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February 11, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Thoughts R Full: KonMari time

Woman cleaning. (USPD: LoC,

Stuff been there so long it got comfy, settled in. Really awkward to dislodge it.(USPD/

Time for a mental break using the KonMari method?

You know how it is. Slivers of ideas – a collection of undeveloped blog posts you just can’t let go of so they just lounge around cluttering up the place.

Tethering them is selfish, I guess. Or foolish.

Should either spend time them – or let them hyperdrive into another cranium.

OK. A showcase – like pet adoption day. Open season on some half-baked thoughts:

Woman at messy desk. 1919 Iowa State College. (Image Father of Don O'Brien/

A view of the left brain or right brain? (Don O’Brien/

#1.  Loonie or not, the moon getting laser treatments. (As it’s “The Man in the Moon” instead of the Lady, this isn’t about hair removal.)

There’s a couple of laptop sized reflectors that were left on the moon during the “One step for Mankind” visit. Since there are no moving parts or batteries, these still function. Scientists in a New Mexico Observatory bounce laser beams off the reflectors on a regular basis. It’s all about Einstein, gravity and gravitational pull in the universe. Their measurements are very precise.

Interestingly, the moon’s orbit is moving away from Earth about 1 1/4  inches a year. So if you multiple your age by 1 1/4  you can figure out how the distance the moon has traveled away in your life time.  (Don’t worry I don’t think it’s anything you said.)

Intriguing. (Some of us are easily amused.)

shadows on the wall.(© image: all rights reserved, Copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

One of the many “bound to be useful somewhere” pictures. Who could delete that one?(© image)

#2. “Red and yellow kill a fella” used to be a warning about snakes. Who knew the meaning would writhe into a warning about fashion.

Wearing red hats or yellow vests in the wrong place is hazardous to your health.

Has anyone notified members of The Red Hat Society? You know, those who live by Jenny Joseph’s poem? (the title of that poem should be a heads up for them?).

Seeing red over what fashion said. Red, the color of fire and blood – like “The Red Badge of Courage”  oozing emotion and passion with hot, hot, hot alternating with the standard “stop”. (Yellow’s a flasher with “caution” or “yield” – no wonder when it is bipolar meaning both courage and cowardice. Tie a yellow ribbon around all that.

Micro aggressions are the new snakes in the grass in the cry of the beholder.

#3. The Bloody Valentine Experience at Creepy Hollow Haunted House.

Yep, nothing’s more romantic than chain saw murderers, serial killers, and Black roses – with thorns, of course.

After years of vampires, “Walking Dead”, slasher movies, and ennui, we’ve come to this.

The Valentine gift competition pushed by retailers has some bleeding dry in order to afford what is expected mandated by their heart of hearts.

At least the Scream Queens are still using traditional Valentine red.

Woman working in factory. (USPD: NARA, 1940's

I know with a little effort these little tidbits, could be built into something. (USPD/

Whew. Clearing that bunch out wasn’t so hard. 

Who knew professional, certified KonMari consultants would be a career path?(There are actually 6 in this state.)

My mom could have been their national trainer. But instead of Marie Kondo‘s soul-searching with holding it up and asking “Does this bring me joy?” and thanking the object, the only question we were allowed was “Does someone else need this more than me?” A little different focus.

But as long as order is restored, in either room or mind, does it matter?

Freshly cleared space. Open range for new ideas.

(Any chance you might adopt one of those ideas? I’d feel better if they went to a foster home or something. They’re all really good kids with lots of potential…)

Mindful that out of sight isn’t really out of mind

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Woman cowgirl barrel racing. 2012 (image: micadew/FLickr/

Ready for some racing thoughts. (micadew/Flickr/




  1. easyweimaraner / Feb 11 2019 6:54 am

    yes… red&yellow was a fashion warning once too like purple&red we all are dead LOL

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 11 2019 7:00 am

      HA! Mardi Gras is coming – watch out for that purple! (Lucky Queen Elizabeth II has that royal purple all around her or she might be in trouble with all those red hats she wears!) Thanks for coloring in these lines


  2. shoreacres / Feb 11 2019 7:26 am

    Marie Kondo’s working a scam on the culture. I suspect what gives her real joy, and what she’s not going to get rid of, is her bank account. I don’t begrudge her the career or the profit at all — but she’s not going to be a guide for my life. Fin.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 11 2019 7:36 am

