Jill Weatherholt

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An Unexpected Visitor

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It was early in the morning, five o’clock, to be exact. I was in our bonus room, doing some work on my laptop, before heading off to my day job.

The house was still, Derek was sleeping. The silence suddenly interrupted, when I heard a very loud noise coming from a guest bathroom. It was a noise like nothing I’d ever heard.

When it stopped, I walked toward the bathroom and poked my head through the doorway, and then opened the linen closet…nothing. What in the world was that noise, I wondered. It reminded me of the sound effects from the movie, Jurassic Park. Later that day, when I mentioned it to Derek, he said it was probably something outside.

Two weeks later, as we watched Jeopardy, it happened…the noise. It was back. We both turned to each other, our eyes popping.

“That’s it! That’s the noise I heard that morning,” I shouted.

Again, Derek said, “It’s just something outside.”

I sprung to my feet, “No, it’s coming from that bathroom.”

We both walked toward the noise. Derek stood at one entrance, and I, at the other. Later, he told me the look on my face was indescribable, when I saw this.

Mystery solved

Mystery solved

It was “Fred” or Fred’s relative. Last summer, Fred, a cute Green Tree Frog, lived under our patio table umbrella, in silence.

Fred, hanging out last summer.

Fred, hanging out last summer.

He just hung with us while we enjoyed the summer evenings. That was all fine and good, but hanging out in our bathtub, that didn’t work for us.  By the sounds he made, it wasn’t working for him either.

After some chasing with a bucket, we transported him back to the patio.

Have you ever had an unexpected or surprise houseguest?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

128 thoughts on “An Unexpected Visitor

  1. So gorgeous Jill, I have three frogs in residence at the moment. Two big ones and a baby. But none of them are that beautiful colour. Fred is stunning, you must have a very healthy garden. I have a visitor in the night at the moment, it comes and eats the cats food. It sounds like a dog lapping up the bowl. But when I tried to catch it, I discovered a small wiry cat. It is so quick I have never seen its face. It comes after dark makes, a huge noise when it eats….. I run and turn on the light and every time I miss seeing its face. One day …….

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  2. I remember when a bat showed up in one of the closets in my parents’ kitchen. My father put a towel over his head and chased the creature out the door. My dad used some colorful language that day!

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  3. Fred’s cute, but I’m with you, I wouldn’t want him in my bathtub. I’m glad you found the source. We’ve had a few too many unwanted visitors in our house. You probably know Thom and I are city folk at heart, but when the kids were small, we made the choice to move out to suburbia. Nine years later, there are days we feel like we’re still getting used to sharing our space with wildlife! Like when our bathrooms are crawling with ants, or chipmunks and rabbits scampering through the backyard, or a family of skunks decides to burrow under the porch. The most recent infestation was some unknown critter who’d taken up residence in the chimney, but we could only hear it, not see it. Drove the poor cat to madness. We couldn’t help laughing when Thom asked me to remind him why we’d decided to live in the wilderness. I’ll take pigeons and rats any day! At least they stay outside. 🙂

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    • Yes, he’s cute, but he’s even cuter outside. 🙂 I wonder if a bird has built a nest in your chimney, Gwen. I can imagine the cat would be freaking out. I do like the chipmunks and rabbits, outside of course. Ugh…rats…I think they’ve been known to venture inside. My sister can relate to your skunks. They had to pay over $5000 to deal with skunks who took up housekeeping in their crawl space. She said the smell was everywhere, even in her closets. Have a great weekend!

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  4. I’m afraid if Fred showed up inside my house he’d freak me out a bit. Okay, he’d freak me out a lot. I’m not much for fur-less creatures. Then again, I wouldn’t want to find a bear in my bathroom either…

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  5. In our old family home we were by a lake and some woods and a woodpecker took a liking to the shiny lining of our chimney pot….at about 5am every morning he would hammer his delight on the pot! The first time it happened (think of a sound like a pheumatic drill running through the house) I was at an absolute loss at to what was causing it. It was just my daughter Emily and I living there then and it took a few weeks to work out what was happening. The kindest way of ‘moving him on’ was to clap my hands loudly….so picture this….at 5am I hurtle down the stairs in my pj’s, dash outside and balance on the edge of the duck pond, where I could see the woodpecker and he could see me and I would clap my hands loudly…a few mornings of this and he moved on…such fun! I love your frog pics Jill. Hugs and much ❤ to you. Xxx

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  6. Oh, that’s funny!!!! I’d much rather it be an innocent little frog than a SNAKE….! Yikes! Speaking of that, yes, we have had an unexpected house guest: 2 different species of snakes IN our house in less than a month. That was several years ago, and I was terrified….

