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September 29, 2021 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Hot dog and cold leftovers


Cat in a chicken Halloween costume. (Screenshot image: target)

“No, no, you Dunderheads. When I said I want chicken, I wanted chicken to eat.” (Screenshot image: Target)

Irony or karma?

Three young men meet in a Walmart parking lot after dark

(Wait, wait. I know you can guess, but humor me.)

The 20-something man was there to sell a (stolen) handgun to a couple of young teens.

While he was showing it to them, it went off and shot him in the leg. (True story. Last weekend)

Stupid, the easiest categorization, 

But give me some credit:

Tried to elevate it with the first line.

Trying. Very trying….

Somehow things just don’t feel right?

Dog in Tiger Halloween costume ( Screenshot from Target)

“If you can’t lick them, join them. Perfect ruse if determined to finally get close enough for that cat’s tail sniff.”(Screenshot from Target)

1. Even for me, it’s a bit ahead of normal holiday schedule: trying to get Christmas secured (scrambling with gaps in supply chain and delays in shipping times), wrapped, and boxed up to ship before Fed-Ex raises rates for Christmas shipping. It’s sooo early, but Fed-Ex is already warning they are having shortages of drivers and employees.

2. Molly Malamute went in to the Vet for teeth cleaning…well, actually to have a weird growth on her gum and another by her elbow …removed and came home with out a very bad tooth that was discovered in the process. Chicken soups and soft cat food/expensive canned dog food were only entertaining for a short while…Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheese Burgers, however were a big hit…and now she suggests driving through anytime she sees the car leave the garage.

3.  We actually had Fall weather on the exact date and time…but now it’s back to roast and simmer – with a week of thunderstorms being dished out. (Fortunately I got the grub lawn treatment out in time with fall fertilizer bought and waiting until past gully washer weather.)

Dog in Spider Halloween costume (Screenshot from Target)

Now this is scary. A real web bowser.(Screenshot from Target)

4. The CDC has quietly issued emergency warnings/guidelines to pediatricians, ERs and medical hospital staff to be on alert for potential infectious/contagious diseases of not only COVID, but also measles, tuberculosis, polio, mumps, varicella, malaria, leishmaniasis, hepatitis A., gastrointestinal infections, including shigellosis, giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, rotavirus, and viral diarrheal diseases among evacuees.(Afghanistan ranks seventh in the world for measles cases before evacuations. Malaria is endemic to Afghanistan. Afghanistan is one of two countries in the world where wild poliovirus remains endemic.) Cases have shown up in refugee camps as well as stateside, so communities near the military bases that are housing the evacuees (specifically: Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia; Fort Pickett, Virginia; Fort Lee, Virginia; Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico; Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; Fort Bliss, Texas; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Camp Atterbury, Indiana) are also told to be watching to prevent spread. Of course there’s also the ones who were crammed into that temporary migrant camp near Del Rio on the southern Texas border with additional infectious diseases (from Central America: Chile, Venezuela, Brazil with a big measles outbreak along with: chicken pox, dengue, Chikungunya (Brazil), whooping cough, yellow fever, diphtheria..) A couple of hospitals west of us are getting slammed by “new arrival” patients who have been identified with all sorts of illnesses besides/in addition to COVID. Since the border resettlement buses (8 or 9 a day with 60+ individuals on board) have been arriving at an “intake center” all week and other resettlement contractors are relocating Afghanistan refugees here – as well both resettlement groups moving people to the airport headed to wherever. (The mayor actually asked people to open their homes or help by offering their spare bedrooms…”It’s our obligation” one contract resettlement company rep said as Catholic Charities looked on. So how many are coming to stay at your house, Dude?), out of caution we once again avoid large crowds and sometimes choose to wear masks indoors when shopping. Keeping your kids’ childhood disease vaccinations on schedule is more important than ever. 

cat in Halloween costume with eyes on top of head. (Screenshot image: Target)

Cat training video for Staff: “With the seasonal Orange Vegetable Invasion imminent, you must keep your eye on everything or at least the appearance of it.”(Screenshot image:Target)

5. RC Cat finally came out of summer hibernation from the back of the coolest closet we have. She was distraught upon emerging to find the dog MIA one day – muttering “We have given no permission for dog leaves. Dereliction of duty!” She spent the entire day stomping around the house looking out window, then another. It was the leaves – falling fall colored ones, not the missing dog on leave. HRH realized the season of the Orange Vegetable Invasion is rolling in. Kept muttering that she had “too much to do without having to stand watch and defend the realm against mush heads,” Upon seeing The Molly being helped into the house that afternoon, HRH motioned with The Paw to window and instructed staff to “Prop her up over there with her head on the windowsill. It should be enough to deter as it is early in the Vegetable defensive season.” Molly grinned like a fool as if in agreement as we curled her onto her cot. We worried whether to try and ease her long, droopy tongue back into her mouth. The cat refused to acknowledge Molly’s obvious diminished guard capacity and retreated to her suite. Called to staff over her shoulder for an early dinner. The cat did look rather exhausted from all her vigilance. After all, at her age, she is no longer the cat of springs.

6.  And now the hot dog:

dog in Halloween costume (image Target website)

Don’t tell me I don’t work hard trying to find things to amuse you. RC Cat jumped right onto the camouflaged dog idea for Vegetable Invasion defense, but we don’t think she has a chance of convincing Molly to roll with this. (image Target website)

Ironic, karma, or stupid?

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.


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  1. easyweimaraner / Sep 29 2021 7:25 am

    maybe the hand gun guy thought he becomes a leg-end that way?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. shoreacres / Sep 29 2021 8:05 am

    I just read about how the new and improved USPS is going to slow down mail and increase costs. I’m still missing three Christmas cards from last year; perhaps now they finally will show up. I don’t mean to be catty, but someone needs to dog the people overseeing that bureaucracy and straighten things up!

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 29 2021 8:11 am

      They could improve the USPS if they fired the thieves….ever notice how many postal offices in this area are under investigation? There are 2 in Harris county currently ….wait until gift shortages and Christmas gets closer. There’s a reason UPS, Fed-Ex got started and Amazon developed its’ own delivery network.
      No wonder the Metaverse is attractive to some people HAHA
      Thanks for shipping over a comment

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  3. Susan/PiedType / Sep 29 2021 8:45 am

    Another burger and some gentle pats to Molly.


  4. marina kanavaki / Sep 29 2021 9:38 am

    Sounds like bedlam! Thank goodness for our 4leggeds! Paw waves to Molly from Hera!


  5. cat9984 / Sep 29 2021 10:14 am

    Expecting orange super-veggies same as last year?

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 10 2021 11:58 am

      It is time for the Annual Iron Man Pumpkin Roll…but something is a foot…purrhaps stemming from the virus situation? Hmmmm
      Beware and be alert (This response approved by RC Cat)

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Kate Crimmins / Sep 29 2021 10:24 am

    Awww, poor Molly! More Wendy’s cheeseburgers please!


  7. disperser / Sep 29 2021 3:55 pm

    I hate it when I go to the vet and they remove a tooth … because I don’t own a pet!

    OK, lame joke. Some of the other stuff is not funny, so I’ll quit while I’m not too far behind.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Helen Devries / Sep 29 2021 6:21 pm

    Typical cat reaction….


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