Sunday, July 19, 2015

De bat fly in me face

After a sleep-interrupting round of thunderstorms between midnight and one this morning, we had a visitor in the loft. I was just getting back to sleep around two-thirty when I heard the soft beating of wings. I knew it was a bat. It wasn't the first one. Callie heard it, too, and started to whine.

It's been so dry that the daisies wither very soon after opening.

I got up and turned on a light and, sure enough, a bat flew over my head to the other end of the room, spun around, and came back toward me. Callie started barking, loudly, and jumping around trying to catch it. We opened the windows wide and I used a t-shirt to try to steer the bat toward one of them. At one point I tossed the t-shirt into the air. It landed on a beam several feet above my head (one of those recurring instances of "I couldn't have made that shot if I was trying"). After about five minutes (and Ken taking Callie downstairs), the bat finally found a window and was gone. I don't think I got back to sleep until around four.

10 comments:

  1. Exciting!
    Just what you need at two in the morning!

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  2. Sorry Walt - I just had to do this because Carly Simon is the second love in my life.
    (carly simon)

    Fly in me face
    Fly in me face
    Fly in me face
    Fly in me face
    Well i hope de bat don't come out and fly in me face tonight

    Well i come home from a party
    And i'm feelin' a little spaced
    And i walk on in the kitchen and
    A bat fly in me face
    Well de bat come down the chimney
    You see he wait in the fireplace
    When he hear that i'm getting a little snack
    De bat fly in me face

    (chorus)
    Fly in me face
    Fly in me face
    Well i hope de bat he don't come out
    And fly in me face tonight

    De bat he rat got wings
    All the children know that
    What i need to know from the lord
    Is how you get de wings on the cat
    They say a bat's got radar
    And he can fly through fan
    But what i am afraid of is
    That he got another plan
    To fly in me face
    Fly in me face

    (chorus)
    Well i hope de bat he don't come out
    And fly in me face tonight
    Fly in me face

    One thing i forgot to tell you about the human race
    Everybody get a little upset when a bat fly in they face
    Fly in me face
    Fly in me face
    Well i hope de bat he don't come out
    And fly in me face tonight

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  3. Good work with the t shirt! Bats are one thing that scare me big time.

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  4. The tee shirt. Laughing here!

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  5. No screens on your bedroom windows? We get rabid bats here in California. Scary.

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  6. Yikes. I know that Ken reminds us that bats are pretty much never rabid in France, the whole concept of something -- especially a bat-- flying around in my room, just creeps me out.

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  7. OMG, I wouldn't like that either (bat in the house). Glad you got it out quickly. There's quite a few around here as well at night. Never had one in though.

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  8. gosia, me or the bat? :)

    jean, absolutely!

    leon, from one of my favorite albums of hers.

    evelyn, I'm only afraid of being scratched or pooped on. Otherwise, they're ok.

    chris, I know. It was pretty funny.

    anon, no, French houses don't generally have screens.

    judy, I'm the same with birds in the house (it happens). I just don't want anything broken or pooped on!

    elgee, a few years ago I accidentally killed one trying to get it out. I felt bad.

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  9. Sounds like a scene in "The Big Chill". Did you use your tennis racket?

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