Wednesday, May 27, 2009

What is it about Pepper Berries?

There is a store not far from my house that carries Door Pottery. I love Door Pottery so a couple of weeks ago I decided to treat myself to a small vase to put on my dining table. It is blue, small and understated. I wanted something small yet unique to put in it. I preferred something real. So, off I go to my local Central Market and happen upon the perfect thing -- Pepper Berries.

They were so pretty and smelled delightful -- apparently. I brought them home and put them in the vase -- they were so cheery and colorful -- just the right pop of color to brighten up breakfast.

Enter, the cat.

The cat won't leave the pepper berries alone -- he rubs up against the vase (definite no-no), climbs on the table (sorry, not allowed) and now he has eaten the leaves. I hope they aren't toxic, or should I say WEREN'T toxic -- they have now been removed and I am on a quest to find artificial pepper berries that don't scream painted styrofoam or plastic. I really liked the look. But, I still have to wonder -- what is it about them that would make the cat go mad?