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March 17, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Greening for Irish Ayes.

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“Quiet. Keep your head down and try to look skinny to fit in,” a mother dollar weed cautions her twins about life in the lawn. “Danger lurks at every spin of the blade or crush of the paw.”©

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated as much as Cinco de Mayo in Texas

For good reason.

Oh, it is not all about the consumption of beer although…

Both are on the table of our mutt heritage.

Remember the Alamo? 

Among those who died defending the Alamo in March 1836 were 12 who were Irish-born, while an additional 14 bore Irish surnames. There may have been others.

From The Texas State Historical Association and the Handbook of Texas Online:

“Natives of Ireland were among the first settlers in Spanish-ruled Texas, and the story of the Irish in Texas is in many ways coincident with the founding of the republic and the development of the state. The heritage of the Irish seems in retrospect to have peculiarly suited their migration to a new land, for the English dominance of Ireland must have been to the new colonists in Texas a close parallel to the oppression they eventually found in the new country. It is not surprising that as many as twenty-five Irishmen probably signed the Goliad Declaration of Independence, that four signed the actual Texas Declaration of Independence, and that 100 were listed in the rolls of San Jacinto, comprising one-seventh of the total Texan force in that battle. Probably the first Irishman in Texas was Hugo Oconór, who became governor ad interim of Texas in 1767.”

“The descendants of generations who had long fought and died for their civic and religious liberties, the Irish were quicker than most to recognize incursions upon their rights and to defend against them.”

“The 1850 census listed 1,403 Irish in Texas; ten years later the number was 3,480.”

“The Irish were third among those claiming European ancestry, following English and German.”

Read the rest here.

Another tale of an Irish man who came seeking some green can be found inThe Irish Colonies of Texas“:

“John (Juan) McMullen Irish Empresario & Co-founder of the McMullen & McGloin Colony, was born in Ireland in 1785 most probably in east Donegal County or in a county of North-East Ulster…” After landing in Baltimore, he became a merchant and migrated to Matamoros, Mexico sometime in the early 1820’s.

Seeing land available, he encouraged Irish families to come and settle here, and, and eventually became a judge only to be assassinated in his sleep.

In Mexico and the Southwest, many also wear the green on St. Patrick’s Day to honor Mexico’s Fighting Irish.

St. Patrick’s Battalion (also called the San Patricios and Los Colorados) was created by soldiers who deserted the US army for Mexico during the unpopular Mexican American War(1840’s) when the US invaded Mexico.

“The Green Command” were fierce fighters joined Mexico as they had not been allowed citizenship, they opposed fighting other Catholics, Mexico had already outlawed slavery, and the Irish faced tremendous and cruel prejudice in the US at the time.

After the war, only the Irish were hung (Not shot by firing squads as military law required) while all other deserters received pardons and allowed to fight in the Civil War.

The grass definitely looked greener on the other side of the conflict to them.

So here’s to all who were equal to the land: their freewheeling style, music, food and, of course, drink.

Cerveza para todos. Sláinte

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

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Under cover of darkness or light. In rain or drought, Dollar Weed armies march across the landscape each spring. ©

March 15, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Search for a better snowflake

 

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Petaling as best it can in attempt to make a snowy showing.©

A cold-hearted dream of a better snowflake.

Something in the stars’ sporting

Or is the Love-me-Love-me-not petal prediction more fine?

To chill one up mimicking the wiles of the wilds without artistry guiding, substituting instead human meddling…

A bit of tweaking might create a wonder:

Snow crystals that don’t absorb or wear any dirt.  Always mountain portrait perfect and sugar pretty covering the ground.

Flurries only on schedule. White Christmas guaranteed. Predictable ski conditions.

Drifts dissolving with consideration in measured time. No icy drip turning two massive floods.

Like manipulating DNA and GMOs

Like in vitro and early genetic redo for broken DNA.

Like producing better animals and crops

Whether the weather?

Tweaking nature acceptable for humans and plants, so surely sculpturing snowflakes not too chilling.

