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November 19, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Preparing for odd flights

No one likes holiday air travelers. Not being Road Warriors, they don’t know the routines.

Their too many carry-ons are too big.  Their shoes take forever to get off. They don’t think the security regulations apply to them (Lady. No one cares how much you paid for that bottle of perfume. It ain’t gonna fly.)

Holiday air travel isn’t for amateurs. Deflates energy quickly.

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They’re coming! Grab the boarding passes! No time to waste. ©

Expert flyers whoosh past rough landings at staging areas and command the chilly skies with ease.

Lift off for them is all business.

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Don’t look make eye contact. Only slows you down. ©

But now it’s clear the flight deck for holiday spirits and “good will towards man”.

(I heard that choking sound and snorting.)

They are already showing up: the odd, the pretty plastic people, the ones full of hot air. 

So get ready to duck. Literally. Noun and verb.

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They are tired of hanging around. ©

In full-blown Christmas style, they are bouncing into place.

Sky high with enthusiasm.

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Happy. Happy! You can sleigh them, but tying them down is difficult.©

Any and all can cause a flap or two, but it’s the season, so resign and redesign yourself for the unmanageable, unpredictable holiday frenzy.

Crowded air space and cities’ blinding, blaring Christmas displays simply too much?

Take the advice of the feathered flocks and fly far far away.

Or even better, rest in your own little nest.

Flights of fancy,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

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Mowed esplanade is the perfect quiet breakfast buffet for these egrets.©

This is one of the local flocks of egrets. There must have been 40 of them totally concentrating on breakfast. Ignored a woman jogging right past them. Oblivious to a bike rider cruising along the other side of them. Molly was enthralled and we sat watching them for a long time. Finally some gossipy bird noticed the dog and decided they should all go over to the field down the road. Molly was crushed over some whispered “eau de dog” bird-brained comment.

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Contrast and compare. A partial view of another flock. (They’re coming. They’re coming. They’re flying. They’re flying.) ©





  1. katecrimmins / Nov 19 2014 2:11 pm

    “Eau de dog”? Why, that’s better than Chanel. Only thing better is “eau de cat.”

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 19 2014 3:48 pm

      Ooops. Had to do a bit of dog redirecting – Molly thought you said “eat the cat” which she thought was odd, but she thought she heard anti-cat squawks from the birds, too.
      Thanks for flying in with a comment

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      • dogear6 / Nov 20 2014 3:51 am

        I think RC better hide for a while. Molly just might decide she DID hear “eat the cat”. Of course RC has her whipped, so it’s more likely Molly will hide.



  2. Paul / Nov 19 2014 2:37 pm

    Those inflatables are cool and huge. I knew someone someday would figure out how to use all that empty overhead space in the big box stores. Ha! Little did I know it would be Santa. Of course it’s Texas, so everything is bigger. That said, Santa seems to have increased his girth a tad more than his other dimensions – he’s gonna have a hard time getting down the chimney of an incineratornow let alone a condo.

    I see you and Molly have discovered the bird hideaway where they go to relax and gossip. If you could get a bit closer you’d hear them : “..Did you see the hairdo on Mrs, Johnson? Wow, I bet I could hit that from 59 feet above….” or “… There are more of those metal birds full of humans flying lately, it must close to one of their holly daze…” or “… Did you see Molly standing over ther watching? She has her Staff with her – the Mouse one. I bet if we all take off at once, the Mouse Staff will write it in her blog – Let’s try!…”

    You just never know what you’ll hear when you listen to the birds.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 19 2014 4:13 pm

      We were stunned at the flying display at the store. Needed a wide lens. Worried if umbrellas would be needed to stroll under those strange birds – better they are staked on the yards in the neighborhood.
      Also wondering if these could be seasonally decorative attic insulation – a new product!
      Thanks for feathering this nest with a comment


  3. easyweimaraner / Nov 19 2014 3:13 pm

    I would like a new hot air friend… the last one was in my crib for 20 minutes :o) do you think my mom would like an Eau de dog? so I could always with her and I think I will not buy it I will make my own :o)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 19 2014 4:20 pm

      Everyone says the best gifts are the ones you make, Easy. Your mom would be thrilled.
      Molly begged and begged last year for the huge inflatable white husky that was on sale, but with the trees, not sure there’s any room for one….but with the sunny warmer day today, all the plants are happy to lose the overcoats. Molly would add a note, but she’s chasing squirrels – only about 48 hours of sun before it starts raining again


  4. Carrie Rubin / Nov 19 2014 3:23 pm

    I’ll be flying for the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m already dreading it. In fact, I get back from my current trip only to board another plane a few days later. Ugh. Teleportation would be so handy.

    Love the inflatables!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 19 2014 4:25 pm

      Maybe you could just tie a bunch of inflatables to a lawn chair and float to destinations…wait, it may be too cold/wet for that this time of year. …Consider using the Santa’s sleigh one filled up to float you from ticket check-in over security to the gate? Who would stop and demand photo ID from Santa and elf entourage? He’s making a list!
      That is a pretty whimsical inflatable display, isn’t it.
      Take care and hope your flights are all uplifting letting your heart soar.

