Betty Duffy

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Few of my Favorite Christmas Presents

Steam rising off another newborn calf while we sat waiting and watching for its delivery.


The bat that flew out of our Christmas tree after it had warmed up enough to awaken from its hibernation. It landed on the couch next to me, then flew off into the house where we couldn't find it for a couple days. Then one morning, I woke up, and found it in my kitchen sink, taking a drink.

The trampoline that our neighbors decided to part with the week before Christmas. They asked if we had any use for it, and I thought we might.


Funny mugs


Jamie said...

The BAT?! That flew out of your CHRISTMAS TREE?! And wound up in yoru kitchen sink?! You say that so calmly. Here, I will shudder for you.

CM said...

Bats. Are. DISGUSTING! And they carry rabies! Eww! It's enough to make me never get a real tree for any reason. :)

Ellie said...

Bats are actually wonderful creatures, vital to the ecosystem.

Pickles, eh? You wouldn't be dropping a hint, would you?

Karyn said...

Bats in the house are good luck, especially in Chinese culture. I like the little creatures, but I don't really like when they fly around my house!

KimP said...

If a bat had come into my house, I would not have slept until it was out. We are talking serious freak-out city. Like Jen and scorpions.

Cudos to you for not fainting dead away. You didn't faint, did you???

Enbrethiliel said...


Betty, I had quite the start when I arrived at your 'blog and saw your cow staring at me! =P

The trampoline looks like a kid's dream! What a nice early Christmas present it must have been.

That 'blog mug is so cute! =)

wifemotherexpletive said...

The picture of the trampoline made me feel like it was christmas morning all over again. really. and I am proud to be reading of someone who actually has a calf. its not that common in my neck of the woods, like a celebrity sighting or something.

BettyDuffy said...

Disclaimer: The calf is at my parents' farm. Our family spent the past week there and got to witness the birth. They're only a few miles up the road, however, so we do spend a lot of time there. I like to pretend all of their stuff is mine, but my dad takes care of the cows. They're his.

The bat, however, is 100% ours. My son said that he was absolutely certain the bat flew out when he opened the door, which is how we were able to sleep that night, but I think he was angling for a monetary reward for saving us from bat-hell. Later, after I found the bat in the sink, he said he only "thought" the bat flew out.

But if bats are good luck, count us very lucky. THis is our fourth bat in about as many months. Two of them have been caught flapping their wings between the window pane and the screen. And another was upstairs flying around the attic. Not sure yet how they're getting in. In the warmer months, it made sense that they might fly in when our door is propped open. It often is. But could only be the Christmas tree theory.

BettyDuffy said...

E, My sister-in-law had the mug made for me for Christmas. I told her she needed to sell them on etsy or something.

Enbrethiliel said...


Betty, if she marketed that mug, she'd probably make a fortune!

Anna B said...

Not Catholic and still LOLed at the mugs.

Marie said...

Bats are amazing. I'm so jealous.