Skip to content
January 1, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Game on

Frogs. 1908 postcard of frogs in shorts bowling (USPD: pub. date, copy r.expired/

It’s says,”To continue, put another quarter in.”

Knowing the game.

And the appropriate outfit.

Critical in this age of Selfies and Tweets

Hope everyone remembered to save the instruction manual for this new year. 

Last year’s must have gotten tossed out with the packaging and leftovers.

Winning coaches say the playbook makes all the difference.

Baby New Year holding hoop as frogs jump through. 1880s trade card from Lib Company of Philadelphia /USPD:, no cr./

A new year with new hopes to jump to. (USPD/

Hmmm, somewhere on page 2 …middle of the page, I recall…

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated, but stand up for yourself.
  • Agree to disagree and still be friends.

A little farther back, page 5?

  • Make sure brain is in gear before mouth is in motion.
  • Mind your own business and don’t be a tattle tale.
  • If you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all. Oh, actually that was on page 1, I think.

Wish I could find that darn manual – even if it’s crumpled or stained with coffee grounds. Parts of it’s bound to still be good. Why people toss things out without thinking…

I always was inspired by the Introduction page. “Little minds discuss people. Great minds discuss ideas.”

Yep. Liked that.

Or I could be confusing it with the old “All I needed to know about life, I learned in kindergarten.”

In any case, naps. Naps are the answer for so much.

Especially if there’s a lot of gutter balls being thrown while learning the moves.

No need to get discouraged or hurt.

Careful of the frogs you kiss. Game’s on.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Disheveled Princess talking to frog.1909 painting .Bluemenschein. Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn's Women's Club/ USPD., no cr /

“Look Frog, you may have bowled me over last night with your leaps of fancy, but now that I’m sober, no way I’m kissing up to you and playing your games.” (USPD/




  1. Kate Crimmins / Jan 1 2017 10:41 am

    Instruction books! We write them as we live them.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2017 10:48 am

      If we’d just stop using that disappearing ink HA HA! Happy New year

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kate Crimmins / Jan 1 2017 10:51 am

        Well, there is that disappearing ink…it’s easier for edits.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2017 11:12 am

          Edit? You get to edit? Pencils – ones with big erasers. Those ought to work…although only the ancient ones know how that works…which might be a good thing? HA HA


  2. shoreacres / Jan 1 2017 10:45 am

    And we shouldn’t forget the new variation on “Make sure brain is in gear before mouth is in motion.” That would be, “Google before you tweet.” Happy New Year!

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2017 10:50 am

      Updated. Now that’s the best way to reboot a new year. Thanks for hopping in to add some fireworks (which were in the middle of our street last night)


  3. islandeditions / Jan 1 2017 11:07 am

    I had just wakened from a nap when I read this post. Napping is, I believe, an undervalued skill. Definitely to be included in an instruction manual.


  4. sportsattitudes / Jan 1 2017 11:42 am

    Life manuals for all probably wouldn’t work…because some would just do their own thing anyway…and if everyone isn’t on the same page…well, that’s life isn’t it? I do think if everyone took more naps that would help a bit. Coaches always say the playbook is important because they want us to think they are geniuses. Gotta have those players to execute those plays. Here’s to frogs getting kisses too…just from someone other than myself.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2017 12:05 pm

      An astute quarterback beats a coach with a playbook anytime. (Who knew there would ever be a career called “Life Coach”? They’ve probably had other old fashioned names like mentor, parent…but maybe the new title comes with money paid? HA HA)
      Thanks for leaping by to toss a comment over the goal line

      Liked by 1 person

      • sportsattitudes / Jan 3 2017 11:07 am

        Speaking of goal lines…do you like the Texans chances this weekend?


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2017 11:41 am

          Neither team has their quarterbacks. (Geez, rumors are starting of a Curse of the Texans’ Quaterbacks…along with the Curse of not being able to get the ball into the end zone when at the doorstep…) Defense here has been carrying the load; offense will have to pull it together for any chance – and the team doesn’t seem to like/work well with our on again off again high dollar new guy. No word on if Savage will be cleared to play. Guess we’ll know once we see the lineups on the field – and who’s hurt on the benches? What do you think?

          Liked by 1 person

        • sportsattitudes / Jan 3 2017 1:11 pm

          I think Houston’s defense is strong enough to win them a game at home against a team obviously reeling from the loss of a potential MVP QB. They simply aren’t the same without him. Houston has been winning games “the hard way” all season long. I think they can steal a win here.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2017 3:58 pm

            Well, coach said today that watching the last game’s films really won’t help anyone as both teams have completely different make-ups now at the end of a long rough season. In any case – the game isn’t going to be pretty. Nothing like unpedictability!

            Liked by 1 person

  5. RKLikesReeses / Jan 1 2017 12:41 pm

    OOOOOOOOOO!!!!! LOVE this one, especially: “Little minds discuss people. Great minds discuss ideas.”

