Okay, maybe not a genius. But certainly smarter than I’d like.

My son has a small rubber ring with a light inside of it. If you press on the “jewel”, it lights up. Press it again and it turns off. It’s one of the cooler toys you can get in those vending machines outside of just about every department and grocery store on the planet.

My cat seems to think it’s hers.

I found her playing with it on the ground the other day. I took it away and put it on the counter. Now the counter isn’t a place the cat won’t go, but she knows she’s not supposed to be up there and if she’s up there and I even shift in my seat, she jumps down. I figured it was as good a place as any for the time being.

The next morning, it was on the ground again.

So I put it back on the counter. I figured maybe she got it down or maybe someone knocked it off. Later that afternoon, when I had been home all day, it was again on the floor. So, I took it to Avery’s room and put it on one of his shelves where the cat couldn’t reach it. Problem solved.

The next day, I found a stress ball on the ground. This particular stress ball sits on my desk. It sits on my desk in a flower pot. The flower pot doubles as a pen holder. The stress ball sits in the flower pot, surrounded by pens, atop my desk with a number of objects strewn about it that would make it difficult for a leprechaun to get by without knocking something over.

Sighing in exasperation, I put the stress ball back in the flower pot.

When I got home from work, it was on the floor again. And again, nothing else on my desk was disturbed. I placed it back in the flower pot after removing all of the pens and putting them back in one at a time to encircle it. I then put a few other odds and ends on top of it. So far, this has resolved the issue.

This morning I found a small piece of cardboard that was (until this morning) wrapped around two small board game replacement pieces encased in bubble wrap. The cardboard was empty. The bubble wrap was missing. And at the time of writing, I’ve only found one of the two game pieces.

My cat is going to find herself living outside very, very soon.

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