Aby-a-Day – 17 November: Collecting Alfred (Swedish Saturday)

Jacoby, Björn, Kalle and I had spent a long weekend in Tallinn for a cat show. On the way back, on 6 June, we met Karin at Stockholm’s Centralstation to collect Alfred.

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We got there a little early, so we had lunch in the food court.

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Jacoby was his usual well-behaved self, as always.

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Titti and Emma also met us at the station so they could see Jake and Kalle, and also meet Freddy. Tittl and Kalle stayed at the table with the luggage whilst Björn, Emma, Jake and I went to the parking lot to meet Karin with Freddy.

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We walked to Karin’s little yellow car excitedly.

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Karin brought Freddy out and introduced him to Jake.

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Which went…

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…about as well as could be expected.

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Karin, Freddy and I sat in the car whilst we dealt with Freddy’s paperwork.

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Emma helped keep Freddy amused.

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We didn’t think Jake was ready to share his stroller, so we put Freddy into a carrier, said goodby to Karin, and went to rejoin Kalle and Titti.

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Back in the station, we all got acquainted whilst waiting for train back to Skövde.

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Having gotten his hissing out of the way, Jake was very curious about the newcomer.

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This time, Freddy was the one hissing. Which I found a bit surprising, since Freddy had four littermates and grew up with three adult cats. I didn’t expect him to be so defensive.

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I think Jake was a little taken aback by Freddy’s reaction, too. They had words.

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Jake broke the spell with a nose-lick.

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By that time, our train was ready to depart, so we packed Freddy into the carrier with his baby blanket and headed out to the platform, homeward bound.

Aby-a-Day – 7 August: Hela familjen (Cartoon Tuesday)

Björn’s daughter Emma came to visit us this past weekend, and she presented each of us with this drawing of all the cats. She’s just turned eight years old and is getting a bit clever: she only did one drawing and gave me, Björn and Kalle each a photocopy, saying it was “easier than doing three different drawings”!

Aby-a-Day – 17 April: When we got married (Cartoon Tuesday)

I had this post scheduled long before I even knew Logan was sick…But I will leave it here and come back to my Logan eulogy tomorrow. Thank you all for your comments…I read all of them if I don’t always respond. Just know that Björn and I are grateful for all of you.)

Tomorrow is the second anniversary of Björn’s and my wedding. Last year, Emma drew this picture of what she thought our wedding looked like. Okay…Jacoby wasn’t there, and my hair isn’t that long…but otherwise it’s pretty accurate!

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This is what we really looked like. See? Pretty close, right?

Aby-a-Day – 9 January: Emma’s fan art (Cartoon Tuesday)

Björn’s 7 year old daughter Emma lives near Stockholm with her mother. She loves cats and drawing (a girl after my own heart!) and, since Jacoby has decided that he doesn’t like going to cat shows anymore, when we go to a show in that area, we take Jake along and he stays with them while we show Logan.

Emma drew the above picture of Jake during one visit…

…Based on this.

She came to visit us for her birthday, and (as every little girl who has ever seen him has done) she absolutely fell in love with Logan. She drew this picture of him…

…Based on this. She’s got a good eye!

Aby-a-Day – December 20: Lush Fun!

Today I met Björn’s two children, Emma (5) and Kalle (almost 13). Of all the things I thought I would be in life, a mom was never one of them…but now I’ll be a stepmom. That I can handle though – it’s like being a cool aunt, only fulltime.

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Actually, only Kalle lives with Björn. Emma lives with her mother in Stockholm, so we only will get to see her once in a while. Kalle loves cats, and he’s excited to live with two Abyssinians. We’ve all met on FaceTime, and I think Kalle and Angel, especially, will get along wonderfully.

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When we first met her with Kalle and their mother, Titti, it was at a coffeeshop in Stockholm’s Centralstation. Emma was busy with a packet of Lush Fun moldable clay.

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I’m sure Björn was a bit worried as to how I’d bond with Emma, since she only speaks a little English. Well, once I saw the soap clay…I knew what to do. I sat down and had Björn ask her if I could have a bit of her soap. She said yes, so I took off my coat and got to work.

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Because what better way to bond with your soon-to-be stepdaughter who loves kitties and pink things than by making her a pink Jacoby out of soap?

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Needless to say, it worked like a charm. Well, that, and the robot leopard I gave her for Christmas.