Aby-a-Day – February 28: “Brush” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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


I have an awesome stylus for my iPad: the Sensu Solo.



Basically, it allows you to paint on your iPad the way you would with a regular paintbrush on paper.





Not only is it a pretty fun toy…


..and, apparently, tasty…


…But look what you can do with it!

Aby-a-Day – February 27: The importance of being layered (Fashion Friday)

Before you can go outside in cold weather, it’s essential to dress properly for the weather.


Layers are the key to keeping your core temperature up and trapping heat to keep warm.


When we went out into the snow, Jacoby wore his green leopard print shirt since it works so well with his coat.


I put his harness on over his undershirt, but under his warm coat. This helps to keep the warmth in, especially since his Fishtail Parka hasn’t got a hole for a leash.


Angel had never been in the snow, so I used her purple Pirate Kitty T-shirt to keep her warm.


Like Jake, she wore her harness over the T-shirt.


Despite her early socialisation issues, in some ways, Angel is 100% Abyssinian.


Wearing a T-shirt doesn’t faze her at all.


Once we had the undergarments on, we put on our coats and headed outside. Angel wore Gun-Hee’s old parka, which not only fit her wonderfully, but also has a hole for the leash which lines up perfectly with her harness.


That helped to keep her a little warmer, since the leash wasn’t pulling up the back of her coat the way Jake’s leash pulled his parka up. You can see his undershirt in this photo.


Of course, his feet were warmer than Angel’s, because he will wear boots, so it probably evened out. I had boots for Angel but…I didn’t try to put them on her feet. I think the parka was enough for her! I think they stayed fairly warm. We weren’t outside very long, but neither of them was shivering or seemed uncomfortable. When we came back inside, the tips of their ears were a little chilled, but they both seemed perfectly happy. I do want to take them both out again for some more photos once we can get into the courtyard.

Abys in Need: Kameo in WA and Sheba in AR

Two Abys turned up on Petfinder this morning, one in Port Townsend, WA and the other in Witter, AR.

First we have Kameo, who is currently a guest of The Humane Society of Jefferson County, WA

“Hi! My name is Kameo! I’m a beautiful petite purebred Abyssinian. I came to the shelter because I was unhappy living with a different family member and her THREE male cats. I’d like to be the only cat with people who are home a lot. Abyssinians are very active, intelligent and curious, and they desire feedback, interaction and even some training. I like playing with toys and using my scratching post. I’d also appreciate a cat tree to climb on. I am 8 years old, spayed, micro-chipped, vaccinated, treated for fleas and ready for my forever home! Come see me today!”

If you are interested in Kameo, please contact the shelter through Petfinder.

The second Aby is Sheba, who is at the Blue Moon Cat Sanctuary. Her posting on Petfinder states that she is “a purebred Abyssinian with papers,” she’s five years old, and apparently she is a retired breeder.

“Hello everyone. My name is Sheba. Yes, like the queen. I am a queen too. I’m fully grown and still a little petite. Abyssinian’s are know to be a little shy at first. But watch out. After I warm up and feel comfortable I’ll be all over you. We are also known for our burnt orange or rust colored coats. I arrived here at the Blue Moon from a breeder. Thank[fully] those baby-making days are finally over and I can settle down and enjoy some quality lap time.”

Sheba’s adoption fee is $150. If you are interested in her, just call 479-677-3021 or 479-738-8754.

Aby-a-Day – February 26: A short walk in some deep snow

Usually, when I take photos of Jacoby in the snow, we go into our enclosed courtyard. There are many reasons for this: it’s easy, it’s sheltered, it’s pretty, and it’s nice, clean, unadulterated snow. However, as you saw yesterday, going out in the courtyard wasn’t exactly an option.


So we had to go out front.


Since Jake is used to wearing coats and going out in show, and because he was also wearing his boots, he and I went out first to scout a good location while Angel waited in a carrier in the lobby.


The biggest problem I had was with the lighting. I could not get the “automatic” settings on the camera to work with the snow…and the manual settings were even more problematic. I ended up fixing them majorly in Photoshop after the fact.


Part of the problem was the time of day, I think. The building blocked a lot of the sun, but at the same time I didn’t want to go too far away in the cold. I tried a couple on a crossing median…


…the light was really great there, but…


…it was a pretty precarious place to take photos.


Also, I couldn’t really put both Jake and Angel on the island and take good photos.


A+ for lighting…D- for location.


So we came up closer to the building and I went in to get Angel.


As I said last week, Angel refused to wear any boots.


I made sure the rest of her was bundled up well.


Gun-Hee’s old parka fit her perfectly.


For being out in the snow for the first time in her like – and barefoot – she handled it amazingly well.


She walked around a little and was very interested in all the white stuff.


She had a lot to say about it!


I really do want to go back into the courtyard with her at some point. Hopefully we’ll be able to get out there after the snow has melted somewhat…but not completely!

Aby-a-Day – February 25: Wordless Wednesday (“Nope.”)




Aby-a-Day – February 24: Gung Hay Fat Choy! (Cartoon Tuesday)

Chinese New Year was actually last Thursday, but Lunar New Year celebrations are still going on (today is the last day), so, technically, this isn’t late.


Tessie was born in the Year of the Goat, which means she will be 12 this year, and we all know how much she loves to dress up as horned and hooved animals!

The background is Boston’s Chinatown Gate, in a photo I took back in 2008; the lanterns are from a photo by Espos.de on Flickr and is used under a Creative Commons License.

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

Aby-a-Day – February 17: Laissez les bon temps roulez! (Cartoon Tuesday)

Last Tuesday, I had absolutely no idea what to do for a cartoon. So I put it up to my Facebook friends, and so…let the good times roll!


Thanks to Alice and Cynthia for the suggestion! However, I just didn’t have the time to do the cartoon the way I wanted to and post it last Tuesday, so here is last week’s cartoon. This week. A little later, I’ll post today’s cartoon.

The background is by Art Siegel on Flickr and is used under a Creative Commons License.

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