Aby-a-Day – 29 May: The Jake and Coco Show (Selfie Sunday)

You remember when you were a little kid, and you would put on “shows” to entertain family and friends? Some of us did them live in the living room, others (like me) would record “radio shows” on tape, and today they’re making mp4 movies and loading them onto YouTube.


But I think we all did it at some point. And lately, in our nightly FaceTime sessions with Björn, I feel like Jacoby and I have been putting on the “Jake and Coco Show.”


“Come on, Jake…do you have anything to say to the nice people out there in FaceTime land?”




“No? Nothing? What, has the cat got your tongue?”


“How about a kiss, then?”


“No? Okay well I wouldn’t kiss me either after that joke.”


“Better now?”


Then I got up for some reason, and Jake didn’t want to be alone onscreen without his sidekick.


So he followed me.


But don’t think for a second that he doesn’t know where the camera is at all times.

Aby-a-Day – 8 May: Hotel FaceTime (Selfie Sunday)

Last weekend at the Seacoast show, Jacoby and I hat a hotel room all to ourselves.


So of course we FaceTimed with Björn.


Because why wouldn’t we?


I tried to get Jake to wave to his dad.


Jake was not into waving.


I tried to convince him that it would be a cute thing to do.


He was having none of that.


Look at his face: “Mom…come on…seriously?”


And then later, after I was sound asleep, Björn captured this shot of Jake tromping around the room.

Aby-a-Day – 1 May: The reason I’m late to work (Selfie Sunday)

Sometimes, when the alarm goes off, this happens.


Jacoby comes and cuddles with me.


And by “cuddle,” I mean “he lies on top of me with his full weight.”


And you can’t tell from the photos, but Jake is purring like crazy.


Did I say, “like crazy”? Make that “diabolically.” He lies on me with his full weight and purrs like a diabolical madman.


He does not want me to get up and go to work. And let’s face it…I don’t disagree with him.

Aby-a-Day – 10 April: Hug it out (Selfie Sunday)

While Jacoby and I were FaceTiming with Björn on night, I impulsively swept him up into a hug.


Jake, not Björn, of course.


Hey, you gotta get your hugs when you can! Both of them are very huggable, though.


“No hugs, mom! I’m a boycat!”

Aby-a-Day – 25 March: The first time Strollercat went to the Apple Store (Friday Flashback)

The very first time Jacoby went to the Apple Store was back in 2011, when we went to get our brand new iPhone 3. It was a Massachusetts sales tax holiday, so everyone was trying to get a phone to save money, and we had to stand in line for a while.


That was his first, tiny stroller.


He seemed to enjoy himself.


And then, just for comparison, here we are on our most recent trip.


He still enjoys coming out on errands with me!

Aby-a-Day – 2 March: Wordless Wednesday (This is my life now)


Aby-a-Day – February 28: Out and About with Strollercat (Selfie Sunday)

So the display on my MacbookPro was acting up…and, as any owner of an Apple product knows, this can mean only one thing…a trip to the Genius Bar!


Since it’s been crazy warm in Boston lately – especially for February! – I took my buddy Jacoby with me to reacquaint Boston with Strollercat.


Here we are on Boylston Street…in February…without even a jacket on!

Aby-a-Day – 10 January: Sympathetic selfies (Selfie Sunday)

I have to go back to work tomorrow. So not ready. This was the longest vacation I’ve ever taken in almost ten years…


…and it doesn’t help that I’ve basically been living in pajamas, watching Law & Order and sleeping erratically since I got back on Wednesday. Luckily, I have my one-cat ruddy cheer-up brigade.


These are just some selfies I took of myself and Jacoby last night while Facetiming with Björn.


Jake is very hard-headed when it comes to snapping people out of funks. He was purring (and drooling) a lot while I was taking these.


“Come on, Mom! Cheer up and pet me!”

Aby-a-Day – November 1: Driving to Nemo (Selfie Sunday)

When Jacoby and I went to the NEMO show a couple of weeks ago, we took the MBTA to Attleboro and met up with Meg, and then we drove to Sturbridge.


While Meg was collecting her things to bring to the show, Jake and I waited in the car, and I amused myself by taking some selfies of us to send to Björn.


I had just gotten my new iPhone 6s, and this was my first big chance to try it out.


It was actually the only camera I used at the show – all the photos I took were with my phone. I guess that shows how far smartphone cameras have come, eh?


Of course, the front camera is never as good as the rear one, and there’s no flash…


…but who needs a flash in the morning sun, anyway?


Despite the early hour, I was happy to be going to a cat show again! And Jake was happy that he got to ride the whole way sitting on my lap, not in a carrier.

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And, just for fun, here’s a few photos of the gorgeous autumn foliage we saw on our way to Sturbridge.


Of course, New England is famous for the brilliant fall foliage.

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Fortunately, this is one thing I won’t miss in Sweden. The leaves turn pretty colours there, too.

Aby-a-Day – October 18: “What are you wearing, Jake from State Farm” (Selfie Sunday)

While at the NEMO show last weekend, I had to take a couple of selfies with the famous Jake from State Farm.


And of course, Jacoby obliged me, as he always does.


Well, he mostly obliged me. But in this one you can really see the little State Farm pin I found for Jake to wear on the collar of his polo shirt.


Here you can see Jake’s infamous khakis.


Okay, so this one isn’t exactly a selfie…but you can really see our costumes and my prop cordless landline phone. Not only was this one of my most perfect costumes…but it was also the most comfortable!

