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July 20, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Moseying criteria

Colorado forest and rocky trail going up mountain (© image, copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Not appropriate for moseying. This requires thought and paying attention to what is underfoot. (© image)

There’s more to moseying than just walking around.

Not to be confused with:

  • Sauntering (a show-off attention attracting motion)
  • Wandering (a distracted gait – or one looking for distraction)
  • Meandering (Best done by streams. That’s by streams not beside/by them – although either sounds pretty)
  • Or short term memory loss

Moseying is the dog checking out every single blade of grass – time consuming but not annoying ’cause it’s over 95F with residual rain steam bath in progress. No rush to set foot on any heat soaked concrete.

Sensible motion.

With the additional bonus of heat induced semi-coma: no need to brace for a sudden decision by Molly Malamute to play “Catch and Release (you hope)” of any passing skateboarders. Just not worth the effort.

Open prairie past sand dunes in Galveston. (© image, copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted

Open coastal prairie suitable for moseying if you don’t mind the heat  – just watch for rattlesnakes. Cows mosey really well in summer. They don’t mind much of anything. (© image)

Thoughts slip and slide when moseying

  • Amazon’s plans to use only green energy is inspiring: their entire vehicle fleet electric. That’s zappy. And a smart/popular move for the company….the only thing is their vehicles will be on the roads, using the roads but not paying for any road maintenance or construction since they won’t be ponying up gas tax with each filling charge up. No wonder even their packages are smiling.
  • Car dealers (Land Rover to Kia) are hitching their bumpers to people’s pandemic cabin fever boredom. Notice how many new car ads are suggesting the highways are open and how about taking a drive? Buy a new car and wander the roadways! Locals in destinations request you stay in your car, keep the windows rolled up, and move you and your asymptomatic symptoms on down the road. Pack a lunch in that Yeti and keep rolling.
  • Can you call it high school if there is no football? Education is each states’ responsibility. In this one, local school boards make decisions like textbook choices, calendar dates, for their own student populations – within flexible state guidelines. One size never fits all. While plans for opening schools are in progress, it appears most will offer parents a choice of in person or on-line classes the first 3-6 weeks. The football fields’ goal posts are groaning: 1) are high schools really thinking of moving football games to Spring? (Private and parochial school tentatively hope to start games end of September), and 2) if a kid doesn’t attend classes in person due to COVID worries, why are they going to be participating football practices/games at the schools?  Gridiron confusion – for once not caused by concussions.
Wandering stream in mountain meadow in Colorado. (© image. Copyrighted, no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

A meandering stream can be instructional …if shoes are waterproof since not paying attention is characteristic of productive wanderings.(© image)

And things hidden slip into awareness…well, it wasn’t so little.

The alligator lounging under the bridge had a head as long as my arm. If he hadn’t blinked, he’d been passed by as a log. He grinned a bit about that.

His smaller sidekick not far away.

The owner of dock close to the pair was keeping an eye on them and warning neighborhood kids to skip playing Chicken Little featuring jumps off the bridge today – and to be careful getting on and off wave runners at the next dock.

Is that a mirage or a muddle?

Little matter.

Not like anyone or anything is going anywhere or anywhere fast.

Moseying season

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Boulder on level dirt trail in Colorado (© Image. all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Now this is a mosey down trail. There’s even a boulder for contemplating lack sunblock.(© image)


  1. easyweimaraner / Jul 20 2020 6:53 am

    love the sunblock… hope it avoids a red nose ;O))) our moseying is on the way to become very short, they ponder about restrictions after the high numbers of ill people in our area ;O(((

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2020 1:08 pm

      It’s lucky to have neighborhood shady greenbelt path to the lake here. There’s plenty of room for walkers to keep their distance. Molly likes to find a spot and sit to watch the dog parade. We think she deserved her own sun hat to go along with her bottle of cold water and green travel bowl. Soooo tired to having to sit at a distance. (but some dogs have long rolling leashes and dart over before getting reeled in. – you take what you can get!)
      Thanks for trotting along

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  2. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Jul 20 2020 7:42 am

