My Exceptionially Brilliant Idea for Old Plastic Bags

Perhaps I’m not meant to have a quiet life, even in lockdown.

I thought I was getting close:

  • Rats and rat guys – dismissed
  • Snakes – gone
  • Mosquitoes – fogged
  • Monkeys – fact of life. Nothing short of fireworks deters them, but the sounds of heavy artillery at six a.m. is off-putting. I nearly jumped out of my skin when the neighbors commenced blasting. I was sure we were being bombed and almost fled with the screaming monkeys. Two days later they were back. Nothing scares them for long.



My eaves overhang the terrace creating a cozy night’s lodging for the local bat community.

At first it was only one just a few times a month. Then he brought two friends. The three of them came every night and feasted on fruits until midnight or later, dropping the pits with a resounding CLONK on my hollow metal railings. Every morning new gifts of poop, pee, and cast-offs from their evening meal dripped from the railings and mounded on the floor.

Cleaning up after them was annoying, but the racket they made was worse. I couldn’t sleep.

After a particularly loud night I’d had enough. What would stop these party-goers from overnighting at my place? A string of blinking twinkle lights? Nowhere to plug them in. A row of wind chimes? More noise.

A picture of Tibetan prayer flags flashed in my mind. Maybe, just maybe…

My imagination went to work. I had scraps of fabric from a recent change in home decor. I could cut and stitch. But in this climate they’d get moldy and faded in no time.

What else?

Just then Ketut arrived with my morning produce fresh from the market. Bali forbids plastic bags in grocery stores but traditional market vendors bag and double bag in plastic. I refuse to discard them so I have a growing collection.

A light went on. I could turn my plastic bags into plastic flags. They’d rustle ever so slightly in any breeze, they’d weather well, and it would be quick work with a pair of scissors and stapler. I even had a spool of enough pink plastic ribbon to span the nine meter (thirty ft.) stretch of overhang.

I set to work.

In a little over an hour I’d finished. Just as I looped my handiwork over the daybed to keep it from tangling, Ketut walked in.

Whaaaaat? He likes to elongate that word when he thinks I’ve done something particularly…shall we say…unusual?

I couldn’t hide my excitement. Proyek baru, Ketut! I told him it was to keep bats away and would he get the ladder and hang the flags for me please.

He gave me an odd look. Did you see this on Google? he asked.

No, Ketut. It was my own idea.

He appeared unconvinced and went to get the ladder.

As he attached my brilliant creation under the eaves he queried again, You saw on Google, ya?

I was indignant. What? You think you’re the only one around here with good ideas?

He chuckled and seemed satisfied.

I waited until I made certain it worked to tell the story and I’m thrilled to say I’ve had two solid bat poop, bat pee, CLONK-free nights. It’s heaven.

If only I could devise such a simple solution for monkeys…

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ReAnn Scott
    May 06, 2020 @ 17:50:07

    As they have always said – Necessity is the mother of invention. Great solution.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. writingforselfdiscovery
    May 06, 2020 @ 17:51:43

    I’m just so over-the-moon happy that it worked!!!



  3. sageblessings
    May 06, 2020 @ 23:09:36

    Brilliant! Well done!

    Liked by 1 person


  4. janig717
    May 07, 2020 @ 02:04:04

    I love the conversation between you and Ketut…hilarious.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. stevecastley
    May 07, 2020 @ 05:50:00

    Very inventive Sherry, but so too are the bats. We’ve tried dangley spirals, night lights in the ceiling, criss-crossed fishing line and more. Some works for a while and some forever. No telling. Hope your flags works for ever. Bats are so messy and their mess sticks like glue. Good luck. Steve

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Carol
    May 07, 2020 @ 22:20:02

    Your posts are always entertaining.

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Diand Struble
    May 08, 2020 @ 03:44:02

    It is brilliant, Sherry. I bet you will figure out the monkeys as well.

    Liked by 1 person


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