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February 2, 2014 / diannegray

My froggy loves to rock

I went out to the lemon tree the other night and collected a nice bunch of lemons to add to the fish I was cooking for dinner. When I went to pick one off the bunch I found a Sweet Hitchhiker. He was having a lovely nap on the bench.

Green Frog

For those interested in frogs – and I know you ALL are. This is an Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria fallax).

I carefully returned him to the lemon tree and continued cooking.

After dinner I sat at the bar to enjoy a nice glass of wine, but something odd began to happen – my music kept getting louder. I used the remote to turn it down and it got louder again. I turned it down again and it got louder again and so forth ad nauseum….

I went over to take a closer look (was it the wine or a ghost?)…

…it was neither. It was my green visitor ready to party. He had plonked himself on the Volume button.

Dave Matthews Band was his favourite.

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Frog on stereo

We battled over the volume – me with the remote and him with his constant wriggling and bopping. It was like having the kids home again.

I left the window open and he was gone by morning, probably bleary eyed, tired and content from his Big Night Out at the RUC.

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  1. avwalters / Feb 2 2014 10:27 am

    A frog in the house is supposed to be a sign of very good luck!

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 10:47 am

      Woo Hooooooooo! That’s the best news I’ve heard all year! Happy dancing now 😀

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  2. The Bumble Files / Feb 2 2014 10:29 am

    How fun, Dianne! What a sweet, little guy.

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 10:48 am

      He was sweet, but very insistent on the music he wanted to hear. He didn’t like AC/DC – it made the player vibrate too much 😉

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  3. nrhatch / Feb 2 2014 10:30 am

    He’s got GREAT choice in music! And hosts!

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 10:48 am

      Hey – just here partying with all my friends! LOL 😀

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  4. Theo Fenraven / Feb 2 2014 10:31 am

    Cute! 🙂

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  5. JackieP / Feb 2 2014 10:37 am

    You always have the most interesting interaction with wildlife and bugs and such Dianne! I’m jealous, really. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 10:50 am

      I think they’re attracted to me (might be the way I smell – LOL). I just love any sort of critter, they always make me smile 😉

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      • JackieP / Feb 2 2014 10:55 am

        Oh me too. Although spiders are kind of iffy. 😉

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      • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 11:40 am

        Yeah – I’m not that keen on spiders :0

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  6. dearanonymousfriend / Feb 2 2014 10:45 am

    that is so funny! I love it. Our house here has frogs all over during the summer, several kinds of frogs, and I confess I don’t know what kind they are. Great post.

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 10:52 am

      We used to have the giant white-lipped green tree frog here, but I haven’t seen one for some time. They became scarce when the cane toad took over (an introduced species). I’m looking forward to the day I can spot one again and get a pic of it 😀

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  7. Carrie Rubin / Feb 2 2014 11:20 am

    Although it would creep me out to have a frog in my home, that IS pretty cute. Seems to have pretty good taste in music, too. 🙂

    I finished your ‘Manslaughter and Other Tears’ collection of short stories yesterday. Loved it. My favorite was the Grandmothers and Gypsies one. Talk about emotional blackmail at the end! Guess Grandma can stay as long as she wants now…

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 11:45 am

      Thank you so much for the wonderful review on Amazon, Carrie. I saw it this morning! YAY – I’ve been Happy Dancing all day! 😀

      It’s funny how the stories that are people’s favourites can’t win awards. I guess it just goes to show how judges have their personal views on things that aren’t necessarily the same as us readers out there in reading land. I’m so glad you liked that story – it’s also one of my favourites! 😀

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      • Carrie Rubin / Feb 2 2014 1:03 pm

        I loved the award-winning stories, too, (the butcher one was great), but there was something about that griping grandma that just stuck in my mind. You made her jump right off the page. So wonderful.

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      • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 5:48 pm

        Thank you! I’ve entered that story into a few awards and got zilch 😦 I guess I should write more here about those experiences because it’s not easy to win or be highly commended in writing competitions. It’s darn hard work 😉

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  8. Colline / Feb 2 2014 11:20 am

    Almost missed seeing the frog he was so well camouflaged.

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 11:46 am

      LOL – they are master’s of camouflage! But also SO cute 😉

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  9. DaydreamsInWonderland / Feb 2 2014 11:22 am

    HAHA! This is so adorable it’s priceless. I love frogs. Who knew they liked to rock out?

