Aby-a-Day – June 30 – Freshly minted (Hipstamatic Monday)

In some of the parks along the Greenway, there are lovely gardens filled with a variety of plants.

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The list is quite extensive, and includes both local and exotic flora.

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But there’s one particular fragrant herb that is of special interest to Jacoby…

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…Catmint!

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There are actually six different varieties of catmint planted in various places along the Greenway, but the type I usually find is either Nepeta “Joanna Reed” or Nepeta “Little Trudy.”

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I think this type was the “Little Trudy” variety because of the purple flowers.

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Whatever type it is, Jake certainly seems to like it!

Aby-a-Day – June 29: Treed

Yesterday’s post showed the silhouettes, so here are the rest of the photos of Jacoby in a little tree in Christopher Columbus Park in Boston.

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He’s really not a natural climber – rare, I know, for an Abyssinian! He’s a bit awkward in trees.

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Eventually, he relaxes and starts to enjoy the view, though.

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Still, you kind of get the feeling that he could just fall out of there at a moment’s notice, don’t you?

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Silly cat.

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After a while, of course, he doesn’t even want to come down.

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“Nope, I’m staying up here. Kthnxbai.”

Aby-a-Day – June 28: “Skies” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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Here is Jacoby against a Boston summer sky.

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It doesn’t get much better than this!

Aby-a-Day – June 27: Tree time (Friday Flashback)

Jacoby is not the most agile or graceful cat I’ve ever known, and this is quite clear if you look at his history with trees.

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He had a young start with vegetation, beginning with catnip plants.

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This was his first tree, in Boston Common back in September 2010…

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“Look, Ma! No hands!”

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No matter what he does, he just can’t quite look natural and at ease in this tree.

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Look at his funny bowlegged pose!

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I think he was talking to squirrels in this photo.

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For a moment, it looked like he might try to climb higher…

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…but he gave that up pretty quickly. I guess he decided that he was high enough, thank you.

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His next tree was in a park in Brookline in April 2011…

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I think this was Jake’s all-time favourite tree.

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It was a huge old tree, with nice rough bark that he could hold onto.

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He really did try to climb this one as high as he could!

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Getting down isn’t as easy as going up…

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“Well, maybe I’ll just stay here forever.”

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A few months later, we were back in Boston Common in late October 2011…

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You know, it might just be the trees in the Common that Jake can’t get the hang of.

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He just doesn’t seem to know what to do with his paws, does he?

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This is how he looks from the back…

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Of course, Jake doesn’t always go up the trees…

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…Sometimes he just looks up.

Aby-a-Day – June 26: A taste of the great outdoors

Funny things happen when you use the rapid-fire button on the camera…

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These photos of Jacoby chewing on some grass when we went out to the park just make me laugh.

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Although I do find it impressive that Jake can look so serious and so silly at the same time.

Aby-a-Day – June 25: Wordless Wednesday (Short sheeting)

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Bittersweet Candy Bowl

I recently discovered Bittersweet Candy Bowl, a cartoon about cats and dogs in high school. But you know I wouldn’t mention it here without good reason…And, as a matter of fact, one of the main original characters is a Somali! His name is Paulo, and he’s just so over-the-top brash and annoying while at the same time being also sensitive, loyal and romantic you can’t help but adore him.

There’s also an Abyssinian character named Abbey (short for Abraham).

He and Paulo don’t really get along, but they have friends in common, particularly Daisy, a half-Selkirk Rex, half-Ragamuffin cheerleader.

Abbey and his sister Molly had a rough start in life, but he looks so much like Jacoby I can’t not love him.

He even has the stripe down the back of his tail!

Paulo has an occasionally-updated Twitter account (@HotSomali92) with more “followers than he deserves.” I asked him if he knew @Sparklecat…

Abbey has one, too…even less frequently updated (@Abbeyssinian).

Of course, being the cat geek that I am, the comic hooked me in because most of the cats (and dogs) are actual breeds. Besides Paulo the Somali and Abbey the Abyssinian (and Daisy the Selkirk Rex-Ragamuffin, there’s Mike the Korat, Lucy the Khao Manee, Sue the European Burmese, David the Chocolate Lab, and Augustus the Siamese. What got me addicted was the story, the wonderfully told drama of teenage love and strife peppered liberally with humour. The artist, Veronica Vera (aka Taeshi), has been drawing it since she was a teenager and it’s fun to watch her style grow along with the characters.

I had the good fortune to participate in a live drawing stream this past Friday. Taeshi drew requests for longtime club members and also for people who purchased a book during the stream.

I asked for Paulo and Abbey together, and I got to watch Taeshi draw this picture of them on Mother’s Day (it’s kind of a sore subject with them)…It was really interesting to see how another artist draws their cartoon, especially since she also uses Photoshop as her art program.

Be warned, though…this comic is really addictive. Especially Paulo.