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November 12, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

To the point. Faulty logic.

Typical. The other is always better

Got straight hair? Crave Harpo curls.

Any-color-but-this syndrome. Just one gene – one tiny gene – and what should have been….

Colorful leaf stabbed by yucca. No permissions granted. All rights reserved. Copyrighted

What do you mean? Of course, it’s natural. (Image ©)

Try explaining why it was out of the question to spend the entire college fund for child-to-be on a little genetic tweaking.

“If only you had cared enough, I could have been a star. Or at least less mundane, ordinary.”

(Insert parents grinding teeth here. Should have considered plucking out that drama queen gene.)

That’s why, at any age, galas and costumes are so important.

A chance to try on another skin. A chance to actually be who you really are inside.

An image that can change as the costumed “reality” doesn’t quite meet expectations. Bummer.

If had only that exquisite outrageously expensive outfit had been purchased .

That’s the problem. Obviously.

Hope eternal. Next year…(When you have your own money, Cinderella.)

Copyrighted. Yucca in costume. No permissions granted. All rights reserved

“Junior, put down that leaf. You look ridiculous. Besides who knows where it’s been.”
“Why can’t you be more supportive! I’ve always felt like a crepe myrtle born in the wrong branch!” (Image ©)

Obviously, it’s not only humans that are afflicted with bad judgment faulty logic genes.

Case in point: (Eavesdropping a bit, hear?)

no permissions granted. Yucca holding leaf. All rights reserved. Copyrighted

Hey, this seat taken? We seem to have a little bit in common. What? Cosmetic surgery? What are you implying? How rude to of you to ask. (Image ©)

Oh, for the colorful life.

To swoop, swish, and swirl in the wind instead of being stiff and stuck standing straight and tall.

Graceful instead of being pointed out all the time. Avoided frequently with no one getting close.

Crepe myrtles, the creative performers in the landscape.

They can bare it all. Shed their colorful garb and reinvent themselves year after year.

They blossom and flirt.

No wonder little yucca wants to turn a new leaf and branch out.

“Mom, couldn’t we at least get a name change? Yuckie is pretty hard to live down.”

Copyrighted. Yucca holding fallen leaf. all rights reserved.  No permissions granted.

I stand with you. Must admire those who dare to dream the impossible dream. (Image  ©)

Point taken.

Phil the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

I don’t know. Something about this little plant’s effort is endearing. Kids. They upstage every time.

No permissions granted. All rights reserved. Plant pleading for a pet. Copyrighted

“Mom, it followed me home. Pleeeeease, can I keep it? Pleeeeease? I’ll take care of it.” (Image ©)




  1. katecrimmins / Nov 12 2014 2:09 pm

    Those are the best captions EVER!


  2. Littlesundog / Nov 12 2014 2:34 pm

    Splendidly written! I have to agree… your captions are the best ever! How on earth did you happen to notice the leaf? Brilliant!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 12 2014 2:55 pm

      Was enjoying sitting outside with Molly before the cold hit. That little gold leaf was being held up high – like the little plant was trying to keep it in the sun…maybe thought it was too pretty to suffer on the ground. It was very weird. Thanks for pointing a comment the way here


  3. Carrie Rubin / Nov 12 2014 2:41 pm

    That lone leaf where it doesn’t belong was a great photographic find. Loved this. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 12 2014 2:57 pm

      Really odd, isn’t it. Never seen a leaf stabbed before. Will there be others? Will the yucca pull in their own to prevent serial stabbings? It is a jungle out there…(giggles inserted) Thanks for leafing a comment

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  4. dogear6 / Nov 12 2014 2:45 pm

    The trees are talking here too and the leaves are saying buh-bye!



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 12 2014 3:00 pm

      Usually crepe myrtles turn red and gold in December with leaves falling a bit later. They have ditched them early this year…and the palms are saying, “Get those blankets ready.” Really blustery cold today…perfect for long haired dogs. Thanks for waving a comment over


  5. easyweimaraner / Nov 12 2014 3:17 pm

    I remember this scenes where my parents “ruined” my life :o) But I’m still sad that I never visited the Springbreak :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 12 2014 4:26 pm

      Just think, it could get worse for parents with gene tampering…can just see some kid stamping their little feet because parent didn’t gene swap to get their child that perfect blond/red/black hair. Selfish parents! Talk about setting their kid up for failure!
      Paws in misery about Spring Break…what do parents mean why do students need a vacation? College is so not a vacation!
      Thanks for pointing that out!


  6. EllaDee / Nov 12 2014 7:52 pm

    Point taken!… You crack me up 🙂 But I can’t blame little Yuckie for wanting to be a crepe myrtle they are so glamorous and colorful… although it has a downside for ours at least… at their most splendiferous the bugs descend en masse and massacre them… sort of like the insect version of tall poppy syndrome!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 12 2014 10:29 pm

      Crepe myrtles here sometimes get this black smuck on their leaves – powdery mildew. The ones we have seem to be a resistant variety, so we don’t spray them. These are the few “autumn colored trees” we have. Yucca will eventually bloom with a tall white column flower…but waiting is sooooo difficult for the young. (Not interested in anyone pointing that out.) Thanks for sharpening a comment to leaf!


  7. Robin / Nov 12 2014 9:14 pm

    LOL! The grass is always greener on the other side (until you have to take care of it!). Fun post. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 12 2014 10:30 pm

      Just the oddest thing. I do think Yucca wanted a pet. Thanks for adding a leaf to the comment pile


  8. Aquileana / Nov 13 2014 12:05 am

    I truly like the way you have picked up the leaf and yucca story to highlight an analogy with life itself.
    So creative and clever!… Great share.
    All the best to you!, Aquileana 😀


  9. Paul / Nov 13 2014 5:53 am

    Please re-leaf me, let me go… Ahhh, I see you have found the rebellious yucca youth movement. They are always ahead of the curve in the most fashionable presentation – just can’t seem to leaf it alone.

    Fun post Phil. Definitely doing society a service by recording the angst of the young yucci Which , by the way, it should be noted that the young yucca plant wasn’t being called “Yuckie”, he was being refered to as one of a group of youthful yucca plants -“yucci”. Sorry, I just can’t leaf it alone. 😀


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 14 2014 3:45 pm

      Don’t be sappy – you saw the yuckie! (the young only see what they want to see – so easily bruised….) Thanks for potting up a comment to leave on this doorstep


  10. marthaschaefer / Nov 14 2014 1:17 pm

    Well done, Phil. You leafed me laughing once again!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 14 2014 3:59 pm

      Had to do a double take with that plant cuddling a leaf. Nothing gold can stay? (Wonder if that little plant safely tucked the treasure away) Thanks for clipping a comment to leave


  11. jannatwrites / Nov 15 2014 1:59 am

    Haha, what an interesting circumstance, that leaf right there. Your captions are hilarious – I needed that today 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 17 2014 12:38 am

      Glad you got a giggle – it was such an unusual sight. Designed for fun. Thanks for leafing a comment


  12. jmmcdowell / Nov 20 2014 12:11 am

    Poor little yucca, striving to be something different! I hope he’ll appreciate his own blooms someday. Trees are losing their leaves in droves here—way too early. This arctic cold can go back north any day now!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 21 2014 12:08 am

      Just a plant trying alternatives – that leaf is always fancier on the other branch? If you can believe it we had highs around 45 and rain for a few days…may be 80 tomorrow ahead of the next front. Leaves gone much too early. But we do have about 3 times the number of snow geese and huge numbers of duck migrating in. They aren’t hanging around waiting for a ride on Santa’s sleigh. Thanks for blowing in with a comment


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