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April 28, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Riddles of greens, dreams, and scenes.

Frogs dancing at a party. More English Fairy Tales, 1893, Batten, ill. NY Pub.Lib.(USPD, artist life/

And there was great rejoicing.(USPD/

Having restless nights wondering “Oh, my. What happened next?”

Three short riddles follow up stories in recent posts:

When is a caution removed as a precaution?

When it’s a frightening towering flood gauge in front of a neighborhood home.

And when it’s learned proper procedures which must include discussions with residents of the community were not followed. (If the residents ever find out who asked for those signs and who decided to immediately install them….)

“Flood signage in SW Houston neighborhood to be removed” 

Wetlands marsh as Pine Gully meets Galveston Bay. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted. NO permissions granted

Natural signage: if you can’t see the tree, water’s too deep to venture in. Of course, a bit of commonsense helps. Recovering marsh where Pine Gully meets Galveston Bay.©

When does a destructive bunch get a wink and a smile from a state legislature?

When some elected officials wonder if tossing poisonous hog bait around is really the for the best.

“Feral hog apocalypse” has been halted in its’ tracks as the company that produces Kaput Feral Hog Bait has pulled its product from use in Texas. (Wild hogs are grinnin’ and rip-roaring through farms, ranches, and subdivisions, but they shouldn’t consider this is a get-out-of-jail-free pardon.)

“Texas House orders study before using poison on feral hogs”

flowers along Pine Gully on Earth Day.. All rights reserved, No permission granted. Copyrighted

Bouquets always seem to last longer in fresh air. Pine Gully trail. Hog free so far. ©

When does a police SUV dovetail into Earth Day?

When it’s designated a bird sanctuary.

Once the Momma Pearl made the 911 call, the orange habitat cones were placed (as required by city ordinances) around PPD Unit 187. The pregnant dove cooed she had reservations: requested a nice window view. She was scammed! Who wants to upset an expectant mother? The city is happily accommodating her.  (Scroll the Pearland Police Facebook page, April 17 nesting, and 20-24-27 for videos/pictures of Pearl and her family. The department also rescues ducklings who fall into storm drains and reunites them with their very anxious mom. FB video of that, too.)

“Pearland police share photo of first chick in the nest on windshield of official SUV”

Dreamy endings.

Now you can rest easy.

Have a great weekend.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Deer at edge of clearing on Pine Gully trail. All rights reserved. No permission granted. Copyrighted

Another guessing game! See the deer at edge of clearing? A small herd celebrated Earth Day by taking the young ones to see the human zoo.(and Molly was quite polite as the deer, one by one, bolted right past her  – down the bank, up the bank and into the shady woods before stopping in their designated viewing spot.)©


  1. shoreacres / Apr 28 2017 6:24 am

    All three of these stories make me happy-happy. I didn’t know about the Pearland dove — that’s just too cool for words. It reminds me of the day I came upon the LaPorte police escorting a mother duck and ducklings across the 146 flyover. I can’t imagine how they got there, but at least they got off safely. And hooray for an end to that hog bait. It might be fine, but it might not. More testing is good.

    Next up: the court hearings on the closing of Rollover pass. They’ve been squabbling over that land grab for five years, I believe. Give or take.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 28 2017 6:35 am

      Still awash with concern over Rollover. Reminds me of the city that used domain land grab because they wanted too build a waterfront district (and had a smiling developer all lined up). State is green with envy or flip the words to be more realistic? Courts are unpredictable these days.
      And often not as cute as ducklings.
      Thanks for smiling along


  2. Ally Bean / Apr 28 2017 7:11 am

    This is definitely a “rest of the story” [a la Paul Harvey] post. I’m pleased to read about all three stories, and know that they ended as well as could be expected. Sometimes [many times?] things work out for the best.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 28 2017 8:53 am

      As one who got dragged out into the country all the time, I grew to enjoy great radio storytellers like Paul Harvey. A pretty high bar for any to match.
      Thanks for shuffling through the puzzle pieces. Have a terrific weekend!

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Apr 28 2017 7:13 am

    Aww…feel good stories for the weekend! Wild pigs? Would other critters eat the bad bait? Like little kids or puppies? Hope there is a peaceful resolution and no one goes hog wild. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 28 2017 8:51 am

      Smile and get out the dancing shoes – it’s the weekend.(Realistically, that’ll probably be mulch bags and garden tools).
      The possible danger to other animals, the pastures, and the water supply are a concern with Warfarin use. After dealing with Molly who happily snarked up rat bait dropped in our yard from a neighbor’s bait station, I’m pretty wary of it – a brutal way to die….and the stuff apparently tastes really really good – that stuff looks like a chunk of green bubble gum.That the company left a huge market says something. Watch it piggies – we’re still on target with slowing you down…just regrouping (despite the anger of some bait advocates.)
      Thanks for the wild comment!


