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October 3, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Stacked and loaded

Crowd of Halloween or fall Scarecrows waiting to be adopted from Home Depot. (© Image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

Oh, the broad smiles and clean clothes must mean the seasonal orphans managed to secure better transportation during their journey. Maybe paid their human traffickers more? (© Image)

Don’t delay. They’ll stand up for you!

Wait too long and you’ll get the one that’s suffered. The damaged. The last straw.

Long periods on display takes a toll on anyone.

A disturbing picture to RC Cat, an advocate for humane treatment for Fall’s annual flow of migrant orphans.

While this public corral seems so, well, humiliating and spirit crushing, adoption sites have worked well for homeless puppies and kittens.

It is still unclear on what causes the poor children to flee their homelands each October only to disappear from shelter here quickly after Thanksgiving. The little tattered ones could be overcome by homesickness, feel their parents have learned their lessons (what ever those were), or they simply want to be home for Christmas.

Each year temporary foster homes are cultivated in the neighborhood. The lucky immigrant orphans are brought home to houses with big porches, wide roof overhangs, or doors leading to broad picture windows where they can peek outside. “Flower beds are lovely spots, but not designed well for children’s camp outs,” RC Cat feels.

Review HRH’s previous concerns and charitable efforts on behalf of orphans here (“Children Fleeing Chick-among-us”), here (“Imminent threats”), here (“Last straw: save the children”), or the unfortunate waifs here (“The Waiting Time”).

Obviously, RC Cat is a social justice warrior.

German shepherds 3 at the gate (© Image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

German shepherds 3 at their gate: it’s working! Who needs Halloween decorations when you have Ella, Rocky, and Scooby? Last year The German and Ella escorted Trick or Treaters as Game of Thrones winged dragons. This trio is mulling over costumes: Hounds of the Baskervilles? Cerberus? We haven’t broken it to them that they may be more like Elvis in Jailhouse Rock video. (© Image)

The appearance of Autumn migrant orphans signifies the beginning of the holiday races:

  •   27 days until Halloween (Current countdown in your time zone to the second: here. There’s an app for that.)
  •   49 days until Thanksgiving (Gobble countdown here)
  •   79 days until winter (Husky approved countdown here for winter solstice.)
  •   82 days until Christmas (Santa counts the number of sleeps)
  •   89 days until New Year’s and 2019 (The party starts here)

Feeling stressed? HA! Here’s the last straw: done with holiday shopping.

Yes, the constant deluges of rain and refusal to watch stupidity on tv has benefits. Actually, having the search and destroy budget mission done before Halloween is something of a tradition here.

  • The result of being indoctrinated with the “thought that counts, not the price tag” concept. Mom always said presents should be something the person wants but would never buy for themselves – a little personal “luxury”. You had to listen all year long for little hints of what they would like, collect/purchase items as you found them, and then surprise the person at Christmas. So much more personal gifting as it showed you were paying attention to them all year long. And of course, multiple adults said “if you really liked a person, you’d find the perfect book for them.” We had lots of bookcases.
  • Avoids the “I’ll take anything at any price” holiday frenzy.
  • Leaves time to walk the beach and rejoice over the lack of seasonal music. Not to mention avoiding the crowd’s cold/flu donors.
  • Anyway Christmas Day is more enjoyable if the bills aren’t lurking in the other room.

So Ho-ho-ho and early merry on.

Sleigh on hand.

No scary stick in the mud staff needed – although if you find one that could spin straw into gold, that would be priceless.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Large oak tree with blue sky. (© Image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Yes, the days are getting shorter. If you look really hard, you can locate the spotlight in the tree that lights our way during early or late dog walks under the oaks in the winter. (© Image)



  1. shoreacres / Oct 3 2018 6:59 am

    I notice you don’t have a count-down until the first cold front. I’m not sure what to make of that but it’s as distressing as the orphans. “They” are saying another 8-10 days? We may be trick-or-treating in our bikinis (if we dared wear those, of course).

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 3 2018 3:41 pm

      As you know, without a calendar telling us it’s winter, we might not know. (Possibly Oct 14-15 is prediction now…not holding my breath) Each year as kids we gazed with envy at the long sleeved (cheap fake fabric) costumes knowing from experience there wasn’t any way….one year I had a full face mask and the sweat kept making it slid down where I couldn’t see…half masks or make-up were the norm…worked well for hobos, pirates, clowns, and princesses which were the usual kid costumes back then…now the costumes are better than many of our high school/college drama performances!
      Thanks for stacking in a comment

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Oct 3 2018 7:12 am

    Just yesterday I brought home one of those orphans for my mantel! Hoping Morgan the cat won’t decide to sleep with it. That never goes well. Straw and all that. Too tempting. As for countdowns, as folks celebrate New Years Eve I am going “holy crap it’s tax season!” Argh! Although being retired has some benefits. It’s simpler now. Love the picture of the 3 GS. Can’s wait until you “host” them. RC can always stay here. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 3 2018 3:50 pm

      I have a feeling if we brought home a hay ward, RC cat would first complain we got snookered buy the cat grass place and were sold old stock…then as she took a closer look, she’d walk up and inform the standing straw creature “You are subject to the Fishy-Stink timeline…maybe you hear your mother calling? Yes?”
      You always get into high gear with New Years follies. (We’re gathering stuff up to add up as we speak).
      Any hope for deductions for drowned plants? This has been a good season for large footed dogs to be running elsewhere. Gads. the mud…
      Thanks for counting with a comment

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  3. Anne Mehrling / Oct 3 2018 8:41 am

    You can tell RC cat that we’ve never had seasonal orphans at our house, only pumpkins and gourds. I guess we never go to the rescue places at the right time.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 3 2018 3:55 pm

      RC approved decorations….they don’t block views from the windows and aren’t mistaken for ghouls at night! (Just a warning, RC is considering coordinating efforts with season orphan adoption agencies to perhaps transport surplus waifs to areas where there are none – like the animal shelters do. We’ve told her the small ones might find retuning to their home fields if moved too far ….(We shall hide your email to keep her from telling the orphans you have a vacancy…)
      Thanks for spicing up the comment windows!


