Have a very Merry Frogmas

grumpy_frog Xmas

Hello my darlings. I know I’ve neglected you terribly lately but I’d still like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas, and a safe and happy 2015. Be kind to each other.

See you in the Gnu Ear.


The Frog


A very Furry Christmas to you from the Lily Pad

1477720_489060514541705_333458961_nHi Frog-Lovers. I’m just swinging by to wish you all a truly fabbo Chrimbo and a great New Year.

Be kind to each other and try to remember to breathe.

Thank you all for being part of the Lily Pad community this year.

See you when it’s 2014.


It’s almost Christmas

Hello my lovelies.

Welcome to October!

Next stop: Christmas! Ha ha! (Kill me).

Before you murder me in a pre-Christmas, where-has-the-year-gone homicidal rage, here are some wise, wise, hilarious, wise words from the wonderfully wise and hilarious Tim Minchin.

Take care of yourselves and see you around the pond, Frog-Lovers.

May your Yule logs be frog-laden this Christmas (another bog blog)

You know how things always happen at the worst possible times?

Just in time for Christmas, and family visiting, our toilet broke. No Yule log jokes please.

Proof positive that the Universe has a sense of humour (and is a bastard) – and that I CAN EVEN MAKE A CHRISTMAS POST ABOUT THE TOILET.

Despite our lavatory challenges, from my lily pad to yours, I’m wishing all of my lovely readers a safe, happy, and stress-free festive season. And functioning toilets.

See you all after Christmas Day sometime.*

*Or maybe sooner. Does your bog work? I’ll be right over…

Hello, Alan Rickman. The Christmas Post.

I adore Christmas. I always have. I decorate the house, put Christmas music on, cook a crazy in this hemisphere it’s so hot turkey, ham and all the roasted trimmings.

At this time of year our movie favourites come out. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Scrooged, A Muppet Christmas Carol… all quality stuff on high rotation around here when it’s time to get your Yule on.

These are all standard Christmas movies. About Christmas. Set at Christmas time.

I have another collection of Christmas movies that are a bit different. These are the ANTI-Christmas movies. These are the ones set at Christmas time, but not about Christmas.  
Trading Places. This came out in 1983 – WHEN I WAS 15 PEOPLE JAYZUZ I’M OLD –
and is one of my all-time favourite movies regardless of genre. YEAH.

See the movie, then you’ll get the joke. YEAH. Hilarious image from here.

Gremlins – 1984. Don’t get him wet, or feed him after midnight.
Image from here.

Die Hard – 1988. Bruce Willis and HELLO, ALAN RICKMAN*.
Way to crash a Christmas party, John McClane. Image from here.

Ghostbusters 2 – 1989. A sorry follow-up to the original but a worthy
ANTI-Christmas movie just the same. Image from here.

Lethal Weapon 2 – 1989. No pics of Mel thanks. Image from here.

Hmmm**. People losing all their money, forging unlikely allegiances, children disobeying instructions, people trying to kill each other, houses being wrecked, spirits rising from the dead  and HELLO, ALAN RICKMAN.****

Maybe they were about Christmas after all…

Have a cool Yule y’all and be kind to each other.

Can you name any other ANTI-Christmas movies?


** The 1980s was the decade of anti-Christmas movies. Or am I just showing my age.***

*** Don’t answer that.

**** OK so Alan Rickman isn’t directly related to Christmas but HELLO, ALAN RICKMAN.

HELLO, ALAN RICKMAN. Hans Gruber taken from here.

May the road rise with you this Christmas


Photo from here.


No, really, it’s not. Instead, it’s a quick thankyou note to some lovely bloggers who’ve linked me in Christmas linky thingamajigs and the Sunshine Award.

I love that these wonderful, kind bloggers have linked to me – what a lovely Christmas surprise!

I adore each of you, and thank you so much for involving me in your linkies. Go check these ladies out.

The idea of these link games is to ask questions, answer them for yourself and then tag people to then do the same, in a big, fun chain-letter-blog-dance that could, frankly, go on a for about a decade. Terrific for driving traffic to your blog and maybe picking up some extra readers.

Here are my answers from these linkies for those who are curious**:

  1. What would I do with a million dollars? Pay off my home loan, sell the house and buy somewhere near some really good coffee. Give some to the RSPCA.
  2. Favourite Time of the Year? Bedtime. No, actually it’s Christmas. Bedtime. At Christmas.
  3. Favourite Festive movie? National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?

    Image from here. 
  4. What is your Passion? It changes daily. So ask me tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day… good luck keeping up with that one.
  5. Favourite Colour? Purple.
  6. Favourite time of the Day? See No 2 above.
  7. Favourite Flower? One that doesn’t have wild crazy plant sex every Spring and make me want to gouge my eyes out with a weeding fork.
  8. Favourite Non-Alcoholic Beverage? What are these non-alcoholic beverages of which you speak?
  9. Favourite Physical Activity? Seriously? Do you not know the frog at all?
  10. Favourite Vacation? Anywhere that includes warm weather, a pool and cocktails. Lots and lots of cocktails…

At this point I’m supposed to link to a handful of other bloggers that I admire. The bad news is, I’m not going to carry on the link. I admire many, many fabulous bloggers but I don’t want to add to the business of this insane season by linking to them and obliging them to continue the chain. So yes, I am the Grinch who stole the linky.

The good news is that I want to wish everyone some peace and rest in this fuckpants crazy time of year. I hope you all survive it without too many valium-laced eggnogs.

May all your Christmas lights illuminate first try.

Image from here.

May all your trees be squirrel-free. (At this point I’d also like to add possum-free but that’s the next blog post)

Image from here.

May the road rise with you this
Christmas Season

Image from here.

*“The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: “Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favourite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!”

** Probably just those three ladies I mentioned above.