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 11:48 am

      He was absolutely loving the vibration from the stereo – I was surprised because I thought it should have frightened him off, but the louder it got the more he loved it 😀

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      • DaydreamsInWonderland / Feb 2 2014 1:03 pm

        He must have liked you too because he snuck in. 😛

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      • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 5:51 pm

        My hubby jokes that I’m like one of those Disney characters where butterflies land on my head and creatures follow me around – LOL. He’s such a tease 😉

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      • DaydreamsInWonderland / Feb 3 2014 2:30 am

        Lol Aww! Like Snow White. 😀

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  10. anotherday2paradise / Feb 2 2014 11:57 am

    Absolutely hilarious post, Dianne. “It’s not easy being green” but he sure knew how to party. 😎

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  11. Ruth Rainwater / Feb 2 2014 12:13 pm

    That is so funny! No frogs here – just geckos and lizards.

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 5:41 pm

      I love geckos and lizards, Ruth. Anything other than spiders and snakes are good with me 😉

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      • Ruth Rainwater / Feb 3 2014 1:37 am

        I don’t even mind snakes (as long as they’re not rattlers!) but spiders give me the heebie-jeebies!

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  12. Minuscule Moments / Feb 2 2014 12:20 pm

    Oh how beautiful and what a cool friend to have an evening drink with, passing the time away talking about the best swimming holes in the area, Im sure. I can see a story book visual about the frog who loved to dance Dianne. Loving this post made me say Oooooohhhh sooooooo cuuuute!

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 5:42 pm

      He was SOOO CUTE! I wondered how he could have like it with all that vibration coming out of the speaker – but he did 😉

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  13. 1EarthUnited / Feb 2 2014 12:23 pm

    Dancin days are here again! 🙂

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  14. Bonnie / Feb 2 2014 12:24 pm

    Are you kidding me? That is so great! Only you would be able to tell that story!! I love it!! He can come and party at my house any time, send him over! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 5:43 pm

      Haaaa – he LOVES the music. I’m just worried he might tell all his friends and I’ll have a kitchen full of them singing in chorus 😀

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  15. Pagadan / Feb 2 2014 12:35 pm

    Green tree frogs are fun, though I have to catch them and put them outside, along with the geckos and anoles, which are mistakenly often called chameleons here..

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 5:45 pm

      I’d love to see a chameleon – they’re amazing creatures. I’m often putting frogs outside because I don’t them to dry up (you’ll know what I mean) 😉

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  16. ramblingsfromamum / Feb 2 2014 1:13 pm

    OMG I LOVE THIS DI, how adorable, Kermit wanted to PARTAY! How sweet, I love frogs, especially the little fellas. So cool to share your music with an amphibian! Great post 🙂 xxx

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 5:53 pm

      I should have kissed him. He may have turned into a handsome prince. Do’h! Missed another opportunity 😀

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  17. rundmach / Feb 2 2014 1:33 pm

    I love your life, adventures, and all off nature you keep experiencing at your home! Thank you for sharing this! I will live vicariously through your pictures and stories.

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 5:59 pm

      Awww – that’s such a beautiful thing to say. It really is a lovely life, but it hasn’t always been that way so I try to live every day to the fullest 😉

      I take the dogs for a walk to the creek every afternoon and they love running through the water. While I’m walking down the road I think of you and your running and how much you would love the long roads and beautiful scenery. I’ll have to get a shot of them at the creek soon and post it here 😀

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  18. Janna G. Noelle / Feb 2 2014 2:15 pm

    I love your animal encounter stories! I also love that you have a lemon tree (how jealous am I that you live in a climate where you can grow your own citrus!) But those lemons are green: is that because they are unripe? And do you thing the froggy would still have hidden amongst them if they were yellow?

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 6:04 pm

      I have to pick them unripe and they’re just as nice, Janna. If I let them ripen on the trees the bugs get to them and they’re no good. I don’t spray poison (I don’t want to hurt any of the beautiful birds and butterflies and frogs) so I need to get them early 😉 I’m sure the frog wouldn’t sit on a bunch of yellow lemons because he would be too obvious to the birds. They’re clever little creatures when it comes to hiding and protecting themselves 😀

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  19. jmgoyder / Feb 2 2014 2:27 pm

    Hilarious!

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  20. Naomi Baltuck / Feb 2 2014 2:47 pm

    What a great story! So funny!

