The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

He’s Finally Gone Batty!

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Another Wednesday afternoon. Nat’s golfing and I’m working in the office. As Susan had left me with copies of all of her pics from Florida, I was taking time to peruse them and delete some duplicates she took, along with those I didn’t think we’d want. I enjoy looking at Susan’s photos as she’s constantly getting shots of her hubby and two gorgeous daughters having a great time in any kind of water situation. Tom enjoys his two girls and it shows. It’s just a shame that Susan’s the family photographer and only gets into a few shots when someone else is available.

When Nat called to say he was on his way home, I got the steaks ready for the BBQ, along with corn-on-the-cob. Such a hot day we didn’t want to turn on the oven and Nat likes to do both food items on the grill. He arrives home, all sweaty from playing 9 holes of golf in sweltering heat and lights up the BBQ. As he’s getting ready to flip the switch he notices 3 little bats fly by. In and around the patio they flew and one of them landed on the fence. He called me to come take a look and we were both extremely surprised and somewhat amazed. Where in Heaven’s name did they come from?? We watched as the bat stuck to the fence and then suddenly decided to fly off. He flew in and around the umbrella that was giving Nat shade while cooking and Nat had to raise his hand to flag the little critter away a couple of times. I ran for the fly swatter – thinking Nat would at least have some sort of weapon should this black pest decide to land – but by the time I returned to the patio the black bat had flown the coup. Whew!!! That was close!! Almost had bat on the grill!!!

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Author: Twila

Born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada, with 5 sisters and a brother. Now retired, my husband and I travel, play golf and am slowly renovating our new (old) home. After my kidney transplant in 1999, we've learned to enjoy life to the fullest. Nat and I have driven across Canada, taken an Alaskan cruise and drove home via the Northern United States. We've also been to Mexico, the Caribbean, the East Coast of Canada and Cape Breton. We've done the "Snowbird" thing, having lived in Destin, Florida for a couple of months of the year. In 2007 we changed our travel plans in order to move into and renovate our new "old" home, but hope to someday get back on the road again. We also love returning to Scotland (Nat's origin of birth) to visit his family and tour the Highlands and surrounding Isles.

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