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December 27, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Trail marked. Waved on.

Done slashing scarlet across gold, silver, and green.

Ribbons suspiciously snaking around the floor.

Smug? Helpless looking? Bah.

Some limply fell off their assigned box with the slightest tug.

Others toughed it out – gripping while griping – facing the cruelest cut of all.

All stage drama.

Large buzzards sitting in tree. All rights reserved. Copyrighted.

Ominous, no? Who knows what they want….©

What’s the real objective of those lovely Christmas ribbons and bows? 

Really believe they bind and stretch to hold things together?

Defender of an item’s honor, perhaps?

A show pony as decoration – a touch of luxurious pretend?

Or a sneak slipping in to entangle the unsuspecting?

It’s alive. Get it off of me! Why does it prefer to grab onto hair with Velcro-like intent instead of actually sticking to assigned paper? Hey, snatch those ribbon curls out of the cat’s hacking mouth. An Emergency Vet’s bill would mean a second mortgage.

Ribbons twirling images across eyes and time. Memories woven into neuron tangles. 

End of the year. Things are about wrapped up.

Even skyward. Across the entire width of the horizon.

streaks of vapor trails in sky. All rights reserved. Copy righted. No permissions granted

Hey, You two can’t hide. Drag racing on Christmas?

What’s this ?

Mother Nature feeling festive Christmas morning?

Decided a little frosty lace to embellish her gift of blazing blue.

Trailed out some icy streamers as outdoor holiday decorations.

Blue sky with dual vapor trails All rights reserved. no permissions granted. copy righted

Icy ribbons racing from west to east. (Coloring outside the lines) ©

Wait. Or is that a trail blazed?

A little travel assist with a suggested route homeward.

Trees are waving travelers on their way.

“May the roads be wide open ribbons before you.”

“May the airport security lines not be endless tangles and Nots.”

(Exhausted Molly appreciated her limited Christmas Time Share and is hoping you avoided Fishy Stink.)

Tree branches against parallel vapor trails in blue sky. All rights reserved. no permissions granted. copyrighted

Did you check all the branches, knot holes, and squirrel nests? We’ll send whatever you left behind. Bye!©

Wishing safe travels, good weather, and fine company.

And some time to curl up and rest up before the New Year rolls out.

Enough scarlet ribbons, let’s hope next year wins blue ones.

Happy trails to you!

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Animated fan palm blowing in wind. all right reserved. no permissions granted. copy righted

“Mom! Mom! Look I’m shakin’ it. Just like a cheerleader rustling pompoms!” (Gotta love the energetic fan dancers)©

Queen palms against blue sky. No permissions gratned. All rights reserved. Copy righted

“Do my fronds look all right? So difficult to get a good even trim around Christmas.”
“Do these trunk rings make me look fat? The bandage dress trend is so restrictive. Why are you staring? Honestly, girls can’t even go out for a little fresh air without some photographer trying to get their 10 seconds of fame in the media. Eyes up here. please.”©

3 palms. No permissions granted. Copyrighted. All rights reserved.

Palms. Such attention hounds. Bring out a camera and they jump in front and vogue. Madonna couldn’t do it better. ©




  1. katecrimmins / Dec 27 2014 5:52 pm

    Your captions made me laugh! (and the comment about vet emergency requiring a second mortgage! Been there done that!)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 28 2014 7:32 pm

      Actually the pictures and captions were the story…(just felt guilty with little content, so included babble as backdrop.)
      NO ONE is allowed to get sick/injured on weekends. Only do that once!
      Thanks for giggling along

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      • katecrimmins / Dec 28 2014 7:34 pm

        Sometimes it’s wonderful to just laugh and not have to think.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2014 3:48 pm

          Right now I’m ready for exactly what you suggested! Hope your end of year is restful and fun (it can too be both…)
          Thanks for reinforcing the concept!

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  2. dogear6 / Dec 29 2014 3:34 am

    When the kitten was young (< 1 year old), we couldn't keep him out of the ribbons either and finally we just decked him out. He didn't mind! I think he was too young to know better. We'd have never gotten away with that later.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2014 3:50 pm

      And now you’ve got all those pictures to embarrass him with…once cats gain that adult dignity…
      Hope the ribbons tied up all the Seasonal Special just for you! Thanks for wrapping up the year here.

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  3. reneejohnsonwrites / Dec 30 2014 2:10 am

    Holidays can be hard on the pets. Happy New Year!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 30 2014 3:06 pm

      Fortunately many of our guests bring their dogs – so they entertain themselves. RC cat just retreats to the back closet shelf…not chased, she admonishes. She was tired and needed to rest and not be disturbed. HA! Thanks for hiking over here to chat


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