Aby-a-Day – 2 Juli 2020: My birthday present finally arrived! (Thursday Things)

My birthday was a month ago, but my big gift from Björn arrived today: a Baby Yoda doll!

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Izaak (rather amusingly) was quite interested in the little green doll.

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The Baby Yoda doll also makes sounds.

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Lorelai did not like the sounds!

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I have a little Lego-compatible Baby Yoda in his Sphere, so…yeah.

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He (or she) has a cup of bone broth and a Sorgan frog.

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The detail on this doll is spectacular. Hard to believe it’s meant for children over three.

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Rory still doesn’t trust it, though.

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I love it, though. Thank you, Björn!

Aby-a-Day – 11 Juni 2020: Happy 13th birthday, Angel! (Thursday Things)

Despite strong evidence to the contrary, 11 June is the day we celibrate Angel’s birthday, and today she is 13.

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Despite having done this eleven times before, Angel was still a bit wary of the candles.

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She got over it pretty quickly. You know, food…Abys…

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I blew out her candles, but she was still a little skeptical.

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But eventually Angel tucked in.

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Once she started to eat, it was game over.

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And now, she is a woman.

Happy birthday, Kylie!

Today is Kylie’s 15th birthday! She and Tessie are both healthy and happy back in Boston.

Happy Birthday, Jacoby…

…it should have been your 11th birthday today. I will always love you, Strollercat.

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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!

Aby-a-Day – 25 Juni: Dashiell and Taz (Cartoon Tuesday)

This isn’t really a cartoon, but today Meg sent me the most wonderful photo of Dashiell interacting with a portrait of Taz, painted by her friend Rose Gates. It’s so very sweet, the way Dash is touching Taz’s face. I think he really will be a special cat indeed…Meg’s comment: “Dash is awed by Rose Gates’ Taz portrait. ‘I want to grow up to be a star like this guy!'” I hope he will.

Also, whilst cleaning my clothing cupboard the other day, I also found this charming birthday card Meg sent me.

I think it was last year, before Taz died. It’s perfect…and it does look a bit like a fawn silver Aby…

Aby-a-Day – 14 Juni: All Angel’s birthdays (Flashback Friday)

As you saw from Wednesday’s post, Angel turned 12 this year. When we got her from Purebreds Plus Rescue, they didn’t know her birthday, so I chose 11 June as the day she could have been born on. Last year, I got confirmation that she was most likely actually born on 4 July 2007, but my dad’s birthday is the 4th of July, so I just keep celebrating on 11 June. She was a year and three (or two) months old when I adopted her, so we missed her first birthday…but here is a photo of me with her on her second birthday.

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Angel on her 3rd birthday…still not used to those candles.

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Here is Angel and me on Angel’s 4th birthday.

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Angel’s 5th birthday fell on a Monday, so we celebrated with Hipstamatic photos.

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Look how proud Angel looks to be 6 years old!

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Angel’s 7th birthday was her first in our new apartment, and she had her cake on the window seat.

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Angel couldn’t wait to eat her 8th birthday cake! I’m surprised she didn’t singe her whiskers!

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Her 9th birthday was our last in Boston. She seemed a little intimidated by all the candles.

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So, of course, Angel’s 10th birthday was her first in Sweden.

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Last year’s birthday…I can’t remember what was going on with the candles. Either her birthday took us by surprise, so we used whatever oddball candles we had…or I was just matching the colours. And now she is 12…that’s a pretty incredible accomplishment.

Aby-a-Day – 12 Juni: Wordless Wednesday (Happy 12th Birthday, Angel!)

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Aby-a-Day – 1 Juni: A birthday frame-up (Swedish Saturday)

Today is my birthday! Not a very eventful one (that’s next year), but a birthday nonetheless.

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Most of the “celebrating” will be done next week, as Björn has to work this weekend, but next weekend we’ll be at a cat show. But I did get a gift: Björn had my magpie print framed! It’s an unusual size, so he had to have it done custom.

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A bit of backstory, now, since apparently I never really posted about the magpie tattoo that was my introduction to my fabulous artist Linus. When I went in for the very first consultation, I was hopeful that the person I met with could really do magpies with Japanese maple leaves really well. Well, walking up to the house, the first thing I saw was a gorgeous red Japanese maple tree planted in the yard. Then, I went inside, and saw a trio of gorgeous prints, including the magpie at the top of this post. Then I met Linus, and when I mentioned that I loved the magpie print, he proudly told me that he had drawn it!

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Well, needless to say, I knew I had found my artist! Here is the finished tattoo…these are actually Yellow-Billed Magpies, which are only found in the Sacramento/San Joaquin valley of Northern California, where I grew up. Everywhere else, magpies have black beaks. This is similar to my Western Grey Fox tattoo, which is also a native California species.

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Whilst trying to capture my newly-framed print, of course somecat had to come investigate…

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Okay, I think the frame is Singapura approved!

Happy 14th Birthday, Kylie!

Today is Kylie’s 14th birthday. She was such a tiny kitten when we got her…

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…and here she is on St. Patrick’s Day, ignoring the parade.

Aby-a-Day – 14 April: Happy Birthday, Jacoby (Cinema Sunday)

Today would have been Jacoby’s 10th birthday. We had candles already for such a special birthday. I made a cake anyway, for all the other cats to share.

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Unlike Jake, the other cats were a bit taken aback by the burning candles.

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Naturally, Alfred was the least afraid of the fire, because it was on food.

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Once the flame was extinguished, though, they all tucked right in.

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Jake loved the birthday ritual. He was never afraid of the candles and usually had a few singed whiskers after the candles were extinguished.

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He also loved plastic springs.

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I gave him a fresh package of them last year.

However where as most cats bat them, chase them or carry them around in their mouths, but not our Jake. A still photo could never capture his technique, so here is a video I managed to capture.

All Jacoby’s Birthdays

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Aby-a-Day – 2 April: Birthday pub quiz sketches (Cartoon Tuesday)

A couple of weeks ago, we did the pub quiz again. It was our friend Roger’s birthday, so I did a birthday-themes sketch with Lorelai.

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I also did one with her beloved red dot as well.

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And, of course I wanted to practice Izaak, too. It wasn’t our best night, but we had a really good time.

Aby-a-Day – 25 Mars: That next step is a doozy! (Cartoon Tuesday)

My sister’s birthday is this weekend, and, as I always do, I sent her a card. And, as I usually do, I included a little cartoon of Jacoby.

My sister is five years younger than me, and thus is turning 49 this year. That next step really IS a doozy!