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August 9, 2021 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Illusion is fine.

Ocean beach scene with palms, and tents. (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

 Where’s this? Guess. (© image.)

Seeking respite

Feeling “enough” already on site

A bit of delight

Sure, we could have gone, too

But it didn’t seem quite right

So sent pictures will have to do

And I’ll share these with you

Tropical pool at beach side resort (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

The colors are real. Just wanted to reassure you of that – with so much altered being presented as fact. Nice to know it’s out there – even if I’m not. Relaxing even at a distance….Hey, if I enlarge the image, pin it on the wall and put curtains on either side so it looks like a window – maybe a YouTube beach sounds scene…we already have equal heat and humidity we can add from the outside…? Oh, OK. The dog from the couch votes, “NO!” (© image)

Remember that old “water, water everywhere” phrase?

It may actually be true.

Spanish engineers can make drinking water appear from thin air.

Glad something is cool and thin these days

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Pink clouds over water. (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Pink clouds dance across water. Always a few clouds in life. Makes it more important to appreciate what is right there beside you? What is right beside me is a dead refrigerator – a 3 yr old, much too expensive, dead refrigerator…with a backlog for repair men…or are the all “technicians” now? I’ll just have to appreciate that there’s plenty of ice to purchase nearby…for soothing calming beverages…Now if only there was water poolside puddle-side waiter service in the kitchen! (© image)



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  1. RAB / Aug 9 2021 10:06 am

    Surely somewhere there are picture frames that look like full-size house or hotel windows? If not, let’s go into business! Standard opening to accommodate the gorgeous view of purchaser’s choice: blow up photo to fit frame, and there you are! Change with the seasons or on whim. How to be a jet-setter or luxury multiple-home-owner at minimal cost!

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  2. Pied Type / Aug 9 2021 10:08 am

    Dead at three!? I pity the people you call for service.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 9 2021 11:05 am

      And you know it’s LG
      Arrrrrgh Our last one lasted 20 years.
      Even better there were 2 lawsuits against these/LG but the store didn’t tell us.
      Soo more fun taking up time we hadn’t planned on. (I hate phone trees)
      Calgone take me away (That company should revive those commercials…probably would spurs sales HAHA)
      Thanks for adding a chill comment


  3. Robin / Aug 9 2021 12:02 pm

    Ugh on the fridge. They don’t make ’em like they used to, that’s for sure. I was reading about how they now have Repair Cafes in the U.K. (not sure if they have them here or not) so that people can gather and repair appliances and things that need repaired, with “technicians” who call themselves repairmen/women to help things along (I would think they get paid per job but I’m not sure how it works). A refrigerator, however, would be too big to lug into a cafe. Good luck and I hope someone comes through for you soon. We tried to order a new fridge (knowing this one might not last another year), but the one we want will take a year to get. The same with a new love-seat we just ordered (the current one is in its 20’s and falling apart; nobody will repair it so we had to order a new one). Could be here in February, could be here next August. Who knows?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 9 2021 2:06 pm

      I think several entrepreneurs here had attempted do it yourself repair shops before COVID. It makes sense. Normally.
      I understand furniture production is really slow. Partly because of foam components which are not made here; partly because the lumber mills are very far behind and working with few employees. It’s been a boom for one local company that does to-order furniture, has supplies on hand, and now is cost comparable to the larger companies with backorders. Wish I had a place for refinishing/refurbishing old furniture. Some “antique”/second hand stores are also doing well. THere’s something nice about old pieces finding a new home. (Not all are worth saving; some become donor pieces for others HaHa)
      We’re pretty good at repairing things and spent a day reading/tinkering/ and watching YouTube. Pretty sure it’s the condenser – or motherboard – tricky. That’s part of what’s so infuriating: parts are in such short supply. Along with the fact that this one should not be having any issues…(and certain party sold it to us knowing there were defects…)
      Oh, well, we managed with only ice on the boat. Fingers crossed what ever is wrong with the fridge can be fixed…or swapped for a model that actually runs and is built better.
      I’d rather go outside and play! Or watch butterflies who are everywhere right now
      Hope you are staying cool-ish and enjoying there last of summer. Thanks for slipping by to chat

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  4. marina kanavaki / Aug 9 2021 12:02 pm

    Oh, well, we can always dream! 😉 Much nicer than our reality at the moment with all the fires burning! 😉 Happy Monday, my friend! Paw waves from Hera too!

