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April 10, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Lazy Peter, box it up

Gonna be a rude awakening.

He’s just tooooo busy to pick up the message. But the remodelers are coming. Soon.

Soooo Lazy Peter, strolling arrogantly down your spiral staircase, might want to wipe the sleep out of your eyes while stretching on your lofty balcony and take a look around.

Nice bright modern apartment. (Cube Square Facebook)

More age appropriate than mom’s place, Peter. (Cube Square Facebook)

Time to leave the cozy nest.

(Peeease don’t start with the excuses “Poppa was an absentee father. A real squirrel…”)

Your mom set you up for success.

She knew quality real estate when she saw it:  great tree top views, unobstructed cool prevailing winds, neighborhood featuring elevated walkways, and only a hop skip and a jump to the Queen Palm grocery store or the rain fed bird bath.

The others already headed off to see the world. (We hope they look both ways before crossing the street.)

Your tail makes a scruffy smoking jacket, but the cocky attitude makes up for it.

Dude, go for it. Your home squatting days here are coming to an end.

Squirrel resting in palm tree balcony before stepping down spiral stairs to fence. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted. NO permissions granted

Other places have balconies, too. Although their spiral stairs may not be quite so rustic. ©

I know there’s always complaining when things change in neighborhoods, but it’s time.

The palm trees are anxious to shed their heavy insulating winter frond skirts. Desiring spring greens rather than dull brown winter attire.

The tree trimmers are coming.

Considered yourself warned. Again.

Can’t leaf with them.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Alternative housing suggestions, Peter?







  1. sustainabilitea / Apr 10 2017 7:09 pm

    I’m not interested in a tiny house. I don’t need a mansion, but I’d like a place large enough to have a room for a library and a few bedrooms for guests. Just call me squirrely if you must.



  2. Amy / Apr 10 2017 8:07 pm

    I’ve got a real nice shed out back with a window that opens and a loft. I guess I would need to add some plumbing and electricity to call it home.


  3. easyweimaraner / Apr 11 2017 12:01 am

    I saw a lot of tiny houses via poi and I loved the most… they would make a super mom-cave for me ;o)


  4. roughseasinthemed / Apr 11 2017 5:05 am

    We’ve got a tiny kennel flat. My days of desiring to clean a large house are long gone. Stay safe Peter.


  5. shoreacres / Apr 11 2017 5:11 am

    Five hundred and forty might be doable. I’ve got 840, and I’m not even sure if that includes the balcony. I’m sure it probably does. If you remove the balcony, the foyer, and chop off a third of the bathroom, I suspect you’d be down to 740, without any problem at all. Now, if it were 540 cubic feet, that would be a different matter!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 11 2017 7:43 am

      The odd thing is that growing up we were always taught those silver corregated tin roofs might last longer, but in this climate the summer heat might do you in and as metal conducts temps, in winter it would be difficult to stay warm.
      What they managed to do with the space is pretty amazing though. Actually looks much nicer than some of the places I rented in college. (Wonder if the noise of other apartments closing those sliding doors is loud?)
      Have you seen the market square apartments – small , but what a view of the skyline…and street below ( )
      Thanks for climbing over to chat.


  6. Ally Bean / Apr 11 2017 6:36 am

    Ugh. Small houses give me the creeps. Too confining. Like a casket. Not for me, please.


  7. Littlesundog / Apr 11 2017 8:32 pm

    I think I could do the tiny house. Our last house was 900 sq. ft. so I believe I could do with half of that just fine. Of course when we moved, we went to 1800 and now I have a lot of cleaning to keep up with. 😦


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 12 2017 6:39 am

      Unorthodox/creative building is interesting. With the invention of AC and electricity, some construction changes to be people focused rather than working with the environment focused (like windows that open and are place to utilize prevailing winds and sunlight for illumination or heat in winter, wide overhangs for shade, doors at top of stairs to close in winter to keep it warm, porches to build community). Boxcars and shipping containers may have potential – although in this climate, metal roofs and heat are not always a great combo.
      Last time we moved we lost lost a story and 50% of house. Still shuffling/ discarding furniture like puzzle pieces. But well planned space is better than multiple jumble that doesn’t really work and has to be maintained. There’s always lots of space outside to wander around in, right? Thanks for boxing up a comment

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  8. Russel Ray Photos / May 6 2017 2:21 am

    My first dorm room at Texas A&M University forever soured me on tiny homes…………LOL


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