Aby-a-Day – 11 June: “Half-way happy” birthday

Today is the day we celebrate Angel’s birthday. If her breeder is who we think she is, then Angel’s birthday is actually the 4th of July, angel11bdayC06241

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Even though I have my (well-supported) suspicions as to Angel’s origins, we still celebrate her birthday on 11 June.

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I made the usual cat food can cake…except I hadn’t any of the solid heart-shaped Poesie cat foods on hand. I only had the mushy “in sauce” variety (because we get it as free samples at cat shows). But we made it work.

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Angel, however, was a bit intimidated by the flame on the candles. Or she was upset that food wasn’t being presented in the designated food place. Not sure which.

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However, once the candles were out, Angel was all about eating her cake.

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Hey! It’s hard to eat with only three teeth, okay?!

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So, stuff it, right?

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Happy 11th birthday, Angel!

Aby-a-Day – 1 June: Rory and Rudolf (Fashion Friday)

As my regular readers know, I am a big fan of Lisa Larson, especially her cats.

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So, for my birthday, Björn managed to find me a Japanese Lisa Larson plush Rudolf!

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I joke that it is clearly an Abyssinian; he’s brown, with clear banding.

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Lorelai can’t quite decide how she feels about Rudolf.

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It’s a funny thing, the way the Japanese have embraced Lisa Larson’s cats, and yet it isn’t at all. They have co-opted Finland’s Moomins to the point where I legit thought Moomins were Japanese before Sanna-Leena set me straight.

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But the Lisa Larson obsession, especially her cats, makes complete sense. Lisa’s round, friendly cat faces are right up Japan’s alley.

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A match made in heaven, one might say.

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Don’t worry…no Lisa Larson Japanese cat plushies were harmed in the making of this post.

Happy 13th Birthday, Kylie!

Today is Kylie’s 13th birthday! She and Tessie are still living happily in Boston. They’re a bit older, but doing well.

Aby-a-Day – 14 April: Number nine…number nine…number nine…

Today is Jacoby’s 9th birthday.

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We celebrated with the usual Poesie cat food cake.

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I barely got the candle lit before he started eating.

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I know we all learned from Jungle Book that cats are afraid of fire..

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…but that is apparently not the case when there is meat attached to that fire.

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I hope he didn’t singe too many whiskers.

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I had to blow out his candle, he was so eager to eat.

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Um, Jake? You don’t need to open your mouth THAT wide…

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Angel came to share some cat food cake.

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Apparently the way-too-wide-open eating mouth thing is a general Aby trait. Chill, Angel. It’s just food.

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Finally Alfred joined the party.

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My three Abys, ladies and gentlemen…foodaholics!

Happy Birthday, Molly!

One of my best friends in the Abyssinian world, Molly of Tigerflower Abyssinians, has a couple of major life events happening this month. At the end of the month, she is retiring…but today is her 80th birthday! Since Molly considers the CFA her extended family, I am trying to create a birthday greetings blitz with her friends. So…HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOLLY!

Molly has been breeding Abyssinians under the cattery name Tigerflower for over thirty years. Mainly working with dilutes, she’s raised countless litters of beautiful, title-winning Abys. Besides her Abyssinians, Molly followed a long New York fashion career – on staff at Mademoiselle and Glamour Magazines, freelance writing for Town & Country, wardrobe and speech writing for the Miss America pageants…she even once met Jack Benny!

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I met Molly at a show in Groton, CT back in 2011. It was a memorable show for many reasons: Jacoby achieved his Grand Premiership, I met Richard of Chanan for the first time, and Jake and I dressed up as ancient Egyptians because the second day of the show fell on Halloween. But among the most memorable things was meeting Molly and Red Ferne Moses2 of Tigerflower.

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He was quite the little firecracker, little Mosey!

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He did well at that show, too.

When I lived in Boston, Molly lived in Orlando, FL and then in New Jersey, so we didn’t get to see her very often…but she did come to a couple of NEMO shows. This is the group of my friends and I after the first day of the first NEMO show…Molly supplied the plastic wine sippy cups.

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She and her young red boy, Nik, were enchanted by this spectator at that show.

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Molly was one of the few people who came to Björn’s and my wedding…in fact, having guests at our wedding at all was Molly’s idea!

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If it hadn’t been for her, we would not have had a wedding party.

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She also gave us this incredible stained-glass Aby, which hangs in our front room window in our apartment where we can see it every day.

So…Molly…give your beloved Clawdius a hug from all of us here in Sweden…and have an absolutely marvelous birthday party! We wish we could be there to help you celebrate!

Aby-a-Day – 11 March: Birthdays, party of three (Swedish Sunday)

The beginning of March is a big deal chez Hellqvist. Not only is it the anniversary of Björn writing the letter to me that started all this Swedish stuff, it is also Kalle’s, Logan’s and Björn’s birthdays.

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All in a row like that, too. Kalle’s is the 7th, Logan’s is the 9th, and Björn’s is the 10th. In fact, Logan’s birthday is one of the “signs” that lead us to getting him.

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Usually, Björn makes a fabulous cake, but then, we usually have a big party with all the family over for dinner. Since we had a quiet birthday weekend at home this year, Björn bought a ready-made prinsesstårta instead.

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After the candles were blown out, Logan wandered into the kitchen, so I snapped some photos of all the birthday boys.

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Logan was interested in the cake…but Singapuras aren’t as food-obsessed as Abys are.

Sidenote…Ha! I just noticed that prinsesstårtor are the same colour as our boiling kettle!

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When it was time to cut the cake…guess who came in to co-opt Logan’s share?
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And yes, you know Jacoby, the baked-goods-lover, actually ate some of the cake!

Aby-a-Day – 21 February: Wordless Wednesday (The birthdays you missed)

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