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January 16, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Apple, Fruity Loops, and Collusion

Immediately suspected Big Apple – Close cousin to Big Electric and Big Oil.

Yesterday morning I felt like Nancy Kerrigan’s wail.

1907 advertisememnt. Boy at table looking at dog and cats.1097(USPD., artist life/

But You just came in. And what do you mean have I checked your bed? (USPD/

Like children, computers and gadgets only get maladies when you have absolutely no time to deal with it.

Not only did sleek fairly young Apple computer absolutely without compromise refused to connect to internet – issuing a vague illogical statement as if it was a Congressional legislator.

The faithful cherished iPhone locked itself and asked for stuff that does not exist.  Worriedly it is one of those “ancient” iPhone 4’s that Apple seems to want to go away….and sooner the better. Rotten.

Both stuck in endless loops of madness.

If I had had a hockey stick both would have been utilized for practice.

Desperate hopes that if left alone, they’d see the error of their ways and heal themselves in self defense…that the absence of physical touch make the buttons grow fonder..

Cambell's soup boy, 1913. (USPD., artist life/

Apple cheeked with revenge in mind.  (USPD/

Another arctic front imminent already meant extra chores and no holiday.

Houston always has multiple MLK parades. It’s a competition between two groups (read previous post/parades’ history here). Now both held downtown at the exact same time this year.

The first few years, amusing, but now rather odd and a concern: if the shareholders, those directly impacted historically, cannot get along, compromise, and work together towards a common goal, what hope is there for others who were not impacted – for new arrival immigrants – to understand and join in the spirit of brotherhood?



Oh, great. The sleet has arrived.

How come they always said “You’ll shoot your eye out ” about the BB guns, but no one ever says “Stay inside, you’ll sleet your eye out” about the savage stabbing winter winds?

Just wondering. Google probably knows

And I would have check on that IF computer had been able to get a WiFi signal yesterday.

Staff, being single-handed Monday, spent a huge amount of time coaxing palms into their winter jackets.

A couple of divas wiggled most uncooperatively as soon as they saw that two sibling palms were topped with coordinating winter caps since a growth spurt made their nice navy blue moving blanket wraps a little too short. Teenagers and dates. Must be that Mediterranean diet people talk about?)

It was easier, perhaps, as there were no interrupting texts or phone calls as the iPhone had apparently booked a winter vacation without informing anyone.

Odd as I though Apples enjoyed cold weather.

Uninterrupted time was rather nice although there are those who worry about Staff being up on ladders and dealing with large thorny stalks when no one is there to call EMS.

I did stop periodically to see if it or the computer had returned to work. Still locked me out or wiggling those square button images tauntingly as it endless repeated “Activate your new iPhone” screens.

Oh, did I mention that RC Cat has some smell intestinal issue…and either has decided not to contaminate her litter box – or is seriously demanding immediate attention? 

Oh, the Days of Whine and Holding Noses. 

Oh, yeah, covering palms gets preempted for cleaning multiple rooms of wood floors and telling the washing machine not to dare complain about the multiple heavy loads of fluffy door mats. And dog bed. Yes, even the dog bed. (“Well it was soft on Our poor paws,” RC Cat tried to justify with her best sad kitty face…just before insisting on more food.)

Hopefully the yogurt will do its normal wonders for her. Although not sneaking the dry dog food ….

(“But, it’s salmon flavored! My favorite. You are slighting your RC! If they make one just for Malamute, the company should also have one for cats. We shall go look online. What? Why isn’t the computer working? If Staff wasn’t so focused on fruits and vegetables, We’d probably have internet access. You cannot depend on asparagus or apples.”)

After winterizing plants was completed and the rest of Staff returned, focus and ladders were turned to an aging router…although the Google phone and non-Apple computers had no problem connecting…smugly.

Possibly a sneak guerrilla move by them for household market share?

You know how one rotten apple can spoil the lot.

Happily…crossing fingers and knocking on would-rather-work routers…and God willing and the sleeping pets don’t rise, things are getting back to what passes for normal. (We shall just ignore the chunks of ice and snow falling out of the sky.) 

The iPhone must have seen the my old Blackberry pulled from the drawer and realized it better stop the acting like a Fruit Loop. Senior Staff crooned to it and, of course, it blinked coyly and responded. Annoying little flirt!

RC Cat delicately nibbled the coconut and Key lime yogurt. Thank goodness she’s not lactose intolerant as many cats are. Her request for Honey Noosa will be honored. (ANYTHING to keep her tummy happy. Night will be more comfortable if Molly isn’t barking at us “The cat has locked herself in the master bath. She did do that herself, right? She’s spreading these scary rumors about Staff…”)

It’ll be below freezing for a couple of days. Schools are closed; people being told to stay off the roads. But 70F this weekend. Pretty normal.

Most of you are scoffing at us as winter wimps who don’t know what REAL winter is like.

Yep. Still a lovely excuse to stay home and enjoy cool. 

Any one for Steve McQueen as Bullitt?

Apples for apples, now that’s cool cool.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Funny how that movie suddenly reappeared recently on TV offerings. It is the 50th/51st year anniversary of the movie.

Has nothing to do with an anticipated Ford Mustang model which could be the apple of your eye.