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  7. Ha, cute little guest….would much rather find him or even a spider than a snake in my house. We had a flying squirrel get in once and another time a bird! Other than that only, a squirrel who made it’s way into our garage loft (someone left the door open). Quite content with the dog and the cat and occasional cricket! Hope you get to see “Fred” lots, but outside!

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    • He was cute, Suzie, and so polite…he used the guest tube, instead of the master tub. 🙂 I can deal with spiders, as long as they’re small, but a snake, no way. A flying squirrel…oh my! I suppose these outdoor critters, who find their way inside, want out as badly as we want them out. Happy Weekend!

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  8. Hahaha. What a sweet little visitor! A few weeks ago, I was in the shower when I spied a lizard about 4 inches long on the wall tiles. Hubby was out at the time, so all I could do was carry on regardless, all the while keeping an eye on my shower-mate, hoping he would stay put on the far wall until I was done, which he did. Hubby put him outside when he returned home. I’m not scared of little critters, but I can’t bring myself to touch them. 🙂

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    • That’s hilarious, Sylvia! I shared a shower with a spider once, but never a lizard. You were brave to carry on. I think I would have given him some privacy and fled. 🙂 I’m not scared of critters such as these either, but they jump and I don’t want them jumping on me! Happy Weekend!

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  9. I love tree frogs! But we try to keep them out of our house since our cats love them too, but for the wrong reasons 🙂 Other than a tree frog or little lizard, we haven’t had uninvited guests for a long time. Back when we used to leave a cat door to our garage open, racoons would occasionally tumble in and wash their paws in the water bowl. We also have a cat door to the back porch and used to leave that open as well. One time I woke up to a ruckus on the back porch. Three racoons were snooping around, no doubt looking for the bird seed that Greg keeps in a secured container. I had to shake our French doors to spook them into running back out through the cat door. One rather large racoon ran around in circles first and I worried that he wouldn’t find his way out. They were big enough that I wasn’t about to step out onto the porch until they were gone. We don’t leave the cat doors open anymore mainly because our cats are all inside at night. Leaving the doors open was something we did when we had two or three strays hanging around and we wanted them to have shelter even though we couldn’t bring them inside (yet). Still, once in a while I’m woken up by a racoon or possum sniffing around the door to the porch. Hard-headed critters 😉

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    • I do too, Marie. I especially like their suction cup feet. I like frogs, but I would have had a different reaction, had Fred been a huge bull frog. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your critter story. Raccoons are very curious, and crafty with their paws. No doubt, they were after the bird seed. Several years ago, I was hanging suet for the birds, and the next day, the entire cage would be gone. After several suet feeders mysteriously disappeared, we finally caught one in the act. I had these feeders hanging with twisted wire and they were able to untwist it! Happy Weekend!

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      • Fortunately our suet cage is way out of reach for racoons. But squirrels are another thing. Funny story: Our house came with a cat. Yup, the owner’s son had a cat they named Rascal, but since the son had moved to another city and did not take the cat with him, the owner left him behind for the neighbors next door who had a regular menagerie. (We found up caring for two of their cats, including Rascal.) Anyway, Rascal was one of the smartest cats we had ever met and a real lover. He wanted nothing more than to be held and to drool all over you. We couldn’t bring him indoors because he and our cat Joshua were mortal enemies. While Rascal was around, we tended to our birds and saw squirrels now and then, but most of the time we saw the carcass of a squirrel which Rascal would proudly lay at the door of our garage. Rascal got sick, what we thought was just a chronic sinus condition. One day he just disappeared, never came back. My husband thinks he went behind our shed and just died. Naturally we were heartbroken and we felt a bit guilty even though we had taken him to the vet numerous times. The funny part of the story, though, is soon after Rascal left us, we had a population explosion of squirrels in our backyard. Rascal had been trimming the herd, you might say, and suddenly squirrels were all over the place. And they were evolving into jumping squirrels that could leap from a tree several feet to our bird feeders. One summer alone my husband had to catch and release several squirrels to parks across town! We don’t have as much as a problem with them now.

