Aby-a-Day – 26 Januari 2020: Happy 2nd birthday, Izaak!

Today is Izaak’s second birthday!

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Zak was a bit taken aback by the flame on his birthday candle.

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But since we have a show in two weeks, probably best not to get his whiskers all singed and twisty.

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Zak’s birthday present was a catnip fish that was supposed to flop around like a live fish.

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Turns out, the site was a scam, and the fishes don’t move. They’re just stuffed catnip fish.

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Luckily…

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…Zak didn’t care. He loved the fish, with or without gimmick.

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Unlike last year’s birthday, Zak was not as hesitant to tuck into his non-raw birthday cake.

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Happy second birthday, Izaak!

Aby-a-Day – 23 Januari 2020: Fun under the covers (Thursday Things)

Lorelai loves to bury herself under our duvets.

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And Izaak loves to attack the moving lump under the duvet.

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It’s so funny to watch him stalk the lump.

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I really should have made a video of this…it was so funny watching Zak try to predict where the lump would go next.

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“HA! Gotcha!”

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“Wait, what?”

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Alfred comes to try to help. Spoiler alert: He isn’t helpful.

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By the time Dashiell shows up, Rory has admitted defeat and popped up from under the duvet.

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Is it just me, or does Zak look disappointed?

Aby-a-Day – 22 Januari 2020: Wordless Wednesday (Dinner chez Hellqvist be like…)

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Aby-a-Day – 18 Januari 2020: Girls! Girls! Girls! (Swedish Saturday)

I have said, for many years, that cats work better in pairs. I am now kind of eating those words, since we have had five cats for a few years, now, and it’s a wonderful dynamic.

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They fall into some natural pairings: the two girls (Angel and Lorelai), the two (soon to be three) show cats (Izaak and Rory, plus Dashiell), the older two (used to be Jacoby and Angel; now it’s Angel and Alfred), the two neutered boys (Dash and Freddy), the two unneutered cats (Rory and Zak), the two youngsters (Rory and Dash), the two Americans (Angel and Dash), the two Swedes (Rory and Freddy)…it’s kind of fascinating to see how they align each other.

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Angel was always bullied by Tessie, and Kylie would join in when she heard Angel scream at Tessie. She was always a bit nervous around Pyret, but since Pyret has left us and Angel became the senior female, she’s really come into her own.

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Feeding five cats is tricky, but luckily, we have a lot of rooms. Freddy eats on his own, because he eats wicked fast and he’ll eat everyone’s food given half a chance. Dash and Zak eat together (in the winter, anyway) because Zak won’t steal Dash’s food, and Dash is preoccupied with his own bowl.

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That leaves the two girls to eat together. And they do eat very nicely together. They are very companionable, sometimes switching bowls, but there is never an argument over dinner. Angel still doesn’t really cuddle or sleep with anyone (unless Zak insists), but she does seem to have forged a friendship with Rory.

Aby-a-Day – 17 Januari 2020: Woman yelling at Izaak (Photoshop Friday)

You’ve all seen it, I’m sure: the meme of a woman yelling at a cat. The woman is Taylor Anderson from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and the cat is Smudge.

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Well…you know I had to do this! I knew that at least one of the professional photos of Izaak we had taken at the show in Örebro last year would be perfect for my own version of this meme.

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Actually, there were two photos of Zak that were perfect, and I couldn’t decide which one I liked better. So, I made them both.

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Regardless of which Zak-face is better, I knew the perfect argument for them to be having!

Aby-a-Day – 15 Januari 2020: Wordless Wednesday (Illustrating the Singapura personality…)

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Aby-a-Day – 14 Januari 2020: More Pub Quiz sketches (Cartoon Tuesday)

Björn and I did the Pub Quiz last week (mainly because they’re having a 25% off food deal for members), and we did all right; we tied for third place. And we won paper plates (which is way more awesome than it sounds)!

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But as always, the best part of Pub Quiz was the fact that they gave me a pencil, some paper, and waiting time between questions…and when I have that, I sketch cats.