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May 27, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Start of The Still Season

Sally Field in her role as distraught Sybil, 1976. Lorimar Production. Publicity photo(USPD:, no cr/

Still. Not the best look.(Publicity still of Sally Field as Sybil/USPD/

Rejecting total silence and rudely shoving the others aside, The Season of Still is quicksilver. More moods and faces than Sally Field’s Sybil. Enjoy what seasonal stills you can:

Still stuck:

Half-done humans moaning and restlessly fidgeting, anticipating summer’s unboxing. Their escape delayed by make-up days after the flooding. Still can’t believe that.

Still not there?

Wails of woe from stuffed vehicles hurdling down highways. (“You should have thought of that earlier and gone when we stopped. We did too pack it – keep looking under your feet.”)

Still? Bumper to bumper traffic?

Good grief, it’s 2:30 on a weekday afternoon. Everybody can’t have the day off.

Still, a constant glare.

Not from snow banks, but from endless days of harsh rays reflecting off concrete and glass. For months and months.

Still nothing but old movies and re-runs on TV.

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Still reigning. Too hot to trot. Bored beyond belief.©

Still too hot for a walk.

A dog can sprawl on the couch just so long. Still 75 degrees at night? Melting. Melting…

Still sit and stay?

This is a recreational area, but fish and visitors after 3 days: fishy stink. Even relatives.

Still waiting.

The lagging delivery of a perfect pool party swimsuit, a posh resort outfit, or the hiking socks holding up the suitcase’s closing. Like a watched pot never boils. Walk away from the window. Still, was that a truck heard rounding the…? No.


Homemade and craft beers are all trendy cool, but where or how to? (Why bother with a still when stores have plenty?)

Still. A lost art.

People may be biologically designed for an afternoon nap.

Still searching.

Mindfulness prodded by free music.

Respite from digital clutter: Still using apps, how apt is that?

Is an “untangled brain” desperate for inner peace even possible for a middle-aged mind? 


You’re still here?

Still’s very cool.

Seasonally adjusting in the still of the write.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

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“Still”, a study.  (RC Cat doesn’t know why humans struggle so for stillness. It’s easy. All it takes is staring into a corner. Totally free peace.) ©




  1. easyweimaraner / May 27 2016 6:26 am

    I hope no one will stuck this weekend in a bumper to bumper traffic…we often forget that summer is not just fun and has still some bugs :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 27 2016 6:49 am

      Summer’s not off to a still start here at the first of a 3 day weekend for Memorial Day. Tornadoes yesterday in sort of the middle of the state. Floods last night north of town in the same places that flooded a month ago. Whew, we need to install gutters and directed downspouts on those clouds. There’s a little break right now, so dashing out for a dog walk and hoping one of Molly’s friends is also out. She is the lonesome lone woof right now. Thanks for The paw wave!

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  2. shoreacres / May 27 2016 6:43 am

    Love that last photo of kitty at the window still. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 27 2016 6:51 am

      Still, if I only had your camera skills. Thanks for commenting in the still of the morning.


  3. susielindau / May 27 2016 7:21 am

    I’m ready for it! It’s in the 50’s here.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 27 2016 7:44 am

      I want some! Keep it there for another few weeks, OK? Still looking forward to a road trip after all these crazy years HA HA.
      Thanks for remarking on the stills

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  4. RAB / May 27 2016 8:04 am

    Still, glad we’re still here!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 27 2016 8:13 am

      And like Paul Simon says, “Still crazy after all these years…” Thanks for stopping in to chat. Enjoy the summer!

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  5. RKLikesReeses / May 27 2016 9:48 am

    LOL!!!!!!!! YES!!! “…visitors after 3 days: fishy stink. Even relatives.” Absolutely. And too many people forget ignore it.
    (I hope that strinkethrough works; first timeI’ve tried it in a comment – 🙂 )


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 27 2016 5:35 pm

      (It worked. I always wonder if that stike through works in comments. YEA)
      Still rainy and stormy here tonight, but the line is supposed to move out of the area by early tomorrow. Meanwhile, the power keep threatening to add even more fun. Bob says “Good time to be still.Zzzzzzzz” Thanks for adding a well seasoned comment

