Aby-a-Day – 23 January: Would I lie to you, baby?

Cats lie.

Cats lie if it suits their purposes.

When Alfred and Logan were kittens, they got a mid-meal snack. One day, when I was in Swedish language class and Björn was home, I wanted to let him know they’d already had their snack for the day. I messaged him, “I already fed the kittens a snack, so don’t believe Logan’s lies.”

Inspired by that, I drew this:


It says, “No…mamma has not given us food…”

Aby-a-Day – July 18: “Cross” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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


When we went to the vet for everyone’s annual check-up, the Abys wandered about the exam room while Tessie and Kylie stayed in their rolling carrier.



Kylie, especially, seemed to prefer it in there.


As shy as Angel can be…in true Aby fashion, she’d still rather be exploring and not in a carrier!


However, at one point, Jacoby came and sat down right on top of Kylie and Tessie’s carrier…which does not have a rigid or reinforced top. And as you saw on Thursday, Jake weighs a good 10lbs plus.


I guess you could say Kylie and Tessie – especially Tessie – were a bit cross about him sitting on top of them!

Aby-a-Day – March 17: “St Patrick – one of the few saints whose feast day presents the opportunity to get determinedly whacked” (Cartoon Tuesday)

This cartoon was actually a lot funnier when I thought of it two weeks ago before the snow started melting. Still, despite last week’s meltdown, there were still some significant snow piles on the ground, the parade route was shortened because of the snow we’ve had, and it did actually snow later in the afternoon on parade day Sunday.


So, maybe it’s not as funny as it might have been, but it’s still funny. It’s funny because it’s true.

Also, the interesting thing about snow piles is, when they melt, they kind of shrink. So they’re still there, they just become shorter and shorter.

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

Aby-a-Day – September 16: “Buttered up” (Cartoon Tuesday)

There are so many funny memories of Gun-Hee…including the time he stole butter.


Today would have been his 8th birthday.

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

Aby-a-Day – September 2: “Waste not, want not” (Cartoon Tuesday)

It’s amazing how fast Jacoby can jump up on the counter between the time I open the can and the time I dump the food in the dish. I haven’t actually dumped it on his head…yet…but I’ve come close.


This is the first cartoon I drew entirely with my Wacom Intuos tablet. No paper at all. It’s not easy though; this cartoon was simple, but it seemed to take three times as long to finish as doing it the old-fashioned, paper and ink and scan way. I really want to use this thing, but it feels so clumsy. I’m not sure the drawing looks as good as it would have if I’d drawn it on paper, either, but the outlines are definitely cleaner than a scan would be. What do you think?

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

Aby-a-Day – August 5: “Every Bite You Take” (Cartoon Tuesday)

This week’s cartoon was inspired by a photo and a caption that Mike Ruemmler posted on the Abyssinian Cat Club Facebook page. The combination of his photo and the lyrics he provided was just too much to resist…


“Every bite you take, every meal you make, if you broil a steak, anything you bake, we’ll be watching you…. Oh can’t you see? That ham belongs to me. Oh how my poor heart breaks with every bite you take…”

If eating with Abys had a theme song, this would be it.

This is also the first cartoon I drew using my new Wacom Intuos tablet. It’s not easy though; this cartoon was simple, so I did about half of it the old way, and half with the tablet. It’s a learning process, but I do like drawing without paper. Also, just for fun, the font I used is called “Glutton Man.”

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

Aby-a-Day – July 13: Boxception

So we were finally doing some unpacking, and we had a load of boxes to take out to the recycling bin on the first floor. We logically put the smaller boxes inside the larger ones to make it easier to carry them all in one go.


As I posted a few months ago, Jacoby is a little obsessed with our trips to take out recycling.



So it should not have surprised me when this happened.



Jake was so proud of himself.


And it was pretty impressive the way he managed to worm his way into the exact centre of all the boxes.


He did NOT want to come out of there, either.




Not at all.