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      • I’m sorry to hear about Rascal, Marie. It sounds as though he was a rare cat. Often cats can be more aloof and not so loving. They want attention on their terms. As far as catching the squirrels, I’ve read that they will come back, even if you’ve released them miles from your home. I wonder if that’s true. Thanks for sharing Rascal’s story. 🙂

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  10. There is nothing worse than a mysterious house noise, especially when your imagination goes through all those horror stories on the news. I’m glad to see it was just a frog in the end. I’ve never had a surprise guest of any sort but our cat seems to have no idea what’s going on from day to day so she probably thinks that she is the unexpected guest.

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    • Ha ha! Your cat sounds entertaining, Ste J. You’re right, hearing a noise in the house, but not being able to determine the source is a terrible feeling. I remember leaving the house that morning, afraid of what I would find when I returned. Enjoy your weekend!

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  11. How funny… Fred is a regular at your house. We have a Fred but he stays on the front porch ceiling… he hasn’t appeared yet, too cold. We have had so many unwanted, unexpected, and surprise houseguests I would not know where to start! Baby snakes, squirrels, bats, skunks(under the porch BUT they still stink), lizards, several scorpions, and a mouse or two. Outside visitors… well it’s a jungle out there and the critters own it, they just tolerate us. CH drives me to distraction when he doesn’t take me seriously about noises in the house.. o_O

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    • Isn’t it great to have Fred hanging around, Pix? I’m glad you have one too. Last summer, when I came home from work, I would go out on the patio to say hi to Fred. Wow, you have a lot of critters. I don’t think I would react well to a scorpion in the house…yikes! Why don’t they believe us, when we say we hear a noise? Have a great weekend! 🙂

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  12. Froggies are just the cutest things to me. I have two jeweled ones hanging on my bedroom walls. I don’t think I’d want a live one in my house though 🙂

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  13. ‘That’s funny, Jill. Fred’s cute but I wouldn’t want to share the shower with him. Once, years ago when I was renting a house with 4 other roommates in a very wooded area, we had a squirrel take up residence. I was a little freaked out until one of the guys finally got him out. Hope Fred stays out on the patio. Have a great weekend!

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    • He is cute, but I agree, I don’t want him in the shower with me. 🙂 He was polite enough to head to the guest bath. Unfortunately we’ve experienced a visit by a squirrel, Geralyn. It freaked me out too. He was trying to take up residency in our attic. I hope you have a great weekend too!

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  14. This was so funny! I am so pleased you discovered what the strange noise was and were able to get the frog outside. We have had so many ‘guests’ in the house I don’t know where to start – next door’s chickens in the kitchen, birds falling down the chimney and getting trapped behind the fire, lots of insects. I think the funniest was when I was living in a small house with just my eldest daughter and three cats (before I got re-married). I was really tired one evening after an especially difficult day and was glad when it was time to go to bed. I went into the bathroom for my shower, got into my PJs and then needed to use the loo. I lifted the lid and found a little mouse swimming round and round the toilet bowl, like the mouse in Alice in Wonderland. One of the cats must have brought it into the house to play with and it had escaped their claws only to get trapped in the toilet! I had to try to catch it and get it outside without it escaping back into the house and also do it without the cats noticing. It was so exhausted that it gave me no trouble at all and I put it outside well away from the house. I was wide awake again by this time, I can tell you! 😀

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  15. I have frogs but they stay in the pond area although I did see one at the back door looking in. Everyone (including the cats) are happier to have them stay outside.

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  16. The house was still, Derek was sleeping. The silence suddenly interrupted, when I heard a very loud noise coming from a guest bathroom. It was a noise like nothing I’d ever heard. When it stopped, I walked toward the bathroom and poked my head through the doorway ~~~>>> WHAT??? 😯

    You need to take this quiz:
    http://nickichenwrites.com/wordpress/china/if-you-were-in-a-horror-movie-how-long-would-you-survive/

    Actually, I think you were very brave to investigate the sound at 5 am while Derek slumbered. I’m not sure that I would have poked my nose into the situation without back up. Especially that early in the morning.

