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October 23, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

About that warning

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Warming up the audience. Opening act promises to be quite dramatic.©

If that old warning “Red sky at morning, sailor take warning” is true, we’re in for a rough ride.

With a “cold” front moving down from the north, a tropical rain mass moving up the coast from Yucatan into South Texas up the coast, and Pacific hurricane Patricia aiming to pound Puerto Vallarta before swirling across Mexico and Central Texas from the west, it looks like a gully washer of a weekend here as it all collides.

Good news it that Central Texas needs the rain. And the fires will get doused.

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Have to say never seen more dramatic wall paper, Mother Nature. (This is a bit down the road in one of the dry dock boat yards.)©

Galveston has had extremely high tides for a couple of days and some coastal roads (the ones that always do) are already flooded. The surfers typically ignore the red flag warnings and dangerous rip tides – making the Beach Patrol fret.

Weather is such a concern that The Harvest Moon Regatta has been canceled. No doubt the Coast Guard is relieved. While a few up for anything sailors may be grumbling, realistically there were many inexperienced boats signed up. Canceling this race from Clear Lake (edge of Houston/Galveston Bay) to Port Aransas is a big deal – never happened before.

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Quick. Somebody tell them to cut the juice to those power lines. It’s sucking in all the energy it can! ©

So any outdoor enthusiasts wishing for some soothing beauty of nature while stuck inside?

Plenty of amazing water and wildlife views here at the Greenbelt. While there, check out Doug Worall’s captured images of Mother Nature’s wonders. Vote and you might win a framed Greenbelt photo of your choice. Contest closes just before Halloween. (Woods are just too spooky for many on that night.)

Leaving you to hike off on your own now.

Molly needs to run before the deluge begins. Dog of heavy coat doesn’t see what all the fuss is about. What’s a little mud? That’s what towels (and hall walls, and bedspreads, and jean legs) are for, right?

Paddle on,

Phil the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge






  1. easyweimaraner / Oct 23 2015 1:58 pm

    it’s scary-beautiful… and I’m with Molly… lets write a message on a tree before someone writes a message on us :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 23 2015 3:00 pm

      We love to read the morning sky messages. Pretty awe inspiring even if predicting rough weather. Molly is outside trying to run off her disappointment that the German has canceled her weekend visit. Molly may enjoy romping in all sorts of weather, but the German says she’s getting older and prefers the couch in stormy weather (and she hates all the mud rinse offs in the shower). We’ll reschedule for after Holler-Ring (the German is not a fan of that holiday at all.). Thanks for running along! Hope your weekend is party fun ( will hop over shortly to see what’s going on)


  2. The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company / Oct 23 2015 2:38 pm

    Here in England the sparrows have been flying backwards, so I am fully expecting a proper winter.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 23 2015 3:02 pm

      The migratory birds are rapidly arriving here. One greta thing about a cold winter? Kills mosquitoes! Winner! Thanks for wringing out a comment to hang up here

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  3. Carrie Rubin / Oct 23 2015 4:56 pm

    I heard the hurricane headed toward Mexico is the biggest hurricane ever. I hope things turn out okay. Mother Nature can be brutal. Hope your weekend goes okay.


  4. sportsattitudes / Oct 23 2015 5:14 pm

    The rainfall amounts projected for Texas definitely caught my eye this morning…as did that hurricane headed for Mexico. Funny irony about your power lines picture…we turned the TV on this morning only to see what was going on with this powerful, historic hurricane. We never turn the TV on during the week at that time of day. Of course…the power promptly went out for 15 seconds or so…enough time to wipe out the entire weekly schedule residing within the cable box. We can put space stations in orbit but if our power is cut for one second a week’s worth of TV listings disappears back into the wall outlet. Go figure. Stay above water!


  5. heretherebespiders / Oct 23 2015 7:36 pm

    I was worried about you when I saw this monster. It’s been a rough weather year in your neck of the woods! Beautiful sunsets, so at least some benefit. Thanks for braving the outdoors (and the skeeters) to take them!


  6. SingingTuna / Oct 23 2015 7:57 pm

    Uh, oh… ((hugs)) ☔️😎
    But those are exquisite sky pix.


  7. Paul / Oct 24 2015 2:52 am

    You know it is possible that all these storms will come together and cancel each other out – leaving a big sunny spot over Phil’s house with a tempest all around. 😀


  8. PiedType / Oct 24 2015 5:10 am

    Been watching all the weather maps and thinking about you. I know you’ve been through this sort of thing before and you’re obviously keeping an eye on the sky. Still, I’m gonna worry. Y’all take care.


  9. EllaDee / Oct 24 2015 6:47 am

    Stunning photos. I hope Hurricane Patricia is all show, and no go… sometimes those girls who look wild really aren’t.


  10. SingingTuna / Oct 24 2015 2:57 pm

    Been watching the weather forecasts and reports…getting more worried now. I hope you’re all OK. ((((((((hugs)))))))))


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 24 2015 3:25 pm

      So far we’ve just had threatening skies, humidity, and sprinkles – it will crash in here this afternoon…so all dogs out walking! Clear Lake is already high and, boy, are the migratory birds moving in large numbers with the squirrels frantically gathering nuts. Molly always enjoys watching birds.She rarely feels rain at all.
      Galveston and coastal areas have high tides and low areas flooding, but we can get that. Radar doesn’t look promising, though.
      Where we are on “high-ish” ground which rapidly drains to the lake/Galveston Bay will probably not flood, but others who know in this flat area know if it rains long enough in one place, there’s going to be flooding. They are getting barricades in the known areas where streets flood deep ( like over cars deep or you can’t see where the road ends and bayou side begins) – low underpasses. New comer and fools won’t stay out of those. Like any place, live there long enough and you know how to stay out of trouble.
      But it will be soooo boring Sat-Mon…we’d better not lose power! ARRRRgh. Better charge everything and go get chips, beer, and oreos…ok some apples, too. Chili dogs sound good. Thanks for checking in (If power stays on, maybe I can catch up on blog reading 🙂 )

