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 22: I love the winter weather

It may be spring according to the calendar, but it actually snowed in Boston yesterday.

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Jacoby seems to really enjoy going out in snow.

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As I posted last week, he’s been out in the snow several times. He’s always been very interested in the cold white stuff.

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Maybe it’s his Canadian heritage, but he’s a regular snow cat.

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Most of the time, anyway. Hey, snow is slippery!

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I think I see why he dislikes his boots, though.

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Look at that grabby hand action! I don’t like wearing shoes or gloves, either, so I can see his point.

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The snow was deep, and at one point Jake was exploring my boot prints.

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I guess he figured if I’d been there, it must be safe to walk there. After all, he’s smaller and lighter than I am, so if I didn’t sink in, he wouldn’t either.

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I understand he doesn’t like wearing his boots, but I do worry about his feet getting cold without them. I know cats’ paws are better insulated against cold and heat than our feet are, but they still can’t handle snow as well as their wild, snow-loving cousins like lynxes and snow leopards.

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After all, domestic cats are descended from desert cats, not snow cats.

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Luckily, Jake loves wearing his coats and sweaters.

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We’re going to need to work on the wearing boots thing, I think.

Aby-a-Day – March 15: “Let’s go home…”

I thought this was cute. Once I decided we’d all had enough of playing in the snow, I stood up and told Jacoby it was time to go home.

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“Come on, Jake, let’s go! Get in your stroller, buddy!”

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Once I’d gotten Jake to where he could actually see his stroller, he started trotting down the path to where I’d left it.

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(Pausing to examine an interesting hole, of course!)

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But the most adorable thing was, as soon as Angel saw Jake walking towards the stroller, she started to follow him.

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I think she was following him more to see where he was going, rather than because she knew where the stroller was, though.

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It was awfully cute to watch her trundle along after Jake down the little path. They’re such good friends when I take them outside together…I wish she’d get along with him in the apartment like she does when they’re out in the park!

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“Come on, Angel! Hurry up!”

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“Okay, Mom! We’re all ready…let’s go home!”

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Also, just for fun…here’s what this area looks like in the summer!

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 – March 11: Wordless Wednesday (Walking in an almost spring wonderland)

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Aby-a-Day – November 23: “Over” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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A couple of weeks ago, Jacoby and I went for a little walk out to Rolling Bridge Park and on the way home we walked along Foundry Street.

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There’s a chain link fence there at the back of a little park.

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For some reason, Jake decided he felt like climbing!

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I bet dog people never have this problem when they go out for walkies!

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He totally would have gone up and over, too, if I hadn’t stopped him!

Aby-a-Day – November 16: Wordless Wednesday (Carpe diem nichil faciendo)

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