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 – 26 November: Bothering napping cats (Hipstamatic Monday)

Even though we have five cats living with us, there are moments where you wonder where all the cats are.

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There’s a time of day when all the cats are napping. Sometimes you see them…sometimes you don’t.

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Izaak usually naps close to me…although maybe not so much when I start taking photos of him.

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Alfred tends to nap on the sofa with Zak on the sofa.

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Freddy is a simple cat with simple needs.

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Mostly, he just needs a good place to nap.

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Angel loves the little brown bed.

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She naps in it almost everyday.

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Even though a certain Singapura tries to nap in there with her.

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Meanwhile, Lorelai has discovered the radiator bed.

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She spends a lot of time there.

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Can you blame her? It’s comfy and it’s warm.

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Who wouldn’t want to nap in a warm radiator bed, though, right?

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Last, but obviously not least, we have Jacoby. He loves to sleep on our bed.

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He usually digs himself a nest under our comforters…but today he decided to nest on top of the blankets.

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Even so, he usually sleeps on my side of the bed. How does he know that?

Aby-a-Day – 29 October: National Cat Day (Hipstamatic Monday)

Today is National Cat Day in the States…and, having no ideas for a post today, I thought I’d just go round and take photos of the cats being themselves, with the Hipstamatic camera.

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Alfred, napping on the sofa next to me, was the first.

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Start with what’s close at hand, right?

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Freddy was cool with whatever…

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Next we have Jacoby, sleeping on our bed.

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Hipstamatic makes that fun.

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A lot of fun.

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Next, we have Izaak in the kitchen.

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He’s so much more food-oriented than Logan…

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Freddy and Lorelai joined us in the kitchen.

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Rory was so cute today…

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She is so pretty.

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And…just a little bit goofy.

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Angel, meanwhile, was up in the cubby part of the cat tree.

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She really loves it in there.

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But it’s one of the few places in the world where she feels safe and secure.

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Angel is an amazingly strong girlcat.

Aby-a-Day – 22 October: Funny Freddy (Hipstamatic Monday)

Almost every evening, Alfred comes for a cuddle with Björn.

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Freddy sits right up next to Björn whilst he uses his laptop.

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The thing is, he looks a right goon when he does it.

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Of course, Freddy looks like a right goon most of the time. That’s just part of his charm.

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Ultimately, he’s just a big lovable guy.

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We love him so much.

Aby-a-Day – 15 October: “When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day” (Hipstamatic Monday)

Today is just a normal Monday Chez Hellqvist…Angel sleeping in her favourite brown bed…

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Unlike Logan, Izaak doesn’t share this bed with her. Oh, he tries to get in there with her…but where Logan ignored her when she hissed at him and got in anyway, Zak walks away and naps elsewhere.

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Next we have Jacoby in the manly pink kitty bed. Which looks even more pink in this shot.

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This film and lens tones the pink down quite a bit…but doesn’t really help.

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Next shot is just plain black and white..and, nope. Doesn’t look any more manly without the pink. Must be the fluffy, not the colour.

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Next we have Alfred.

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I made Golonka (Polish beer-braised pork hocks) tonight, and Freddy always loves to chew on the bones.

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Chomp, chomp…

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He’s growling at Lorelai in this photo. He doesn’t like to share…

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…no matter how big the bone is!

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“Okay, Rory…NOW you can have it. I’m finished with it.”

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Rory, meanwhile, has moved on and is playing in our bedroom.

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Never fear! Zak the SuperSinga is here!

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Never mind that that bone is bigger than his head!

Aby-a-Day – 17 September: “When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day” (Hipstamatic Monday)

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Just another random post-show Monday…here’s how we’re doing, through Hipstamatic’s filters.

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Jacoby loves his leopard canoe bed.

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After he eats in his own room, he can be found in this bed, digesting and waiting for me to open the door.

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Aw, Jake…don’t be shy!

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Next we have Angel. Whoa, Angel! Not so close!

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That’s better! Now we can see you!

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Angel likes to hang out under the kitchen table.

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I have had her almost ten years, and she is still skittish.

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Next we have Alfred.

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Freddy is so expressive.

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“I’m napping, here! I’m napping!”

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“Oh, okay…one more photo.”

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Last, but definitely not least, we have Izaak and Lorelai.

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Apparently, Zak’s tail makes a great eye mask to keep the light out.

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I just don’t know how Rory can breathe with her nose in Zak’s flank, though.

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They really are the best of friends. It’s lovely to travel with them, because they just keep each other company. It’s actually almost easier to travel with two of them than it is with one cat!

Aby-a-Day – 23 July: Just another manic Monday (Hipstamatic Monday)

Last month, I did my first Hipstamatic Monday post in two years. So I thought I would it again, this time youngest to oldest.

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It’s hard to remember that Lorelai is the youngest sometimes, because she is bigger and heavier than Izaak, but he was born 26 January and she was born on 10 February.

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Hi, Rory!

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Rory has two speeds: Full and Stop. This is Stop.

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Rory sleeps like she plays: hard.

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She’s a very entertaining sleeper, to say the least.

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Next we have Izaak.

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Funny thing about Zak. He is a Singapura, and he looks so much like Logan. But he is so different from Logan. Except…

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…Oddly, he does some things that only Logan did, like sleep on the cable box, scratch on the rubber litter mat, and sleep in this bed on a regular basis. It’s a bit surreal.

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He’s 98% different from Logan…and then he does things only Logan did. So you see what I mean.

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Next is our stalwart Alfred.

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Good old Freddy.

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What would we do without Freddy?

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These photos were taken whilst we were waiting for Jacoby’s vet appointment in Jönköping, so we had his smaller stroller upstairs in preparation.

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As long as that thing was upstairs, Jake was in it.

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It’s his flimsy travel stroller and not his yellow therapy stroller, but he loves it all the same.

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I think he spent most of his time napping in his stroller as long as we had it upstairs.

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Okay, Jake…go back to sleep.

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Last but not least, we have Angel.

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In her canoe.

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Exactly where she was the last time I did a Hipstamatic Monday post.

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Oh, well…at least she’s consistent.