      RC Cat: “We are making sure the Molly and Staff get outside while the weather is mild – We supervise from Our windows and direct that wild canine away from Our butterflies. Only the resident ducks are remaining, so little quackers are winging your direction. Which We are secretly please about – We do not wish Our doormat to be ducking. An encouraging paw wave sent to delight you.”


  6. jmmcdowell / Apr 7 2013 3:36 pm

    All wonderful choices for the realm’s entryway, I believe! And the lovely photo of Her Majesty in quiet repose is my new favorite. I’m sure there will be many more gifts of artwork to adorn the kingdom soon.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 8 2013 2:23 pm

      RC Cat: “Welcome distant admirer. We are encouraged that you appreciate Staff’s efforts to surprise Us. They can be endearing. Perhaps We shall let them serve Us greenies. Yes, that would be a treat for them. And We can give them an opportunity to discuss future surprises with Us. A soft cheek pat sent for your kindness.”


  7. jannatwrites / Apr 8 2013 5:31 am

    What a creative way to acknowledge blog awards! I had to laugh at the part about the Blogger family. Too funny 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 8 2013 2:46 pm

      RC Cat: “We do worry over Staff’s spelling sometimes. Happy you were entertained. A cheery spring paw salute sent!”


  8. The Hook / Apr 8 2013 11:12 pm

    it’s no secret, this was a clever, fun post!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 9 2013 1:28 pm

      Staff: “Thanks for risking the Realm. Sometimes it’s hard to nail things without getting clawed.”


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