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April 11, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Pets, petting, petty, pretty

  • National Pet Day. Fur, sure. But be careful who you choose to pet considering the Metoo movement. Showing of teeth is not always a true message.

“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” (Marilyn Monroe) 

  • Cold Spring weather has put a damper on hunting this year. While the Desired sported the traditional Easter camo – dresses fluttering with wild floral explosions – the search for arm trophy has been hindered by heavy coats and goloshes coverups. Frustrating. Once the weather becomes more seasonable, the luring attire will reignite the catch-hoping-not-to-release love chase.

“Flirting is a woman’s trade. One must keep in practice” (Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre)

  • Only do as I say, ’cause I do stupid. You’ve probably heard about the West University incident with the young teens just trying to buy cookies for the church group and the educated, well-heeled adult/city council woman who didn’t like one of the girl’s shirts. Forget the politics. Surely she has warned her own school age kids about stranger danger – not to mention intimidating younger kids and bullying. And that strangers shouldn’t be taking pictures children they don’t know and their clothing. She should have quietly gone to each family and said, “Sorry, I was drunk/ acting stupid to show off for my friends present and on social media. I was wrong to act like that. I will use this as a learning experience and strive to represent all in my elected position.” But the councilwoman delayed, issued a snippy not-really-an-apology through her lawyer to the media, and sent some pretty ugly texts to one father (which he says he will not release out of consideration for all.) FYI, the news media are the ones that are driving this story – all involved wanted to avoid publicity…for good reason. Now both sides are getting death threats. Seriously? And we wonder where kids get the idea intimidation and violence is the answer.

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid” (Benjamin Franklin)

  • Loved to death. People are all in for accepting and addressing different learning styles and environments that work for some and not others. The Wildflower union wants to remind people that they are all about growth, too. While cold wet weather is not the best for the human species who foolishly shed fur and feather, wildflowers thrive during such winters. So turn about, fair play. To make nice, the plants are putting on a show – and it’s free. They know how much the fairer sex adores matching scenery when wearing their Easter and Spring camo. Hide and seek is such fun. All the soft petalled ones ask is to watch those darn heavy feet, inattentive paws, and smushing sitting parts when taking pictures. There just so much close contact delicate flowers can take.

“Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.”
“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” (Wallace Stevens)

Soft pedaling outta here as sun and April weather have returned for the day

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Bluebonnet witless protection plan. Pearland, TX (ABC 13 screenshot)

Bluebonnet witless protection plan. A family farm in Pearland, TX (ABC 13 screenshot)


  1. ShimonZ / Apr 11 2018 10:08 am

    Thanks to the Wildflower union for their timely reminder, though they’d best not come crying to us if they’re groped or torn right off the plants they’ve grown on… though what toched me most was your warning ’bout pets. Is there a national solitude day?


  2. Amy / Apr 11 2018 10:41 am

    No, I had not heard about the West University incident. That’s probably a good thing. Not hearing, I mean.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 11 2018 11:08 am

      Yes. Totally nuts. Better to go outside and play with pups – they know how to play well with others.
      Thanks for pawsing to chat

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  3. Carrie Rubin / Apr 11 2018 11:00 am

    I hadn’t heard about the West University incident. Not sure I should read more about it. So much negative news already. But I’m happy it’s National Pet Day. Even without having one (hubs is too allergic), I know how precious they are.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 11 2018 11:26 am

      Oh, good – maybe it’s now buried under all the other annoying stories.
      Better pet story is the orphan lamb in a sweater in Maine. Here’s the video if you haven’t seen Nugget already:
      Now that’s nothing to sneeze at!
      (OH, can’t stop raving – in a good way – about your newest book. Hollywood should definitely be calling. Characters so real I can point them out in the med center here.Really really good.)
      Thanks for hoofing it over to chat

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      • Carrie Rubin / Apr 11 2018 11:38 am

        That’s so nice to hear, thank you so much! I’m thrilled you’re enjoying it. I appreciate your kind words.

        Thanks for the link. I’m currently in a conference, but I look forward to watching it later.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 11 2018 12:33 pm

          Maybe it’s because there’s a large Haitian community here and we hear those speech pattern, but your dialogue’s word choice and pacing is perfect – I could just hear those lines out loud. Not to mention the frenzied world of residents, attendings, and all the rivalries/attitudes. Research and experiences paid off big time. Enjoy the conference


          • Carrie Rubin / Apr 11 2018 12:51 pm

            Thank you. Knowing French helped too. Plus I made sure to have someone who travels frequently to Haiti read it. I wanted to make sure I was being sensitive to the culture. We need more diversity in books, but we can also take heat for it if we don’t do it well, so I wanted someone familiar with the culture to read an early copy.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 11 2018 1:39 pm

            I consider this a novel telling a good story – it’s too well done to just be a a book with diversity. It all seem perfectly natural and normal – comfortable real life with well fleshed out to seem real people – not written to display diversity with one of these characters and one of those so we can sell a book…
            Ya did good, kid. Real good.


