Aby-a-Day – 4 Juli: The rain in Spain stays mainly on the Fred (Thursday Things)

Our part of Sweden and New England have a lot in common, including summer weather. We can have many rainy days in a row in the middle of summer, both here and there. Of course, the cats don’t realise this; to them, outside is outside, regardless of weather.


Until they actually go outside and find out it’s raining. This was a couple of weeks ago. Lorelai had gone out to run, despite the rain. I went back to grab my camera in order to capture the silly girl running in the rain…but she had had enough of the water falling out of the sky and ran back in when I opened the door…but Alfred ran out as she was running in.


It didn’t take him long to understand why Rory actually wanted to come back inside.


Nope, nope, nope, nope…



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.)