    Bet Molly would have fun playing with the elk calves when they get their zoomies (granted, not allowed at all & the mamas would never support such play dates) Loved the open coastal prairie grasslands – critter paradise. And, too, loved the shots in Moraine – was that the Cub-Fern trail– or back thru the arch rocks to The Pool? Peaceful walking that mile-ish stretch. Vehicles sort of mosey up the Old FR Road, if their drivers enjoy it, that is! Ahh, Amazon… using the USPS and now the highways with little to no financial impact to them. What’s next…. Thanks for a great start to the day!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2020 1:13 pm

      That would be as much fun as bouncing with the giant white Pyrenees that always catches her owners unawares and manages to lunge over to play a minute before getting reeled back. Cooler air and room to bounce would be Heaven for Molly right now.
      It is Cub-Fern trail (not this year..sob). Moseying is lovely without crowds.
      Thanks for wandering this way!


  3. marina kanavaki / Jul 20 2020 10:02 am

    Moseying in such beautiful paths is joy, it’s moseying in the city which can be pretty annoying. Of course Molly and Hera would disagree with me! 😉 Thank you for this! Happy Monday, my friend! 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2020 1:14 pm

      Moseying anywhere outside the house is a joy right now. (Lots of rain today – and more tropical system rain all week) Stay cool and mosey on. Thanks for hiking over here with a comment


  4. Anne Mehrling / Jul 20 2020 10:12 am

    When we walk, thoughts of breakfast keep us from moseying too long.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2020 1:16 pm

      They invented granola bars and apples for that. HAHA (Nothing takes the place of big breakfasts in woods or mountains) Thanks for stepping down this path

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  5. Kate Crimmins / Jul 20 2020 11:15 am

    In the right weather, nothing is better than moseying with no destination or schedule to keep.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2020 2:43 pm

      Just makes life worthwhile. (Hope you are feeling much better – a bit of bad back this week with Sr. Staff…”OH, can’t go to the gym, but I have these weights at home and know how to do it…..)
      Examining every blade of grass is so peaceful HAHA
      Thanks for strolling around here

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  6. Ally Bean / Jul 20 2020 12:43 pm

    I’d say everything is a mirage AND a muddle. But I may be a tad cynical. As for high school with no football? Seems implausible, but should it happen that there is no football season I won’t be sad.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2020 2:50 pm

      Nothing is more entertaining ( and annoying ad free) than 8/9th grade football. The sport in its’ most honest form. But what I don’t get is how if a kid can’t come to school for classes, how can it be OK to come to play football….not exactly a social distancing sport.
      In any case, football shouldn’t be done here in this heat. Every Aug I wonder how any adult can think it’s OK to run those kids out there in 100F.
      YEah, a year without football – at any level – isn’t a major worry right now.
      Thanks for mulling over the amusing musings

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  7. shoreacres / Jul 20 2020 7:02 pm

    If there’s no high school football, one local suggested ‘reparations’ for players who’ll miss out on college scholarships because of it — sort of like the Houston Rodeo kids who missed out on the auction. It seems that the kids are the ones being ignored all the way around. I heard a couple of Houston teachers on a news broadcast moaning and groaning because no one was ensuring their safety in the midst of the accursed pandemic. I wonder how they would have done in the one-room schools of yore, when the school marm was responsible for taking care of the borrowed horse that got her to school, and making sure there was wood for the stove. There wasn’t much moseying in those days. (Yes, I know. A little grumpy, but…)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2020 3:16 pm

      The HS seniors and college players have been fretting all summer….like it’s a mandate the public schools and universities only exist to train them for the NFL.
      There are several teacher groups that represent educators in this area- the union is the loudest, most annoying, and out to get as much of members’ money as possible. They’re always on media.
      Here’s the deal: this is the job, if you don’t like it, don’t hire on. (and don’t expect to get paid for sitting a home).
      Some tech savvy individuals may find a real niche in education now – creative, purposeful use of technology both in school and out is critical for US kids to catch up with the rest of the world’s kids. It’s not all about games and cute ideas – it’s about actually utilizing full possibilities of technology – and many teachers aren’t up to that – or don’t want to be. Discouraging since the 70’s. Unfulfilled promises.
      Media always raise about “following the science” yet on this when all the science world wide says go, they are silent and throwing up dust to obscure it.
      Yes, they will be in classrooms ( we will pay a price for buildings with no windows) but instead of the 30+ students in a class it will be more like 15-16. A real chance to actually get to know students – and maybe a chance to reduce childhood depression and suicide rate.
      The media and union are not addressing the serious damaged done by keeping kids at home: school provides a stability, structure, attention, and routine some kids do not get at home – as well as 2-3 meals a day. Keeping school closed harms the poor students.
      K-2 is critical for in-class instruction as those are the grades to learn to read and basic math concepts (with hands on and appropriate manipulatives). Difficult to do online or for parents who do not have time, skill or interest in doing the prep work for the lessons.
      K-2 is learning to read and learning to learn. Grade 3 is reading to learn – where the serious foundation content really kicks in. Not opening schools kicks some serious problems down the road.
      Grumpy II.
      Missed morning mosey due to rain. (But clouds causing cool is great! Thanks for stoking the fires in the classroom