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 6:05 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it, Naomi. He was a tenacious little fella and certainly knew his music 😉

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  21. allensrepositoryofstuff / Feb 2 2014 3:50 pm

    I am envious that you have a lemon tree in your yard. Fresh citrus with supper must be a nice addition. The lack of window screens would not be popular with my family. The first time that a bat or other small flying critter got in the house would be it.

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 6:12 pm

      It’s a perfect climate here for citrus, Allen. I just love my fruit trees 😉 I also have mango and avocado and other tropical fruit trees (very healthy living!)

      I’m eventually going to screen the windows, but the doors are screened to keep the bats out (for some reason the bats won’t come in the windows). The main problem with not having screens on the windows is trying to keep out the smaller insects that like to fly around lights 😦

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      • allensrepositoryofstuff / Feb 3 2014 3:17 am

        I would love to have a citrus greenhouse attached to my house, if only money was not a consideration. Too cool and damp here for citrus.

        The last time a bat made it into the house, I thought the cats and dogs were going to destroy the place chasing it. (The squirrel incident was nearly as bad but was confined to the living room.)

        By the time my father caught the tiny bat with a fishing net, the poor thing must have had a few years scared off of its life.

        Here during the summer, mosquitoes are too thick to leave windows or doors without screens open. Since the new housing developments were built around us, I have noticed a distinct lack of bats.

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  22. harulawordsthatserve / Feb 2 2014 4:18 pm

    Woooo hooo! Another Dianne cute critter story:-) This is hilarious! All the uninvited company you get there brings new meaning to the phrase, ‘you’re never alone’! H xxx

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 6:14 pm

      LOL! You’re right – I am NEVER alone, Harula and I love this comment. As long as the creatures are friendly I’m quite comfortable indeed (and I always have something to talk to) 😉

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  23. the eternal traveller / Feb 2 2014 5:44 pm

    Isn’t he a cutie, and clever too. We have a frog that seems to be living in our water pipes and when he croaks it echoes right through the house. He will have to wait for the next rain to be washed out again.

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    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 6:17 pm

      They make a HUGE noise for such little creatures so I know exactly what you’re talking about. When they get into pipes it’s near impossible to get them out. Frog are lovely as long as they don’t outstay their welcome 😉

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  24. Roy McCarthy / Feb 2 2014 6:41 pm

    Brilliant! Cheered me up as I listen to Australia kick our asses at cricket again. I wish I had a frog to turn my radio off 😦

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  25. bluebee / Feb 2 2014 8:44 pm

    Dave Matthews, not Box of Frogs?! Must be the froggie Generation Y.

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  26. Chas Spain / Feb 2 2014 9:47 pm

    That is truly gorgeous – perhaps he thought he had made a passionate match.

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  27. helpwithyourlife / Feb 3 2014 12:58 am

    Hilarious Dianne! 🙂 What a fun account of your interesting night with your visiting frog friend!

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    • diannegray / Feb 3 2014 6:06 am

      So glad you enjoyed! He didn’t turn into a handsome prince, but I think I’m okay with that 😉

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  28. Corner of Confessions / Feb 3 2014 1:15 am

    Awe this was so sweet! A total rock win too. Little froggy just wanted to rock out a little bit 🙂

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  29. starproms / Feb 3 2014 4:05 am

    That’s a lovely ‘true’ story Dianne. I love the idea of your froggy dancing 🙂

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    • diannegray / Feb 3 2014 6:11 am

      He was so cute 😉 I thought the music would have driven him away but the louder it got the more he liked it 😀

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  30. Jill Weatherholt / Feb 3 2014 4:38 am

    I so love your posts about the critters who visit you, Dianne. I too would have thought perhaps I’d had too much wine. That is just hilarious…and the caption, great stuff!
    We have a tree frog that takes up residency under our grill cover during the spring and summer, he’s cool.

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    • diannegray / Feb 3 2014 6:14 am

      They’re such cute little creatures and I’m glad we’ve still got them here after the disaster with the introduction of the cane toad (that nearly wiped them out). I’m always glad when I see one 😀

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  31. billyraychitwood1 / Feb 3 2014 5:20 am

    Incredible! I want one! (Not the lemon, the ‘lattoria fallax’!) Looks like you made a real friend, Dianne. He (it) is a real cutie! Pictures good, too…

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    • diannegray / Feb 3 2014 6:16 am

      Thanks so much, Billy Ray. He (it) certainly brightened up my evening! 😉

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  32. robincoyle / Feb 3 2014 6:13 am

    Perhaps you should have kissed him and turned him into your prince!

