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!