Aby-a-Day – 9 November: Behind the scenes (Photoshop Friday)

This is a silly little thing…but I thought it was kind of interesting. With yesterday’s post with Kalle, Lorelai and Izaak, I only had two photos to work with…and in one of them, Zak’s head was blurry.

So, I found a different head.

And fixed it up to match the body in the photo.


And…well, you saw the result. A photo with a nice, sharp, Zak head.

Aby-a-Day – 29 October: National Cat Day (Hipstamatic Monday)

Today is National Cat Day in the States…and, having no ideas for a post today, I thought I’d just go round and take photos of the cats being themselves, with the Hipstamatic camera.


Alfred, napping on the sofa next to me, was the first.


Start with what’s close at hand, right?


Freddy was cool with whatever…


Next we have Jacoby, sleeping on our bed.


Hipstamatic makes that fun.


A lot of fun.


Next, we have Izaak in the kitchen.


He’s so much more food-oriented than Logan…


Freddy and Lorelai joined us in the kitchen.


Rory was so cute today…


She is so pretty.


And…just a little bit goofy.


Angel, meanwhile, was up in the cubby part of the cat tree.


She really loves it in there.


But it’s one of the few places in the world where she feels safe and secure.


Angel is an amazingly strong girlcat.

Aby-a-Day – 9 October: Crossword Cats (Cartoon Tuesday)

Crossword puzzles are very popular in Sweden. There are dozens of different crossword magazines available, and all the daily newspapers also publish them. A friend sent me this one from https://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/kulturdebatt/sveriges-korsordsmakare-var-korsordstradition-ligger-snart-i-spillror/Dagens Nyheter a year ago, and I recently found it whilst I was looking for something else.

I love it, of course, because it really illustrates a FIFe show’s layout. And the breed depictions are really nicely done. I couldn’t find much out this illustration at all, sadly, but I did find the artist, Ann-Charlotte Odén, on DeviantArt, so I may send her a message asking about it.

As for the translations: The top running pair are saying, “I suggest we start a sports club for cats instead!” (He’s probably a Turkish Angora) The other cat is saying “Okay!”

“Ouch! He only had 10 points to go to 100!” says the Abyssinian.

The black silver classic tabby British Shorthair says, “That’s not the right way to hold (a cat)!” and the Cornish Rex agrees, saying, “Oj! What’s happening!?”

And the human is saying, “Ow! I pulled (a muscle) between my heel and calf!” I have no idea what that means…I suspect all of the comments are clues to the crossword puzzle itself.

Which means the answer to that last one is probably “Achilles.”

Aby-a-Day – 12 March: “Zow” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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


I’m not even sure that’s a real word.


Jacoby calls shenanigans.


“‘Zow’ isn’t a real word!”


Yeah I had no idea how to illustrate this. So here’s Jake at the Apple Store, standing tall in his stroller.

Aby-a-Day – 9 January: “Waltz” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

I just don’t even know what to do with that. So here’s a photo of Jacoby’s 19 day old nephew (his brother Dillin’s son) with his mother Georgie that Sherry posted on the Pellburn Abys Facebook page. Because…to get kittens, it takes two to tango? I have no idea.

Aby-a-Day – August 20: That’s the good thing about cats. They’ll work for scale (Cartoon Tuesday)

The thing about being a visual person is, someone will say something and I’ll be so intrigued by it I just have to draw it. The other day Meg said: “Say…there’s an idea; Jake … as a storm chaser. You could base it on “Sharknado.” (He) could be crazy looking…AND looking for some other sort of “Fishnado.”

Yeah…so…I didn’t actually get into a lot detail with the cat part of the vision, but…


Enough said.

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