Monday, June 21, 2010

"There is a ginormous bug..."

"Ginormous", that's what my daughter said to her brother when she was 4 and he was 9. We heard the conversation over the monitor, she said it was on the ceiling, then we heard a tiny "Ohh" of discomfort. Madame was sleeping in a top bunk at the time, yes...indeedy, we needed to investigate. Well, having lived here for almost 18 years, I've seen plenty of bats. The night of the "ginormous bug" for example......it flew down the hallway of our mobile home right at me. We figured it came in the house when we let the dog in. I screamed ducked and slammed the door thinking I'd hear a thud against my bedroom door, nope, these mammals can turn on a dime. Saturday night though, was a unusual night, we had a scheduled power outage for maintenance on the transmission lines, midnight to 5 am, yep...and on the hottest night of the year. Now whether the bat came in while the deck door was opened for air or what, it's a mystery, I'm sure his sonar was messed up because I think if we had the constant humming from the fish tank, we wouldn't of had this visitor. But....this one is a pretty....good....sized one. It had a wing span of about 7 inches. Eww. Well, I sat watching this guy for the biggest part of the morning and finally cornered my husband to remove it. After all...it hung just behind the entertainment stand and every time I glanced at the t.v. I saw mister B. Right about the time my husband moved the stand and positioned himself behind it, the hairy GIR-NOR-MOUS bug took off. I hid in my bedroom where I could peak out the door and feel safe. This was after it dawned on me.....gee, that thing just flew up into the skylight, and DOWN it came! Guess my dog didn't take a liking to my fear and started snapping at it. You could tell he had no clue what-so-ever it was, it was more of a obligatory snap. See the fright in he eyes.


My poor husband waved his arms and blocked areas of the house when we considered it flying the wrong way, shortly, the bat settled on this sign, just above the open deck door and to the world of freedom.


I think the poor thing had exhausted itself, it didn't make attempt to budge when my husband reached for it. My husband was concerned the bat wouldn't make it out the door without getting hurt in some way.


But that mean little thing felt well enough to bite! C&G Design


Words and photos by Dawn,C&G Design.

12 comments:

tina said...

Did this just happen? I hope JOAT got the bat tested or at least got his rabie shots. Not a good thing to be bit by a bat at all.

Nancy said...

eeek! We had one in PA, and tall ceilings. Little shout out today on my blog.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Wow. Bats are good for eating mosiquitos but I wouldn't want on inside my house either.

Lola said...

Don't like the bats except for eating mosquitoes. I've never seen one around here.

Debbie said...

Ok I am totally grossed out right now and I am not kidding. Eww was the right word from the start! Oh my freaking GOD DAWN!!!! That little creature is disgusting...I have chills looking at the pictures. Of course you must know that I am afraid of bugs and flying things anyway....but I would have been hiding in my bedroom the WHOLE TIME!! Yuck!! Your husband is very brave to take on that gross bat. Is he ok? Did he really get bit? What about rabies? Will he be checked? Oh god that's awful. What did the kids think of all that? That story about the giant bug was funny though. Great pictures!

Dawn said...

HI GUYS, I THINK NO RABIES HERE, THE BAT WAS ACTING PRETTY NORMAL. MY HUSBAND WASN'T BIT THRU THE GLOVE HE WAS WEARING. tHE BAT WAS REALLY UPSET AND SQUEAKING AT THE SAME TIME HE WAS BEING CONTAINED. fLEW OFF FOR THE NEAREST TREE. mY DAUGTER WAS THE ONLY ONE HERE AND SHE WATCHED THRU HER GLASS DOOR, SHE STILL BACKED OFF AND SHUT HER CURTIAN.
I'M DOING BILLING ON THE BUSINESS 'PUTER THAT'S FOR THE CAPS, I'M NOT REALLY YELLING, HA!WAITING ON THE PRINTER.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I don't see many of them here. When I lived in Alabama they would fly thru the barn every night grabbing bugs that were attracted to the light.
Marnie

Jean said...

OMG is all I could repeat over and over in my mind while reading this.
Knowing how Madame has always been with bugs, I can not see her just saying there is a "ginormous bug".
Where was her freak mood with that?

Jean said...

I think I was still saying OMG in my mind as I also meant to say that Terri-Lynn bought me a bat house as I wanted bats to eat the other bugs bugs but I never had a bat so finally it fell down and never got put back up. You should get a couple of bat houses and hope they stay around. I read in the paper about the shut down on the electricty and thought it would affect you guys.

Kathleen said...

This is even better than my bear story. I am jealous. Am looking forward to seeing your completed studio. Great ornaments. I haven't thought of Christmas for at leaast a couple of months.
Luv & Hugs, Kathleen

Leedra said...

We had one in a cabin with us one time, but NOT our home. The cabin was bad enough and we didn't have to try to catch it, we just checked out and went on our way. Oh, we tell the management so they could get it out before they rented to the next family.

Skeeter said...

Me likes bats as they eat bugs and lots of bugs... We had about 20 living in our attic vents until we got new vents. They took off to find a new home then. I still see a few of them in the evenings flying around grabbing bugs from the night skies....