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      • SingingTuna / Oct 24 2015 3:37 pm

        Yes, CHARGE! Old laptops can get useful for charging phones, in a pinch. Pickles and Mila are sending lots of purrs your way. Oh! Pickles is reminding me to tell you to “Move Bob to higher ground right away!!!!” (her emphasis) She’s been fussing about that since we started watching the news. No need to reply to this! (((((((((more hugs)))))))))


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 24 2015 7:38 pm

          OK the slop and slosh has sagged down this way. Molly (who took advantage of a brief non wet period outside) is suggesting a contest of who can nap the longest. Bob graciously sent a nod from his mantel ledge…and he is quite confident that RC had instructed staff concerning the pull down stairs to the attic (which reminds me of a friend’s story long ago when monster Hurricane Carla stepped ashore in Palacious. Will have to tell that one sometime.) Cars gassed up and the “nice ones” snug inside. BAck from store just in time. (HEB is so cool – they always have a squad of employees with giant umbrellas escorting people in and out) Paw waves from the storm front. (And Bob bobbed. Wow – you rated 2 Pickles!)


  11. marthaschaefer / Oct 25 2015 4:13 pm

    It’s now Sunday. Hope you managed to get through the storm. I was thinking of you as I stacked wood and readied the homestead for the coming season of chill.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 25 2015 6:00 pm

      It’s still raining (About 8 inches around here) with extremely strong winds. But the bayous are staying in their banks upstream in the city, so while roads were flooded last night and this morning, there’s not been a massive repeat of Memorial Day flooding…yet.The 2 rescues were avoid ones: a woman drove around a barricade on a road and sunk. Then there’s the raincoated guy from out of town who for some reason was asleep/drunk on a sidewalk under a bridge and the water got up to ankle high so he climbed a tree and called 911 from his cell phone. Firemen rescued him. You just can’t make this stuff up.He had a really nice back pack and rain coat. Hope he manages to find the friends he was visiting. Some tornadoes yesterday which are the real danger as the lows int he Gulf meet the cool front.
      There was a break early, so Molly managed to get her walk (Whew). And she loved the wild cool winds…but it started raining and she was most annoyed we came home. It is almost chili weather – already there? Appreciate you checking in.

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      • marthaschaefer / Oct 26 2015 7:35 pm

        Picturing Molly with her fur flying in the wind, scenting the breeze and dreaming of snow. Glad all is well. Chilly nights and days of 50 degrees feel balmy!


  12. jannatwrites / Oct 27 2015 12:15 pm

    I had to laugh at the last paragraph. Really, what’s all the fuss about 🙂 I hope your got just the right amount of rain.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 28 2015 2:45 pm

      As it turned out, the rain here was fine – steady, but easily managed by the lake. The strong hurricane winds were a bit unexpected and I’m still cleaning up some ripped landscape damage. Houston only had 28 water rescues (mostly new to town and one Uber driver who was out making lots of money and texting instead of looking at the flooded underpass) and no severe flooding – the worst part for many is that the big new dog parks by the bayou that runs through down town flooded – it is designed to flood and merely has to be scooped out and scrubbed clean of contaminates and there’s money in the budget for exactly that, but all the dogs that love it will have to walk and play someplace else for a couple of weeks. Even the very shy German loves to romp and walk the trails along the bayou. With the fall weather the park that runs a long way on both sides of the bayou is a favorite – but plenty of nice winter days ahead! Thanks for floating by to giggle along


  13. Ally Bean / Oct 27 2015 1:59 pm

    I was down in TX and experienced this storm in Dallas. What’s with no drains along street and road curbs? Most peculiar. Or so it seems to me, a midwesterner.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 28 2015 3:01 pm

      Where in Dallas were you? I’ve always seen both drains, curbs, and sidewalks in most neighborhoods in the city – thought those were required for drainage and flood control. Dallas really got pounded – worse than us this time. Normally end of Oct is a good time to visit Dallas area – but these late storms area always the worst. Here there was controversy early whether to pronounce Patricia as it is said in Mexico/Latin America (as the storm came from there) or as it said in this region (Americanized) or with the British pronunciation. The news anchors shortly found something else to chat about with other stories slamming in one after another. Glad you made it through without swamping. Thanks for floating a comment by


      • Ally Bean / Oct 28 2015 3:14 pm

        The police routed us through University Heights and University Park neighborhoods which are near SMU. Old, gorgeous, multi-million dollar homes on tree-lined streets with no drains in sight. It was a splashy experience.

        Interesting about the pronunciation quandary. In Dallas the news folks all used the Americanized pronunciation. I never thought a thing about it.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 28 2015 4:07 pm

          That’s the fancy smancy vintage inner city neighborhood. One of my uncles and aunt lived there forever. Gorgeous. Guess it’s too cool to have curbs..not wanting to hinder the “historic” character. Flood marks just add to the character? HA HA Dallas always does life better – they are always telling Houston that. 🙂


        • Ally Bean / Oct 28 2015 4:18 pm

          You described it: fancy! I was surprised were allowed to drive through it at all. Around here neighborhoods like that are NEVER a re-route alternative. Loved seeing it, though.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 28 2015 6:15 pm

          It wasn’t so exclusive when my uncle bought – just close to work as he taught at SMU. (He lived to almost 104. Sold and moved long before), so the neighborhood has really changed. Wonder if they have invisible french drain systems – must have something if it wasn’t flooded.

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