German Potato Salad; Bats in the Bath; Weekly Menu

I may have mentioned that our Alsatian, Sedi, is getting old.


Part of the whole ‘old dog’ routine is peeing a lot.

To be honest, I probably want her to pee more than she wants to, but I’m the one that has to mop the floor or wash the doggie bed if we miscalculate.

During the day, no problem: the doors are open, both dogs wander in and out at will.

At night I have to get up to let her out.

Which I do, four or five times a night.

Every night.

I usually wander around in the dark.

Last night, just as we were turning the lights off, I realized I’d left my robe in the bathroom.  It’s been cold at night, and, as I don’t bother with pajamas, robes come in handy for said nocturnal wanderings.

I flicked on the light, opened the bathroom door and a huge bat flew at my head.

At least, that’s what I decided it was after promptly screaming and slamming the door.

I opened the door again, just a crack, to verify my assumptions.

Yep, it was a bat.

My, but they have wide wingspans for such little creatures…..

If I just opened the door a tiny bit I could see the whole bathroom in the mirror…. And watch the bat fly madly around the ceiling in circles.

Fortunately, we have 10′ ceilings.

I figured I could do one of three things:

Nothing – and have the bathroom off limits for the rest of my life.

Open the bathroom door – thus letting the bat into the rest of the house and, hopefully, spur mon mari to act on it.

Suck it up, dash in and pull the window open which would take less than a nanosecond.

I keep telling myself that it’s time to grow up and stop being such a wimp (I should mention that I rarely listen to me)….

I sucked it up, dashed in, yanked the window open and dashed out.

I expected the bat, with it’s superior echo-locating abilities, to immediately notice the open window and fly off to freedom.

There I go with false expectations again….

He continued to fly madly about the ceiling.

I turned the outside lights on and the bathroom lights off – thinking maybe he also had some moth-like tendencies and would fly towards the light.

Once again, wrong.

After a few minutes, when I checked the bathroom, he was contentedly hanging from the ceiling.

By this time mon mari was up…. he went outside and opened the other bathroom window, creating a nice wide space for our little friend. (And why didn’t I think to go outside to open the window? Oh, yeah, right…. no pajamas…. robe being guarded by bat.)

Then we flicked all of the lights on and off, in hopes of just irritating him into leaving.

We did.

He left.

I only wish I knew where he came from…..

Last year, I had the episode of Things that go Squish in the Night.  Now, a bat.

We really need to make this house more secure from critters.

On the other hand, one episode a year is not all that bad…..

This, on the other hand is very, very good: a hot potato salad, perfect for cool weather.

Hot Germo Potato Salad

Hot German Potato Salad

4 medium potatoes, (20oz, 600gr)
3 slices bacon
1 medium onion
3 ribs celery, about 2/3 cup chopped
2 large dill pickles or 4 small, about 1/3 cup chopped
1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) cider vinegar
1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) beef stock
2 tsp cornstarch (maizena)
1 tsp sugar
1 tbs olive oil

Slice potatoes – the long way, first in half, then in half again. Now slice (the short way) about 1/4 inch thick. We are aiming for bite size so if you have a huge potato, adjust accordingly. Put in a steamer basket over an inch of water and steam over medium heat for 15 minutes or until done.
Chop onion, celery and pickle. Sauté bacon in oil in medium skillet. When done remove and set on paper towels to drain. Remove all but 1 tbs oil from pan. Add onions and celery to pan and sauté until tender, 10 – 15 minutes. Add sugar, stock and vinegar, stirring and scraping up any brown bits on bottom of pan. Dissolve cornstarch in stock and add to pan stirring constantly to thicken. Add pickles and potatoes and stir gently to combine. Remove from heat. Crumble bacon and add to potatoes. Stir to mix and serve.

In addition to this, for the week of September 10 we have Barbecued Salmon, Grilled Steaks, Pizza Margerhita, Grilled Chicken Piccata….

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11 thoughts on “German Potato Salad; Bats in the Bath; Weekly Menu”

  1. I’ve done almost exactly that same thing with a bat, only it woke me up by investigating me about 3 inches from my nose at 2 a.m.! And there were no guys available, so my female roommate and I searched the entire house for it, carrying tennis rackets. We were housesitting our professor’s circa 1860 mansion (seriously; 3rd floor ballroom) while his family was in Germany for the summer.
    Finally we trapped the bat in the bathroom, and by the time one of our boyfriends could come and deal with it, it had drowned in the toilet. I was tremendously afraid it would cause a clog, but no one wanted to touch it, so one of the boyfriends flushed it anyway.
    Now I know a bit more about bats, but I still would scream and slam the door if one surprised me in the middle of the night!

  2. Tracy, I’m not actually afraid of them…. but they are so fast! And I really don’t want them in the house LOL
    Ina, it was very startling… I hated this as a child… love it now!

  3. AAAHHH – bats! Did you see my bat post? – – there was on in Georgia. The first one I ever saw. It wanted to kill me.
    I didn’t know turning on and off the lights would help to irritate it, but I’m glad I know now.

  4. You are so funny. This totally sounds like something that would happen to me. I saw a bat at Central Park last week. Thoroughly unpleasant experience and I can’t imagine having one in my house.
    Love the potato salad! Comfort food. Um yeah.

  5. I let dogs out to wee in the night too, mostly only once though !! Thank goodness and I have had no bat encounters. Friends of mine did have a possum come down their chimmney though !!

  6. Your dog reminds me of my son when he was a baby. I woke up so many times during the night to clean him. Years ago I have tried hot potato salad in Germany and I liked it a lot. Yours look colorful and tasty.

  7. I love to see bats outdoors. The more mosquitoes they eat the better. But bats indoors…. brrrrr. It makes me look up nervously and be tempted to run and put on my headscarf.
    Mmmm, potatoes and bacon. What could be better? Hmmm, shouldn’t you put some garlic in too? What if the bats are – cue ominous music – vampire bats? (I know. My imagination gets away with me. Blame it on my current book: “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova)

  8. Val, we have big crevices…. no problem!
    Zoomie, I don;t have a problem with bats – or spiders…. outside!
    Tv food and drink – read that, hilarious!
    Joanne, I prefer them outside myself….
    manningroad, we had a racoon come down ours in Minnesota…. there are no screens on windows and doors here, so when it’s warm, and they’re open, stuff tends to fly in and out.
    Katerina, Germany is where I first had it – that I liked, too.
    Elizabeth, I didn’t look that cloesly at the bat – and I don’t think he was any happier about the situation than I was…. Thanks for the book tip – I’m going to be spending serious time in book stores in the US.

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