One early morning, while Rosie was still in residence, I had let the dogs out and stood gazing at the sky, while keeping a side-eye on PB, who prefers to do his business on the deck. All that was forgotten when I saw four bats, zipping around the house, vacuuming up the bugs! Oh, hurray! Oh frabjous day, callooh, callay! I absolutely love bats. You could say that I am batty for bats (wait...was that a collective groan I heard??) I have seen a lone bat, but never four. It was so exciting! Luckily for me, Rosie was just as excited.
Fast forward to the day she left. I came home and found a mysterious package in my mailbox. Trotting inside, I open it up and....it's a bat house kit! From Rosie!!
Completely out of character, I immediately set about putting it together. (Note: living room floor is still not finished - 5 years; guest bathroom is almost-but-not-quite finished - 12 years)
All that's needed now is a bead of caulk on the roof join and dark stain. Let's hope I can maintain momentum. Before I install it (after finding just the right place to put it), I will need to add a Pup Catcher. Who knew?
One of the must-dos that actually got done, was the harvesting of my elderberries. They are a favorite of the birds and there is a very short period between almost ripe and robbery. I managed to get out and clip half of one bush. Elderberry plucking is a very Zen kind of thing to do.
Speaking of bounty, I stopped by to see Marianne after a doctor's appointment. We had a nice chat, a cup of tea and I left with this bounty!
AND, speaking of sweet...
I am gearing up for my next, much-awaited visitor, who I pick up at the train station tomorrow. I will be off the air, so to speak, most if not all of next week. The planets seem to be aligned, for a change. All the heat, humidity and endless thunderstorms have moved through and we should have clear skies, less humidity and all around better weather for most of her visit. The week's menu is planned - not surprisingly, zucchini figures in 90% of it - tomatoes, too - and I am looking forward to hours of just being in her company. See you on the flip side!