Aby-a-Day – September 2: “Waste not, want not” (Cartoon Tuesday)

It’s amazing how fast Jacoby can jump up on the counter between the time I open the can and the time I dump the food in the dish. I haven’t actually dumped it on his head…yet…but I’ve come close.

abycartoon140

This is the first cartoon I drew entirely with my Wacom Intuos tablet. No paper at all. It’s not easy though; this cartoon was simple, but it seemed to take three times as long to finish as doing it the old-fashioned, paper and ink and scan way. I really want to use this thing, but it feels so clumsy. I’m not sure the drawing looks as good as it would have if I’d drawn it on paper, either, but the outlines are definitely cleaner than a scan would be. What do you think?

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – September 1: Cityscape (Hipstamatic Monday)

Last Sunday after our therapy visit, Jacoby and I went to the SoWa Open Market and we saw this amazing painting by Maechevrette.

hipstajakeSoWa13

I love this so much because we live near the Boston Wharf Company building, and that 1899 is atop the Summer Street Bridge. I had to take a photo of Jake with it since I couldn’t afford to buy it!

Aby-a-Day – August 31: Room with a view

Our room at the NEMO show last weekend was a patio room – it had a sliding glass door overlooking the pool.

jakeNEMOhotelroomC08475

Jacoby was fascinated with the giant window.

jakeNEMOhotelroomC08476

jakeNEMOhotelroomC08488

I think he stayed awake all Friday night looking out at the rest of the hotel.

jakeNEMOhotelroomC08492

He was pretty cranky the next morning. But it was so cute watching him look out the window.

jakeNEMOhotelroomC08527

jakeNEMOhotelroomC08528

“Oh, yay! You’re back on my side of the window again!”

Aby-a-Day – August 30: “Youth” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Youth.”

NEMOgarconhotelroomC09148

Last weekend we shared a room with Meg and her boy Chai Latte (aka “Garçon”). He’s a little red boy, only one year old. I first met him back in April, and he stole my scarf so he could cuddle with it. He’s a major love bug.

NEMOgarconhotelroomC09205

Garçon is such a sweet boy, and he and Jacoby got along amazingly well. They even both slept on my bed with me, Meg told me.

NEMOgarconhotelroomC09199

And then Garçon discovered Jake’s food bowls.

jakeNEMOgarconhotelroomC09195

Yeah, Jake wasn’t too thrilled about that one.

jakeNEMOgarconhotelroomC09192

Apparently, Jake’s okay with sharing me with another boycat, but he draws the line at sharing his food with one.

Aby-a-Day – August 29: The NEMO Costume Contest (Fashion Friday)

NEMO is actually becoming famous for its costume contest – which is a good thing.


Photo: Worcester T&G Staff/RICK CINCLAIR

Not only was a photo of Jacoby and I featured in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, but our friend Linda told me that she came back to the show this year just because she had so much fun entering the costume contest last year.

NEMOpickettbartonC09478

NEMOpickettbartonC09489

And I’m pretty sure she’d been working on her costume since last October, too. It was awsome.

NEMOpickettC09473

Linda was General George E. Pickett, wounded confederate soldier, and Pippi was Clara Barton, wartime nurse.

NEMOpickettbartonC09543

They. Were. Incredible. Seriously. I’m so entrenched in the realm of pop culture that something like a Civil War general would just never occur to me.

NEMOpickettbartonC09501

Linda also pays incredible attention to detail. Her crutch was a tree branch with sheep’s wool wrapped around the top. But everyone really stepped up their game this year.

NEMOhiccuptoothlessC09499

Amelia and Timbuka the Burmese dressed as Hiccup and Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon.

NEMOhiccuptoothlessC09500

I wish you could see it better in this photo, but Timbuka has a little tailflap thing tied to his tail. And he kept it on through the entire contest, too.

NEMObopeepC09510

Amelia’s mom, Stacie, dressed as Little Bo Peep with Bella the Burmese as her sheep.

NEMOanimalclinicC09506

I didn’t get this family’s name, but they, along with their HHP and their Ocicat, dressed as a family vet clinic.

