Aby-a-Day – May 1: Warm and Wonderful Feline Fashions (Fashion Friday)

I actually got a chance to try out Angel’s new purple parka in some actual snow before it all melted away.

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I took these photos in our courtyard the day before Easter.

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We still had a good amount of snow on the ground then, as you can see. We actually still had snow in our courtyard as late as April 17.

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I took Angel out into the little snow patch so we could see how her coat stands up to real outdoor use. She meowed a LOT while we were out there…I am not sure if she missed Jacoby or if she was just especially chatty about being outside.

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It was a quick outing, so I didn’t bother with her harness and leash. I did put on her undershirt though.

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The sleeves seem to be about the right length. I like the way the faux fur ruff frames her face. It really is a perfect coat for her.

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Here’s how it looks from the back. It seems like it’s a good length and covers her back well.

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And she can walk in it with no problems.

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She may not like walking, but the coat doesn’t hinder her. Next step: boots!

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That should be interesting…

Speaking of fashionable Abys, I also wanted to share these photos of our friends Sanna and Sketsi strolling about on a spring day in Helsinki.

Aren’t they adorable?

Sketsi is modeling his bomber jacket and knit cap that Jake and I sent him in one of our box exchanges.

Sketsi’s a boy. He just likes pink, but he’s secure in his neutered manhood. Sanna says that Sketsi is one of those males who can rock pink.

He was seagull watching on this outing.

There goes one now, apparently.

He really likes his pink knitted cap from our friend Sara at ScooterKnits. And, speaking of Sara and her infamous cat hats…she’s written a how-to book with patterns to knit or crochet your own cat hats! How awesome is that?

Also, please note that
her book‘s cover model is none other than Vivi, a red silver Abyssinian!

The book has patterns for the Pom-Pom and the Elf hats that Jake and Angel have…but the infamous Mistletoe hat is not included.

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I’m still hoping she makes the Hanukkah Hat someday…

Aby-a-Day – April 22: Wordless Wednesday (Whattaya mean, there’s still snow on the ground!?)

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Aby-a-Day – March 23: Snow Angel (Hipstamatic Monday)

When we went out on our snow adventure, I tried to take some Hipstamatic shots with my iPhone.

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However, my iPhone is getting old, and it’s been doing this thing lately where it gets to between 40% and 60% charged and then it just…dies…saying it needs to be charged! When two seconds earlier it was showing it had plenty of remaining battery life.

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Apparently, this phenomenon is exacerbated by cold weather.

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It’s really a pain. I need a new iPhone. But we’re waiting for the 6s to come out. That and I’m not crazy about the iPhones becoming bigger and bigger.

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Talk about reverse evolution! Cellphones started out as enormous bricks, and as they improved on them, phones gradually became smaller and smaller…until they became “smart.” Then they started getting huge again. Thin…but huge. Pretty soon we’re all going to be walking around talking into our iPads.

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I’m also kind of annoyed that Apple doesn’t make a yellow leather case for the 6 or the 6 plus. My 5 has a yellow leather case to match my iPad’s yellow leather case (which, apparently, they also no longer make.)

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I love the leather cases for iPhones and iPads, by the way. There’s something kind of awesome about puttting something so modern and high tech into a case made of something so primal and natrual. Leather is a truly amazing material. It can be made as soft as a piece of silk or as hard as armour. Humans may have invented the iPhone, but they haven’t invented anything quite like leather.

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If only humans could invent a damn iPhone battery that would hold a charge…

Aby-a-Day – March 12: “I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show. “

Last Saturday was bright and fairly warm – almost 40°f/5°c – so I took Jacoby and Angel out for some more snow photos.

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We were going to try to go into the courtyard, but the snow was still blocking the door, so we went to our little spot near Rolling Bridge Park behind the Welder’s place.

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Jake has been to this little park many, many times, and Angel has been there, too…but never with snow on the ground.

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Since it was fairly warm, I didn’t make Jake wear his boots (and I didn’t even try to put them on Angel). I think he was actually happier without them!

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It was really cute the way Angel stuck to Jake like glue. In the house, she hisses and growls at him if he even looks in her direction. But outside…

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…she loves him!

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(You may remember this from June 2013…at the same park!)

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Jake, of course, knew where we were, and went off to explore.

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Angel did not like that.

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When we’ve been here in the summer, Jake likes to go watch the cars go by through the chain link fence.

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At least, I think he’s watching cars. I really have no idea.

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I’m not sure why he likes to do this…

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…but sometimes he sees his friend Romeo from the welders’ place next to the park.

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Winter is apparently no different than summer to Jake.

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He went to the fence to watch the cars (or whatever), the same as always.

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So Angel went, too.

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I’m not sure if she wanted to see what he was looking at, or if she just didn’t want to be alone…

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…but dammit, she was going to go look at whatever Jake was looking at!

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She had a hard time finding a place to settle where she could see.

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I don’t think Angel knows what Jake’s looking at, either.

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Jake decided to move to a different part of the fence.

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“Are you kidding me!?”

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Apparently there were better things to look at through the fence over under the trees.

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Needless to say, Angel went trudging after him.

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And off they went to look through the fence, together. I wish they got along this well in the house, because it really is cute to see them as a team.

Aby-a-Day – January 2: Prêt à Porter de Paris (Fashion Friday)

Jacoby and I did a little holiday gift swap with our Facebook friend Juliette Mok.

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Juliette made an admiring comment on Jake’s bomber jacket, and wanted to get one for her Aby, Lamé.

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Juliette and Lamé live in Paris, so she couldn’t just order the bomber jacket from Petco. So I offered to buy it and mail it to her.

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In exchange, she offered to send me something from ZooPlus, a French pet store.

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We picked the Norwegian Sweater. To go with it, Jake also got this Scandinavian-style scarf.

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The scarf is a little wide for Jake’s neck, I think…but the sweater is magnificent. Feline fashion direct from Paris!

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I think Jake likes it, too…thank you, Juliette and Lamé!

And here is Lamé, in his new bomber jacket! Isn’t he dashing?

I also sent a bomber jacket to my friend Sanna-Leena in Finland for her fawn Aby, Sketsi.

Even though Sketsi lives in Helsinki, this was his first experience with snow. He also wore the knitted hat I sent him last winter. Maybe next time, I’ll need to send him some boots like Jake has, too.

Abyssinians are fashionable all over the world!

Other People’s Abys – Québécoise Fashioniste (Fashion Friday)

I just had to share this wonderful photo of Abyfriend Diane’s Québécoise girl Alibi in her Canada Goose coat.

Looks like Jacoby has competition in the Aby parka department! It must be a Canadian thing.

Aby-a-Day – September 19: He’s the bomb! (Fashion Friday)

I found a bomber jacket to match Jacoby’s trapper hat, and of course I had to get it for him!

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He really likes it.

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It matches his hat so well!

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It’s really a nicely made jacket, too. It zips up the back, and it has leash loops at the top of the zipper.

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There’s a stretchy panel at the chest, and the jacket is insulated with a fleece lining.

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Jake knows he looks good in it! And it’s so warm.

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When I first tried the jacket on him, Jake was napping in the leopard bed.

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He was a little sleepy…

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He was having a lot of trouble keeping his eyes open…

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He actually fell asleep wearing his new jacket…I couldn’t take it off him while he was sleeping, so I just left it on.

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It must be very comfortable to wear!
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He slept wearing his jacket for three hours.

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He didn’t wake up and let me take it off him until it was time to eat.

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He was purring pretty hard when I was taking these photos, too…I recorded it to save the sound for posterity!