Last week, Angel had her follow-up eye exam, so we took the bus out to Skultorp to see the eye specialist. She had quite a lot to say about that. She waited patiently in her… More
I’ve been doing more “Photoshop challenges” in the Facebook group This Cat is PHOTOSHOPPED lately. This one is actually a two-fer.
This person’s cat looked like he was melting; I was stunned nobody else had done it before I did.
I also made this cat into a Slinky.
Shelby’s human wanted Shelby in a Shelby Cobra for her boyfriend, so I did this. Bonus points: Her boyfriend’s favourite colour is blue.
Ruthie was strutting, so I made her strut with Leo.
When I saw this bonnet-wearing cat, the first thing I thought of was Little House on the Prairie.
But then I thought of that one episode of Friends…
Leo was born to fly, so I gave him wings.
And finally, this lucky kitty had a unicorn cat tree. What else could I have done with that?
Björn rented a car, and we went to Fallköping and Jonköping today.
One of the things we do when we go to Jonköping is to go to IKEA.
IKEA may have discontinued their mice, but they still have rats.
There’s only one colour now, a sort of shiny beige, but Izaak doesn’t care. It’s an IKEA rodent plush…he loves it.
And Zak violently loves his IKEA rodents.
Even though we have about a dozen of these things around the house, this is now his favourite.
On Monday, I posted about the underground recycling station in our område.
Well, today I happened to walk past it whilst they were emptying the bins.
I thought you might like to see how they empty the bins, so I took a few photos. Basically, a big truck comes, pulls them up and dumps them. I am not sure how they pick them up, but i think it might be magnets.
Back when I was in SFI (Swedish for Immigrants) classes, they had a really cool poster of the Salta Lakritsfigurer cat. It was created by Tommy Hallgren, a Swedish graphic artist who designed several Swedish candy brands, among other things.
A couple of weeks ago, Björn found a framed print of the same poster at the second-hand store – signed by the artist!
Izaak, of course, had to “help” me take a photo of our poster.
This is how the Salty Cat looks on the actual candy boxes. But take a close look at the box on the right.
See the holes? Yep…Alfred, with his fierce belief that anything in plastic is food, bit the box.
Of course, Zak had to “help” me with the candy boxes, too.
Sweden is well-known for its recycling system. We used to have to go to several different places to recycle (paper and cardboard were in our område, but metal, glass and plastic were in other areas around town.
But two years ago, we got two consolidated underground recycling stations in our område. It is so much more convenient!
And, we can take the cats with us, turning a mundane chore into a fun outing.
The stations have kiosks for regular household trash, food garbage (which is turned into fuel for buses and home heating), coloured glass, clear glass, metal, cardboard, paper, and plastic.
It’s also an amazingly clean and odourless place, too, considering it’s a place people bring their trash.
The stations also don’t attract scavenging corvids, seagulls, or rats. Just Abyssinians and Singapuras.
One other nice thing about the recycling stations is that you can meet your neighbours. I think the whole concept of these tidy little stations is brilliant.
As you might recall, I have been trying to document Izaak’s swagger for a while now.
Yesterday, when we took the cats outside for a walk, I think I finally managed to get it.
You can really see his bum swing in this series of photos.
Compare the way Zak walks compared to the way Alfred walks. Freddy’s back stays straight and he bends his wrists and ankles more.
Here’s a short video showing Zak’s Singa swagger on YouTube.
This afternoon, we took the cats outside. The grass on the hill is really tall right now, and Izaak was looking at it longingly.
Because he always follows me everywhere, I went down the hill myself to give him a little push.
And, of course, Zak marched down the hill to meet me.
I love watching him move through the grass. It’s almost like he’s swimming through it.
Meanwhile, Alfred was coming back up the hill.
The grass where Freddy was is even taller than the grass Zak was in.
Lorelai was in the tall grass, too. Even though she was restricted by her leash, her joy at being outside after a week of rain was undiminished.
Everytime I see the cats in the tall grass, I wonder what it must be like to be a small cat in the big world, where walking through tall grass is like strolling through a jungle.
Last month, a member posted this in my Singapura Facebook group: ⭐️ Looking for models! ⭐️ Hi, thanks for the add! I’m Cloris, a cat mom, animal artist, and small biz owner! I’m looking for people who’d be interested in taking a photo of their cat with their matching sticker (see photos) in exchange for a Singapura sticker bundle ❤️ Bonus points if you can post to social media since I’ll be sharing the photos there too! Preferably US-based but open to shipping worldwide too. Comment/message for more info and thanks for your time!
Well, of course I contacted her! The envelope arrived on Wednesday. As soon as I opened it, Izaak had to see what I was doing.
And…of course he had to play with his Singa sticker.
Zak likes to bite paper things, and I worried he would try to bite his sticker…
…but he couldn’t manage to pick it up.
Zak is so adorable when he’s frustrated.
