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

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Aby-a-Day – 5 July: Alfred and Markis (Thursday Things)

Alfred is a very protective big brother. And free whatever reason, he has decided that Markis from upstairs was a threat to Lorelai.

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Of course, Markis was just outside minding his own business…

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…but when he heard Freddy growling he decided to let discretion be the better part of valour.

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He tried to hide amongst the bicycles, but Freddy followed him…

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…growling…

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…with his tail puffed and his hackles raised! When Jacoby and Markis meet, they just sniff each other and Markis will hiss and growl. I am not sure what Freddy sees that Jake doesn’t.

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This toddler, though. He kept wanting to pet the kitties. The snarling, growling, hissing, clearly angry and preoccupied kitties. I tried to get him to move away, but I don’t think he understands English or Swedish yet, and his mother was right there (you can see her in the background), so I thought her maternal instincts would kick in.

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…NOPE. So of course the kid gets too close, Markis hisses and lunges, kid sit-falls onto his bum and starts crying and only then does she intervene. He wasn’t hurt, but he could have been.

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After that, Markis was done. He trotted off across the grass.

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Freddy kept an eye on him for a while.

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Finally, he decided that Markis was far enough away and relaxed.

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A little later, however, Markis moved to the base of one of our trees.

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Freddy did not like this at all and started stalking Makis again even as Markis moved out into the field.

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Freddy kept walking towards Markis until he was what Freddy felt was a safe distance away.

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Poor Markis! All he wanted was to enjoy the sun and grass and maybe catch a mouse. It’s a good thing Freddy doesn’t go outside without a human on a leash!

Aby-a-Day – 30 May: Wordless Wednesday (“Food is the ingredient that binds us together”)

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Aby-a-Day – 25 May: Angel, Rory and the Frankentree (Fashion Friday)

Before I moved to Sweden, Björn had an old, beat-up, second-hand cat tree for Pyret. It was one of the first things Angel discovered when we let her out of the carrier. When my things arrived from the States, my big floor-to-ceiling tree was among them, and it was installed in the corner where the old tree had occupied. The old tree was moved to the balcony, which was scheduled to be glassed in for the cats to enjoy.

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Angel was quick to claim it out there, too. But it was a little short, and I wanted the cats to be able to sit up high on the balcony, too, so I ordered this new cat tree by Dogman, a Swedish pet supply company. But when I assembled the new tree, it seemed a little sad without the cubby section, especially since it was Angel’s favourite part, and it was still perfectly good…so I got an idea.

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I combined them! I took the non-worn parts of the old tree (which was probably also a Dogman tree) – the cubby, the platform and the ladder, and put them together with the new tree and created…the FrankenTree! It worked surprisingly well, and the colours combined well, too.

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Angel loved it.

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Logan and Alfred came along and loved it, too…and of course so does Lorelai.

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(Despite the silly tongue…)

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Angel didn’t really mind sharing the tree with Logan and Freddy, but what does Angel think about sharing her tree with another girl?

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These Millennial kittens these days…no sense of boundaries.

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Angel is not above defending her territory. Although, to be honest, I don’t think Rory even noticed that Angel took a swipe at her.

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“Damn kids, get off of my tree!”

Aby-a-Day – 15 January: When we came home

Pyret was right at the door to meet us. Or, more likely, to meet Björn. Pyret was born in 1999 and was bottlefed by Björn and she is very bonded to him. To meet me on time in Stockholm, he had to stay overnight, so he hadn’t been home for nearly a day. Pyret was hungry and missed him, so she was coming to greet him.

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She certainly was not expecting other cats!

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Pyret has been an only cat since Björn’s other cat, Olivia, died in 2010. I really wonder what she thought when she realised that there were cats in that big box.

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I opened the door…

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…and, curiously, Angel was the first one out. It’s like she knew that the airport and the train weren’t home, but she was home now.

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Jake, of course, was not far behind.

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They both took off in different directions to check out the new digs.

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Angel went to check out the living room and under the sofa, and Jake went to explore everything else.

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Including the litter box. Always a good idea to locate the facilities right off the bat.

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“Okay, litter box sorted. Next!”

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Angel was in there soon enough, though.

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Angel’s big discovery was the old cat tree Björn had in his living room. It’s out on our balcony now, and she still loves to sleep in that cubby.

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She explored the whole tree. And even today, my big tree is primarily her domain.

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Meanwhile, Jake was checking out the new cat fountain in the kitchen.

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And while he was doing that, Pyret was checking him out.

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After only a few hours of being home…this was Angel.

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And this was Jake. Moving to Sweden was so freakishly easy for them!

Aby-a-Day – 20 February: “Fit” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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The cable box in my room is pretty coveted real estate.

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However, only one cat will fit on it.

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And this morning, Jacoby was on it first. But Tessie wanted it.

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However, he’s not a pushover like Angel.

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Neither will he fall fall victim to her subterfuge again.

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Tessie, of course, tried her best to pull one of her patented non-hostile cable box takeovers.

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But this morning, Jake wasn’t falling for it.

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Tessie tried her usual tricks, but to no avail. Jake wasn’t budging.

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So, finally, Tessie gave up. Score one for the Abys…this time.

Aby-a-Day – 6 February: “Now” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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This is what’s happening right now.

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Yes, you are seeing correctly…Jacoby and Angel are almost sleeping together on the bed!

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She’s on the blanket, and he’s under it…

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…But still. For them, this is cuddling!