    I’m glad you discovered your intruder’s secret identity and relocated him to the patio where he can serenade you on summer evenings.

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    • Every time I take that quiz, I’m the Hero’s Significant Other. Grrrr. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I’d only last about 67-70 minutes.

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    • Ha ha! I know, Nancy! I frightened easily, but when I hear a noise, I will investigate.
      Well, I took Nicki’s quiz and I was told I’d survive 67 minutes in a horror movie…not very promising. 🙂
      Fred was so happy to be outside, although his little heart was pounding in his chest. Happy Weekend!

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      • I lasted 86 minutes ~> the Lone Survivor. But, as I told Nicki, in a setting like The Hunger Games, I’m sure I’d be dispatched in short order.

        Here’s hoping we never have to find out for sure!!! 😯

        I’m glad that you turned Fred’s day around.

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      • Yes, let’s hope we don’t find ourselves testing our survival skills, Nancy. 🙂 As for Fred, I keep checking the bathroom. If he returns, we might have to adopt him. 🙂

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  17. Oh Jill!!! You had me riveted! I laughed out loud when I saw the frog. Never in a million years would I have thought a frog would be the culprit. Um, did you at least go armed with a broom when you went to investigate?

    I’ll be chuckling about that frog for the rest of the day.

    During one of my grandmother’s visits when I was a kid, I got up in the middle of the night and went to the bathroom. When I flicked on the light, a mouse abruptly stood up from the rim of the bathtub. I don’t know who was more surprised–the mouse or me. Well, I screamed. Grandma ran in. The rest of the scene is a little graphic. She grabbed a tube of toothpaste and dispatched the mouse. Needless to say, we were out of toothpaste for a while.

    Before I saw the photos, I wondered if you experienced the same thing a friend of mine experienced. She heard noises coming from her bedroom. Her husband wasn’t home though, so she knew it couldn’t be him. When she went into the room, she saw a squirrel sitting on the floor. It looked like the squirrel was clutching its heart. She hoped the squirrel wasn’t having a heart attack at the shock of her sudden appearance.

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    • Ha ha! I laughed too, once I saw Fred. Believe me, L. Marie, if you could have heard the sound he was making, it was very un-frog like. I’m scratching my head trying to figure out where he’d been from the time I first heard the noise, two weeks prior, until that night. Was he coming and going through a secret tree frog door? Did he come up through the pipe? Or, did he just hop up the stairs when we weren’t watching? I guess I need a frog cam. 🙂
      Oh my, a mouse in the tub! That would scare me. So did your grandmother squirt the mouse with the toothpaste or did she use the tube to remove him? I will be laughing when I brush my teeth tonight. I’m not a fan of mice, but better that, than a rat.
      We have had a squirrel experience, but not in the tub, having a heart attack. 🙂 He was in our attic.
      Thanks for sharing your critter stories. Have a great weekend!

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  18. Oh so funny Jill – he’s a good looking frog too! Too many unwelcomed visitors from now until November: baby gecko’s and baby TX lizards – they sneak (rather quickly) when you open an outside door. Takes a bit to capture them, they are so fast – we use a plastic cup and a magazine so we can catch and release.

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  19. Love it! Poor little chap, disoriented in your bathroom!
    Well, of course I have a story to tell. It was years ago, the eve of Matthew’s christening party. We had cleaned the house from top to bottom in preparation for the big day. Bear in mind that the week prior to this we had had decorators in, wallpapering hall stairs and landing, leaving the integral garage door open for hours on end.
    As husband and I sat down exhausted that evening, having finally gotten Matthew off to sleep and looking forward to a heat up curry in front of the TV, a little brown field mouse scuttled across the room in front of us. We both thought we were seeing things but two hours later, after frantically removing all the books from the book shelves and clamping a plastic bucket over the little critter we knew that he was real. With a great deal of difficulty we managed to decant him into the garden. Just imagine if he had turned up amidst all our christening guests. We see shattered , the christening went off without a hitch – even Matthew at five months rose to the occasion 😄

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    • Ha ha! He actually looked a little at home, Jenny…until I touched him and he took a giant leap.
      I had a feeling you would have a story. 🙂 I’m happy to hear that Matthew’s christening party wasn’t disrupted by a mouse in the house. Kudos to you and your husband for capturing the critter. They’re typically great escape artists.
      Enjoy your weekend…hopefully mouse free.

