Aby-a-Day – 23 Mars: Where the boys are (Swedish Singapura Saturday)

Lately, in the evenings when we watch our TV shows, we are joined on the sofa by all three boys.

jakezakfreddysofaC05729

Before Izaak joined our family, Jacoby would never cuddle or sleep with Alfred. He seemed to resent Freddy’s (and Logan’s) presence in his household. Zak changed all that. He is the social glue that connects the older Abys.

jakezakfreddysofaC05731

Zak often cuddles with Jake on our bed or wherever Jake happens to be sleeping. Singapuras are like that…they wear you down. And Zak and Freddy are friends who sleep together on the sofa often.

jakezakfreddysofaC05732

So if Zak is napping with one of them, it’s okay for the other to join them, apparently.

jakezakfreddysofaC05736

It’s almost like a bad ethnic joke: “A Pole, a Swede and a Canadian walk into a bar…”

Aby-a-Day – 21 Mars: Bathroom mystery (Thursday Things)

Alfred, it seems, is always up to something.

freddybathroomC06099

This is his newest thing. He sits in our bathroom. He’s not sleeping, he’s not grooming…

freddybathroomC06101

…He’s just sitting there on the rug.

freddybathroomC06102

I have no idea what he’s doing. Probably plotting how to take over the world. Or how to break into the cabinet where the food is kept. One of those.

And in case you’re wondering about those towels, Björn found them in this Etsy seller’s shop a couple of years ago. We thought they looked like Abys…so of course we ordered a set!

Aby-a-Day – 20 Mars: Wordless Wednesday (Window Dressing)

rorywindowC06024

jaketigerwindowC05961

jaketigerwindowC05960

jaketigerwindowC05966

freddywindowC05737

freddywindowC05738

Aby-a-Day – 17 Mars: The return of the Silly Shamrock Hat (Silly Sunday)

You may remember that silly Guinness St. Patrick’s Day floppy hat I posed Alfred, Logan and Jacoby with last year?

roryfreddyStPatsHatC06060

Well, it’s baaaaaaaaack!

roryfreddyStPatsHatC06059

Freddy was a lot less intimidated by the hat this year than he was the first time.

roryStPatsHatC06051

Rory was…

roryStPatsHatC06082

…not impressed, shall we say.

roryfreddyzakStPatsHatC06083

…Izaak, on the other hand…

zakStPatsHatC06083

zakStPatsHatC06095

zakStPatsHatC06092

…Zak really seemed to have fun with it.

zakStPatsHatC06065

It actually has a lining in it so it will fit on a person’s head, but if that wasn’t there, Zak would have gone all the way inside it.

zakroryStPatsHatC06072

Zak playing with the hat renewed Rory’s interest in it…a little.

zakStPatsHatC06075

But ultimately she just left it to Zak and found something else to play with.

Aby-a-Day – 16 Mars: Bear necessities (Swedish Saturday)

In Sweden, we have a thing called REKO-Ring. REKO means “Real Consumption” (Konsumtion in Swedish) and is a way to shop for locally produced food, without intermediaries. Consumers and producers merge and start a REKO ring where locally produced products are sold directly from producer to consumer. In Skövde, our local REKO-Ring has a Facebook page where the producers post what they have available, and then people who want to buy something comment on the post saying what they want to get. Then, on alternate Wednesdays, we meet in a parking lot at a hockey arena two stops on the bus line from our house.

bearmeatC05749

Well, just as I despairing of finding a really great birthday present for Björn, I happened to check the REKO-Ring Skövde Facebook page. And I found a post from Lilla Spännefalla, and they had all kinds of game for sale. Including bear meat from Jämtland in the north of Sweden.

zakfreddybearmeatC05786

I ordered a “Bear Box” and got steaks, ground bear meat, and chunks.
I have only had bear a couple of times, and it is delicious. The first time was in 2000, when I found it for sale in an Asian grocery store in Boston. I then had it again when we canned bear meat for sale in the duty-free on the ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki. Then I got to eat it again when we went to a medieval restaurant in Taillinn. But the thing is…The name Björn is the same as the Swedish word for bear. So when I found bear meat available for sale just before Björn’s birthday, I knew I had the perfect gift.

zakfreddybearmeatC05788

Bear meat is delicious. You have to make sure all the fat is removed, because it can add a slightly rancid flavour to the meat. The basic rule of thumb is, “Season like beef, cook like pork.” This is because like pigs, bears and raccoons are omnivores, and their meat can cause Trichinosis if it is not cooked well.

zakfreddybearmeatC05761

So, sorry guys…you don’t get to try it raw.

everyonebearmeatC05834

Despite not getting to try it raw, the bear meat attracted quite a crowd.

rorybearmeatC05843

Lorelai, of course, had to get on Björn’s shoulder to supervise.

zakbearmeatC05851

Izaak made sure Björn cooked it thoroughly.

bearmeatC05859

bearmeatC05872

And he did.

bearmeatC05878

Served with plain potato wedges and mushrooms, it was a delicious birthday dinner…

angeljakebearmeatC05879

…which some people in the house were eager to sample.

zakbearmeatC05883

zakbearmeatC05892

Zak was the first to taste bear meat whilst the plates were still on the coffee table.

rorybearmeatC05905

Everyone else got their tastes in the kitchen. Rory LOVED it.

roryjakeC05906

jakerorybearmeatC05910

Jacoby tried to steal her piece, but she managed to keep it for herself. But don’t worry, Jake got a couple of pieces of the bear meat.

freddybearmeatC05914

Alfred took his piece so quickly…

freddybearmeatC05915

…I couldn’t even capture it with my camera. Fast Freddy!

angeljakebearmeatC05920

Angel took her sample gingerly…

angelbearmeatC05927

…and ran away from all the other cats to eat it in peace.

angelbearmeatC05933

It took her a little longer to finish it, because of her three teeth, so she wanted to eat it someplace safe.

jakerorybearmeatC05947

I guess we can add bear meat to the things Abyssinians (and Singapuras) will eat.