Could be cool.

Exquisite designs

Except, one clumsy chiseling, welcome ice age.

Wrapping up

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

  • Of crystal constructions:

““[A snowflake’s] final shape is a history lesson of how the thing grew,” Hallett said. “The outside edge of the crystal is where it grew last, and as you go inward you can tell [the conditions of] where it was before.” Read more here: PBS Newshour. “The science of snowflakes”

Smithsonian Magazine: “Snowflakes all fall in one of 35 different shapes”

As well as an end the overload of delicate snowflakes?

(Ashley can’t help it. She’s fragile, as many know. Her mom had troubles, too.)

Dogs. Winning the Iditarod. (Image ADSN News)

Molly is thrilled. Winning Iditarod dog team. Molly now wants shoes, snow, and a sled.(ADSN News)

Molly Malamute is warning her cousins and clan to stay out of Colorado.

The city of Aurora profiles unfairly

Wed. afternoon the family was in court: “10-year-old Capone can’t return home for at least a week.” (Denver news) Still waiting DNA tests.  Animal Control “classified him as part wolf based on his behavior and appearance.”).Odd, aren’t most dogs? Interesting enough, in most places in Colorado, as long as a dog is at least 1% domesticated, it’s legal.

Huffington Post. VIDEO. “City seizes family dog (Black German Shepherd) alleging he may be part wolf” (He jumped the fence. They will not give him back and plan on either taking him to a wolf sanctuary or euthanizing him. What? For ten years he’s been cuddling with the family and sleeping with the kids….)

Tracy Abbato, Capone’s owner has opened a “Get Capone Home” GoFundMe Page for attorney fees, fines for having an exotic animal, and to build a taller fence.

And just for fun, here’s the Aurora Colorado City Hall’s Facebook Page. Please be nice but firm. Great PR, Aurora. 

Until this is settled, Molly Malamute, whose ancestors were the now extinct Eastern European wolves that wandered across the ice bridge into Alaska (not the North American wolf species), is barking up a storm to prevent others from being snagged. Marking the state off vacation plans.

Black German Shepherd, Capone, at home (Image by Tracy Abbato)

“What me woof?” Capone with one of his BFFs.(Tracy Abbato)

Capone dares to hope.

Please forward/post his plea anyplace you can.

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Molly and The German worry if Capone isn’t safe, who is?©

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Paws for peace.©

 

 

March 13, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

The Challenge of Breaking Up

Breaking up is not hard to do.

“Mom. Mom! Go stand by the window. You’re breaking up.” I don’t know. She said something about feeling faint.

Girls in snow in vintage swim suits ( 1936. Idaho NYA Fed. Residence School. (NARA/USPD.by US employee/Commons.wikimedia.org)

It may be snowing on the East Coast, but a little chill never stops determined Spring Breakers(Idaho girls in snow,1936.Idaho/ NARA image/USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Forget the grubby road trips crammed in a car counting pennies at the drive thru on the way to a cold day at the local beach.

What are student loans for if not Spring Break Trips to sunny luxurious resorts? Cancun? Cabo? How about Punta Cana?

It’s a Rite of Passage, right?

Not to go when EVERYONE ELSE IS would cause a break down. (And we ain’t talking one of communication. Never hear the end of it.)

  • Select your trip now! Here’s where many buy their party packages: StudentCity offers “the ultimate in the Spring Break experience” “Live it up for Spring Break 2017”
  • And the cringe worthy reality: “Spring Break Student Loan Study” (survey via Pollfish and Whatsgoodly). “….51.20% of parents that cosigned on their child’s student loan said their retirement has been put in jeopardy due to late payments made by their child. Many students are hamstringing their parent’s ability to retire because they are using their student loan money to pay for an island adventure.”

And of course the concept has trickled down to high schools years ago

Cruises have been promoted for them…without parents along to spoil the fun.

woman in glamour pose sitting on beach (1945. actress Gloria DeHaven, Yank, the Army Weekly magazine. USPD, pub.date, fed.army employee/Commons.wikimedia.org )

She, like many fourth grade girls, think she’s this.(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Is is any wonder the wanna-be-cool elementary crowd whines, too?

