May 23, 2008

Gratuitous Fledermaus Posting

I had thought that the high point of my encounter with Nature today was the half hour or so I spent watching a vixen and her four pups frolicking at the edge of the woods behind Orgle Manor this afternoon.

But noooooooooh......

You see, earlier this evening, as I was watching Grosse Point Blank (Minnie Driver.....mmmmmmmm.......) I heard a bang and a series of squeeks that suggested a mouse had somehow got itself trapped in the HVAC. "Eh," I said to myself, "Self, it'll sort itself out."

So I watched the rest of the moovie. Howsomever, when I later came out of Robbo's Former Fortress of Solitude after checking the Tasty Bits (TM) Mail Sack, I noticed the cats staking out the backside of the tee vee. On closer observation, I saw a small bat slinking around on the carpet behind and under it.

Well, not being one to let the grass or invasive small mammal population expand under his hooves, I hastily went upstairs, grabbed the library fireplace tongs and came back down to expel the creature. Suffice to say, mission accomplished. When last seen, it was getting itself together amidst the ivy surrounding the bird feeder out back.

We've had a fair number of creatures invade Orgle Manor, but I believe this is our first bat. Ironic that it should be in the basement, what? Ut-bay, on't-tay ell-tay he-they issus-May: She's quite terrified of bats.

Posted by Robert at May 23, 2008 10:56 PM | TrackBack

Older home? Yeah...we had a bat infestation, of sorts, in our old home in PA.

Only ours was in our bedroom. Eeek!

Posted by: GroovyVic at May 24, 2008 06:44 AM

An older house of my parents had a nice nest of bats under one of the eaves. Good mosquito protection, though the nightly release of the swarm could be a bit intimidating at first.

Posted by: Jon at May 24, 2008 09:16 AM

Infestation? Gawd, I hope it doesn't come to that. Fingers crossed that the bats at Orgle Manor come as single spies, not in battalions.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at May 24, 2008 10:04 AM

We got the occasional bat in my childhood home (as well as a lot of mice, the occasional squirrel and carpenter ants -- but moving right along...). I hated the swooping of the bats, but a good tennis racket to the little thing seemed to generally take care of the problem.

Posted by: Jordana at May 24, 2008 01:26 PM

I don't have a bat story, but "Gross Point Blank" ... John Cusack mmmmmmmmmmmmm

Posted by: keysunset at May 24, 2008 01:37 PM

sorry "Grosse Point Blank" yeah, that's the ticket.

Posted by: keysunset at May 24, 2008 01:38 PM

"Ohhhhh, my head. Vat vas that maniac drinking?..."
-- Love at First Bite

Posted by: mojo at May 27, 2008 10:44 AM