I live in a very quiet home. Living at the end of the street of a peaceful little town, you would expect my home to be quiet.

The past year, however, has been a different story. Never having been particularly attracted to cats I question my temporary insanity when a year ago last July I adopted a two pound 2-month-old kitten. Cats in my life are usually outside creatures. Provide them a shelter, food every day, annual visit to the vet and my last cats, a mother and son  were quite content for the 11 years they shared my home – outside! For some reason it never occurred to me when I brought “Sammy” home that that wasn’t going to work with the little two pound kitten. I am not, and never sought to be an expert on sharing my home with a cat but I am learning. Zoe, my 17-year-old Jack Russell terrier and I are somewhat set in our ways and never anticipated the life style changes soon to take place.

First I would like to share with you that Sammy is the most beautiful cat in the world. Visitors will not argue with me when I make this claim. He was born in my nephew’s barn, a mother, apparently part Siamese and a huge big black stray. I introduced him (and myself) to the kitty litter box and he understood immediately its purpose and never faltered. It took some adjustments on mine and Zoe’s part as Sammy startled us by discovering the top shelf of the bookcase as a nice place to rest, and insisting that 3 a.m. was the best time of the day to play all sorts of exciting games. This led to his having a different bedroom than ours.

His is a life that is constantly discovering new and exciting games. Deep in concentration this afternoon I heard a different sound in our quiet home. A search throughout the house revealed an interested and innocent looking Sammy, looking around in my office, fascinated by the sound we were hearing. In a far corner my paper shredder was turned on. Last month, the computer and printer stopped working. You want to guess what he had discovered that week? Took me several searches to realize he had unplugged them. It is a very good thing for him that he is the most beautiful cat in the world!

I have read that the average cat sleeps 19 hours a day and prefers to do its hunting about 3 a.m. Sammy proves both. Puppies and dogs, I know I wouldn’t be without one. Canines I can understand and appreciate the fact that they want to please their masters and devote themselves to doing just that. a trait not shared by this mbcitw. We are, he seems assured, put here on earth to see to it that he is never bored, lots of toys, lots of snacks, and especially to see to it that he is never bored. Life is so exciting! A gnat flying through the house, a bird outside the window, how nice they are here to amuse him.

My little two pound mbcitw now weighs 18 pounds and still growing. I am still adjusting to that moment of insanity but I will have to admit I enjoy watching him stretch out on my desk, even as he reaches for the keyboard to put in his two cents worth. I am concluding that it was time for some adjustments in Zoe’s and my life and Sammy fills that bill.

Speaking on behalf of the McDonald County Historical Society, I am sorry if you missed the interesting meeting last Sunday at the courthouse. Jo Pearcy was her usual informative and entertaining self and we had a good-sized crowd to enjoy her presentation. We are still working at keeping the doors open to the Grand Old Historic Courthouse on the Square in Pineville, as volunteers are available. We are open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. You can go to www.mcdonaldcohistory.org to catch up on the latest happenings of, if you have a comment or a question call 417-223-7700 and leave a message, by snail mail, write to us at P.O. Box 572, Pineville, 64856, do drop in and check out our Emporium. We have several editions authored by our local authors, as well as T-shirts and ball caps. Or just come in and visit. We look forward to sharing our histories, with you and your family.      
Alberta Anders writes a weekly column for the Daily News.