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.


Jacoby was fascinated with the giant window.



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


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



“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.”


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.


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.


And then Garçon discovered Jake’s food bowls.


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


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.



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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


They looked awesome.


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!


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…


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.


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.



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


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!


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.


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


But the funny thing is…



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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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

Aby-a-Day – August 27: Wordless Wednesday (Surprise!)


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.


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……and the litter box says “We will bury you”…)

(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!


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.