          • Carrie Rubin / Apr 11 2018 2:24 pm

            Thanks so much. Reflecting real life in an unusual situation is always my goal with my stories, so it’s nice to hear. 😊


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 11 2018 3:32 pm

            It all starts with a good story.
            (Lamb! Peaceful and oh, that little happy face at the end )

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      • Carrie Rubin / Apr 11 2018 2:53 pm

        Just watched Nugget the lamb. Too cute!


  4. Pied Type / Apr 11 2018 1:38 pm

    Nugget the lamb is adorable! And I love the Ben Franklin quote. Too many people are working their fingers to the bone these days …


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 11 2018 3:45 pm

      “We are poor little lambs who’ve lost our way…baaa, baaa, baaa” as Bing Crosby sang. Ewe know better.
      Thanks for joining the herd here


  5. Kate Crimmins / Apr 11 2018 1:58 pm

    I much prefer the Animal channel these days. A lot less anger and meanness although there is the occasional but well meant nip.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 11 2018 3:37 pm

      They don’t nip without good reason! (unlike mosquitoes and gnats…) Some of the robins and migratory birds are still hanging around here – waiting for that snow to go. Meanwhile the birds and the outdoors are much more melodic than the quacks on TV these days.
      Thanks for adding to the bouquet

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  6. Jay / Apr 11 2018 4:28 pm

    It’s good to read you again! I’m not quite sure spring had decided to commit and winter is still lurking in the shadows, but I have hopes.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 11 2018 4:33 pm

      Even the robins who normally have stopped here to rest before going on seem to be looking for local short term leases right now. Waiting for snow go!
      Thanks for cultivating a comment to plant here

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  7. Littlesundog / Apr 11 2018 7:42 pm

    This weather is ridiculous. I’m waiting to find out if we’re still heading to Nebraska for a wedding on Saturday. Now they’re predicting a blizzard with 3 to 5 inches of snow and drifting. And down here the weather looks just as ugly with spring tornado and hail threats.

    Hadn’t heard about the West University incident. Sometimes I’m thankful I miss some of the news stories. So much negativity and people acting like idiots. It’s exactly why I’m drawn to work in the woods. Nothing but a few pesky bugs to deal with, and I can smash them (only the biters) if they get on my nerves!

    I couldn’t get the lamb video to load. Sounds like a sweet story though. Bottle-fed animals always tend to be sweet and adapt readily to human mothering. When I was six I remember we had a bottle-fed lamb that we named Baa. After school we’d all rush over to the fence and we’d give Baa pieces of our already chewed gum. We’d bust out giggling, holding our stomachs from so much laughter at the continual chewing and smacking. Thankfully, he never swallowed it, and instead just let it drop. Baa never did manage well in the herd. He was always waiting at the fence for us to get out of school


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 12 2018 9:45 am

      This is time of year for unsettled and dangerous weather. Keep an eye on the sky. We’re between front right now. Take care with that drive and dress warm!
      That incident is disturbing: a grown woman shaking her fists and yelling (not what I call obscenities, but definitely crude, vulgar, and low class language) at a group of girls she didn’t even know. Wonder if she would have done the same if an adult had been present. More disturbing is how vicious the comments got from both sides – and the media hounding the parties trying to make it worse. Worse some even blamed the girl for wearing (a subdued not blaring) shirt just like blaming a rape victim’s outfit. Even more disturbing, now the adult woman is playing the victim. Geesch. Where are the grownups? You can’t even watch local news anymore.
      Missing lamb? Maybe one of these links: (Too cute to miss – reminds me of a colt born on the farm one spring. All the cousins loved him and we’d race to the fence where he stood with carrots, apples, or long grass we pulled up for him. My dad finally had to stop us as the colt started ignoring the other horses and living by the fence spot…and he said we were teaching him to nip and expect food from humans – not great for a horse destined to be a cattle horse.)
      Thanks for corralling a comment to leave.

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  8. sustainabilitea / Apr 11 2018 8:09 pm

    I haven’t heard about the West University incident. Unfortunately, what I read doesn’t even surprise me anymore, which is a horrific thing.

    Spring finally arrived today, thank goodness. I was beginning to think that it had gotten lost somewhere down south. 🙂



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 12 2018 9:30 am

      It’s the robins’ fault. They are still dawdling here. Maybe if you go to a worm farm and hold up a few to entice them? Thanks for wandering among the flowers here


  9. Ally Bean / Apr 12 2018 1:04 pm

    All of us when pushed to our limits have the potential for being nippy. Mother nature has certainly been keeping things nippy where I am. Should I start nipping at people because they’re being stupid too often, I’ll blame it on M.N. It’s all her fault, I’ll say.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 12 2018 7:40 pm

      Even the longer days from Daylight Savings time doesn’t seem to be helping! We need warm Spring weather, birds singing, and flowers wafting sweet perfumes to thaw people’s hearts and minds. Can’t happen soon enough HAHA
      Thanks for tossing a comment in this basket

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  10. LordBeariOfBow / Apr 12 2018 8:36 pm

    Well if Marylin Monroe actually said those words she risen highly in my opinion, she never really appealed to me on any level,

    The council woman incident never reached our media, luckily for us, they love that sort of ‘gossip’ from the US of A.

