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!


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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 23: “Engage” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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


Gun-Hee was my Best Cat when I got engaged.


He helped me with everything, including trying on my veils.


Sadly, he died two months before our wedding…we scattered some of his ashes in the ocean on our honeymoon.


He was such a good little guy.

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!


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


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


Then we switched to our “South Pacific” ensemble.


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


The competition was wicked fierce!


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


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


…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…


Iris as Queen Marie Antoinette with her Turkish Angora…


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!

Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

It’s been a good week for Abys on my calendars this week: Look at this little cutie who was on yesterday’s I Can Has Cheezburger Day-to-Day Calendar page!

I think they actually meant “Goggie” (LOLcat for “Doggie”)…but still, look at that face!

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.


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


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


The bricks are rocks, of course.


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.

Aby-a-Day – August 20: Wordless Wednesday (She’s melting!)