As you probably remember, four years ago this month, Jacoby, Angel and I moved to Sweden.
The movers came on 31 May. Angel was remarkably chill.
The movers coming in and packing everything up didn’t faze her one bit.
Jake, of course, was very helpful.
Tessie wanted to keep the scratching posts.
But mostly, the Abys just napped whilst the movers worked.
I was quite impressed watching the movers watching the movers wrap up the big cat tree.
A week and a half later, it was our turn to go.
We travelled to Sweden on IcelandAir, which requires all animals to travel in a designated animal area in the cargo hold due to Iceland’s quarantine laws. I was lucky enough to see Angel and Jake’s carrier transferring to our plane during the layover.
We arrived in Sweden just fine.
And we made it home to our apartment in Skövde. And here we are, four years later, living our happily ever after.
Well…except we no longer have Jake…but still.
We have some sheepskin circles on our sofa cushions, because they look nice and they happened to be the exact same colour as the sofa. Then, when Björn’s mother died, we got a grey sheepskin patchwork square. We keep it at the end of the sofa, and the cats like to nap on it.
He’s got a different relationship with the sheepskin square.
He likes to randomly attack it and kick its guts out.
But look in the background, at Lorelai.
Look at Rory, flying over the sofa and Zak’s battle with the sheepskin square.
Did that just happen?
Hm. Well. Back to grooming and fighting with the sheepskin square, then.
I have been very frustrated at the fact that Sweden doesn’t think masks work to control Covid-19. The State Epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, has said repeatedly that “masks don’t make sense” and has literally scoffed at the very idea of wearing a mask in pubic.
So, since I have been using my Izaak Baby Yoda and Zak Toothless as my Facebook userpic and cover photos…I took out a little of that frustration by putting masks on their faces.
Didn’t work. I am still frustrated. And I am still wearing my mask.
Today is my birthday! A fairly important one (I was born in 1965; you do the math)…and Björn gave me gifts that coordinate with my art in the past year. First…the one that was released today and hasn’t shipped yet: a Baby Yoda doll!
My next gift was a small plushie of Toothless, who I also drew as a versiom pf Izaak.
Besides Baby Yoda and Toothless, Björn also got me a black Lucky Cat.
Okay…so, angry black Lucky Cat may not connect to any cartoon I’ve done, but he’s still adorable. I love them all!
The funniest, cutest thing happened this morning.
Izaak got inside Björn’s duvet cover and was trying to get to me for a cuddle. He got his head through the hand hole…and then got stuck.
Which is funny, because I always thought that if a cat could get his head through a hole, the rest of the body would fit, too. Apparently, not so much.
I had to make a video of him for Björn, who was making his breakfast and couldn’t come to see Zak in the duvet. I thought you all would like to see it, too.
Angel has sort of claimed the top of the cat tree as her own, but as I have previously posted, Izaak has been challenging her for control of the top. But a new challenger approaches: Lorelai. Seems she was napping on the top of the cat tree when Angel wanted to be up there.
But whilst Angel is attempting to deal with Rory, a complication presents itself…
…Dashiell got up on the tree, too.
I don’t think Dash realised what he was getting into.
I think he thought he was just getting on the cat tree to play with Angel and Rory.
I think he was wrong. Angel was determined to oust Rory from the top of the cat tree.
Using as much force as necessary.
Finally, Angel managed to evict Rory from the top of the cat tree.
(A close-up of the ousting.)
Rory’s disinvitation made Dash abandon the tree-ship as well.
Angel was careful to make sure that all the younger cats were well away.
Angel remains the Queen of the Top of the Cat Tree.