Monday night i cooked the rapini i had bought at the Farmer's Market. I used a recipe that called for cooking the veggies in boiling water for 5 minutes, draining them, and adding olive oil in which quite a few thinly sliced cloves of garlic had been cooking until "melted" and then red pepper flakes stirred in. Fuzzy and Sylvie are my two veggie eating cats and they were very interested in what i was doing, so as soon as the rapini was done, but before i added the olive oil, i pulled a few stems out of the colander and let them cool off. Fuzzy and Sylvie sniffed carefully, and then each devoured their rapini stems! In fact, they asked for some more! Louie wanted to see what they were eating, but one sniff of a rapini stem was all it took for him to back away quickly...
While supper was cooking, i saw something white out in the garden...it was my next door neighbor's mostly-Siamese cat, Blue. I've never been able to get him to be friends...he spends a fair amount of time in my yard, and watches me intently, but has no interest in coming close for some petting and conversation. He loves catnip, and last year i had to put a low little fence around my catnip plant to keep him from rolling on the plant and flattening it. I don't mind at all that he helps himself to some leaves, but rolling on the plants, especially when they're young and tender, doesn't do them any good.
The fence worked well...Blue could often be seen grazing the leaves that poked through or over it. (Then the woodchuck came along and trimmed the tops off all the plants...i guess it was just food for him/her, not an aphrodisiac like it is for the cats.)
This year i guess the plants haven't grown fast enough for Blue...as i was watching, he went from sniffing through the fence to leaping right over it, landing exactly in the middle of the tiny fenced area (just big enough for one pot of catnip and two pots of sage...and one cat, apparently!).