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September 12, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge

A Few Fall Follies

These days it seems like everyone is looking – or seeing – a sign from on high (or when they are high…as in up on a ladder or in a monster SUV. Get your mind outta the weeds.)

When house hunting, some look for proximity to Starbucks or Mickey D’s; others, however….

Sign on tree with sticks and water bowl beneath (Image screenshot: Garden Line)

Now this is what I call a dog-friendly neighborhood. (Image from D & D Feed Supply.)

On occasion, a neighborhood / HOA can disappoint.

Regulations can cut to the quick – or slow.

Riding lawn mower. (Chair on big grazing sheep. Image screenshot from Garden Line)

Riding lawn mower.(Screenshot: Garden Line)

When the lawnmower craters at the end of the season and the summer sales are over, it’s time to get creative.

(Will this count for carbon credits in CA.?)

(They disdain any kind of gas producer. Said sheepishly.)

Get ready to fall into line.

(Don’t worry about that electrical line; it’s not working. Politics is the only thing energized currently.)

Mad squirrel protesting non-seasonal fare (Image: screenshot Garden Line)

Enlightened or entitled? Squirrel protesting non-seasonal fare. Humans may have done Squirrels A disservice by encouraging them to live among us. So easy to learn by example. You always looked to the Big Guy for guidance, right? (screenshot Garden Line)

And I’ll leave you with a bite of freshness:

Fruit clarifying meaning (Screenshot Image: Garden Line)

Ripe with clarity. (Image: R. Lemmon’s Garden Line)

Remember, ride before a fall.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge


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  1. Kate Crimmins / Sep 12 2022 7:27 am

    I have been noticing lately that squirrels stay flat on the road longer than they should requiring me to brake. Weather? Seasonal change? Dumb? What’s that saying — the roads are full of squirrels that couldn’t make a decision. And yes, bloody mary is a smoothie. A very healthy one with the celery and all!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 12 2022 7:50 am

      So many squirrels trying to solve “the chicken crossing the road” mystery. Beats me, but gads it makes the car rides jerky with all of the braking. Good Bloody Marys are in Go Cups. Thanks for stirring in a comment

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    • pensitivity101 / Sep 12 2022 12:44 pm

      We read about this over here in the UK and apparently it is to try and keep themselves cool.

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      • Kate Crimmins / Sep 12 2022 2:39 pm

        Well, it’s a dumb idea! I slow down for them but a lot of people don’t!

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 12 2022 3:39 pm

          Squirrels planking in the road? So not a good idea (suicide by car? I told you squirrels shouldn’t be copying humans)
          The concrete here actually does get hot enough here to scorch – and broil. The animal groups and weather anchors who give “best time to walk dogs” caution people about walking dogs on sidewalks and roads without booties – the vets are seeing burned puppy paws! Frequent applications of salve is suggested to keep paws moist and from cracking from too much heat and drying out. Most of our squirrels seem to drape themselves across branches with their little arms and legs hanging down. Everyone, birds and fur, love the yards with sprinklers!

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          • Kate Crimmins / Sep 12 2022 4:07 pm

            It’s really rare that we get hot macadam but it does happen. Here the news anchors say if it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot on it, it’s too hot for your pets.

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        • pensitivity101 / Sep 13 2022 9:12 am

          We see a lot of road kill here, squirrels and rabbits, badgers, foxes and the occasional deer.
          Squirrels and rabbits are so indecisive in which direction they’re going to take.

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          • Kate Crimmins / Sep 13 2022 12:16 pm

            We have some. Mostly squirrels, occasionally a deer. The foxes are quicker and there just aren’t many rabbits around.

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    • shoreacres / Sep 13 2022 7:07 pm

      I’ve got three squirrels that have begun spending the afternoons on the concrete beneath some apartment steps. They lay flat out; I’ve always assumed it was to cool off, but a nice railing would be better for that than concrete. But what do I know?

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  2. disperser / Sep 12 2022 8:44 am

    Nice . . . Ias for lawn mowers, last year I hired a service because of my knees (I don’t use a riding lawn mower), and it was fine . . . this year, they are having trouble finding workers, so they’re now infrequent mowers, and my yard isn’t looking as I would like it to look (I’d actually like for it to be rocks, but I’m stuck with grass).

    If I could ensure they would be contained within my yard (and not require other maintenance), sheep would be a good way to go (and they fertilize, too!).

    Now, I’m contemplating what to do for next year (my knees are better, so I may go back to mowing the yard myself).

