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July 7, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Summer’s Bestest and the Restless

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“Make haste while ye may. They are still zoned out from The Day of the Pop-pops. Amazon is under favorites and the charge cards are on the table…” (Image: © ALL rights reserved)

Mid-week holidays basically destroys an entire week’s productivity. The human brain loves any excuse to drift off.

Small children and animals waste no time exploiting adults’ bleariness and lackadaisical condition. (That bear opening the fridge, for example.)

Natural balance and brain order resets next Monday with a routine week.

Not routine:  Big earthquake in Montana along the axis of the Intermountain Seismic Belt

Best tweet coming out afterwards by Sean Ryan of Butte, “Now that everyone in Montana is awake from that earthquake … you guys want to play Monopoly or something?”

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Not routine:  2 weeks ago there was only a 1 foot dirt circle around the tree. Last year this hyper-vine topped the pine tree and had to be hacked into submission each week. Note the aggressive tendrils sticking out threateningly. Residents are requesting a caution sign…If a small child wanders too close…We will know where to start looking when the Amber Alert is issued. ©

Desperately hoping this doesn’t become routine: Prime time news anchors doing arts and crafts on the air.

  • Seriously? Yep, Big time city news: how to wrap a toilet paper roll in construction paper, add a balloon, and confetti to make “safe fun kid-safe firecracker”. Maybe we accidentally turned on Sesame Street by accident. No? Oh.
  • Not a mention of the dire chaos in Venezuela (Zuckerberg are you paying attention to that?) or the 11,155 people murdered in 5 months in Mexico. Not a whisper of the North China sea island controversy.
  • Lots of time for giggles over artsy project. Lovely.

What goes up routinely comes down. What if it’s not the guns people are actually attracted to, but the loud noises those make? Save lives: Toss them fireworks instead..and a designated spot to use them. 

Loud noises and wacky behavior seem routine for smoldering July.

Naps. I suggest naps for all until things shake out.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Plum craziness fits right now. (And, yes, I want one.)
















  1. shoreacres / Jul 7 2017 6:37 am

    Do you know what that vine actually is? I’ve seen it here and there, thought it attractive, and then passed by three days later and thought, “What?!” Apparently it enjoys hot with occasional wet. It would fit well in the Little Shop of Horrors.

    That kid-safe firecracker is stupid. I refuse to live in the world those people are promoting. We’re turning the next generation of kids into — well, never mind. You know what I think.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2017 7:06 am

      I’ve been told it’s some kind of potato vine – a weird green that’s not too cooling in summer’s heat and light. Become popular over the past 3 years. This homeowner discovered last year don’t let it get over 6-7 feet up that pine – it tried a massive take over and smother routine last year – he had the devil of a time pulling those tough clinging arms off that bark. It acts a bit too confident – does remind you of Horrors.
      I’m done. It’s over. (If you were a Simpson fan, I’d say we’re raising classrooms of fearful mental giants like Ned Flander’s kids.(I do need to get you a collection of “Best of..” episodes – such literary references, the parodies, the satire – what talent…but it takes bit of smarts to recognize.)
      Thanks for snapping back with a comment


  2. Amy / Jul 7 2017 6:50 am

    I have to respectfully disagree with the above comment. I think that some good stuff in with the news is refreshing and helps lift the depression that most of the news brings. Also, giving little kids “safe fireworks” in the form of pretend fireworks can save a lot of injuries. Kudos to that news program. And perhaps kutzu under that tree…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2017 7:36 am

      Nope positive not Kutz – but may be a relative. Will it be declared invasive shortly? – certainly a determined dominating plant (The plant kingdom has such characters – mirroring the human world HAHA). Will have to do some research – or go to the nursery and look for it
      Some good news it so welcomed – preferably one of the good stories about good people in the area – and there are many. But this was prime time hard news beginning and not the end of program closing with a smile segment.
      Kids watching news is also an issue parents should be concerned about – far too much focus on extreme emotion, and brutality over and over and over which young kids do not need to be exposed too. We saw this when the shuttle blew up/911 and scenes were played far too much. An interesting article about kids and PTSD…Duh. Of course.
      Respectfully, appropriate content for appropriate viewing age and time slot.
      Arts and crafts is great for some segments (maybe morning shows which are more entertainment oriented?) This was stupid segment and out of place. Segment wasn’t short – especially when you add the time spend on adoring excessively and giggling. Besides it’s wasn’t a new idea being revealed. Cute, but belonged elsewhere.
      Overload from being pounded with reality happens and people do need a break. but critical to be aware of what is going on in Venezuela, Mexico, El Salvador is heating up again, even if you don’t have friend/business there – (Maybe some churches and humanitarian groups could focus that direction a bit and try too get some humanitarian aid there – the average citizen of Venezuela has lost 25 pounds…not by choice. Doctors are out of meds – since the Brazilian Olympics a while back.) – those neighbors not that far away…like celebratory gunfire, what goes up routinely comes down elsewhere. Cautionary tales to apply closer to home.
      But the really great thing is you can always turn off the TV channel. Something for everyone.Whew!
      Thanks for the snappy comment.