Aby-a-Day – 11 Mars: The rest of Lorelai’s vet visit (Medical Monday)

Last week I posted about Lorelai’s first visit to Min Vetrinär.

angelvetC05915

But that wasn’t the whole story.

freddyvetC05918

We took all the Abys to the vet that day. This was before Izaak joined our family, of course.

freddyvetC05923

Alfred got busy exploring the doctor’s supplies.

freddyvetC05926

Freddy! That’s marked “biohazard” for a reason! Get your face out of there!

freddyvetC05930

Oh? It’s my turn?

freddyvetC05922

Wait…a shot? Nobody told me about a shot…

roryfredvetC05947

After the shot, Freddy was a little jarred.

roryfredvetC05937

But he had his new little sister to cheer him up.

angelroryvetC06018

Next up was Angel.

angelvetC05998

Being the oldest cat, this was definitely not her first rodeo.

angelvetC06004

But that doesn’t mean she enjoys it.

angelvetC06009

She took her vaccination like a champ, though.

jakevetC05988

The last cat to be checked out was Jacoby.

jakeminvetC05995

jakevetC05991

He is always so good at getting his shots. Like everything else he does…he’s just bulletproof.

jakevetteethC06022

I wanted the vet to take a look at Jake’s teeth.

jakevetteethC06023

He’s an Aby, a breed known for bad teeth…but he was nine years old and had never even had a cleaning. When Angel was his age, most of her teeth were gone already.

jakeminvetC06025

But Jake has awesome teeth. Partly because he lets me scrape and brush them…but partly because he just got lucky in the genetic roulette.

bjornroryvetC06036

All in all, a pretty good day at the veterinarian.

Aby-a-Day – 10 Mars: Alfred and Logan playing (Cinema Sunday)

I posted a few of the photos from this series back when I rebooted this blog, but in looking for photos to commemorate Logan’s birthday, I finished editing the rest of them.

freddytunnelC01673

These photos were taken three days after Logan came to live with us.

freddylogantunnelC01677

freddylogantunnelC01680

freddylogantunnelC01684

Alfred, coming from a litter of five, was excited to see a cat his age in our house. The adult cats mostly just hissed at him.

freddylogantunnelC01686

Logan was…less thrilled to meet Freddy.

freddylogantunnelC01687

He even managed to chase him off, despite being a month younger and tiny.

freddylogantunnelC01690

But then Logan attacked Freddy!

freddylogantunnelC01692

freddylogantunnelC01694

And Freddy was so excited! A playmate at last!

freddylogantunnelC01695

But Logan proved to be a tough adversary.

freddylogantunnelC01700

And Freddy actually ran away!

freddylogantunnelC01702

freddylogantunnelC01703

logantunnelC01705

logantunnelC01707

logantunnelC01711

logantunnelC01714

With Freddy out of the room, Logan felt free to play with the tunnel we had.

logantunnelC01715

logantunnelC01722

It was so much fun!

logantunnelC01727

Somehow, he managed to put the tunnel in its more conventional horizontal position.

logantunnelC01729

logantunnelC01730

logantunnelC01732

logantunnelC01734

logantunnelC01735

logantunnelC01739

logantunnelC01742

Logan was having a lot of fun playing with the tunnel by himself.

logantunnelC01743

logantunnelC01746

logantunnelC01751

logantunnelC01754

logantunnelC01756

A lot of fun.

logantunnelC01758

logantunnelC01759

logantunnelC01761

logantunnelC01762

logantunnelC01764

logantunnelC01766

So much fun, in fact…

freddylogantunnelC01771

…That he didn’t notice that Freddy had returned! (Look closely at the photo above.)

logantunnelC01772

freddylogantunnelC01774

freddylogantunnelC01775

logantunnelC01781

Wait…what?

freddylogantunnelC01783

freddylogantunnelC01785

freddylogantunnelC01787

Suddenly…Freddy!

freddylogantunnelC01789

freddylogantunnelC01790

freddylogantunnelC01791

freddylogantunnelC01793

freddylogantunnelC01794

freddylogantunnelC01798

Logan defended himself brilliantly.

freddylogantunnelC01799

freddylogantunnelC01800

freddylogantunnelC01801

freddylogantunnelC01802

freddylogantunnelC01805

Especially considering that he was a month younger and a kilo lighter than Freddy.

freddylogantunnelC01807

freddylogantunnelC01810

freddylogantunnelC01816

freddylogantunnelC01818

freddylogantunnelC01820

freddylogantunnelC01821

Such a fierce little cat!

freddylogantunnelC01823

freddylogantunnelC01829

freddylogantunnelC01834

Look at those airplane ears!

freddylogantunnelC01835

freddylogantunnelC01836

freddylogantunnelC01837

freddylogantunnelC01838

Don’t mess with Logan!

freddylogantunnelC01839

freddytunnelC01840

Oh, wait.

Looking just at these photos, you would never know they’d end up being so closely bonded.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take videos of this play session, but I got this one of Logan playing with Kalle and a wand toy.

And this one of Freddy and Logan playing in the spare bedroom, aka the “kitten room.” Both videos were made the first few days Logan came to live with us.