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    • diannegray / Feb 3 2014 6:17 am

      That thought did cross my mind, Robin! He certainly would have made a rockin’ prince with some pretty deadly moves! 😎

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  33. jmmcdowell / Feb 3 2014 6:52 am

    You are a Nature magnet! That little guy was so cute. I’m glad you got to hang out and party together for a while. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Feb 4 2014 5:18 am

      He was a lot more polite than some other party animals I’ve met ! 😉

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  34. 4amWriter / Feb 3 2014 8:15 am

    What a gem! Are you sure it’s the same frog you returned to the lemon tree and not a friend who had somehow escaped your attention from earlier? 😉

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    • diannegray / Feb 4 2014 5:21 am

      It could have been his twin brother or sister 😉 Sometimes it’s hard to tell them apart 😎

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  35. Maddie Cochere / Feb 3 2014 9:36 am

    Such a cutie! And such a cute story. You and your critters! 🙂 You cook with lemons before they are yellow (ripe)? Is there a difference in how they taste?

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    • diannegray / Feb 4 2014 5:30 am

      They taste the same to me whether they’re green or yellow, Maddie 😉 If I let them ripen on the tree they are usually attacked by insects so I pick them as soon as I can. There’s still heaps left on the bench that are going yellow. I don’t spray poison on them to get rid of the insects because creatures (like the frogs) eat the poisoned insects and get sick and then the birds eat the sick creatures and on it goes… Maybe this is where the word ‘greenie’ comes from (LOL!)

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  36. jannatwrites / Feb 3 2014 9:44 am

    I love your frog! Frogs around here don’t party much… they run away (In their defense, I’d run away from my children, too 🙂 )

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    • diannegray / Feb 4 2014 5:56 am

      LOL! Kids just LOVE frogs. When my kids were little they would chase them everywhere. They’d also collect the tadpoles and I’d find them growing in plastic containers all over the house 😉

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  37. char / Feb 3 2014 1:23 pm

    We pay good money here to get cute frogs like that. How lucky that you have a music loving frog to give you inspiration. He knows a good thing when he hears it.

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    • diannegray / Feb 4 2014 6:03 am

      I just wished he’d jumped up and danced like one of those cartoon frogs with a top hat and cane! LOL Now I’m just getting silly 😉

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      • char / Feb 4 2014 6:25 am

        Oh, I remember that frog. He was so cool!

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  38. Peter / Feb 3 2014 1:40 pm

    LOL — who’d ever expect to have a remote control fight with a froggy.

    When I was young we had a line of kids shoes called Buster Brown and when TV was first coming out there were commercials for the shoes featuring a puppet frog who was always being asked to “Pluck you magic twanger, Froggy.” and your story made me think of that little frog of yours plucking his twanger every time you adjusted your volume. No relationship but a fun memory nonetheless.

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    • diannegray / Feb 4 2014 6:12 am

      Hilarious, Peter! I could just imagine him plucking that twanger 😀 He certainly was a rockin’ frog 😀

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  39. Rebecca Bradley / Feb 3 2014 8:06 pm

    That is absolutely brilliant! Doing battle with the little green frog over the volume of the music. I just love your house!

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    • diannegray / Feb 4 2014 6:16 am

      Froggy was back last night but just sat on the window listening to the music – I must have won the volume battle! 😉

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  40. Kozo Hattori / Feb 4 2014 8:59 am

    You have to tell me that you kissed this rockin Froggy, Dianne. Come on, he asked you to dance and gifted you with a blog post. That deserves a kiss. Be ready for the POOF. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

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    • diannegray / Feb 4 2014 9:38 am

      LOL! I wanted to kiss him, but thought he’d be better off being a frog instead of a prince – a much simpler life 😉

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      • Kozo Hattori / Feb 6 2014 7:31 am

        So true, Dianne. We are so anthropomorphic to think that all other animals would rather be human. 🙂 {{{hugs}}} Kozo

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  41. John / Feb 4 2014 2:47 pm

    Hey, your back Dianne! I thought you were closing down your site several months ago. Cool! The RUC looks great!

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  42. restlessjo / Feb 4 2014 6:34 pm

    Fantastic! 🙂 I want to come boogie with the frog. I’m wearing the biggest smile, Dianne.

