Aby-a-Day – 9 February: Playing with Izaak (Singapura Saturday)

Whilst Emma was busy playing with Lorelai, Björn and Izaak played together with the Ferocious Friends mousie on a stick. It’s very well made and sturdy enough to play with outside.

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Zak just loves mousies of any sort, as you know.

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This mousie is no exception.

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I often wonder what Zak would do if he ever saw a real mouse.

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Look how intent he is on his prey!

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…uh, Zak..?

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…Where are you going…? The mousie is back there…

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Oh. Leaves.

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Okay, well, I guess those are fun, too.

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I think Zak had almost as much fun playing with the leaves as he did with the mousie on a stick!

Aby-a-Day – 7 Februari: The possible inspiration of Emma’s drawing (Thursday Things)

Emma’s birthday is at the end of July, and she came to celebrate with us and the cats. As you saw yesterday, she also fell in love with Lorelai (and The Lego Movie).

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Björn always makes her a cake when she comes for her birthday, but this year she wanted to decorate it herself. She was pretty proud of her handiwork.

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Björn loves it when Emma comes to visit.

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You don’t need a DNA test to tell that she is his daughter!

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Emma loves coming to see her dad, and Kalle, and me…but we come in second to her excitement at getting to see the cats! She loves Jacoby, and Angel and Alfred…but I think she really fell in love with Rory. It’s no wonder, really…they have a lot in common, personality-wise.

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Emma and Rory had a lot of fun with the stick toy.

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She also played with both Izaak and Rory on the rug beating rack.

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Of course, Emma loved Zak, too…little girls especially seem to love that little guy.

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He seemed to like her, too. He followed her around outside the same way he follows me. It was so cute.

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Like I said on Tuesday when I posted Emma’s cartoon, the cat she drew could be either Rory or Zak, right down to the curly tail.

Aby-a-Day – 3 Februari: “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together” (Cinema Sunday)

As I have posted the last couple of days, we’ve gotten some snow.

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It’s beautiful.

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And really deep. This is my foot in the snow. At some other points, the snow was almost to my knees.

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You can see some really wonderful things in the snow. Here is where some crows, magpies and jackdaws congregated. I love the wing prints.

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I let Alfred, Lorelai, Izaak and Jacoby out to play in the snow. Jake basically took one look at the snow and said, “NOPE.” He went back into the apartment. But Freddy explored the snow for a while.

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Freddy slogged through the snow like a champion.

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But he did leave these skidmarks close to the front door when he was finished.

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Zak was…less than thrilled with the deep snow.

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Although, to be fair, Zak's legs are not as long as Freddy's.

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Still, he slogged along in the snow like a champion.

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But he was clearly more happy to be in the cleared out areas.

Here’s a video of Zak in the snow. I apologise for my nose sniffles.

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Rory was also running about in the snow. I posted most of those photos yesterday.

But here is a movie of Rory running in the snow, with a bonus leap through the snow.

Aby-a-Day – 2 Februari: “We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt” (Swedish Sunday)

Today we had a day outside, playing in the snow. As I posted yesterday, we finally got a bit of snow.

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So today, Lorelai and I built a snowcat!

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(Okay, it was mostly me. Rory just ran around in the snow most of the time.)

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I haven’t made a snow-thing in forever. I think it was when I was living in Somerville in the early 2000’s.

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It’s harder to do than I remembered!

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Especially the muzzle with whiskers. It’s hard to put sticks into snow!

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All in all, though, I was pleased with my sculpture. Several neighbours complimented it.

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Before I got the gravel eyes set, Rory came to assess my work.

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Not sure she approved…

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…But hey, it looks like a cat, and that’s what’s important!

Aby-a-Day – 1 Februari: Speedy Snowcat

It’s been snowing off and on since last weekend.

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As I have posted before, Lorelai loves snow.

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Yesterday, it was a little bit warmer than most days, so I let her out for a little run. The minute she was out the door, she had launched herself into the snow.

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It was deeper than she is tall, but she didn’t mind.

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If anything, she reveled in it. She dug holes, ran around like a crazy thing, and generally had a blast.

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I have to apologise for the darkness…it was close to sunset when she went out.

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She’s such a little thing, and her coat isn’t very heavy, but she doesn’t seem to mind the cold at all if it means she can be outside. I have a coat for her, but I doubt she would wear it.

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Rory wasn’t the only one who went outside. Alfred and Jacoby went outside as well. They mostly stayed on the cellar windowsills and the mostly snowless front step, just like last time.

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Maybe I should have named her Elsa instead of Lorelai, since the cold never seems to bother her…

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She just loves to explore outside no matter what the weather.

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But somehow snow seems to be particularly exciting.

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Maybe it’s the fact that all the things she usually sees outside are covered up. She also loves to play in and underneath our comforters, so she has a fondness for things under covers.

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More snow has been falling all day today, so I hope to take her out again tomorrow.

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 – 20 December: Kittens’ first snow (Thursday Things)

As you saw in yesterday’s post, we got our first real snow in Skövde on Monday. Tuesday, I took Izaak and Lorelai out to see their first snow. Jacoby and Alfred, always ready for a little outdoor adventure, wanted to come along as well.

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Rory absolutely LOVED it.

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She and Jake were the first to run out into the snow.

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Freddy, on the other hand…

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…was a bit more tentative about the cold, wet, white stuff.

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He did say hello to the neighbour girls out sledding, though.

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Meanwhile, Rory ran out to see Bruno.

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Zak was not impressed with the snow at all. I had to take him out in it, or he would have just sat on the pavement where the snow had either melted or been shovelled.

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And as quickly as he could, he went right back there.

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But Rory…she took off, running everywhere she could.

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The cold didn’t seem to bother her one bit. Neither did the wetness.

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She even ran all the way to the sandy place she and Zak played in last summer.

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Even though it was buried under the snow, she seemed to know it was the same place.

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You may have wondered, whilst looking at all the photos of Rory running everywhere, what the boys were doing. This. They were doing this. Sitting on the non-snowy pavement next to the building, watching her run about like a mad thing.