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  8. Trent Lewin / Jul 21 2020 2:24 am

    Are you saying I can’t mosey the highways in my electric car and feel super smug and righteous about myself?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2020 3:22 pm

      Enlightened, too? HAHA
      (No concern at all about how the electricity is produced or the environmental damage with creating and decommissioning those big car batteries…which last how long…manufacturers are so reluctant to give me accurate info about that….I know about the early versions)
      The lane deviation avoidance systems makes it a bit difficult to mosey in modern cars – but you can try…mosey – not dart! No dashing or darting.
      Thanks for driving a comment into this pool

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      • Trent Lewin / Jul 21 2020 4:55 pm

        Ah my friend, step into my parlour… I happen to be an expert on the subject. The net cost of producing and decommissioning of a vehicle battery is inconsequential compared to the emissions avoided in its operation over its expected lifespan, because the alternate fueling mechanism (which involves fossil fuel extraction) is always much worse – as long as your electrical source is relatively emission clean, you are doing the world a service in using an EV!

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2020 5:27 pm

          There is hope – the next generation e-cars are getting closer. Been monitoring there progress with Gearhead of the Realm.(older electric car posts available) The power requirement and the length between charges is vastly improved.
          (I will spare you the anguished tales of my neighbor’s…and the one that kids got away with around the corner…they are so quiet, you can’t hear them getting stolen…)

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          • Trent Lewin / Jul 22 2020 7:22 pm

            I’m high on hydrogen-fuelled cars too.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 22 2020 7:36 pm

            The problem with current generation e-cars here is they not handle the extreme heat – the climate kill batteries. A few years ago the big city not far from here, Houston, was “gifted” a big fleet of electric cars – it was to be a demo for the ret of the country. Disappeared without a whisper: the batteries cannot handle the heat (sometimes 20+ days of 100F temps), the car range between chargers went to nothing because you have to use AC – and you have to use there AC, they could not handle AC+ traffic. The maintenance dept went bonkers trying to keep up with repairs needed.( which are not easy and many parts were not available ). Once there were 6-8 charging stations in front of buildings and store…all but disappeared – people didn’t use them.
            (My neighbor with the problematic e-car was finally bought her car back – they could not figure out what was wrong, it was in the shop constantly with engineers and corp mechanics being flown down from the factory. It was a cool car…but didn’t work)
            Vehicles are in transition. Not quite there yet
            Can’t wait for the next big jump in transportation.
            (Seen the really big drones that are being prototyped as taxi substitutes? Things could get very cool very fast)
            It’s gonna be great

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          • Trent Lewin / Jul 22 2020 7:53 pm

            Looking forward to it. I’m pretty sure the internal combustion engine has surpassed its expiry date by a few decades.

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 23 2020 8:15 am

            But still fun to drive the old mustang. Like horses became lawn ornaments, classics become hobbies

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  9. Littlesundog / Jul 21 2020 7:46 am

    Mosey isn’t a word you want to hear as a farm girl. Ha ha! I remember my grandparents and my dad referring to a neighbor or some local farmer as a “mosier” which meant he didn’t get his crops in or out in a timely manner, or things flat didn’t get done at all! But these days, it’s a good thing to indulge in moseying around. The wild things certainly have it down… we can learn a lot from wildlife. Ah, makes me remember those early days moseying the woodlands with orphan Daisy deer. Moseying changed my life!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2020 3:25 pm

      We used to laughingly say “moseying on down the road” as in it’s summer and no need to rush.
      You hit the nail on the head about benefits of moseying.Free- but few bother to utilize the opportunity. It can be life changing. Appreciate your appreciation of the simple motions.

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