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  20. Awww. So cute. 🙂 But as you say, would rather he live on the patio rather than in the bathtub! Wonder how he got in there???

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    • He was cute, Lynette. I don’t know, maybe the tub was his winter home. 🙂 Great question, I’m still wondering how he got in and where he was hanging all of that time. The first time I heard the noise was two weeks prior. Happy Weekend!

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  21. Oh yes, we’ve had unexpected noises, noises I would always hear late at night when I was reading in our living room before going up to bed. It sounded like scratching in the wall nearest the front window. Every time I’d walk up to the wall and place my ear to it, the noise would go away. Finally, while watering the front hedge a couple weeks later, I noticed wasps going in and out of a very small crack in the siding. I called an exterminator who confirmed we had an infestation in that wall – not unusual in the Spring/Summer. He said wasps chew the interior to put on their queen’s nest.

    He put his exterminator wand through the hole, sprayed, and standing five feet away, I could hear the rumble of hundreds of bees expressing their distress over the poison that now covered their bodies and their home. Ugh. “What do we do with all those dead wasps in the wall?” “Nothing.” We sealed every possible entry point so wasps can no longer get comfortable within the walls of our house. I don’t mind getting rid of wasps. They are not the much-needed honey bees that I encourage in my garden with flowering plants each summer. Wasps are dangerous AND they can ruin a house’s structure.

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    • Wow, what a story, Irene. I’m glad you saw the wasps, while out watering. I’ve heard stories like yours, where people’s homes are completely infested with wasps/bees in the walls. I had no idea they could be so destructive. Thanks for sharing your story. I hope you have a great weekend.

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  22. Cute frog! I was quietly working on my laptop one time in the living room when i felt something wet and sticky on my arm. I looked down to find a tiny lizard crawling up me. I’d like to say my immediate reaction was calm and collected and not jumping up and screaming like a little girl, but, well… 😉

    Have a great weekend Jill!

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  23. Haha, oh that’s such a cute story Jill, I can just imagine your face when you found ‘Fred’ hanging out in your bathroom like that! Always a relief to solve such a mystery, so glad it was this size and not something like a velociraptor or something worse!! Hopefully he will be much happier now hanging out with you and DFD for the summer. You know of my unwelcome visitor in my Summerhouse today – a queen wasp (the size of a hornet!) and I am mortally terrified of them, so it was horrible. Would have much preferred your darling little Fred, I love frogs! Have a great weekend Jill, you and DFD 🙂 xoxo

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    • Yeah, you wouldn’t want a T-Rex pulling you off the toilet….. 😉

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    • According to DFD, the look on my face, when I discovered Fred, was ‘priceless.’ Oh yes, I know Fred is happier outside. You should have seen his little heart beat, it was pounding in his chest, once I got him outside. Chasing him in the bonus room as he took flying leaps from one piece of furniture to another, would have made a great Youtube video. 🙂
      We’ve both had our share of unwelcomed visitors, Sherri. I’ll take Fred, over a queen wasp any day. Have a great weekend too! DFD says hi! xoxo

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      • Haha…I bet, would have loved to have been a fly on the wall at that moment! Your story of chasing Fred all around the bonus room sounds hilarious and I can imagine it so well. It would have been a great video 🙂 This reminds me too of a story I’ve been thinking about telling for some time on my blog but have hesitated as I’m not sure whether or not to keep it for submission somewhere. You know all about my daughter’s pet obsession, and one of her many and varied pets was a pet Fire-Belly Toad, which she named Longlegs. She used to love to hold him but he would leap off her hand too quickly sometimes and so we had the same fun and games trying to catch him as you with your Fred. And then oneday he hopped beneath the piano…and well, I won’t say anymore other than he came to a gruesome accidental ending but one which we couldn’t help but laugh at as it was so awful and yet so darn funny!!!!! But poor Longlegs…and my poor daughter!! We got a replacement…and the cat ate that one 😮 Anyway, don’t let Fred read any of this, he would be horrified. And how sweet that Fred is happy now, and his little heart hopefully all calmed down again 🙂 I hope to hear more news of him as the summer draws on! Hi back to DFD too…and hope you’re having a great weekend basking in your early summer heatwave 🙂 xoxo

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  24. He does look cute but I draw the line at sharing my bathwater with him, Jill 🙂 I suppose it would make a change from a rubber duck.
    Happy weekend!

