Bats In The Belfry

 Posted by at 1:03 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 312024

You never know what you’re going to run into on any project. I had a mechanic friend who once told me that every thirty-minute job is just one stuck bolt away from a three-day ordeal. When Travis and I were tearing out the extra room in the barn on Monday, we ran into something we didn’t expect. As Travis was pulling down a section of the old ceiling, we discovered three small bats living in the old insulation.

I don’t know if they were hibernating or just very laid-back bats, but they didn’t seem very bothered to see us. I don’t know much about bats, but a quick search on Google told me they are probably Brown Bats. There are actually two subspecies common in Alabama, Little Brown Bats and Big Brown Bats. But even the big brown bats are little brown bats. Try figuring that one out. 😊

Now what do two grown men do when they encounter bats? Call in a woman, what else? I knew Terry would want to see them, so I sent Travis up to the house with the Mule to get her.

There are all kinds of myths about bats and a lot of people are afraid of them. Yes, bats can carry rabies. Any mammal can. No, they don’t roost in your hair, not that I have any hair to worry about. And no, they don’t attack people. They just want to live and let live.
They are actually very beneficial to have around because they consume large quantities of insects. We have talked about putting up some bat houses on our property at some point, as has Travis.

In the meantime, these guys had to go somewhere since we were demolishing their home. Among the trash we had found in the room we were tearing out was a large old speaker box from a stereo system with a fist-sized round hole in the back. We put it outside near some trees, and donning a pair of thick work gloves, Terry moved the bats into it.

Once she moved the first one, the other two bats became more active, flying around for short distances before they landed. But she was very gentle with them, and they didn’t resist her efforts to relocate them. I think maybe they could sense that she meant them no harm.

Even though they were very small in their roost, their wingspan was probably close to twelve inches. Hopefully, they will move to one of the trees and live out their lives happily in their new location.

Travis and I took a break from the barn project for a few days because we had other things we needed to get done. Terry and I drove into Northport yesterday for a meeting with an attorney to go over our family trust, which we established a few years ago in Florida. We wanted to be sure that it would carry over into our new domicile here in Alabama so that when the time comes, our kids, who are also trustees, can dispose of our home and personal property as they see fit, without having to worry about probate and estate taxes and things like that.

With that out of the way, we had dinner at the nearby Red Bowl Asian Bistro and Cancun Mexican restaurant, a two-in-one restaurant that features both Chinese and Mexican food. The service and food are both very good, and since Terry likes Mexican food as much as I like Chinese fried rice, it works well for both of us.

We made a couple of other stops on the way home to get a few things at Publix and pick up a couple of respirator masks to use when we start cleaning up all that mess in the barn.

Today I will be back at work on my new book, making corrections to the chapters that Terry edited and proofread the other day before passing them on to Judy to do her thing, and then cranking out a couple more chapters, with any luck at all.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – Dogs leave paw prints on our hearts.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

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