    We had an explosion of squirrels in the last few years. The first year we moved here, we hardly saw any in our yard or during our walks. I now see them everywhere . . . and, yes, a few end up playing possum for real since people in the neighborhood drive way too fast.

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  3. Ally Bean / Sep 12 2022 9:47 am

    A Bloody Mary as a smoothie? I’ve not contemplated that. I know that I like the celery that comes with them, considering it to be a *free* appetizer.

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  4. walkingoffthechessboard / Sep 12 2022 10:00 am

    The dog stick library had me lol. The squirrels around here are bolder i.e. less intelligent than ever. You could make a case they are playing a do-or-die game of chicken with cars, but often it looks more like a suicide mission than trying to win a contest by staying alive. Everyone does their best to avoid them, but they are like heat-seeking missiles headed straight for the tires. They are going for nuts, and they are nuts.

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  5. SusanR / Sep 12 2022 10:46 am

    Love that dog library … and the person who thought to establish it.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 12 2022 11:31 am

      Molly would have given it the Paw of Approval – and been a frequent patron. Yep, paws up! (any news on the paw front there? Heard it’s much cooler already/finally)
      Thanks for checking this post out!


      • SusanR / Sep 12 2022 10:51 pm

        No news here other than cooler weather. I put in an application with the same rescue group that found Annie, but haven’t heard anything. Not many dogs on their site, and only occasionally is there one that would work for me. May broaden the search.

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  6. sustainabilitea / Sep 12 2022 11:05 am

    I like the dog library too and enjoyed the whole post. We’re on California right now and find it ironic that people are urged not to charge their electric cars because the power grid is straining due to the heat. 😂😂😂. I’m sure the governor and all the celebrities are heeding that, if they even have hybrids or electric cars. Pretty sure they’re not turning off their ACs!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 12 2022 11:30 am

      What I found fascinating last week during the “EXTREME ENERGY EMERGENCY” in CA, ordinary people were told to stop using all big machines, lower AC temps, not to plug in e-cqrs at 4:30 which turned out to be the exact time “…large stadium events, during which large amounts of electricity may be used for lighting, sound amplification, and special effects, as well as for providing vending and other services to tens of thousands of patrons. SoFi Stadium, where the Rams will host the Buffalo Bills, does not use conventional air conditioning, since it is an outdoor stadium and was designed to use breezes from the nearby ocean for cooling. But the stadium will still use a good deal of energy to power its lights, screens, and scoreboards.
      The Oracle Park concert, which featured Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Poison, Mötley Crüe, and Def Leppard, was also outdoors, though it kicked off at 4:30 p.m. just as the “Flex Alert” began, and lasted beyond the alert’s end. In addition to booming amplifiers, Visual effects included large screens, lights, and laser beams.”
      Hmmmm. Equal treatment? Probably calls for an indoor AC cooled meeting at The French Laundry for a 12 course dinner…
      Thanks for electrifying the comment pile

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  7. Jen and the Furries / Sep 12 2022 11:44 am

    Around here folks actually rent out their goats, not for lawn service, but to clean out bramble and overgrown brush. Recently I delivered groceries to a family whose property line was shared with a fence enclosure for goats, but one of the goats, being a rather clever one, managed to escape the enclosure and run all over only to return once someone attempted to apprehend.

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  8. Irene Tobias Rodriguez / Sep 12 2022 11:49 am

    I enjoyed the pictures you posted.
    Squirrels in my yard left a pile of buckeye hulls in a pile at the base of the buckeye tree. They must have borrowed a rake from somewhere.

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  9. pensitivity101 / Sep 12 2022 12:45 pm

    Love the ride on lawn mower and smoothie! Maybe not putting the two together perhaps. Can you be drunk in charge of a sheep?

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  10. robstroud / Sep 12 2022 2:06 pm

    Love the way that canines have learned to share their favorite sticks!

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  11. Anne Mehrling / Sep 12 2022 9:13 pm

    Punning grandson looked at your riding mower and said, “It doesn’t have good STEERing.”

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  12. shoreacres / Sep 13 2022 7:12 pm

    Love that lending library! but all of the photos and captions are amusing. A little amusement each day keeps the gloomies away! Surely you’ve seen the cartoon that shows a mama squirrels and her little one at the side of the road. Mama is saying, “Now, remember what I taught you. Run both ways!”

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 14 2022 8:03 am

      I think the squirrels took “circle back” instructions by the previous press secretary to heart.
      Daran, I wish I had thought of that library with Molly. She would have really grinned.
      Count on a Feed Store to take life seriously with laughter.
      Thanks for sticking around ( and hope the mosquitoes don’t carry you off!)

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