Monday, November 8, 2010

Update the Scorecards, Vanillas

It's strange to see the pond silent and still these days. And while the temps have dropped, there are still a couple of frogs who have not started their hibernation yet and they still peek out of the water every day.

Now that the waterfall has been shut down, I can't sneak up on the frogs anymore, they hear me coming and make the mad dash to hide from me--like I'm gonna get them. They are so silly thinking that I don't see them under the water hiding from me. Yeah/no. It's not working so good, but I humor them and walk away--except for yesterday when I had to take a picture of one "hiding" from me. It's sort of like the kid who closes his eyes and thinks you can't see him anymore.

We went to my mom's house yesterday to pick up her frog. She has a tiny pond that freezes over the winter, so a frog staying in there is a death sentence for the little guy. And like her daughter, Mom was all worried about her frog, so she called us over to catch him and relocate him to our pond for the winter.

We dug around the muck and leaves for a bit until I finally scooped up a very dark and very lethargic frog. I plopped him in a tank and I have to say, I didn't think it looked good--it was either dying or it was already hibernating.

A quick trip to the house for some room temperature water brought the little guy back to life--and us to a happier mood. We were glad we weren't too late to save yet another frog friend. Hooray!

So, in the pond went the frog to hang out with his 6 or 7 new friends and I think that brings our count to 8--give or take a few. Counting frogs is difficult because you rarely see everyone at once--there is always somebody missing and frogs come and go on their own accord around here.

Okay, Vanillas (Vanilla and VanillaSeven), put us down for 8 frogs. I'll be relying on you Official Frog Counters come springtime to remind me how many frogs are in there.

21 comments:

Helene said...

Awww the frog rescuers

A.Marie said...

Awww..you're such a good froggie mama!!! I love frogs; this summer, we had the teeniest-tiniest little froggy that was hopping around my garden. I wouldn't have even noticed him/her if my cat hadn't been so super interested in something under the plants. I went over to investigate and found the reason for my cat's fascination. Oh! he/she was soooo cute! I took and placed the little thing in my neighbors yard where no cats would bother it. (My neighbors have moved, so the house is vacant as of now).

blueviolet said...

You're the frog whisperer!

vanilla said...

The frog count now
we'll say is eight,
saved Mom's pal
ere 'twas too late!

(your heart is softer than a warmed-up frog.)

Bossy Betty said...

All the magical frogs in the world are watching your actions and keeping track! You'll have good luck your whole life long!

natalee said...

I swear everytime I read your blog I love you more.. Now your a frog saver,,,, I love it!!!!!!!

Grace said...

Ah, the crazy frog lady. I can't imagine what you would do if these creatures actually had personalities. (As much as I do like reptiles, they really don't have much personality - somehow that is something acquired along with warm-blood).

Fragrant Liar said...

How cool of you to rescue the little freezing froggies.

My parents used to have a farm with a big pond that the frogs LOVED. What was really interesting and fun about it was that when you'd walk around the pond, frogs would flee, leaping and SCREAMING into the water. Seriously, they screamed! I never saw anything like it, and it still makes me laugh today.

LJ said...

Frogs are the coolest. Except when I was a kid and they would burrow into my sandbox to hibernate for the winter.

Pricilla said...

It is good to know the frogs of the world are safe somewhere...

Ann said...

so the frog loving thing is more like an inherited trait, you got it from your mom?
Hooray for the frogs, they can sleep soundly tonight knowing that you are on the job

Lin said...

Helene--Hooray! ;)

A.Marie--See?! It isn't because you love frogs so much, but because you love life--in any form. Every creature deserves a chance, right? Glad you saved the little guy.

Violet--It was funny to see him perk up with the warm water. Kind of like those little pill capsules that you put in warm water and an animal-shaped sponge appears! 'Cept he was real. :)

Vanilla--That is good, pally. REALLY good. :0

Betty--I don't know who died and left me in charge of populating the world with frogs, but I'm doing a damn good job! ;)

Natalee--Just a frog relocator, Natalee. It was just a matter of timing to save him--you can only really catch them when it is cold and they move slower. You have to grab them right after it gets really cold and before it freezes. Scary what I know, isn't it?

Grace--Really? You don't think they have personalities?? I do. Each frog is his own frog. Some are friendlier than others, some who like friends, some don't. I don't like to get too close to them because they are not pets, but I do see differences in them.

Fragrant Liar--Welcome, new pally! Mine scream too! Bullfrogs make that "eep" sound when they are frightened and they plop into the water. Hobbes likes to scare them to hear that sound and the plop. People rarely believe me when I tell them that a) they scream and b) they eat birds.

Pricilla--I try, Pricilla. They don't always cooperate, but I try. I get really mad when they hop away and I find a Flat Stanley in the yard. If they stayed with me, I'd take good care of them.

Ann--I think it is a "mom" thing to save and protect life of any form. We have always patched together whatever little creatures came our way and we always had a houseful of pets. My mom even cried last week when she had to remove a healthy tree from her yard. "It's a living thing" she said. I guess the apple didn't fall far from the tree, did it? :)

wwillow27 said...

re: the frogs that "hide" under the water-reminds me of squirrels and rabbits that freeze when you see them, because OBVIOUSLY if they don't move you can't see them! Or our favorite feline friends that hide under the covers of the bed, which makes them invisible!....except for the big fat lump in the middle. A for effort, kiddo.

BeadedTail said...

I'm glad you were able to save your mom's frog and hope all of them enjoy their winter together in your pond!

Catherine said...

Does that make you the Pied Piper of frogs Lin? :)

I'm glad you were able to rescue the wee little guy!

xo Catherine

Lin said...

wwillow--Hi, new pally! I, too, like the effort. And what is with the covers??! My cat thinks they are hilariously entertaining.

Beaded Tail--He's hanging with the new pallies already in the pond. There are 4 of them who are going down fighting--kinda like me. :)

Catherine--Well, I figure the more we pack in there, the better the outcome in spring. I don't know what I'm gonna do if they all stick around--it's gonna be a frog fest!

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Nancy said...

Hmn...glad to hear all was well with the little guy! Will you really remember which one is your mom's by the spring?

Anne said...

You are certainly frogtastic. I hope your guest is happy in his winter home. Will you return one to your mom's pond, come spring?

Lin said...

reanaclaire--Welcome, new pally! I hope you enjoyed your visit. :)

Nancy--I don't know. I saw him today--his little legs are sort of crooked, which I noticed when we pulled him out of the pond at my mom's. Sometimes you can tell which frog is which, but sometimes not. Maybe that is a good thing--then he will survive in my mind always. :)

Anne--If she wants him to come back, I can do that. She keeps getting new frogs at her pond each year, so I'm not sure she'll need him back. But I've got plenty and we can always bring her one or two.

Casey said...

So THAT is where you get your love of frogs. That is too cute that your mom is a frogmomma too and it's not just you. Fingers crossed for these little dudes to survive the winter...