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February 7, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge

No business like snow business.

German Shepherd walking in snow near Game of Thrones type building (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

“That stupid cat Walter. All about who you know. He gets a media contract – and no doubt a trailer on set with a star on the door and buffet as requested inside – and I get stuck in a Game of Thrones type location and yelled at for wet paws once patrol is completed and the back door opens. Where’s the justice?” (© image)

They say the grass is always greener

But how can that be if no grass to be seen…the underfoot kind….

A mountain-facing balcony vs a Pave Stone deck around a backyard pool

Sitting there on which – with an afternoon glass of wine

As each offering a bit of cool – all thing considered

Is there a shelf life when one is better than the other?

We dodged a frigid bullet here with only a few days of grey and frost.

Today unwrapped the grumpy, delicate tropical plants

Then luxuriated in the sunny warmth.

The yard crews playing catch-up with their mowing and trims

Will shortly be close to 70F and sunny – our winter’s whims

Not out of the ordinary or unexpected at all.

For as far as I can remember, it might snow around Valentines if we got it – or much winter at all

The sequence is always: New Years’ beach, then Rodeo and Car Shows’ sleet, then fingers crossed for Spring Break warmth, until the last cold front just before Easter no matter when that is.

Alternating tank tops with sweatshirts

The wild flowers are in the wings. Plant stores risking early arrivals to put in before the summer roast.

Strawberries are being picked.

Everyone outside. Sing birds. Scramble squirrels.

The grass is always greener

Until you have to mow it or shovel it.

c’est la vie

on n’y peut rien

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

snowy scene through screen (© image copyrighted all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Just makes me sleepy. A quandary: is 4+ months of extreme heat, humidity, and temps hot enough to actually fry an egg on the car hood a fair trade for about the same amount of time with ice, sleet, snow and below freezing temperatures? Oh to be a monarch, a snow goose, or one with generous relatives with big houses in each weather zone! HaHa….There’s always the “three days – fishy stink” issue to circumvent …just how much are those cute little travel vans anyway?  (© image. Not where we are, but sent to entice: “Come on up!” Hmmm. Let me think about that.)


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  1. easyweimaraner / Feb 7 2022 8:07 am

    we are with you… we have to take the lawn mower out this weekend…sigh…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 7 2022 8:30 am

      Trying to decide whether to bother trimming off all the frost singed plant bits now or wait cautiously…. when it’s sunny and warm, that brown crisp is so depressing. (The old excuse of “the dead leaves are protecting the rest of the plant” may be hauled out for a while….especiaally if some other distraction can be found)
      Thanks for trodding down this path!

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  2. marina kanavaki / Feb 7 2022 8:50 am

    Though we have no lawn to mow, poor plants need some trimming after the heavy snow… my excuse not to is that it’s still winter… what if another cold front arrives? Nope, no trimming yet! 😉 Happy Monday and week ahead and paw waves from Hera. 🐾

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2022 11:42 am

      My palms and citrus tree are just shivering at the thought of your snow! Had to wrap them up a couple of nights due to frost, but have managed to figure a way to fold down the heavy moving blankets so they can soak in some sun during the day. We did mow the grass….in hopes that the spring weed coming up will get discouraged by the weekly 24 hour long cold fronts.
      It’s whiplash weather…and that ends up with far too much laundry to be done as it may be winter in the morning and summer in the afternoon. The wrapped plants feel no sympathy about that. Paw waves and happy woofs to you and Hera!

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      • marina kanavaki / Feb 15 2022 2:42 am

        We’re also getting some of that whiplash… but oh… it’s only winter, it’ll soon pass! 😉🤣
        Paw waves and tail wags!

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  3. cat9984 / Feb 7 2022 9:20 am

    Had to dig my car out of a snowbank this morning. Anything sunny and above freezing sounds pretty good right now

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2022 11:37 am

      Snow is only wonderful if skiing…or sitting inside by a fire with hot chocolate and not having to go any place anytime soon.
      So I’ll just watch from here…you can laugh at us when we are sweltering in summer and hiding inside from the heat and humidity.
      Bundle up and thanks for scoping a comment this way

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  4. pIEdTyPe / Feb 7 2022 10:00 am

    In my book, it’s still winter. Anything warmer means the start-up of yard maintenance, and I’d prefer that not exist. Meantime, I love Walter!! I think I’ve seen three different commercials so far.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2022 11:18 am

