Irving is Back!!!!!!!!

Last year, I discovered that a bat was tucked into an almost hidden recess above one of the curved dining room windows.

This prevented me from painting in the immediate area. Then the bat, quite graciously, moved over to the other curved window, allowing me to finish the first curved window.

This year, I have climbed up the ladder several times, curious to see if the bat was still in residence.

But…no bat. Sigh. I like the idea of a bat protecting the Cross House.

The other day, I again climbed up the ladder to finish painting the decorative panel above the eastern-most curved window. While happily painting away, and with an Audible book playing on the headset, I was soon to be a bit startled.


The bat was back!


Squeezed behind the bracket.


I have decided that his name is Irving.

And I am thrilled that he’s back.



  1. Mary Jane Mock on September 11, 2018 at 10:05 am

    That arch area in the front, it’s filled in with a board, what are your plans for that area. The house is beautiful.

    • Ross on September 11, 2018 at 10:47 am

      Hi, Mary Jane!

      The arched window will soon be back!

  2. Kim on September 11, 2018 at 10:20 am

    💗 Irving will protect the house in many ways. Since she/he will eat millions of mosquitoes and other insect pests, it’s only proper to consider this fellow mamal to be a stealthy attribute to this lovely home. 🌻

  3. Blair Carmichael on September 11, 2018 at 10:49 am

    You can have all eight of the ones that got into my house this summer.

  4. Jenine on September 11, 2018 at 11:05 am

    You could put up a bat house and draw some more in – they’re good for insect control.

  5. Julie on September 11, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I’m in the middle of demo/construction myself this summer, and a few days ago my husband brought me coffee at 4AM (when there is no life before coffee) and I’m sitting there, blurrily waiting for life to begin when I saw something dark near the ceiling, coming toward me.

    It then vanished. Like magic.

    SO, I’m groggily thinking “Huh? Am I seeing things? Maybe I have a new floater in my eye?”

    And my husband says, from the livingroom “Ummm… there’s something in here!”

    And I, relieved, said “It’s a bat”

    It flew in circles all over our little house, then my husband open the door, and it flew out.

    We both agreed it was checking out the work I’m doing, and obviously approved, since he/she didn’t get stuck in the house in a panic.

    I love bats.

  6. Kara on September 11, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Yay for Irving! Maybe he’ll bring some family with him and keep the place mosquito and bug free.

  7. Jackie on September 11, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Maybe Irving is actually Irvina and you may be becoming a grandpa soon…

  8. Celeste on September 11, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    I was wondering if your happy bat had made an appearance this year.

    Hi, Irving! You look very cozy… and sleepy. Thanks for the mosquito control!

  9. Karen Spencer on September 11, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    It’s wonderful to have animal visitors. Welcome back Irving!! I loved this post. We have a visiting dove! All so nice!

  10. Barb Sanford on September 12, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Hurray for Irving! I’m glad he’s back. He’ll help keep your yard bug free.

  11. Jan Ramey on September 14, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    I’m sure you know, that any many cultures bats are good luck and tied to longevity. Great bug eaters too, if that is the kind you have. I’m glad Irving is back too!!

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