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July 15, 2013 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Boxing Day already?


Warm lazy days blend easily from one to another, but this?

Oh, at last, at last alas, We feel exhilarated faint.

Can you believe this?

Can you believe this?

Time spins so fast.

Celebratory trash decorations barely collected from one event before the next staggers out like a sleepy child.

Here. It is not wistful delusional thoughts. Evidence:

Back to Training Boxes School advertisements.

These discovered during Our daily crushing of items that distract staff Current Events Session.


As RC Cat of the Realm We demand explanation.

Staff must be assembled.

Advertisements for Training Box supplies already.

Advertisements for Training Box supplies already?

Why do humans insist on rushing their lives away?

While it is true the days are slightly shorter, there are sufficient hours for providing instruction and role models for the young.

Sadly, it appears humans do not take a hint.

They prefer stuffing their unfinished offspring into windowless rooms, Training Boxes, at the first opportunity or excuse.

And We are quietly clapping Our little paws in delight.

We suppose We shall be forced to fend for Ourselves Staff will expect free time to gather necessary Training Boxes supplies.


We are confused as to the need for purchasing specially decorated small boxes to house tissues, pencils, and crayons when the entire mess carefully selected items will be left in the big Training Box facility.

Have these Training Box not heard of bulk purchases? So much more efficient. Think litter.

Staff would surely applaud not having to search high and low for just the right colored folder.

Yes, reasonable excursions allowed. Parking lots are cooler at midnight. 

We wouldn’t want to spoil them by allowing day time shopping wish Staff to get overheated during hot daytime supply searches.

And there will be fewer crowds then.

Staff shall be overwhelmed with Our thoughtfulness.

Perhaps so happy they may prefer to shop on-line so as not to disrupt the Realm’s routine.

Such simple things do so delight them.

We inquire out of politeness.

Our feigned interest in Staff’s affairs looks convincing, yes?

We demanded inquired politely when the noisy unfinished creatures would be carried off  their lovely children would be departing.

Staff mumbled something disturbing: “Ate twenty-six.”

We attempted to maintain a civil face while resisting a stern paw strike for their insolence being concerned.

We did not inquired about their diet or how much Staff eats.

If uniforms become too small, Staff has a choice of paying for new ones or stop eating like a pig modifying caloric intake.

But, ate twenty-six?

We do hope they haven’t been taking the fairy tales as a guide for life….

There’s one about a gingerbread house with the big oven and bothersome children who keep intruding….

Oh dear. We must request the Molly attend Us.

The Molly spends a great deal of time with staff.

She will have sniffed out if any are bulimic.

She shall know exactly what twenty-six items were eaten.

It better not have been Our Greenies.

(1916 Europa's Fairy Book.Putnam/J Jacobs/ Batten/US public domain: expired copyright/publication date/

(1916 Europa’s Fairy Book.Putnam/Jacobs/Batten/US PD: expired copyright/publication date/

While gathered here, We wish to discuss a recent Event of Mystery

During a session of dictation, We noticed Staff was not recording Our words properly.

Ignoring Us and merely writing a series of xxXxx’s thinking We would not notice?

Such behavior required immediate correction.

We stomped all over the keyboard and even caught Our claw between keys  As We leaned over and pointed out this error, Staff was startled by Our outraged snarls and inadvertently pushed some button that exposed Staff’s foolish inattention to the world.

As RC Cat of the Realm, We could not help feeling smug and quite proud of the comeuppance  somewhat sympathetic.

Alas, this audience must now be at an end.

We see the Molly has received Our request and is approaching.

Oh, she is waving some request about voting for her friends K9 Tommy and K9 Boomer.

The Molly is so civic-minded: through July 30.

Waiting for Royal recognition?

Do I have to go in there? Oh, for the police dogs, I’ll do it.

Take care as you leave. Gifts of Mousies may be left on the window sill.

Left! As in “to leave”. “Placed to remain”.

Not gathered up and stuffed in your pocket!

Those are displayed as examples of what pleases Us –  not souvenirs!

The paw is waving!

