Sunday Lowdown #186


I get that my personality is a bit like a toddler cartwheeling across the lawn, but hear me out. This week I have been obsessed with a human foot. On August 16th a human foot inside a shoe was discovered in Yellowstone National Park. I’ve been there myself! Seriously, the main thing I remember about that trip is the bajillion warnings about never going off the trail. What looks like solid ground is often just lies floating on boiling hot water. You just step in the wrong place and WOOSH, straight down, and then bam, you’re dead after like a spaghetti noodle. What I’m saying is that water is hot.

Anyway, the foot. I immediately texted my dad. Had he heard about the foot? Why is there a foot? Why just one foot? Where is the rest of this human person? I heard rumors that the type of shoe the foot was found in is known to float, so I wondered why the second shoe failed so spectacularly in its buoyancy. But now there is no record of what kind of shoe, so the floaty shoe theory is moot.

Me and Dad texting pertinent info.

Here’s the wild part: there are no missing person’s reports in the area. “The foot does not belong to us,” says sergeant Swensen of Fremont County Idaho, an area through which millions of folks pass each year to get to Yellowstone National Park. An earlier theory was that the foot belonged to one person in relation to an “incident” that took place July 1st. But now I’m reading that there were two people. The plot thickens, but there haven’t been any updates in the news since August 23.

Moving along. It’s been two weeks since Frogerick Toadman, animal attorney, has made an appearance, but I learned why. He clearly was working on a big case so he could afford to update his kitchen to something swankier:

Thanks to Goodwill for having exactly what Toadman was looking for, lol: shabby chic with chickens.

I’m a believer of “If you build it, they will come,” so I just had to wait. Every night I would sneak out in the dark before bed to see if Toadman was enjoying his new digs, and alas, he wasn’t there! Although, I did scare myself every time. Garages are creepy in the dark, right? Worse, was trying to put my flip flops on in the dark in the mudroom where Kitty lives. Given that all it takes is a knife to cut the screen out of a window oh-so-close to the ground, I’m sure someone could have been there in the dark, ready to murder me, and yet I didn’t want to turn on the lights and disturb the cat. All it took was a slightly drizzly evening for Toadman to seek shelter and scoot his booty in between the counter and sink! You seriously have no idea how proud I am of my photo. I framed it. Ask my spouse.


It was a slow week again! At first, I was thinking perhaps I need to spice this blog up, make it less like minute rice. But, then I learned from Karen @ Booker Talk that there is a problem with WordPress not letting folks leave comments. I had seen the problem notification when visiting some WordPress blogs, but not all of them. Here’s hoping it’s fixed soon, but there are simple workarounds if you want to leave your two cents on my review of Finding Zoe by Brandi Rarus.


I can’t remember why I chose a collection of “scary fairy tales” out of the pile of books I own other than maybe because it’s been there so long in the stack. I have a teeter-totter history with the author, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya. How did things go with her collection There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill her Neighbor’s Baby? Let’s just say it wasn’t a heartwarming adoption tale, and I was oddly glad for the darkness within.


Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 199
Owned Books on TBR Today: 197


  1. I LOVE the photo of Frogerick – I agree that you framed it beautifully. And Frogerick looks magnificent. I wonder if he has any ideas about the foot in the shoe. That’s seriously creepy, and mysterious. And these stories often pop up, but then disappear without our ever hearing the end of it.

    I’m not a fairy-tale fan – traditional or modern – and my week is busy, but I will try to read your post when you post it. I might be interested in something it the collection.


    • Thank you so much for your many compliments! When I went out to the garage last night, the sink bit was moved. Perhaps he is rearranging the furniture.

      Fairy tales in the last 20 years or so have changed to darker, as they were in the past, but also address modern concerns. There are some amazing scary fairy tale anthologies out there! The Petrushevskaya book is from Russia, and thus deals with that culture.


  2. Ok now you have me in a spiral of speculation about that foot. If it was a lone walker then didn’t anyone report him/her missing? Even a camper has to register to stay within a National Park don’t they? Or is this a new way of disposing of a body???


  3. That photo should be on the cover of National Geographic! ❤ ❤ ❤
    I'm so proud of your efforts to both achieve this photo AND to print and frame it in your house.
    This is what life is all about, finding random feet and toad photographs. What more does one need to be entertained??


    • Right!? Well, I mean the person missing the foot might want their foot back rather than be entertained, but seriously, life is about all the funky mysteries that include animals with personality and a severed limb.

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  4. I love the Toadman photo to much!!!!! You are right to frame it.

    So weird about the foot. Maybe it’s like all those bodies they keep finding in Lake Mead as it dried up. Are there any Mafia Bosses operating around Yellowstone? The hot springs would be such a perfect place to dump a body.


    • It would be so inconvenient to take a body all the way into Yosemite. I mean, you’d have to pay an entrance fee and everything.

      When I got the Toadman photo, I was excited for myself and on your behalf, Stefanie, because you had made the comment about two weeks running and no photo, lol.


      • Aw virtual hugs! If I were any good with photoshop I’d put a little chef hat on Toadman 😀

        Wouldn’t the inconvenience of hauling a body into the park be perfect to throw the police off of thinking it was a murder? Or maybe the person was still alive when they went into the park and was killed while there?


  5. If toads could smile, that’s exactly what your toad would be doing. I love that pic with every morsel of my being.

    I have sort of a weird fairy tale book on my shelf that I plan to read soon, I’ve been dying to get to it but haven’t been able to yet. Stay tuned!


  6. Ok, so apparently the disembodied foot in a shoe is a THING here in BC. There have been several cases of such feet washing up on shore around the province. I guess bodies just break apart like that? I don’t know.

    I love that picture of Mr. Toadman! I showed it to Pearl and she said it was so cool but that his name seems very unique.


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