A Frog On A Leaf

Frog On Leaf Watercolor Illustration Painting

For Day Seventeen of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Rough,” I ended up with a bumpy frog on a leaf. I’ve always found frogs to be strangely charming. This must be why they could elicit a kiss from a princess in fairy tales. However, you won’t find me trying that anytime soon. I always see a bit of cuteness is all types of creatures. Even spiders can have their charm, but they creep me out so I generally just keep my distance. As a kid, I’d hold frogs in my hand for a moment before letting them go. It’s a strange sensation, not particularly unpleasant, but simply odd. I haven’t tried to pet a frog in years though, and I’m quite sure that frogs everywhere are croaking their happiness and breathing a sigh of relief. Yet, memories of that sound on a summer night by a pond are lovely to recall.

I was having a blast doing a million different things today and nearly didn’t set aside time to make this post. As it stands, I’m delaying snacks and dinner just a bit so I quickly ramble on about something. Thankfully, we have a new television and Philippe isn’t too bothered as he can now watch endless documentaries on a giant screen. I’m currently facing away from said screen as to not be distracted, but I can hear the show in the background. It’s something about how something or other is made. I keep listening and can’t quite make out the theme. It’s got that music that makes things sound intriguing even if what’s being said is perfectly dull. I just can’t for the life of me figure out the subject matter. I just asked Philippe and apparently it’s about new seasonings for potato chips. Well, that’s wildly specific. I would expect nothing less from him.

Tonight is rather exciting as we are going to have a family popcorn night. What makes this incredible is that it’s been months since we’ve had one, or even tasted popcorn. So, I’m rather excited. We’ve still not decided on the movie that we’ll watch for the occasion. We often joke that our dog Phineas is a huge fan of Scooby Doo, so he’s definitely rooting for that one. At least in our heads. In truth, we might end up watching the first live action version of Scooby Doo as Philippe hasn’t seen it. I remember it being fun and not totally horrible, which isn’t really a firm endorsement. Last night we watched Space Jam: A New Legacy for purely nostalgic reasons and because it was new and available with an existing subscription. It was horrible, and made the original debacle seem almost good. So, I think we’ll just surf through some options and see what we find. It might be bits and pieces and few false starts in the end. I’m just happy to have some popcorn and then spend the evening relaxing like a frog on a leaf.

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  1. Sandra Strait 12 months ago

    I was a bit startled when I saw your painting, as I literally just finished reading a National Geographic article about glass frogs (the living kind). Is the universe trying to tell me something important that I can learn from frogs? Maybe my life will be improved by hopping, or making ribbit noises. Or exuding slime. I shall have to ponder this.

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Hehe! I think so! There’s must be something important to do with frogs in your future! hehe 😉

  2. Mary Roff 12 months ago

    He’s a rather handsome frog, Charlie! Maybe a prince in disguise? Had popcorn for the first time in months last night. … so many good childhood memories attached to a bowl of popcorn!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yay for popcorn!! Yeah… it’s always such a wonderful time!

  3. Jacob 12 months ago

    Frogs are charming and this is no exception!

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 Could be prince, but I’m not kissing him to find out! lol

      • Jacob 12 months ago

        Haha, well you don’t have to, you already have a charming prince… and Philippe too! 😉

  4. Marisela Delgado 12 months ago

    Such a cute frog! An old friend of mine found a frog in her backyard and was grossed out. She put on gardening gloves to pick it up and throw it in her neighbor’s yard. (I told her to never live next door to me.) She described the experience as “squishy.” We have little toads, but no way I would ever touch one. Like you said, they’re probably high five-ing each other and saying,” Yes!” haha haha
    I hope you find a great movie to watch. Maybe the new Space Jam stinks because they booted Pepe LePew. No pun intended. 😂😂😂 I have been watching a lot of Godzilla movies lately. Those movies were big for me growing up. 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah… I think toads are best left alone! hehe And We ended up with the live action Scooby Doo from a few years ago. Stupidly ridiculous, but in a much more entertaining way at least. lol

  5. Gary Middleton 12 months ago

    That’s a great painting, Charlie. We sometimes have microwave popcorn if we’re going to watch a movie. It goes nicely with coffee after dinner as well.

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 It does! Well we paired it with espresso at least! hehe

  6. Lisa 12 months ago

    I haven’t held A frog in ages either. Toads yes, just to relocate them to safer places if I find them in my path, or the path of the lawn mower. Same for snakes. I had to move a snake A few years ago. I don’t do well with snakes. I used to be very afraid of them. Now, I’m mostly startled by them.

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Yeah, snakes can still startle me as well. But then I’m fascinated and watch. All the while hoping they slither in the other direction! lol 😉

  7. writerleenda 12 months ago

    A month? But Charlie you mentioned popcorn a few days ago and I suggested Becel margarine with garlic (you strain it before it goes in the popcorn). For a change most of the Orville Redenbacher corn popped so I ended up with a gigantic bowlful. Ate it all by myself too. Yummers. It’s sold here in Ontario but you can likely get it online. Emjoy!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks! Yes… I mentioned wanting it, but it never actually happened. The same applies to cookies and most desserts that I mention. I don’t actually get them, but hope to taste them in my imagination at least! lol 😉 💕

  8. Nellie Nellie 12 months ago

    Fab frog! We gave up on movies and watched some Star Trek reruns!🐸🖖

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      Charlie O'Shields 12 months ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕And Star Trek reruns sounds like a fun evening to me!

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