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      • RKLikesReeses / May 28 2016 4:23 am

        Oh, my gosh – those storms! ((((((((((hugs)))))))))


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 28 2016 8:03 am

          SUN! We’ve got sun and it was 60 degrees this morning (with a tropical storm headed up the eastern seaboard. Nothing like a wet holiday at the first of summer). The worst of last batch of floods targetted west and north of Houston – and sat there for too long. Some poor families who had 3-4 feet a month ago got another 1 foot this week. Partly due to land being flat, storm not moving, and too much concrete with new high density development displacing pastures and big yards. (And people STILL driving around barricades that were put there to stop them from drowning in flash floods). Even with extended rain, we rarely have water up to the curb as it drains off so fast into the lake/bay that is about 2 blocks away. But it is VERY soggy in the yard. Grass growing like crazy – so it’s pretty…like a jungle on steroids HA HA. Bob says he’s got his eye on thing, not to worry!

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  6. Ally Bean / May 27 2016 11:29 am

    Stillness rocks. [Yes, I said an oxymoron and am proud of it.] Our days haven’t gotten as hot as yours yet, so I’m more into being outside, grooving. But once the humidity arrives, bored inside I’l be.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 27 2016 5:20 pm

      Storms still pounding the area today. We’ve gotten off pretty lightly ( although I’ve had to block up the tall potted plants so the wind would stop knocking them over) The line is moving/sagging south finally with the leading edge about to us. Really glad the lawn got mowed earlier today….Molly is getting snippy about tall wet grass. She really wants to go herd some of the cows (no moron oxen) meandering down one of the major hwys – police are rounding them up as they come across them and putting them in a holding pen in high ground.Molly thinks she could get the cows moving faster – and get some needed exercise at the same time….maybe I should call and offer. The couch jumping is getting a little rambunctious. Thanks for sitting still long enough to add a comment

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  7. heretherebespiders / May 27 2016 1:49 pm

    Summer is 1/3 gone here, and yeah – I’m still here. Getting compliments on my tan, and the usual questions of ‘did you go on holiday?’ “no, I’m just not very Irish!”

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 27 2016 5:31 pm

      Wait – you’ve had summer? It’s been a wash-out spring here. Even as we speak there’s an elementry school that is still holding the kids 3 hrs after the bell on the last day due to flooded roads. One big slumber party (poor teachers). If it doesn’t stop raining soon, we’ll all look like those strange fish in caves. Enjoy the summer daze and thanks for standing still long enough to add a comment

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  8. Paul / May 28 2016 12:16 am

    It’s well into the 90’s here in Ottawa. Because it is often humid here, we frequently get thunderstorms when it gets that hot.

    Cats are without a doubt the best keepers of stillness.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 28 2016 5:22 pm

      We have similar climates with heat/seabreeze afternoon storms – the problem this year is the late fronts ( the one that gave CO snow a few days ago) continue to push this way. The El nino weather pattern is breaking up, so it should slack off a bit. What tornadoes have been part of all this. Amazing images. Whew. Melting today and Molly invited The German and her sidepaw Ella to visit. Nothing like running through a swamp for large dogs.
      RC salutes your astute understanding of still. And she actually mentioned extending an invitation to that lovely cat – but we said the cat was obviously booked for the weekend. Purrhaps another time. Hope things are going well around the neighborhood there! Thanks for neatly shelving a comment here.

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  9. RKLikesReeses / May 28 2016 1:20 pm

    ::whew:: Good for sunshine and drainage! And for Bob’s watchful eye(s). 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 28 2016 5:25 pm

      Bob says he didn’t come all this way in a shipping crate to end up sitting in a palm tree surrounded by water. He could have done that back home. Nope, he scrutinizes any relocation sites with an expert eye. Still, he sends a wink to the Princesses

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  10. colonialist / May 28 2016 2:11 pm

    A good distillery. Apps for stillness boggle the brain, though …


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 28 2016 5:14 pm

      Electric or battery, agree that erratic energy does seem jolting.Thanks for still comments


  11. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / May 28 2016 6:55 pm

    Still waiting for an extra few hours in the day here to get everything done (so I can be still!).


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