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June 2, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Mush – add your own husky

1977 Fantasy Island's Montalban and Herve Villechaize waiting to welcome guests. (ABC tv/USPD:, no cr/

In short, it ain’t no fantasy Island.(1977 Fantasy Island may have had short comings, but Montalban and Herve Villechaize  were always welcoming to guests/ABC/USPD/

This is a hard land. No, actually it’s quite mushy.

People talk about “a place grabbing you” – only not exactly meant this way.

Gumbo (not the edible kind, the dirty kind – sans rice) soaked too long gets ornery – easy to lose a shoe with one gooey step.

It’s an honest-to-goodness, authentic, extreme reality show. No backstage assists.

Swimming ability, sunblock, and an assortment of survival skills required

People partying lake. 1891 travel poster. Strobridge/USPD.

Somehow Houston’s Tourist Bureau will find a way to capitalize on the flooding. Perhaps a new annual Spring Festival? (USPD/

No, mall walking doesn’t count.

Anyone who drops while shops will not have enough endurance – or their purse for long here.

Although any ability to play dodge ball on/in some motorized vehicle might. Or any game changer talents like a poker face in a tightly packed spot or strong “Simon Says” moves in any encounters with authorities or floods.

Short term, there’s much to do now. 

Remember that DIY project that started, uh, last Oct? the one that absolutely HAD to be done before Thanksgiving. Yeah, finally. Finished in record time. Now to move all the furniture and stuff back where it belongs. Hey, far too rainy to go anywhere, right?

If it would only stop raining I could find some excuse to go outside and continue to ignore the mess – the indoor mess – not the far too lush landscaping sneering through the window that it’s too wet to stop them now. (Insert dangerously manic plant laughter here).

fish. 1937 travel poster by WPA/USPD/LoC/

Would the Houston Chamber of Commerce consider a unique city-wide street aquarium concept? Everyone loves boating for sight-seeing and city commutes. (USPD/

And there’s those who are stuck in the mud.

Hard lands tend to make people self-reliant and willing pitch in to help neighbors in need.

Time to harness up the husky and brave the mushy.

(So many wet towels, so long to dry…)

 Dwarfs marching over a log bridge. 1937. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs trailer /RKO Radio Pictures/USPD:not cr,

Ready to make short work. (USPD/

Double tie your laces and get ready for the races between the storms.

Good advice for life offered by Mother Nature in this year’s commencement address. No speakers’ fee demanded.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Meanwhile, consider some face tragedy alone:

  • Foster kids “aging out” of the system need transitional support, housing (article). Helping foster kids find their way. (Angel Reach) Mattress Firm’s clothing/fund-raising drive for foster kids – keep them from becoming homeless. With so much flooding, all these kids are at extreme risk.
  • Facebookers line up to save animals in flooded shelter in Austin. People, do not chain up animals if you evacuate. There are pet shelters for flood animals…Should be common sense, but maybe you’re just new to the area. Don’t worry, the pup tied to the porch who is now named Archer after her rescuer, and the white dog clinging to top rail of the fence he was tied to are safe and headed to new owners. The Houston area sheriff depts. are bringing out animals as they search for people, too. (Oh, the horses on the porch are all moved and safe on high ground. There are cattle drives ongoing with police closing roads as needed to get them across to safe pastures.)
  • The volunteers of the Red Cross are up and running in multiple states. So is the Salvation Army , an organization that utilizes donations with great care.
Martin Short. Actor Martin Short. (Image: Dominick.D/flickr(

It’s short – Martin Short. OK, look, this started out as a short post, but you know how it is around here. Possible short break in posting, but hope to read your blogs as time allows. Not selling you short, just leaving you with a Short smile. (Dominick.D/






  1. Paul / Jun 2 2016 2:36 pm

    Yikes! You could use glass bottom boats for a commute and to view fish at the same time. That’s a lot of adoptable pets and street kids. Are they keeping up with the numbers?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 2 2016 3:43 pm

      Glass bottomed boats – perfect solution (Hmm, maybe the old Aquarena Springs in San Marcos has some spares now that the touristy place is passe’ ( It was one of the original theme parks with Ralph the Swimming pig and mermaids performing underwater ballets! (They still have boats, but it’s not the same )
      Streets are dangerous for strays: kids and animals. A good place to end homelessness is to start by keeping them off the streets to start with. Foster kids deserve a break and an assist. Seem it would be money well spent and cheaper than waiting a few years then having to fix broken things later.
      Thanks for rowing that wonderful idea over – will forward it to tourist bureau!