Permission to withdraw.


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 with RC and her Realm.


  1. roughseasinthemed / Jul 15 2013 1:09 pm

    Oh, Pippa is so taken by that wonderful photo of Molly that no more can be said. Sorry no tins, mousies or anything. Just a paw wave to Molly and possibly a friendly nose sniff.

    How to get your text ignored eh? Post a beautiful animal photo 😀


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2013 3:01 pm

      Hi Pippa! (Molly would respond, but she’s running wildly outdoor as it is cloudy/slightly cooler before (hopefully) some rain. We are all getting cabin fever. She rarely holds still unless crashed out asleep ( most unlady-like poses in this heat)
      Pictures! Sometimes people only have time for a quick drive through…maybe an abbreviated version in pix and captions? Aiming to make life easier here.
      Hope your summer is going well Thanks for wandering over


  2. katecrimmins / Jul 15 2013 1:30 pm

    I love RC’s rendition of what’s going on. It’s always closer to the truth than you think and it seems that she is getting Molly into shape!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2013 3:04 pm

      RC Cat: “We so appreciate your pleasant visits. Yes, as RC of the Realm, We endeavor to keep up with current affairs in order to guide staff. The Molly does seem to be maturing and settling into the rhythm of the Realm. A cheery paw wave to you!”


  3. LifeOfBun / Jul 15 2013 3:03 pm

    Ahhhh sometimes I look at my pets, cats dogs or hamsters, and think yeah… you know what.. imma just take it slow, make sure I have food and ask for petting from Hippo. And it feels pretty awesome.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2013 5:11 pm

      RC Cat: “We are cheered that you show steps towards enlightenment. Life should be savored. We send an encouraging paw wave.”


  4. Sunshine / Jul 15 2013 4:35 pm

    Hurry now…no time to chit-chat…we must all keep up with the Marketing & credit card dictators. 😁


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2013 5:09 pm

      RC Cat: “Staff will be thrilled with late night hours soon to start at malls. It’s fall already? Or some falling for foolishness? We grow weary of trying to keep up with the humans’ always shifting calendar. We appreciate you beaming some light on the subject. A soft paw pat sent.”


  5. The Hook / Jul 15 2013 5:55 pm

    We could all use a little more “feline philosophy” in our lives….


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2013 7:16 pm

      RC Cat: “Ah, the eloquent writer working undercover as a mild mannered bellman. Words of wisdom come from the fuzziest places sometimes. Woolgathering should be indulged by more. One needn’t be sheepish about such. We award a high paw salute.”


      • The Hook / Jul 15 2013 7:31 pm

        Thank you. I feel honored and unworthy.


  6. jmmcdowell / Jul 15 2013 8:29 pm

    Keeping watch over the realm in such stifling conditions must be unbearable. Please accept this gift of mousies on the windowsill. Staff and their kind would be well-advised to follow the examples of RC Cat. I’m sure the education of any Royal Offspring would be well-worth emulating. Perhaps William and Kate of England will set the example….


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2013 8:56 pm

      RC Cat: “Oh, We are so please with the mousie. We have placed it here – beside Us – by Our right paw. (That is a favored position) Thrilled. A surprise cheers a rather steamy day. Raising little ones is such a trial, but they seem to do well with fresh air and exercise – and staying out of trees…Yes, yes. We recommend staying out of trees. Staff sometimes gets overwrought and attempts to hasten returning to the ground by tugging on tails. How many times must We say, “It is not a handle”? Delighted you popped in to visit, but We must return to Our duties (and this mousie is so intriguing).A grateful paw wave in thanks.”


  7. PiedType / Jul 15 2013 9:48 pm

    Fear not, RC. This too shall pass.

    And Molly, you’ve never looked so lovely. Side lighting becomes you.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 15 2013 10:54 pm

      RC Cat: “Such soothing words are welcomed. This annual supply hunt must be some sort of an endurance event if some are already training for it. We shall gladly leave such madness to them. Yes, yes, the Molly is coming along nicely. She has a few new tricks which shall be revealed before long (Such lovely talents although Staff is disturbed). We shall pass along your kind words to her. Helloooo. Do you see Us standing on Our tippy paws waving? It is a long way. Paw wave!”


