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May 8, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Leaning one way or the other

Not my boat., but it is my pictureAll rights reserved. copyrighted. NO permissions granted.

Leaning in without any luck. Obviously not from lack of support.©

On the fence.

Stuck or intentional pause?

Anchored with indecisiveness hiding in plain sight.

With the other oar being a wise look before you launch.

Waves rushing by.

Doggedly trying to get inside? A neighbor child asking to play. Or that tatted up teenage boy your daughter has been told to stay away from?

Doggedly trying to get inside. A neighbor child politely asking to play. Or that sullen tatted up teenage boy your daughter has been told to stay away from?©

Good to be prepared on the dock with bow lines ready when your ship comes in.

Life isn’t cruising along offering refunds.

Know when to float and when to boat.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

(NO permissions granted)row boat drying on fence.All rights reserved. copyrighted

Looks like one of those giant demanding seals. Hide the shrimp. ©

Boat and dock. NO permissions granted. All rights reserved. Copyrighted

Nooo! The splash is not always greener. Slide back into the water now before being hooked by the lure of “stuff” and civilization.©




  1. easyweimaraner / May 8 2015 2:44 pm

    I had no clue that my momma has a boat driver license… that’s egg-sactly her way to park a ride :o)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 8 2015 2:48 pm

      Some have enough skill to say “Jump, boat” and they do! Paw waves and thanks for rowing over to chat.


  2. Satin Sheet Diva / May 8 2015 4:26 pm

    Well I’ve just discovered what I’d like my “back yard” to look like…sans row boat though. I’d prefer to have something with a motor, and a nice shiny paint job, but beyond that, knowing that just beyond the back gate lies a body of water deep enough for boating would thrill me to no end.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 8 2015 4:38 pm

      Sigh. That would be a real delight. Would be difficult to stay indoors with that view. Now, we have to be content stopping by to see what’s floating along there. Thanks for docking a comment

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  3. Carrie Rubin / May 8 2015 4:59 pm

    “Life isn’t cruising along offering refunds.
    Know when to float and when to boat.”—Love those lines!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 8 2015 5:06 pm

      Glad something sailed across the brain today. Spent a bit treading water waiting for an idea to spill. Walking always helps…helps keeping the dog from bouncing off the walls. Thanks for diving in here and hope your weekend and Mother’s Day is a splash load of fun!


  4. Ally Bean / May 8 2015 5:38 pm

    🙂 Cute.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 8 2015 11:18 pm

      That beached whale of a boat is always performing some antics. Can’t help but laughing. Thanks for giggling alone


  5. Paul / May 8 2015 6:39 pm

    I hear Texas is preparing for an invasion by the US government. Perhaps that is a Seal entry vehicle deliberately camouflaged to look like a beat up row boat carelessly thrown aside. Have you seen any men skulking around trying to look inconspicuous? They would be carrying automatic weapons, be armed to the teeth with knapsacks for gear and rations so they can survive in the field for weeks. Oh wait never mind, that describes most Texans. Bwahahaha!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 9 2015 12:14 am

