Aby-a-Day – July 31: Taking Naughtiness to New Heights

Jacoby has developed a new habit.


He likes to sit on top of the cabinet in the front bathroom and oversee people going about their bathroom business.



As you can see, he’s quite proud of his achievement.


“This is mine!”


I’m not sure why he likes it up there so much. He’s quite tall, and there’s not enough room for him to stand comfortably.


He can’t really sit up, either.


Come on down from there, Jakey-boy.


Of course, now Tessie wants to try to get up there, too.

Aby-a-Day – July 30: Wordless Wednesday (If it fits, I sits)





Aby-a-Day – July 29: “Catatonic” (Cartoon Tuesday)

Catatonic is a synonym for Frozen…I looked it up.


I’ve already mentioned that Jacoby would make a good Kristoff. Then it occurred to me that Kylie would be an awesome Elsa and the next thing you know…this happened. I don’t think you want to know how many layers went into this one…

Each cat can stand alone, too. I’ll post a breakout of each character at some point just for fun…I had really wanted to draw this in Photoshop but my tablet is wonky (ie I haven’t learned to control it yet), so it was drawn on paper and scanned, old-school style.

(Background derived from images found here. The mountains are from a photo of the Swiss Alps my husband took when he was skiing. And I used this AWESOME tutorial for the title effect.)

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

Aby-a-Day – July 28: Masquarade (Hipstamatic Monday)

One of the biggest attractions at ArtBeat is the vast collection of arts and crafts booths selling all kinds of alluring items.


I saw this wooden masquarade mask with distinctly Abyssinian-like markings in a woman’s hand at the Magpie booth and I dashed up and blurted out: “Do you have any more of those cat masks? I need one!”


The shopkeeper looked at me like I was a bit nutty and, bemusedly, pulled out a second cat mask.


Then she saw Jacoby in his stroller and it all made sense. This clever wooden mask on a stick is a “Silly Stick” made by Maple Landmark in Middlebury, VT. But as great as it is that the mask looks like an Abyssinian…


…the backside is a scuba mask with a small clownfish!


How perfect is this for the NEMO show next month?!

Aby-a-Day – July 27: Waiting for the wagon

I know I say Jacoby likes to ride on the cart when I take it back downstairs, but does he really like it, or am I projecting?


Well, the other day, we used the cart to bring groceries up, and take some boxes down to the recycle room. And while I was putting groceries away, Jake was camped out on the cart waiting for me to take it downstairs.


Impatiently waiting, if that look in his eye means anything.


And once we were rolling…look at that happy head tilt!


Now, is this a cat who doesn’t like to ride the cart? What do you think?


And once we get to the recycle room, and then the elevator, he always seems a little crestfallen.


He knows that his ride is almost over. Sometimes, he looks so sad, I take the cart the long way back, so he can have more fun.

Aby-a-Day – July 26: “Wet” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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


Jacoby is not especially afraid of getting wet. In some ways this is a bad thing, because the traditional spray bottle punishment doesn’t work at all on him.


Of course, this also means that when Jake and I happen to be near water, I can get some awesome photographs.


Living in Boston, we have occasion to see a lot of water. There’s Boston Harbor, Fort Point Channel, the Charles River and Massachusetts Bay, all within a mile and a half of our house.


There’s a reason the Standells’ song Dirty Water is Boston’s theme song, although the water’s a lot cleaner now than it was back in the mid 1960’s.


Jake and I went to Christopher Columbus Park a while back and just enjoyed a nice day outside looking out at the harbour.


I’m kind of glad I don’t know how polluted it all used to be. Now it all seems so nice, it’s hard to believe that within my lifetime, people were advised to get a tetanus shot if they so much as came in contact with the water, let alone went swimming in it!

Aby-a-Day – July 25: Future’s so bright, he’s gotta wear shades (Fashion Friday)

At ArtBeat, the Magpie booth was selling Babiators, sturdy plastic sunglasses for babies.


You know I had to try a pair on Jacoby.


Oh, yeah…


Sigh…if only I could justify spending $20 on these…