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October 9th, 2010


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10:20 am - A Stressful Evening
Last night, sore-throated and exhausted after a week of bleah, I decided to go to bed early with a soothing, undemanding book (in this case, Georgette Heyer's Black Sheep). The Blonde Dog deigned to lie on her bed and whuffle in a slightly annoyed fashion (even though I was in the same room). It was peace, lovely peace...

Until I heard the oddest thump thump thump from the near bathroom. Scritch scratch. Thump. Thump.

The Blonde One startled up, ears cocked, annoyed whuffle transformed in mighty-mighty rumble. "You need to check that out," she indicated to me.

Gaaah, was my reaction. But I got up.

Scritch scratch. Thump thump thump. Yes, it was coming from the bathroom.

The Blonde Dog hovered, then herded me toward the sound. I couldn't avoid the insistent canine nose or slight graze of teeth. Okay. Okay. Checking it out.

I flipped on the bathroom light. A frog big as my fist leapt up against the tile in an aggressive fashion.

Yes, I screamed a little. I did not EXPECT to see a frog big as my fist, to be honest.

The Blonde One yipped, said in essence "Oh this is SO not what I signed up for," and bolted to the study, where she shivered in a princess-y way. (Drama queen.)

Gaaah, was my subsequent reaction, and I shut the bathroom door on the aggressively leaping frog. And then I pondered. While I have no difficulties disposing of insects, I am NOT a person who enjoys out-of-place amphibians. Should I call my friend E? Was there a local service who dealt with frogs in the bathroom? No, and No.

I opened the door again. The frog leapt at me aggressively. With visions of the frog escaping into, oh, my bedroom, I slammed the door shut again. The Blonde One yipped from the study.

I then retired to bed (thump. thump. thump) and read a chapter of Black Sheep, wherein witty banter was exchanged in a Bath completely free of frogs. This composed my nerves enough that I then collected two bowls, collected the frog, and rushed (with only a little bit of hysterical eeeping) to the backyard where I set the bowl down and bade the frog to go free.

I still don't know how the thing got there. But I have now learnt that for the Blonde One, frog does not = lizard. She apparently can distinguish amphibian from reptile. This is a useful thing to know.

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From:kathyh
Date:October 9th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person in possession of a frog in her bathroom must be in need of a Georgette Heyer novel! I always knew that reading them could help with most of life's problems :)

Well done you for being brave, which could not be said of the Blonde One!
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From:laurawise
Date:October 9th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps Heyer novels should be prescribed to combat high blood pressure! [nods]

Thank you, and a lovely Saturday with Heyer, without frogs!
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From:stateless82
Date:October 9th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
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I would have been yipping from the study as well.

I have no frog stories, but once I stood on the sofa hurling everything I could find at a wood roach, until I stunned it enough to put a bowl and a stack of books on top of it. It stayed there until the next day when I talked one of the neighbors into dealing with it.

Gah. Definitely.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 9th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Oh bless -- sofa-hurling couldn't have been easy! But hurrah for helpful neighbors. :-)

(Miss Blonde says that yipping from the study was the only sensible course, especially since she had her personal servant to deal with the problem.

Yes, to my dog I am Bunter.)

[hugs]
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From:mamculuna
Date:October 9th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
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How brave that you caught the frog! and how clever.

You and the Princess/Drama Queen do not want to take a shower in my outside shower at the beach...The frog Owns it, and sometimes invites in friends. but hot water usually persuades it to let me have a turn.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 9th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
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You're quite right -- outside showers and spaces do not necessarily belong to the humans! They must be shared with those who live outdoors.

[makes note never to have an outside shower]

Happy Saturday, with autumn joys!

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From:paratti
Date:October 9th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
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Meep.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:October 9th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
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It was only a little trauma, but still -- trauma. ;-)

Hugs and a good Saturday!
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From:ljrags
Date:October 9th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
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That frog is going to be more cautious in the future. Can you imagine the tales it is telling its froggy friends? {G}

Blond One and you showed extraordinary courage in the face of amphibians and sore throats and long weeks! Hurrah! :)

Books are our friends.

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From:laurawise
Date:October 9th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
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I'm not at all sure the frog made it out alive, what with last night's cold and the fright and all -- but I tried!

Hugs and good cheer sent to you and yours. :-)
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From:wildrider
Date:October 9th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
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I'm okay with frogs, it's insects that require bravery (or Barb). Good for you being brave and resourceful! HUGS for a better Saturday! (With no frogs!)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 9th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Heee. If only you all lived closer, I'd have called YOU. :-)

Happy Saturday, with hugs and good cheer!
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From:wildrider
Date:October 10th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
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LOL! And I would have come!
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From:tx_cronopio
Date:October 9th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
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Poor Froggie! How the heck did he get in?

Anyway, glad he is safely outside and did not eat Blonde One. Also, Black Sheep is highly recommended for comfort reading :)
(Unlike The Black Moth, which IMHO sucks)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 9th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
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I don't know how the frog came to be in my bathroom -- I can't find any way of entering (it seemed too big to jump out of the faucet). It is a mystery!

Happy Saturday to you, without frogs. :-)
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From:anne_d
Date:October 9th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
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That frog was definitely eep-worthy, and good on you for the humane capture and release. I hope you're feeling better today.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 9th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, A, I am still just on the verge of getting sick rather than all the way over. [fingers crossed]

Hugs and thanks and a good Saturday!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:October 9th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations on your successful frog disposal.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 9th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I fear I still don't approve of random frogs in my house, but there we are. ;-)

Happy Saturday!
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From:janus_74
Date:October 9th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
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Very good on collecting the frog. I would have shut the door and left the house until someone else disposed of it.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 10th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
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Hee -- if I could have thought of someone else to dispose of it, I totally would have left it to them! ;-)

Hugs and a good Sunday!
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From:gwynnega
Date:October 10th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
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Gaaaaah! Also: heeeee.

Frog!!!

:-)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 10th, 2010 10:51 am (UTC)
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Frog. In my bathroom. [shudders]

Happy Sunday (without frogs), Gwynne!
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:October 10th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
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How does a frog get into a bathroom?!?!?! What part of the country is this? (Must be tropical). Makes me think of those English brides who would go to India and find snakes in the bath, and lizards on the wall.

**shudders**
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From:laurawise
Date:October 10th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
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I have NO IDEA how the frog got there! That's the creepy part. ;-)

But yes, I live in the subtropics, where lizards in the house are not all that rare. Frogs, however...!

Happy Sunday to you and yours -- without wildlife in the house. :-)
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From:mobile_alh
Date:October 15th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
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Late as always, but with sympathies for frogs in wrong spots and a sedate cheer for Black Sheep, which I just found in hard cover for my own delectation.

Here, we tend more toward dead rats in the garage. B very kindly located the carcass and removed it and its associated fly larvae (so much less vivid a word than maggots).

::Give lady-like shudder::
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From:laurawise
Date:October 15th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
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Oh hurrah for Black Sheep in hardcover!

And yet an emphatic Not Hurrah for dead rats in the garage. How wonderful that B is Man on the Spot for such horrors.

May your weekend be *entirely* free of rats!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:October 16th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
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Maybe if I desire no more dead rodents, I shouldn't encourage "cleaning out the garage." Still, two more desssicated mice (I think) is a small price to pay for the removal of a van-load of cardboard boxes and a mass of semi-useless material for a group garage sale.

Once it's off the premises, I will ensure any leftovers are not returned to our storage.....

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