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  5. susielindau / Nov 19 2014 6:28 pm

    i won’t be flying until after the holiday, thank god! I do want to apply for Pre-TSA. I’ve gotten the preferential treatment randomly and it sure was nice to keep my shoes on!
    Thanks for bringing this timely post to the party! Have fun mingling with the guests. There are quite a few new birds to check out!

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  6. roughseasinthemed / Nov 19 2014 7:20 pm

    The white high flyers get my vote every time. I would run away from somewhere with those plastic dirigibles.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 19 2014 10:53 pm

      Such a sight. We couldn’t get over it. And if they come to life at night after the store closes….Never fear there’s safety in the nail and staple aisle. Thanks for hanging up a comment


  7. Jim Hollenbeck / Nov 19 2014 9:48 pm

    Susie sent me…guess she didn’t want me there anymore…

    Turkeys can fly…here’s proof…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 19 2014 10:42 pm

      Hey cool blog (link didn’t work, but easy to find you)
      Suzy’s parties get crowded (It’s all the Wild Turkey and snackies) and the overflow crowd has to go somewhere – glad you landed here. (Most of the wild turkey guys are hiding out in Central/West Texas this year – plenty of brush and gobbler food, so much harder to find them if you’re planting to hunt one for dinner)
      Thanks for flying in with a comment.


  8. Robin / Nov 20 2014 12:39 pm

    Egrets! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many in one place.
    They are making those inflatables fly now? Good grief.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 21 2014 12:34 am

      Wildlife experts are saying there are 3 times as many migratory birds and snow geese here this year as they are fleeing bitter cold.
      That flock in the store look perfectly content and warm. We’ve never seen so many of those either – needed a wide angle lens. Worth the trip to marvel and giggle….some of them are animated and move now. While entertaining, I miss all the red and green construction child created paper decorations in windows. We were always so excited on the last day before Christmas school holidays when we got to bring all what we had made home. Went up in windows all up and down the block. Glitter and cotton ball snow were treasured embellishments then. Kids miss out now that parents have to outdo each other with yard decorations these days?
      Thanks for flying in with a comment


  9. marthaschaefer / Nov 20 2014 1:38 pm

    Lots of hot air this time of year, just not the kind that warms the environment!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 21 2014 12:37 am

      Plastic replacing red and green construction kid-made decorations. Different goals in decorating these days. Where’s a mad woodpecker when you need it?
      Thanks for floating over a comment


  10. Beth / Nov 20 2014 1:38 pm

    That reminds me it’s almost time for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade! YAY!!! And egrets can be so sensitive about voyeurs – such a private bunch – who knows what they were secretly up to. A few more minutes and Molly would have surely discovered their secret feathered wing shake that would have gotten her into the club.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 21 2014 12:47 am

      Such a flighty bunch. Could be they were discussing Mardi Gras plans. Something’s definitely up.
      HEB stepped in to sponsor the parade here. Odd theme: “Houston”? You’d think it would be some holiday theme…except there are some that don’t like holidays and we don’t want to upset them, right? Anyways, the Macy’s parade on TV is always fun – those dancers – in the cold – on concrete. Hardy bunch.
      Thanks for feathering in a comment (stay warm! The weekend looks pretty wet and stormy here)


  11. EllaDee / Nov 21 2014 1:16 am

    Those birds will egret not being nicer to Molly!
    I’m like a kid on a toy shop with the inflatable festive monstrosities but the G.O. bah humbug won’t let me put one in the trolley 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 21 2014 3:01 am

      Bird brained not to accept Molly.
      Do you think those inflatable could be giant party pinata? Would make quite a bang! thanks for dragging in a comment


  12. jannatwrites / Nov 21 2014 4:24 am

    I’m not fond of air travel, but I learn to move fast – even with the kiddos! I do like the flock of egrets – they know how to fly right 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 21 2014 3:51 pm

      Somehow with little conversation, the birds all get up and move together in the same direction.
      People however….guess why there are so many signs, loud messages, and cords creating one-way lines at airports…people need more assistance in order to fly.
      Kids at airports are really entertaining to watch….much more birdlike than adults…sensible that. Thanks for flying a comment over!


  13. jmmcdowell / Nov 26 2014 8:43 pm

    So glad not to be flying for the holidays—the Metro is a lot less crowded and stressful. 🙂 I just hope those flying inflatables won’t be dropping any surprises on the people below!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 26 2014 10:12 pm

      They are opening normally “closed to commercial flights” air space to try and give all the planes room. The weather may have people booking rooms along the East Coast? It is much nicer there once everyone leaves for the holidays. Ahhhh. Got fleece lined boots? Hope your holiday is cheerful and warm in spirit! Thanks for flying by to comment


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