Aby-a-Day – 18 Maj 2020: Pink is for boys, too! (Hipstamatic Monday)

Dashiell and Izaak eat together in our bedroom. Breakfast, chicken neck snacktime, and dinner, those two always dine together. This is because, for whatever reason, Dash doesn’t try to steal Zak’s food (the way Alfred or Lorelai would), and since Zak only eats raw, he won’t try to eat Dash’s meal.

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This is one of the reasons this pair are such fast friends. When the other three cats are done eating, and I open the bedroom up, I often find them cuddling together, sometimes on our bed, and sometimes in this fuzzy pink cat bed we won at a cat show.

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It’s pretty girly. We thought it might be good for Rory, but she never sleeps in there. Angel does sometimes, but it’s mainly Zak and Dash who nap in that bed. The bed also has the white blanket that was in Zak’s crate when he came here from Poland, so that may be part of the attraction.

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Who says boys can’t rock the pink?

Aby-a-Day – 11 Maj 2020: Glam-o-Rama (Hipstamatic Monday)

The fun thing about Hipstamatic is that they’re always releasing new films and lenses. This weekend, they released the Glam-o-Rama SnapPak with the Disco Stu lens and Funktown film. The samples they showed in the email looked pretty cool, and I wanted to try it out.

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The problem with this film/lens combination (and I have no idea why) is that when you look through the viewfinder…all you see is a blur. This hasn’t ever happened with any other Hipstamatic combo before. Not being able to see what you’re taking a photo of is a bit challenging, to say the least.

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This film/lens combo is glamourous, though. It even makes an ordinary yawn look sparkletastic.

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I love the glow it added to these ordinary photos of Alfred.

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Izaak gave me this pose…but that’s just because it was time for his chicken neck.

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So we repaired to the kitchen.

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I love these photos of Dashiell. He looks like he should be on the cover of an 80’s compilation of soft rock ballads.

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Not being able to see what you’re photographing lends itself to some interesting compositions.

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Although I have to say, I really like this action shot of Freddy trying to grab his neck.

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Meanwhile, Angel waits patiently for her crunchies.

Aby-a-Day – 27 April 2020: So much for THAT Hallmark moment (Hipstamatic Monday)

It all started so innocently…

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…Alfred and Izaak were cuddling on the sofa, and Freddy lazily started to groom Zak.

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And then Zak started grooming Freddy in return.

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It was so sweet. It reminded me of Freddy with Logan.

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I mean, okay, they are a year apart in age, so not quite “brothers from another mother” the way Freddy was with Logan…

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…but at least Freddy still has a Singa pal who’s fun to be with.

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Zak, of course, loves all the Abys in the house. He happily cuddles with everyone.

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However, all of a sudden things took a turn. Freddy started to groom Zak a little…

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too enthusiastically.

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Zak had had enough! He way weigh around three pounds less than Freddy does…

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…but with true Singapura stubborness, Zak can stand up to anyone when enough is enough!

Aby-a-Day – 20 April 2020: Dash is a smol bol (Hipstamatic Monday)

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, one of Dashiell’s favourite afternoon napping spots is at the end of the sofa.

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He’s a big, gangly yearling, but he manages to get his legs rolled up in a tight ball.

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…And, the camera woke him up. Sorry, Dash!

Aby-a-Day – 13 April 2020: Nap distribution (Hipstamatic Monday)

Working on various Photoshop projects today, at one point I looked over and noticed that all the boys were piled at one end of the sofa.

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Alfred, Izaak and Dashiell were all napping in a heap at the far end.

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It was pretty adorable.

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I mean, look at them1

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Totally a band of brothers.

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Meanwhile, Lorelai was napping on the right side of the sofa.

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Pretty much as far away as she could get from the boys whilst still being on the sofa.

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But she was happy on her “no boys allowed” side of the couch.

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Nice teeth, Rory!

Aby-a-Day – 30 Mars 2020: Shelter in place (Hipstamatic Monday)

In a lot of places (that don’t include Sweden at the moment), people have been told to “shelter in place” to avoid spreading Covid-19. Despite the Swedish government not yet ordering a lockdown, I have been staying inside as much as possible. So I thought I’d show the places the cats have been sheltering in today.

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This was what Izaak and Alfred were doing before I got up to take photos.

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I love the way this shot of Lorelai! Part of the fun of Hipstamatic is it’s random, like a slot machine. And this photo is one of the jackpots!

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And this one isn’t bad either.

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Here’s Dashiell on Pyret’s chair.

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And here’s Dash channeling 1967.

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One of Angel’s napping spots is on a dining table chair. That’s where I found her today.

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And, as napping places go, the kitchen tables are a pretty good place to nap.

Aby-a-Day – 16 March 2020: Smol bols and pretty poses (Hipstamatic Monday)

I am kind of loving how the language of the internet is evolving. From L33t speak in the 1990’s to LOL cat speak, it’s really been a lot of fun to watch develop.

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And now we have the newest internet dialect: DoggoLingo. Just as LOL cat speak was applied to dogs, DoggoLingo is being co-opted by kitties. It’s a world of heckin good bois, chonks, bleps and peets, and, of course, smol bols

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Lorelai and Dashiell, especially, love to sleep curled up into the smallest balls they can. Rory making herself a tiny ball isn’t that hard; she’s a small cat, weighing only 2.6kg (just under 6lbs).

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But Dash, who is almost as big as Alfred (who is 4.6kg, just over 10lbs), can make himself into a pretty smol bol.

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I don’t know what he does with those gangly legs of his…but it’s impressive.

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Freddy and Izaak tend to do a double bol. I am not sure if Freddy has much say in the matter.

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Then we have the pretty poses. They have nothing to do with the language stuff above.

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They’re just pretty.

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Zak manages to make some pretty poses himself.

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For about five seconds. Then he goes and ruins it. Way to go, Zak.

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Yeah? Well…what you think is a moo point. You know, like a cow’s opinion. It doesn’t matter. It’s moo.