Friends confided in us last weekend their apple-of-their-eye granddaughter is outraged because her Spring Break trip to DC was called off due to travel issues. Blizzard? What’s a little blizzard? She’s already bragged to all her friends about going!

So they bought her a puppy instead.

To appease her.

Maybe if there’s break in the weather, they can haul the disgruntled child down to local beach.

Park the car and arrange the Yeti to block the chilling wind. You’ll get a tan even with shivering with goosebumps (Speaking from experience here.)

The tan is all that counts. Spring Break isn’t about swimming in the water.

Might as well learn now.

Oh, give me a break. (Wait. Let me clarify. Put down that baseball bat.)

Don’t go breaking’ my heart

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

1965 Burt Bacharach/Hal David song recorded by Dionne Warwick

“One drop of rain doesn’t make the sun run away
Don’t go breakin’ my heart
One falling leaf doesn’t make September in May
Don’t go breakin’ my heart…

…..Teach my heart how to smile, oh…”

March 10, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Fast tracked turtle

Turtle. Cover of Frank Asch book Turtle Tale (Image Goodreads.com)

Time to snap: An old turtle joke…(Image Goodreads.com)

We now know why the turtle winks and looks smug as it inches by.

Finally got the scoop on that slow and steady turtle vs party bunny race.

Not simply an annoying lesson to lecture kids, but based on a real natural phenomenon like many other myths and legends

This one may make your skin crawl.

Titanoboa was a resident of South America during the early Paleocene which was after the T Rex period.

Since 2004, fossils of 28 Titanoboa snakes have been discovered in Cerrejon, Columbia. (one of the largest open pit mines in the world).

Thoughts not hopping to the connection to the Turtle Tale?

During that time period and in that location, giant one-ton snapping turtles, Carbonemys,  thrived. (You can see the fossilized shell  of one in the short video below).

Both predator species splashed around the water, so they probably encountered each other on occasion.

But the turtle probably was the champion.

Why? Because the turtle shell was too darn difficult to digest….even during slow and steady snake constrictions.

Serious indigestion, and everyone learns to avoid foods that cause that.

So it may sound hair brained, but knowing family history may be why today’s turtles seem so smug and unconcerned about just about everything.

Especially with the climate heating up once again.

Is our only hope some creatures are too arrogant to look both ways crossing the road?

Thinking quick like a bunny,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Video: 18 facts about this giant snake and images of ancient turtle combatant

“Pythons discovered in abandoned Florida missile base.” 

(Do they know something we don’t? Are they evaluating a staging area in preparation?)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water / warm Florida sun

Have a great Spring Break.

March 8, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Spring loaded and ready to bounce.

Fairy Queen among adoring subjects. 1916 Russian Story Book by R. Wilson, Illiustrated by Frank C. Pape/ USPD. pub.date/gutenberg project/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Your distress has been heard. We have arrived to offer assistance.(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Why the rush to become basket cases?

Blame pollen. When fresh air is contaminated, brains struggle.

Sleep, the only remedy so, of course, powers-that-bee decided to add another stinger with Daylight Savings Time. With that manipulation, ALL certainly require saving: both day and night.

Although Night Saving Time seems to be less popular.

Possibly due to fear of after hours at the ATMs in large cities.

And add to that all the talk of springs. Another example of seasonal addled thinking. Who uses springs anymore?

Everyone has fallen into memory foam.

Which, if memory serves well, is quite the snooze zone.

And snoozing is what We, in Our catnip mousie haze infinite wisdom, feel all should be practicing in preparation for the annual marching madness to try and dictate to internal clocks when breakfast should occur.

It is not hard. Sun up. Time to eat.

Some cannot leave well enough alone. It is still a mystery why such a species was given the thumbs.