NEMOelvesC09503

My friend Charlotte was awesome, too. She was Galadriel, while her two Siamese Colorpoint Shorthairs Phoenix (the cream-point) was Legolas and Electra (the tortie-point) were Legolas and Arwen. Charlotte had a stroller for the two of them, and she even dressed that up to match!

NEMOelvesC09508

Arwen had a little headdress and a gorgeous blue gown. Legolas had a little tiny bow and quiver full of arrows.

NEMOelvesC09507

They looked awesome.

NEMOnativeamericansC09493

Iris and Harold didn’t enter (they were the emcees), but Iris was a Native American and Harold (a Siberian) was an early crosser of the Bering Land Bridge. Our costumes aren’t only clever, they’re educational!

NEMObeercanC09511

As you can imagine, the competition was pretty stiff. I don’t know how the two judges ever made up their minds. Linda and Pippi took second place, and the winner was…

NEMObeercanC09509

Geri and Little Miss Muffet the Himilayan! They were dressed as a cocktail and a can of beer. Geri won last year, too, with a different Persian as Harry Potter and Hedwig the owl.

NEMObeercanC09512

Jake and I are already brainstorming what we’re going to do for next year’s contest, and I’m pretty sure everyone else is, too! Not sure what I’ll do to top Marilyn, though…

Aby-a-Day – August 28: Cousins under the fur

On Saturday at the NEMO show, Iris did a parade of breeds, and a bunch of us volunteered our cats as breed representatives.

jakeNEMOirisPOBC08739

jakeNEMOirisPOBC08740

Of course Boston’s famous Strollercat was the Aby representative!

jakeNEMOpippiPOBC08653

Jacoby and I were thrilled to see our friends Linda and Pippi had come to the show. Linda said they enjoyed the NEMO show so much last year, they had to come back for it (and the costume contest) again this time!

NEMOpippiPOBC08895

Pippi’s full name is Kimbelot’s Ahyoka Sunshine’s Pippi, and she’s a Grand Premier Somali. She’s also a cosplaying cat; last year she and Linda were Morticia and Gomez Addams.

NEMOpippiPOBC08905

I took a lot of photos while Pippi was up for her turn in the parade of breeds.

NEMOpippiPOBC08899

But the funny thing is…

jakeNEMOirislindaPOBC08785

jakeNEMOirislindaPOBC08767

Linda took a bunch of pictures of Jake when he was up!

jakeNEMOpippiPOBC08658

The best part about the parade of breeds is that Jake and Pippi were in cages right next to each other.

jakeNEMOpippiPOBC08669

CFA considers Somalis to be a shorthaired breed (even though they’re a longhaired variant of the Abyssinian – they also consider Exotic Shorthairs to be a longhaired breed), and cats are judged alphabetically by breed.

jakeNEMOpippiPOBC08679

Abyssinians, of course, are the first shorthairs to be up, while Somalis are at the end of the alphabet so are among the last to be judged.

jakeNEMOpippiPOBC08671

You hardly ever get to see the two breeds right next to each other.

jakeNEMOpippiPOBC08661

It’s really pretty cool to see an Aby and a Somali side by side.

jakeNEMOpippiPOBC08663

I guess I think it’s a lot more awesome than Jake does…

Aby-a-Day – August 26: “This tiger has other ideas” (Cartoon Tuesday)

I’m not really old enough to make this joke, but I’m a sucker for Cold War jokes and I thought it would be fun to draw.

abycartoon139

Of course, this is is a riff on Jacoby’s JFK costume at the NEMO show this past weekend, and what might have happened had there been a Russian Blue there…as someone (Gary Larson?) once said, as long as one person gets the joke, I’m happy. Wish I’d thought of the Havana Brown Missle Crisis before I’d done the cartoon, though…

(Krushcat is saying “Support by United States rulers is rather in the nature of the support that the rope gives to a hanged man,” in case you were wondering…)

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – August 25: Pop! (Hipstamatic Monday)

Technically, not Hipstamatic…but it’s square, artistic and I couldn’t resist!

jakecoco-warhol

It’s going to be tough coming up with a better costume than this for next year…

Also, check out this post our friend and fellow blogger Ellen wrote about meeting us at the show yesterday. She gave Jake a lovely little catnip goldfish that he adores.

