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May 11, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Dark and stormy might.

Trees (NO permissions granted)in black and white(All rights reserved. copyrighted).

Dark trees. Careful. They’ll know you know.©

“The suspense is terrible…I hope it’ll last. (Willy Wonka, Chocolate Factory. Oh, that’s it. Blame the chocolate.

“So much to do, so little done, such things to be” (Elizabeth Taylor. It’s the diamonds, a girl’s best friend. The glare must be blinding.)

“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.” (Ayn Rand.)  

They are still running Mother’s Day guilt commercials. It’s not too late! And it’s all half price now.

“Beware of the barrenness of a busy life” (Socrates.)

So if the resident outspoken cat, the bored recuperating dog and her briefly visiting, equally shedding, German Shepherd friend weren’t lolling around here, there could be actually be a designer showcase home interior with lush window treatments, plush area rugs, countless couch pillows, and trendy accessories instead of remnants of dog toys, Greenies’ crumbs, and paw prints?  

“There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures. ” (Brutus. Julius Caesar IV,3,218-224)

Wait. Let me get this one dog hair tumbleweed. Now what was were you saying?

“Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, “Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?” …Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, “We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand word essay.” (Charles Schulz/Charlie Brown)

Great. Is there a time limit? What? 

Street scene.1922 photo of Alfred Hitchcock filming Number 13 in London. Film was never finished.(USPD: UK artistic work of unknown artist, Photo /previously unpublished photo before1945/

A mystery. Not really. See Alfred Hitchcock there directing this street scene? If only everyone had a director with such attention to life’s details. Maybe not him. This film,” Number 13″, was never completed. (

“It’s a hellava start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” (Lucille Ball)

Sometimes can’t see the forest for the trees. Or dog hair. Just let one day go by without raking the hallway. Hey, maybe we should just make that two. You’re right. It may rain tomorrow. Lucy would approve. 

Paraphrasing Charlie Brown: “The Secret of Life? You just hang around until you’re used to it.”

“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. (Alfred Hitchcock)

What me, worry? (Not so Mad advice)

Nothing like uneven ground or being ground unevenly to keep you jumping.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Bird on telephone wire.Looks like Alfred Hitchcock's BIrds/Wayne Wilkinson/

Waiting. Watching. Looking for direction? (Alfred Hitchcock’s ominous bird waiting./Wayne Wilkinson/Flickr/


  1. easyweimaraner / May 11 2015 4:03 pm

    just thousand words? …oh…. that means we should only use the most important words, right?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 11 2015 4:48 pm

      Can we use “erase” or “delete”? How many pages? Front and back? Oh, paws. Let’s just bury the whole stinking mess..well, rolling in it does sound entertaining, Easy. Thanks for fetching a comment to leave! Will be trotting by shortly


  2. RAB / May 11 2015 4:04 pm

    Was Willy Wonka quoting Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest?
    Meanwhile, I’d think a house full of doghair tumbleweeds (what a vivid and useful image!) is better than a house NOT full of doghair tumbleweeds. (Now am I sounding like Oscar Wilde?)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 11 2015 4:53 pm

      I was driving myself crazy trying to remember where I had heard that. So glad you saw through the chocolate haze. (Sometimes it’s good to live in the Wilde.) Thanks for rolling over such a bright comment!

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  3. robstroud / May 11 2015 4:24 pm

    Just reading the title brought to mind Snoopy sitting there atop his doghouse, tapping away on his typewriter!


  4. Carrie Rubin / May 11 2015 5:06 pm

    Great post. Love this technique of responding to the quotes. And I especially like the quote by Charles Schulz. If that doesn’t sum up life, I don’t know what does.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 12 2015 2:01 pm

      Charles Schulz should be mandated reading.Glad you giggled along – sometimes I write best when I just don’t think too much. Snoopy is the most excellent instructor. Thanks for floating by to leave a comment. (and the rains have returned zzzzzzzz)

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  5. Kate Crimmins / May 11 2015 5:33 pm

    You make me feel normal (and that’s not easy!). Just this morning I was collecting cat tumbleweeds. So embarrassing. They multiply overnight. I picked them up yesterday! The cats are shedding. I’m considering bringing in the leaf blower!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 12 2015 2:03 pm

      We have considered bringing in the shop vac to use on RC and Molly….just haven’t found suitable ear protectors for them. You know there are abound to be regulations about pet grooming noise levels. Thanks for treading through the hairy wisps.


