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Sitting by the walkway.

Toads are mostly found on land but can also survive in water. They inhabit every section of the globe and have the ability to endure some of the worse weather conditions. The common connotation of the toad spirit animal is transformation and survival. The toad undergoes a life metamorphosis from a tadpole into a toad. Besides, it braves different weather conditions to find shelter and food.

…The toad as a spirit animal is symbolic of growth. If you have a toad as your spirit guide, consider yourself lucky. Your connection with the spiritual realm is renewed because of this bond. The toad spirit guide will bring you spiritual help to solve all your concerns.

If you are looking for an emotional cleansing, call on the toad spirit guide. It is the best animal totem in this particular context because of its association with water. Besides, the cleanup can also help you start viewing life from a different but better lens.

Another toad totem spiritual significance in your life is intelligence. People born under this spirit animal have the blessings of good brains. It is this gift that they use to survive. When faced with confrontations, solid muscle alone cannot work. There must be a blend of both the strength of the mind and the body.

~ Wendy Jackson

From the side.

Ted Andrews did not have much of anything in his book Animal Speak about toads.  There is a brief mention of them under Frogs, but only in regard to how they differ from frogs.

Toad was sitting by the walkway this morning when I went out for a stroll.  I almost didn’t see him, he was so good at becoming part of the area where he was sitting.  I wished him a good morning and then left him to whatever it was he was doing.  Perhaps he was just enjoying the view.


The number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to go up in the state of Maryland, mostly in the Baltimore/D.C. areas.  Here on the Eastern Shore, the numbers are slow to rise.  I’m not sure if that’s due to lack of testing or if people aren’t contacting their doctors because many are so poor that they don’t have a doctor (or the insurance to cover seeing a doctor).  We still have 4 confirmed cases in our county.  North of us, where it’s a little more crowded, the numbers are higher.  The curve in Ohio continues to rise, but it has slowed down.

On the plus side, it seems that the crime rate has gone down in a lot of places, air pollution has supposedly lessened with fewer people driving, and the birds seem to appreciate the quieter world we’re creating.

I don’t know what these tiny flowers are (other than beautiful).

I am no longer counting our self-isolation days.  It’s day whatever it happens to be.  M has had to go out at least once a week since this started.  That resets our count.  I don’t think we’ll ever manage a full 14 days without having to go somewhere.  We have masks and gloves (the work gloves we use for picking up litter) for the next outing.  I’m not sure when that will be.  When we need groceries, I suppose.  I’ll be using a buff I bought for mowing that works perfectly as a mask.  I didn’t care for it as a buff so it’s good to be able to use it for something.  We do have a few medical type masks that are dirtied up from mowing (M has dreadful allergies and it’s the only way he can mow).  We could use those, if needed.

As for the self-care challenge, it is day 19.  I’m still moving right along with the walking and the meditation.  Tomorrow I’m hoping to rise and shine early in an effort to get my sleep schedule back to some semblance of normal.  I miss those quiet, early morning hours when no one else is awake and I can take my time leaning into the new day.

In the maple.

Before I go, a little something for you:

Thank you for stopping by today.  The forecast for late this afternoon and evening states it will be sunny with gusty winds (20-30 mph with 40 mph gusts), but it’s been mostly cloudy the past hour or so.  Maybe we’ll get lucky and the clouds will clear in time for sunset.  It’s scheduled for 7:34 PM.  Maybe I’ll head out to the Point.  I haven’t been there in a while.  Meet you there.  It’s been fairly warm (70’s), but you’ll probably need a jacket due to the wind and the coolness coming off the water.

Be safe, be well.  ♥♥♥

My obsession with the redbuds continues.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,341)  The continued good health of friends and loved ones.  1,342)  The redbuds.  Every day.  Usually the blooms are short-lived.  Here today, gone tomorrow.  Our slow spring has kept them around much longer than usual.  It’s been a delight.  1,343)  The buzzing of bees and the flitting of butterflies.  1,344)  Vegetable burritos.  Yummy.  1,345)  A letter from our grandsons that arrived this morning.  Their mother wrote down what they wanted to say, and the boys decorated it with stickers and drawings (scribbles, which can be some of the best kind of drawings).

