Bats in the House - Again!

Bats in the House - Again!

Ranch Recipes Jessica sorted out her two rams a couple weeks ago and I brought my cows in and sorted off the bulls from the fall calving cows. So that?s all done. All her sheep, with the exception of the rams, are now in one flock, which is much easier to manage. They all come up each evening for their obligatory pat on the head and scratch on the cheek. Juanita Powell passed away, after surgery, a while back. She and her husband R.B. came up every summer and parked their RV in Jerry and Mary?s front yard and stayed for weeks at a time. R.B. is Jerry?s cousin. Good people; Juanita will be missed a lot. Trying to be inconspicuous, a little bat was all cuddled up behind a small glass picture that was leaning against the kitchen window. He seemed healthy enough; shiny hair and clear eyes, but we didn?t pick him up, not knowing for sure that nothing was wrong with him. I meant to throw him outside after it got dark but forgot. He was gone the next morning, although we knew full well he was probably still in the house. Sure enough, once we turned out the lights that evening, he came flying around looking for a way out. Bats are such amazing creatures. They fly around the house, silently, (to our ears, anyway) without bumping into a thing. One night last summer, in a bat?s circling attempt to find a way out, it flew within a hair?s breadth of my head. As it whooshed past, the wind created by the flap of his wings tickled my nose! His miss was no accident; bats have incredibly sensitive sonar. This time, we simply turned on the lights in all the rooms except the one with the opened door and it flew around and around in the dark until it found his way out. Of course with an open door the cats came in to ?help,? but the children held them at bay, so the bat could find its way safely out without becoming cat food. Usually we get a few bats in the house in the summer, but this was a first for the winter. Clearly, the complexity and intricacy of the bat?s sonar is the result of being created on Day five by a Creator God, rather than a result of the pseudo-science of the Darwinian evolutionist theory of millions of years and countless mistakes. Check out this intriguing article about bats: http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v21/i1/bats.asp Nathan had inadvertently left a red crayon in the pocket of his pants which was no big deal through the washer, but when the clothes were pulled out of the dryer, indeed all the clothes were spotted red! This load contained Nathan?s favorite camouflage pants, shirt, and sweater. We quickly put them all back in for a hot water wash and they all came out spotless. Whew! There are lots of recipes and sauces for preparing roast lamb, however, we like the flavor of the grass-finished lamb without any flavorings. Roast Lamb 3-5 lb lamb leg or shoulder Place in a crock pot (if it will fit) and cook on low for 7-9 hours. (Check cooking instructions for your crock pot.) Usually we keep the bone in for best flavor and it is too big for a crock pot, so I put it on the rack in our 18-qt roaster. Cook on 350 degrees for about 30 minutes per pound for medium/well. Most people I?ve visited with either really like lamb or have no taste for it all. We really like it. Do not confuse good lamb with mutton; there is a big difference in taste and smell. Tauna Powell lives with her family near Laclede, Missouri. She can be reached at www.mastersranch.com or atpowell@mcmsys.com. Write to her at The Master?s Ranch, 19554 Fort Road, Laclede, MO 64651.

Posted: 2005-02-14


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