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 – 5 Mars 2020: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s SuperFreddy! (Thursday Things)

As you saw yesterday, Alfred went a little bit crazy running around in the snow when we had it. He was the last one who wanted to come in from the cold.

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He just wanted to run and run….

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It was a little frustrating. I was only wearing a hoody so I would be as cold as the unclothed cats, and I was ready to go in, too.

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He broke away from me at the door and made a beeline for the swing set that is always so popular in summer.

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He was wicked hard to catch.

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And he was super naughty! First, he peed in the snow. AGAIN.

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Then he moved on and started digging. I thought he was just playing with the snow…

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…And it looked like that was all it was, at first.

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But no. And, yes, that is exactly what it looks like. He pooped in the snow, too! I feel a little bad about leaving it there in the play area, but I guess kids won’t be swinging anytime soon.

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Soon after, he ran back towards our house. Guess that’s why he didn’t want to go back in. But I have never seen him go to the bathroom outside anytime except in snow. Weirdo.

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While I was out there in the “backyard,” I saw some things that I wouldn’t have had Freddy not run back there. Like hare tracks.

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And bird landing/take-off prints. This is probably a magpie.

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I love bird footprints in snow.

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I also love wingprints.

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I think this is a jackdaw picking something up.

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I am guessing this is another magpie.

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Walking and then a take-off. Magpies make tailprints, so this is either a crow or a jackdaw.

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Of course, there were also some cat footprints.

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As snowy as it looks, it was also melting fast.

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Crocuses are already blooming!

And, as you can see, a large area at the back of our building was all green grass. I think we’ll be lucky if we get any more snow this year.

Aby-a-Day – 4 Mars 2020: Wordless Wednesday (Out of the way! Freddy coming through!)

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Aby-a-Day – 29 Februari 2020: Happy Leap Day!! (Swedish Saturday)

Today is leap day! A very special day that happens only once every four years.

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Since it snowed this week, I took the cats out to play in the snow.

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As you can imagine, Lorelai loved it.

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She is our smallest, lightest cat, so you would think she would get cold out there. I mean, Jacoby would shiver in 10°C.

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Not our Rory, though.

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She loves to be outside, regardless of the weather or the temperature.

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And you know I wouldn’t be able to get her to keep a coat on…

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She did a lot of leaping out in the snow…

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It’s amazing that a cat can be so athletic and graceful…and so goofy, all at once.

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Alfred did some leaping too.

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He actually ran more than Rory did…if that’s even possible.

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He got some good air. He must have felt like he was flying.

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Even Izaak got into the leaping game.

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It was so amazing to watch him chase Freddy along the side of the building.

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He also got a little airborne at times. It was great fun to watch.

Aby-a-Day – 29 Maj: Wordless Wednesday (“Life is short. Running makes it seem longer”)

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Aby-a-Day – 20 Maj: It’s not as easy to make a 29 second video of a cat running down a hill as it looks…(Movie Monday)

So I am pretty proud of my Little House on the Prairie spoof with Izaak running down the hill that I posted yesterday. Mainly because it looks so perfect…but it wasn’t as easy as it looked.

Someone on Facebook asked me why I put Zak in Slo-Mo. Well…the reason is…he runs too fast when he gets going. This is the first part of what I ended up using…a whopping five seconds.

Here’s the ending bit. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it. So yeah, you can see why it was slowed down.

But it really took a lot more work than it looked. We had Lorelai and Alfred out there, too…my original thought was to have Rory and Zak running together down the hill. That just didn’t work out. Here are all the takes we did…with the original sound.

Aby a Day – 19 May: Little Cat on the Prairie (Singapura Cinema Sunday)

Since I moved to Sweden, I have absolutely fallen in love with Family Guy. Something about the razor-sharp New England sense of humour and the pitch perfect spoofs of pop culture…what’s not to love?

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Recently, we happened to see Seth MacFarlane’s spoof of the iconic closing credits of the classic 1970’s television show Little House on the Prairie. Then a couple of days ago, whilst outside with Lorelai and Izaak…I got inspired.

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It’s been rainy and grey the past few days, but today it was sunny and not windy and just…perfect for what I had in mind. It took us a while to get it just right…but at the end of the day, I am pretty proud of myself.