Thursday, August 8, 2019

Thankful Thursday

I have been wondering how I was going to broach this subject with you. Today being Thursday and many people write about things to be thankful for so this being one of them for me I thought this is it.
I was walking through the garden the other day and I noticed what I thought might be a leaf blowing across the ground. No that wasn't it. Do you see him down there?
A sweet little toad making its way. It stopped between the miniature hostas. So you can imagine the size of this toad.
It appeared to not pay much attention that I was giving him my full attention. I wondered where it was off to. Then all of a sudden instead of going around the largest stone I have in the garden. It hopped right aboard.
I wondered what drew it up onto the stone. Perhaps it was wanting to play king on the mountain. It sat there for a little bit. Along came a tiny ant and it slurped it right up. I sure wish I had video of this encounter. It would have been a good one.  I suppose it was waiting for another ant to wander by for it out waited me. It is definitely more patient than I.
This spring being so wet for so long encouraged the toad population. I am hopeful that there is more than one toad in the garden. I took a close up of the pattern on its back so if I see another toad and get a photo I can compare the spots to see if it is same or different individual.
Simple pleasures often come in small packages. Do you have anything you are thankful for today?
I am also thankful for all the comments and encouragement from all of my readers. Cheers.

22 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh Lisa girl ! .. I am in love with your little friend ;-)
    One of my BIGGEST wishes is that I had frogs/toads in my garden that would sing in the evening or any time .. I loved Spring peepers when I was a kid and always yearned to hear them again.
    I would be absolutely grateful if I saw this little guy in my own garden too !
    Congratulations !!

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    1. Thank you Joy. It is fun to come upon these little toads from time to time.

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  2. As far as I know we have no toads or frogs in our garden either. Your little friend is a blessing indeed.
    Right now I am thanking for the delicate scent of sweet peas wafting from a small bouquet I picked this afternoon.

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    1. I would think with all of your rain out there your area would have plenty of frogs or toads.
      MMMmmmmm Sweet Peas are one of my favorites. They would be fried to a crisp here if any dared to grow.

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  3. Your little fellow is wonderful. I adore frogs and toads, yet it's been years since I've seen any. In fact, I've never seen any in my current garden. Perhaps that's a by-product of our long drought (one year's good rain didn't change anything) or perhaps it's just that I live in lizard country now. "My" lizards also love to play kind-of-the-hill.

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  4. I have never seen a lizard in my garden. I would love to see one zipping around through the pots and playing King-of-the-hill.

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  5. I hope that the frogs and toads that we have like ants.

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  6. What great photos. We too have the little "fellas" in our garden as well as humming birds and bees. They use so many sprays around us, I was worried. I think they like our place because we don't use them. I was just telling hubby at super last night how grateful I am for them.

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  7. Dear Lisa - you are a lady after my own heart. I too have enjoyed our resident toad and now another baby appeared last week...almost stepped on it - so glad I did not. Like you I am thankful for these sweet friends. Also enjoying a tiny wren that insists on keeping me company on the deck too. Yes truly the best things in life are free. Have a great weekend. Hugs!

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    1. You have a good weekend too Debbie...big hugs back atcha.

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  8. Oh what a treasure to experience and how wonderful you caught the sweet toad on camera ~ Love 'simple pleasures' ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. Happy Weekend to you ~ hope Mr. Toad comes to visit again ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  10. He's so beautiful, maybe he was asking you to take his picture.

    May his kind thrive in your garden and eat all your bad bugs!

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  11. Great photos! This is exactly the type of encounter that keeps me exploring my garden. It is so easy to overlook little blessings that can add up to real enjoyment of our surroundings. I bet that toad has used that stone as a perch before and knows various insects are likely to come across. It provides him with a good view!

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  12. Very cute! I've never seen a frog or toad in our garden, sadly.

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  13. Een leuk zoekplaatje, wat voor een soort kikker/pad is het ?
    Hier hebben we groene kikkers, bruine en de gewone pad.
    Gr Jan (Wilde een Tuin)

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    1. It is an Eastern American Toad Anaxyrus americanus.

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  14. Oh, toads and frogs in the garden are blessings! He's a cutie!

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  15. Your post made me smile...such a nice little visitor to the garden. It's the little things that can often brighten our day!

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  16. Very cool! Just don't see many here. Hope it is rare where you are, so that it makes your sighting more special.
    Ray

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  17. You say about simple treasures Lisa. Yes, I'm often glad to see simple things in the garden or pond or woods that symbolize the every day life around us. Nice pictures.
    Hugs!

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