Aby-a-Day – 9 April: “Lunch” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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Jacoby and Angel are always ready for lunch.

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And I do mean always. You may notice that it’s dark outside…

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…well, as Ford Prefect once said, “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” Or as Angel clearly believes, “Hey, it’s noon somewhere!”

Aby-a-Day – 7 April: House wine

I tend to prefer red wine, but when I drink white I prefer Pinot Grigio. I’ve also taken to drinking wine in boxes because it’s lighter, more convenient, and better for the environment! It’s also easier to store.

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Over the weekend I went to pick up some more, and discovered this Original House Wine from Walla Walla, Washington.

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Well, the moment I saw it, I knew this had to happen.

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Because, seriously, what could be better than opening your fridge and seeing Dr. House glaring at you?

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Of course Jacoby helped me.


If you’re an Abyssinian, you help. It’s what you do.


(Sounds like an ad for Geico, doesn’t it?)

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Jake approves of my handiwork! Dr. House, on the other hand, thinks I’m an idiot for drinking wine in a box.

Aby-a-Day – October 16: NEMO’s Infamous Costume Contest (Fashion Friday)


“Who are you talking to?”
“That sounds like a really good deal…uh, it’s Jake, from State Farm.”


“Jake, from State Farm, at three in the morning?! Who is this?”
“It’s Jake, from State Farm.”


“What are you wearing, ‘Jake from State Farm’?”




“Well, she sounds hideous.”
“Well, she’s a cat, so…”

In case you haven’t seen the original commercial…I’ve been wanting to do this since I came up with my April Fool’s image back in 2012:


But honestly, all the costumes this year were clever. We also had…


…Homer Simpson and a donut…


…Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf…






…My friend Charlotte and her tortie Colorpoint Shorthair Arwen as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (last year, they along with Charlotte’s cream-point, were Galadriel, Legolas and Arwen from The Lord of the Rings).



My friends Bob and Iris were Robin Hood and Maid Marian, along with Harold, a deer from Sherwood Forest.


This little girl was a princess, and her shaded Persian was her Prince Charming.



And last, but not least, we had a Harley biker gang.

And the winners were…


Charlotte and Arwen as Fred and Ginger! And in second place…

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Jake! From State Farm!


Charlotte and I were both thrilled to have won, having entered all three years with what were (according to other people and not just ourselves) ingenious and well-done costumes. As I told Charlotte, our victory wasn’t just this year’s costumes; like figure skating, our scores were based on our historical performance as well as the current one.

I’ll miss this contest when we move to Sweden, but FaceTiming with Björn while at the show gave me a brilliant idea. At the next show, I’ll FaceTime in during the contest, and I’ll be one of the judges!

Aby-a-Day: April 16: J.K., Phone Home (Cartoon Tuesday)

I often wonder what Jacoby thinks about the Jake Plushie Project…


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

Aby-a-Day – April 2: Gangnam Style (Cartoon Tuesday)

This is one of those things that’s been in my head for a while and then finally just came out, fully formed, like Athena.


What’s interesting about this is, the background is a photo I took of the neighbourhood we stayed at when we went to Seoul. What I didn’t know at the time is that we were actually staying in the Gangnam district! So Jacoby’s actually doing the horse dance in Gangnam-gu in this cartoon! Don’t you love it when things work out?


That video is just so spoof-worthy that I couldn’t just leave it at that…so here are a few more scenes from the video, featuring cameos by Angel, Cousin Taz and Cousin Fire. You have to admit, it’s kind of perfect. Jacoby could totally be in PSY’s videos.

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

Aby-a-Day – August 21: I’m gonna eat you, little fishy (Cartoon Tuesday)

Lately Jacoby has taken to going under the sofa* every chance he gets. I was telling my husband about it one morning when I couldn’t find Jake, so I shook his jar of dry food. He popped out from under the sofa, ate a piece of kibble, and then went straight back under again. “What is he doing down there?” my husband asked.


I think it’s probably something like this. I could totally see Jake as The Cat on Red Dwarf

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

*Although, I suppose since he’s Canadian, I should really call it a chesterfield, eh?