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November 26, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Travel light

If it’s true the early bird gets the worm, I’m, sleeping in.

Who wants worms anyway?

Dogs do not recommend them.

While worm farms have been just ducky for starting fortunes, can’t get hooked up with them. They have been known to string along hopes of catching something big…eventually…if you’ve got the patience and time.

Sunset Thanksgiving Day. (© image, all rights reserved, copyrighted, No permissions granted)

Timeless sunset. Thanksgiving Day. (© image)

Time is such a flirt. Just when you think you’ve got it nailed down, it shifts gears and coyly slides words by.

An analogy:

Print Is to Cursive as print is to cursing.

True or not these days?

Oh, I know. Supposed to be light reading.

Will lite in the winsome work?

sunset. Nature's holiday lights. (© image. Copyrighted, no permissions granted, All rights reserved)

She can’t resist upstaging my best efforts. Elegant and energy-efficient: now those are holiday lights. (© image)

How many offices Monday will be getting the “Sorry, boss. The blizzard’s got us slow bound. Aw, darn…”?

“No, that’s not a ski lift in the background…”

Here in the semi-tropics, it doesn’t seem right to be swatting mosquitoes while hanging Christmas lights. The southern tail end of the big cold front is blowing in now. It will actually feel winter icy for a couple of days…long enough to get the short sleeve shirts and shorts washed for later in the week.

Watch out for Einstein–Rosen bridges as we dash away, dash away all.

They say wormholes are traversable, but you never know.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

A big shout out for Cowboy 911 ( Facebook page) who continues supporting human and animal survivors of the California fires.

Those who fled the California fires have lost everything – even the schools need help. It will be years before they see the light at the end of their tunnels.

While having compassion towards those yelling demands at our borders, remember charity starts at home according to many: Roman proverb, John Wycliffe 1383,  Bible(King James version: Timothy 5:8) 1611, Sir Thomas Browne, 1642, Charles Dickens, 1844… 


  1. shoreacres / Nov 26 2018 6:51 am

    How happy am I that I decided not to travel to Kansas City for the weekend? Plenty happy. Even if I missed getting snowbound by a blizzard, I only could have missed it by leaving town the day after Thanksgiving, and what fun is that?

    As for mosquitoes, you should have been at the refuge on Saturday. Actually, I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. It’s the first time in my life I’ve experienced such thick swarms that they were getting in my nose and mouth. Yuck! Let that wind blow!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 26 2018 7:49 am

      Kansas always reminds me of Oz, cattle drives, and blizzards. But they may not have mosquitoes! Gads, we do need those north winds to blow them outta here. Looks like the big duck flock that was having splash parties all last week left yesterday – guess they hitched a sky ride…Uber for ducks? Lovely today, but tie on that hat and bundle up. Thanks for wiggling by with a comment

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  2. easyweimaraner / Nov 26 2018 7:04 am

    I grinned at the ski lift &blizzard excuse… ;O))) it happened to me too as I called my boss from octoberfest (epic fail) … I hope there are more people who try to lower the problems of the peeps&pets and the wildlife in the fire area…. I’ve read about a german celebrity who howled about the trophies and the art pieces he lost in the fire… so what? some people lost everything they owned even their life and they get no 100k for a 45 minute show in tv… ;O((((

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 26 2018 8:00 am

      Better to stay at the resort than risk being stuck in traffic on the road if the Eisenhower Tunnel is closed….even people on the big shuttle buses to Denver learn to limit the beer intake as it’s really cold outside, no trees along the road to duck behind if bladder has reached the limit – HAHA.
      People have the oddest perspectives – all reflection of what they have seen in their lives..narrow as it may be sometimes. It does look like a war zone…some of us are old enough to have actually seen that/those real images from Europe. Seems to be no limit to the number of self centered, know it all, spoiled celebrities, these days.
      Paws up for the real life heroes. Thanks for digging in with a comment

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Nov 26 2018 7:52 am

    I have been watching the organizations that help the animals in California. Hoping enough of the wildlife survived although I don’t know if there is food for them. It’s just sad. Our weather has been equally bizarre although none of it resulted in loss. It just gives us something to whine about. I’m very grateful.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 26 2018 8:15 am

      Deer and hooved animals will find the rescued cattle/jhorses and share the hay, but all the birds, and smaller ones – it’s brutal and tragic. With snow coming and burned forests, at one time the forest service would drop hay/grain into national owned lands, but not sure they do that anymore – “it’s not letting natural and interferes with nature…”
      Takes so long to recover from storms or fires. People won’t remember the needs stillest exist, and are already off to fret over the next and most recent trouble. Shortly it really is “save yourself” for communities. Santa, please, their lists come first this year?
      I even feel bad getting irritated at the annual snowfall of dog hair in the house. Humans are so foolish – it take terrible events to remind us to be grateful.
      Thanks for boxing up a comment to leave
      (Did you know the CEO of Zappos started out with a worm farm? Seriously – he said quite character building)

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      • Kate Crimmins / Nov 26 2018 9:24 am

        So true. We barely remember all the hurricane survivors.


