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!
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…
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.
Angel on her 3rd birthday…still not used to those candles.
Here is Angel and me on Angel’s 4th birthday.
Angel’s 5th birthday fell on a Monday, so we celebrated with Hipstamatic photos.
Look how proud Angel looks to be 6 years old!
Angel’s 7th birthday was her first in our new apartment, and she had her cake on the window seat.
Angel couldn’t wait to eat her 8th birthday cake! I’m surprised she didn’t singe her whiskers!
Her 9th birthday was our last in Boston. She seemed a little intimidated by all the candles.
So, of course, Angel’s 10th birthday was her first in Sweden.
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.
Today is my birthday! Not a very eventful one (that’s next year), but a birthday nonetheless.
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.
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!
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.
Whilst trying to capture my newly-framed print, of course somecat had to come investigate…
Okay, I think the frame is Singapura approved!
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.
Unlike Jake, the other cats were a bit taken aback by the burning candles.
Naturally, Alfred was the least afraid of the fire, because it was on food.
Once the flame was extinguished, though, they all tucked right in.
Jake loved the birthday ritual. He was never afraid of the candles and usually had a few singed whiskers after the candles were extinguished.
He also loved plastic springs.
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.