Aby-a-Day – 16 Juli 2020: Another encounter with Markis (Thursday Things)

The other day when we were outside, we ran into our friend Markis.

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Izaak and Lorelai came trotting up to say hello.

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Rory got bored and ran off, but Zak…Zak took an interest in Markis.

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And, unusually for him, Markis was actually interested in Zak, too.

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Usually Markis just nopes out when he runs into the LunaTicks.

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Or…maybe it’s just Zak Markis likes. Rory came back…and Markis decided he’d had enough.

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“See ya!”

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“But…but…Markis? I thought we were friends?”

Aby-a-Day – 7 Juni 2020: Another encounter with Markis (Swedish Sunday)

The other day when we went outside, we happened to run into our friend and upstairs neighbour, Markis.

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Lorelai ran up to meet him first.

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Markis was not impressed.

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He insisted on social distancing himself and backed away.

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So of course Izaak felt the need to come barrelling up behind her…

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…and straight past her, right up into Markis’ face.

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Zak may have come up on Markis a little too quickly; there was a tiny little scuffle.

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“SOCIAL DISTANCING! DUDE!”

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Rory came to back Zak up, just in case.

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It wasn’t necessary.

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Markis decided to turn and run into the tall grass to get away from them. Rory could. Not. Resist. “Ooooh, big fluffy cat is running into the grass! Cool!!”

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She lost sight of him momentarily…

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…but then Markis made the mistake of raising his tail.

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And Rory literally flew after him.

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That’s the only word for it: flew.

Aby-a-Day – 5 April 2020: More fun outside in the sunshine (Swedish Sunday)

Today I am sharing the rest of the outside adventure photos I took a couple of week ago but never posted. Starting with Dashiell and Lorelai outside.

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Alfred following Dash and Rory down the hill.

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I could have sworn I had already used this series of Rory bounding down the hill…but evidently I never did!

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Same thing with these two of her loping along the walkway. They’re great! How have I not used them?

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I love this one of Rory watching birds fly overhead.

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Björn took these two of a very determined Izaak.

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Zak and Dash are such buddies.

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Our upstairs neighbour, Oksana (Markis’ human), loves Freddy because he is so cuddly. Apparently Markis is not much for snuggling his humans.

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She loves the fact Freddy lets her just hold him.

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She used to come downstairs just to get some cuddle time…haven’t been able to do that in a while, though.

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It’s fun to watch them chase each other.

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And to finish the collection, a couple of very cute portraits. Here’s Zak in the sunshine.

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Freddy joins Zak in his sunbath.

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And last but not least, Angel and her shadow.

Aby-a-Day – 27 Februari 2020: It finally snowed! Actual real snow! (Thursday Things)

As I may have mentioned before, we’ve been having a pretty crap winter with almost no snow

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But on Tuesday, finally, it snowed all day Tuesday!

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And on Wednesday morning, when I looked out the window, I saw the cutest thing.

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Our upstairs neighbours’ girls were sledding down the small hill in our område, and Markis was just hanging out nearby, playing in the snow.

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He really looked like he was happy we finally had snow, too.

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He really seemed to be enjoying himself out there.

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All the while keeping his eye on his smol hoomans.

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Markis’ fun was not unnoticed by Dashiell, however.

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Although I am not sure if he was wishing he was out there too…or if he was happy someone else was out there in the cold, wet snow.

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Markis really seemed to be having a good time, though.

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He just plowed back and forth out there in the snow. It was adorable.

Aby-a-Day – 6 Februari 2020: Alfred and Markis again (Thursday Things)

About a year and a half ago, I wrote about Alfred and Markis and their complicated relationship.

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But towards the end of autumn, Freddy and Markis have started to become friendly with each other.

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Markis doesn’t hiss at Freddy, and Freddy isn’t puffing up and acting belligerent towards Markis.

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In fact, although I haven’t been able to capture it on digital film…

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…they have actually started playing when they run into each other outside.

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I guess seeing each other in the hallway and whilst outside has convinced the two that neither one is a real threat.

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This looks like Freddy is chasing Markis away, but it’s actually the pair of them playing a chasing game. This is the closest I’ve gotten to getting photos of them.

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Even Lorelai gets in on the fun! Pretty huge difference from the summer before last, when Freddy thought Rory needed protection from Markis, right?

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Markis even went up to meet Dashiell on one of his first outside excursions.

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Dash was…less than enthusiastic about making Markis’ acquaintance. Oh, well…soon enough we’ll be able to go outside regularly and they’ll make friends. I hope.

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 – 31 Mars: Lorelai and Markis (Swedish Sunday)

The other day, despite it being severely windy, I took Lorelai out for a little run whilst I picked up all our bicycles. (I tried to take Izaak out, too, but he saw how windy it was that he noped back upstairs.)

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Rory saw our upstairs neighbour cat, Markis, down the hill, and took off down towards the road to say hello.

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When she got to where he was, she stopped, and just stared at each other for a moment.

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Markis has been territorial towards the boys in the hallway of our apartment building, so before she got herself into trouble, I called Rory back to me. Her recall is actually really, really good.

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I swear, sometimes when Rory runs, she almost gets airborne!

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I love watching her run free. She’s so fast and she loves it so much!

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As for Markis, he was just like…”WTF just happened?” because she bounded down and then back up the hill so fast.

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I really love Markis…he actually reminds me a bit of Alfred.

Aby-a-Day – 13 Januari: Lorelai in the snow (Cinema Sunday)

All the snow we had before Christmas melted away on Boxing Day, but we got a little more on Tuesday. So, Wednesday, I thought Lorelai might like to go out and have another run in the snow since she enjoyed it so much the last time.

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It was a little colder that day, and the snow was very thin on the ground.

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So, she was a little less enthusiastic this time.

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Rory wanted to stay close to the trees, where there was still some grass.

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There were also birds to watch up in the branches.

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Something seemed to bother her feet, too. I think it was the gravel they use to add traction to the snow. They don’t use the snow melting stuff that they use in Boston.

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But she did seem quite content to sit at the base of the tree and contemplate the sunset.

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I love little kitty pawprints in the snow…

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Markis, our upstairs neighbour, was also outside enjoying the snow.

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Rory just absolutely loves exploring outside, no matter what the season.

Here’s a little video of Rory the Explorer!

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!