Peanut is a petite gray-and-black striped cat whose fur has an orange undertone that earned her the nickname Rusty-Butt.
She has other nicknames–Demonique, Beelzebeth, Pestilence–appropriate to the all-powerful seven-pound ruler of the household. She’s not at all shy about voicing her opinion (hence another nickname: Bansheeba) and is as stubborn as a Missouri mule. To say the lady is determined is the understatement of the millennium, but I’m not complaining.
That determination saved her life, and has been instrumental in her amazing adjustment to losing a front leg. Seems like Judd and I are constantly saying things like “How did you get up there?”, “Give me that!” and “Quit picking on Syd!”
She’s here, there, everywhere, and I fully expect to see her swinging from the ceiling fan any day now.
One of her favorite activities is taking a leap of faith from the dining room table to my desk, executing a (literal) three-point landing among papers, crystals and framed pictures. Once her equilibrium is regained, the terrain is all hers.
We race each other for any stray rubber bands or paper clips. My tea or water must be sampled and any inconvenient books or papers shoved to the floor. Anything new or relocated since the last Peanut-ian invasion must be closely inspected at great length, regardless of what obstacles must be plowed through to reach it.
Next comes a critique of whatever appears on my computer screen. Words are boring, as are pictures that don’t move. The cursor is of mild interest when it’s in motion but becomes a Pearl of Great Price when combined with something neat like a shark or blowfish.
But the all-time favorite is, of course, BIRDIES. After thoroughly decimating my desk, Peanut plants herself at my elbow like a furry monolith and fixes the computer screen with a steely-eyed stare until our Vulcan mind-meld finally kicks in and I click on a link that magically populates the screen with birds. For the next twenty minutes, wild horses couldn’t drag her away. She sits up on her haunches and bats at the screen with her front paw, then looks behind the monitor for any stray birdies that may have escaped. The speakers are also inspected (“Is chirping! Is birdies in there, I know it!”)
She has two favorites. One is a close-up view of winter birds feeding that runs for a bit over twenty minutes. The other is a cluster of blackbirds feeding on the ground that runs a bit over fourteen minutes. This last one features her particular nemesis–a big, puffed-up blackbird that chirps warningly right at the camera. She goes bat-shit crazy every time she sees him, even tries to bite the screen. Syd watches from a safe distance on these occasions in case her head starts spinning around and I can’t blame him.
Even with my computer doing double-duty as a feline entertainment center, I can’t blame Peanut or Syd for my not keeping up with my writing…..
On that note, may we all be as brave and resilient as Peanut!