Aby-a-Day – 28 Mars 2020: TImeshare cats (Swedish Saturday)

I’m always amused at how popular napping spots go in and out of style amongst our cats. As an example, for months, nobody regularly slept on this cushion at Björn’s end of the sofa.

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Then Lorelai adopted it and naps there every evening. She’s so cute when she does that, curled up in a tight little ball.

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But what’s even funnier is, during the day, when Rory naps, it’s in other places nowhere near that corner. During the day, that’s Angel’s napping spot! I’ve read that cats timeshare places in the house, and apparently, our cats are big believers in that!

Aby-a-Day – 21 February 2020: Freddy and Bruno meet again (Swedish Saturday)

The first time Alfred and Bruno met, it got a little…tense. But since Lorelai has befriended him, Freddy’s been cutting Bruno a bit of a break.

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But he’s still not really sure about this canine.

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…And, there it is…

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Look at Freddy, getting his fierce on.

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Bruno’s used to being put in his place by cats…after all, he was raised by Markis…so, yeah.

Aby-a-Day – 7 Mars 2020: Happy Birthday, Kalle and Björn! (Swedish Saturday)

Since Kalle’s birthday is today, and Björn’s birthday is the 10th, we generally celebrate them both together. Björn always makes the cake…and this year, he made a Coronavirus cake.

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Kalle is is turning 17, so instead of candles, Björn put 17 gumdrop Coronaviruses on the cake instead. Because, you know…blowing out candles would spray germs all over the cake, right?

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Izaak says, “Really? A Coronavirus cake? Do you really think that’s appropriate?”

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Björn did a really good job on the viruses, though.

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Lorelai wanted some of the viruscake.

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“Look, mom! I am washing my hands and everything!”

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“What do you mean, NO?” Rory is channelling her inner Abernathy here.

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In no way related to the Coronavirus, but oddly apropos, my birthday gift to Björn was a Swiss Army gas mask from WWII. I ordered it in December (after getting him a Swiss Army pair of snow goggles for Christmas from the same seller), way before we knew about the pandemic.

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Björn was pleased with his gift.

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…and then he started posing with props.

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Emma was really happy to get to spend time with the cats.

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Happy birthday, Kalle and Björn!

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 – 15 Februari 2020: The weather, it’s a’changing (Swedish Saturday)

As I have mentioned previously, we’ve been having what can only be described as a crap winter. It’s only snowed four times all winter (if you can call it that), and the fourth time it didn’t even stick.

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This. This right here is what’s wrong with winter in Sweden. I took these photos on 11 February. Those are DAISIES.

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Daisies don’t usually pop up in February. There’s usually still snow on the ground in February. Daisies don’t usually pop up until late March, early April. And, yet, here they are.

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So, it’s wet and muddy…but it’s also green and warm. So, cats got to go outside.

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They weren’t as excited about being outside as usual…but it was muddy and wet.

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You could see them being picky about where they put their feet.

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Still, even though it was kind of sloshy outside, it was also 6-7° C (about 43-45°F) which, for February, is pretty damn warm, especially in Sweden. But, you know…climate change isn’t a real thing, right?

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Regardless, I think they enjoyed getting outside so early in the year.

Aby-a-Day – 1 Februari 2020: Finally, snow! (Swedish Sunday)

This has been a really crap winter…

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It’s been above 5°C more often than it hasn’t, and while Florida is freezing…it’s only snowed three times here in Sweden all winter. The third was yesterday.

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And it’s just now February, and the bulb plants are already sprouting!

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And the first two times it snowed, it lasted about a day. And the snow we got yesterday was, sadly, no different.

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But as long has we had the little snow we did get…I figured I had better take advantage of it while it lasted.

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And that means…I took the cats out! Of course, Lorelai bounded out the door and headed for the slope.

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She really seemed to miss running!

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But while Rory was running around, having a blast…

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…everyone else was pretty much sticking to the snowfree bits.

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I did get Izaak to venture out into the deepest part.

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(Okay, yeah, I carried him out into the middle of it…)

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But once he got used to it, he seemed to kind of enjoy it.

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I love cat pawprints in snow…

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Dashiell actually ventured out into it on his own!

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That’s pretty special, since it was the first time he’d ever seen snow!

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Okay, this…now, I know what it looks like he’s doing…but I promise you, it was not yellow when he stood up.

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But soon enough, he got tired of the wet feet and joined Zak and Angel on the concrete.

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Alfred was out there, too…he was just off doing Freddy things while I was taking all the photos.

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And, sadly, as I predicted…the snow is all gone today.

Aby-a-Day – 22 Juni: “Keep your eye on the prey” (Swedish Saturday)

On one of our outside adventures, Lorelai saw a pigeon perched in a tree.

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It’s kind of hard to see, so I’ve marked it in this photo.

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Rory was so intent on hunting it.

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(Here it is marked again)

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You could see her brain working out how to catch that fat bird.

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The pigeon was hard to see up in the branches, but Rory never lost her focus.

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At one point, I thought she was going to give up.

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The pigeon was still watching her, though.

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But suddenly, Rory climbed even higher in the tree!

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She was actually as high up in the tree as the pigeon!

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I think her idea was to get higher than the pigeon, and then drop down on it.

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I couldn’t believe how high Rory climbed!

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She really wanted to get that pigeon. I honestly don’t know why the pigeon stayed there so long. Maybe it was curious about the small predator.

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I think this may be the closest Rory’s ever gotten to a bird. Impressive.