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October 17, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Shaking at the switch

Wall heater made by 3-D printer (© Image. All rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted

Cold? Warm up to this. Dutch designer Joris Laarman calls his Heatwave Radiator an “artistic looking object that’s primarily concerned with functionality.” The more exposed surfaces, the more heat is given off. The control wheel is at far right. Efficient, practical and beautiful.(© Image)

Backwards world. Instead of sheltering dry beneath the thick oak branches, it was raining only in there. The dog was quite judgmental about being dragged under the canopy only to get really soaked.

It’s the north winds. Shaking off the drips.

Or the trees themselves tired of having their foundations stomped on, watered by questionable liquids, and basically wishing humans would stop using them as lumber and as temporary shelter from sun and rain. Seriously, it’s bound to get tiresome for them. Soon they may go out on a limb and have a hashtag to raise awareness.

It’s the north winds.

Blowing those easy, warm thoughts back out to sea. (Wonder if they catch rides on the wings of monarchs or drop into the waters to become pearls to be discovered later – you know, those pearls of wisdom people talk about.)

three women in big hair styles 1966 (USPD/GAC publicity photo of the Ronnettes/

Multifunctional hair: glamorous and doubles as a neck warmer or shawl. Ronnettes‘ 1965 Shindig appearance. Cool. (USPD/

The cat has made it clear her heated fleece bed on the window seat is to be plugged in.

The dog so energized, it’s important to wear shoes simulating sticky race track tires in order to have traction and braking power.

Fewer tourists and people out roaming around creates some difficulty. No crowds providing cover. Bloggers come really close to being stalkers…if birds, waterfalls, and plants could talk, we’d be in trouble.

Ah, the Season of the Switch. Finally.

Chill down touch down.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Woman dressed as Queen of Sheba standing with uplifted arms (1921.Fox Film Corp./USPD. artist life,

Hallelujah! Fall has actually arrived! Is it just me, or does it look like the Queen of Sheba here has Crocs on? (USPD/






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  1. Kate Crimmins / Oct 17 2018 7:12 am

    Hope you get a run of 70s. We went from humid mid80s to non-humid 50s. My body is still adjusting as it cries out for fleece. I was again disappointed with Mother Nature. She’s been a beast this year. I love the weeks we get of pleasant 70 something weather. Sigh. Not this year. At least we didn’t get any hurricanes or torrential rains. Yes RC, it’s time to plug it all in!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 17 2018 8:24 am

      Same here – below normal now with low 60’s and fog with drizzle…we may get sun Tues they say. Between the fronts from the north and left over hurricane still moving across from west coast of MX, it’s damp and soggy…not my favorite kinda fall…still the darn trees shaking off while we are under them seems additional cruelty. Poor central TX – 18 counties flood disaster area. Homes at ceilings of first floors of many houses (Guess we can scratch some of those beautiful lake and river areas off the relocation list) – and it’s still raining. Lake Travis/Austin area was at 119% capacity last night…and it’s still raining. All those lakes will have to release water shortly – and it all comes this way.
      Yep get out the fleece and light the fireplace…and fight the cat for the front row seat HAHA. Stay warm and go out and dance if the sun appears Gads. Thanks for braving the comment elements

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  2. easyweimaraner / Oct 17 2018 7:25 am

    we still wait for real fall weather… but at least the fog is there… the rain and the cold tempy will follow… or not according to the german witch… ;O)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 17 2018 8:27 am

      We went from 90F one day to 60F the next..with rain/drizzle and fog. Sometimes I wonder if Mother Nature isn’t giving humans a hint that it’s time to move on…like to another planet …go play outside – she appears to be washing and cleaning up this one. Paw wave through the fog!

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  3. aFrankAngle / Oct 17 2018 7:48 am

    I can’t get past that hair!

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  4. Cynthia Reyes / Oct 17 2018 8:57 am

    That’s a radiator? Wow.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 17 2018 9:09 am

      A heated design element to proudly display rather than cover up? You can buy one – click the link. Nice that functional, practical doesn’t have to mean ugly and awkward. With 3-D printing maybe the average consumer can warm up to cool being hot. Thanks for turning up a comment

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  5. Anne Mehrling / Oct 17 2018 9:05 am

    Yes! Crocs!!!

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  6. Ally Bean / Oct 17 2018 10:15 am

    Thinking about extreme weather changes makes me as tired as living through extreme weather changes. Which we had last Friday, the temps falling from upper 80s to upper 40s. I still haven’t adjusted.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 17 2018 10:40 am

      “We’ll all going to get sick.” That’s what mom would say about these huge temperature swings. We’ve been stuck inside all summer due to heat – it would be nice to have a little mild weather to frolic in before it gets dreary and cold.
      You can watch just so much of “Beach bargain home search”, Log cabins, and International home search….cheaper than actual travel, but it’s screen life! Too early to hibernate for winter. We should start a petition. Thanks for snugging in a comment here

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  7. Xena and Lucy / Oct 17 2018 12:27 pm

    Definitely crocs, perhaps made from crocs? And great gams. And what is she doing, replacing a light fixture?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 17 2018 3:38 pm

      Looking at the scale of things, you may be right about the source.
      I may have to locate that film to find out…probably “making the place her own”?
      Thanks for shoo-ing a comment this way

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  8. LordBeariOfBow / Oct 26 2018 3:04 am

    Does your summer end really that quickly and the cold hit, or just appears that way to we Antipodeans?
    We hardly notice the difference in our seasons here, although I suppose down south in Victoria and Tasmania they would..

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 26 2018 9:11 am

      Sometimes we have a little fall and gradual cooling, but usually one day it’s 98F and then a strong cold front actually manages to storm in and push back the gulf winds – and we get a 30+F degree drop in a few hours. It’ll warm up again in a few day, but the weather will stay mild for a day or two until the next one comes and and winter actually stays around. We don’t really have fall leaves. The oaks hang on to their leaves until new ones come out in the spring. People do plant crepe myrtles, or tallow (the are trying to get people to stop with those invasive trees – spread everywhere rapidly) and a few plants that will turn red and fall colors, but the native ones are happy being green.
      Thanks for kicking the comment leaf pile!

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  9. cat9984 / Oct 29 2018 12:38 pm

    It’s funny how dogs get more energetic when it cools down and cats head for the electric blankets. My brother had a lab/shepherd who went nuts in the snow.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 29 2018 4:30 pm

      HAdn’t thought of it, but you’re right about the opposites. (Although both love a sunny spot …and not sharing) Thanks for adding a romping comment

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