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March 26, 2023 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Chop chop. Take as directed

Still life ( Image copyrighted, all rights reserved. NO permissions granted)

Still, life. What else? (Oh, OK this is a recycled picture, but I just have so much patience and time to wrangle with this borrowed computer) (Image copyrighted. No permissions granted. All rights reserved)

Climb every social platform

Ford every digital string

Follow every byte trail

Until you find your post’s theme

(Fewer and fewer will catch the catchy tune reference, but no matter. It’ll have to do.)

A bit of a time warp here…or more like one of those other worldly outer space holes that gobble up everything leaving no trace.

Where has the past month gone?

  • Whether the weather. (Please forgive the old-fashioned use of the less hysterical, even if less trendy, term). It’s been Spring here meaning chores of fertilizing grass, trimming hedges, mulching, adding a few new colorful plants (Few. The prices are nuts this year. Will just threaten encourage some old ones, thin bunches, and relocate some to bare spots), and mumbling about it’s already too darn hot – 90’s. UGH. Really happy about the early arrival of tiny biting gnats and mosquitoes. Yeah, the coastal plain’s semi-tropical identity on full display. (Area’s Chamber of Commerce is thrilled now that the extreme oak pollen is gone. Wild flowers and hosting The Final Four basketball playoffs as well as other conferences. Lots of public service announcements about human trafficking and warnings AirB&B hosts better screen guests and keep the nuisances down in the neighborhoods)
  • Hollywood Hank the Husky has been fine tuning his charm – but he is scowling now saying to not offer too much of a preview trailer – just enough to intrigue. (OH, OK we’ll put that off for an upcoming attraction…You may take the muzzle off the keyboard, now…)
  • Rough ruff roof. We got a new roof – the last one was original and been through several hurricanes, winter storm winds, hail, and summers of hyper-baking, so it was time. Little did we know we also had a couple of small leaks. Loud, but done. And relieved.
  •  My computer got an attitude. Not on strike. Just slammed shut dead. Well, is was a bit coy and the screen would sort of blush and flirt life when you opened it up…for a nanosecond.  (I didn’t know – It felt being taken advantage of or something? Out on strike? Is there a computer/AI union? There probably will be shortly…) Finally got time to drop it off to get poked and prodded. Didn’t take them long as it is a know issue for 15 inch Macbooks. There’s a tiny tiny wire in the screen’s HINGE that is defective…and costs a fortune to fix. If talented, you can hook it up to another monitor/screen and then use stubborn computer’s keyboard. (While the computer screen smugly stays black. Smirks, “I want to be alone and you can’t make me”. Totally annoying.) Apple doesn’t care- even though they recalled and fixed their 13 inch ones for the same issue. So I’m working to revive my ancient Apple for minimum basic use while I decide what to do. Meanwhile I have to schedule a time slot for one of the office computers…and attempt to retrain my brain for this Sony keyboard. It’s one of those with a number pad taking up a good 1/4th space on the right side and it’s darn jumpy – like a horse jittery under a new rider…and having to use a wheelie mouse rather than a touch pad. They say puzzles are good for the brain, but I’m not getting a complete and pretty picture at the end with this.
  • Going through the alphabet of treatments with Sr. Staff. One issue halted in tracks, but the other not being responsive enough. There’s a lot hurry up and wait, then shifting gears to try something else. But onward.
Stars and sky over Easter Island.(Image by: Astrophotographer Brian Hancock. Milky Way over moari near Hanga Roa on Easter Island/

Hey, this is too an appropriate illustration choice. Everything’s over my head right now. Besides, we’re getting closer to Easter, right? (Astrophotographer Brian Hancock. Milky Way over Easter Island.

Just can’t leave it on that note, so here’s some items chopped and served up for your entertainment:

We are finishing up Women’s History Month which seems out of place to me.

Why isn’t Women’s History month partnered up with Mother’s Day month? Seems logical.

In addition, why isn’t Mother’s Day in October – you know 9 months after Valentines Day?

Phrases to Ponder: 

  • “If you don’t follow the rules, you get more rules.”
  • “The more you listen, the more you see.”
  • “In negotiations, he who is the least interested wins” (As observed after living with Hollywood Hank, the Husky and other large animals…dogs, cats, horses, bulls…especially with all the bull)

Belatedly, apologetically, but still grateful and appreciative of all you readers

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.


