Aby-a-Day – 12 Augusti: The train home to Skövde (Hipstamatic Monday)

When we got back to Sweden from the ferry from Helsinki, we met up with Björn’s ex to get Emma to spend a week with us and the cats.

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We got there a little ahead of them, so we had to chill out in Stockholm Centralen until they arrived.

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Emma loves cats. I am sad that she doesn’t get to live with any.

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If ever a girl deserved to live with a cat (or cats), it’s Emma.

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Emma was amazing with Dash. I think he’s going to miss her when she goes back home.

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Dash also looked out the window at the passing scenery, just like Jacoby and all the other cats who ride trains.

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Finally, the train arrived in Skövde. Emma wanted to carry Dash’s carrier.

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From the train station, a quick taxi ride home.

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Dash was quick to feel at home in our bedroom. And after the long, long, long journey…He was finally home.

Aby-a-Day – 5 Augusti: Just another day at the cat show (Hipstamatic Monday)

I love doing Hipstamatic photos at cat shows.

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The show we did this weekend is no exception.

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From Lorelai being judged…

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…to Rory being BIV, Hipstamatic casts events in a different, interesting, light.

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I love this photo of the two of them with their rosettes.

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And this, of Rory competing for BIV against the other blue Abys in the show. Hipstamatic turns a boring photo into art.

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After a long day at the cat show, there’s still a train ride home to look forward to.

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It’s a train ride made more interesting with Hipstamatic.

Aby-a-Day – 29 Juli: “Feathers are superior to fur, even” (Hipstamatic Monday)

The other day when we took the cats outside, Alfred and Lorelai ran down the hill to the woodsy area at the bottom.

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Rory ran back up, and she had a feather!

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She was very proud of her find, too.

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Rory carried her feather around for a while.

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Behold, the mighty feather huntress!

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Then Freddy came running up the hill…and he had a feather, too.

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Apparently, it was a very tasty feather. I suspect they found a dead bird down there and pulled feathers from the corpse. Or something.

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Oops! Freddy’s off to find another feather…buh-bye!

Aby-a-Day – 22 Juli: You CAN teach an old cat new tricks!(Hipstamatic Monday)

Lately when we’ve taken the three younger cats out, we think about how it will be when we add Dashiell to the mix, and start teaching him how to outside. And then, too, I’ve been thinking about how Angel would enjoy going outside with us offleash.

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Today, when I was letting Izaak, Lorelai and Alfred out for a bit, Angel acted interested in going out, too.

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So, I let her.

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At first, she stayed close to the building, with Zak.

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But then she got more adventurous and struck out on her own.

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And after that, she started to RUN!

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It was so much fun watching her outside with everyone else.

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Rory seems to be the one other cat Angel is most friendly with, although she likes the boys as well.

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But Rory is Angel’s best friend. The one she plays with.

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Freddy joined the girls on the driveway.

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And then the three of them ventured out onto the big green open.

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Angel never ran down the hill, the way both Freddy and Rory eventually did, but she did explore outside with all three of our other cats.

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It was pretty great to see her outside, exploring.

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And then, when they were done outside, they all brought themselves back in the building.

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Angel is becoming more and more “one of the gang” the longer she lives in Sweden.

Aby-a-Day – 10 Juni: Another way to look at the show (Hipstamatic Monday)

I keep forgetting to do Hipstamatic photos when we’re at FIFe shows. I used to take them at cat shows regularly back in New England. But they’re fun…and it’s interesting to see what Hipstamatic does…like this one. You’ve seen our show curtains, they’re shades of green. But Hipstamatic turns them into shades of red!

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I also love the randomness of it. Sometimes it really improves the photo.

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I used to take photos with the cameras Hipstamatic is meant to emulate, back when I was a kid. You would take the photo…but never know what you were going to get. It’s a kind of fun we don’t have nowadays (although I wouldn’t want to go back to film EVER).

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Sometimes it makes a good photo even better…I really like the way the focus is shifted to Izaak and his BIV trophy in this one.

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Some of the films have frames that are a lot of fun. This one flips the original photo around the edges and sort of “shatters” them. It’s a neat effect.

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Hipstamatic can make a boring photo more interesting…

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…and it can save a photo you might have kept. When Hipstamatic saves a photo, it also saves the original, “normal” version of the shot. In this photo, Zak moved his head and his face was blurred. But in the Hipstamatic version…that motion blur is not an issue.

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Some of the different films play with colour, as I mentioned before. This one only keeps red and blue and discards everything else.

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This film makes your photo look like it was printed on an old newspaper, which can be a cool effect on the right shot.

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I also like this film a lot. It makes this cute photo of Zak even cuter, somehow.

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Once, ages ago back in the States, someone asked me, “So…What’s this Hipstamatic Monday all about?” This. This is what it’s all about.

Aby-a-Day – 27 Maj: “I’m so hip I have trouble seeing over my own pelvis” (Hipstamatic Monday)

I know I have been posting a lot of Loreali and Izaak outside photos, but they are just so photogenic and they love being outside so much.

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On a recent outing, I thought it might be fun to take some Hipstamatic shots whilst we were outside. I got some astoundingly beautiful images.

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I never tire of the randomness of Hipstamatic. You never know what you’re going to get. And of course, they aren’t all good. But once in a while, you get lucky.

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I love how these two show Rory’s busyness when she’s out exploring.

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I’m also quite enamoured of these photos showing the camaraderie between Rory and Zak.

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And these last two, of Zak…somehow, the Hipstamatic lenses and films capture him beautifully.

Aby-a-Day – 6 Maj: Somebody’s got a case of the Mondays! (Hipstamatic Monday)

Just another average day Chez Hellqvist. As usual, I woke up with at least one cat on me.

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Lorelai hung out in her favourite spot.

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She loves to be on the top of the floor-to-ceiling cat tree.

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Angel spent most of the afternoon in her brown cave bed.

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I don’t think a day goes by that she doesn’t nap in there.

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Alfred spent most of the day doing what he does best…

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—looking for food. I swear, it’s like having a raccoon in the house!

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Freddy! Get out of the cabinet!

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And Izaak..?

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Zak basically followed me around whilst I did my everyday things and photographed the other cats.

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He really is my little shadow.

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Most adorable shadow ever!