      Walter is still the winner in my book – even if not in the official Super Bowl Ads competition. Although I did like Kia’s robot dog – it was well done and I actually remembered the company that it was made for. The Budweiser horse? Get the relevant message, but realistically seriously doubt those horses have barbed wire anywhere near their stable….and draft horses like Clydesdales, while are considered good trail horses, aren’t usually interested in jumping anything…especially a barbed wire fence. So Meh.
      Whiplash weather here right now…perfectly happy to put off spring yard work here, too!
      Happy Valentines


  5. Ally Bean / Feb 7 2022 11:14 am

    Oddly enough whilst gazing at all the snow on our land, this past weekend I looked up the date for Easter because that’s usually when we have to start mowing our grass. Your poem resonates with me– just as I hope the lawn mower will start *resonating* when we pull that starter for the first time in 2022.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2022 9:01 am

      We mowed last weekend ( just before a big short lived front.) and got the big oaks trimmed up so they can weather any tropical / hurricane winds this summer. Noticed their leaves are about to shed ( and new ones come out almost over night- it’s so weird.) If the oaks are about to shed, it means pine pollen showers are on the way. Now that’ when we could really use some heavy rain showers. Hope your grass sleeps a little bit longer so you can enjoy the in-between almost spring season. Thanks for cultivating a comment to leave

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  6. Anne Mehrling / Feb 7 2022 12:44 pm

    I am enjoying the cold weather — 2 snows so far — and don’t wish to start cutting things back in the garden. I hope you will soon have the weather you want.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2022 8:58 am

      The nice thing about this location is that it is true if you don’t like the weather, just wait 24 hrs and it will be exactly the opposite. It’s like a variety show: something for everyone. No snow so far (fingers crossed) but have wrapped the little citrus over the weekend nights – once the sun comes out, the plants get really pushy about shedding their coats. Enjoy this in-between not winter not spring weather – it really is a pleasant limited time offer! Thanks for charting out a comment to leave

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  7. shoreacres / Feb 7 2022 6:15 pm

    Nonononono! No trimming yet! When I hauled the Hawaiian schefflera out today, I thought, “These really need to be pruned.” But it’s too early. Granted, Valentine’s day has been the traditional day for trimming roses, but they’re tougher, and can take that end-of-season cold snap. On the other hand, I started out in long underwear this morning and ended up in a cotton shirt and jeans. My clothing’s as changeable as the weather.

    I do have to ask: Who’s Walter?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2022 8:55 am

      and Super Bowl weekend is annual crepe myrtle trim – it’s been well in progress all the week before (We did the pre-hurricane oak tree trim out of precaution this year as we lost a fairly large branch in Dec with one strong wind)
      The cold weather plants like roses, snap dragons and alyssums are absolutely thrilled with the cold weather and blooming – they were afraid there wasn’t going to be a winter this year. And valiantly the rescued lantana pulled from the sand dunes is still offering a few bloom for the remaining monarchs – we still have monarchs. It is difficult to not think it’s spring, though. Certainly whiplash weather pattern again. Enjoy the lovely day. It’s a real Valentines gift to us all!


  8. carlelong / Feb 8 2022 6:55 pm

    My Hometown hosted the HOT Fair & Rodeo, without Fail the 1st weekend of the fair brought in a wet cold front.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2022 7:40 am

      Fall festivals and the big state fair here are always roasting here. But no matter when it’s scheduled the trail rides the week before the Houston Rodeo opening almost always feature a couple of days of miserable cold rain – but that’s a real trail ride experience (Not so tough now with so many RVs following along now – dilutes the “experience history” a bit?) Thanks for galloping over with a comment


  9. disperser / Feb 8 2022 9:43 pm

    We got some snow here as well . . . mostly melting now. Still have to trim some dead grass and a few ornamentals before the warm weather. Life goes on.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2022 7:36 am

      It’s weather whiplash time here: freeze or close to it one night a week as a front moves in, then in 24 hrs, back to mild nights and swimming pool weather during the day. Will be forced to fertilize the lawn shortly, but got the big oaks trimmed up for hurricane season this weekend before they shed leaves and sap rises pushing out new ones a day later. Super Bowl weekend is trim the crepe myrtles time and the last window for tree trimming usually. Still waiting on spring plants a bit though…not one to runout and throw sheets over tender plants.As the world turns….
      Thanks for patience and digging in with a comment here

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