Aby-a-Day – 9 Mars 2020: Happy birthday, Logan

Today would have been Logan’s third birthday had he not gotten FIP.

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We only got to light one candle for him.

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He only got one birthday present.

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I know we have great cats, and I love Izaak, and Dash and Lorelai…but sometimes I miss Logan.

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 – 10 Februari 2020: Happy 2nd birthday, Lorelai!

Today is Lorelai’s second birthday!

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Before, in Boston, our cat birthdays were more spread out: Tessie in August, Jacoby and Kylie (and Harri) in April, Angel in June, and Patrick in October. Even Logan’s birthday was in March. But now, four of our five cats have birthdays in the first two months of the year: Dashiell and Izaak on the 4th and 26th of January, and Alfred and Rory on the 4th and 10th of February.

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So, here we are…Rory’s two years old today!

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Rory was very intimidated by the candle flame. Enough so that she didn’t want to get anywhere near her delicious cake.

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Finally, Rory just noped out of there. No candles for her!

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Once the candle was extinguished, Rory wasted no time tucking into her birthday cake.

Aby-a-Day – 4 Februari 2020: Happy 3rd birthday, Alfred!

Today is Alfred’s third birthday! But before we get to his birthday photos, a little backstory…

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A couple of weeks ago, I walked into the kitchen and found…this. Gee…wonder who broke into the cabinet with the cat food?

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And I mean…he was fierce! These little heart things are metal! Guess there’s nothing wrong with Freddy’s teeth.

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Of course, Freddy looked as innocent as he could whilst trying to pin it on Izaak or Dashiell.

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Don’t worry, Dash. I know it wasn’t you.

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Anyway, at the time, I threatened to give him the heart he mangled for his birthday cake. And I put it in the fridge. So…I made good on my threat.

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Freddy…was not impressed.

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I went so far as to put it on the floor for him.

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You can practically see the thought bubble over his head: “Seriously?”

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Finally, I relented and gave Freddy his real birthday cake.

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If you’re wondering why his cake is decorated with a slice of ham…it’s because I turned my back on the cake for a second while prepping it, just to get rid of the packaging, and Freddy jumped up on the table and started wolfing it down!

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Unlike some cats, Freddy was a little intimidated by the lit candle. But he found a workaround.

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I blew out his candle, and he tucked in.

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Of course, he scarfed the ham down first.

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While Freddy was eating, Zak tried to share Freddy’s cake. BIG mistake.

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Much like Joey, Freddy doesn’t share food!

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Zak was utterly offended. I mean, just look at his face!

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Then, when Freddy wasn’t looking, Lorelai gave it a shot.

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BLOCKED!

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Funny…Rory has the same look on her face that Zak did.

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“Dad!! Freddy won’t share!”

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Freddy finally did share his cake, when he was down to a few crumbs.

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Oh, come on, Fred! You do not get to pull that face!

Aby-a-Day – 26 Januari 2020: Happy 2nd birthday, Izaak!

Today is Izaak’s second birthday!

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Zak was a bit taken aback by the flame on his birthday candle.

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But since we have a show in two weeks, probably best not to get his whiskers all singed and twisty.

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Zak’s birthday present was a catnip fish that was supposed to flop around like a live fish.

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Turns out, the site was a scam, and the fishes don’t move. They’re just stuffed catnip fish.

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Luckily…

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…Zak didn’t care. He loved the fish, with or without gimmick.

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Unlike last year’s birthday, Zak was not as hesitant to tuck into his non-raw birthday cake.

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Happy second birthday, Izaak!

Aby-a-Day – 4 Januari 2020: Happy 1st birthday, Dashiell!

Today is Dashiell’s first birthday!

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As always, he got his very own cat food cake to celebrate.

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At first, the flame didn’t bother him at all.

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Until it did.

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We blew the candle out, but he still didn’t trust his cake.

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Even after we took the candle away completely, he was still afraid to come near his cake. We tried to coax Dash back to it…

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…NOPE.

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Finally, Dash got a whiff of the smell of his cake and came closer.

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And he discovered it was tasty and delicious!

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YUM!

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I also gave him his birthday present, a mouse made by the Da Bird people. Dash likes realistic mousies, so I thought this was perfect for him.

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And, at first it seemed that the mousie was better than his cake…

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almost being the operative word here. Happy birthday, Dashiell!

Happy Sweet Sixteen, Tessie!

I can’t believe it, but Tessie is sixteen years old today! She is still very healthy and happy, although she has got a bit of arthritis. I miss her so much…but I know she is happy with Kylie back in Boston. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TESSIE!