Aby-a-Day – 23 Maj: “A corner of the mournful kingdom of sand”(Thursday Things)

Lorelai loves the sandy area around the swings in the yard behind our house. I don’t know what it is. But when we go back there, it’s because she’s run back there.

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And it’s not like she thinks it’s just an enormous litter box. I mean, she’s not Alfred!

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No, I just think she likes the way it feels on her feet and how she can dig and dig without ever hitting a bottom.

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Izaak is…trying to see what she sees in it.

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He’s not quite understanding what she thinks is so awesome about it, but he’s really trying.

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Just when he’s starting to appreciate the sandy goodness…

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…Rory shows up.

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And proceeds to tell Zak that he doesn’t know how to enjoy the sand properly and he’s doing it all wrong.

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Uh, Rory? I think this is an example of “to each his own.”

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

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 – 20 April: Don’t be so sad, Mommy…(Silly Singapura Saturday)

I have been asked how the other cats are dealing with the loss of Jacoby. They definitely know he’s not there…but they don’t seem to miss him. He was sort of a loner, although he would sleep with the others, especially Alfred and Izaak. Jake of course was mainly bonded with me, and Zak has kind of decided that I’m his, too.

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As you can see, Zak decided it was okay for Jake to let him share me with him (this was how I woke up on St. Patrick’s Day).

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But since Jake’s been gone, Zak (who as we know loves playing with furry plush toys) has started playing with one of my Pusheen dolls. I found she had been dragged into the living room. And there was no question who had done it…He looked too proud of himself!

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Zak has a very specific way of playing with Pusheen, too. First, he pretends to ignore her…

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…and then he whips around and SMACKS her!

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And after that…

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…it’s pretty much on like an early video game involving gorillas and barrels.

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After a brief spar, the opponents retreat into their neutral corners, eyeing each other cautiously.

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And then bite,

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bite,

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bite,

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ATTACK!

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Uh oh, looks like Pusheen may be winning…

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…Oh, no, Zak’s got this.

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It’s so funny to watch Zak drag Pusheen around. She’s almost as big as he is!

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Well…Zak wasn’t wrong. It did help cheer me up a bit.

Aby-a-Day – 25 Mars: “I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring…I do, don’t you? Course you do!” (Hipstamatic Monday)

It’s finally spring here in midwestern Sweden.

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We can tell because there’s no snow, the temperature is getting up above 5°C, and the swans have returned to our little lake (See those two little white dots in that photo up there? Those are our swans).

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Even though it was still a little chilly, I took Lorelai and Izaak outside to run around. It has been ages since they really got to run around, and run around they did.

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Rory got out the door and immediately started bounding down the hill, with Zak in hot pursuit.

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It is amazing how far they can get in such a short time. They are almost down to the road at the bottom of our hill.

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Rory was fascinated by something in those sticks…

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…Whilst Zak was more interested in trees.

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Finally I got them back up the hill…

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…and into the open area behind our apartment.

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They’re very familiar with the back of our apartment.

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We had an audience…apparently that other cat we saw on the balcony last summer has a roommate.

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As much as they enjoyed running around on the back lawn, it was pretty clear that there was only one ultimate goal…

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the sandbox!

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Rory did her usual digging holes in the sand and then running away from them.

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Finally we all got cold enough to go back in the apartment. But we had 45 minutes of fun and bonding before we went back in.

Aby-a-Day – 18 Mars: Finally, a fun gym! (Movie Monday)

You may have noticed, in the background of yesterday’s post, a pretty cool looking kitty gym. We won it in a raffle at a cat show last summer, but we had other cat toys set up in the living room, so I’ve only just set it up.

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Even though it seems more like a toy for kittens, everyone but Jacoby has played with it. I actually caught Angel examining the tunnel this morning (sadly, I couldn’t grab a camera without her fleeing)!

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The gym came as a set, with the actual gym and a smaller-than-usual crinkly tunnel. Here is Izaak adorably posing inside the tunnel.

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The tunnel is fun…

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…but the kitty gym is funner!

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Zak was having so much fun with the gym…

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…he didn’t even notice that Lorelai was watching him.

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At first, she seemed a little perplexed at Zak’s fascination with the gym.

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But eventually Rory became almost mesmerised waatching Zak playing with the kitty gym.

Here is a short movie so you can see what fascinated her so much.

Aby-a-Day – 17 Mars: The return of the Silly Shamrock Hat (Silly Sunday)

You may remember that silly Guinness St. Patrick’s Day floppy hat I posed Alfred, Logan and Jacoby with last year?

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Well, it’s baaaaaaaaack!

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Freddy was a lot less intimidated by the hat this year than he was the first time.

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Rory was…

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…not impressed, shall we say.

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…Izaak, on the other hand…

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…Zak really seemed to have fun with it.

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It actually has a lining in it so it will fit on a person’s head, but if that wasn’t there, Zak would have gone all the way inside it.

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Zak playing with the hat renewed Rory’s interest in it…a little.

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But ultimately she just left it to Zak and found something else to play with.

Aby-a-Day – 10 Mars: Alfred and Logan playing (Cinema Sunday)

I posted a few of the photos from this series back when I rebooted this blog, but in looking for photos to commemorate Logan’s birthday, I finished editing the rest of them.

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These photos were taken three days after Logan came to live with us.

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Alfred, coming from a litter of five, was excited to see a cat his age in our house. The adult cats mostly just hissed at him.

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Logan was…less thrilled to meet Freddy.

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He even managed to chase him off, despite being a month younger and tiny.

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But then Logan attacked Freddy!

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And Freddy was so excited! A playmate at last!

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But Logan proved to be a tough adversary.

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And Freddy actually ran away!

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With Freddy out of the room, Logan felt free to play with the tunnel we had.

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It was so much fun!

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Somehow, he managed to put the tunnel in its more conventional horizontal position.

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Logan was having a lot of fun playing with the tunnel by himself.

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A lot of fun.

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So much fun, in fact…

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…That he didn’t notice that Freddy had returned! (Look closely at the photo above.)

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Wait…what?

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Suddenly…Freddy!

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Logan defended himself brilliantly.

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Especially considering that he was a month younger and a kilo lighter than Freddy.

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Such a fierce little cat!

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Look at those airplane ears!

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Don’t mess with Logan!

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Oh, wait.

Looking just at these photos, you would never know they’d end up being so closely bonded.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take videos of this play session, but I got this one of Logan playing with Kalle and a wand toy.

And this one of Freddy and Logan playing in the spare bedroom, aka the “kitten room.” Both videos were made the first few days Logan came to live with us.