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October 16, 2013 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Holler-Ring and Revels of Other Realms

Such a delightful time of year. More dark. More “ME-now Time” on the couch.

More sleepy time means less dog flailing out of control paws in Our direction or tossing sticky chewed items at Us. The nerve. And she acts as if We should be flattered.

Deepened shadows and dark corners always offers shelter to invaders. So We require careful observation of events in the outer realms.

cat behind computer screen

Can you guess who The Molly (third from left) and her friends want to be for Halloween? Apawling.

The Molly has been surprisingly good at reconnaissance and intel gathering.

But she seems a little jittery.

No doubt listening to that nervous German again.

Oddities have been spotted. Possibly in preparation for that Holler-Ring holiday adored by those annoying little tail grabbers  cute unfinished humans. who try to invade the realm one night each year. Rudely shouting and ringing the door bell wildly until staff bribes them with bits of forbidden treats to go away.

Pumpkin decoration among tropical landscape

Suddenly the semi-tropical landscape looks different. How could this happen right under her nose?

We are baffled that these appeared to have grown overnight.

Such sprouting should have been reported to Us immediately.

We must urge the Molly to pay less attention to the darting lizards and leaping frogs outdoors.

Too easily distracted.

If these continue to grow and turn into coaches, it means a Negative Paw Mark on her chart.

Slacking on her assignment.

We do not care to be caught flat pawed with unexpected changes. It’s a cat thing.

Although We have heard large pumpkin coaches are often accompanied by mice….So We shall reserve judgement.

Halloween yard decoration

Lights. Pumpkins. Spiders. Oh, sigh.

We are a little blurry on the meaning of all this.

While the orange lights are very festive, this display is honoring witch football team?

Someone should have a firm chat with the over-active spiders.

Perhaps the spun mess this is what causes Staff to rant and fret about web disruptions.

We do hope that’s not a concern for the new neighbors. 

They seem very congenial and have provided a new gathering spot.

Hopefully, none will take advantage of their friendliness.

This should not be a long-term spot to park things that are exhausting or bone tired.

Halloween skeleton yard decoration

New residents seem eager to meet the neighborhood

The Molly reported a tiny one was either abandoned or dumped before reaching the meeting spot.

We had to chuckle at her silly conclusion.

Being young herself, she should know that little ones run, run, run at top speed until they just fall down plop and sleep.

We’ve told her to leave small napper alone.

Must be hard being different. Being named after a famous troubled actor.

Obviously overly tired. Too weak to go on.

No bone to pick there, Molly.

So clever of the household to erect a sign.

Keeps the lawnmower from dear little Rip while he rests.

Also alerts authorities he is not a stray. Wise.

Wouldn’t want poor little Rip thrown in with the dogs at the pound.

Skeleton Halloween yard decoration

Leave Rip alone. He’s trying to piece himself together.

So odd, some of the other realms.

There seems to be a trend to thin.

Excessively thin.

Not a very healthy look, but perhaps this outdoorsy area will encourage some body building.

The Molly, though, is  thrilled to greet those that look playful – especially if they remind her of balls and sticks.

Staff has been cautioned to not allow the Molly to pick up strangers. Impolite.

Halloween Pumpkin man yard decoration

Have you seen the Pumpkin Man? The Unplump Man. The Unplump Man.

Now to Moi, the next discovery was the most disturbing.

It must be a tribute to the RC of that realm.

We plan to march up to staff and demand Equal Rights of the Realms.

Howl can We show Our fair fluff in public if not given appropriate recognition?

We trust staff can top this. Our yard is bigger allowing more. No restraint needed.

Inflatable Halloween pumpkins and black cat yard decoration

Now there’s a Realm that appreciates their RC. We are determined to float higher.

The Molly is shivering over some tale of a gigantic black spider with wiggling legs that reach out to grab bystanders.

But We think this is an urban rumor spread by the German.

We do wish the Molly wouldn’t take comments by the German to heart.

German Fräuleins do shepherd with a different perspective.

Always barking about intruders and potential dangers.

A bit of an paranoia overactive imagination.