      It’s the whole SW states. Motivated by jealousy – all our party culture. (Nana, nana boo boo. We’ve got mozo and so not you-do)
      Knapsacks and gear? Think you’ve confused TX with Montana, Wyoming, or Utah….or some local family with kids on a long drive across town.
      Only 5 states in the US do not allow open carry of personal guns by licensed owners. TX is late to the party with last session’s newly signed bill.(and the District of Columbia – the issue is under a change there). I’m OK with concealed carry by trained and licensed owners, but worry many who did not grow up around those who understood guns will be trouble with open carry. (They probably didn’t have every adult in the world screaming at kids fro the cradle up: “NEVER point a gun at a person – NEVER EVER!”, “Always assume the gun is loaded. ALWAYS!”, and “Only pick up a gun when there is no other way out, you have done all you can, your back is against the wall, and the person is determined to kill you.” Not hearing that much these days. Worrisome.
      Not sure why the “drill” is being located in these locations. “To best prepare our soldiers for what they will face in combat overseas” said the military officer at the meetings (actual wording. Can send you link to news video). Exactly where overseas looks like a small west TX town who’s main street could easily pass for a western movie set? Seriously? Not exactly the place for urban training. Walmart will probably get paid for use of their empty store for a “compound for captured terrorists”- Walmart does have friends in the administration with their scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours philosophy. Curious why the military isn’t using all their own closed to public resources and lands. The gov. owns plenty and it isn’t hard to construct necessary stage sets/building. (Jobs program!)
      We had one of these “drills” right around here – last year – unannounced. You cannot imagine what it’s like to suddenly have military everywhere and all these huge helicopters and planes overhead. It was insanely loud over the house (and we are used to military/NASA planes around here a lot.) People were dialing 911 like crazy. Schools went into lockdown. Scared people to death. All of a sudden the TV and radio and all the media were shouting “It’s only a drill. Don’t worry.” Did I mention people were terrified and children screaming? After it was over people were yelling at local community officials “I don”t care how much they said they would pay/donate if they could practice in town. Not here again.” (like it will make a difference what citizens want.)
      Pretty odd…the soldiers are supposed to try and “infiltrate” the community and try not to arouse suspicion of residents/get noticed or”caught”?(snort) But the military says residents won’t be involved or around the game. Oh, this time the military players will be wearing arm bands so residents will be able to identify them…but wait…doesn’t that defeat the objective and training of fitting in without arousing suspicion – even among those playing the game? Seriously, take your toys, get your tanks, helicopters and machines off the train tracks needed for commerce, and go play at your own house, guys. Darn right people are mad.
      Still when handed lemons turn it into lemonade? Can you see a new adventure tourist industry starting up:”Saddle up and get ready to play “Spot the Combatants” from the tourism company’s elevated platforms, hot air balloons, and glider planes. “Grab your cameras, cell phones, and binoculars: free beer for the first one to spot and document military drill participants! Get those YouTube/Instagram accounts ready! Be the first to get your pix on tv!”
      Yep, summer’s going to be great. No being on the fence about it. Thanks for wiring up a comment (giggles)


      • Paul / May 9 2015 4:34 pm

        Whew – just stop beating around the bush and hiding your thoughts – tell us what you really think Phil. Hahaha!


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 9 2015 10:34 pm

          Cerveza para todos! Everyone party.So much more productive use of time and energies, right? Time to prod Molly off the couch…she cannot sleep for 4 weeks even if it’s hot outside. Hope your weekend is going well and adventures arriving at your door/fingertips. Cheers!


  6. robincoyle / May 8 2015 11:23 pm

    What is that? It can’t be a boat, right?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 9 2015 12:21 am

      It is a little row boat the owner’s kids use. Their small boat lift is on the right of their floating dock in the bottom picture. Really needs some spring cleaning care and paint. Right now the boat looks like a giant walrus outside Monterrey Bay,CA or something. Mottled boat is picturesque, but not best way to make the little vessel last. It’s still early in the boating year…maybe the kids will need something to do soon. Thanks for floating a comment over


  7. aFrankAngle / May 11 2015 12:30 pm

    How and why the boat thinks it’s better on the other side of the fence is beyond me … but I understand how it’s greener in this case. …. Shhhhh …. Dumb row boat.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 11 2015 3:45 pm

      I think it’s must be being held against its’ will. Bound to be ready to keel over? Thanks for paddling by with a comment


  8. marthaschaefer / May 14 2015 1:17 pm

    So glad you and Molly paddled out for some exercise, physical and mental!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 14 2015 2:08 pm

      In between storms/showers it’s cloudy. YEA! Cloudy and breezy is cooler. Summer’s being held back on those days. (Everyone should have sailboat quality rain gear – it’s useful in any location. Really…now if only Molly would agree to wear something..umbrella is so useless.) Thanks for trotting by

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