We have been looking for a frog/toad all summer and today this little one visited our yard. I apologize for all the toad photos, but this is a big deal for us. We are not fortunate to live in an area that has a lot of wildlife, since the local officials appear that they would be happier if the entire town was covered in blacktop or became one giant Walgreen's. As a child this area was mainly prairie land and cornfields, so we spent most of our days finding frogs and keeping them as pets. We would have jars of tadpoles in all stages of growth, little peeps and green (tree?) frogs.
The kids were gentle with our new friend and we placed him in the garden in a waiting toad house (with pool).
This week is the anniversary of my Aunt's death and her birthday, so she has been in my thoughts. This is where my cousins spread her ashes in Ireland, so peaceful. There have been so many people taken from our family that it's difficult to fill the void. She really knew how to take the ordinary and make it quite special. I remember the book she made me when I had to have stitches in a toe. The book was about the adventures of a tiny toe with little stitches in his head. You cannot replace that type of creativity and love.
Here is the sky after a very stormy day here. I would have taken photos of the storm, but I was too scared to step outside. It has been raining here constantly and today we received two severe storms. I was driving in the first one and was so frightened that I was looking at the ditch on the side of the highway wondering if that is where I should be. Two semi-trucks overturned on part of the highway I was on during this. Living in the Midwest we have plenty of bad weather, but today I was nervous. I am glad my kids were not in the car with me and everyone is safe. We are supposed to have round 2 tomorrow - a good day to stay inside.