Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Bat Man!!

Last night I was happily typing away on my computer when I noticed a shadowy object just inside my peripheral vision. I thought I was seeing things until I realized it was a bat. I screamed and ran out of the room, briefly contemplating leaving the house, but decided against it. It was the bat who did not belong.

I ended up in my bedroom with the door closed. It was late enough to go to bed anyway but I certainly didn't fall asleep right away.

Next morning, I didn't see it and was relieved. Eventually, I noticed that it had taken up residence on the brick wall above the mantle in my living room. I decided I didn't mind it being up there as long as it was asleep. It passed the day very peacefully sleeping upside down attached to the brick wall above my fireplace.

When dh woke up (he sleeps during the day too!) I asked him to be a hero and kindly remove the bat from the premises. He put on my gardening gloves, got a chair and assessed the situation. I watched from behind the closed door of our sun room, expecting pandemonium.

He calmly plucked the bat from the bricks and placed it outside on an evergreen tree. It seemed thankfully groggy although it did squeak a protest as dh carried it outside.

Thank goodness that is over!


LifeisgreatTAC (previously hyperkids) said...

Wow, how exciting for you. I am very proud of your bravery. I don't think I could have slept until little batty was safe out in nature where he/she belongs. And I definitely couldn't have gone about my day without moving him/her outside once I was awake -- even if he/she was sleeping. Hope this doesn't stop you from working in the computer room! LOL

Carmel said...

wow, I would have screamed too! Thank goodness you had someone to take it outside. I have never seen one in person.

4HisChurch said...

They look like mice with wings...somehow that doesn't make it sound any easier, LOL!

Dh tells me he purposly kept the bat upside down so he wouldn't wake up, which he he didn't until they were outside and then he (the bat) showed his teeth).

It looked rather peaceful there when it was sleeping--kind of like one's kids! :)

Wendy said...

I would have freaked out. Ugh! I don't like things in the house that don't belong. The things that scare my husband and I the most are house centipedes. I don't know if you have them in PA, but we get them a lot here. They are awful. Much worse than regular centipedes.

Darrell said...

Once six or eight years ago I was reading something on the internet and I was really engrossed in what I was reading. The cat (I thought) was at my feet, batting my legs and trying to get me to play with her. I ignored her for a while, then finally I fussed at her and reached down to move her... and it was then I realized that a bat had gotten in and was trying to climb my leg.

I screamed. I may have screamed for ten straight minutes. Thinking about it now makes me want to scream again.

4HisChurch said...

Wow, Darrell!! You sure have me beat there! I think I'd still be screaming! I'll try not to think of that the next time a bat comes in the house!

Piana' Pounder (Bat Man) said...

I don't know about being a hero particularly but I guess we have a lot in common, the bat and I. We both work at night. Actually he was kind of cute. He looked like a mouse with wings, large teeth and very large talons. I'm glad I had the gloves on. The bat is out. My wife is happy. Life is good.

lifeisgreatTAC (previously hyperkids) said...

hey, 4hischurch,

Tell Piana pounder I do, indeed, think he is a hero! (In many ways.)

4HisChurch said...

Thanks! I'll be sure to relay the message!

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