Aby-a-Day – 20 October: A right way and a wrong way to do things (Silly Saturday)

Sometimes cats are so funny.

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Clearly, Izaak thought that this was the best way to cuddle with Alfred. It doesn’t look either cuddly or comfortable for either party…but neither of them seemed to mind.

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They worked out the comfort thing eventually, though.

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Lorelai and Zak never have that problem. I guess it’s a size thing.

Aby-a-Day – 19 October: Come on kitties now…Everykitty get together (Flashback Photoshop Friday)

This morning, Facebook greeted me with a reminder of a post I made four years ago. I was challenged to post five photos of my cats, and I decided to post five group photos. Getting a photo of all the cats in the house together at the same time is harder than some might think. So, because of the reminder that Facebook sent me, I decided to post all the “family photos” I have been able to capture over the years.

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The oldest is this, of Sigrid, Harri, and Patrick cuddled together on my sofa. This was taken in autumn 1997. It looks cuddly, but actually Sigrid and Tricky were sleeping there, and Harri decided to squeeze in between them. Still cute, though.

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This is after I’d moved to Boston. Harri and Patrick had been joined by Tessie and Kylie. This is the first photo of all of them together.

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This is my favourite photo of this group. I even used it as a Christmas card.

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…And this would be the outtake of that photo…

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This was Christmas 2006. Harri had died in August and we had just adopted Gun-Hee.

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This photo is less posed, but more my favourite. Love Kylie’s arm!

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Another photo of Gun-Hee with Patrick, Kylie and Tessie, this time all gathered on our bed.

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This is another shot from that session, “arted up” in Photoshop.

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One evening, all the cats lined up on the back of the sofa.

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I had this shot…but Gun-Hee moved his head.

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Thanks to Photoshop, I was able to replace Gun-Hee’s head and make this into a usable image.

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This is another “art” composite photo. All of them were on the tree together, but this is multiple shots combined so each cat looks good.

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Food and the kitchen is a great way to get everyone together. Here we have (anticlockwise) Jacoby, Angel, Tessie and Kylie.

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However, they did have other motivations to gather together.

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After we moved to Sweden, the kitchen was more a gathering point than ever. Here we have Alfred, Jake, Angel, Logan and Pyret.

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And then, suddenly…our five cats became Jake, Freddy, Lorelai, Angel and Izaak.

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A collection that was also easier to gather in the kitchen.

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But they also gathered spontaneously on our bed! No Photoshop required.

Aby-a-Day – 18 October: Cuddle puddle in Kalle’s room (Thursday Things)

Kalle captured these photos a few days ago.

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Kalle has a lovechair/small sofa in his room, and the other day three cats decided it was the pefect napping spot.

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Nothing to see here…just Alfred, Lorelai, Izaak…and Izaak’s mousie.

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(As it turns out, Zak’s mousie is, in fact, an important member of this group.)

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Have you ever seen anything as adorable as these three?

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I mean, really…

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…The fact that Freddy is zonked out whilst the other two are alert and watching the camera speaks volumes.

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Of course, Freddy is so laid back, even that doesn’t faze him.

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It’s almost as if Zak was a blanket for Freddy.

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“He’s not heavy, he’s my brother.”

Aby-a-Day – 17 October: Wordless Wednesday (Some planets must be mad aligned right now)

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Aby-a-Day – 16 October: “People are proud of their tattoos. It’s like a modern coat of arms” (Cartoon Tuesday)

On Friday, Linus finished my tattoo honouring Gun-Hee and Logan

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This is just after the shading on Logan was finished. Linus worked hard to find just the exact right shades of brown.

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He really captured Logan’s expression and cute slight underbite.

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Here we are checking it out in the mirror.

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The green in Logan’s eyes should deepen as the tattoo heals.

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Because it’s hard to get the whole tattoo in one photo, Linus made a short video as well. I asked him to take one with my phone, so you can see it “live” by clicking on the image above.

Aby-a-Day – 15 October: “When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day” (Hipstamatic Monday)

Today is just a normal Monday Chez Hellqvist…Angel sleeping in her favourite brown bed…

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Unlike Logan, Izaak doesn’t share this bed with her. Oh, he tries to get in there with her…but where Logan ignored her when she hissed at him and got in anyway, Zak walks away and naps elsewhere.

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Next we have Jacoby in the manly pink kitty bed. Which looks even more pink in this shot.

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This film and lens tones the pink down quite a bit…but doesn’t really help.

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Next shot is just plain black and white..and, nope. Doesn’t look any more manly without the pink. Must be the fluffy, not the colour.

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Next we have Alfred.

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I made Golonka (Polish beer-braised pork hocks) tonight, and Freddy always loves to chew on the bones.

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Chomp, chomp…

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He’s growling at Lorelai in this photo. He doesn’t like to share…

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…no matter how big the bone is!

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“Okay, Rory…NOW you can have it. I’m finished with it.”

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Rory, meanwhile, has moved on and is playing in our bedroom.

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Never fear! Zak the SuperSinga is here!

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Never mind that that bone is bigger than his head!

Aby-a-Day – 14 October: “If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way” (Cinema Sunday)

Unlike Abyssinians, Singapuras are lap cats.

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Sit down, make a lap…get a Singa in it. Especially if you have on a dress or skirt; they seem to really like the hammock effect.

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But this story actually starts on Björn’s lap.

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Both Izaak and Lorelai wanted to be on Björn’s lap.

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Although it wasn’t particularly a comfortable sharing.

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My lap was busy working on this blog at the time, so Zak went over to Björn’s lap. But Rory thought that Daddy’s lap belonged to her.

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She tried some pretty passive-aggressive tricks to shift him, to no avail.

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Until..

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…She got the idea to attack his tail. Move the tail, move the cat, is Rory’s motto.

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You can see how that went for her here (click the image to watch the video; sound is advised).