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  1. Helen Devries / Mar 26 2023 4:57 pm

    My laptop sulks if ignored for more than five minutes. Won’t move a finger then, just as I am cursing it and deciding to go for a cup of tea it opens all the new screens an infuriated finger had asked for.
    Hurry up and wait sounds like my husband’s treatment. Last week, however, something new. Issued with new pills he took the dose on the box. At 1.00 am he was laughing maniacally and flooding the shower…not easy in a wheelchair.
    Returning to the clinic bright and early his doctor took one look at the instructions on the box and was howling abuse at the pharmacist who had, it appeared, doubled the dose.
    Will the pharmacist be disciplined? No, he is the nephew of the old boy who runs the hospital.

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  2. sustainabilitea / Mar 26 2023 5:33 pm

    Love your phrases to ponder and your Mother’s Day in October question. Apple, like all the others, yet more annoying to me because of their arrogant snobbery, doesn’t care much once they’ve been paid…unless it’s to get paid more to fix or upgrade.

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  3. SusanR / Mar 26 2023 5:41 pm

    My MacBook Pro is a 2012 model and I keep thinking any second it’s going to croak, just suddenly go black and cold. At the worst possible time, no doubt. In past years my rule was to replace a computer every three years or so. There’s no way this one should still be working … and yet …

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  4. disperser / Mar 26 2023 6:00 pm

    Nice to feel the heartbeat, and hoping the efficacy of treatments improves.

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  5. Bruce @ walkingoffthechessboard / Mar 26 2023 7:09 pm

    Every one in awhile my older laptop will “sleep in,” but it eventually gets with the program and allows me to use its programs. I have a two monitor set-up leftover from my recently-departed working days, but they are even older than the laptop, and on occasion they don’t like to “shake hands” with the laptop. It’s just one big, happy…tentative family!

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  6. Anne Mehrling / Mar 26 2023 7:47 pm

    Computer troubles are unsettling. You have my sympathy.

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  7. shoreacres / Mar 26 2023 8:38 pm

    Even though you didn’t say so in your post, you sure did give me a nudge. After years of swearing I’m going to clean up my files and back everything up before hurricane season starts, this time I’m REALLY going to do it.

    A new roof? My gosh. How long did it take them to do it? How did Hank respond to all that sudden activity. For him, it might have been as interesting as annoying. “Hollywood Hank” has piqued my interest. I’ll await further bulletins.

    When last we communicated, I was sitting at that Toyota dealership waiting for the AC to be fixed. That happened, but as I drove out of the dealership, the car started shaking, dying at stops, and displaying the prettiest little ‘check engine’ light you can imagine. Sigh. All that got fixed, too — it was due to non-standard parts being used way back when, after things stopped working in Hallettsville. That said, since it seemed the dealership’s work had started me down that $1400 dollar road (sigh, again), they gave me a rental to use for the four days they were working on Princess. Can you imagine me driving a brand new Rav4 with push button start, bluetooth, rear camera, and seats that warm up? I couldn’t either. But I managed to figure out how to adjust the mirrors and turn on the radio. I still was glad to get back in Princess. I’m not made for the modern world.

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  8. Kate Crimmins / Mar 27 2023 10:18 am

    Good to see you back and sending hugs to Sr Staff!

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  9. pensitivity101 / Mar 27 2023 4:24 pm

    Good to see you back!

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  10. cat9984 / Apr 2 2023 7:49 am

    Hadn’t looked at negotiations that way before, but you are absolutely right. That’s why haggling works at a bazaar.

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  11. Ally Bean / Apr 12 2023 5:28 pm

    Stopped by to see what has become of you. I miss seeing your comments but realize you may have nothing to say. As for “In negotiations, he who is the least interested wins.” Yep, that’s the way it works. 🙄

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2023 7:55 am

      How nice to see you stop by on the porch to chat. Hope to have more free time ( without falling asleep with my head in the bowl before long). Keep your fun posts coming – I’ll catch up with the giggles. Thanks for slipping by

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