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  2. heretherebespiders / Jun 2 2016 3:15 pm

    Horses…on a porch. I will have to go with the language the kids these days use: I can’t even with that.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 2 2016 3:48 pm

      When the flood waters got close to the barn, the owners herded the horses to the porch where they have been sheltered from the storms. They paid a helicopter to haul hay to them, then finally managed to swim them all out to safety. Horses looked pretty content, but were asking why the TV wasn’t left on on to provide them weather updates. Their picture is out there somewhere. Thanks for riding in to chat

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      • heretherebespiders / Jun 2 2016 4:56 pm

        Well, damn – fair play to them for going above (literally) and beyond to keep them fed. It sure sounded redneck at first!

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 2 2016 5:17 pm

          He may be a cowboy, but he’s taking care of his animals – even air-boated out to get the three other horses that jumped off the porch deciding to run off and hanging out in the back pasture…which was flooded. Didn’t lose one horse. Have to give that farmer a tip of the hat.

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  3. Littlesundog / Jun 2 2016 6:05 pm

    It seems the gods must be angry!! Your area sure has suffered a lot with floods this year. The woodlands here are very soggy but I’m thankful we have not gotten the torrential rains you have. Keep your chin up and arms floundering… keep off those streets!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 2 2016 6:16 pm

      Look at the bright side, the woodland ferns are magnificent. (and we ran home just ahead of this most recent down pour…no NBA playoffs or tv signals tonight. Guess I could more some of those boxes…or nap….RC and Molly vote for nap.)

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  4. RAB / Jun 2 2016 6:50 pm

    I’ve been thinking of you, phil, as the rains pound down. The sweet pattern of life we’ve known all our lives is disrupted all over. Once again people are drowning in Europe as the great rivers flood their banks… All we have in Connecticut is unseasonable heat (so far). Be well. Be safe. Bless you for caring about the animals and the kids. XOXOXO


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 2 2016 8:09 pm

      This are certainly times of great change: weather, a large human miration, ideas spinning.
      We ran home at the end of dog walk just before a huge storm very much like hurricane winds/rain. Brings to mind a number of literary pieces. Hope the kids now do read and connect with some of those iniversal classics at some point in their lives. All in attempt to make sense of the chaos.
      (Foster kids have such fragile lives. Transition and a safety net needs to be there…By no fault of their own, they can’t go home and live iin the parents basement/budget like others their age can. Streets are not a kind place.) Thanks for your efforts to give kids words they don’t even know they need yet.


  5. marthaschaefer / Jun 2 2016 6:58 pm

    I’ve been seeing your floods on the news, even our local stations have picked up on the stray animals stories. Had not thought of the kids. Foster kids deserve more than wellfare abusers are getting. System is Short of sight and Flooded with red tape. Great post Phil, you had me with the Husky in the title!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 2 2016 8:26 pm

      There have been multiple big cattle drives today with highway patrol closing roads as needed to get animals across to dry pastures. It maybe raining, but people are still getting what needs to be done, done.
      The plight of foster kids first came to my attention last spring with a local foster child graduating from high school and aging out of the system – people were scrambling to make sure this girl, a good student, did not fall through the cracks and continued living in safety and did attend college. Like the small animal alone facing a great flood with little chance of survival if no one noticed their silent face. We can do better. Streets are not safe for man nor beast. Wish many could see that helping the needy here is as virtuous and worthy as helping those far far away. Any problem about bring back the stocks and pillories for those caught/proven to be scamming the system?
      Huskies rock! And they don’t allow inappropriate behavior in their packs. Thanks for dog paddling over to chat

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  6. The Hook / Jun 2 2016 7:47 pm

    I miss Paradise Island…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 2 2016 7:57 pm