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  5. cordeliasmom2012 / Aug 9 2021 2:23 pm

    I love that final photo – I want to be there! But with a refrigerator that works. Good luck.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 12 2021 9:03 am

      Surprisingly, LG did come through quickly once we managed to get to the right person.(Probably had to do with multiple lawsuits and settlements.)Repair guy called, had parts fast shipped to be waiting for him here, and got it up and running. Fingers crossed…the cat wants her morning little fingernail-size of vanilla ice cream and will not take “Sorry, no” for an answer. So far all right with the world now. Thanks for melting up a comment to leave

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  6. disperser / Aug 9 2021 10:46 pm

    Sorry about the fridge (why didn’t it wait until the winter?)

    We had to replace a fridge while in Colorado. Took some hunting around for one that didn’t have Internet, a tv screen, talking interactive menu, a shoe-shine service, and a little bistro on the side . . . among other things we didn’t need.

    Not sure where the first photo is . . . it wouldn’t be Florida, by any chance? Probably not . . . I don’t see any falling condos.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 12 2021 9:00 am

      Gold star! It is Florida- after condo crash/mandated inspections and pre- hysteria about increased Delta variant (thoughtfully brought to us by all the untested new arrival transfers from the Rio Grand border..”If we test, Larado mayor was told, there’s an obligation….” Let the receiving places deal with it. Seriously? I can cite actual gov. agency source on this.)
      Soooo we just decided to not go with them although the scenery is enticing.
      As it turned out we’re peachy keen here with fridge working yesterday. They know the issue, fast shipped parts so they were waiting for the LD repair guy. (Whew, worried about parts shortage/appliance repair costs….and now aa bistro on the side with “fancy” round party ice cubes? Just one that be counted on staying cold and lasting more than a nano second, please.
      Thanks for cubing up a comment.

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  7. shoreacres / Aug 10 2021 6:05 am

    Just checking in on the health of your fridge. It just occurred to me that dealing with that probably wasn’t on your to-do list for the week!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 12 2021 9:07 am

      Will chat shortly. It’s up and running. RC Cat is waiting with raised paw threatening it if it doesn’t behave….she wants her tiny smidge of icy-cream!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 12 2021 2:46 pm

      Just FYI in case you are not keeping up with Rio Grande news paper/stations, Larado has reached an agreement with its’ lawsuit against the Feds/ DHS about dereliction of duty and the border during COVID and lack of testing. The feds agree to let Larado’s taxpayers pay for 4 buses to immediately move immigrants to Houston, Austin, Dallas and other places – the people will be “checked in” by Border Control and quickly loaded up and shipped out…without any health checks/COVID tests even with those with symptoms….“Then, it’s really up to them (receiving end) to continue offering PPEs, masks, hygiene, whatever they require.” “The reason why we don’t do testing is that once you test, there’s an obligation,” …and they become the local authorities problem to quarantine or dump on the local hospitals…
      More reason to steer clear of people right now
      Full story here:
      The official gov. US Customs and Border Protection “announcements” on their page here (like they even put all the horror there)


  8. Ally Bean / Aug 10 2021 6:40 am

    Your 3 yr old, much too expensive, refrigerator is dead. I’M SORRY. Also, this whole *technician* thing when referring to a person who repairs things seems ridiculous. Aren’t they proud of their ability to fix things? Why hide your ability under a generic job title like *technician*? 🤨