Aby-a-Day – August 24: “Happy birthday, Mr. President”

This weekend was our NEMO CFA show. Jacoby did quite well: he made five finals! He got 10th Best Shorthair in Premiership (twice), 7th Best Shorthair in Premiership, 2nd Best Shorthair in Premiership, and 2nd Best Allbreed in Premiership!

MMcocoC09476

But as last year, the best part was the costume contest. Towards the end of the Seacoast show last May, Meg, our friend Todd and I were brainstorming ideas for Jake’s and my costume. Todd said it needed to be amazing to win, and it needed to be something new. I mentioned Jake’s “Don Draper” suit and said we needed to come up with something to go with that.

JFKMMjakecocoC09515

And then it hit me. With his suit, Jake could be JFK…and I could be…Marilyn Monroe!

JFKMMjakecocoC09513

So that’s what we did. If JakeFK looks a little upset in some of these photos, it’s because he’s very concerned about the Havana Brown Missile Crisis.

JFKMMjakecocoC09514

It’s really late, and I’m really tired…and I have about 1,000 photos to go through that I took this weekend, so I’ll have a more complete report on the show and the costume contest later in the week.

JFKMMjakecocoC09530

But I knew you all were dying to see what we wore, so here we are.

JFKMMjakecocoC09496

As great as our costume was, there were a lot of great costumes this time. Everyone really stepped up their game this year. Our friends Linda and Pippi the Somali (Gomez and Morticia last year) were Clara Barton (Pippi) and Gen. George Pickett (Linda); there was also Little Bo Peep and her sheep, Hiccup and Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon, Galadriel, Arwen and Legolas, a family veterinary clinic and a beer can of Meow Light.

JFKMMjakecocoC09497

Jake and I didn’t actually win…but I got a lot of complements on our costume. I have to thank my friend Leza, for sewing the dress…it not only looked great, but it also was comfortable enough to wear to a cat show. I wish I could say the same for those shoes! Now to start planning for next year’s costumes…

Aby-a-Day – August 22: NEMO Costume Contest (Fashion Friday Flashback)

The NEMO Cat Club show is this weekend (Jacoby and I are actually in Sturbridge tonight, setting up), and of course we will be having another costume contest. It will be on Sunday, not Saturday, and Jake and I are only going to wear one costume (well…maybe two) this year – but that one will be a doozy!

jakecocoNEMOegyptC04381

Last year, we wore three different outfits. We started out with our Egyptian outfit.

jakeNEMOegyptC04393

Jake likes that one so much he can even sleep in it!

jakecocoNEMOSouthPacificC04926

Then we switched to our “South Pacific” ensemble.

jakecocoNEMOsushiC05126

For the actual contest, however, we went with the “sushi combo”…which in retrospect may not have been the strongest choice.

jakemegirisNEMOcostumesC05017

The competition was wicked fierce!

NEMOfiremegrastaC05086

I mean, there was Meg and Fire as Rastafarians (complete with nickel bag of catnip)…

NEMOdantemarshaC05132

…And Dante Mooner and Marsha as a witch and his cat…

NEMOgomez-morticiaC05056

…And my favourite, Linda and Pippi (a Somali!) as Gomez and Morticia Addams! And as great as those all were, none of them actually took home the prize. The two winners were…

NEMOmarieC05101

Iris as Queen Marie Antoinette with her Turkish Angora…

NEMOharry-hedwigC05066

and Geri as Harry Potter with Hedwig the owl!

Jake and I didn’t win last year…but as I’ve said, we have a great costume idea for this year . I hope to get some great photos of that, because I can’t wait to see them! If you’re in Western Massachusetts this weekend, stop by on Sunday and see the show – and the costume contest – for yourself! Tell ‘em Jakey sent you!

