So there I was at the kitchen counter, preparing to eat My usual weekday morning breakfast of cereal, milk, and a cup of orange pekoe tea, when --
*CRAAASH* *tinkle tinkle tinkle*
Even before I walked into the living room, I knew what had happened: My "dragon bowl," a small glass container resembling a fishbowl, had succumbed to a Cat Gravity Experiment.
Sodalite, carnelian, quartz, topaz, amber, jade, pyrite, emerald -- You name it, it was on the floor.
Along with a frightening amount of very sharp glass shards.
Fortunately I hadn't gotten around to pouring milk on My cereal so I abandoned breakfast and went for a whisk broom and dustpan. A short distance away, a fuzzy-butted cat of unknown breed and even more unfathomable behaviour sat quietly on the coffee table, watching Me solicitously.
All except for his tail, that is. The tail of Frey Kittehson is the closest thing in the universe to a true perpetual motion machine. In fact, I have reason to suspect that mad propeller-like appendage acted alone in the assault on the dragon bowl, and that Frey was just an innocent bystander.
I swept the chunks of glass into the dustpan and sorted the stones into another bowl, a stainless steel one this time. Along with the various crystals and pretty rocks, I found various other small objects.
Metal charm with the Chinese character for 'Snake.' Reminds Me of when I was studying changquan back in the '80s.
Cut-glass window ornament that's supposed to throw rainbows all over the room. Never did work as well as it did in that bookstore.
A rock with a snake engraved on it.
And here's one engraved with a spiral -- Which could also be a snake. I'm definitely detecting a theme here. An epic feline-versus-snake battle --
*jingle jingle jingle*
-- Apparently over this cat toy.
It's amazing how much mystical stuff and whatnot will fit in a bowl. Almost as amazing as --
-- Frey's tail.