A classic line from a classic film (from 20 years ago!) which we probably quote every other day...when something breaks...
|we used to have 4 of these...|
until one lots its footing during a sail
|Angela's well-worn anchor glove|
(plus mud from the Okeechobee River in FL)
|we've been told that her skin is agitated|
if she's scratching vigorously (like this) with her hind legs
Gemsi may be of a different species, but she is unquestionably an adored member of our family. We've waved our crazy-cat-lover flag before, and we we're going to wave it again here. Don't think we're the only ones caught under her spell though, cause she has a following! If her elegant and sleek, yet simultaneously adorable monkey-like frame doesn't win you over, she'll likely mesmerize you with her intense yellow-eyed gaze. And if you somehow aren't intrigued by her mere cuteness and beauty, you'll still find yourself working very hard to win over her affection. We think this is because Gemsi is not an all-loving, all-forgiving, cuddly creature. She makes you earn her affection, and it is amazing to witness the power she yields over human beings as they desperately try to do so.
That's enough gushing for now, let's get back to the day when we found those little clumps of hair and more bumps...
We weighed anchor and set sail for Florida. We sailed from the Bahamian Island group around of Eleuthera to Florida, with overnight rests on the southwest coast of the Abacos and in North Bimini. We covered a couple hundred miles in just a few days. The winds were favorable and we were motivated — our pet's hair was falling out! It was some of the best sailing, and certainly the longest passage, we've done on Dragonstar to date. Our longest single stretch was 117 miles, and it took us 27 hours! We slept in 2-hour shifts during the night hours, made good use of our autopilot, and passed the time by listening to podcasts and eating peanut butter treats (see recipe below for Rhonda's Protein Balls).
You might be wondering why we didn't just take Gemsi to a vet in the Bahamas. Great question.
We decided to avoid Bahamian vets because Gemsi was technically a stowaway in the Bahamas. Prior to arriving in the Bahamas, we applied for Gemsi's appropriate customs paperwork and paid the $10 fee (plus $45 to FedEx), but never received the necessary permit or other confirmation of receipt that is technically required to bring her into the country. So, we snuck her in! What's an adventure without a little smuggling? Because of this, Bahamian authorities could technically confiscate our cat if we took her to the vet without proof of documentation. (If you are a Bahamian customs official, note that the preceding paragraph was pure fiction.)
|display at the vet's office|
Gemsi hasn't shown any indication of annoyance by any of this ordeal except for during the dinghy ride from Dragonstar to the shore. This was her first ride ever in the dinghy, and she was not impressed.
So here we are, back in Florida, and the adventure continues!
Oh, and make the recipe that follows the next time you need a snack for your workouts, or to help you stay up all night at the helm. Thanks again, Rhonda, for giving us this hugely satisfying, yet simple recipe!
RHONDA'S PROTEIN BALLS
Peanut butter (1/4c)
Almond butter (1/4c, or replace with more peanut butter)
Powdered milk (1/2c)
Protein powder (1/2c, or replace with more powdered milk)
Raw oats (1c)
1) Mix honey and butters, then add the rest.
2) Add any other complementary and snacky goodness you like, e.g., raisins, dried cranberries, chopped apricots, wheat germ, chocolate chips, etc.
3) Form the gooey mess into balls and refrigerate.