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Dunderheads. Time: a fool’s tool. Sunny spots need no instruction as to when it is appropriate to appear..©

As a kindness, there to your left, are piles of fleece. One per individual. (We said ONE! Thank you. Yes, of course you were getting it for another…)

Settle into a comfortable position and We shall wander among you – offering a neck massage here and a shoulder kneading there to help with relaxation and release of stress.

WHAT? How dare you mumble about not wanting to be itchy from fleece.

Our fleece are high quality blankies washed with great care so the wrappee may Dreft off to Lullasigh Land.

“He who lies down with fleece get up rested as a dog.” A famous line. Someone said that.

Now Yoda-like breathing: small and wise. Shhhh.

Do not worry. The Realm is equipped with HEPA air filters.

Pay no mind to the dog hair tumbleweeds attached to the machine. Simply adds an extra filtration layer.

Upon waking, the fleece is not a souvenir for Savings Times meditations. Staff stands by door with two hands waiting: one for fleece and one for your Tribute of Thanks.

Dramatic woman standing next to pile of towels or blankets. Gloria Swanson.1920 Paramount. USPD.pub.date/ Commons.wikimedia.org)

Do not risk it. (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Do not neglect to leave the open can of cat food in the doorway as tribute .

Especially after Our kindness in your Time of Needless Saving.

Be mindful.

Mindful we know where you blog and where your shoes are…

We took notes as you napped. And a couple of shoes we found cozy.

Barefooting it is back to nature. You’ll thank Us.

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March 6, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Real drips are out there.

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A  day of “old fashion rain” which leads to wondering exactly what is “new fashioned rain”? One that now “ponds” rather than “puddles”? A new reign of experts telling which way the weather blows.©

Spreading dirt has been popular for so long. While it causes scorn to those gracelessly mired in it, seems everyone digs it at some point. Must be a human need to grind stuff underfoot.

Surprising who gets gritty.

(Ever wonder if Hamilton era men suffered health issues from their fancy powdered wigs like the aristocratic women did from their makeup?  Dirty Little secrets…)

Thomas Jefferson:

  • “Botany is the school for patience, and it’s amateurs learn resignation from daily disappointments.” (Letter to Madame de Tessé (25 Apr 1788

(So, the plot revealed.)

  • “No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden…But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.” (Letter to Charles W. Peale, 20 August 1811.)

(The Fountain of Youth or that  dust to dust thing? You know, Remind the little kid who was told to clean his room and spotted several large dust bunnies under the bed. “Mom, there’s someone either coming or going under the bed.”)

  • “The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture; especially, a bread grain” (In Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies from the Papers of T. Jefferson. 1829).

(Food. Finally practical. Still the GMO people may have misunderstood.) 

John Adams

  • “I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.” (Letter to Abigail Adams. 12 May 1780)

(Now this is a bit worrisome. Hope the cycle doesn’t mean the great great children have to start the sequence all over with the first one.) 

  • “I had heard my father say that he never knew a piece of land run away or break.” (John Adams, Autobiography)

(So, dirt is more dependable.)

Ben Franklin (attributed)

  • “A man of words and not of deeds, is like a garden full of weeds.”

(Perhaps more so if farming that new money crop in Colorado? At least many of those don’t get behind the wheel.)

Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Hamatreya

  • “Earth laughs in flowers, to see her boastful boys
    Earth-proud, proud of the earth which is not theirs;
    Who steer the plough, but cannot steer their feet…”

And others (from authors unknown or too smart to claim it to avoid the annoyed.)

  • As the gardener, such is the garden. (Old Jewish proverb)
  • “Deeds are fruits, words are but leaves.” (English proverb.)

Mud pies. Mud wrestling. Mud baths. Mud flaps. Humans seem to have an obsession with dirt.

Might be the result of moving from an agricultural society to living in crowded little city boxes.

But that doesn’t explain the dirt fascination and joy of dirt by other such as elephants and pigs. Who are pretty intelligent.

Maybe smart enough to stay close to the land and draw from it.

Or they just recognize good clean fun when they see it.