Aby-a-Day – August 21: Forest hallway

I’ve been re-reading all the Warriors books recently (and cannot wait for the release of Bramblestar’s Storm next week), so my imagination is filled with cats in forests.

jakenewhallwaycarpetE_1178

They recently recarpeted the common hallway on our floor, and the new carpet is a lovely shade of deep green.

jakenewhallwaycarpetE_1156

The new green carpet along with the mahogany wood panelling almost makes walking in our hallway feel like a walk in the woods.

jakenewhallwaycarpetE_1145

The bricks are rocks, of course.

jakenewhallwaycarpetE_1162

So it’s not exactly ThunderClan’s camp in the ravine…but with a little imagination…

Thank you, Sparkle

Sad news indeed from one of our closest friends…

Sparkle the Somali is very, very sick.

Sparkle and her human have been a HUGE inspiration to us and our blog. I was hoping to see her and Summer together, but if it is not to be…well. There will be a bright new star in Silverpelt when she goes to hunt with StarClan.

Know that we love you, Sparkle, and Summer may be taking over your blog, but she will never take your place.

Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

I forgot to post this yesterday, but look who was featured on the Page-a-Day Calendar for August 19!

“Abyssinians have an almost otherworldly look, which may be why one was chosen to play “Jake” in The Cat from Outer Space, a role shared by two cats named Amber and Rumple. Playful and almost doglike in their devotion to their humans, the Abyssinian has become one of the most popular breeds in the United States, despite commanding high prices at pet stores and breeders. You could argue they earn their keep: Female Abys are remarkably skillful hunters, and often stay active well into their twenties.

Special Mention LINUS.—Alan Pressman and Melissa Palmer, Dix Hills, New York”

Again with the “doglike”..?

Interestingly, the question came up a while back on the Aby groups I’m on about which cattery bred Amber and Rumple. Carolyn Osier told this story:

“The cat originally chosen to screen test was a young ruddy male, GC Ruddy Raider of Wil-o-glen. At that time he was in the middle of a show season and doing very well, so when Disney told me they wanted to buy him and that would end his show career, I said no thank you. They wanted to own the cat so there would be no interference from anxious owners. It is my understanding that there were up to 7 cats who were used in the movie. I do not believe they came from well known catteries. I also heard rumors that several of them from one cattery died of FelV which was a problem at that time. I was very glad that I had not exposed Raider to that. Raider went on to produce wonderful offspring and I never regretted my choice, although I do enjoy the DVD of the movie from time to time and think about ‘what if’.

“FYI, a second cat also made the cut to screen test for the part, a champagne Burmese spay. I still have a copy of the Disney contract to send her for a month of screen testing. The original casting call brought about 30 different breeds. I always wondered why they didn’t choose one of the beautiful silver Persians. I will never forget the look on the face of the owner of a beautifully groomed red tabby Persian when the casting director suggested he might look very interesting if they twisted hunks of hair into spikes!”

Well, at least we know which cattery didn’t breed them!

Aby-a-Day – August 19: “Come Together” (Cartoon Tuesday)

Sometimes the most obvious cartoon ideas take the longest to think of…

abycartoon138

Yeah. ABY ROAD. Duh!

This was inspired, in part, by this LOLcat, and this Bittersweet Candy Bowl homage.

The background comes courtesy of Rabbittooth on DeviantArt, who wanted to do an Abbey Road parody and wanted to help others with the same ambition. Thank you!!

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – August 18: Sleeping with one eye open (Hipstamatic Monday)

A few weeks ago I made a joke about Angel sleeping with one eye open.

hipsta-angelnap1

That’s kind of exactly what she does, though!

hipsta-angelnap2

Even though she’s safely up high, on one of the wall shelves, she still keeps watch.

hipsta-angelnap7

Just.

hipsta-angelnap6

In.

hipsta-angelnap8

Case.

hipsta-angelnap11

I guess the coast is completely clear. Sweet dreams, Angel!

Aby-a-Day – August 17: Wallflowers

I thought this was really cute.

jakeangelwallclimberE_0951

Jacoby and Angel were both up on the cat shelf that houses the memorial wool sculpture of Gun-Hee.

jakeangelwallclimberE_0949

jakeangelwallclimberE_0950

It’s not often that Angel will stay on the same wall climber with Jake (she was there first and he joined her) so I was glad I managed to capture this.

jakeangelwallclimberE_0952

It’s the closest I’ll ever come to a family portrait of all three Abys together.