      Ditto. (Hmm, we could rewrite that concept a bit with one the leads being a philosphical bellman…and with maybe his young daughter wise beyond her years and of course his beautiful wife graces the scenes…I’d say she could be the manager, but RC Cat has already typed herself into that island realm role….she’s cat quick to grab the prize, that one.) Thanks for beaching a comment here


  7. The Good Greatsby / Jun 2 2016 9:31 pm

    I hope you’re managing to dry out. I do like the idea of a city-wide street aquarium and commuting by boat. That’s great thinking outside the box and turning a negative into a positive.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 3 2016 7:45 am

      This drenching low hopefully will move off late Sunday. Meanwhile it’s soggy alternating with downpours. Clouds do keep the temps down and the AC bills lower….moisture prevents wrinkles? And there’s going to be lots of repair and construction jobs around here.
      The zoo has just installed scary life-size dinosaur robots in tehir tropical mandscape for the summer crowds…bet it’s cool and a bit spooky in the drizzle and rain. The way things are going, there may be large scary things unseen in the folliage of our backyard. Thanks for rowing over with a splashy comment


  8. reocochran / Jun 2 2016 9:38 pm

    Phil, I will say I wasn’t sure where your mushy was going but forgot where you lived. I like the way you mention the Chamber of Commerce could take advantage of the water and create a fair or playland area. I liked your including Martin Short, wasn’t he with Maya Rudolph in a comedy show last night? Big names like Tom Hanks did a skit on the show. Can you believe my spell check changed Hanks to Thanks? I am always surprised at what it is “thinking?!” Also, really like the way your mind goes! 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 3 2016 7:39 am

      After 2 inches of rain last hour, I’m thinking Paul’s idea of glassbottom boats just might work. Possibly creating the new “must have” home/yard accessory: a yard barge that can be used as a patio or deck during dry seasons, but floats during floods to save the day ( and important items, pets and people) The market might be ready for it. (Yep, those commercials prior to that comedy show short wired my brain) Thanks for splashing over to chat.


  9. PiedType / Jun 2 2016 10:26 pm

    I can’t imagine fleeing a flood and leaving my pets behind to fend for themselves.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 3 2016 7:26 am

      Seriously. Even when we were little Dad always said never to leave an animal tied where it didn’t have a chance to fend for itself in an emergency. Simple lessons – kindness- has it all been left untaught? Locally people are told bring the pets since that horrid Rita non-event where old people refused to leave Galveston if their little dog couldn’t get on the bus, too (We have a system. registry for people who need transportation/buses in emergencies like hurricane so tall can get safely out of danger)
      How disgusting logic, understanding cause and effect, and decency is AWOL. The excuse of “left to defend the house” (looting a real concern) will not float. Thanks for kindly leaving a comment


  10. easyweimaraner / Jun 3 2016 6:23 am

    we sadly have too much water here too… they even evacuated the paintings from Louvre… I hope there are helpers too who rescue the animals who had no chance to escape before the flood came :o(


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 3 2016 7:20 am

      Easy, it seems Mother Nature decided the world needed a big bath. (Oh, my. The Louvre! THose paintings have survived so much). The state police/highway partrol here are working with ranchers and farmers to get livestock to safe ground even if it meand stopping traffic, taking down fences, locating stragglers with airboats, and using helicopters behind the herd to go. They have found out that cows know there’s a cattle guard under those boards and hay and will not go across even if it is safe – they have to take down fences instead. But the poor chickens and birds are so wet they are almost walking, too.

      Who knew people were going to need a barge as a farm/home accessory parked out back just in case the rains came? Even Molly is getting reluctant to step out on wet grass – but she gets shoved off the couch the minute there’s a break. Stay safe and snug, Easy. Thanks for paddling by with a comment

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 3 2016 7:20 pm

      Easy we saw the images of the Paris floods! Is the whole world in some sort of planet car wash? Whew. (still raining here but we did manage a couple of fast walks between storms. Stay dry and not too bored!)