Slinging in the rain. (Mud in your eye)

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

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Proprietor of local water garden sees mud of no importance. ©

 

March 3, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Soundings. Intent. Being bad.

Yellow billed green parrot on branch. (Southerland/flickr/snowmanradio/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Look, parrot. I don’t care if your name is Dee…(Southerland/flickr/snowmanradio/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Bored with constantly correcting people, is Spell Check auditioning for a comedy show?

With the “Close enough” and the”Well, they sound exactly the same and you know what I mean, so what’s the big deal?”, there’s enough hilarious lions to roar about.

Spotted, like a slow leopard, in a recent discussion jungle concerning the China Sea islands controversy: an observation concerning China’s missile capacity compared to other countries:

  • “They haven’t reached parody”.
  • Of course China might be building wit and satire which currently isn’t allowed on their internet, or it could be building military parity which is more easily recognized, even if less funny.
  • Or they could all be encouraging trade growth with the pairing of  teas.

No one likes a snarky Smarty Pants. Or a misplaced thought.

1952 Kennedy Tea with elegant silver service and full skirts featuring Kennedy slogan (JFK, his mother and sisters)TV cameras filming one of 33 campaign teas to support run for US Senate. (USPD: pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Might be afternoon, but high aspirations brewed. A Kennedy Tea Party during 1952 Senate campaign.(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Another comment adamantly insists that Ash Wednesday and the observation of Lent is not Christian at all. It’s Catholic.

  • Please don’t tell the  Catholic congregation members….
  • Or the local Methodist and even Lutheran ones that also follow those traditions.
  • Some things not worth splitting hares over (unless it’s Easter and they are chocolate).

Talking about splitting, Spring is Gotta Get Away Time.

Men in vintage suits behind vintage motorcycles.1917. Sales and administrative force of Cleveland Motorcycle Mgg. Co. Image from Motor Cycle Illustrated (USPD: pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Would you buy a motor cycle from this sales force? Not your basic Brando. (Cleveland Motorcycle Mfg. Co.1917/USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Why walk when you can fly – and get all heads to turn as you go by?

“Why the 190 mph BMW S1000RR Would Make a Terrific First Motorcycle.”

Wait. Wait.

This writer is as logical and as convincing as Ralphie was in his persuasive essay about why he need a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200 Shot Range Model Air Rifle in “The Christmas Story”

And it’s funny:

“If ever a motorcycle was idiot proof, it’s this one. ….Our advice: keep it pointed away from trees. If you can manage that, you should be ok.”

See. Solid. Sensible. Feel free to try it.

Ralphie got his…

American bald eaglet receiving care (Image Wildlife Center of Texas/click2houston)

Yes, I’m grumpy. Dad was going to take me fishing.(Wildlife Center of Texas)

Flying along, you’ll love the sound of this: the little eaglet whose dutiful eagle dad was shot last weekend inside the Houston city limits by a 17-year-old (and his 2 friends) is safe at Last Chance Forever, the Birds of Prey Conservancy near San Antonio.

Hopefully a resident foster mom eagle (one injured so badly she cannot be returned to the wild) will adopt this little one along with her own. With her help, the eaglet will learn everything he needs to know to live in the wild.

Fall back plan is to raise the little chick with little human contact using an eagle puppet to feed and encourage him.(Read more expert’s interview in the link below.)

  • Video and story – with the man who saw and called 911. This eagle, well-known and loved by the neighborhood, is one of a pair who have nested and raised families there for at least 5 years. It takes both parents to hunt and feed a young eagle until it can live on its’ own which is why the decision was made to collect the young bird. His mom was grieving her mate and exhausted.
  • Listen to the expert talk about how the orphaned will be cared for at the sanctuary. You’ll learn why the eaglet was taken from the nest and a lot about American bald eagles. (Facebook page here.)

Do I have to spell it out for you?

Hope that eagle feather pluckin’ joker shows up for his court date in March and gets his.

There’s bad boys and then there’s bad, boys. Ask any of the wild ones.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

 

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