Aby-a-Day – 12 March: Takes a ticking and keeps on licking (Medical Monday)

Disclaimer: This post contains images of a disgusting, blood-sucking parasite…no, not the one currently occupying the White House…I am talking an actual arachnid. If you’re squeamish about creepy crawlies, you might want to scroll quickly.


The first summer we lived in Sweden, Jacoby went out on several outdoor expeditions in the tall grass on the slope near our apartment.


A day or two after one such outing, I petted Jake and felt…a lump. I inspected it more closely, and…EWWWWWWWwwwwwwwwwww!


It was a tick! A big, nasty, swollen, blood-engorged tick! I don’t do exoskeletal, multi-legged things (except lobsters, crabs and shrimp), but Björn grew up next to a lake in Sweden and has dealt with ticks many times. He even had the appropriate extraction tool at the ready.


Between cringing and making “ew” noises, I wasn’t much help.


So I just held Jake still and took photos.


I am so glad that Björn knows how to handle these monsters. It was hard enough just taking and editing the photos!


All I know about ticks is what I’ve read in the Warriors books, and I was fresh out of moss and mouse bile.


Of course, I could have always looked online for instructions on tick removal…but there was still that whole “I don’t do bugs” thing, so…


…it’s a good thing I have Björn.


Because…Ew! Ew-ew-ew-ew! EWWW!

Aby-a-Day – 26 January: Work in Progress (Cartoon Tuesday)

I’ve been postponing showing you all this one because I swore I’d finish it…but that was almost 8 months ago, so I thought I’d at least show you the sketch.

This goes back to when I met our friend Summer last May at BlogPaws.

As you may recall, I wasn’t allowed to bring Jacoby with me.

So I had to bring Flat Jake instead. This cartoon – which I had been planning to do about Jake and Summer finally meeting – is the result.

In some respect, Jake not going to BlogPaws is the reason I haven’t actually been able to finish this cartoon. Ever since I came back, things have been rather…interesting. But you know all about that.

Aby-a-Day – August 22: Peeping Queen

Well, a girlcat like Angel could hardly be called a peeping tom, now, could she?


Angel loves to look out the window of our apartment. She actually is more into than the other cats.


She especially loves the window when there are people swimming in the pool.


I’m not sure what attracts her more, the people moving around out there or the sparkling sunlight reflecting off the water. But she’ll stay glued to that window til the sun sets and the people go back inside.

Aby-a-Day – August 14: The Cat Days of Summer (Cartoon Tuesday)

Cats, descended from desert-dwellers, know how to cope with hot weather.


They also know how to take advantage of it.

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

Aby-a-Day – June 25: Lazy summer afternoon (Hipstamatic Monday)

It’s been really hot in Boston the past few days.


Even though we have air-conditioning, the hot weather still makes for sleepy afternoons.


Jacoby was napping in the “big bed” this weekend and I crept up to catch him in the act…


…I woke him up.


But that didn’t last long.


As soon as he realised that I was just taking photos of him again, he quickly lost interest.


“Okay, mom…I don’t need to be awake for this.”

Aby-a-Day – June 21: Summertime and the living is easy

It’s finally getting warm and sunny in Boston.


The other weekend, Jacoby and I went for a little walk along the Harborwalk, and we had a little picnic lunch on Fort Point Pier.


It’s really nice to sit there; the dock moves with the water and the gentle rocking is so relaxing.


Jake, my little daredevil, insisted on perching on the bracket that holds the dock onto the piling. I held his leash very tightly when he did that, but I didn’t want to be a helicopter pet parent who never allows a cat to explore.


Still, I wasn’t really able to relax unless he was on the wood Part of the dock.


He didn’t let me relax for long!


I think he just wanted to be as close to the water as he could get.


I didn’t see any fish, but I know they’re in the channel. While we were on the dock, I saw a cormorant come up with one in its beak. Maybe Jake could see them in the water even though I couldn’t.

Aby-a-Day – September 29: Farewell, summer

Baseball season is over, Sunday is runined dominated by football, and the carcasses of dead leaves litter the ground. Autumn is here, it seems. And once it falls, winter is never far behind.


I am sad that summer is over; because of my surgery and the nerve in my hip, I haven’t been able to walk as much as I usually do, and Jacoby and I weren’t able to have as many adventures as we should have.


Not, of course, that we can’t still go out now that it’s October, but we do live in New England and with every day that passes, we have to bundle up a little bit more. It’s not as easy to go out in the cold as it is to go out in warm weather.


And you can’t just lounge on the grass, basking in the sunshine on a lazy afternoon when the sun is already starting to set at 3pm.


Ah, well. As we like to say in Boston (and we seem to have to say it a lot), there’s always next year.