Yesterday’s sunset.


Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

28 thoughts on “Toad

  1. Snowing in Maine! Ah, spring in northern New England. 😉 I love toads. We have them all around our home in the woods when the weather is warm. You might be interested in knowing that in my first book, there is a giant Toad Queen. Your quotations were perfect. Stay safe, be well!

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  2. Now that the CDC says maybe everyone wearing a mask is a good idea (hello? you think?), my sister says she’s already seeing ‘mask-shaming’ – folks getting flak for not wearing one. Sigh. Humans just LOVE us/them scenarios, it seems.
    I always love seeing toads in our gardens, they eat slugs!

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    1. I love seeing them too, Eliza. I didn’t know they eat slugs. Given the number of toads we have around here, I’m surprised we see slugs at all. 😀
      I will sigh along with you. Humans. Maybe one day we’ll get it together.

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  3. We used to have a lot of toads, but our area kept spraying for mosquitos with a chemical that riled the mosquitos up and killed toads. I’m hearing toad sounds the last couple of days, but that could be little tree toads – tiny guys with a big voice.

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    1. They spray here, too, Carol, but whatever they use doesn’t seem to be harming the toads, frogs, or fish. They are experimenting with using fish in the ditches here to keep down the mosquito population. It’s been working on one of the islands. I hope we move to that instead of chemicals soon. 🙂

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  4. Well, yesterday’s sunset was certainly beautiful, sorry I missed it. We were having thunderstorms with thunder so huge the windows rattled. Katie slept through it. I think the little blue flowers are forget-me-knots. Maybe spelled different. They grow wild around here, and I have several under an apple tree. I think I planted those, but they’ve spread everywhere and since I planted them I’ve seen them along the sides of roads here. Could be something else too.

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  5. Hi Robin. Seems all is relatively normal for you and M … well, all considering. At least you have some natural isolation being on the ranch (as opposed to we subdivision folks). Ohio’s governor has done an excellent job. He acted early, delivers straight talk, acts in the best interest of the people, is not political or self-serving … and his efforts seems to be paying off. All well here and not going bonkers yet. Stay safe.

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    1. Hello, Frank! Always great to see you. I was just thinking about you yesterday, wondering how you’re doing. I have been super impressed with DeWine. I don’t agree with his politics but he’s one of those governors who really stepped up and did what needed to be done. As you mentioned, he’s been doing what is in the best interests of the people.
      Relatively normal here, but M isn’t used to being home every day and I’m not used to him being here every day. Even the cats are trying to adjust to that change. 🙂

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        1. That’s cute, Frank. Thank you. 🙂 Yes, Hogan has been doing a good job, too. DeWine and Hogan were pretty well coordinated with school closures and stay at home orders. Thank goodness there are still some sensible leaders out there willing to buck that guy in the White House.

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  6. I love to see toads. Once in a while, I wonder if I could attract one to my garden with a toad house, but I doubt it. I made two cloth masks tonight and am relatively pleased with them. That will have to do for meditation for day 19. For exercise I danced! It brought a little extra joy to the day.

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    1. Dancing is wonderful exercise, Lisa! I’m going to do some of that this evening. It’s Funky Friday (on and I love dancing along to the funky music they play.
      We put out a few toad houses, but nobody ever moved in. I suppose they prefer something other than broken flower pots.
      I’ve thought about making a mask, but my sewing skills are nearly non-existent and I don’t have a sewing machine.

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      1. Yeah. those toad houses look cute, but I thought, “Would a toad move in?” Also there isn’t a natural source of water nearby, which I think they like. Dance!!! Dance your heart out. You’ll feel better for it. I may do a video tonight for exercise. I got up early and saw the sunrise this morning so had ample time for meditation.

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  7. I didn’t know that about toad symbolism. I find it counterintuitive assuming that toad would mean you were bogged down in mud. Thanks for the link to mandala page. I have a coloring book of mandalas that I’m slowly working my way through. I’ll be in need of more soon enough, considering I’ve got all the time in the world to color them now.

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