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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Maybe I should apologize?!

I guess when I said yesterday that Mother Nature could bite me I might have been a little rude. But I was frustrated. I was really looking forward to all that yummy fruit.

That was my lame-o attempt at an apology.

I bet you're wondering why I'm apologizing.

Well you know what?

When I told Mother Nature to bite me... she did.

Literally.

Well, not me... but my garden. Again.

First she sent the deer to bite the flowers off my hydrangea.




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Then she sent a squirrel to nip at my tomatoes...
and pop out from under the deck...
and run over my bare foot in it's frenzy to escape.

Yes, I screamed.


Next I noticed that my flower beds were missing a lot of, well... flowers.
I wasn't sure what was happening.
I contemplated a shot of Miracle-Gro.
Not for me. For the plants.

And then I saw him:


Except he looked more like this by the time I raced downstairs
and shooed him away:


Seriously.

A Ground-flipping-hog is gobbling up what's left of my garden. Apparently yesterday, when I told Mother Nature to bite me, she decided she needed to go beyond the veggies and get the flowers, too. Hit me where it hurts.

I may be a soccer mom, but even I know a throw-down when I see one. This was war. I started plotting to remove the screens from my windows so that I could throw things from the kitchen when the critters came to graze. I had my melon-baller lined up and ready to sacrifice as the first casualty since I don't really use it much. It makes nice little fruit circles and all, but I never know what to do with the melon that's too close to the rind for balling... Stupid melon baller deserved to go.

I guess the thought of KathyB! throwing kitchen implements out the window at Bambi and Thumper made Mother Nature pause. Because instead of more hungry critters?

Mother Nature sent me these. Hundreds of them. Literally.



The world's tiniest little frogs.

That frog is on the tip of my youngest daughter's finger, and her finger tip is small. The frogs don't appear to be hurting anything....

And if they're harmless?

They must be a peace offering.

62 comments:

Laoch of Chicago said...

Time now to call the witchdoctor!

ScoMan said...

Just for you, I'm leaving my heater and my air conditioner on all night.

♥ Braja said...

Oh boy she is SERIOUS :))) love it....xx

Tammy Howard said...

Or a plague.

Oh, not the hydrangeas!!! I can't grow them and am jealous of those who can and you grew such a beautiful specimen... oh dear!

ck said...

I'm afraid that I thought the very same thing Tammy said.

This whole things feels very plague-ish.

Frogs make me shudder.I think I would die a little inside if I had hundreds of them in my yard.

Megryansmom said...

Oh that's no peace offering! Drop on your hands and knees and PRAY!!! Frogs were the second plague of Egypt. You pissed Mother Nature off but good this time Kathy B! !

Yvonne said...

Oh, you poor girl. I feel your pain. All that work and the damn animals eat your lovely flowers. Damn them!
I hope they don't have relatives in Jersey since I just damned them!

Ginger said...

-a very, very teency, adorable plague? Whoszababe plague?

Also, the prairie dogs make for good pets,though they like to chew through stuff, ahem, and you know that already.. Sorry.

The Good Cook said...

Frogs? Um, Please let us know when the locust arrive.

It's not nice to curse Mother Nature....

Lindy said...

That's a whole lotta nature for one post. I'm gonna have to ask you to hold back a little next time....or put some kind of disclaimer up there.

peewee said...

um. I dunno. Those frogs look ominous. Like gremlins. Just saying.

Cassie said...

waiting for the locust to show up at your door next. Maybe you are the one that should make the peace offering. Weren't frogs one of the plagues in Eygpt ???

Queenie Jeannie said...

Hugs!!!

And my Bella would be in Frog Heaven! OMG, she loves 'em so much!!!

Michele said...

OMG you are too funny! I don't know whether to laugh or cry!

TKW said...

Okay, first of all, that squirrel looks extremely scary.

And WTF is with those Lilliputian frogs? I've never seen anything like it.

I had to laugh at the second prairie dog picture because every day when I walk Miss M. to the park, we pass a prairie dog colony. There's one dude who is just that huge--I call him Fat Bastard. He must have hitched a ride back with you from CO.

Nikki said...

That is, by far, the cutest little garden intruder EVER!

Gosh, you're lucky! Send me some : )

Grant said...

You can defeat Mother Nature. Just pave over your entire property.

If you had a shotgun, your flowers would be safe and you would be dining on venison.

for a different kind of girl said...

Oh, I think I could deal with a squirrel running across the tops of my feet, but if my life was plagued by hundreds of miniature frogs (that have, I assume, the ability to grow into big, hideous, ugly frogs), I'd contemplating moving. Frogs of any size freak me out!

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Omg...lol... and I'll not make any its not nice to fool with mother nature jokes but oh!

lol at your pics :)

Paging Doctor Mommy said...

It's like you are under attack! What are you going to do when all those tiny frogs grow up?!

Ink said...

First of all, that is the scariest squirrel expresion I've ever seen!

Second, I think Caddyshack explains how to deal with the groundhogs (though I think in that movie it might have been gophers). Joke!

Anyway, that was a hiLAriOUs post! Though I'm sorry you're plagued. You know what they say, You Can't Fool Mother Nature.

Kathy B! said...

So I have to weigh in on these frogs. They are TINY - like the tip of a Q-tip. Currently, there are birds hopping around the yard, and I've just realized they are eating the tiny frogs (or they could be toads. I think these things suddenly hatched as a result of rain rather than coming from the stream behind the house? Who knows?!)...

Anyway, there is definitely no plague. These things are waaay to small to be scary or plague-like. And there aren't going to be any left to reach full size as the birds are being very efficient.

Kristina P. said...

I think that the tiny frogs would freak me out the most!

Zeemaid said...

awww poor little froggies.. I bet your daughters are madly trying to save em all.

PS... to appease mother nature, you have to go out in a toga sheet, wrap vines around your head and do a little dance in the yard...

... okay I'm kidding. *L*

Susie said...

Oh my gosh!! The hydrangea would have brought me to my knees!!

Anonymous said...

...and with frogs come....anyone? anyone? SNAKES!

the ungourmet said...

Sounds to me like you need a good exterminator!

I think you did make mother nature mad yesterday because I was reaching in to pick a bean in my garden and was stung by a bee. So yeah, thanks a lot Kathy B!

Grand Pooba said...

That is the cutest and grossest thing I've ever seen!

Remind me to be nice to mother nature from now on!

Keyona said...

Better shake hands and make up while you have the chance!!

Juls said...

Ooh sometimes when it rains a bunch...we get those hideous little frogs too... at least I think they're hideous. But I'm afraid of most things slimy, creepy, crawly, slithery or jumpy.
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and, NO..........Not the melon baller!!! :)

LadyFi said...

Aww.. I'm so glad Mother Nature is making up with you! That melon baller must have scared her off!

K said...

I love the tiny frogs. What an excellent offering.

I hope you and mother nature make up soon.

i am the diva said...

that may be the teeniest frog i have ever seen!!

blueviolet said...

Peace offering? I was thinking more along the lines of....a plague.

JennyMac said...

You can at least sell tickets to you Animal Kingdom! :)

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Wait...hundreds of those little frogs? That would be considered a peace offering? Oh, but if the birds are eating them all, I can see how it could be a peace offering...keep the birds bellies full and they won't eat any more of your fruit. Well, if you had any left. ;) You poor thing...this just isn't your year to enjoy all your hard labor, is it? :) And I would have had the melon baller ready, too...what do you do with the melon that's too close to the rind? :)

countryfriedmama said...

All we have succeeded in growing this summer are a few rotten tomatoes. How can they be rotten before they are ever ripe? Mother Nature can bite me, too, KathyB!

Gibby said...

I don't know, KB!, I know those frogs are tiny, but I were you, I would RUN.

Grant said...

BTW, I think hundreds of frogs = rain of toads. That's not a peace offering - Mother Nature is going biblical on you. Expect a lake of fire and creeping death in your near forecast.

melinda sue said...

i have never seen anything like those little toads or frogs or whatever before. they are kind of cute little guys... i think they need some friends in the world.

faemom said...

When making amends with Mother Nature you should either plant something else, bake some bread, or light some vanilla candles. From a girl who hung out with real witches.

Hit 40 said...

You need some coyote to eat the baby bambi. Sad but works.

Hit 40 said...

You need some coyote to eat the baby bambi. Sad but works.

Hit 40 said...

You need some coyote to eat the baby bambi. Sad but works.

Hit 40 said...

You need some coyote to eat the baby bambi. Sad but works.

WhisperingWriter said...

The tiny frog creeps me out a little bit. What if it jumped into my soda or something and I DRANK it?? *Shudders*

evenshine said...

Are you sure you made peace with God? Sounds like the plagues of Egypt round the B! household...

Bee and Rose said...

I actually yelped when I saw your poor hydrangea bush! Oh no!

If I had hundreds of tiny frogs in my yard, I'd be running and screaming in terror! lol!

I completely agree..I would toss a melon baller out the window as a weapon too!

MiMi said...

This is so funny, and sad, since your garden's getting its butt kicked! I don't like amphibians or whatever a frog is, but that is kind of a cute little feller! :)
macey

Ryan and Michelle Wagner said...

You have such an outstanding attitude to think that 100 tiny frogs could be some sort of a peace offering!!!

Young Mom/Wife said...

MAN! You and I are not having a great day with Mother Nature.

Jen said...

I don't know..... were frogs one of the ten plagues?

Helene said...

Call me crazy but I think he's kinda cute...in an ugly kinda way. That squirrel looks like he has rabies...he looks seriously freaked out. I'd scream too!

Kristen said...

oh I love the little frog! I totally lost your blog link & realized I never followed, umm oops!! haha. I am sorry about your garden though!!

bernthis said...

Never screw with mother nature. You're a woman, you should know that

bernthis said...

Never screw with mother nature. You're a woman, you should know that

Yaya said...

My godson's house has hundreds of those little frogs too. I don't get it! Why are they just living in the grass by their house!!

I can't believe the hydrangeas. Oh dear.

zelzee said...

I can pretty much take any critter except a mole!!
They are ugly and scare the beejebus out of me!!!

Cutest little frogs I ever did see.

Court said...

OOooh I remember tiny frogs. I used to catch them and keep them in the insect cage. how cute.

Pop and Ice said...

The plagues of Egypt are next. Take cover immediately.

passions and soapboxes said...

I'm sorry I wished locust on you I take it back.

confused homemaker said...

better watch out, there's no fury like that of a woman scorned.