Aby-a-Day – 29 Februari 2020: Happy Leap Day!! (Swedish Saturday)

Today is leap day! A very special day that happens only once every four years.

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Since it snowed this week, I took the cats out to play in the snow.

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As you can imagine, Lorelai loved it.

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She is our smallest, lightest cat, so you would think she would get cold out there. I mean, Jacoby would shiver in 10°C.

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Not our Rory, though.

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She loves to be outside, regardless of the weather or the temperature.

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And you know I wouldn’t be able to get her to keep a coat on…

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She did a lot of leaping out in the snow…

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It’s amazing that a cat can be so athletic and graceful…and so goofy, all at once.

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Alfred did some leaping too.

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He actually ran more than Rory did…if that’s even possible.

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He got some good air. He must have felt like he was flying.

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Even Izaak got into the leaping game.

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It was so amazing to watch him chase Freddy along the side of the building.

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He also got a little airborne at times. It was great fun to watch.

Aby-a-Day – 28 Februari 2020: First Snows (Friday Flashback)

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Now that we finally have snow, I was thinking about the first times all the cats saw their first snows. The most recent, of course was the first time Izaak and Lorelai saw snow.

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Rory, of course, loved it.

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She loves any chance to go outside…and she honestly seems completely immune to the cold.

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Zak, however…

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…was less than impressed. I never bothered to put coats on Rory and Zak when we went outside, because of what Alfred did the first time he went out in snow

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I tried to put a coat on him. Oh, how I tried.

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Fred would have none of it.

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He preferred to experience the snow au naturel.

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Like Jacoby, Logan appreciated having a coat in the snow.

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He probably would have enjoyed wearing boots, too.

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Jake never went out in the snow without a coat.

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That was such a fun thing about Jake. He did love his coats.

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Angel’s very first snow did not involve going outside.

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But she eventually went out and experienced snow first paw.

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She was less than enthused. Well, she was born in California.

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But she did seem to have fun out in the snow with Jake. I’ll give her that.

Aby-a-Day – 27 Februari 2020: It finally snowed! Actual real snow! (Thursday Things)

As I may have mentioned before, we’ve been having a pretty crap winter with almost no snow

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But on Tuesday, finally, it snowed all day Tuesday!

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And on Wednesday morning, when I looked out the window, I saw the cutest thing.

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Our upstairs neighbours’ girls were sledding down the small hill in our område, and Markis was just hanging out nearby, playing in the snow.

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He really looked like he was happy we finally had snow, too.

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He really seemed to be enjoying himself out there.

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All the while keeping his eye on his smol hoomans.

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Markis’ fun was not unnoticed by Dashiell, however.

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Although I am not sure if he was wishing he was out there too…or if he was happy someone else was out there in the cold, wet snow.

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Markis really seemed to be having a good time, though.

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He just plowed back and forth out there in the snow. It was adorable.

Aby-a-Day – 26 Februari 2020: Wordless Wednesday (Alfred’s new X-rays)

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Aby-a-Day – 25 Februari 2020: The Zakdalorian again (Cartoon Tuesday)

Last week, I posted a sketch and a preliminary inking of Izaak as The Child (aka Baby Yoda)

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Starting with the shaded ink layer I did last week, I changed it from black to blue-green and did a second, cleaner ink layer.

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The whiskers and eyeshine are actually on their own layer. I really like having the whiskers as a separate layer from the rest of the drawing. There’s also a slight outer glow on this layer.

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Using the clean ink version, I made a flat colour layer. This layer is about 70% opaque.

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Using the same colours, and following the shading done on the first ink, I added a texture layer, with the fur and ticking and the rough cloth of the robe.

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The background is a combination of the original screenshot I based my drawing on, and a painted background using bark and grass brushes, run through the oil painting filter.

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I also added a shadow and backlighting, to capture the feel of the original scene.

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One final, tiny touch: I have a set of steam/smoke brushes. One little stamp at 60% opacity, and…the bone broth is hot!

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And here is the final, complete drawing. I am pretty proud of this one!

Aby-a-Day – 24 Februari 2020: Alfred and the vet…(Medical Monday)

Alfred and I have had to travel to Skultorp a few times since he got pneumonia.

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Last Wednesday, we went to Min Veterinär to get some blood tested.

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On the way home, I let him walk home alongside me. He loved it. I think he liked being outside despite his ailment.

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I mean…look at his determination!

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Of course, Freddy is lucky that we have had a ridiculously warm winter…hell, we have barely had any winter at all!

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It’s still February! We should not be having daisies this early!

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Today we had to go back to Min Veterinär to get new lung X-rays, so we could see if the antibiotics beat the pneumonia.

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But when I let him out of the carrier, I discovered this!

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WTF? I have no idea how it happened or who did it. It wasn’t there when I fed him last night.

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I asked him who he pissed off, but he didn’t tell me.

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Today, our visit was just about the X-rays (which they will email me soon), and a lot of chilling in his carrier.

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On our way home, we stopped off at DjurMagazinet to get more cat food. I also let Freddy choose a toy to make up for all the vet visits he’s had to endure lately.

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He quickly made his decision: A Yeowww catnip cigar.

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I checked to make sure he really wanted that cat toy.

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He did. He even checked our basket to make sure his cigar was in there.

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Then we checked out the cat trees.

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They were pretty awesome. Too bad we don’t need any more cat trees.

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Freddy loves going to DjurMagazinet.

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And then today, Freddy walked all the way home from DjurMagazinet. I am very proud of him…he had to deal with traffic, bicycles and a motorbike, and he was bulletproof. Not quite Jacoby-level, but still very admirable.

Aby-a-Day – 23 Februari 2020: Singapuras don’t share (Singapura Cinema Sunday)

The other day, a little drama unfolded right on our living room sofa.

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Dashiell was happily napping in the corner closest to the television, which also happens to get the best sunshine in the early afternoon.

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But Izaak wanted to nap there.

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So he pulled out the super-stealth licking manoeuver. You start out with just a little friendly licking on the top of the head.

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Then, when the target is lulled into docility…

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…Zak starts to make his move.

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And there you go: Singapuras always get the best napping spot in the house. Regardless if someone is already napping there.

Here’s a little video of Zak assimilating Dash’s napping spot. Resistance is futile!