Friday, May 28, 2010

Photo of the Week: Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

I don't like frogs, toads, snakes or any other creature that slithers or hops ... with the exception of bunnies & kangaroos, of course. (Incidentally, my little brother, who is in Australia right now, got to pet some 'roos yesterday. Mwah....jealous? Never...). I digress....

When I was a little girl, I had an encounter with a frog that scarred me for life. We had just come home from a family vacation and had been gone for several weeks. Somehow, a frog had made it through the septic & into my toilet. When I lifted up the toilet seat in my bathroom (for the first time in a couple of weeks), there was a frog staring right back at me. I. Was. Frightened. I screamed bloody murder & have never found a place in my otherwise-animal-loving-heart for these little amphibians since. Luckily, my husband still has a frog shaped spot in his heart. Exhibit A:
When I came upon Mr. Toad this weekend while tending to our little patch of green on our patio (in between the torrential downpours), I immediately called Matt. Mr. Toad was content, just chilling in the corner of our garden, not making any moves out of my space (I think he sensed my fear). Matt, on the other hand, ate it up. He picked him up and let the darn thing pee on him! My husband is easily entertained... & he was kind enough to indulge me and let me capture a few geeky shots for the blog. Exhibit B:
Speaking of gardening... if you want to start a little herb garden & feel great about yourself - plant some mint. Its growth rate is out of control (I'm pretty sure it's a weed). That's what's laying on our patio; I was trimming it back because it's so darn huge. If you have any creative uses for mint (so far all I've come up with is mojitos, which I love), leave me some comments. Or, better yet, take some off our hands! We have a ton!

There will be a little break from blogging for the next few days because...have you heard? It's officially Memorial Day Weekend! See y'all back here next week!


  1. Hi Susan! Your post caught my eye as 1. I used to have a pet frog growing up. He was 14 when he died. No joke. and 2. I'm also growing mint! Mojitos I think are a must, but I also have heard mint lemonade is a treat as well. Just thought I would share!

  2. Thanks, Ellen! Seriously, you must read my mind... I just tried mint lemonade yesterday! This one actually:
    So summer-y & yummy.... So now I have 2 mint uses! Hope all is well! :)


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