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March 6, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Real drips are out there.

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A  day of “old fashion rain” which leads to wondering exactly what is “new fashioned rain”? One that now “ponds” rather than “puddles”? A new reign of experts telling which way the weather blows.©

Spreading dirt has been popular for so long. While it causes scorn to those gracelessly mired in it, seems everyone digs it at some point. Must be a human need to grind stuff underfoot.

Surprising who gets gritty.

(Ever wonder if Hamilton era men suffered health issues from their fancy powdered wigs like the aristocratic women did from their makeup?  Dirty Little secrets…)

Thomas Jefferson:

  • “Botany is the school for patience, and it’s amateurs learn resignation from daily disappointments.” (Letter to Madame de Tessé (25 Apr 1788

(So, the plot revealed.)

  • “No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden…But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.” (Letter to Charles W. Peale, 20 August 1811.)

(The Fountain of Youth or that  dust to dust thing? You know, Remind the little kid who was told to clean his room and spotted several large dust bunnies under the bed. “Mom, there’s someone either coming or going under the bed.”)

  • “The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture; especially, a bread grain” (In Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies from the Papers of T. Jefferson. 1829).

(Food. Finally practical. Still the GMO people may have misunderstood.) 

John Adams

  • “I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.” (Letter to Abigail Adams. 12 May 1780)

(Now this is a bit worrisome. Hope the cycle doesn’t mean the great great children have to start the sequence all over with the first one.) 

  • “I had heard my father say that he never knew a piece of land run away or break.” (John Adams, Autobiography)

(So, dirt is more dependable.)

Ben Franklin (attributed)

  • “A man of words and not of deeds, is like a garden full of weeds.”

(Perhaps more so if farming that new money crop in Colorado? At least many of those don’t get behind the wheel.)

Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Hamatreya

  • “Earth laughs in flowers, to see her boastful boys
    Earth-proud, proud of the earth which is not theirs;
    Who steer the plough, but cannot steer their feet…”

And others (from authors unknown or too smart to claim it to avoid the annoyed.)

  • As the gardener, such is the garden. (Old Jewish proverb)
  • “Deeds are fruits, words are but leaves.” (English proverb.)

Mud pies. Mud wrestling. Mud baths. Mud flaps. Humans seem to have an obsession with dirt.

Might be the result of moving from an agricultural society to living in crowded little city boxes.

But that doesn’t explain the dirt fascination and joy of dirt by other such as elephants and pigs. Who are pretty intelligent.

Maybe smart enough to stay close to the land and draw from it.

Or they just recognize good clean fun when they see it.

Slinging in the rain. (Mud in your eye)

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

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Proprietor of local water garden sees mud of no importance. ©



  1. Kate Crimmins / Mar 6 2017 7:17 am

    Just love John Adams. If I were alive then, we would have been drinking buddies. Within the next 2 to 3 weeks I will dig my garden. I both look forward to it and loathe it. It’s work but so primitive that it’s satisfying. Dust to dust and all that.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2017 3:09 pm

      Adams was such a focused individual – maybe not a lot of social skills, but sometime bluntness saves time. Now his wife Abigale was apparently charming and an intellectual equal to her husband ( and everyone knew she often advised him) Not to mention while he was off, she kept the farm going and it was more profitable in her hands…she actually did choose the crops and worked the fields. So let’s put her on the invite list, too. I’ll bring the nachos and brisket.
      Thanks for digging in here

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  2. easyweimaraner / Mar 6 2017 7:18 am

    it seems the jewish proverb fits to the mama hahahaha…. the storm today came at the right time… now she has a whitewasher for some days :o)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2017 3:13 pm

      If the proverb fits…maybe run? Oh, wait, the backyard is a swamp – the hall way and banking off the living room couch will have to do for a racetrack. Works for Molly. Thanks for running along!


