Monday, June 1, 2009

I love Freecycle

I responded to an offer of a free bat house on my local Freecycle list. Little did I know that it was the husband of one my spinning group friends! After seeing the Memory Loss Tapes, and realizing my situation, he decided to bring it down and hang it up for me too.

When his niece comes to visit, they always work on a project together. This was their project several years ago. This bat house is designed for a large lot or country acreage. Their area has recently been developed, and now there are just too many houses around for the bat house to be effective. He decided the bat house needed a new home.

The niece decorated it, complete with instructions for the bats. I hope they can read. I also hope it attracts a nice colony soon. The more bats, the fewer mosquitoes. Come on bats!

Yesterday Mom and I went to my home town to attend my nephew's graduation ceremony. Luckily, we were able to find seats on the floor, as opposed to the bleachers. My mind shudders to think of trying to navigate bleachers with Mom. As we were sitting there before the ceremony, I felt like someone was looking at me. I glanced around, and sure enough, up in the bleachers a woman seemed to be pointing and looking at us as she spoke to her companions. I didn't recognize her, but didn't really think much of it, because she could have been pointing at anybody in the vicinity and the procession was about to begin. After the ceremony, we waited for the crowd to thin a bit before trying to exit the gym. The woman and her people stopped and started speaking to my sister. Oh, they know my sister, they must have been pointing at her. She told my sister, "When I saw them on HBO, I was sure that they must be related to you! Seeing them here confirms it." Have I mentioned that my sister and I look a lot alike? Despite the six year age difference, people often ask if we are twins when we are together, and mistake us for each other when we're not. She then went on to say how powerful the film was, and thanked me for taking part etc.


rilera said...

I'm thrilled to hear you have a bat house! The first thing that came to mind was "That should help cut down on the mosquito problem!".

I saw the Memory Loss Tapes again last night. It is so powerful to watch. I can't watch Cliff's story again though, it is just too sad. I'm glad they included things that showed each individual before Alzheimer's. It really is awful how it ravages our loved ones.

colleenmc said...

How big is a bat house, I mean, what is the occupancy available? Do they sleep upside down there during the day, is that it? I'm glad you were able to attend the graduation with your mom, those kind of events are significant for all huh.

flintysooner said...

I hope they can read, too!

I know we have them here because I've heard about people having them. But I've never seen one here myself.

You may need protection from paparazzi at this rate ;)

MJ said...

Any luck fixing the screen-house/tent so you and mom can be outside despite the skeeters?

Anonymous said...

I think the bats should flock to such a nice home! It is wonderful!

I hope you will let us all know when they take up residence. :-)

~Amanda (gr8aunt)