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 12 2021 2:34 pm

      Cheers! It’s working! The assigned company repair guy called and had all the parts flown in and delivered here before he arrive. Neat and quick. Hopefully if it crashes again (as one of the lawsuits said…3-4 months after the first repair) he will be the one sent to kick start it again. Ah, life is better with ice and ice cream. How spoiled we have become. Thanks for plugging in a comment

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  9. Kate Crimmins / Aug 10 2021 9:29 am

    Argh! Refrigerators. The first one at the last house gave up the ghost at 6 years. Second was 10 years when we moved (supposedly over it’s 8 year life span). Fridge here is 13 years old and no ice working icemaker. We are redoing the kitchen so a new one is included in that. My mother’s always lasted like 30 years. Her last one was working fine but it was so dang ugly we bought her a new one! Tiny ice box too.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 12 2021 2:56 pm

      At least when your Fridge arrives it’ll be in a updated kitchen worthy of it. This one was supposed to be the corner piece of a redo eventually.
      But it’s working now, so it’s cool! (Ice cream and ice at home is sooo much better than waiting for the popsicle truck for relief!)
      Hope the cats are able to soothe you through the redo…or vice versa.! Thanks for shelving aa comment here

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  10. Curt Mekemson / Aug 11 2021 3:45 pm

    Sorry about the fridge, Karen. Our similar experience was our AC going out a few days ago when the fan on the heat pump went south. It was ten years old, however. Naturally it chose to do it when the temp is supposed to be climbing to 105. The tech is here right now fixing it, however. I won’t whine.
    As for pretty photos of tropical beaches, we are planning to head for Hawaii for Christmas if the virus hasn’t shut down the island again. Sigh. There’s another option however. My grandson let me play on his Oculus and experience virtual reality when we were there a couple of weeks ago. Instead of a tropical island, however, I opted for a roller coaster which was being chased by a T-rex. Some fun! –Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 12 2021 2:52 pm

      Oculus! So cool
      The Metaverse is coming
      ( any problems with rashes on face and heads? Noticed they are recalling/ adding new lining to existing VR hemet recently. Moms insisted!)
      Hope things have cooled down for you at the house. We did the “what do you mean you are not going to work – it’s height of summer? thing last year. Thank goodness for ceiling fans that actually works – and a few cloudy days.
      We skipped that particular Florida beach – just a little too iffy to travel there/on planes right now. I’ll just put feet in Molly’s plastic pool and pretend. Thanks for the splashy comment


      • Curt Mekemson / Aug 13 2021 2:09 pm

        There haven’t been any rash problems, at least that we’ve heard, and Connor has ultra sensitive skin.

        I think it is supposed to drop below a hundred tomorrow. And the AC is up and running again!

        Given our son’s retirement from the Coast Guard and the ceremony that went with it, we really couldn’t skip our Florida trip. Fortunately, it went off without a hitch.

        It’s frustrating, to say the least, that we are facing another serious bout of Covid.

        I’ll bet that Molly enjoys the company. She is probably licking your toes, Karen. 🙂 –Curt

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 13 2021 6:45 pm

          Nope that was a trip that had to be taken.
          Good timing to get that AC working again – another stretch of staying away from lots of people. (But darn this heat – we finally got under 100F. But pretty normal here for this time of year. I remember one ’80’s summer we had something like 27 days of over 100 F. Atleast we had quite a bit of rain for a stretch so it’s not all crispy. heat and crispy is a bad combo – you guys stay alert up there!
          Thanks for wandering this way


          • Curt Mekemson / Sep 7 2021 4:16 pm

            Thanks Karen. I’m playing catchup here, obviously but it is still dry as can be but it has cooled down into the 80s and 90s.Not bad for our area. The smoke, however is still hanging in here. Week after week after week. Yuck! Hope by now you have had a weather change but according to Linda it doesn’t seem like it’s been much. –Curt


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