Aby-a-Day – 18 Maj: “I think I’ll go for a walk outside now, the summer sun’s callin’ my name…” (Swedish Saturday)

In both New England and Sweden, a pleasant sunny day is like a special gift, not to be squandered. One must go out and enjoy the good weather while it lasts…because, in both places, wait five minutes and it’ll change.

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Take today, for example. It was raining so hard that it woke me up. Anyone who knows me, knows what a difficult thing that is to do.

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But a couple of weeks ago? It was gorgeous outside, and we absolutely needed to get outside and enjoy it.

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And oh, how Lorelai and Izaak enjoyed it.

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The way they interact outside is so different from the way they interact inside. They are best buds, the two who grew up together, the cat show team, the “kittens.”

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They play chase games in the house, but it’s taken to a whole other level when they’re outside. They are pretty evenly matched: Zak is older and heavier, but Rory is faster and sneakier.

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I know we don’t have a subway to ride, or a city to explore, but we can run around free outside…and that’s a fun option to have.

Aby-a-Day – 13 Maj: The fine line between peace and war (Hipstamatic Monday)

This afternoon, the cutest little scene unfolded on the sofa next to me.

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Izaak came to join Lorelai on the Ikea cat bed where she was alternating between napping and birdwatching.

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And Zak started to groom Rory.

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It was so adorable and sweet.

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At one point, Rory seemed to be a little over Zak grooming her.

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But then she succumbed to the ministrations of Zak’s tongue.

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It really was a touching, lovely moment…

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…until, suddenly, it wasn’t.

Aby-a-Day – 29 April: Lorelai and Markis (Movie Monday)

Lorelai has never met an enemy. She likes dogs, people, and other cats.

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She’s always happy to encounter our upstairs neighbour, Markis.

Markis, as you can see in this video, isn’t really interested in playing with her.

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Later on, she tried again.

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This time, Markis started to run away from her instead of holding his ground again.

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Oh, well…

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…At least Rory got a game of chase out of the deal.

Aby-a-Day – 22 April: Where the boys are (Hipstamatic Monday)

I needed to fix a couple of things on my bicycle, so I let Lorelai and Izaak come outside with me whilst I was working.

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In Sweden, however much it may seem like New England, we haven’t really got a spring. We go from winter to full-blown summer. And so it is this year. We went from freezing cold to OMG where are my shorts and sandals!? Björn says that Sweden is in the BiPolar Zone.

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The kids who live in our apartment complex love our cats and love to play with them.

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Usually, it’s the girls who go nuts over the kittens running around outside.

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But today, it was the boys. One of them told me his friend had a cat with kittens, and he got to hold them when they were one week old. Later, he told me he was going to get one of those kittens.

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We had told them that Zak will fetch his mousies and bring them back, so they wanted to see that. Of course, outside, Zak had zero interest in playing with IKEA toys.

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The boys didn’t listen to us, and tried Zak’s favourite toy on Rory. It was, I think, disappointment.

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But watching them play and interact with the kittens was adorable.

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The boys went between romping with Rory and Zak like they would with puppies (and which Rory and Zak were totallly down with)…

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…to the sweetest one-on-one play you have ever seen.

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It really warmed my heart, watching boys running around playing with cats.

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I hope we are fostering our next generation of cat daddies.

Aby-a-Day – 7 April: “Spring is here, A-suh-puh-ring is here! Life is skittles and life is beer” (Swedish Sunday)

Continuing from yesterday’s post…after the kittens run down the hill in front of our building, they run back up to the hill to the back of our apartment.

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Lorelai hurries to cat up to Izaak…

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…who is already under our balcony, with Alfred above on the ledge.

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I know, Freddy, but you can’t be trusted off leash, and we have an actual chore to get done.

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Oh! Look who it is! Angel’s come to join us!

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In the past few months, she’s actually been not only friendly with the younger cats, but she’s actually started to play chasing games with them!

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As you may recall, the kittens really love the sandy area around the swingset.

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Especially Rory.

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She loves to dig holes in it, roll in it, play with it…she just loves sand.

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Zak tries digging a hole…but he doesn’t really see the appeal in it that Rory does.

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Oops! Time for a bit of chase!

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Finally we get to our destination: the garbage bin.

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Or, well…we went to the garbage bin to take out the trash…the kittens just ran around the adjacent lawn like mad things.

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Rory, as always, especially. She really loves to run free outside.

Aby-a-Day – 15 October: “When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day” (Hipstamatic Monday)

Today is just a normal Monday Chez Hellqvist…Angel sleeping in her favourite brown bed…

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Unlike Logan, Izaak doesn’t share this bed with her. Oh, he tries to get in there with her…but where Logan ignored her when she hissed at him and got in anyway, Zak walks away and naps elsewhere.

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Next we have Jacoby in the manly pink kitty bed. Which looks even more pink in this shot.

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This film and lens tones the pink down quite a bit…but doesn’t really help.

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Next shot is just plain black and white..and, nope. Doesn’t look any more manly without the pink. Must be the fluffy, not the colour.

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Next we have Alfred.

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I made Golonka (Polish beer-braised pork hocks) tonight, and Freddy always loves to chew on the bones.

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Chomp, chomp…

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He’s growling at Lorelai in this photo. He doesn’t like to share…

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…no matter how big the bone is!

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“Okay, Rory…NOW you can have it. I’m finished with it.”

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Rory, meanwhile, has moved on and is playing in our bedroom.

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Never fear! Zak the SuperSinga is here!

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Never mind that that bone is bigger than his head!

Aby-a-Day – 29 August: Wordless Wednesday (The Blazing Star)

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