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  25. That’s so funny, Jill. I’d sure rather have THAT cute little unexpected visitor than a huge spider in the bathroom sink which happens to us occasionally. I absolutely hate wolf spiders!

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  26. Hahah – I was afraid the bathroom noise was going to be something much worse than a frog. 🙂 Maybe he’ll keep you company outside again. We’ve had a few unexpected visitors. The craziest was when our dog was just a puppy. When we came home from work, we saw a blackbird flying all over the living room and our poor puppy was crouching and trying to run away at the same time. We have no idea how long that bird was torturing her – hopefully not all day. Then again, maybe she somehow let the bird in for some fun.

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    • So was I, Sheila. I was happy to see our friend, Fred, or his relative. Oh, your poor little puppy, she must have been scared…unless of course, she did invite the bird in for a little house party. 🙂 Happy Weekend, Sheila!

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  27. Had a racoon in the house for about a week and didn’t know it until he kicked over something in the guest room. He has come in from the screened porch and then couldn’t get back out. We escorted him out, and he was hissing the whole time.

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  28. Oh, that is funny! They make such loud and deep noises in spite of their size, don’t they? That would have freaked me out if I had found it while taking a shower. 🙂

    I don’t have to remind you about the MOLE that hung around my bedroom last year, do I? I am still traumatized and so is my daughter. In fact, the other day we saw one scurrying around our front yard. My heart stopped and I feared that it would find its way inside to haunt me, like his relative did. I shudder at the thought! 🙂

    Enjoy your frog/free weekend, Jill! 🙂 xo

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    • Yes, they are loud, but the noise coming from the bathroom wasn’t like the sounds we hear outside, around the lake, Marie. That’s why I was so shocked to see Fred. He definitely wanted his presence to be known. 🙂
      Ha ha! Oh yes, I remember your mole tale very well! I think I would have put the house up for sale. 🙂 You need to set up some traps so they can be relocated. Happy Weekend! I hope yours is mole free. xoxo

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  29. My brother lost a small frog in our basement, one he’d grown from a polliwog until it jumped out of its bowl one day. We never did find it.

    Now all I find is spiders. Those are far worse than a lost frog.

    Cheers. Theresa

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    • Wow, the frog was never found…hopefully he found a way outdoors. My mother would have turned the house upside down, like she did when my gerbil got loose. 🙂
      I’m not a fan of spiders either, Theresa, especially the big ones.
      Happy Weekend!

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  30. This is so much fun, Jill! You wrote it so well; I was imagining all kinds of things, like the time a neighbor found a vagrant had climbed in their bathroom window while they were on a trip and made himself at home. When they returned, he was taking a bubble bath! I liked your conclusion SO much better.

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    • Thank you, Marylin…I’m glad you enjoyed the story. I wish I had a Youtube video of me chasing him around the bonus room…poor little thing.
      Oh my gosh! I would roll out the red carpet for Fred, if I could avoid finding a vagrant taking a bubble bath…that’s unbelievable! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the weekend!

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  31. LOL…I love frogs so this would not have bothered me except for the fact they can be noisy, especially tree frogs. Poor little guy. 😀 And yes, I have had unexpected visitors. You can read my post in the archives about Double Trouble or the one on birds. Although I’ve not posted about it, last year we had a ring snake in the living room. Seems there is always something in my house that shouldn’t be there. Hum,,,maybe I should do a post about that. I loved the way you made this so suspenseful, Jill. I thought sure it was something truly horrible. Enjoy your Saturday. xoxo

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  32. You really set this story up beautifully, Jill. I was expecting an intruder or an unwelcome animal. I love Fred and glad that he’s back where both you and he are comfortable.