  6. dogear6 / May 11 2015 6:30 pm

    But would you really be happy in a show piece home with no animals? Besides, what would you do with your time if you didn’t have animals to wait on? I keep telling my husband that his job description should be doorman for a beagle. He does not find that amusing in the least, even though he seems to spend a lot of time opening and closing the door for the dogs.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 12 2015 2:06 pm

      Beagle doorman. Perfect! If we had a showplace home, I’d have to get a whole new wardrobe…and different shoes – probably stylish high heels. Too much of a risk of broken ankle. Sanity prescribes keeping the pets. Thanks for pointing out the obvious!

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  7. Paul / May 12 2015 12:55 am

    Ha! Sounds like you’re going animal house being inside with your critters. One of my favorite quotes from Charlie Brown is about doing what is right” Doing what is right is like peeing yourself in a dark suit : it gives you a warm feeling but no one notices.” Ha!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 12 2015 2:12 pm

      Charle Brown knows! If only people would read and discuss Charles Schulz’s stories, maybe some of the insanity would recede. Might have to set up support groups as some people can handle the truth. It’s not just a football, Charlie Brown! (But if you take your eye off the ball, it may whack you up side of the head.Truth!) RC has requested staff gather all the hair tumbleweeds and form them into the shape of a monster truck in tribute to your astute comment!


  8. EllaDee / May 12 2015 1:27 am

    I love quotes as you know, or borrowed words as I call them 🙂 So very clever and so very wise to employ them with your own to create a contemporary philosophy.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 12 2015 2:18 pm

      Universal is universal. Time after time, right? Considering how much lovely stood the test of time wisdom is out there, it’s odd things are such a mess. Must be the chocolate. (NOooo. How could chocolate go over to the dark side?) Thanks for adding some thoughts to chew on.


  9. shoreacres / May 12 2015 2:18 pm

    Life was so much better when Charlie Brown was a guru rather than a footnote. Ah, well. As my Aunt Rilla used to say, “Tempus fidgets.”


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 12 2015 2:31 pm

      Maybe Charlie Brown is just too real and the current crop of humans can’t face the truth. Schulz/Charlie Brown and Friends should be mandatory reading at least 4 times in life: in elementary school (2nd grade?), middle (8th?), and high school seniors, and once again in college (to prepare for the adult world of work and family). Lots of levels…if the reader can stop squirming from discomfort and notice all the universal statements and typical human behaviors. Activists would probably complain it’s too instructive, teachers aren’t trained to utilize the books, and the messages are too close to church. Aunt Rilla was right. Thanks for running by to add a page


  10. jmmcdowell / May 12 2015 11:30 pm

    I loved Peanuts, even going so far as to name my childhood dog Snoopy, even though he wasn’t a beagle. But he was white with some black spots…. Peanuts and Winnie the Pooh—some of the best philosophies can be found there.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 13 2015 10:12 pm

      Peanuts pretty well describes life for anyone and everyone of any age. There was alway something worth pondering with both Pooh and Snoopy. Created for a time when people could laugh and children’s books weren’t limited by low expectations. Thanks for pulling a comment off the shelf.


  11. marthaschaefer / May 14 2015 1:23 pm

    Tumbleweeds and mud, to each season there is a reason I question my sanity in being owned by pets!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 14 2015 2:13 pm

      No kidding. Molly is tired of being told “DOn’t shake. Don’t shake.” Or “Stop running up and down the hall rubbing off on the walls.” You know enough is enough when you hand a face towel to the dog after returning from a walk and she begins to wipe her face and body off all by herself. Gotta smile. They are worth it for all their smile producing antics. Thanks for suffering along

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