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October 17, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Vegetable Invasion. (Could get mushy.)

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Always vigilant ©

Dear German

I hate to bother you, but it’s making me nervous. It looks like an invasion.

Recently the neighboring realms offered shelter to children fleeing the dreaded Chick-among-us. The grateful orphans brought samples of their traditional vegetables with them – to share – and as a memento of home lands.

The festive orange vegetables brought smiles to all.

Suddenly, not so charming.

Stunned to realize the vegetables seemed are taking root and are spotted everywhere.

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There they are. Putting on a happy face for the world. ©

Buried Up to their necks…as if trying to stay out of the way.

Inconspicuous – or insignificant. Benign. Silent.

Offering no threat. Only broad smiles.

Kudzu probably started out the same,” snarled a miffed RC Cat when the vegetables were brought to her attention.

She immediately issued directions to secure her Mousies’ safe house.

And said she’d keep vigil. (She says it only looks like she is napping in the sunny spot. A ruse to confuse the veggies.)

Unsure if she is completely nuts I am the only defense, I continue to walk with great alertness and an air of authority.

My paws itching to squash any veggie threat.

While the veggies are perky and festive – and possibly make the orphans feel less homesick – their numbers are increasing each day.

Each must be considered a possible agent of orange veggie invasion.

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Huddled bravely, a family beaming congeniality. ©

RC says news of them is a bit flat.

She feels some look so stiff and rigid because the damp soil is giving them arthritis.

Or crawly things in the dirt are terribly disturbing to their undercarriage,

Could they simply wish to appear brave and able to endure hardships in hope of being accepted?

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Formally dressed. Awaiting HRH’s summons? Rock solid grin ©

One has set up camp on the porch.

An ambassador patiently waiting acknowledgement.

That lump of a cat, the neighbor, Sasha, has been seen sitting by it. Chatting?

Or practicing mind reading?

Playing an idiot version of charades more likely.

They both seem as smart as potatoes probably have much in common: absence of thoughts and little ability to move around due to their life style or, in attempt to be kind, genetics.

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Remember Shasha? Disturbing, I know. She can move. Or so we assume. She’s been seen in different places. RC Cat scoffs that devoted mousies roll her from location to location. ©

RC is aware of the Occupy Porch Initiative.

A gutsy intrusion, all agree, but HRH says this veggie appears to be stoned, so ignore it.

Not certain that is wise, but it hasn’t made any attempt to turn or look in the window.

An attempt to appear vulnerable and passive to reassure he comes in piece, maybe.

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And what are they up to? Far too jolly not to be conspiring.©

German, what I haven’t told RC Cat is what I saw this morning around the corner.

While most of the veggies seem happy and harmless, these new ones look like they are up to something.

Sinister somehow.

And one appears to have ruling designs!

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That’s a crown, right? What intentions are these? Should RC be warned?©

As you have experience dealing intruders and those of questionable purpose, any guidance in this matter would be appreciated.

Meanwhile, I shall continue my patrols.

Yours in paws. (Paw waves)

Molly, the Marvelous.

More spooky stories and mysteries of the Realm:

And who is The German? Her story starts here, then packs up her toys, but still sends correspondence and advice. (and for some reason she knows Trouble Makers Wear Plaid…..)

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Something’s in the wind.©


  1. shoreacres / Oct 17 2014 12:40 pm

    That last specimen is a little nerve-wracking. Clearly, there’s an agenda there, and it doesn’t bode well for the plain and simple ones.

    To the east, the invasion seems to have slowed. Perhaps security patrols have discouraged them, or they require more surrounding vegetation to thrive.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 22 2014 3:13 pm

      Molly: That particular lump looks like a hard one for sure. But won’t take any cutting remarks from him. Beware of the paw! Appreciate the surveillance report from your frontier. Appreciate the backup!”


  2. Ally Bean / Oct 17 2014 12:44 pm

    You’re right. It is kind of eerie how these orange invaders appear out of nowhere every October. Can’t imagine what space aliens would think of this particular human phenomenon. Charmed? Or more confirmation that we’re a whacked world?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 22 2014 3:15 pm

      Molly: “Do you think it’s an alien attempt to establish contact? Guess, any cautious nibbling should be avoided. Thanks for the warning!”


  3. Carrie Rubin / Oct 17 2014 12:49 pm

    I think the animal posse is wise to be leery. Some of those look a little shifty…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 22 2014 3:18 pm

      Molly, “And he’s glowing with self confidence! Definitely keeping an eye on that one. Glad you’re guarded in nature. Thanks for the confirmation.

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  4. katecrimmins / Oct 17 2014 1:06 pm

    Sending pumpkin blasters to the realm.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 22 2014 3:19 pm

      Molly: “We think Sasha is sitting on them….maybe she’ll move…eventually….if she’s not part of some catspiracy. Appreciate the assistance!”


  5. Littlesundog / Oct 17 2014 2:05 pm

    Oh my gosh! I about fell off my chair reading this! That orange dude with a crown can only be bad news for the realm. Let me know if you need enforcement from the north!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 22 2014 3:22 pm

      Molly. “Considering luring that one into a box and shipping him your way. Deer would hoof him out of any mood to smush in. Thanks for a veggie solution.”