  3. sustainabilitea / Mar 6 2017 10:35 am

    The Founding Fathers were wise men in so many ways. Thanks for all the quotes. It’s going to diving back into the 20’s at night by the end of this week, so hopefully all those optimistic plants that are budding a/o growing will survive. Plenty of mud here, but I try never to sling it.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2017 3:25 pm

      If the cold is short, soil wet, and sun coming out, the plants sometimes survive. I think it’s spring here already…and mist of the winter clothes will be packed back up without getting worn (I always hope…)
      I’m not sure how the women of that era managed to farm in all those clothes. Abigail Adams spent years managing the farm /selecting crops/ working in the fields while her husband was away – and apparently the farm did better under her hands than his. She was also widely known as his intellectual equal and well respect by Washington and Jefferson for her views and knowledge. Why isn’t she more recognized as a role model, I wonder. After reading, I imagine that what we consider now outstanding efforts by women of that era would only be considered “normal” and “ordinary” for them.
      But then again they didn’t have the distractions of smart phones.
      Thanks for sloshing around here and pitching in a comment


      • sustainabilitea / Mar 6 2017 5:38 pm

        Women played a large role in those days, especially as things weren’t automated. Abigail was an especially talented woman, which her husband, to his credit, acknowledged.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2017 5:44 pm

          From recent reading of primary sources, many women were quite capable, out spoken, well respected intellects and not the helpless hot house flowers many would have us believe.

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          • sustainabilitea / Mar 6 2017 5:50 pm

            Very true. Life was very difficult then, so women had to be capable and, since so many could read, they were often knowledgeable as well.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 7 2017 9:13 am

            Talk about multi-tasking. So advanced in attitudes they provided a path for the future as important as the men did

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  4. heretherebespiders / Mar 6 2017 2:28 pm

    Lovely. I like the old man/young gardener quote best – we are forever learning, us who play in the dirt!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2017 3:27 pm

      How I envy those with the ability to create such images and meanings from few words. (Then again, back then word choice was carefully chosen – and admired.)
      Thanks for enjoying these muddy lands

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  5. Anne Mehrling / Mar 6 2017 3:15 pm

    Slinging in the rain is my favorite from this post. Guess I wasn’t in the mood to be mentally challenged.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2017 3:28 pm

      Rain made me sleepy not too creative. (Hope that song didn’t follow you around all day like it did me! Thanks for slinging along)

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  6. Gabe Burkhardt / Mar 6 2017 9:45 pm

    I have to agree with Kate above. I would have loved to have a long casual dinner with John and Abigail Adams. And this quote (along with your concerns) feel particularly relevant know.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 7 2017 9:18 am

      Being annoyed with current events, I stepped back into some reading and rediscovered Adams (Franklin and Jefferson I’d read before, but not Adams). Rather interesting that while much has change, people haven’t…the Continental Congress was dealing with Russia even before the revolution…and between the 3 men there was quite a bit of discussions about power corrupting and the people must be vigilant as well as how language/words were being used improperly to sway opinions and distort facts.
      Yeah, a time machine with a dinner reservation would be quite fascinating. Thanks for digging in with a comment

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  7. D. Wallace Peach / Mar 7 2017 7:05 am

    Some great quotes there. I really liked the ones by Peale and Adams. I’m looking forward to the end of the rain so I can play in the dirt 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 7 2017 9:30 am

      Mud walks! Just need to have fun. (Make sure shoes are tightly on foot…and left at door HAHA) Thanks for sloshing along

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  8. shoreacres / Mar 8 2017 6:10 am

    I know someone who uses “The Earth Laughs in Flowers” as the title of her blog, but didn’t know where the phrase came from, so thanks for that. Personally, I was taken with Jefferson’s words: “Botany is the school for patience, and it’s amateurs learn resignation from daily disappointments.” I’ve done just enough attempting-to-identify-plants to enjoy that one.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 8 2017 7:25 am

      What a great name for a blog. I stumbled across that poem recently while avoiding the media noise (from both sides.) As it is International Women’s Day (Jeez, so many “special days” none are special anymore), it might be more wise for women to read something by Abagail Adams rather than listen to the dribble from some self appointed activists. We are wandering in such a wilderness these days…pink hats and now gloves? Really. Fall right into society’s female stereotype – tend to your knitting, you cutie pie. So easily manipulated without even knowing it. Education is so critical. Interesting no women’s groups applauding the Presidents’s attention of honor killings (2 in TX that we know of – one father/son in jail awaiting trial and Dallas one in Chicago being hidden by community there.) Real drips and tears, not clever little slogans and self promoting social events. (I shall resist going into the human trafficking and gang kidnapping of 14 year old girls and killing them as sacrifices for their drug patron/god) Being such a large city area with so much diversity, perhaps we just have more real life at our doorsteps. Gardening. Orderly planting. Good escape…no brain until afternoon? Get out now!


  9. patriciaruthsusan / Mar 18 2017 7:18 am

    Humorous post. 😀 — Suzanne


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