Dashiell, however, was not as excited about his Aby sticker.
He wouldn’t even jump up on the sofa to look at it.
I put it on the coffee table, and Lorelai took an interest.
She managed to knock it onto the floor, where Dash finally took some interest. They are nice, thick, shiny stickers, and cats like shiny things.
With the stickers, she sent me a little thank you card for helping her with her sticker promotion.
Cloris has stickers of almost every breed of cat (and dog, and some other animals) available in her Cloris Creates Etsy shop, and if she doesn’t, she can make it for you. They are very awesome and very cut.
Today would have been Pyret’s 22nd birthday.
She only saw 18 birthdays, but no matter how long they’re gone, you always remember their birthdays.
Pyret was an only cat for many years…until she had a couple of Abyssinians thrust upon her.
She adapted well, though.
And then…she met Logan.
Right from the start, they had a sort of bond, those two.
Of course, when there’s a Singapura involved, bonding is not exactly an option.
When Pyret started dying, Logan watched over her closely.
Even after Pyret died, Logan spent time with her body. It was especially poignant in hindsight, as Logan died a month later…almost as if he knew.
So, happy 22nd birthday, Pyret.
When Emma was visiting, we watched Raya and the Last Dragon again, and this time I was reminded of the Serlots from the region of Fang. Their name is apparently a portmanteau of “Serval” and “Ocelot,” but they look more like Caracals. Watching the movie for the third time, I thought that Dashiell would make an excellent Serlot.
So I started with the sketch and the ink layers.
Then I needed a break from detail work, so I switched to creating the background. I played around with different textures to create the landscape.
After the background, I went back to the undercolour later, which I also did a bit differently than the way I usually do it; I used fur brushes rather than airbrushes.
I didn’t spend as much time on the fur layer as usual, probably because of my using fur brushes for the undercolour.
And here’s the finished Dasherlot. It’s different from some of my other works, but I kind of like it.
As usual, here’s the Procreate video in Flickr. It’s a little different from the other videos, because I exported it after two different drawing sessions and then edited it back together, but you get the idea.
This is a scene that happens most days.
The three boys love to hang out together on our bed.
Dashiell and Izaak have always been best friends since Dash came to live with us. Zak was Dash’s first friend, and they eat all their meals together, especially since we haven’t been going to cat shows. Dash hasn’t been without Zak in his life in Sweden.
Alfred often joins them, but he doesn’t always cuddle with them.
Freddy does cuddle with Zak and Dash in the morning when we’re all in bed, but for some reason, he gives the younger boys their space in the afternoon and evening.
Maybe he remembers his best friend Logan, and he doesn’t want to intrude. I really do wonder if Freddy thinks about Logan.
When Emma was here, we rented a car and took a trip around Skaraborg, the area between the two lakes in Västra Gotaland. One town we visited was Hjo, a little lakeside town that is over 600 years old.
As we were walking around the harbour, we noticed a sailboat with a red flag on it. Curious, we took a closer look, and realised that the boat was from Singapore! so of course I had to put Izaak on board.
For over ten years, Karen Lawrence has been working on collecting, archiving and publishing the history of the Abyssinian breed. At long last, her book has been published, and my copy arrived yesterday. It’s an incredible oeuvre, and an incredible resource.
There are photos of all sorts of relics from the early days of Abyssinian breeding, like this pin from the Abyssinian Cat Club in England that’s 102 years old.
And these CFA registration cards, when the records were kept on index cards.
The cover of the first issue of Cats Magazine from 1945 featured Abys.
And, yes, as advertised, there is a chapter about the Somali, too.
And there are also a few nifty surprises, too, like these photos of Aby kittens taken by Kenneth Heilbrom. I have some of his prints.
And look, I even have a mention! I sent Karen a photo of my Selene’s Firefly
Apparently, it also makes a fine seat for a certain blue Aby girl.
Iris sent the cover of the show catalogue to all of us members today, and I thought you would like to see how my BBQ Marlin drawing ended uo being used. I don’t know if it will be printed in colour or greyscale, though…Probably greyscale. But I can still wish for colour.
Last Monday, we rented a car and went to Tibro, Tidan, Toreboda and Hjo, four towns nearby Skövde that have an awesome used book store, a fantastic antique store, a retro 50’s diner and a huge toy store.
It was at the toy store in Tibro that I found a small plushie pirate in the form of a small ginger cat.
Of course, it instantly reminded me of a certain Aby I know who has been known to be a pirate at times.
Turns out, this little dude is Oscar the Ginger Cat from an early 2000’s kids’ show called Merlin the Magical Puppy, which I have never heard of until now.
Okay, so it’s fairly random that, in a small town in Southwestern Sweden, I find a stuffed toy cat from a BBC kids’ show that ran from 2001-2003 that looks rather like my one-eyed Abyssinian…but that’s pretty much my life. Plus, there’s that little toothless mouth!