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January 14, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Meatless and moving

It’s Meatless Monday. It used to be on Tuesday. Sounds better than Wheatless Wednesday, or  Poultryless Thursday (both which could be considered tasteless as well as selectively discriminatory)

Honestly, trust something stirred up by the likes of Citizens Food Committee and Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection?

No, Al Gore did not invent it  – neither did Paul McCarthy. Probably by some exhausted cave mom who boulder was bare.

People. Prehisoric cave dwellers. (1918 book "Women Triumphant", artist life/

“Look. They’re your family. You invited them. It’s stone soup or nothing.” (USPD/

Oh, Happy Old New Year for those starry-eyed or old-fashioned fans of the Julian – the Julian calendar, not the Julian politician.

People gave Caesar his due from 46 B.C to around 1750 A.D. until it became obvious that things weren’t adding up – and that ditzy Spring equinox along with the leaping minuet of minutes out of step with the seasons. And it affects Easter (Do not mess with a lady’s Easter fashion or that bunny resurrecting Spring’s Easter eggs)

Astronomers – always looking to the stars and the future – made the switch Oct. 15, 1582. But some rowdy Brits weren’t so eager to change the day. Supposedly there were Calendar Riots and cries of “Give us our eleven days!”

Seriously, who’s a sensible citizen of the British Empire going to believe: a bunch of monks who never dress for occasions or an Emperor? Surprising Henry the 8th didn’t mandate a purely English calendar while he was resorting religions, too.

Giant Yellow Duck. Floatie suspended from ceiling at Boat Show. (© image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Just Duckie here…for pontoon boats, fishing boats, jet skis. Sail boats do not lower themselves for this.(© image)

If you’re hungry for more meaty information or entertainment, click on…

It’s cold but sunny here – May be the only sunny day this entire week before the Polar Vortex slashes with icy fingers.

The organic, natural time piece serves well.

Good day. Sunshine.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Those grey rainy days boring your pet?

The annual techie show has something for that..

RC Cat says, “What? I didn’t request Cat Uber. We do get tired chasing the dog, so this will be handy.”

Molly says, “Where’s the rope tail so I can swing it around like Jolly Ball? Oh, it’s bowling for dogs.”

They both snort, “Do you really want to know….?”

“And those who lack respect for pet privacy may reap what they roll at us…”



  1. Kate Crimmins / Jan 14 2019 11:34 am

    Sometimes I think it’s best not to know what my cats are doing when I’m not home. I prefer to think they are napping. However sometimes I come home and the niptini glasses are in the dishwasher.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 14 2019 2:26 pm

      Yes, napping or innocently pining away at the window by the door waiting patiently and angelically.You know they would end up taunting you via camera if they could…”Yeah, you can yell at me, but you can’t reach out and touch me – HAHAHA.” (Besides not self respecting cat will approve of delegating feather toy waving to a robot…) At least yours try to hid the evidence in the dishwasher.
      Thanks for rollin’ by with a comment

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  2. jacqueslebec / Jan 14 2019 11:35 am

    The dog must be bored, she was growling at the fog this morning, it’s been here for weeks.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 14 2019 2:27 pm

      This has not been a year of pet-worthy weather. Molly Malamute didn’t bother to jump in the lake today saying, she’s tired of being dripping and damp – even without a swim. Bark that fog outta there! Thanks for trotting a comment this way


  3. easyweimaraner / Jan 14 2019 11:36 am

    Meatless Monday… that sounds like a moanday to us ;O)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 14 2019 12:54 pm

      “A dastardly plot brought to you by those who think dogs and cats should eat carrots and peas!” swears RC Cat. “Especially the carrots.”
      Appreciate the meaty response!


  4. The Coastal Crone / Jan 14 2019 3:45 pm

    Meatless Monday…didn’t that used to be for Catholics on Friday? Beware the Polar Vortex – we must get through January but I am ready for spring. Cheers!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 15 2019 7:00 am

      You picked up on that. Apparently the move was made to Monday with the bonus being 2 days “meatless” to help the war effort as well as for health in other times.
      Sat and Sun night freezes/coldest night so far (naturally with rain before)- mulling over covering options for a couple of small palms. Stay snug and warm! Thanks for serving up a comment


  5. The Hook / Jan 14 2019 5:41 pm

    My IBS has forced me to cut back on my meat consumption, so this post was perfect for my diet.


  6. LordBeariOfBow / Jan 14 2019 9:43 pm

    Probably something our eldest daughter came up with, nearly said thought of, but then realized that since she became important she stopped doing that.
    Thinking that is.
    Meatless Monday would be something she’d like to impose on everybody then Tuesday soon after followed by Wednesday etc etc etc until we are all like her,
    If I had a duckie like that one, I’d start taking baths again instead of showers,
    Send for the plumber renovate the bathroom…………… 🙂


  7. Xena and Lucy / Jan 15 2019 6:01 am

    The pet cam solves the problem of knowing what our pets are doing while we’re away, but not the problem of a bored, under exercised dog. So now we get to sit by helplessly at work and watch them eat the couch. *sigh* Although the voice might scare them into stopping!


  8. shoreacres / Jan 15 2019 7:25 am

    Given the context, that Duckie’s a suggestion that at least one man’s meat might be another’s 38′ foot something. Would a swing of the camera to the right or left have captured someone drooling over a luscious serving of fiberglass?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 15 2019 8:30 am

      Hilariously, the Early Friday crowd looked more like the line-up waiting out front for Cleburn Cafeteria to open – HAHA – and lots of adult children “walking” very old seniors for an outing before big weekend crowd. (and space for indoor exercise with views…well, you know how grim Jan. weather can be here some years…) We were already in town and hadn’t been to the show in years due to the change in exhibits and addition of travel trailers. Gads – they are showing paddle boards and wind surfers with waist-high T-shaped handlebars. (Shiver) We do giggle over the giant duck and flamingo floats though…several of those tried to escape off shore/Galveston beach last year carrying their snoozy/boozy passengers – Coast Guard had to haul them back before they hit Cuba. A while different group of water sports.
      Thanks for floating out a comment

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  9. RKLikesReeses / Jan 21 2019 2:36 pm

    This post is a delight – it left me spinning in giddy circles! Thank you for that! I rarely eat mammal meat, less rarely chicken meat. Most often? Fish meat. Bean meat, nut meat. It’s the eyes. And the prices. But honestly, the day someone tells me YOU CAN’T EAT MEAT is the day I will eat meat. And, yeeeow, the calendar(s)! We take them for granted, time, too; but way back when? Big controversy! Love that duckie! Did you get any sun yet?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 21 2019 6:40 pm

      Life is so much like driving a car around and round on a traffic circle these days. Best to lighten up and do what works for you and ignore the frantic horn honkings/waving signals from the others.
      (We had 1 almost 2 days of sun, but the clouds are back. Molly played with friends today which will have to hold her until end of week as another front is bringing rain, cold, and maybe sleet/snow….even Molly is tired of the wet cold.
      Keep the Duckie in the pools – a couple of people have taken them to the beach and the Coast Guard had to go lasso them after they got caught in the rip tides/current and eventually would have ended up in Cuba. Not lucky ducks HAHA
      Thanks for chewing on this post! And you got it – yea!)

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