    We’ve rescued an anole (small lizard), a small froggie, and a small (thank heavens) snake who had wandered into our home. The anole and froggie got the VIP treatment to the lanai (screened-in porch). The snake was wrapped around the dining room table and had drawn the interest of one of our cats. He got the bum’s rush with a broom and dust pan and was deposited unceremoniously outdoors where he quickly scooted away. 😉

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    • Thank you, Judy. I was relieved to discover the loud noise, was only little Fred. I’m sure your cat was quite curious about the snake. I would have given him the ‘bum’s rush’ as well. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

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  33. What good ears you have. You heard a croak, a bit of croaking from across the house? I visualized a crash or loud boom. You definitely got me.
    I know spring is here and summer is approaching. As we watched a movie in the great room last night, I counted 4 geckos on the screen and Rick got chased off his laptop on the back porch by the “June” bugs.

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    • Oh, it was loud, Georgette. That’s why I was shocked to see it was Fred. It sounded very un-frog like. Ha ha, I’m picturing Rick running from the June bugs. 🙂 I was chased inside today by an aggressive yellow jacket. It is the season.
      Have a great week!

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  34. Haha. That little guy made a loud noise? We used to get frogs in our toilet in one bathroom and didn’t know why. We did research on the internet, and learned that tree frogs sometimes fall into the plumbing vent on the roof. My husband went up there and tied screens around the vents, and we didn’t see them anymore.

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  35. Okay, so glad a few others gave you lectures. Remember when I gave rides to young men and also, a homeless woman? but never let anyone know that story, one to be told another time… anyway, I am sure you felt brave but I worried about your investigating, Jill. Alone and while Derek slept through the noise.
    Relief in the tree frog and can imagine the bathroom amplifying it with the tiles and all, so glad you caught it and released it, too. Jill, my son used a big cook’s glove to help me take a bat out of our bathroom, gently catching it. I am hoping anyone who needs to take something with claws and such out will try using the kitchen mitts method! I also have had him set traps and get the dead mice out of the traps, in our ‘single Mom’ days, Jamie was ‘the man of the house,’ smiles!

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    • I appreciate your concern, Robin. Next time, if there is one, I’ll let Derek do the investigating. 🙂 Yes, I do remember the rides you gave to people in need. That’s so you, but obviously not something we can do these days.
      Thanks for sharing the kitchen mitt method. Your son is very resourceful. Have a great week!

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  36. The sound of my cat chomping her food like she hadn’t eaten in weeks was really starting to annoy me. And then she jumped into my lap. But the chomping hadn’t stopped. Uh-oh. Long story short, it was a 3-legged possum, which had disappeared by the time my husband arrived in response to my screaming. He thought I was nuts. Until the big 3-legged rodent had the grace to show itself again. I’m afraid there’s not a happy ending here. I’m glad tree frog was moved to a place where he can resume happier noise-making!

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  37. Fred is very cute Jill, I could live with an unexpected visitor like him…well, maybe not live with him if he’s such a noisy guest, but he’s a lot prettier than some I could imagine 🙂 We tend not to get too many unexpected guests, just the usual spiders and flies, though I did have to rescue a bee that had decided to take up residence in our dining room the other day.

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    • He was cute, Andrea. When we got him outside, his little heart was pounding. I felt bad we had frightened him. Yes, he did have some vocal chords, so he’s better off outside. I’m happy to hear you haven’t had any experiences with snakes, flying squirrel or three legged possums. 🙂 Have a great week!

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  38. Lots of comments here, Jill! Did anyone offer to kiss Fred? 🙂
    We get unwanted visitors quite often- lizards. I don’t mind them at all, but my daughter goes into a frenzy whenever she sees one. I have chase them away or try to grab them for her:)
    Have a super week!

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    • Ha ha! Well, since I have my Prince…I didn’t think of it, Elaine. Perhaps I should have offered him to some of my single friends.
      Those lizards/geckos are fast. Your daughter is lucky your so quick on your feet.
      Have a great week too!

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      • We chase the lizards with a broom sometimes! I was once photographed with my lips puckered up close to a frog. Very close. It was a big, fat frog in a “controlled environment”:) The frog handler humored me and I had a lot of fun being silly. I suppose my colleagues still smile or go ” eeeeweee”‘when they remember almost-frog-kissing moment. I also have my prince, but it never hurts to create a bit of magic:)

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  39. How cute! I probably would have fainted if I heard that go off while I was visiting the restroom.

