Anyhoo, she guessed (among other things): "To throw at annoying neighbor cats?," which was exactly correct, so, woo-hoo, she wins! Man, she wins all the blog contests.
As for the frozen clementine projectiles -- no, we're not animal haters. There is a backstory.
Since moving into this house, we've enjoyed the many birds that the mature trees here brought to our yard. We especially loved all the quail, and the adorable quail babies that came every season, scampering around our backyard after their parents, looking, from our kitchen window, surprisingly like tiny walnuts on legs.
In the last couple of years, however, there's been an upsurge of ill-mannered, untended cats prowling our backyard day and night. We don't know who they belong to, but there seem to be more all the time. The backyard bird populations are in decline, and the quail are gone.
So, yes, I feel a private delight when Peter takes aim at one of the churlish felines.