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[STORY TIME!] 182/365: "The value of life can be measured by how many times your soul has been deeply stirred." ~ Soichiro Honda

[STORY TIME!] 182/365: "The value of life can be measured by how many times your soul has been deeply stirred." ~ Soichiro Honda
1 more picture in a note above! :)

My, how plans for my 365 image can change! This morning when I went out to water the garden, the light was just beautiful and the newly blooming chicory blossoms were positively glowing. I ran inside for my camera and proceeded to take bunches of pictures. In fact, I looked through them on my computer and had my picks of the day chosen.

Before I began working on the images, I decided to go down to our garage to hop on the orbital trainer and watch a bit of Lonesome Dove. However, in the quiet parts, I kept hearing small noises... scratching? Bumping? I stopped the video and listened again. *Scratch, rustle, bump* What the heck could it be? I angled my head up and wondered if one of our dogs was scratching at their bedding. *Screech... scratch*...no, that sound was down here...but...where? I got off the orbital trainer and began looking around, listening for the noises. I thought that maybe a mouse was digging a hole somewhere since we have had them in the garage before. *Scratchhhh* AH HAH!! It must be the box by the refrigerator! Moving quietly, I leaned down to look inside the box. Imagine my surprise when I discovered not a mouse, not a rat, but a juvenile TOAD trying to climb out of the box that it somehow managed to jump into!!!! I could hardly believe my eyes!! The next thing that hit me was the fact that if I hadn't heard this toad scratching on the side of the box, it would have died without question because it couldn't get out. That would have broken our hearts...I was overcome by relief and joy that I found this guy before he was too exhausted to make any noise!! WHEW!!!!!

Cooing softly at the frightened and exhausted toad, "Little fella, that's no place for you!" I gently picked it up out of the box and noticed that it was positively COVERED with dog hair, YUCK! Poor guy! So I brought it inside and held it under the sink while I removed all the hairs and assorted lint stuck all over. As I cleaned my adorable little buddy up, it began trilling at me! I giggled in surprise at the cute noises it was making! Finally, the toad was clean and ready to be released...but not before I got a couple of pictures!! :D Once I took a few images, I brought the toad out to Angel's Pond and placed him on the rocky beach area to recuperate. There's a ramp to climb out if he can't hop out. I checked a couple of times today and he's hanging out in the water under the ramp where it's cool on this very hot day. I expect he'll hop out when it gets dark, as these toads are nocturnal. (By the way, this is a smaller toad than the one I've taken pictures of, it was actually in the other wading pool that I call "Lucky's Pond"! :) I thought it was really funny that there's now a toad in each pond! :D

When Steve got home from his trip into town, I told him what happened and we were both so happy that I'd found this beautiful toad in time to save it!! HOORAY FOR HAPPY ENDINGS!!! :) :) :)

Soichiro Honda (November 17, 1906 – August 5, 1991) was a Japanese engineer and industrialist. In 1948, he established Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and oversaw its expansion from a wooden shack manufacturing bicycle motors to a multinational automobile and motorcycle manufacturer. Wikipedia: Soichiro Honda

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Francesca, sunlight, Rosa Dik (aksentowicz), Bjarne Stokke and 29 other people have particularly liked this photo


30 comments - The latest ones
 dragonflydreams88
dragonflydreams88
. . . awww!! . . . what a sweet story & happy ending!!! . . . Hurrah!!!
7 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
SO glad you found him !!

The 'feel good" factor seeped through the screen too.. and it will stay with you a long time !

It was a GOOD day... one back for the "Good guys" !
7 years ago.
 Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Great story and a marvelous photo!
7 years ago.
 Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
I love love love all this history !!! It makes my day ......
By the way, today I catched a living mouse in the mouth of one of my cat, and free her, I was so proud too !!!
7 years ago.
Janet Brien club has replied to Nylonbleu
Ohhhh, what a great story of your own!!! Hooray for happy endings!!!
7 years ago.
 milvavr
milvavr
beautiful story and beautiful toad!!
7 years ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
WOW What a stunner. Well done with this one Regards Tess.
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7 years ago.
 Levina de Ruijter
Levina de Ruijter
What a wonderful story, Janet. And what a great shot. I have to say though that on opening the page and seeing the toad my first thought was "Jabba the Hutt"! I'm sorry, I couldn't help it!! :)
7 years ago.
Janet Brien club has replied to Levina de Ruijter
Lol! That's what I thought too, Jabba!! So funny! But I have looked at every quote of Jabba the Hutt and none of them are actually interesting enough to use! In fact, my husband thought I should find a Jabba quote, and he was surprised to learn the line Jabba says are just too specific to the scenes he's in to use, or they don't work. Boo! Oh well!!!
7 years ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
I wanted to say thanks to all of you for these awesome comments, you are all so kind!! My week is made!!
7 years ago.
 Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Lovely image, Mrs Toad. And what a great story to go with it to. Love the humour!
7 years ago.
 Elen48
Elen48
Quelle histoire et belle photo de ce crapaud
bonne journée
7 years ago.
 Jim Boynton
Jim Boynton
This is a splendid surprise! I am so happy you saved little Jabba and found a nice home for him. Your story was a treat as well as your photo and both complimented each other perfectly. Thank-you for the smile!
7 years ago.
 sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s club
Lovely story and shot, Janet! What a cutie he is! I' m glad you rescued him in time and he lives happily ever after:)
7 years ago.
 Zulma
Zulma
:) That's a happy face for me...and the picture in the note is just awesome my friend. Great creativity for a note pic.
7 years ago.
 Bruno B
Bruno B
Une belle rencontre!! N'oublie pas qu'un tel animal est une chance pour celui qui possède un jardin et notamment un potager!!
7 years ago.
 Rinus Motmans
Rinus Motmans
Fantastic close-up, Janet, and a great story!!!!!!!
7 years ago.
 Mags:-) off for a while
Mags:-) off for a wh…
I love your story!!!!!
I love the photo...it reminds me of days past, when I checked drains in the wash house for toads and my mom and me would carry them outside...
Gorgeous, Janet:)
7 years ago.
 Alessio Corsi
Alessio Corsi
Ah ... perhaps a prince? ... greetings!
7 years ago.
 Diana (Naturegrl64)
Diana (Naturegrl64)
Yay! Great rescue!
7 years ago.
 Cats 99
Cats 99
I think you have made yourself a friend for life, ha ha! If that is a juvenile, I can only imagine how big an adult might be and that could be a scary thing! This guy is huge (to me)! I love his round belly and his cute toes! I'm glad you were able to save his life too - poor little fellow!

LOL! I just saw the comment about "Jabba the Hut" and I have to agree - there is a very strong resemblance there!
7 years ago.
 k m 7 d
k m 7 d club
How heartwarming it is to read yours and Steve's thoughts about this beautiful toad and thank goodness you were there to rescue him/her. And a lovely photo to go with them.
7 years ago.
 bluehazyjunem
bluehazyjunem
marvelou photo
7 years ago.
 Ester
Ester
Fantastic macro and also I love the note
7 years ago.
 Dynamo
Dynamo
Nice shot and story :-) the inside picture is also great!!
7 years ago.
 p'titJo
p'titJo
Très belle capture !
7 years ago.
 Bee Nee
Bee Nee club
Nice story ... an he looks so nice and clean, now! :)
7 years ago.
 sunlight
sunlight club
Very interesting !
7 years ago.
 E.Bru
E.Bru
Huge! Riesig!
6 years ago.

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