Aby-a-Day – 7 December: “I joined the Navy to see the world…what did I see? I saw the sea” (Fashion Friday)

When I first moved to Sweden, I found a Baltic pet life jacket at a second-hand shop. Björn’s brother has a boat, so who knows? Jacoby might go on a boating trip some day. Besides, it was too good a deal to pass up. In pet shops, these vests are at least 200kr (about $22), but I got this one, in perfect shape, for 25kr (about $2.75).

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Not only that, but it’s a perfect fit, and Jake rocks it.

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He knows how good he looks in it, too.

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That feel when you know you’re spectacular.

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Then Björn got the idea to put a little sailor’s hat on Jake to finish the outfit.

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Which, of course, Jake wore with panache.

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If anything, he was even prouder of himself than he was before!

Aby-a-Day: 6 December: Not every box we open in the kitchen is cat food (Thursday Things)

As you might recall, since moving to Sweden we have been feeding the cats Bozita cat food. Instead of putting food products in cans, many things are packaged in Tetra-Pak boxes.

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This leads to a rather amusing side effect. These photos were taken back when we first moved here, in August 2016.

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According to the Jacoby, everything that comes in a Tetra-Pak box is food.

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“Are you sure this isn’t food? It sure looks like food.”

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“You’re not even going to give me a taste?” Of tomato sauce? Hardly.

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“Did somebody say something about food? Oh, a box!”

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Angel is so adorable when she’s hopeful.

Aby-a-Day – 5 December: Wordless Wednesday (Sausage. Seriously. Sausage.)

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Aby-a-Day – 4 December: Falukorv (Cartoon Tuesday)

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about how, when Logan was the same age as Izaak, he was acting more like a tomcat – peeing, yowling, pacing – whereas all Izaak has done is just gotten tomcatly bulk. I also mentioned that I call him “my little sausage”.

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Specifically, a Falukorv, a Swedish sausage made of pork and either beef or veal, with potato starch and spices which originated in Falun, about 330km North-Northeast from Skövde.

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Relax, Zak…It’s kind of like baloney. Different, but…that sort of taste.

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But as he’s been bulking up, I’ve been calling him my Falukorv more and more. And today, I did a little sketch…

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…Which turned a little whimsical. I may need to finish this one up.

Aby-a-Day – 3 December: A little holiday cheer (Hipstamatic Monday)

Usually by this time, I have all the Christmas decorations up. But because we have to get some new wiring installed in the wall where the Christmas tree is meant to go, we have only put our Swedish Jul candles in our windows so far.

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Tonight, Jacoby was sitting in the window next to the candles washing his face, and it looked so festive, I thought I’d take some Hipstamatic snaps just for fun.

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Since I always take the Hipstamatic photos on the randomizer (you shake your phone and the app randomly selects the film and lens), there’s always a chance of getting black and white film…which is kind of a downer when you’re trying to get a festive holiday shot.

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But sometimes, it really works.

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Then there are the miraculous happy accidents betwixt film and lens. This one looks like the Northern Lights are shimmering in the night sky outside the window.

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And in this shot, Jake looks like he’s in a snowglobe. Now that’s festive!

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I love this one…not sure why, but I find it entrancing.

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It’s rather magical, some of the things that you capture with Hipstamatic.

Aby-a-Day – 2 December: Cat up a tree (Silly Singapura Cat Show Sunday)

One of the fun things about having a cat show in a pet store is, there’s plenty of cat trees to play with.

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There was one right in front of Izaak’s cage.

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He loved them and how tall they were…but he also really loved this little cubby.

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The instructions were folded up inside, but that didn’t stop him from playing in there.

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If anything, it gave Zak something to play with whilst he was in there.

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I don’t exactly know what he was doing in there…chasing his tail, just spinning around…but he seemed to be having fun.

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And then, after a round of spinning and rolling about…

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…it was time to attack the post.

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Zak loved it in there.

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But eventually he started to look around at the rest of the cat tree.

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Both Björn and I were taking photos of his adventures.

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Zak seemed to notice that high shelf, and he started to get ambitious.

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Zak’s not much of a climber at home – much less so than Logan was – but at DjurMagazinet he was fearless.

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He even branched out onto the grey tree next to his brown one.

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But he soon jumped back to his brown one.

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But what was really funny was, after Zak was done playing, the little Neva Masquarade in the cage next to ours went out to explore the cat tree…and was very interested in the smells Zak left behind.

A bit of sad Aby-related news…

Ken Berry, human star of the infamous Abyssinian movie The Cat From Outer Space, died yesterday at the age of 85.

Regular readers of this blog know what an influence that movie was on 13 year old me. Jacoby is named, in part, after Jake in the movie (but mostly after the time Jacoby Ellsbury stole home base against the Yankees at Fenway).

While it is sad that Ken Berry has passed, at least Ronnie Schell, who played Jake the cat’s voice in the movie, is still alive.