  8. EllaDee / Jul 16 2013 9:02 pm

    RC Cat, oh wise one, human offspring do require certain tools when they resume attendance at the Training Boxes, but as you sagely point out, such advertising and promotion is gratuitous and unnecessary and should be used as kitty litter liner or fire starters to get the most appropriate use from it. Both you and Molly look well despite the steamy weather. Please consider staff may also have been conveying kisses, which via a keyboard are xxxxx’s, on your behalf, perhaps to your loyal followers. Wishing you all the right combination of sunshine and cool 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2013 1:58 pm

      RC Cat: “We are so happy to receive the kissy gifts. And the lower temperatures you have sent. Staff has even opened a window to the Outer Realm (at Our direction, of course.) Access to butterflies and lizards on the screens provide such amusement….much more than silly newspapers Staff wants to read. We have decided to sent one of the Realm’s lovely butterflies to you and are in the process of snatching one. Staff says a picture will be sufficient, but We feel that would be a poor substitute. Once the logistics have been worked out, perhaps? A cheery paw wave until then.”


      • EllaDee / Jul 19 2013 1:25 am

        Thank you RC Cat, a butterfly pic would be lovely, and quite sufficient 🙂 I have a lovely pic of you as my screen saver, but it could have a rest, and the butterly could go up for a while.


  9. SingingTuna / Jul 16 2013 11:39 pm

    ::enters and curtsies

    “RC Cat, You are truly magnificent. One is at a loss for words. Purrs must suffice.
    Your Staff must be humbly proud to be in service to Your Majestic self.
    Molly is also a visual delight.”

    So says Sir Sweetie, upon His Proclamation this day.
    ::gently sets a shipping container of freshly harvested catnip on the palace floor and retreats::


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2013 2:06 pm

      RC Cat:”Ah, Sir Sweetie. You are so kind and a most welcomed visitor. Fortune has smiled upon the Realm today with mild temperatures and no rain – so the Molly is able to play with friends. During the past few rainy days the Molly misunderstood Our direction. We asked her to watch out the window, not eat the window sill. But she did an excellent job of exercising Staff by running wildly around the house with her blanket in her mouth – resisted capture quite well. Your Purrrs are such treasure to Our ears. We can only hope Our Purrs being sent are sufficient to relay Our appreciation.”


  10. Frank / Jul 17 2013 1:10 am

    RC … as you know, cats are the best trainers of humans …. and because they are left too much on their own, they seem hopeless.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2013 2:11 pm

      RC Cat: “Such kind words. We do feel that much of humans’ difficulties comes from making needless noise and not approaching life with respectful silence and contemplation. In an attempt to teach, cats often try to hold humans down and convey the benefits of stillness – only to be rudely brushed aside as the person once again performs restless behavior. Perhaps someday enlightenment will come. A paw salute for your insight!”


  11. jannatwrites / Jul 19 2013 10:12 pm

    Beautiful photo of Molly! “Ate twenty-six” – good one 🙂

    I for one am a little giddy over school starting (but not the supply shopping we have to finish.)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 20 2013 8:50 pm

      RC Cat: Staff informs us the shopping carts are whizzing around Target like crazy. Another reason why it is good to have staff. Frantic movement only creates frantic thoughts. We shall implore those of the Realm to purr calmness into the atmosphere to soothe those forced to shop. And We agree – eating 26 of anything cannot be healthy. A soft cheek pat to calm the giddiness!”


  12. angelswhisper2011 / Jul 20 2013 7:37 am

    RC, I’ll leave a few more pawkisses, if that’s allright with you. Love your first picture, it speaks for itself 😀


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 22 2013 6:39 pm

      RC Cat: “Little Binky We are so pleased when you visit. The pawkisses are so welcomed. We have tired brain from trying to understand why humans require such a long shopping period to outfit their young. Cats are so much smarter. A regal paw wave in honor of your visit!”


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