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      • Amy / Jul 7 2017 12:01 pm

        Thanks for the clarification on the news story, and set in better context, I have to agree. We never turn on the tv, so I normally listen to NPR on daily commutes. I had to totally stop listening to it for a couple of weeks, I guess to let my brain and emotions re-set, mostly re: the Trump stories. *deep sigh* Aren’t the flowers pretty today? *changes subject*


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2017 1:40 pm

          The energetic vine has heart shaped leaves. That has to count for something 🙂 (We check the weather on TV, and the first few stories of local news, but then scram. So many are doing just that these days…like be vigilant with on the march plants HAHA)

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  3. sustainabilitea / Jul 7 2017 7:09 am

    I always like a bit of good news in the news, too, although you do need to cover the big issues. I’m missed the earthquake in Montana. As for shootings, heck, in Chicago, every weekend is a big weekend for shootings, both injuries and deaths, despite one of the most stringent gun laws in the nation. The answer to the question in the old song, “When will they ever learn?”, obviously is “Never.” Sigh.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2017 7:52 am

      One of our networks has the last segment a pleasant/happy ending story. Great idea to close with. Like decompression before bedtime with a nice story or something funny and delightful.
      Yep, take their guns, and they pick up high heels, sticks or, the poplar weapon here: cars. That old “Don’t kill” concept isn’t getting through. Need a refresher course on that.
      Thanks for shaking out a comment


  4. Kate Crimmins / Jul 7 2017 7:16 am

    The news stations are trying to get people back. Everyone is tired of the political trolls. I am surprised that the world news was missed. Then again, I’ve been avoiding the news lately especially when it contains a Tweet update. I’m pretty sure that’s a sweet potato vine (at least that’s what us northerners call it). We love it up here because of it’s rapid growth but it doesn’t winter over so there are is no chance of kidnapping children. When I worked, midweek holidays were always a lost week. Some folks took off at the front end and some at the back end. Those who didn’t take any extra days off didn’t work anyway.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2017 8:16 am

      That vine. With all the rain we’ve had so far it’s especially energetic this year…not only width but height with those long reaching fingers HAHA. He’ll be mowing the perimeter a lot this year…until probably January when is goes into hiding…to plot…
      You’re right about the news stations. They are getting desperate and the results are getting comical. Ending with a pleasant story is nice, but I’m drawing the line at an anchor cutting and pasting in the prime time hard news segment.
      People just take off or zone out in the office during holiday interrupted weeks. We might as well all take off.(We would, but the cat is so stern about that. HAHA)
      Thanks for trimming up a comment to leave.

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  5. Ally Bean / Jul 7 2017 8:05 am

    I’m totally off-kilter this week. The noise and the wackiness have gotten to me on some level. I feel like the sweet potato vine that has overgrown the base of the tree– trapped in a small space, doing my best, but really wondering why I’m even trying this week. Maybe a nice, normal weekend will set me straight.

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  6. susielindau / Jul 7 2017 8:08 am

    I had no idea about the quake. I must have been drifting off…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2017 8:35 am

      You’ve had enough of plates crashing around your house! Your trip sounds/looks fabulous – now hopefully the home front is not jumping and less dusty. Thanks for hopping over


  7. Carrie Rubin / Jul 7 2017 8:19 am

    Arts and crafts on the news–ha, just when I thought I’d heard everything. Then again, I might take some of those arts and crafts to get away from the endless political coverage. 😬


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2017 8:32 am

      Cut and paste of a more amusing kind? Have to admit it was so out of place on the evening new, it was funny. And the young mom anchor might have gotten away with it if it had been fast (with “see more on our website/FB page”) but the whole panel had to spend so much time giggling, examining and ooo-ing over it. A joke that went on too long. (sort of like politics right now HAHA)
      Hope your 4th was cool. Thanks for adding a firecracker of a comment

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  8. Curt Mekemson / Jul 7 2017 3:33 pm

    Never any lack of bad news, or sensationalism— yellow journalism as it used to be called. Bad news sells. Good news, ho-hum. Or do you really want to lose the audience? Throw out an analytical piece that lasts longer than a minute. Or am I just being cynical? –Curt


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 9 2017 3:33 pm

      Rare to find anyone who knows the term “yellow journalism” much less what the term means. No longer informational new broadcasting that has become merely big business (and there’s that much shorter attention span/brain altering that has come from internet grazing.)…but drawing the line with arts and crafts kiddie projects by prime time anchors. (You saw I drew that in big red crayon? HAHA)
      Remember the song “Dirty Laundry” by Henley? Yep.
      Thanks for picking up the tune


      • Curt Mekemson / Jul 9 2017 6:05 pm

        Comes with having a history minor. 🙂 –Curt


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 10 2017 6:33 am

          ditto – which, of course, should be automatically dovetailed into literature and art studies from K up…but not getting started on current education process/procedures


          • Curt Mekemson / Jul 10 2017 9:40 am

            Having a Mother-in-Law, wife and daughter who are or have been educators, we often get into the education discussion around here.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 10 2017 1:51 pm

            Family business here for multiple generations, too. (Interesting none of my or the generation younger stayed there.) A whole different world in the classroom these days. Like the news, good and bad.