      • Anne Mehrling / Oct 3 2018 5:51 pm

        Thank you for hiding my message about having a vacancy for a seasonal orphan. I can see it now — a truckload unloaded onto our porch while we were out shopping. *shudder*

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  4. ShimonZ / Oct 3 2018 9:14 am

    Living in another land… where even Halloween is unheard of, let alone uncelebrated, I can only guess at what might be happening. So I’ll put my faith in RC Cat… However his royal highness chooses goes for me too (or is ‘me too’ taken as well?)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 3 2018 4:58 pm

      Once there was a land where only the children dressed in whatever costume their mom co old create and would run from door to door yelling “Trick or Treat!” Sixth graders dreaded attaining that level as adults would say “you’re too old – hand out the candy instead”.
      Then Hallmark , costume companies, and the decor stores realized adults could be lured into elaborate parties. An adult take-over. (Of course the meanness of people didn’t; help with razor blades in the candy and poison in the treats…)
      A lovely childish holiday lost. Orange construction paper pumpkins made in school in the windows was much better.
      Bigger is not always better…RC Cat smugness points at the sizes of the dog compared to her…
      Thanks for tossing a comment into the harvest basket

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  5. The Hook / Oct 3 2018 11:47 am

    The title alone was worth the price of admission.
    Well done, R.C!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 3 2018 4:49 pm

      “Titled ones are always worth taking note of.” (from the Wisdom of RC Cat)
      Thanks for staking up a comment here (Geesch, how could your kid possibly be that old now? She must make you proud!)


  6. Xena and Lucy / Oct 3 2018 2:02 pm

    We have one of those orphans who, like the novel, lives in the attic most of the year. He is currently guarding the inside of the front door.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 3 2018 4:36 pm

      See, the little ones try so hard – to appear helpful and cheerful. No doubt yours is grateful even if it’s an attic room – cozy, secure and much better than the adoption pens each year. Thanks for taking a straw vote to help!

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  7. sustainabilitea / Oct 3 2018 7:25 pm

    I’m a Halloween grinch…wouldn’t care if it weren’t there. Don’t hate me. 🙂 I wouldn’t mind so much if I could make treats to hand out and…well, I’m just the Halloween grinch.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 4 2018 6:45 am

      Sigh. Gone are the days when people made caramel apples on a stick and popcorn balls to hand out. One guy even had dry ice fog and a haunted porch. All the kids knew where the “cool” houses were, where they only handed out healthy snacks, and those who gave out pennies (for UNICF?)
      Halloween has been hijacked. Now a big money maker for retail and parties for grownups ( Guess they never wanted to give it up and grow up…but dang those costumes and front yard decorations are costly!) Fun has left the holiday?
      We’ll enjoy the tiny tots toddling with new parents beaming behind them right at dusk. But after that, the thrill is gone.
      Thanks for adding a spooky comment

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      • sustainabilitea / Oct 4 2018 7:21 am

        We love the part with the cute kids in costumes, too. Other than that, not so much.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 4 2018 7:54 am

          The most terrifying part: left over candy. Always hard to predict, but we’ve found the local kids come early and the big mobs of taller kids are the ones traveling from neighborhood to neighborhood in cars. We’re not Target. HAHA


          • sustainabilitea / Oct 4 2018 8:36 am

            I try to only buy candy we’d like to eat if it’s left over, although maybe the opposite would be better. Then I stash it away, bringing it out a bit at a time. 🙂

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 4 2018 9:04 am

            As kids that was the only candy we usually got as mom was a serious healthy diet person(for hers’ and brother’s allergies) “Empty calories” “Bad nutrition” (actually just not wanting to spend the grocery budget on sweets that mean cavities!) We used to have Giant jars of candy for months – all but one per child put up out of reach. Halloween candy was the first barter and trade lesson. HAHA
            We’ve done that the past couple of years, but last year had waaaay too much left over…meaning much more time over next few months on the treadmill HAHA

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  8. The Coastal Crone / Oct 4 2018 4:12 pm

    Loved the photo with a hint of Elvis! I am doing more checks this year and less wrapped packages – adult children/grandchild seem to appreciate that. We have few children in the neighborhood so I don’t decorate or buy candy. I sort of miss seeing them though.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 4 2018 7:54 pm

      We did that – now the kids are having kids, so a few little things like an ornament each year …and a book HAHA!
      This neighborhood is also cycling back: the original kids are gone, but new you families are moving in. We enjoy seeing kids on bikes again..Ok we’ll buy a candy bar or wrapping paper for band/boy scouts….
      Thanks for adding a treat of a comment


  9. LordBeariOfBow / Oct 9 2018 10:13 pm

    85 days here is the start of the Easter celebrations, for all our supermarkets start pushing out the hot cross buns. Think I’ll go to sleep for the next couple of months


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 10 2018 11:00 am

      I think that’s one reason why I like to get gifts early – so I can escape and avoid the wild eyed holiday frenzy. With everyone cramming the stores, the hiking trails, parks and beaches are wide open. Much more fun that way. Cheers for snoozing!

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      • LordBeariOfBow / Oct 10 2018 3:31 pm

        I haven’t enjoyed Christmas for many years, I detest the commercialism that has taken over; same goes for Easter. and being an atheist it’s really just day or 2 for me, except for the children, I cannot will not spoil their innocence


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