  6. aFrankAngle / Oct 17 2014 2:05 pm

    Dear German,
    Those things are spreading across the land so fast that the CDC is finding it difficult to control. I thought about contacting my rep to Congress, but the orange veggie lobby has their hands in all pockets. Good news is that these invaders tend to vanish quickly in November … so be patient.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 22 2014 3:28 pm

      Molly: So far the mushheads are holding positions. The cooler weather may have them in suspended animation. But there are odd sounds and strange glows at night. Never realized how much Veggies and Congress had in common. Appreciate you guarding your realm


      • aFrankAngle / Oct 22 2014 10:23 pm

        Because of the holding positions, keep your head up and eyes open.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 24 2014 6:35 pm

          Molly. “Shocking new discovery, but must delay conclusions about it for a few days….”


          • aFrankAngle / Oct 25 2014 5:26 pm

            Hmmm … and I appreciate your calculating nature.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 27 2014 2:53 pm

            Molly: Things are stewing and baking up a dish for Holler-Ring


          • aFrankAngle / Oct 27 2014 6:23 pm

            Get ready for barking up a storm at Holler-Ring.


  7. Paul / Oct 17 2014 2:51 pm

    There are fields full of the invaders up here in Canada – and they are expressionless, perhaps because they think no one is looking. I think they may be amassing an attack. There is a nearby fenced field of thousands of them and when I passed by the other morning two had escaped. One was in the 4-lane roadway – obviously having tried to cross – and had been struck and mortally injured. Another sat expressionlessly by the curb and appeared to be mourning the passing of his colleague. It was proof to me that they have mastered escaping from their fenced holding yard and it wouldn’t surprise me to see them all escaped one morning. I always keep my doors locked as I pass.

    We have sighted some giants here in the area in the past – the world record in 2011 ( ) I haven’t seen any of them smile – they must be the leaders and are always very serious looking.

    It seems that these yearly invasions tend to disappear in November. i suspect they are aliens that are only here a certain time of the year so as to absorb certain nutrition that is present at that time. One must keep watch Molly and be sharp so the veggies do not take control when they are most prevalent.

    Be vigilant and prosper.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 22 2014 3:37 pm

      Molly: “Our nose is constantly searching the horizon. We warned staff about the potential of giant lumps of veggies rolling in, but staff says they’ll never make it through the wind turbine farms – and if they did, someone would redirect them to the Children’s Museum. Apparently, these veggies thrive on adoration of young children and those young at heart. Whew. I am just one dog! Thanks for the guide of dangerous veggies!”


  8. Roxie / Oct 17 2014 3:18 pm

    still chuckling, the occupy porch initiative! lol, great post, spin on traditional decorating, Phil, thanks!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 22 2014 3:41 pm

      Molly: Staff says it’s the obligatory post – but they still look more like veggie than fences to me. But I’m just the dog in charge….and I still plant paws ands charge them for something…maybe yard rent? Thanks for planting a comment.”

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  9. wiseabundance / Oct 17 2014 4:35 pm

    I’m so glad someone is keeping watch over these orange intruders. Delightful post — I’m still chuckling over the imagery. 🙂


  10. EllaDee / Oct 17 2014 8:50 pm

    Dear Molly, please assure HRH, Staff and The German that the southern hemisphere offers safe refuge should the orange vegetable invasion get out of hand. While there are approximations of them in the stores, the real thing is nowhere near as prevalent and none have yet made an appearance in neighbourhoods, as in these regions they are a designated food species, particularly when roasted and blended into soup. Possibly letting this information be known locally may repress any ideas they have of domination. xx EllaDee


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 22 2014 3:53 pm

      Molly: “Soup? And muffins! Maybe these veggies have rolled in to encourage the poor children in the bushes with sustenance and warm memories? I shall ask RC Cat if maybe they are really benign and considerate. (But I will have to make her think it is her idea.) Appreciate you stirring in a comment. Thanks”


  11. angelswhisper2011 / Oct 17 2014 9:20 pm

    OMC orange intruders…I hope they didn’t came from another planet, RC Cat and Molly 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 22 2014 3:55 pm

      Molly: “RC Cat says the orange invaders came from far a-field! And we all send soft cheek pats and nudges to your Realm.”

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  12. Unconfirmed Bachelorette / Oct 19 2014 9:44 pm

    Molly, you are wise for one so young. I expect you would curry favor from RC if you brought to her attention that last specimen. One cannot be too careful in attempting to avert a veggie coup.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 22 2014 3:57 pm

      Molly: “With quiet paws, I have cautiously brought up the news about the oddly sharp veggie. Currently it does not seem others are turning towards him, but I shall continue to monitor. Appreciate the supporting comment.”


  13. jannatwrites / Oct 21 2014 5:08 am

    Molly must remain vigilant… those orange faces seem to be around every corner 🙂


  14. philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 22 2014 4:04 pm

    Molly: “How long can this go on? I am getting so sleepy. And the veggies always seem so bright eyed! Thanks for the backup!”


  15. jmmcdowell / Oct 22 2014 8:35 pm

    So good to see Molly keeping on top of the potential invasion. But I have to tell you what we noticed last night on a neighbor’s trees—strings of Christmas lights. And they were turned on. It’s too much, too soon!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 24 2014 6:32 pm

      Molly: Sounds like confused goblins…or the Elves have been hitting the apple cider. Some jokers always have to be the first on the block? Hope the squirrels don’t start copying those toothy Chipmunks and their perky Christmas carols. Scary thought. Thanks for the early warning


  16. Kourtney Heintz / Oct 28 2014 11:46 pm

    Wow those pumpkins are popping up everywhere. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 29 2014 4:51 pm

      Molly: “Where did they come from? What do they want. Why won’t RC utilize the Paw of Fury? Sigh. I’m just one young pooch searching for meaning. Thanks for planting a veggie concern comment”



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