  4. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Nov 26 2018 8:45 am

    While i will rescue the occasional earthworm on a sidewalk, a worm farm?? Nope. Today, though, would happily tend worms and swat mosquitoes versus shoveling all this heavvvvvvy wet snow. Winds still blowing, but only the top inches are moving. So far here north of KC (MO side) still have power & still expected at work. Gotta get back out there & try to get the rest opened up. Think i hear a snowplow… so the end of the drive will have a mountain to move when i get that far! Love those holiday lights 🙂

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  5. Xena and Lucy / Nov 26 2018 11:45 am

    Actually, Xena thinks that the worms on the road (as we take a walk down our road) that appear after a good rain are treats left just for her. Well, she IS on a raw diet…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 26 2018 12:45 pm

      HAHA. Xena, Molly Malamute isn’t so fair to wait – she digs them out of the lawn and flowerbeds. “Protein is protein and it’s not processed,” she says.”Foraging is good to hone skills just in case…” Yes the backyard gets to be something of a mess at times.Paws up for smart pups! Thanks for trotting by

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      • Xena and Lucy / Nov 26 2018 1:33 pm

        Oh my, at least Xena is digging for worms!


  6. colonialist / Nov 26 2018 11:51 am

    The early worm comes short.
    We are also in that shorts-to-sweaters time of the year.
    Light is slow stuff, actually, by comparison with thought. I can think of a billion or more light years in one second flat!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 26 2018 12:41 pm

      one second flat – only if thought deflated or the violinist next to one has lost hope and interest? Won in a billion, the worm that lives to wiggle another day. Thanks for tunneling in to leave a comment

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  7. sustainabilitea / Nov 26 2018 2:30 pm

    Yes, I’ll pass on the worms as well. Maybe early birds in Illinois don’t get them, as I’m often out quite early and so far am worm-free. 🙂 Had a lovey 2 1/2 hours hiking through the snow in the park this morning and just enjoying the incredible beauty of it all.


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 26 2018 4:18 pm

      Do worms need special soil and climates or are varieties wide spread everywhere? Hmmm. Must look into that..opening a whole can of worms with this one.
      Snow hike sounds delightful – Molly was bouncing with bright sun and low 50’sF this morning thrilled. We really need to take her to snow so she can enjoy her heritage footing. Snow early without tourists and noise must be a real treat. Sigh. Maybe someday…working on that. Thanks for winding around this way


  8. Curt Mekemson / Nov 26 2018 3:47 pm

    Fire has sadly become a way of life in the west, Phil, thanks to draught brought on by global warming. Last year Peggy and I had to evacuate as fire roared down to about a quarter of a mile from out home. And this year I spent a lot of time dodging fire and smoke as I hiked down the PCT. I was almost caught down near Sonora Pass. It can be positive in the long run for wildlife, since new growth provides more food. -Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 26 2018 4:14 pm

      Not the best air for hiking.
      We grew timber. Fire, winds, pine beetle were feared – although that was a loooong time ago…when people accepted climate change just happens.
      Fire is very scary in forested, prairie, or rural areas. As with Yellowstone, the land recovers and the wild flowers will bloom madly in the spring. Some seed pods need fire to mature and open. We are left wondering why – how to stop it – and if we should.
      Been enjoying your travels! Thanks for stopping by here


  9. aFrankAngle / Nov 26 2018 8:01 pm

    Love the thought of time as a flirt. Extra cheers to people like Cowboy 911!!!!


  10. LordBeariOfBow / Nov 30 2018 8:08 pm

    Catching something big? Well have a look at this,

    Being in Texas where things are BIG you’d porobably be envious of these Australian worms

    Cursive will soon be a lost art methinks, my daughter would not let me teach Ruby, my granddaughter, and after that poppy may; how to do ”Running writing”.

    All my mob get me to fill in any forms, whatever,that actually requires actually writing,with the ”your writing is much better than mine” excuse, todamned lazy to do it properly gets me mad! 👿


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