Wow, that's some managerie Virgil! Only one cat here at the moment; rescued him as a kitten in Ireland about 3 years ago. Lost another after nearly 9 years to a heart defect -- It's so heartbreaking.
I guess I should have looked up "sconce" in the dictionary before. According to my Concise Oxford version:
sconce: n. Flat candlestick with handle; bracket candlestick to hang on wall [Middle English from Old French esconse lantern, or from medieval Latin sconsa from Latin absconsa fem. p.p. (as n.) of abscondere hide.]
O.K., I live and learn. It makes sense now.
[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 05-17-2002).]