We took Mina to the vet yesterday for a rabies shot and to have a toenail checked out. I mention this because we learned a couple of things that were interesting.
First, cat nails normally look like this:
Instead of getting all pointy at the end, however, Mina’s nails are much thicker and longer, as if her nails don’t get to the pointy-point part. This means that when she hooks them on things, the tip of the nail doesn’t flake off – it sticks. And what do cats do when they’re stuck? They try to pull themselves free.
The result, as we discovered yesterday, is that Mina has broken two tiny bones, one in each of her front feet. One happened at least a year ago, while the other seems to have happened in the last couple of days! This sounds totally awful, but it’s apparently not uncommon and usually heals on its own. She doesn’t seem to be in any pain except when we try to cut her nails, which makes sense. They gave her an antibiotic, and we’re doing our best to keep her from scratching on things.
In addition to her big nails, we were also told that based on the size of her head and her big ol paws, she actually is smaller than she could be – which seemed funny to us since she has such sumptuous fluff – but might explain why she’s always foraging for snacks. Seriously, look at that fluff:
Dinner tonight: a bit of fish, rescued from the freezer, and broccoli rabe with golden bits of garlic. Slices of warmed Avalon International bread on the side.
This was our first experiment with broccoli rabe, which in flavor and appearance is somewhere between broccoli and kale. Take a few cloves of garlic, slice thin, and saute in olive oil until golden. Remove the garlic and add the broccoli rabe, sliced into 2″ pieces, thick stems remove. Add some crushed red pepper, cover and braise for 5-10 minutes. The dish was flavorful and paired nicely with halibut, rescued from freezer purgatory and grilled up with salt, pepper, and a bit of lemon. The freezer time may have affected the texture of the fish, which tasted a bit more like chicken than I was expecting. Perhaps it was the preparation? Not sure. The broccoli rabe was savory, with a hint of spice, though Shane needed to add both salt and pepper.
A footnote: the cats went CRAZY over this meal, with Mina begging for broccoli rabe and Basil for bits of fish. Whoever heard of a cat who loved greens more than fish?
A second footnote: I am heeding Janet‘s advice and leaving the real camera on the table in hopes of reducing the cameraphone photos that have plagued this blog in the last few weeks. I also promise to try harder with the white balance, something that’s hard to get right in our often dimly lit place. Hold me to this!
I left my computer open when I went to take a shower just now, and when I came back, I found that Mina had typed the following into my chat window with Shane. The first part should be no surprise, but it is beyond me how she managed to type “H-bomb”.
Without further ado, a message from Mina (carriage returns are my only update)
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Not much to report today, sadly, and not a whole lot on my mind that I can expound upon at great length. I woke up feeling lousy, and spent most of the day either in bed or on the couch, though I did attempt to get some work done on a couple of Christmas projects. Mina staged a three ring circus in order to cheer me up. It mostly consisted of heroic leaps between pieces of furniture, and also her knocking things over. I appreciated the effort.
The most ardent supporter of our local eating efforts?
Miss Mina, who is very interested in everything that we eat, but especially local meats and veggies. If the local food movement needs a spokescat, I’d happily volunteer her services, as it’s really time she earns her keep.
– Red Ink, a soft grassy sheep’s cheese, Appenzeller cheese, and jamón ibérico (!!!!!!). The jamón was a birthday gift from Shane, and oh what a gift it was. We have a bit more in the fridge, and I plan to savor it at some point this week. Some girls get chocolate for their birthdays – me, I get expensive Spanish ham.
– brunch at the Corcoran, which wasn’t all that exciting in and of itself, but it was a very nice atmosphere and I enjoyed the souffle.
– the always reliable veggie options at the Hut.
– one more opportunity to see the Annie Leibovitz exhibit at the Corcoran. Our memberships paid off today when we didn’t have to wait in line for the sold out show. The galleries were packed with people, so the exhibit lacked some of the intensity of our first visit, but I’m awfully glad we went again.
– staying in to watch Helvetica and Paris, je t’aime, two very different films but both quite good.
– our new sofa arrived on Saturday and promptly exerted its dominance over our living room. I showed it who’s boss by taking a nap on it later.
– meeting a new friend at the Arlington Animal Shelter. She can’t possibly replace Sid in our hearts or memories, but she will Basil on his toes and the two of us in stitches. We’re hoping to bring her home in a few days, once she’s healed from her spaying and they’ve made sure that no one is going to come claim her.
– lots of quality time with SB. The last few weeks have been very hard, and very tiring, and it was wonderful to have a lot of lazy downtime together.