    And as for wildflowers, that’s the one thing I miss about living in Western Australia, here it’s known as the wild flower state and it’s a criminal offence to pick any of them, aborigines excepted. and it can mean jail time.

    It’s also the largest collection and variety of wildflowers on Earth,

    Yes indeed On Earth.

    Some idea of the thousands can be found on Getty images; I think you need to copy paste this into your browser,

    The flowers are mind boggling, but well worth the look, if you have plenty of time up your sleeve.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 15 2018 5:55 pm

      In your opinion and mine. She appears to have been a lot smarter than portrayed – dumb blonds were so trendy and Hollywood style then.
      That out of control woman is so not typical of that little community with streets named Milton, Tennyson, and other authors – with large old oak trees and lovely parks with people still walking and talking to neighbors among the remaining charming little brick bungalow built in the ’40’s amid the 3 story red brick or white stucco McMansions…a little city surrounded by the giant Houston. Close to the medical center and universities, lots of doctors, medical personnel, lawyers, and professors. So out of character – and the news media will not let it go. Whew, although it did make national news/national media outlets, few seem to notice.
      These days you have to wonder: where are the grownups?
      Luckily the flowers outshine everything right now…and the bright sunny days we get 3-4 days a week between spring storms. (Sigh. almost time to start collecting the hurricane supplies. Where does the time go?)
      Thanks for sending the flower link – gorgeous and unexpected. Appreciate your blooming remark

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  11. LordBeariOfBow / Apr 12 2018 8:37 pm

    Good news you can just click on the link, straight there in WA


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 15 2018 5:45 pm

      It’s beautiful. I think we could happily transplant ourselves there in order to visit the bloomers (more enduring than boomers HAHA!)

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      • LordBeariOfBow / Apr 15 2018 6:54 pm

        Whilst visiting the bloomers pop along and visit the giant Karri trees in the Valley of the Giants, they are the tallest flowering tree in the world they can grow to 90 metres (295′).

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 16 2018 6:58 am

          Those trees look very prehistoric. Interesting that they shed bark that helps them to grow. So tall and straight which is perfect for lumbering, hope there’s some forestry control or that they grow very fast. (Putting them on the list to go see, thanks)

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  12. RKLikesReeses / Apr 13 2018 1:17 pm

    ::sigh:: People!!! 🙄
    Spring? Enjoy!! 💐🌺💐


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 15 2018 5:59 pm

      Between the chilly grey days with very strong winds, we finally have a day or two of sun. My struggling Mediterranean palms are finally showing enough strength the overcome the grey mildew and open their leaves themselves. Whew – I’ve been having to do palm leaf cleaning and massage almost daily for a few weeks. Not going to let them fade without a fight…even if they were naughty about not keeping their winger coats buttoned up tightly during cold spells.
      RC Cat sends a sleepy paw waves to the princesses – she’s draped across her heated bed enjoying the sunny window. Take hope Princesses! While the robins still haven’t lifted off from here, spring is coming!
      Thanks for springing along

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  13. Curt Mekemson / Apr 13 2018 5:29 pm

    It’s so hard to play nice in this day and age. But a pair of doves are strolling around outside my window. I’ll assume that they reflect peace, Phil. –Curt


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 15 2018 6:12 pm

      And the dovies showed them the way …maybe if people were a little more feather-headed, sang with birdie joy, and spent more time in trees?
      (But avoid copying big farm chickens….you know how they pick on each other and get stressed when confined…once again, good diet, fresh air and outdoor environment fixes them too)
      Thanks for flying in with a comment


      • Curt Mekemson / Apr 16 2018 11:08 am

        Then there is the Flicker who insists on using the vents of our house to pound out his love for lady bird— and to warn off the competition. It’s like having a world-class drummer living in your attic. 🙂 –Curt


  14. sportsattitudes / Apr 17 2018 1:08 pm

    Follow the dominoes on this one. I see that picture of the bluebonnets…that immediately makes me think of the old Bluebonnet Bowl which used to be contested in Houston…and that makes me think of the Houston Astrodome…and THAT makes me think of all the recent articles I have read about the day they opened up the ol’ dome for a look-see before beginning renovations on it/repurposing it. It truly is a national treasure from a historical standpoint, as well as a sporting one. I never got the chance to see a game there, but can remember many, many games viewed on the tube while growing up.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 17 2018 8:15 pm

      Last week there was a big deal for a final look at the Dome before renovations. It was so space oriented with even the groundskeepers dressed like astronauts – all those costumes! The first year it was really hot during the baseball games as the sun really baked through those clear glass roof panels…we all had sunglasses.
      The outside will remain the same, but the astro turf is to be rolled up and a multiple parking garage for the Rodeo and new NFL stadium is part of the plan (I like the offer of making a huge water park with lazy river and waterfalls – or a ski slope..and resort) We’ll see what all ends up there. But it’s an icon and was the first domed stadium and should be kept somehow….but when the NFL decides Reliant Stadium is outdated, what are they going to do with that?
      Thanks for cheering the old place.

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