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  9. Under the Oaks / Jul 8 2017 6:23 am

    I am thinking I am not witty enough or smart enough to be here but I am not dumb enough to ignore the beautiful, fun, thought provoking nature of your words. That is what we call a sweet potato vine in MidMO and my Mom-in-law has one in every pot of flowers in her yard… should we be worried about her now I am thinking. I loved your video. When I was a kid about 55 years ago, I wanted to be Shirley Muldowney. I am now a 65 year old lady who still loves fast cars and I am married to a man who loves a game that involves golf carts that I get a kick out of driving… that works out just fine.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 9 2017 3:46 pm

      After 2 more days of thunderstorms and rain, that vine has a chorus of tendrils stretching upwards – looks like a delirious crowd reaching for Mardi Gras beads in the French Quarter. I’m keeping the dog on a short leash around it. It’s bound to have depleted the available fertilizer and bone meal on the lawn…
      You know I see the really elderly active ones around here riding 3 wheel bike to the nearby grocery store, but I’m thinking either a golf cart like video, or a race adapted riding lawnmower might be more my speed? (I’ll try it out and send recommendations to you younger folks. HAHA.) We’re trying to decide whether to keep our vintage ruby Mustang GT or to seriously consider the Camaro ZL1 or wait out the rumors of next Mustang… then of course a empty highway road trip out west Texas would be mandated
      Thanks for parking to chat and leave a comment. You’re perfectly set for blog speed ( and probably can drive stick – the real theft deterrent for around here)

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      • Under the Oaks / Jul 10 2017 6:56 am

        Haha! Yes, I can drive a stick,,, learned on a little turquoise Bug! I still ran over a parking meter when I went for my driver’s license and I won’t go into that here… 🙂 After I got my license I was cruising around town in my Mom’s ’66 little green Mustang… 🙂 Good luck on your decision between Mustang or Camaro… hope there is a blog post!


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 10 2017 7:42 am

          My brother had one of those. Great cars for this area ’cause when it flooded, those cars floated easily and you just got out and floated it to your driveway.
          With fake motor noises and all the computers, kids now will miss out on much of what cars are. (Mustangs alway stuck together better with nicer interiors, always good resale for well cared for car, but the competition is the horsepower. We’ll see what Ford brings out.)

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  10. The Hook / Jul 8 2017 1:38 pm

    Productivity has been beyond my grasp these days, sadly.
    But I’m still swinging.
    Thank you for this wonderful read and experience.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 9 2017 3:54 pm

      They world is better if you just show up, Hook. ( a couple of chuckles on tap for you tomorrow)
      Hang in there. The creative flow is aways there, but sometimes we get into an eddy not of our making. Coasting/managing to float on is enough. We all get by with a little help from our friends. Thanks for hitting this rat raceway


  11. / Jul 13 2017 10:53 am

    That vine reminds me of the kudzu that was enveloping north Georgia when I left there in 1972. And the grasping tendrils remind me of wisteria. Just not natural for stuff to grow that fast …

    Arts and crafts on the news? Nooooo! Do a story about, say, the 80-person human chain that rescued those swimmers from the rip tide a few days ago.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 14 2017 7:45 am

      This vine is as energetic as that kudzu but much brighter green and not cold hardy…so far. (Be careful what you plant- HAHA.) It seems to have more reaching “fingers” this year though with the daily rain…we are sub tropics, but really.
      Rip tide stories are popular here – a combination of bad rip tides and people new to the area have meant more than the usual number of deaths (and there’s the stupidity of putting 7 people in a kayak – 4 without life jackets – and 3 of them children – in an area known for bad currents even if the weather is fine and water looks smooth. Locals/fishermen tried to warn them, but nooo. The got to them as fast s they could, but one child in hospital and dad died.) They used to force all school children to take swim classes once in jr high/middle school and once in high school until budget cuts and parents complained the gets didn’t like getting wet filled in school pools.It was done for a reason – don’t let caution and commonsense direct actions…
      But, some networks are trying to end with good news…which has deteriorated into what pitiful brave person can we feature today…not quite the same thing.
      Yesterday was nice with firemen painting schools and baby elephants (although some people will have a problem with that). Bring back community/local reporters – and pry people off the internet screens! Real life is out there, right?
      Thanks for planting a comment


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