So jarringly loud at every leaf and squirrel.

Such fierce vocal bursts upset Our peace and Our bowels, much to Our embarrassment.

We dismiss the spider rumors by reminding the Molly of the German’s fear of Kneeling Santa on the corner yard.

German Shepherd

Seriously. Can you trust the judgment of a German that wears reindeer antlers and a Santa hat?

Only on one occasion has the Molly’s willingness to explore in the face of the unknown been shaken.

Probably influenced by that German’s crying woof again.

Baffled Us.

These two are a reason to jump straight up, then lurch sideways almost knocking staff off their feet?

Harvest scarecrow yard decorations

Cheery duo in harvest themed gardening outfits. Is it a trick to lure the Molly over? For what purpose? Does Santa know?

Although it does happen to be on that same corner lot the Kneeling Santa was spotted….

But that has to be coincidence…or does it?

Only the elusive wiggly spider knows.

We must ponder this in solitude. 

Permission to withdraw.

Attention! The Paw is waving!

Your tribute of an open can of food should be stacked neatly in the doorway.

Yes, there.


Not there is NOT an excessive number of cans already stacked.

Winter is coming and the nights are longer.

Observant visitors and those who wish to be graciously received for their next audience  know We enjoy an extra snack or two…or three during the longer nights of winter.

Ah, yes. Yes. Greenies are most suitable. How delightful you remembered.

Now. Off with you. The business of the nap Realm call to Us.


Adieu, mon chere.

I am RC Cat and I approve this message.

Of course you wish more.

Catch up with RC Cat and the Realm with these or click the RC Cat in the sidebar

cat reading

RC Cat keeps a paws on approach with the Realm’s paperwork and reports.


  1. Fearless Leader / Oct 16 2013 1:48 pm

    Great decorations!

    I like your cat too. 🙂


  2. katecrimmins / Oct 16 2013 1:56 pm

    Our cats are not fond of unfinished humans in weird clothes. They also don’t understand why we don’t give them catnip as a gift.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 16 2013 3:02 pm

      RC Cata: “And all those small crinkling gifts going out the door – lovely noise makers and things to attack just going out the door – to strangers. Humans. We shall sulk in Our loft all night to show Our disdain and annoyance.We send sympathy to the cats of your realm.”


  3. easyweimaraner / Oct 16 2013 2:13 pm

    Come rest your weary bones – that’s super great! I think to wear reindeer antlers and a santa head for one night is ok. some humans wear antlers for their whole life and they do not notice it :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 16 2013 3:06 pm

      RC Cat: “There is not understanding humans sometimes. Both cats and dog understand the necessity of shedding unneeded fur during warm weather – yet some humans wrap themselves in wool caps and sweatshirts all year round. Humans are lucky We take an interest in them and try to show the way in life. A cheery paw wave to you!”


  4. Carrie Rubin / Oct 16 2013 2:57 pm

    Looks like there are some great Halloween decorations in your neighborhood. I set something up in our yard one year. It was fun, but then I got lazy and haven’t done it since other than a couple pumpkins on the doorstep. Pretty lame, I know.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 16 2013 3:18 pm

      RC Cat: “We are sending the Molly out to test a theory: the more decorated the home, the younger the children. Of course there are exceptions such as Martha Stewart. For this year, We have approved staff’s fall wreath, terracotta jack o’lantern pumpkin, and a treasured witch cutout (with a light so no one trips on the step). Subdued and classic – besides we have that odd plant with no leaves that looks like a green stick plant skeleton….that should scare them away. Glad you braved the unplump man to visit. A soft cheek pat as a reward. Yes, you should brag to your friend. A rare thing.”


      • Carrie Rubin / Oct 16 2013 3:28 pm

        Ooh, a soft cheek pat. Even an introvert loves that! 🙂


  5. LifeOfBun / Oct 16 2013 6:35 pm

    Haa come rest your weary bones, how cute. 😀 Loving all the colorful decorations!! ^_^ And kitties! I bet you guys have great comfort-fall-food as well. I’m convinced all well-decorated houses do.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 17 2013 9:17 pm

      RC Cat:” We are also amused by all the fanciful scenes. While We shall allow Staff to create, it must be done on the own time. We cannot accept any decrease in adoration time or fewer yummy tidbits. We are sending a cheery paw wave. See? We are standing very tall at the window in order to be seen at a distance.”


