Aby-a-Day – December 31: A clean, fresh start

Well, here it is…the end of 2015. What an unexpected year this has been! And next year will be even more exciting. Right now, I’m in Sweden, celebrating with Björn and Kalle (and Pyret of course), but what is Jacoby doing tonight? How is he celebrating?

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How else? He’s napping in the clean laundry, naturally. What else does one do on New Year’s Eve?

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“Wait, it’s WHAT time?”

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“Damn, I’m gonna miss the ball dropping! Can you wheel a TV in here? Thanks.”

Aby-a-Day – December 30: Wordless Wednesday (More photos from Boston)

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Aby-a-Day – December 29: Snö! (Cartoon Tuesday)

It finally snowed here in Skövde yesterday! Not quite a white Christmas, but close.

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I’ve been drawing on my iPad again, using both Paper by 53 and Photoshop Sketch. This picture of Jacoby is actually based on the view of the first snow from Björn’s living room window. I’m pretty proud of it, since I haven’t been drawing that much lately.

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Of course, I also drew this picture of Lutfisk after a traditional Christmas day dinner at Björn’s parents’ house…so don’t expect a brilliant comeback of my cartoons anytime soon…

Aby-a-Day – December 28: Christmas in Jönköping (Miniature Monday)

Björn and I spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at his parent’s house in Jönköping.

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Of course, Mini Jacoby came along.

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The Christmas tree was absolutely lovely.

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Björn’s mother made the paper heart decorations in the 1960’s. They’re wonderful.

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She also had a little display of Dalahastar (Dala Horses) around a bowl.

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Mini-Jake had to join them, of course.

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He had to also ride the largest one, a tech geek one with glasses from IKEA. That kind of got him kicked out of the Dala Horse party.

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So he went to play with the Jultomten instead.

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One thing we did while we were there, Björn and I, was build a puzzle map of Sweden that his mom had in the living room.

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It was fun and quite educational.

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Mini-Jake is studying the location of Jönköping on the puzzle map.

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But then (just like the real Jake) he got hungry.

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So he went into the kitchen to look for a snack.

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He finally found the Julost, the Christmas cheese ball. And no, he didn’t eat it all!

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Björn’s mother has a lot of awesome little cat sculptures scattered around her house. These lovely glass cats are typical Swedish glasswork.

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She also has this adorable little pottery cat from Kalmar, a city in southeastern Sweden known since the Middle Ages. Kalmar Castle was one of the most important in Sweden. Kvarnholmen (“Mill Island”) is the location for the city center. The eastern part of Kvarnholmen is called “Kattrumpan” (“Cat’s Butt”) for unknown reasons.

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So, this little cat from Kattrumpan has a little heart on her butt. How cute is that? Evidently, Mini-Jake thinks it’s pretty adorable, too.

Aby-a-Day – December 27: Reverse FaceTime Date (Selfie Sunday)

While I’ve been in Sweden, Jacoby has been moping.

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He’s been hanging out in the bedroom. He’s started building a mancave in the comforter on the bed.

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He goes into a fold and then scoops out a tunnel by rolling in place. And then he just sleeps there. All. Day. Long.

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So, I decided to FaceTime with him.

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At first, he didn’t react much. I’d woken him up and he was a bit groggy.

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Jake just wanted to sleep until I come back, I guess.

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But hearing my voice seemed to perk him up.

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He reached his paw out to touch the phone.

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And then, he rolled over!

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He actually left his quilt fort and sat up.

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He gave me his opinion on my being away…

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…but then he really perked up.

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Jake does understand the concept of FaceTime.

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He knows it’s me, and my voice.

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It might be better if he’d been “talking” to me over an iPad or a Mac, something with a larger screen than just an iPhone 6…but it worked pretty well. He seemed to be much happier after our call.

Aby-a-Day – December 26: “Weave” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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I’m sorry…this is all I could think of.

Aby-a-Day – December 25: First Christmases with Gun-Hee and Jacoby

I just never get tired of remembering Gun-Hee’s first Christmas.

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We had only had him with us for ten days at that point. He was so different from any other kitten I’ve ever had!

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For one thing, he is the only cat I’ve ever had who tried to climb the Christmas tree…much less succeed at it!

Gun-Hee was a lot more agile and graceful than Jacoby is. Luckily, Jake’s never tried to climb the tree. No, he prefers to eat it.

Or play underneath it.

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Or simply chill and look at all the lights. In some ways, they’re so alike…but in other ways, they couldn’t be more different.

And then, there’s this…well…Merry Christmas, everyone!