Aby-a-Day – 8 January: The weather outside is…not that frightful, actually

Here in Skövde, there hasn’t been much snow (especially compared to back in Boston)…but here is Alfred observing his very first snowfall.

Aby-a-Day – December 29: Snö! (Cartoon Tuesday)

It finally snowed here in Skövde yesterday! Not quite a white Christmas, but close.

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I’ve been drawing on my iPad again, using both Paper by 53 and Photoshop Sketch. This picture of Jacoby is actually based on the view of the first snow from Björn’s living room window. I’m pretty proud of it, since I haven’t been drawing that much lately.

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Of course, I also drew this picture of Lutfisk after a traditional Christmas day dinner at Björn’s parents’ house…so don’t expect a brilliant comeback of my cartoons anytime soon…

Aby-a-Day – May 1: Warm and Wonderful Feline Fashions (Fashion Friday)

I actually got a chance to try out Angel’s new purple parka in some actual snow before it all melted away.

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I took these photos in our courtyard the day before Easter.

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We still had a good amount of snow on the ground then, as you can see. We actually still had snow in our courtyard as late as April 17.

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I took Angel out into the little snow patch so we could see how her coat stands up to real outdoor use. She meowed a LOT while we were out there…I am not sure if she missed Jacoby or if she was just especially chatty about being outside.

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It was a quick outing, so I didn’t bother with her harness and leash. I did put on her undershirt though.

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The sleeves seem to be about the right length. I like the way the faux fur ruff frames her face. It really is a perfect coat for her.

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Here’s how it looks from the back. It seems like it’s a good length and covers her back well.

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And she can walk in it with no problems.

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She may not like walking, but the coat doesn’t hinder her. Next step: boots!

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That should be interesting…

Speaking of fashionable Abys, I also wanted to share these photos of our friends Sanna and Sketsi strolling about on a spring day in Helsinki.

Aren’t they adorable?

Sketsi is modeling his bomber jacket and knit cap that Jake and I sent him in one of our box exchanges.

Sketsi’s a boy. He just likes pink, but he’s secure in his neutered manhood. Sanna says that Sketsi is one of those males who can rock pink.

He was seagull watching on this outing.

There goes one now, apparently.

He really likes his pink knitted cap from our friend Sara at ScooterKnits. And, speaking of Sara and her infamous cat hats…she’s written a how-to book with patterns to knit or crochet your own cat hats! How awesome is that?

Also, please note that
her book‘s cover model is none other than Vivi, a red silver Abyssinian!

The book has patterns for the Pom-Pom and the Elf hats that Jake and Angel have…but the infamous Mistletoe hat is not included.

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I’m still hoping she makes the Hanukkah Hat someday…

Aby-a-Day – April 11: “Yet” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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The calendar may say it’s April 11th, and Easter may have come and gone…

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…but it snowed again in Boston this past Wednesday.

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So despite what the calendar may tell you…

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…in Boston…

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…it’s not spring yet.

Aby-a-Day – March 24: If New York is the city that doesn’t sleep, Boston must be the city with narcolepsy (Cartoon Tuesday)

This is another one that I should have done earlier, back when the MBTA was shut down because of the snow.

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The problem was, to finish this concept I needed a photo of the Broadway T station with the gate closed during the day, which doesn’t happen very often. Finally, it happened the Sunday of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, so I was able to get this cartoon out of my head and into this blog.

And this is a town that thinks it can handle the Summer Olympics. It can’t even keep its transit system running on a random Tuesday.

Strollercat is NOT amused with the T’s shenanigans.

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

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.