Aby-a-Day – August 31: Think different (Miniature Monday)

While searching the internet for parts to restore the iMac cat bed to mint condition (sans innards), I discovered the most wonderful thing: a miniature iMac!


Well, of course I had to get one. Turns out, it was pretty easy to modify, too. The screen came right out with a minimum of hassle – much easier than the real one!


It also just so happens to be the perfect size for the Elleo Jacoby ball jointed doll.


I even made a little cushion for it…just like the big one!

Aby-a-Day – August 30: Would you like chips with that?

Bringing a domestic cat (or dog or ferret) into Sweden as a permanent resident seems to be a lot easier than importing a human. At least some things about this will be easy!


The regulations are intended to prevent the spread of rabies in Sweden, but the rules are acutally set by the European Union. Dogs, cats and ferrets that travel within the EU must be identity marked with a microchip and vaccinated against rabies.


Well, since Massachusetts also requires cats and dogs to be vaccinated against rabies, that’s not a problem.


The microchip was a bit more problematic. The EU requires a 15-digit ISO microchip. Angel’s was already the correct type, but Jacoby had a domestic, 9-digit chip. Not only that, but his chip had migrated to the front of one shoulder, where his collarbone would be if he had one.


So Jake had to have a new microchip implanted.


In case you’ve never seen an actual microchip, this is what it looks like. And it’s tiny – literally the size of a grain of basmati rice.



Both Jake and Angel also needed to get their blood drawn to test their rabies titres. This is the level of rabies antibodies present in their systems. Because I keep them up to date on their shots, they’re both fine and can go to Sweden at any time.


I wish it were that easy for humans. I mean, I have had my rabies shots, too!

Aby-a-Day – August 29: “Public” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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


The last time Jacoby and I were in public was ArtBeat in Somerville last month.


We usually go out in public a lot more often, especially in summer, but this summer has been a little unusual to say the least.


Since Jake’s leash is attached to my waist, and not to his stroller, he can hop out and walk when he feels like it. When we first got off the T at Davis Square, Jake decided he wanted to see something.


He was clearly a cat on a mission.


But what was he after?


Oh. All righty, then.

Aby-a-Day – August 28: “Ugg…” (Fashion Friday)

You know what the best thing to do in the heat of summer is?


Buying winter boots! I love Uggs – I’ve been wearing them since the early 90’s, long before they were “popular.”


And yes, they can be quite expensive. Well-made footwear usually is, but, being well-made, they also last a long time if you take care of them properly. Last week I managed to find a pair of Bailey I Do! boots on eBay for a fantastic price – $100 less than the list price!


Of course, I can’t take a photo of anything without Jacoby’s assistance.


I think he was really interested in the glittery soles of these Uggs.


After a thorough examination, I think they pass inspection and meet with Jake’s approval. What a relief!

Aby-a-Day – August 27: Must be a full moon, or something…

…because despite yesterday’s post, this has been happening recently:


I mean, just look! It’s Angel…sleeping near Jacoby!


And not hissing at him! Maybe there’s hope after all!

Aby-a-Day – August 26: Wordless Wednesday (Don’t mess with Angel!)




Aby-a-Day – August 25: Finger painting (Cartoon Tuesday)

Still more cat art from my childhood archive. This time, that venerable, age-old staple of preschooldom: tempura finger paint!


I believe I did this one when I was four years old (and going to preschool, because my mom would NEVER have let me do something as messy as fingerpainting at home)…so this would have been 1969. Isn’t he a happy cat, though?