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December 14, 2021 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Quilt or sleeping bag? Your choice

Wolf in Elizabethan dress with snake (Cover of Slovenian fairy tale book illustrated by Hana Stupica (Slovene publisher/

Molly dressed up as royalty with weird symbols? If it’s not one thing it’s another. Onward through the fog! (Literally. We’ve had lots of fog here – brain and environmental….)(Slovene publisher/

Sometimes you just want to pull a blanket over your head. One with sound proofing. With tamper resistant zippers on all sides. Blankets of Comfort are so underrated and underutilized.

Solemente research for teaching a Master Class on this topic. My story and I’m sticking to it.

“Dunderhead” silently muses RC Cat of the Realm watching the lump on the couch before turning to respond apologetically to those present. “No, No! That lump is the dog – the other lump – the one that doesn’t make you sneeze.”

“Out of frustration from pervious efforts to prod activity kindness, We shall attempt to provide entertainment for you Dear Readers as Staff rests.”

“Ah, yes yes. Walk with US. WITH Us, not ON Us – Watch the tail, clumsy fool child. OH, stop fawning. We know it was accidental. Surely the crimp is not permanent. Tiny steps. We request you tippytoe with tiny steps. There. Much better if only the poor dears had better posture and didn’t look so much like tottering hunched over Frankensteins , but humans: Only so much grace can be expected.”

“Now, where were we? Oh. it’s the season of Kiss-mess. So many overwrought about so much.”

We, RC Cat of the Realm, shall instead offer some Ancient Cat Wisdom: Blankets of Thoughts to comfort as you get on with it.

Or you can whistle while you work. Whatever.

It is Our duty to elevate and encourage the lesser species. So We have gathered some sources of comfort for unsettling, difficult times – such as when a corner cannot be found to stare into.

The first from Pete.

Of course, Pete’s a cat – what did you expect?

You want words of real wisdom, right? 

If Pete hasn’t made it yet to your door, you can meet him here or his books here.

Obviously a sage for any age.

Is it working? Thoughts feeling comfortably positive yet?

You are going to need that shortly.

We have observed so many humans wrap themselves in uncertainty of their own worth or abilities during Kiss-mess season. It does not seem restricted by age which is odd.

Obviously Cat moms must do a better job of encouraging a life long positive…

We shall endeavor to restore some happiness to those who need a nudge with these two books of quiet truths and beauty:

boy learning to scalp while lions watch (image Amazon)

Image: Amazon book cover for Trying.)

Dreams of a boy who wishes to become a sculptor (Amazon's Trying)


(blurb from Trying book inside cover.) A beautifully illustrated story that parallel’s Pete’s tractor quote. One would think repetition would have an impact. Sigh.

Amazon book cover. with child gazing at star with pig

(Image: Amazon book cover. Below Maybe’s inside cover’s text)

Now, pay attention here.

HEY, The Paw is waving. Good. Now.

Yes, Yes. Similar to Pete’s. How astute of you to notice.

Cat Wisdom is widely shared – in a purrfect world, followed more.

Finally, a third resource featuring two friends who jump high with life.

Their evasive maneuvers and happiness have earned Our royal attention over the years

if only the window screen would push open a bit wider, We could “enjoy” them at closed paw…

So for those dismayed because the treadmill gift is stuck in container ship supply chain Hell, purrhaps give Frog and Toad a chance to hop into someone’s life.


While we are flattered, We, RC Cat of the Realm, can only be in one place at a time. Sadly, We must outsource instruction of wisdom. 

That is the truth of reality.

Speaking of truths, We regret to inform you, mon chere, while as much as We have enjoyed Our little friendly chats, We are retiring from public life.

Staff has pointed out We have become frail and fragile easily tired from weight of day to day Realm duties – although why falling asleep on the keyboard is a problem – there are other computers available and besides We and the machine keep each other toasty warm. A Mutual Assistance League situation. A sort of symbiosis! Machine isn’t complaining, so We fail to see the problem.

Now, Now my little friends – you noted the casual friendly tone? It is said with great affection – We have over the years attempted to give you some darn good commonsense advice even if it has often seemed to Us like casting pearls before thine offer small tidbits of digestible wisdom so you shall have a wealth of comforting thoughts to consider while huddling under quilts, comforters, or sleeping bags during times of disillusionment and weariness.