  11. Kate Crimmins / Jun 3 2016 6:58 am

    When I hear of any disaster, I immediately worry about the animals. All of them, not just the pets. Anytime there is a human toll count, you can be sure the animal death count is 10 times more. So glad that your local folks are assisting them all, even the cattle destined for barbeque.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 3 2016 7:12 am

      When there are breaks between rain bands you see all the animals rush out. Squirrels, armadillos (normally shy and only out at night) Birds are totally drenched and try to shake, spread their wings to dry off. Hawks are hungry. The little birds learning to fly are having a difficult time. Deer are constntly seeking high ground.As central TX drains this way, our local wetlands around the lake are filling up, so you have to be careful driving as the roads/shoulders are higher land in many places ( and the grass is green). We just had 2 inches of rain last hour – one of yesterday’s storms was very much hurricane-like with wind intensity and pelting slanted rain. We have one of these years a couple of time each decade, but most unpleasant and destructive to say the least.
      Well, as old timers would say when we were kids “Thar gonna be a good seasoning in the ground this year ahead of the summer’s bakin'” So the ferns are lush, the hay high ( if it was only not in my back yard), the lakes are finally full – and there’s going to be lots of construction and repair jobs available as the area rebuilds. (Should we just wait for the end of hurricane season just to avoid wasted efforts? ) Thanks for wringing out a comment to leave

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  12. Chez Shea / Jun 3 2016 1:05 pm

    So sorry for everybody affected by extreme weather. Really worrying about stranded animals.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 3 2016 6:04 pm

      Somehow it seems like the entire planet is going though a car wash or something. Paris is having major flooding, too. One thing the birds, animals, and humans can all agree on is “enough already!” Thanks for floating a comment this way

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  13. sustainabilitea / Jun 3 2016 3:25 pm

    Very bad flooding in France and Germany as well. My husband told me today that the art on the first floor of the Louvre is being moved up a floor! In-Seine, right? 🙂



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 8 2016 7:49 am

      The planet seems to be taking a car wash tour or something. We got the yard mowed much to Molly’s relief, but shattered showers may be back this afternoon. Frogs are thrilled. It is in-Seine! Thanks for watering down a comment.
      (For some reason you were stuck in spam folder – hope you are cleared now…sorter is probably waterlogged. HA HA)


      • sustainabilitea / Jun 8 2016 7:59 am

        In-Seine occurred to me as well. Good one. Glad I’ve floated out of the spam folder. I’ve had that happen to a few comments from readers recently, too.

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  14. aFrankAngle / Jun 3 2016 8:24 pm

    With all the rain in your part of the world, you are one of the people who pop into my mind when I see new reports. …. and of course your post also brings out my quirky side.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 4 2016 4:11 pm

      That music is wonderful, isn’t it. While we are soggy, but on high ground, it’s been like a hurricane around here – for about 2 weeks. Enough practice already! But on the positive side, there’s lots of brand new apartments being completed and the owners were worried there was too much overbuilding and the new units would be vacant. Lots of construction jobs will be available. Consumer goods should take a jump.It is what it is – might as well roll with it. (Will roll your direction shortly – life has been demanding as we try to help …including multiple dogs taking shelter here and fun forcing dogs out into the rain ’cause they NEED to go. Yes, we are nuts.) APpreciate you mushing over to chat and leave the perfect music!

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  15. the dune mouse / Jun 3 2016 9:48 pm

    the dawn of Water World!! Lucky I still have my old gumboots.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 4 2016 11:13 am

      And people laughed when I clung to the boat’s foul weather gear after that boat sold! Validation! Thanks for docking here to add a comment

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  16. Paul / Jun 4 2016 11:42 am

    As an aside Phil, I just did a guest post over at Cordelia’s Mom’s. if you have time to drop by I would be honored. Thank You.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 4 2016 4:22 pm

      Will pu on the waders and slosh that way to visit.Thanks for tossing that message in a bottle this way


  17. patriciaruthsusan / Jun 13 2016 4:02 am

    It’s a shame about the kids who’ve aged out. I hope the plans work for them. People just don’t use their brains when they chain up those poor animals in a flood. I’m so glad to hear the rescues worked. —- Suzanne


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 13 2016 8:09 am

      The older foster kids are almost invisible. They, as citizens, deserve at least as much help as those fleeing into this country for safety. What a mess.
      Update on the pup: he’s happily in a new home with a local sheriff and his family of 3 kids and another dog.)
      Thanks for stopping by to chat


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