    Great collection of instructions! And having an instruction manual for life is a good idea, I think. But when I was the management development/training person at work and I’d “network” with others in that same field, we’d always boil our conversations down to one problem: most people don’t read the instructions or, if they do, they don’t (1) understand them, (2) agree with them, (3) believe that anything’s better than what they know “in their gut.” Still, having instructions means that someone’s thought about everything ahead of time and has planned for success. I’m a big believer in them even though the last thing I do when I’m earning something new is read the instructions. You know that 30 day Corel Painter trial I downloaded? It expires in a couple of days and I still haven’t looked at the tutorials/tips, how-to’s. Not one! I’ve been winging it the entire time even though I know that I’m missing out on important stuff as a result. Stubborn.

    Haven’t mastered the art of napping yet. Wake up grouchy and enervated. Must be doing it wrong.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 1 2017 2:58 pm

      If people manage to put Ikea together without instructions, life should be a snap, not a collapse.
      The thing about computers – is you have to disengage normal thought processes…that’s why young kids rock with digital devices – no pre-establish thought habits and more “wonder what happens if I do this…”(Sort of what good education used to be like?)
      Guess the trick is knowing when to read and when to wing it…usually when all the instructions are printed out in every language but yours…
      Thanks for sorting and grouping ideas to play a comment

      Liked by 1 person

  6. smilecalm / Jan 1 2017 1:48 pm

    once used to warts
    frog kissing becomes
    enjoyable 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. sustainabilitea / Jan 1 2017 5:58 pm

    I can’t find the instruction book, either, but I like what you’ve remembered. May you have a most wonderful year.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2017 8:07 am

      While I’m sure there was all sorts of serious thought involved in writing the entire instruction manual, sometimes a short list is easier to work with. Go with what ya got. Thanks for adding a cheering comment. Smiles and paw waves sent


  8. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Jan 1 2017 8:52 pm

    I am definitely on board with the naps!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2017 8:05 am

      Naps are duel purpose: restorative while preventing some people from making things worse as they do when they are awake and cranky. Yep, nap for success. Thanks for snoozing along

      Liked by 1 person

      • Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Jan 3 2017 12:41 pm

        I am someone who thrives on just a 10 minute nap in the afternoon – it refreshes me like nothing else. If only I could take one every day, but I don’t think that will work with work!


  9. roughwighting / Jan 3 2017 5:04 am

    This is so clever. I think everyone should be encouraged to write an instruction book about how they want to live their lives around age 21, and then updated at 35, then 55. Perhaps then, they’d work on being more civil and kind to others, they’d believe more in karma and realize that their actions will zoom right back at them; and then they’d use their mind, not their mouths, more times than not.
    Nappy happing to you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2017 8:03 am

      Self composed with several revisions. That is a good idea. Wonder if an individual dictated/wrote one in the early years – say around 5-6 yrs, then editing allowed a couple of times, if the last one in old age would circle around to mirror/be similar to the one in first created childhood? Hmmm. Think I’ll nap on that concept. Thanks for a dreamy comment

      Liked by 1 person

  10. rumpydog / Jan 3 2017 7:38 am

    The thing I dislike about instruction books is that there seem to be many more expectations in others’ books for me than in my book for myself. Don’t worry if I pick my nose in public. If you have a problem with that- don’t look!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2017 7:54 am

      In this day of forest conservation, why do they insist on including all sorts of people’s user guides in the wrappings? Pull out the one that’s obvoously yours and toss all those rest to avoid confusion and frustration. I really want to find the missing guide…I’m sure right there in the early part – there was something about everyone MYOB and remembering “You’re not the boss of anyone else, ever”. In big bold letters. (Or as in the kid version “You’re not snot, so stop being a drip.” Or something like that – by memory, you realize.)
      Sigh. We’ll have to reconstruct our own way as best we can – that’s probably the best way, anyway.
      Paw waves to your Realm – and hoping all those wishes come true in this new year! Thanks for running by

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Littlesundog / Jan 3 2017 3:23 pm

    I am going to smile more in 2017… that’s the message I brought back from my trip to Nebraska. I should have had an instruction book in life. I clearly made a lot of blunders, but it also brought me wisdom as I got older. I think one has to fly by the seat of their pants much of the time, but DO listen to ones elders. They know some stuff!!! 🙂 Happy New Year to you my friend.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2017 4:04 pm

      A real smile opens many doors and smooths many rough spots, for sure. Thanks for playing along. Cheers and onward.


  12. agw / Jan 5 2017 3:52 pm

    Instruction manual to self age 17. 5 words. “Its going to be ok” Instruction manual to self age 37. “It may be difficult at times, but its going to be ok.”
    (Puts another quarter in and goes back to sleep.)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2017 5:33 pm

      Excellent. Continue to another 20 years, then another…might make a great Tshirt design of poster…or novel opening. Thanks for the coin toss!


  13. angelswhisper2011 / Jan 6 2017 2:03 am

    Can I kiss the froggy now, Philmouse, I definetely don’t need a manual for that 😉 Pawkisses for a Happy and Healthy New Year. Make it a wonderful year! 🙂 ❤


Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: