baseball, chicks, Tarzan, garden, toads


Guess what I am listening to right now?  You’ll never guess so I will tell you.

a hundred, give or take, TOADS.

You see, every spring, toads hop to our property to mate in our two ponds.  Part of this mating ritual is the continuous singing and calling sounds that they make to gather each other from hither and yon area lands.  The sound is a long sustained high note that falls a half step.  Sounds kind of scary, sort of sci-fi.  In fact, it makes me tense.  I’m trying to enjoy it, though, because it is another sign that spring has in fact arrived.

I’m sitting on my bed with Billy cat grooming himself next to me.  My windows are open and gusts of wind blow through, making the wind chimes rattle on the porch.  I hung clothes outside on the line for the first time this year.

This weekend was nuts.  This was our agenda for Saturday:

1. Take Ethan to SAT’s half an hour away.
2. Target for much needed supplies
3.  Doctor’s appointment for Seth, where we learned he had double ear infections and bronchitis.
4.  Little League Opening Day for David and Caleb
5.  Baseball game for Ethan
6.  Pick up prescription at Pharmacy
7.  Grace to be at the H.S. at 4
8.  Mom and Dad coming from out of town.
9.  Go to H.S. for Grace’s play:  Tarzan.

And this was just Saturday.  Rich and I had to work separately, so he took Ethan to the SAT’s while I did numbers 2, 3, 4, and 7 by myself.  No one went to E’s game.  Rich was also preparing to preach on Sunday.  I went to half of the opening day, and when Rich arrived I left in order to be home to greet Mom and Dad.


David in the parade.  (the only player looking at me is my Dave).


And Caleb.  It was fun, the weather was great, and thankfully Jacob was home to watch Sarah.  I only had to keep track of Seth…who is a special challenge these days because he can hardly hear, what with the ear infections.  They aren’t slowing him down any though.


Dad and Mom with my two youngest.  I love it.  Mom brought me a bunch of perennials from her garden for which I was extremely thankful.  Dad played some whiffle ball with the kids outside.


Mom and I



Jacob with his Grandma, who was laughing over the height difference.  🙂


Mom and Dad at the High School.


Sweet Emily and Jacob.


The drama kids performed Tarzan this year.  Grace was a gorilla, a spider, and a plant.  She also performed sign language for one of the songs.  Here is a video of it, but it is important to note that she is not doing the SINGING, only the SIGNING.

I wish it were taped better but this at least gives an idea of the beauty of the song and signing.





They did so well, it was wonderful, I was so proud of them all.


Mom hugging Grace after the show.


Dad and Mom with Grace the Gorilla.


Yesterday was the final performance of Tarzan and I attended it with my brother Isaac and his wife Cassandra.


Meanwhile, I have baby chicks.  The post office called on Friday morning at 5:15 am and I went down to get them.


There are 30.  And they are so very cute right now.  We like to go in the garage and just sit in front of the cage and watch them.


Do you see in the very back of the cage, there is a dangling piece of cardboard paper…little chicks take turns trying to get it off.  It’s so cute.




This is what I have:

FIVE each of Barred Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island Red, Brown Leghorn, and Easter Egger.  Then, I have NINE Cuckoo Maran, and I am most excited about these because they lay a darker shade of brown than any I’ve owned previously.


Discovered in the woods as I picked up trash this morning.




As I was walking by the edge of the pond I scared a toad (not this one) into the water where a fish promptly grabbed it by the legs and went down deep with it.  I gasped as I watched it happen… the poor toad was held by both his back legs, which were half inside the fish’s mouth.  It’s little front arms were straight out to the sides with stiff fingers, it was the picture of terror as it was carried away.  I watched for a while and it appeared once again with two fish in hot pursuit.  I don’t know the ending to the story.  I sat by the edge of the pond for a while and also saw a turtle.  But the horrors continued when I put my hand in the grass to stand back up.  I narrowly missed putting it down on two disemboweled toads!  It’s truly a life and death world out there……..


Last but not least, Mom, as I promised I did plant all the plants on Sunday.


This is a little garden Rich made for me a few weeks ago.  It was empty and I ordered the animals and flag from amazon.  I bought 2 perennials but all the rest were from Mom.


The armadillo makes me laugh.

Happy Monday!

6 thoughts on “baseball, chicks, Tarzan, garden, toads

  1. Never a dull moment, right?! Love the picture of you and your mom! Happy Spring. Some wildlife adventures. We always wondered why you have so many toads! The chicks look so darling!

  2. This past weekend was Toad Suck Daze, a festival here. They have toad races and all the kids come home from school with boxes to catch toads for the toad race. ha. So yeah, we’ve got toads here too. 😀

    Your weekend sounds crazy, and your little garden is cute!!

  3. wow, what a busy weekend! but filled with lots of good things too. now you need a saturday to rest from the saturday. 😉

  4. 1. I remember the frogs from last year…you usually write about them. 🙂
    2. Isn’t it funny how crazy schedules get as the kids get older?
    I thought I was busy when they were toddlers…Haha!
    3. You and your mom are so cute.
    4. The play looks amazing! I love plays/musicals.
    5. Chicks!!!!

  5. I think we might have those toads here, too, or at least something similar. This is our first spring here. We have the pond just across the road, and we’ve recently had a new sound coming from that direction. I would describe the sound exactly as you described it…like a sci-fi movie. 🙂

    Sweet pictures of you and your mom. Congrats on your new chicks! The Marans eggs will be fun. I almost had some Marans chicks when we put eggs under our broody hen, but none of the Marans eggs hatched. 😦

    Hope you are having a good week!

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