Aby-a-Day – 20 Februari: Wordless Wednesday (Adoorable Lorelai)

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Aby-a-Day – December 22: Cat on a Hat Rack (Hipstamatic Monday)

The other evening, Jacoby discovered a new perch.

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Now, you all know that we built all kinds of high cat perches right into the design of our new apartment when we moved, right?

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Right. Because the kitties spend more time in the apartment than we do, and they like their perches.

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So it’s not like Jake is deprived of high places. Not at all.

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That being said…yeah. Jake finally noticed we have a hat rack.

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And he realised he could get up onto it and see the apartment from a new vantage point.

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He was exceedingly proud of himself, too.

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Mind you, this isn’t a solid shelf. It’s an IKEA Tjusig hat rack, and the top shelf is round metal bars spaced at least an inch apart.

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A cat has to be careful up there.

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It’s a balancing act.

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If you look carefully, you’ll notice Jake keeps his back feet on the solid wooden part of the shelf, just in case.

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I have no idea how he jumped up there, though. There’s a cabinet nearby, but there’s a good space between the cabinet and the hat rack, and it must have taken a clever leap to land without a foot slipping through those bars.

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I wish I’d seen it.

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You can see how proud he was of himself for getting up there.

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He was also pretty pleased that I noticed his accomplishment and was taking photos of him.

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And he always loves it when he’s taller than I am.

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I wish you could hear the purring.

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I also don’t know how Jake got down from here. I wandered off to do something else, and the next thing I knew, he’d gotten down to follow me. He is such a character!

Aby-a-Day – November 12: Wordless Wednesday (Is my cousin from Japan)

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Aby-a-Day – March 26: Wordless Wednesday (Closet Case)

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Aby-a-Day – February 28: Angel on high (Friday Flashback)

Last week I posted about how much Jacoby is going to love our newly catified apartment, but Angel will get a huge kick out of it, too.

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The very first night I had Angel, she climbed to the top of the cat tree in my mom’s house.

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And she kept going when she got to the top!

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My mom’s place is actually naturally cat-friendly, with the addition of that one cat tree.

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My mom’s cats never thought to go up there, though. Angel did it almost immediately! I guess some things just need an Aby’s touch.

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When we first built our IKEA Pax cabinets, Angel was right there, helping.

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She was up on top of the first one before we’d even finished assembling it.

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I don’t remember how she even got up there!

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But she immediately tried to go even higher!

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It will be interesting to see how she reacts to the cat shelves in the new apartment.

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I just hope they don’t fight over the good spots!

Aby-a-Day – February 20: Catification chez nous

As most of you know by now, we are moving to a new apartment in our building. It’s exciting, and a lot of work. Our building has an open plan, and when the interiors were first built out, the original buyers (which we were, also, in our current apartment) had options as to how the units were built out. In our case, the optional second bedroom wasn’t built out…but we wanted it, so we’re having it built back in according to the original plans.

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Of course, a new apartment affords us a chance to create a haven not only for ourselves, but for the cats as well. While my husband won’t let me go completely crazy the way they did in The Cats’ House or the $35,000 Complete Cat House, or get the German Cat Climbing Furniture, but we are creating something of a Cat Superhighway in our new home.

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Originally, there was an open space between the living room and the middle room.

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We had that made into a solid wall. And we’re installing two sets of Sophia Cat Shelves alongside the television.

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One hasn’t been mounted yet because it has a missing piece, so that’s why there are only three on the wall right now.

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Look how high the top one is! Jacoby is going to love this.

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The new middle room is going to be my art room, and it will also have a television on the wall (I watch TV while I work instead of listening to music). My original concept was this:

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But we decided not to surround the TV with shelves, so instead of the Hemnes piece, we opted for IKEA’s Bestå TV stand. The cool thing about Bestå is that you can arrange pieces on the IKEA website to see how they’ll look.

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This is what our setup should look like (I’m not entirely sure about the doors, though).

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Then, we’ll add a few Ekby Tryggve shelves and Valter brackets, painted to match the wall.

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I painted them all myself on Monday.

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And this is what my workroom wall should look like!

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This was the concept I had for our bedroom. It was to be custom-built, but that proved too expensive.

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I came up with a way of assembling different sizes of Expedit units to create the same staircase effect for a lot less money. The people at IKEA were pretty impressed, actually.

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It’s 8 squares by 8 squares, 10 feet by 10 feet. It should work well.

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And it should look something like this. I can’t wait to build it and see what Jake thinks!

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Because right now, he thinks this is an awesomely high place to sit. He has no idea what’s in store for him in a couple of weeks!

Aby-a-Day – December 16: “Up high is where I like to be…” Hipstamatic Monday

Doesn’t Jacoby look happy?

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Why do you suppose that is?

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Why is he so pleased?

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He’s up really high on a shelf above everyone’s heads!

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I put him up there before we got dressed for the fashion show and he loved it.

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Hey, what’s not to love, right?

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Best seat in the house!

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All good things must come to an end, however, and soon enough Jake had to come down and put on his Turkey outfit.

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Which made him happy in a different way.