You may recall that when she was quite wee, Melly enjoyed perching on my shoulder while I was cooking. This worked rather well when she was small, and even as she was a bit bigger. Now that she's approaching "Cat" size and since my shoulders haven't grown commensurately, it's a bit more of a challenge for her to stay perched as I whirl about the kitchen, going through the various machinations of meal preparation. As such it tends not to last very long and includes many punctures in my shoulder as my shoulder soldier tries to stay in position. Nonetheless, we still try from time to time and the other day, while whipping up some seasoned creme fraiche, she stayed long enough for Natalie to grab her camera and return just as Melly was deciding that the floor looked a lot more stable.