Aby-a-Day – 19 March: “Storm” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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


We’ve had some crazy weather lately. It’s been raining for two days (this was the sky yesterday), and it’s even supposed to snow tomorrow night!

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But we all know the best place to be in during a storm, right?


That’s right! Your blanket fort!


Jacoby says he’ll be here till May…thank you and good night.

Aby-a-Day – 15 February: Cold Snap! (Hipstamatic Monday)

It’s been really cold in Boston this weekend. I mean, really cold.


This is how Angel coped with it. Smart girl, our Angel.

Aby-a-Day – April 2: The sun is a lie

We’ve had a few sunny days in amongst the rain and snow.


Despite the sun, it’s still wicked cold outside. It’s barely cracked 60° this “spring.”


The morning I took these photos, it was about 25°F.


In general, when you see a bright, sunny day in winter or early spring it usually means it’s cold outside. Clouds bring warmth.


Which is exactly the opposite of what Angel and I learned growing up in Northern California. There, clouds (especially fog) = cold.


It takes some getting used to. Fifteen years of living here and sometimes I still forget.


So, yeah, the sun is a lie.


At least, the sun outside is a lie.



The sun inside, however…


that sun is lovely and warm and perfect for bathing and napping. Even if the glass is a bit cold to lie against…

Abys (and Somalis) are Everywhere – Weather Whiskers

I am so behind on my “extra” posts, because I’ve been concentrating quite a bit on the cartoons. I have a collection of “other Aby” things to share, and this is one I’ve been meaning to get to for some time.

Weather Whiskers is a smartphone app that my sister got me hooked on last year. It’s just a weather app like the default one all phones come with…but with cats. It’s free, and it’s much more charming than the usual clouds, suns and lightning bolts that regular weather apps give you.

That’s right. Regular, as-accurate-as-any weather…

…just illustrated with cute, dressed up LOLcats.

Like this Oriental Shorthair.

And this Bombay.

But you know I wouldn’t be posting about this app if it was just random cats, no matter how awesome it was. Of course there’s an Aby connection.

I’ve seen this Somali for Fog and also for Hot & Sunny. I have not seen an actual Abyssinian yet, but…

…Weather Whiskers does feature this Frida Kahlo Aby on their Facebook page banner!

Aby-a-Day – June 12: The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra-la

Springtime in Boston is just so much more appreciated than springtime in most places I’ve lived. Jacoby and I were walking home from our visit at Fuller, and were just slammed by the scent of flowers. A lot of flowers.


We turned a corner and saw this.



A huge pile of amazingly fragrant purple flowers.



Jake had to get out and check them out.



He’s a firm believer in stopping to smell the roses…or, in this case, purple flowers.


I don’t know what kind of flowers these are, but they sure smelled great.


And they were in such an unexpected place!


Jake enjoyed checking them out, too.


He always enjoys taking little adventures on the way home from visits.


And it’s a good thing we stopped to appreciate them, too. The next time we went past this place, the flowers were almost entirely gone. Just like springtime in Boston, flowers are ephemeral and fleeting.

Aby-a-Day – October 8: Stormy weather (Cartoon Tuesday)

This was inspired by something Abyfriend Kelli said about her two girls, Allie and Emmy.


Jacoby doesn’t seem to mind the rain…but neither does anyone else in our house.

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

Aby-a-Day – February 10: Snow show

We decided to leave for the show last night after the driving ban was lifted.


I was glad we did. The show hall was great, and it was a hotel show, which is always so much easier. It was good to see Meg again…


…As well as Cousin Taz…


…and little Cousin Fire, Taz’s nephew.


Today was a gorgeous day, bright, clear, and sparkling white.


I gave Tessie the option of checking out the snow (I gave Jacoby the same option, but he didn’t even want to get close to the open door without one of his coats on).



She was not a fan.


Jake, as usual, made a great first impression…




He’s always so congenial in the ring.




But he actually did really well today. Out of five rings, he ended up making three of the finals, placing 8th Best Allbreed, 7th Best Allbreed, and 4th Best Shorthair Specialty.


In fact, in his last ring, the judge, Marsha Ammons, said, “I’ve seen this cat in the media!” Meg and I said, “Yep, he was on the front of the Herald. He’s Strollercat.” I ask judges to sign all of Jake’s rosettes, and Marsha wrote “Congratulations to Strollercat” on her rosette. How awesome is that?


Tessie was a star in the Household Pets class. Showing HHP is fun, and different from showing the purebred classes. Many judges ask the exhibitors to come up and tell their cat’s story. That’s always interesting.


One thing almost every judge said was that they could tell Tessie had been at a few shows because she handled it like a pro. But actually, she’s only been to two shows before today, and those were back in 2007.


There was a rescue Chinchilla Persian in HHP, too. It was interesting to see her next to Tessie, since Asian breed actually started with an accidental mating between a European Burmese and a Chinchilla Persian. You can see that Tessie does have some Persian in her ancestry (along with Abyssinian, of course).



Tessie was the star of the day. She was named Best HHP in three rings, and took 3rd Best and 8th Best in the other two! I was so proud of her. She’s going to be 10 years old this August, not that you’d ever know it to look at her.


You go, Tessie girl!

There was one disappointment, though. John Rutherford from Ataraxia Abyssinians was meant to be there – in fact, he was meant to be set up on the other side of me! I’ve not met him yet, and he’s Cousin Toki’s breeder…it would have been nice to finally meet him. Ah well, perhaps next time.