  4. D. Wallace Peach / Apr 28 2017 9:31 am

    A nice little follow up to three stories. It seems that the successful resolution comes down to either common sense or kindness (or both). I suppose the hog problem isn’t fully resolved, but at least they’re being a little careful about it. I’m not a big fan of leaving poison around. My brother used to live on Guam where there’s also a feral pig problem. The locals have hunting derbies and the navy is now starting to research ways to address the overpopulation. It will be interesting to see what they come up with. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2017 9:33 am

      Where there’s a will, there’s away. Past hunting derbies/contests have helped: big festival including fine dining hog dishes. Sounds like we’re all in the same pig pen. Thanks for the interesting info about Guam!

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  5. The Hook / Apr 28 2017 11:10 am

    Politics make my brain itch…


  6. PiedType / Apr 28 2017 11:29 am

    Ugh, those flood signs are awful. So glad they’re being removed. And poison tossed around where any passing critter might get into it. Very bad idea.

    Happy Friday, all.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2017 9:12 am

      Do you remember the old jokes about “Walk-offs?” Supposed on the 3rd day, God got tired and said, “I’ll be back after a nap, just wait here” But some (like blonds – the usual target) Walked off and didn’t get al the brains intended. Might be some truth to that with all those lacking commonsense these days? HAHA. Hope the recent snow was only pretty and not a nuisance to you. Thanks for puzzling along


  7. sustainabilitea / Apr 28 2017 12:30 pm

    I feel much better now, Phil, so thanks. 🙂 I have to say, though, that my favorite feral pig story (out of thousands, of course) is this one about feral pigs killing 13 ISIS members in Iraq: These pignatious beasts meted out their own justice, pigetic, rather than poetic, don’t you think? 🙂



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2017 9:07 am

      The hog wilds may be the origin of the bad clowns’ rumors…they are the jokers. One of our favorite hogs grinners is the suburb church preacher all over the news that the county HAD to do something. The church, on the bordering edge of heavily wooded area, had a church garden and was about to have their annual Oct pumpkin patch, but darn hog family kept walking out of the woods and earning/stomping everything. County and Parks and Wildlife suggested they put up a sturdy fence and bright lights. The hogs sniffed at that idea…after all, it is God’s house and yard and there for all children that God created, right? Hoof rights! Case closed….
      Thanks for snorting along!


  8. Russel Ray Photos / May 6 2017 2:12 am

    Your flood signage reminds me of the first property I bought in southeast Houston. Signs everywhere said the elevation was -6 feet. Little did I understand that -6 feet meant six feet below sea level, that sea level currently is right over there, and that if a hurricane comes through, you might be under sea level. Yep. Less than 2 years and I was under sea level. I moved to west Houston, Westheimer & Gessner. Longer commute to work at the Port of Houston but I figured I’d never be under sea level again.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 16 2017 7:43 pm

      New comers always think those signs area prank. Until we get one of those gully washers.
      Meyerland has really been experiencing massive flooding which is weird considering until 5 or so years ago it never did. Being close in, young couples had started buying and redoing those old 60-70
      ‘s houses with big yards…now many blocks are so damaged. People blame the lack of city oversight allowing too much high density housing down stream which blocks/dams up flood water. The last mayor made so many promises about flood control, but spent the money on other things…bike paths are cool, but…
      We live so close to the lake/bay that water drains really fast here. (Knock on wood…we still have flood insurance, though although not required at this elevation)
      I think everyone lived in that Westheimer & Gessner area at one time or another – cool place of the time! (traffic horrendous now – that would be a really tough commute. Get this: TXDOT is going pull down
      the I45 elevated downtown and run it parallel with 59 underground past the Convention Center/ baseball stadium/soccer stadium and then put a park over the whole mess…and the old I45 route/elevated will become a boulevard with long park and green space….anyone have a magic wand? Take about a traffic nightmare – for years?) Pretty soon you won’t recognize the place HAHA
      Thanks for the splashy comment
      (Sorry for the slow respond – trying to get yard work planted and done before the summer heat and humidity gets bad as normal…)


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