  6. gingerfightback / Oct 16 2013 6:46 pm

    Dig the antlers


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 17 2013 9:19 pm

      RC Cat: “We did, too…out of the flower bed…over by the fence corner…the German loves to bury things. Such a wearying creature. Appreciate your gingerly offered comment.”


  7. PiedType / Oct 16 2013 8:55 pm

    How unusual that RC would choose to hold the page rather than push it off the table to hear it rustle and watch it flutter to the ground like a wounded bird.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 17 2013 9:21 pm

      RC Cat: “Sigh. Once tables tosses were such a delight. Unfortunately the Molly grabs falling objects and will not relinquish them. Staff must insist the Molly learns the second part of retrieving. Meanwhile We suffer. A kind cheek pat for your insightful observation.”


  8. jmmcdowell / Oct 16 2013 11:12 pm

    This reminds me that I should pick up some colorful squash this weekend. And most certainly RC Cat deserves recognition on the lawn—it is not fitting that other RCs are represented, and she is not!

    I believe there may be some room available in the corner for this open can and greenies….


  9. EllaDee / Oct 17 2013 1:18 am

    RC, thanks to your missive I’ll be on the look out for strange glowing pumpkins, skeletons, goblins witches and spiders who go beyond the ordinary kind of the garden. It does well to for us to be prepared. So far I have spied none but they may be hiding among a sneaky invasion of santas, reindeer and festive holly. Hoping forbidden treats and crinkly paper find their way to you 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 17 2013 9:26 pm

      RC Cat: “One must be cautious this time of year. Even as We chat, revelations about the Legend of the Giant Black Spider” are being dictated to staff. It is taking longer than expected as Staff keeps finding excuses to run outside. We suspect they are playing with the Molly rather than doing lesson with her as We have been told.
      Oh, crinkly papers are one of the delights of the season. Yes. Yes. We are so thrilled with your recognition of that fact that We shall award a rare neck nuzzle. Paw waves in delight!”


  10. Patti Ross / Oct 17 2013 6:20 am

    This post is delightful–makes me want to scour my neighborhood for new residents, now that the holidays are approaching much too quickly. Thanks, too, for stopping by my blog–your visit brought me to you. What a good deal!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 17 2013 2:39 pm

      RC Cat:”How delightful you decided to visit. We are also always looking for a intriguing read and delighted in touring your blog. As RC Cat of the Realm, We encourage wide reading by staff to enrich the mind and soul. (One must do what one can for the lesser species.)It is thrilling to note that Staff actually takes Our suggestions once in a while. We send a cheery paw wave in welcome. Yes, We know it is an honor and overwhelming. Breathe. Remember to breathe.There now. See you are fine.The paw has waved. Au revoir.”


  11. The Hook / Oct 18 2013 6:58 pm

    Halloween must be a great time to be a cat, RC.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 18 2013 10:55 pm

      RC Cat: “We do find all the crinkly shiny papers left to be discovered all around the realm rather entertaining. Such nice smells with the season. May your, your Vampire Lover, and brilliant starchild enjoy the delights and frights of Haller-ring.”


  12. jannatwrites / Oct 19 2013 2:47 am

    The skeleton does look excessively thin! Ready for the runway 🙂

    I can see why Halloween would seem like strange goings-on to a cat. I hope RC can watch from a distance on a high perch (must stay away from the “unfinished humans”!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 20 2013 5:04 pm

      RC Cat: “We, too thought that Rip might be a model, but staff says he’s too short. In preparation of all the unfinished humans’ Hollering We have already moved OUr mousies for safekeeping to Our secluded meditation loft. Worried Staff might not have enough bribes to send the little creatures elsewhere. Let Staff donate items if needed. We shall send a cheery paw wave from Our lovely loft – they fly faster when sent from this elevation.”



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