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And then the blasted hail came :-(

Last night,  a storm blew in with a vengeance.  I was about to drift off to sleep when the hail started pounding the house.  It was fairly small, mostly marble size, but relentless.  I stood watching out the patio door, helplessly wondering about the baby doves and my favorite toad, Zapper.  He had not come to the patio last night, which he does about every other night, to eat his fill of June bugs and other insects, underneath the patio light.  This has been his (or her) routine for the past three summers.  I’ve grown very fond of this toad.  I had seen him last, laying underneath the iris leaves, in the southwest corner of our yard,  one of his favorite hangouts. When the hail finally let up, I threw on a rain jacket over my jammies, slipped on a pair of flip flops, grabbed a flashlight, and went to check on him. It was after midnight.  It was raining. I know, most sane people would’ve gone to bed.   It’s a TOAD.  But,  I couldn’t.  I had to look.  When I rounded the corner of the house, and the light hit “his spot”, I was so afraid of what I would find.  The hail had completely covered his little corner, like a snow drift.  I began to dig it away, and sure enough under about two inches of a solid pile of round hail stones, was Zapper.  As I got more moved away, he wiggled his leg.  I got him pulled out and he was so freezing cold.  I went straight back to the patio with him, where I could get a better look at him.  He looked ok, and once he got warmed up, he ate a couple of June bugs on the patio.  Then he hopped off.  I haven’t seen him today, so I hope he didn’t have internal injuries.

And sadly, at least one of the little doves is dead.  I’m not sure about the other one.  I *may* have seen it this morning as I was leaving for work, still alive, but I couldn’t be sure.  I haven’t found it’s body, so hopefully it made it.

The yard is littered with leaves from our trees. This was the view of the backyard this morning.



And this is the little hole where Zapper was.  He was literally buried in hail.


This is the front yard debris and a picture of the roof, where the doves used to be, covered with Mimosa tree leaves.



Poor little things didn’t stand a chance, it hit so hard & fast.  But other than that, all is well.  It could’ve been much worse.  I know that.  And I am thankful that it wasn’t.  It’s all part of the circle of life, the natural order of things.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t be a little sad for a little bird (or a toad) for a few moments, does it?


I Spied a Toad!

Or maybe it’s a frog…but I couldn’t resist a quick post, after seeing Wendy’s blog today.  Seems we have something more in common than quilting…lol.


Mine was a gift from my boss.  He got for me in China, when he was there.  He always brings little gifts back for all of us, and since I’m so fond of toads and frogs, this was my little suprise.  I drove my co-workers nuts, playing with it, making it “croak”…lol.

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Itsy Bitsy Swallows and the Not Itsy Bitsy Toad

The baby swallows have hatched and are growing like weeds.  Hope nobody falls from the nest.  There are five babies in this little nest.

The big toad has been gorging himself on june bugs.  I love to watch him gobble them up.  Quite entertaining watching him (or her?) and the smaller toad chasing the bugs in the evening.  Look how fat he’s gotten!

Look at this gorgeous quilt top! It was made by members of the local guild, and is going to a rehab facility for wounded soldiers. I am donating my quilting services for it.  I am going to quilt it with Baptist Fans.  I think those will look fab on this, don’t you?

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Good Saturday

Let’s see…I did a minimal amount of housework this morning…then I started piddling around with some quilting projects.  I’ve been a project hopper today…hopping between three different projects.  I got some fabric washed and loaded for some pillow shams for my cousin, but somehow just couldn’t get in the mood to do the quilting.  Felt more like piecing.  I’ve gotten the first border added to the lighter version of my 9P & stripe quilts, and I’ve made really good progress on the log cabin blocks the last few days.  At least I will have some stash busting to report tomorrow.

Speaking of hopping…I wasted a lot of time today being distracted by these guys.  This is the little one…apparently these flower pot bottoms make perfect mini-ponds.  “Awwww…this is the life”, he says.

This is the BIG toad.

And the little one says, “Sure, go ahead…take a dip in my pond”.

And then we found this guy…look at those legs…this one can JUMP! Really far…He is about the same size as that big toad.  I guess he is some kind of frog…???

Hope your weekend is hopping along nicely, too!

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Since Jan brought the subject up today, I thought I would blog about toad frogs today.  These would fall in the category of “things that make me smile” or favorite things, a topic started by Ronda.  I was going to do a whole post of things, but haven’t seemed to find time, so I will just sprinkle them out over a few blogs, here and there.  My love of toads is one of the reasons my DH says I’m a simple woman. 🙂  I can sit outside and watch the toads on the patio and be completely amused.  And yes, I’ve taken pics of them.  This one I referred to as Mr Green Jeans, as he was more green in color than the others.  100_0252.jpg100_0254.jpgThese pics are from a couple years ago.  It was a good toad year.  On a good night, I would have around 15 toads on the patio.  I even turned on the light to attract more bugs for them to eat.  Before DS could mow, I would go around the yard, collecting them in a bucket so he wouldn’t run over them.  I know…you are shaking your head right now, thinking, “is she serious?”  Yes, I’m afraid so.  This is a little trait I have that drives my DH & DS a little nuts at times.  And when I comment that I can’t find a particular one, that’s when DH says “are you serious?  You can tell them apart now?”   Sigh….

These cuties are indoor toadies.  I bought this one just because he’s cute and he makes me smile when I look at him.  000_4986.jpg  This one is special because he was a gift from a friend.  She got him for me to put in the yard, but he is so cute, I kept him inside, where I see him more often.000_4985.jpgAnd this one, Dodie the Toad Fairy, is very special because she was made by one of my online quilting friends, Peggy H., from Montana.  I was fortunate to be able to purchase Dodie from her.  Isn’t she too cute?000_4988.jpg

Now then, I think I shall go clean the kitchen up from dinner, and hopefully, the thunderstorm we are having will end, so I can go turn on Corky, my quilting machine!  We just got about three inches of rain in the last 1.5 hours.  I am working on my Mom’s quilt, and had hoped to work on it some right after I got home from work.  But, that’s right when the storm came.  I am having a little trouble with the last border.  It looks a littly “wonky”.  Could it possibly be my piecing???? Surely not! 😉  Oh, I hope it looks ok after I get it off the machine.