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

Jacoby has developed a new habit.

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

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

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“This is mine!”

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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.

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He can’t really sit up, either.

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Come on down from there, Jakey-boy.

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

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

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

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

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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, JG…

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.

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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!”

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

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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…

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

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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?

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.”

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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You know I had to try a pair on Jacoby.

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Oh, yeah…

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