Saturday, July 14, 2012

Going Batty

bat am 5 in the morning

Yesterday at times I felt I was going batty. Maybe because it was Friday the 13th or maybe not. It was just one of those days and here's proof. :-)

bat am 6hanging by its back foot

bat am 5

I left the house around 9:30 a.m. yesterday morning to do  grocery shopping for my elderly aunt. When I finished I then went and picked up my dad to take him grocery shopping. When I got to my parent's house, I found my mom was very confused. Not a good Alzheimer's kind of day. Dad was in a mood where nothing was going to be right. Dad is still in denial about my mom. I called the house this morning to see how mom was doing today, and dad told me that she was fine and that there was nothing wrong with ma yesterday.

Anyway, back to yesterday...as my dad was walking to my car to leave, I saw 2 wild turkeys walking near his blueberry bushes, and I pointed them out to my dad, but he didn't see them, as he thought I was pointing to the flowers.  I wanted to give my parents flowers and tomato plants below the deck a quick watering. As I was watering with the hose I noticed something dark on the concrete near one of the handicap ramp wooden supports. Upon closer inspection I noticed it was a bat. I couldn't figure out why it was out in the daylight. I ran to the car and grabbed my camera. Took a couple pictures, and then continued watering the plants. The next thing I knew the bat was crawling and coming down to the concrete. My mother's care giver was freaking out as she had never seen a live bat. I was about a foot away from the bat trying to get pictures and it just stayed very still. Next thing I knew the bat started to come down the concrete, squeezed in back of the wooden support and crawled near the flower planters for a drink of water from the puddle that was on the concrete.   Dad and I left while the bat was still out. I don't know if it is sick or just a confused young one.

I finished shopping with my dad and brought him home, and helped put the groceries away. I checked before I left for home   to see if the bat was still on the ramp. Nope, didn't see it.

I got home, put my groceries away and headed up town to return a new patio umbrella that I had bought a few days earlier.   I hadn't unwrapped it until yesterday morning. Much to my surprise there was no pole included. Now what good is the umbrella with no pole. I took the umbrella back to the store for the pole. Everyone searched...no poles could be found for any of the umbrellas in the store. Just great! I asked for a refund, and was told it was company policy that I had to wait 7 days because I had paid by check. They sold me a defective item that I couldn't use, but I have to wait several more days to get my money back. I was not a happy camper. Urgh!!!

I called my friend on my cell phone from the store parking lot and asked if she wanted to go shopping with me to find some summer tops for my mom. I picked my friend up and off we went. I bought 5 tops and 2 pairs of capri's for mom. We then went to my parents for my mom to try the new clothes on. The tops fit, the capri's were too big. So, we got back in the car to return them for a smaller size. Thank goodness the exchanged pants fit. As, I was leaving around 7:30 p.m, I noticed the bat was out again, but this time in the open on the concrete near the planter...just lying there. I went and got some water and splashed it on the concrete near the bat, and it started moving towards the wet area right away, and started lapping up some water.

bat1 taken after suppertime

bat pm7taking a drink

bat1 bat2 bat3   bat blurry4 Drats, I was having trouble getting my camera to focus, and some of the pictures I took came out blurry.  

By the time I had driven my friend home and got home myself it was after 8:30, it had  been a long day. I hope you enjoy my bat photos. (LOL)

This morning I also noticed that my Rose of Sharon tree is now starting to bloom.

rose of sharon 2012 first flower

I love Hydrangea, and several years ago, I took leaf cuttings and started 18 plants. I gave a few plants away after they rooted, but I planted several of them along our property line.

Hydrangea blue cut in vase waiting to dry2 

This morning while out in the yard, I cut some of my blue Hydrangea blooms.  Aren't they a pretty blue?   I stripped the leaves off and put them in water, as I've read this is how you dry them. Seems strange, but I am going to try it. Read about it here...Drying Hydrangea in  water                                                                                                                         My pink and mauve Hydrangeas are just starting to bloom.                                                                                                  

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I have to run some errand, and go to Michael's to use a 50% off coupon. Enjoy!!!

Elaine

2 comments:

Alicia said...

What amazing pictures of the bat at your parent's house! LOVE LOVE LOVE the color of your Althea- I got stuck with a plain white one but planted two more this year and hoping they are purple! *Hugs*

Joanne Huffman said...

I think I would b afraid of a sick bat, but your photos are cool.