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October 13, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Zen, Turtle Tales, and Terrible Greens

Do not tell me it is not Zen

To everything there is a leafing.

While sorting and grouping todays and tomorrows, leaf raking has become important.

First because no one else wants to do it which means the human crisis hysteria (so often self induced) is absent and there’s the rhythmic swinging and sweeping of rake.

A dusty, but productive, Here and Now.

Dog watching baseball on tv ( ©Image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

Oh, yes, Staff’s visa included a clause for periodic, mandated, short recall here in order to keep this Realm at least borderline managed. Of course Realm’s inhabitants shall cling and guilt trip. RC Cat insists that large displays of  unloading of days of stress induced constipation when Staff reappears is the best way to display our neediness  displeasure. But that’s cat logic. Dogs know that displays of extreme cooperation – contrasted by the contrariness of the Regent- gets me the “good child” pat on the head and treats. Here I am staying out of the way on the couch so Staff can clean….with only a little shedding in order to appease the RC’s command to show how much Staff is needed here. Treats are worth the risk of facing Raising of The Paw. (© Image)

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A short update as I’m fighting alligators of one sort or another and haven’t been able to sit down on the porch and chat here.

Things are stable-ish at this point, but we are in the process of moving person at risk out of state to a rental home very close to the hospital and doctors that specialize in treatment of this condition. Then we go from there. Day at a time.

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. It is what it is. No need for the dramatics.

But talk about exhaustion. Dogs, kids, family, in-laws…and it’s not my house, and having to attempt to be diplomatic for long periods and dealing with cranky, unreasonable people. (Insert slight frownie face here.)

It’s only a brief return back home with a return departure shortly to the crazy zone assisting as needed. Unfortunately people noticed Staff skills of multi-tasking while packing and small creature whispering (“Kits, cats, pups, kids, and caboodle”, as is said.)

Skeleton yard crew. Halloween decorations (© image, all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

RC Cat is threatening to call CPS about this real skeleton yard crew. She has noticed an obvious reduction of ragged waifs standing around the neighborhood this Fall. HRH believes it is because the migrating, unfortunate orphans looked around and saw the current sad state of urchins like these who were taken into local homes last year. “How can people wail about children starving in China and forced labor when it seems to be happening right here?” She cries. “Bony, bony, bony with nothing in between!” (We know she stole that line from a book). Staff has carefully shoved a new mousie under her nose hoping to distract her, but you know how Social Justice Warriors are…(© image)

One consequence of visiting another household is encountering TV in use. (So not Zen).

During one foot race through (Oh, don’t scowl. It’s developmental) I noticed the oddest commercial – odd for this day and age when there’s so much concern about child abuse and predators.

Probably supposed to be humorous – and it might have been – the clothes fetish you could put off as weird marketing to get attention by consumers. The commercial features an older, probably-lives-alone school teacher (which is Ok even a bit snarky..the “old maid” stereotype) who at one point struts down a school hallway, strokes/caresses a teenage girl’s cheek, then bends from the waist to get a drink at the water fountain as a teenage boy sniffs the flat of her back. (“Still Fresh: Teacher” commercial here).

Struck me as odd, anyway.

Takes all kinds, I guess. Think I’ll just stay on the run with the wild ones.

Plants. Green floating water plants overwhelming and surrounding boat docks . (© image. Copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted )

Arrrgh. The Vegetable Invasion may be trying a new point of entry? Massive mounds of greenery is arriving and overwhelming boat docks and marinas. Is there a Vegetation staging ground upstream? Shh. No one has alerted RC Cat to the situation. (© image)

One benefit of embedded with mini troopers is relevant literature worth reading.

Most popular the past few days has been “Turtle Tale” by Frank Asch. Most appropriate for that household

Basically a turtle goes on a walk, gets bonked on the head by a falling apple, and then decides it would be best to pull his head in. “That’s what a wise turtle would do” And he does…and encounters all sorts of problems, like falling off rocks and running into others. So out comes the head and the sunning is good…until, well, it involves a train storm and if that’s not enough a very hungry fox. “But then again, maybe it’s best if I keep my head out sometimes and sometimes pull it in.”

“That’s what a wise turtle would do.”

A pretty, good mantra for anyone anytime.

Planting ideas. Traveling on. Hasta Later.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Invasive plants floating along bulkhead and dock. (© image. all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Incoming intruders! Ignore the pink flowers! Those are just a distraction masking the real plan. Invasive water plants floating along bulkhead and dock. At least it covers up the floating trash and the tiny fish like the protective cover. (© image)




  1. Kate Crimmins / Oct 13 2019 11:18 am

    Good grief are those water hyacinths buggering up the water? I have water lettuce in my pond. The fish love it but I sometimes need a machete as they multiply overnight. Hugs to you and your relatives. Hopefully the move will go smoothly. Never fun not being in your own home. At least not for me. Maybe if the home was a palatial estate with servants but it never is.

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  2. Beth / Oct 13 2019 11:57 am

    That was probably one of the strangest commercials I’ve seen in a while. My brain isn’t quite sure how to deal with it.

    I’m really glad to hear person is more stable, and that they will now be closer to the hospital. It’s can be challenging when everyone is trying to do what is best or most helpful, but that best collides with other ideas of best or most helpful. Hopefully, you’re getting in some downtime to breathe a bit and get your energy back to press forward again – and you can occasionally strut down the hallways announcing with proud sass, “Still fresh!”

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  3. sustainabilitea / Oct 13 2019 12:57 pm

    Prayers for a smooth move and settling down of all alligators of all sorts. As for that commercial, after reading about it, I don’t even want to see it. Sounds excessively odd!


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  4. shoreacres / Oct 13 2019 9:45 pm

    That description of the commercial was …. uh…. a little disturbing. Perhaps it wasn’t as bad as I’m imagining it. Of course, it could be worse!

    Raking and sanding have that zen-like quality in common, so I can appreciate your appreciation for the raking. In truth, any kind of concrete task can be helpful in the midst of chaos. I suppose that’s why I always have an urge to do things like wash woodwork when there’s a hurricane coming. It’s a crazy urge, and I never do it, but I just thinking about it makes me feel better. Odd, I know.

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  5. Ally Bean / Oct 14 2019 11:00 am

    I’ve been wondering about how you’re doing so thanks for the update. I tend to mute all commercials on the TV so I rarely see or hear what they’re trying to tell me. My own kind of zen practice, that is. I like the turtle story, the mantra rings true.


  6. Curt Mekemson / Oct 14 2019 3:05 pm

    The commercial was a bit on the strange side, both the caress and the sniff. It would be interesting to see what demographics they are hoping to reach. Hope all is well. –Curt


  7. Pied Type / Oct 14 2019 3:31 pm

    I confess my first reaction to that commercial was “Who or what is that person?” The caress and sniff put the whole thing beyond my experience. And I’m fine with that.


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