It was just one of those unfortunate things. Laptop was open on the kitchen table, I was in the middle of working (erm, OK, surfing the tinternet). Other items on the table at that time were: half a cup of cold tea abandoned by an earlier visitor, and a pile of greetings cards which had been removed from the bookcase that afternoon in a bit of a tidying session, and some other paperwork. Can you guess what happened next?
OH called me into the other room to ask me something about the thing he’s working on. My back was turned for less than 2 minutes. There was a loud noise. Back in the kitchen, the cards and the other stuff on the end of the table, were on the floor. The cup was not tipped over, but some tea was splashed across my keyboard, and Monty was leaving the scene. Disaster!
For some reason, Monty had leapt onto the kitchen table at speed, and must have landed on the slippery, glossy pile of birthday cards, skidded into the cup and sloshed cold tea across my laptop.
Still, cat owners will know that this episode is not Monty’s fault. It is our fault for a) not clearing away the old cup of tea immediately, and b) causing a slipping hazard by ‘tidying’ cards into a pile, and c) not closing the laptop the minute I left it.
Anyway, it really wasn’t a lot of tea, I mean, the cup was still standing. I mopped it up and the laptop was still working. So I thought, well, no harm done. This laptop is pretty sturdy. After all, it has been knocked on the floor a few times by boisterous kittens and lives to tell the tale. But after a few minutes, the internal fans started whirring like mad, and then it all went black.
Then I knew I was in trouble.
If you look very carefully around Monty’s mouth, you will see some butter appearing not to melt.