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December 19, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Dangers of leaving messages dangling.

Ah, decoding the mysteries that hang silently like sharks lurking just below the lovely sea viewed by the unsuspecting…

No doubt there will be a demand for an impartial investigation

Obviously passive aggressive:

Christmas ornaments: cat couple carrying presents and dressed as servants. (Image:© all rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

“The nerve! Cats dressed like Staff?” Absurd. An insult!” RC Cat is demanding answers. (Image: © )

Someone shall pay for that one.

Obsessed with detailing here? (Ignore the horsing around)

Vintage glass bird Christmas ornament missing tail. (Image: © All rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Vintage bird experiencing a tail end draft. “We do not buy for a moment the RC Cat’s explanation that she snatched the lovely long champagne colored fiber to hide and keep it safe from the dog. We shall see the tale ends up among mousies.” (Image: ©)

Then there’s one encouraging endless optimism: inspiring a positive stance

Cow Christmas ornament. (Image:© all rights reserved, no permissions granted, copyrighted)

Bring on the wide open spaces. Memories can moo away cloudy thoughts avoiding a dust-up. (Image: ©)

That always looking up no matter what – demonstrating, without shouting, to be happy where you hang out and to simply carry your heart and memories along wherever you end up.

Perky attitude adjustments hang best in smaller doses than endless barrage of updated holiday songs, right?

Holidays often brings out distant relatives like flies, but it’s tradition to have to put up with family.

Lizard Christmas ornament. (Image: © all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

“Lounge lizard? Hey, Bob invited me. Just slip on in under the door, he said.”(Image: ©)

That includes a message of tolerating the odd, eccentric ones who really aren’t angels. 

Flying frog Christmas ornament. (Image: © copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

Have to kiss a bunch of those, they say. Flu season, harassment, or not. It’s the holidays: kiss-kiss, hug-hug . (Image: ©)

You know how it goes.

Once people notice it’s not just decoration, the lights will come on.

There will be rants about the need for tree neutrality and openness to all ensuring free speech (as long as it meets guidelines and doesn’t annoy or irritate anyone.)

Still in the night bright, the trees outdoors may be getting organized to shine above all…

MIT has created living plants that glow like a lamp. Glowing trees could replace streetlights and reduce our dependence on electricity? (Story here.) 

Hmmm, modified plants. If you won’t eat GMO foods, would you let you children climb into them or sit among them? (Cue “X Files”/”Twilight Zone” music)

Some marketing firm must have approached Mother Nature with this idea for tree improvement and updating. Don’t worry she’s been around long enough to know you can’t trust some people and some things aren’t as exactly as advertised. She has designs of her own.

Keeping up with the buzz.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Queen palm tree in bloom with bees. (Image: ©all rights reserved, copyrighted, No permissions granted)

Despite recent snow, this young Queen palm in a sheltered spot offers a gift in the holiday spirit: flowering blooms which is just what the honey bees desperately need in preparation for the freeing weather expected this weekend. Over a dozen bees were grateful when this picture was taken. Of course, in the true spirit of giving, the tree was happy without news media shouting of her generosity. (Image: ©)




  1. Kate Crimmins / Dec 19 2017 10:26 am

    I don’t think anyone can say a whole paragraph without offending someone! You sure have some…weird…or maybe unusual is a better word…ornaments.


  2. easyweimaraner / Dec 19 2017 10:39 am

    I love your ornaments!!!!! I used a sausage shaped dog toy for my christmas tree this year… neither Easy nor Phenny played with this toy… but as soon as it was on my tree it was the must have of the year… and then… well I bet you can imagine what happened…


  3. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Dec 19 2017 1:22 pm

    Meowwy Greetings of the Season from the Northern Missouri realm🎄 Our initial feelings were as yours concerning cats dressed as mere staff, but then thought of the appearance of whimsy and of fun, rather than of true life. Just as the shiny hard birds with the lovely tails are so pleasant to look at rather than true flutterbrained birds. So we do not take offense during this time. However, we have had to put our claws down when staff attempted to cover our beautifully fresh groomed coats with what they call “coats” – such things as seen on dogs, no less. We hope you do not suffer that indignity!
    Wishes for many lovely mousies to you this Season, Your Highness! 😸😸


  4. Ally Bean / Dec 19 2017 2:51 pm

    Your ornaments are lovely. Just the kind of ones that add a bit of pizzazz to a tree. Very nice.


  5. Carrie Rubin / Dec 19 2017 3:35 pm

    Your ornaments are beautiful. Hopefully that’s something everyone can agree on!


  6. sustainabilitea / Dec 19 2017 5:54 pm

    Love the ornaments. Merry Christmas and a blessed new year.



  7. shoreacres / Dec 19 2017 7:56 pm

    That queen palm is gorgeous. I just learned today that in some very early versions of “The Cherry Tree Carol,” (early as in around 1500 or so) it was palm trees that bowed to Mary rather than the cherry tree. Palms always have seemed classy like that to me.

    I love that lounge lizard, and I hope Bob does, too. I haven’t added many ornaments in the past years, but one of my favorites always has been a duck decked out in camo with a shotgun in his hand. Duck, hunting — and proving that turnabout’s fair play!


  8. LordBeariOfBow / Dec 21 2017 2:17 pm

    The ornaments are a treat to the eye, I’m envious.

    I hope you have a very merry Christmas Phil and many more happy new years of posting.

    Thanks for the pleasure you’ve given me, these past few months, since finding you. 🐱 😀

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