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May 24, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Tardy slips

Woman at kitchen table. 1930's (USPD.

Gossip and small talk. Simply work avoidance. Maybe if the coffee machine somehow broke, they would get the hint. (USPD/

She made several abrupt appearances into the coffee-room. The office manager.

Not saying a word. Just a stomp in, a glare before flipping around, and leaving. Miffed.

We stopped talking, but didn’t move.


“Shall we count to see just how many times she’ll do it?”

Some are on-the-dot clock watchers. Some casually ease into the day.

Each office seems to have a self-appointed overseer and nag.

Probably wanted to be an elementary school dictator principal.

Probably was the tattletale the teacher told “Tell me if anyone gets out of their seat while I’m gone.”

It was up to three.

I had bet it would be a couple more, but everyone drifted off after her fourth haunting and paraded down the hall in her wake. 

She looked quite smug. A conqueror’s body language. 

Surprised she didn’t give a precise royal wave as she passed doorways.

A real Queen be.

One last nonchalant circle to confirm all were in their assigned seats working at their desks before she sighed satisfaction from the effort.

Her work done, she curled up on the window seat for her morning cat nap.

How would they manage without her?

Not sure we would. (Cats are such tough taskmasters.)

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Cat with crossed paws on windowseat. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted. NO permissions granted

Staff must not be allowed to take advantage.©

Dog. Molly Malamute asleep on couch. ALL rights reserved. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted

The dog cannot be counted on at all for herding the help. Why do they call them Watch Dogs? Obviously they do not consider the time passing at all.©





  1. easyweimaraner / May 24 2017 6:34 am

    and they are zenmasters too… to watch them is better than a spa day :o)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 24 2017 9:21 am

      And cats are great hypnotists – watching one makes you sleepy, sleepy, sleepy…..zzzzz
      (Thanks for passing to comment)


  2. shoreacres / May 24 2017 6:38 am

    Clearly, my manager has decided I’m a hopeless case. She’s already asleep again, and shows no signs of stirring. There was only one prowl-and-howl through the bedroom this morning before she gave it up.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 24 2017 9:23 am

      Sounds like your manager used up all her extra energy keeping track of those storms last night. (Trying to get some DIY projects done…sigh)
      Enjoy this gorgeous “cool” weather – no more until Oct!
      Thanks for joining the coffee klatch with a comment


  3. Kate Crimmins / May 24 2017 9:25 am

    Our task master is quite vocal. Oversleeping will bring out loud wails. Obviously the residents are hungry and staff is lagging on the job. Attempts for an afternoon nap require several pets and chin scratches before there is any peace. Those are the times I wish they were dogs.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 24 2017 9:32 am

      Cats refuse to pay any attention to daylight savings times switching back and forth. If the sun’s up, staff should be up too.
      It’s written down somewhere – in their DNA. Sometimes they are logical….(yes, that was written under duress…)
      Thanks for settling a comment into this lounge.

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      • Kate Crimmins / May 24 2017 9:41 am

        The cats have a book here. It’s on our bookshelf. It’s called how to train humans.

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  4. bulldog / May 24 2017 10:32 am

    The eyes of a cat can be so expresive… scary sometimes…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 12 2017 10:34 am

      Especially if one knows you are out of cat food…and darkness is coming
      Thanks for risking a gaze and comment


  5. Anne Mehrling / May 24 2017 10:57 am

    I didn’t tumble to the fact it was a cat until the photograph came in view. Amusing.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 12 2017 10:35 am

      RC Cat gets quite cranky is the morning routine is disrupted and she arrive in the office to see no one working…and her window not open so she can view the backyard with all senses!
      Thanks for pawsing to chat

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  6. Amy / May 24 2017 2:08 pm

    The dogs and cats in our lives can make us feel guiltier than any person, and sometimes we just do what they want in order to make them stop “hounding” us.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 12 2017 10:41 am

      And, yes, whether it’s time for food or needing a fresh mousie, we are scurry to attend. Thanks for adding a meowy comment


  7. aFrankAngle / May 24 2017 2:29 pm

    Royalty wouldn’t stoop to be an office manager … hence why they are royalty while most of the rest of us aren’t … thus explaining the Queen of your household …. Hi Mouse!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 12 2017 10:43 am

      Hope you are enjoying your time away from screens. Breaks are so refreshing – and necessary. Thanks for stopping by!

      Liked by 1 person

      • aFrankAngle / Jun 14 2017 7:30 am

        Hope to return to the posting circuit soon.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 14 2017 7:32 am

          I know it’s not for lack of something to say, but sometimes you have to step back…besides life is calling 🙂

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          • aFrankAngle / Jun 14 2017 7:39 am

            Life has a way of getting in the way of blogging … but I’m working on my next post … almost finished … so very soon.

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