      I just chuckle every time I see her – and she’s been around for quite a while. (Did you ever witness her performance when on first book tour. Well done, girl!) She’s feeding the desire of so many who want a script and to be in a drama on stage…even if it’s a little stage in their own home. (Besides you can brag to everyone.) I find the focus of the questions so appealing to the “Everyone’s a winner” and we “all get gold trophies for breathing”, self-focused generation. And now there’s paid consultants? (6 certified in TX) One smart cookie. Sad for sure. But good for a laugh. (some of us are easily amused.) Thanks for organizing a thought for here


    • AtticSister / Feb 11 2019 8:56 am

      Got her book for Christmas ’18 and read it. Then promptly donated her book to our library. That sparked joy for me.


  3. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Feb 11 2019 9:33 am

    Even your recyclables are worth seeing. That Rosie the Riveter type photo – we owe so much to that generation anyway; knowing the conditions of those years in aircraft assembly, wow! Granted, it does look like a scene from a Frankenstein-ish movie. (and the barrel racer? that was my cowgirl dream. Rode the pattern a few times, but my mare and i were much better suited to level pasture/trails riding)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 11 2019 10:05 am

      There’s a photo of a textile worker being saved for another day – what they were championing as “safety measures” is pretty laughable. Sometimes it is all in the mind?
      Appreciate the kind words (placed 4th in one barrel racing event, but the borrowed horse had to go back home…sob.) Thanks for nailing down a comment to leave here


  4. Kate Crimmins / Feb 11 2019 11:12 am

    Micro aggressions. I like that phrase. The phrase to follow it is “get a life.” Oops. Not nice. Whatev!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 11 2019 11:31 am

      HA HA I almost stuck that “translation” phrase in, too. It’s getting ridiculous. Micro aggressions is an extremely popular phrase around here: news and social media, college students, activists, high schoolers who have found yet another excuse.We hope they grow out of it and are immune to it in the future. Life is too short to spend it all wailing and being cranky. Thanks for giggling along

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  5. LordBeariOfBow / Feb 12 2019 7:54 pm

    Never heard of the red and yellow warning; there used to be’ “Blue and green should never be seen” hre in Australia back in the 50’s but that died a death of some sort as I haven’t heard it in yonks and on that little ramble I’ll head off stage left


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 12 2019 8:01 pm

      Every little kid in their region used to know this as soon as they could walk (Probably not anymore…not sure some of these kids ever touch green grass or get to walk barefooted) Coral snakes have tiny mouths, but don’t make good pets….
      (and slithering quietly to stage right….) Thanks for waiting for the curtain call


  6. Ally Bean / Feb 13 2019 5:24 am

    “Does someone else need this more than me?”

    That is a much better question to ask yourself. Perhaps you could start a KonMousie organizational trend. Yes, yes?

    Also, I never knew the details about those red hat ladies. I used to see them around, usually making a scene to be noticed, getting in the way. I had no idea it was an international group. How fascinating. I haven’t seen any of them in years.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 13 2019 7:16 am

      KonMousie would foster a different focus: What is more important: personal want vs needs of others? Would that philosophy find any acceptance in these days. It comes form an era of much smaller closets.
      I was surprised The Red Hat Ladies were still out there, too. It must be the hats (and events) – everyone now seems to love hats and parties never go out of style. The mania about red hats must be what is keeping them under cover? HAHA (Should we worry about Queen Elizabeth II who often wears the most lovely red hats? – but then again she’s got the royal purple, too..and that searing school teacher glare when necessary…)
      Thanks for adding a fun mad hatter comment

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  7. rivergirl1211 / Feb 13 2019 9:19 am

    I never wear red.
    Unless we’re talking ale and wine. I’ve been known to dribble those occasion….


  8. RKLikesReeses / Feb 20 2019 12:23 pm

    So the moon’s breaking up with us? Sad. Who’ll pull the tidal water around? Who’ll we blame for looneytunes behavior? Where will we get our CHEEEEEEEESE??????? OK, I’m gonna go back and read more, had to stop to whine about the moon first. 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 21 2019 5:19 pm

      Worse – Whooo will inspire Looneytunes behavior? Thanks for hoooowwwwling along ( Especially knowing how hard that is for cats!)

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