* Bats in the belfry?

My Half-of-Ten Things of Thankful (and thank you, Lizzi, for your inspiration, as always!) explores the wonders of nature.  Specifically, how to keep nature at a safe distance.  You might say, “What’s wrong with nature?” and I would say, “Nothing, as long as it doesn’t crawl in the house.”  I know my place and I wish nature would follow suit.  Here are my HTToT:

  1.  My dearest widower noticed an ominous stain on the outside of the attic screen.  I followed on his heels as we opened the super noisy attic door and peered into the darkness.  BATS!                                                                                                                                       bats.JPG
  2. See those two at the very top and bottom?  They didn’t like being awakened and gave us grim looks.  We quietly backed away, after noticing their babes and the humongous piles of toxic droppings.  The good news?  They can be shooed out in August after their babies are grown.                                                                                                                                                     
  3. It’s been raining cats and dogs here, which makes me happy.  But the worms have had a tough time of it, coming up for air and finding sharp robin beaks patiently waiting.  Slugs have also been seeking drier land, but in our kitchen?  Seriously?  The good news?  My dearest widower returned the slimy intruder to his natural habitat.                                                                                                                                                          
  4.  No one ever sees baby squirrels, right?   We don’t see anything under 25 lbs. because our squirrels have pot bellies from eating at the bird feeder.  But there must have been a squirrel nest catastrophe a month ago, because a baby squirrel appeared in our yard.  The good news?  It survived because I hadn’t cut the grass, not because it had any sense at all.  It’s gotten larger and a tad smarter.  It’s interesting to see that the grownups give it more leeway with eating.
  5.  That reminds me of another squirrel adventure.  This one also came in through the attic and set up a cozy home.  The good news?  Shrieking was effective it driving it back to the “wilderness.”  After it explored the bathroom.                                                                                                                             Squirrel in shower                                                       
  6.   The good news?  Ours is not the only home under attack.  (Misery loves company.)  These poor folks have an entire front yard filled with these holes every 6 inches or less.  They are not mole hills or fire ants.  These are tunnels for digger bee larvae.  Our tunnels are from voles, which seem less creepy to me.

mole hills

Good news simply abounds at our house.  I think our neighbors have termites.