  1. shoreacres / Jan 16 2018 12:01 pm

    Plants back in the living room? Check. Food out for the birds (even the pigeons)? Check. Sound of sleet hitting the windows and icicles hanging from the bird baths? Check. Emergency package of Ghiradelli hot chocolate mix? Check.

    What a deal. But a lot — a LOT — of people who are whining about this being a direct result of climate change just haven’t been around Texas long enough to know this used to be what passed for a normal winter. I’ve been thinking back, and remember a good number of them: bumping down a flight of ice-covered steps in Victoria in the late 70s. Ice skating on a patio when the pipes burst in ’83, during that historic freeze. Getting iced into the boat I was living on in ’92. And so on and so on.

    Actually, this is kind of fun. Every now and then I thaw out the bird bath and think about the goldenrod I saw blooming on Sunday. A bit precocious, that one.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 16 2018 12:38 pm

      We’ve just had quite the snowy blizzard on our dog walk! One little girl down the block is out as usual on her bike riding up and down thrilled with it all (It seems warmer with the snow than the earlier sleet walk. I was up early to get Molly out just before the front really settled in.
      As you say, this is pretty normal for Jan- mid Feb. The last few winters were so mild ( and a bit annoying to me. We need some cold yearly to kill annoying bugs. Just wrap the darn plants or don’t bother with tropicals…Sweated terribly getting it all done, but felt pretty smug during our late afternoon dog walk watching the late wrappers fight the wind and dropping temps. We are waiting notes from the HOA about the Christmas lights in the flower beds – which seem to be really helping the plant comfort level…but we have a couple of nosy reporting people on the block
      Had to laugh about the cold memories – we did shiver on the icy covered boat with that tiny heater a couple of time – good sleeping bags are a must! While not being real happy about it at the time during childhood when we woke up to wind blowing through the cracks in the outside walls and icicles inside, perhaps it was good to learn how to liver in bad weather…and with cast iron stoves to cook on as well as to warm up with. Smart enough not to buy a house with an electric stove or without a fireplace now. Just in case the power goes off in hurricane or winter.
      Good to appreciate all things. (And back to 70’s shortly….almost beach weather.)
      Thanks for adding an icy comment

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  2. pensitivity101 / Jan 16 2018 12:18 pm

    Hope RC Cat’s tummy is sorting itself out now.
    Weather here is changeable to say the least!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 16 2018 12:40 pm

      RC has always been delicate – good she chose us to adopt, we adapt. She’s better and snoozing on a heated bed now.Dreaming of the return of her sunny spot, no doubt. Thanks for bedding down a comment here.

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Jan 16 2018 12:24 pm

    Poor RC. I still have old (cat) Jake’s pee towels. He preferred towels to carpets unless they weren’t available. I made sure they were always available! Much easier to clean. Hope yogurt works. I can never get my cats to eat it. Hope your palms like the snow cap. Much cozier.


  4. Curt Mekemson / Jan 16 2018 4:07 pm

    Big storm promised here, but so far nothing. Daffodils are beginning to poke up. Misbehaving Apples, no news there. Peggy finds something else to do when I have my discussions with the MacBook Pro and the i-Phone.
    Sorry about the kitty. –Curt


  5. Amy / Jan 16 2018 5:33 pm

    Poor RC. We all hope his gut settles down. Maybe a bite or two of an apple?


  6. Ally Bean / Jan 17 2018 5:34 am

    “Odd as I though Apples enjoyed cold weather.” Great line! I have an even more ancient Apple iPhone than you do. So far it’s still working despite weather conditions, but it’s always been more of a doddering fool than a youthful go-getter. These phones… it’s always something, ain’t it?


  7. LordBeariOfBow / Jan 17 2018 6:15 pm

    I’m confused about poor RC 🐱 intestinal issues, is it really a smell or was it a typo, and if a typo can you blame Big A for that too?
    Since when do Apples go on the blink? Have you checked for an infestation of fruit fly, It’s a problem here with apples and pears and peaches 🙂 😛


  8. Jay E. / Jan 18 2018 6:53 am

    Today we’re on our fifth snow day since January 4, and we rarely get one a year!

    Here’s hoping RC continues to improve, and that your electronic will work. The blackberry incident reminded me of an old Dilbert strip (I think) where either Dilbert or Wally threw away a pen to ensure the rest worked properly.

    Here’s to a good winter!


  9. Littlesundog / Jan 18 2018 7:49 am

    I’m a bit jealous… how is it y’all have had more snow and moisture than we have had all winter? I enjoy the weather extremes, except maybe that I’ve had to venture out in it a little more often than I’d planned on this year. Today is our last day of bitter cold. Temps start climbing tomorrow and for the next week the average will be in the 50’s.

    My iPhone 5S has been giving me loads of trouble for a year now. I take it as a gift. It allows me to be more reclusive than ever! So long as I can call out in an emergency, I don’t miss the rest.

    I love the roar of those gas-guzzling engines of the past. Who wouldn’t love having those kinds of driving skillI’s in that movie trailer? I’d love to have McQueen’s stone-face coolness (when dealing with toxic people). Ah well, back to reality, running with deer and scampering about in the woodlands (only on warm days of course!). Keep warm and toasty and good luck with the tummy bug. It’s so hard to know what our furry friends need sometimes.


  10. aFrankAngle / Jan 19 2018 6:11 am

    So the cold spell has even reached your area. Wow … impressive work by Mother Nature … but NO FUN! Meanwhile, hope RC is feeling better.


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