Aby-a-Day – 3 November: Look out for that treeeeeee! (Silly Swedish Saturday)

The other day we took the kittens out again before it gets too cold. Lorelai ran as fast as she could to her beloved trees.

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She always looks so funny…she runs so fast and so hard, with every ounce of strength she can muster.

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And the way she attacks those trees…

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…she’s just a little bit crazed, really.

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But I will say this for our little Rory…

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…She throws herself all into whatever it is she’s trying to do.

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No matter how tall the tree, Rory’s gonna climb it!

Aby-a-Day – 25 October: “Come, Boy, climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and be happy” (Thursday Things)

On one of our outdoor excursions, Lorelai and Izaak were very interested in the trees.

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Rory actually managed to climb a tree! Two trees, in fact.

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When she got up into the first tree, she was so proud of herself.

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Zak tried…

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…but ended up sharing Rory’s view from the ground level.

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Then Rory conquered her second tree.

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There was a moment where she contemplated climbing higher…

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…Like, really considered it.

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Fortunately, she decided to stay where she was and enjoy the view.

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Which, admittedly, is pretty great on a warm autumn afternoon.

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Zak tried to climb this tree, too, and join Rory up there…

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…But again, he wasn’t as successful as she was.

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Rory loved it up there.

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Then she jumped down from that tree and tackled the biggest, tallest, deadest tree in our yard. It’s too big for me to get my arms around it, that’s how big it is.

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Sadly, it is dying from Dutch Elm Disease; it didn’t have any leaves this year. As a matter of fact, they just cut it down this morning.

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Zak really wanted to climb a tree like Rory. The fact that he tried so hard to climb that enormous tree was adorable. First, he studied it closely…

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…Then he took a step back to size it up.

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Rory gave it some thought, too…

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…and then ran off to try out another tree instead.

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Zak, of course, trundled along after her.

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Rory was hilarious to watch, tackling every tree she could.

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Zak…tried very hard. He never quite made it, though.

Aby-a-Day – 19 July – “Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing” (Thursday

Lorelai is the kind of cat we have always wanted.

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Oh! There she is now!

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Yes, Rory is that rarest of cats…

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…the kind of cat I have only had twice before…

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…Yes, Rory is…

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…a shoulder cat! And she will jump from a high surface down onto your shoulder, or she will climb up to your shoulder from the ground. Suddenly. And without warning. Especially on the day before claw-clipping day.

Aby-a-Day – 24 May: Graceful, agile, elegant Abys (Thursday Things)

When we went to our local DjurMagazinet, Alfred checked out the cat trees.

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They have a really good selection, but here in Europe they seem to cover cat trees with sisal and faux fur fabric rather than carpeting.

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Freddy was just happily playtesting the trees when…

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…This happened. Not gonna lie, I laughed. He totally reminded me of this cartoon I did 5 years ago!

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But I mean, look at his feet (and hand)! I had to highlight them…because, well…look at them!

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Meanwhile, Lorelai was having trouble managing her new harness and leash.

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Then she decided she wanted to be up in my lap.

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Ambition and ability are, sadly, two very different things.

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She wasn’t fazed, though.

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Quite the opposite, in fact. She was gathering herself up for another attempt.

Aby-a-Day – 4 June: “Snazzy” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Snazzy.”

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I have this very snazzy, super deluxe, floor-to-ceiling cat tree from Drs. Foster and Smith. I had it in the kitchen of my old apartment in Somerville, and Harri, Patrick, Tessie, Kylie and Gun-Hee all loved it.

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Patrick especially loved it.

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I mean, he really loved it.

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I got it in 2005 as a replacement for the older, blue one I’d brought with me from Atlanta, which was getting a little ragged. Patrick couldn’t wait for us to unpack it.

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He even helped to assemble it.

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He could not even wait for it to be put together before he was climbing on it!

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Sadly, it wasn’t tall enough for the very high ceilings in the old condo, so when I moved out of my apartment in March 2009, the awesome tree went into storage.

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When I got Angel in 2008, I wasn’t spending much time at my old apartment although I still kept it for a few months after I married. I’m not sure if she has ever seen this cat tree (but she really loved the floor-to-ceiling cat tree my mom has at her house, and wasted no time climbing it). I know Jacoby never has, since it was put into storage before he was even born!

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But on Monday, it was packed up to go to Sweden.

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It was pretty amazing to watch the mover pack it up in paper.

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We decided not to take it apart, except for the very top, spring-loaded part.

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He was so fast! I couldn’t imagine wrapping up a cat tree in moving paper…but then, he’s a professional.

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So, here’s my snazzy cat tree, all packed up and ready to go. Next stop, Sweden!

Aby-a-Day – 30 March: Angel and her sisters

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Aby-a-Day – 28 January: Pile-up on the cat superhighway

This is why it’s so important to have a two-way cat superhighway.

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Angel is pretty much trapped up there in the top box while Jacoby (and Tessie) block her one way down. And don’t think it’s accidental. Jake just wants to be up there in that top spot…and Tessie is just “helping.”

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I had wanted to eventually create some kind of way down to the windowsill on the other side, but it never happened. However, Björn and I are already planning a walkway in his (our!) apartment what will be a two-way street. He also has a balcony that is going to be a cat paradise when I get finished with it. Now if I could only just move there!