We must admit Staff is right on this: naps and comforting blankets are highly underrated.

crown symbol with message "I am RC Cat and I approve this message"

I am RC Cat and I approve this message. Yes, yes. What good manners you have. Not having to be reminded about leaving tributes at the door. Ah, there may be something after all to this Kiss-mess spirit.

Copyrighted picture. ALL rights reserved. NO permissions granted). Graciously, We have included the gift of this portrait – suitable for framing or for carrying in a wallet as inspiration. What? No, We shall not autograph it. We know what signed celebrity images go for on eBay. For personal use only. Audience finis. Merry on. Now. Not a request – neither the “merry on” nor the “now”. What? Must We repeat ourselves? Sigh. I am RC Cat and I approve this message. Merrily. There. Satisfied? The paw has waved. Obligatory “jingle on”. Kindly said. Kindly!

Graciously, We have included the gift of this portrait – suitable for framing or for carrying in a wallet as continuing inspiration. What? No, We still shall not autograph it. Well, if one looks there might be a small lock of Our fur attached. No, it is not simply a discarded clump of shed coat. The very idea is insulting. A souvenir offered. A token of Our Friendship. Oh, careful it tries to fly off. We tried taping it on, but the sticky – the sticky – Get it off! Get it off! You can imagine. Audience finis. We have given so many soft cheek pats and cheery paw waves that Our shoulders are beginning to ache. Merry on. Now! Not a request – neither the “merry on” nor the “now”. What? Must We repeat ourselves? Sigh. I am RC Cat and I approve this message. Merrily. There. Satisfied? The paw has waved. Obligatory “jingle on”. Kindly said. Kindly! Oh, yes, yes – and with great affection and gratitude. Au revoir.



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  1. easyweimaraner / Dec 14 2021 6:45 am

    Pete is a wise cat… he knows us… hahahahahaha

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 14 2021 8:22 am

      RC Cat: “He is a wit. We have instructed Staff to be on the lookout for your book of adventures HAHA – We have forgotten if the selected title is “Out of the Greys” or “Whims of the Weims” – but We are sure it will be hilarious. A jolly jingle paw wave to conspirators in laugher!


  2. Ally Bean / Dec 14 2021 7:11 am

    I love Pete. I follow Frog and Toad on Twitter. I am by nature positive, but like RC Cat willing to point out human foibles. I’ll miss RC Cat’s posts and wish her well. Thanks for the gift of a portrait suitable for framing or for carrying in a wallet as continuing inspiration. Classy to the end.

    [I trust this means that philmouse will still be here, not joining RC Cat in retirement.]

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 14 2021 8:36 am

      RC Cat: “Oh, Mirror, We have such similar personalities. What fun We have enjoyed. Staff is busy keeping Us comfortable – and quite attentive, but after 18 Giving of Thanks Feasts and Kiss-Messes, it is time to eat drink and be merry and let others pound the keyboard…and be served up catnip mouses whenever We wish….like immediately …
      Appreciate your kind words. An elegant paw wave sent . Adieu mon ami.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Pied Type / Dec 14 2021 9:53 am

    Thank you, RC Cat, for all your bits of wisdom, today and through the years.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. robstroud / Dec 14 2021 11:46 am

    Had a funny experience Sunday when we were visiting a church in a nearby town. Met a nice woman, our kids age (early 40s). She said her name (not sure about her spelling) was Cali. I said, “that will be easy to remember” since our border collie’s name is Calli.

    She laughed and explained how her mother’s best friend was pregnant at the same time as her mom, and after they discussed ad infinitum what to name their children, her mom decided to name her after her friend’s cat–Cali (a calico, I assume).

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  5. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Dec 14 2021 1:17 pm

    Once, Santa asked my help finding several Pete titles and a special stuffed toy Pete. Nephew was happy that year – me, worn out 🙂 Your Highness, i too thank you for sharing your wisdom with us all. Human retirement is good, so hope yours is purrrfectly pawsome! Hershey adds paw waves and a bow; he says try Chewy’s mousie-sized red mushroom, too, but moreso the box….

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  6. shoreacres / Dec 14 2021 8:21 pm

    Ah, me. There aren’t tributes enough for the pleasure RC Cat has given us over the years. That portrait is beautiful, and the wisdom is real. Jingle on…and on…and on…

    Liked by 1 person

  7. disperser / Dec 14 2021 10:07 pm

    Retirement well earned . . .

    Liked by 1 person

  8. marina kanavaki / Dec 15 2021 5:15 am

    We are all wiser now and sending paw waves …while looking for that blanket! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

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