Aby-a-Day – October 11: Live from the NEMO show (Selfie Sunday)

The third New England Meow Outfit (NEMO) show was this weekend, and of course Jacoby and I went.


There was wifi in the show hall, so on Saturday, I FaceTimed with Björn. He got to meet many of my friends, virtually, via FaceTime.


While we were chatting, he took these screenshots of me and Jake. So here you can see what we look like – candidly – at a cat show!

Aby-a-Day – September 13: FaceTime with Björn (Selfie Sunday)

In case you were wondering how I’ve been spending my weekends lately…


This is pretty much it. FaceTime with Björn…and Jacoby.

Aby-a-Day – August 23: Wakey, wakey, eggs and Jakey! (Selfie Sunday)

Who needs an alarm clock when you have a hungry Abyssinian?


I don’t usually feed Jacoby in the morning, but that doesn’t seem to affect my wake up calls.


It would be nice if he could learn the concept of weekends, though…

Aby-a-Day – August 22: “Beard” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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


Cat bearding is a thing.


No, I’m serious.


It really is a thing.


And it’s a thing I’ve been meaning to try with Jacoby.


I actually first heard of cat bearding two years ago…so I’ve been wanting to try this for a while now.


Jake…Not so much


We totally failed at it. But at least we had fun trying.

Well, at least I had fun…

Aby-a-Day – July 30: Art Beat Loops

As we do every July, Jacoby and I went to Somerville’s ArtBeat festival. This year’s theme was “Loops.”


As always, we stopped to visit our friend Kim at Stella Marie Soap.



She’s always so happy to see me and Jake.


We also stopped to look at the M.U.S.C.R.A.T. bus.


With its ears, it reminds me of the Cat Tank in the webcomic Stand Still Stay Silent.



This year, there was a lot of sidewalk chalk art. Some that you were allowed to touch…



…And some that you weren’t.


All in all, we had a really gerat time, the two of us.


It was a little bittersweet, though, since we probably won’t be able to go next year.


And our unbroken string of ArtBeat dogcat tags (16 for me, 6 for Jake), will have to come to an end.

Aby-a-Day – July 24: Portraiture (Fashion Friday)

At ArtBeat this year there was a young woman, Angela DeCarlis, doing pencil portraits.


Of course, I wanted to get one done of Jacoby and me.


She sketched me first, and while we waited Jake had a lot of attention from passersby.


Once she had me down, she had me pose with Jake.


While we were posing together, Rachel from the Somerville Arts Council passed by – she was one of the people in charge of the Copy Cat Festival we were part of a couple of years ago!


She took these photos of me and Jake while we were sitting. I’m showing off our ArtBeat tags.


If Jake looks a little grumpy on my lap, it’s because he just really wanted to back in his stroller. That’s his safe zone, his territory – and also the secret to how I’m able to go to places like ArtBeat with him. As long as he’s got his stroller, he’s happy.

And here’s how our portrait turned out! I kind of wish I was smiling…but other than that, it’s pretty dead-on. What do you think?

Aby-a-Day – May 3: More friends met

One of the best things about going to cat shows is, I have a chance to meet people in person that I know online, either through this blog or through the Abyssinian Cat Club on Facebook.

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At the Seacoast Club Cat Show this weekend, I got to meet two of my Abyfriends in person!

The first friend I met was Ellen Fair, but I didn’t manage to get any photos of her with Jacoby. She gifted me with a copy of the 1987 Connoisseur magazine featuring Abyssinians, along with recent issues of Art+Auction and Modern Painters. If you haven’t seen the Connoisseur Abyssinian feature (with photos by William Wegman), you should try to find a copy. I’d share my copy, but I’m afraid I’d get in trouble.

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The other friend I met is Amy Tiedemann, who, you may remember, two years ago commissioned a pair of Aby plushies for her two daughters in college. She recently lost her two boys, Ricky and Rusty (the two meant to be commemorated by the plushies) and is waiting for two kittens to join her female Aby.

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She was thrilled to meet Jake.

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When asked what it was like to hold Jake, Amy said, “Jake is very handsome with sleek, shiny fur. As we currently only have a very petite female Aby that doesn’t like being held, it was wonderful to cuddle with him!!”

Of course, turnabout is fair play, so here is the photo that Amy took of me with Jake.

Richard (aka Chanan) also showed me his new camera, a Sony SLT that works with other makers’ lenses. It makes my camera seem like a dinosaur! But it was so wonderful to have someone I consider an idol to stop to have a conversation like that with me.

Aby-a-Day – April 17: All Jake’s Birthdays (Friday Flashback)

Tuesday, of course, was Jacoby’s birthday. Here he is at all his birthdays:


Jake, along with his brother Dillin and his sister Scarlet. I think they’re about two days old in this photo, but it’s as close to his original birthday as I have.


Here he is on his first birthday, with his first birthday cake.


This is Jake’s second birthday. No fear of fire whatsoever, as you can see.


On Jake’s third birthday, he graduated to a number candle.


Jake never waits for his candle to be blown out before he starts eating his cake!


His fifth birthday was the first one in our new apartment.


And now he is six! And what an amazing six years it’s been. Happy birthday, Pellburn Jacoby Stealin’ Home!

Aby-a-Day – October 4: “Entwine” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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


This photo says it all…

Aby-a-Day – September 3: Wordless Wednesday (Joan Bernstein’s Costume Contest Photos)