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  40. That’s one beautiful frog, Jill, but the patio is where it belongs.
    The green things that are bothering me right now are inchworms, rendering all the spring leaves and blossoms to lace, and landing on my head and clothes every time I go for a walk.
    My house guests include deer. Thankfully they keep to the backyard. But this spring I’ve planted tomatoes and blueberries and I’m not looking forward to their visit.

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    • Hi Rajni! Oh, I agree. The inchworms have invaded Charlotte. The streets that I walk downtown, to get to my office, are tree lined…I’ve had a few unwanted hitchhikers. I love to see the deer, but they do like to munch on new growth. Good luck with your garden.

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  41. Jill, oh what a cutie! I’m so glad you rescued him and put him where he is happy! We had a couple snakes in the house before . . . . (Are you screaming?)

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  42. LOL. Oh goodness that’s one loud houseguest too. We’ve had a bird accidentally fly into the house. I’ve had a few yellow jackets in my room. Always a fright since a bee allergy runs in the family.

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    • Yes, Kourtney, Fred was very loud. He obviously wanted our attention. Funny, he didn’t sound like a tree frog, while in the bathroom. Yellow jackets are not something you want inside, especially if you have a bee allergy. They’re an aggressive bee. Enjoy your weekend!

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      • Jill, I discovered them in my bedroom when I was home alone. I have never felt such fear before. They were between the shade and the window. I had such panic. I had my mom on the phone just in case I got stung. 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!

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      • Smart move, keeping your mother on the phone. I think I might have packed my bags and moved. 🙂 I’m happy you didn’t get stung. You have a great weekend too!

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  43. Last week a bird fell down the vent of my daughter’s microwave. She called me in a sympathetic tizzy. The microwave was large and inaccessible without taking it out, and this is the unmarried daughter. The bird was flopping around and making noise, and my daughter didn’t know what to do. It was late at night. The next day her friend took the microwave out and climbed on the roof to cover the vent with a screen. The bird had already found her way out. So nice to have a male friend who knows how to do such things.

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    • That must have been a little scary for your daughter, especially hearing those noises late at night. I had a similar experience many years. Somehow a couple of birds got into my house and ended up in the walk-in storage area. I heard scratching and strange sounds coming from behind the door. I immediately called my dad. 🙂
      I’m happy to hear your daughter has a handy friend, Nicki.

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  44. Jill, Fred’s color is beyond nature’s beautiful greens, amazing. I know of a critter appearance that happened in South Florida to a dear uncle of mine. My uncle had a screened porch and was bothered by skinny, starved looking squirrels. He was more of a country fellow, raised acres of fresh produce in his early years before retiring to Florida and had gone squirrel HUNTING much of his adult life. Thus, he had zero tolerance for the holes appearing in his screen most every morning when he went out to relax and drink his first cup of coffee. However, his anger grew in to a plan of attack after realizing his entire screen (porch) would need replaced.

    He caught the squirrel early one morning and had it boiling in a big pot by noon. Yes, he ate the Florida squirrel for lunch. He lived to tell the story…yikes rabid?

    A few months later, as I lectured on the Romantic poets of rural England, my uncles’ critter encounter flowed from my lips…the students laughed and laughed not understanding— why in the 21st Century someone would eat such a gruesome critter. This story will be passed down in our family’s remembrances.

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    • Yes, Fred’s coloring is spectacular. I just enjoy it more when he’s outside. 🙂 With all of the heavy rain we received yesterday, they sounded like a choir around the lake.
      Ha ha…I remember the battle with the squirrels, Pam. It didn’t surprise me that he ate it. My dad used to eat squirrel too…among other disgusting critters. Yuck!

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  45. That was definitely an unexpected visitor. He looks so cute, love that color of green. Actually, I haven’t seen a frog in years. Glad you figured out your mystery. Our most unusual visit was a few years ago, but it was outside (thank goodness.) A male peacock who liked to perch on our fence and sleep in our back garden visited us for a few weeks. It was mating season, so I guess once he figured out we didn’t have any pea hens, he left.

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  46. Wonderful. If you have time, try this one in reply to your question: http://derrickjknight.com/2012/09/03/bats/

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