Sunday, August 29, 2010

An Unwelcome visitor.... and a free vintage Image

Tell me folks, how would you like to see this ugly mug on your curtains??


This poor fellow made his way into my home. I was at my desk working on a painting, when all of the sudden I saw something from the corner of my eye flying around the ceiling, and the cats came running. Of course I panicked when I realized it was a bat, and called my mom to come and get it, meanwhile screaming because it kept swooping down close to my head. Eventually I calmed down and realized it was more scared of me than I was of it, and waited patiently for it to land somewhere. And grabbed my camera, lol!
It took a while to get rid of him, he was definitely full of energy, but landed on top of my bookshelf. I quickly put a tupperware container over him, and took him outside. They are pretty ugly up close, but kind of cute too. Now I'm worried about how he got in.  Ah, the joys of owning an older home.

I have another free vintage image for you to download and use in your artwork. Isn't this such a romantic picture? It is a vintage postcard I purchased, very old, you can tell by the fading. Not sure of the date, I can't tell from their clothing. Anyway, just click on the image to bring up a larger version, then right click and download.

Thanks for reading!

20 comments:

rosarod said...

Hello dear, I follow your blog, your paintings are beautiful. Very talented, congratulations! As the shock you've had and (the bat as well) because I caused a few laughs, but anyone would have scared! We have almost all such situations occurred ja, ja, ja. heard a rumor that this year are migrating from halloween town much earlier this type of small animals, so keep your windows closed. "(just kidding) cheers Rose Marie

Laurie said...

Please, if there is any chance that the bat scratched you, even slightly, see your doctor. Bats carry rabies and can easily give it to humans. Several years ago a young girl in WI was scratched by a bat while trying to help it. She developed rabies and got very, very sick. She survived but she is still trying to recover.

pinkglitterfae said...

Thank you Laurie, I didn't touch him at all. He was flattened on top of my bookshelf and I put the plastic container over him quick.

The last time I caught a bat in my house I used a towel which is not a good idea! You are right about rabies, I went online after I let him go, and found out that they can carry rabies.
That's scary about that poor little girl, hope she fully recovers.
xoxo

Micki said...

Despite the seriousness of the rabies situation that the previous poster commented on(and I do really feel for the girl, must have been awful) I still feel the need to say....omg how cute, I freakin love bats lol ;)
We had a little group of bats living nearby (where exactly I have no idea) they fly around at night and are a joy to watch, I seriously love the furry butt faced critters!!

Micki x

slommler said...

I love bats too but I definitely wouldn't want one in my house! They are amazing creatures though. And so beneficial. Eating tons of insects!! Glad you were able to catch it and set it free!!
Hugs
SueAnn

apinkdreamer said...

hi! well i disgust bats! 3 years ago when my baby was new born a bat with her baby came into our house and flew straight to my baby who was sleeping! i was terrified but i covered rapidly my son with a sheet! later my husband killed them! one neighbour of mine told me that is a great luck to have a bat in your house!!!!!

Lee said...

Too cute! Yes, I said too cute. I had a very old home and had bats in my attic. Some wandered down to my living space and I'd catch them in a brown paper bag and release them outside. If it was at night.
Day time and I'd be looking to eliminate them.
As long as they aren't vampire bats they keep the mosquito population down.

Cameron said...

Wow, that would be a surprise! I know we don't want them in our houses...but it's nice to see there are still some areas where they are thriving....their populations are dwindling...and they help keep the insects in check.

That vintage pic is terribly sweet! Love it!!

readingsully2 said...

I had a few bats in my belfry but not in my house. :):

Sandy Michelle said...

WOAH I would have freaked out and then taken lots of pictures for my Halloween crafting..lol!

Sandy xo

Lisa said...

EEEE! That is my first thought. And second thought. And well, that continues. :)

Tammie said...

thank you for sharing your bat story, not everybody has a bat story. There is so mystique around bats. I agree a wee bit ugly and oh so cute. And yes such a romantic card, lovely of you to share it with us!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i would take that bat in a heartbeat. first of all, i love bats and they are becoming extinct around here. secondly, this part of the country is infested with nasty stink bugs and the only enemy they have is bats. i would take bats over stink bugs anyday!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh, he is a little cutie. But I will admit that if I had actually seen the little cutie in my home, I might have screamed, too. Mostly from worry about rabies. Perhaps he came from the chimney? Theresa

Rosemary said...

Oh My ,I certainly would have been screaming. Impressed you calmed down enough to capture him.Good luck on finding how it got in and fixing that hole.

Pam of Always Artistic said...

LOL Do I see a series of cute little bat paintings in the works! Oh my, I would not like that and my mother would not come to get it for he! ha ha

Hey you should have taken a video of your reaction to it, a squirrel running in a house and a mom freaking out just won 10,000 on America's Funniest Home Videos, AND they were from CANADA too!

Cool vintage photo!

Art whispers by Adriana A. said...

Hi! thank you so much for your lovely comment!! i love your pretty girls!! take care and never stop painting !! luv, Ady.

Fair Rosamund said...

My goodness, that must have been surprising! I bet it was extra dramatic with the cats too, I know mine would be freaking out! I'm glad that you were able to get it out humanely. Thank you so much for the vintage image, it is gorgeous! :) ~Lauren

Peacefully*Chaotic said...

Whoa!I definitely would have freaked out if that cute thing had been in my house!I love them and I would never hurt one but I am afraid of the rabies thing!
I'm glad you were able to release it without harm to nyone!
Love the postcard!
hugs:
Carly

Pams Pencil Gallery said...

Love the bat story! I freak out if I just see a bug... but I'm sure he was cute! :0)