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    • diannegray / Feb 5 2014 5:43 am

      I’m so glad, Jo. Wearing a big smile is the best thing ever! 😀

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  43. laura bruno lilly / Feb 5 2014 6:21 am

    Just stumbled on your site…and I love the herp in the house! Where I’m living now, the ‘anole’ lizard is very house-friendly, too! Google a pic of the critter…a real cutie; buds with your froggy for sure.
    peace

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  44. Hazy Shades of Me / Feb 5 2014 7:31 am

    Charge him a cover and he won’t be so quick to crash your party next time! Ha ha…oh my, you are amusing, Dianne. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Feb 6 2014 3:29 am

      LOL! I could be the door person and charge him extra because he’s not wearing the appropriate shoes 😎

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  45. Letizia / Feb 5 2014 9:20 am

    Only in your wonderful world, Dianne, do these magical things occur! A groovin’ frog ready to hit the dance floor!

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    • diannegray / Feb 5 2014 2:23 pm

      Hi Letizia! Thanks so much for tweeting this! Me and my froggy are Happy Dancing 😀 😎

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      • Letizia / Feb 7 2014 6:19 am

        I even sent it to my parents and they just loved it!

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      • diannegray / Feb 7 2014 7:21 am

        Awww – I’m so flattered! Thank you 😀

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  46. Daphne Shadows / Feb 5 2014 3:16 pm

    That is so freaking awesome! 😀 He’s adorable. I love little lizards. Do animals and such end up in your house often?

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    • diannegray / Feb 6 2014 3:20 am

      They sure do because I don’t have screens yet. But it doesn’t worry me because nothing is in plague proportions. They drop in and visit and then go home again (they’re pretty polite house guests) 😉

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  47. Britt Skrabanek / Feb 6 2014 3:39 am

    Holy hell, that is a riot! Is DJ Ribbet for hire, by chance? Mr. H’s birthday is coming up. Ooh, maybe a music video needs to happen!

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    • diannegray / Feb 6 2014 3:42 am

      LOL! I just LOVE the name DJ Ribbet! He just needs a top hat, cane and tap shoes and the video would go viral 😉

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      • Britt Skrabanek / Feb 6 2014 4:22 am

        That’s what we need to make it big. Forget the fiction! ; )

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  48. Marianne / Feb 6 2014 3:56 am

    Awwww – he’s gorgeous!

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    • diannegray / Feb 6 2014 4:04 am

      I was very tempted to kiss him, Marianne, but thought better of it 😉

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      • Marianne / Feb 6 2014 4:07 am

        ….but if you had ….well who knows what might have happened! 😉

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  49. Sheila / Feb 6 2014 5:02 am

    That’s so funny! Maybe he’ll bring his frog friends back for more partying later. I can picture it now – lots of feet flying. I had a feeling you and all the creatures were still having fun over there. As always, thanks for making me laugh!

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    • diannegray / Feb 6 2014 8:14 am

      I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a chorus-line of frogs in the kitchen – chaos? LOL!

      My pleasure for making you laugh – there should be more of it 😀

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      • Sheila / Feb 6 2014 9:49 am

        Yes there should be! Now all I have to do is think of dancing frogs and I’m laughing.

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  50. Darla Welchel / Feb 7 2014 4:43 am

    What fun to share your evening with the little green guy; did you name him Kermit?
    Are you finished with the RUC? I have missed a few posts, but your kitchen looks great!

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    • diannegray / Feb 7 2014 7:17 am

      The RUC certainly isn’t finished yet, Darla. We’re doing to outside cladding at the moment (I actually don’t think it’ll ever be really ‘finished’ 😉 I can see myself doing bits and pieces for the rest of my life 😀

      Kermit would be a great name for the frog 😎

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      • Darla Welchel / Mar 17 2014 9:54 am

        That sounds like my home; we will be working on it until we die as well!

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  51. agjorgenson / Feb 7 2014 1:11 pm

    Did you offer your DJ any wine?

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    • diannegray / Feb 7 2014 2:49 pm

      I think he may have preferred a martini – shaken, not stirred 😉

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  52. Polysyllabic Profundities / Feb 8 2014 10:40 am

    At least he has good taste in music!!

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    • diannegray / Feb 8 2014 11:05 am

      That’s definitely a plus. I wouldn’t have liked it if he decided to switch on the rap 😦

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  53. 1girl4adamwest / Feb 9 2014 10:32 am

    So wild!!!

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  54. tw / Feb 17 2014 9:03 am

    I love your little green friend, so cute and with a taste for music too!

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    • diannegray / Feb 17 2014 11:43 am

      He’s very cute and been back a few times to rock and roll 😀

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