Aby-a-Day – 24 Maj: “Scattered pictures…of the smiles we left behind” (Friday Flashback)

As I posted earlier this month, the Memories that Facebook shows you can be bittersweet. Lately, they’ve been showing me a lot of Jacoby memories. It started with this one, of Strollercat on the way to a cat show in Göteborg in 2017.

jakeGbgTram_8362

I never actually posted these photos here, as this was during the blog’s hiatus.

convo-on-train_8347

This is another photo that popped up, I think as one of Björn’s Memories. I called it “Conversations on a train.”

jakepresidential-FB

Then there is this one I posted whilst we were at that cat show.

jakehotelcrash_8364

I found this photo of Jake crashed out in the hotel room after the first day of the show was over whilst I was looking for the other ones from this week’s Memories. I had forgotten it…but it is SO Jake.

jakeangelsunsquare-FB

This is the Memory that came up yesterday…

angelsunsquare_8385

…another one I forgot about that is such a classic Jake moment. I found Angel sunning herself in a little square of sunshine in the kitchen.

angelsunsquare_8386

The square was just the right size for one little cat loaf.

jakeangelsunsquare_8387

And then…along came Jake.

jakeangelsunsquare_8388

And he decided that he wanted the sun square. I wasn’t able to capture what happened next.

And this last one is the most bittersweet of all, from five years ago Wednesday. Jake loved riding on the front of his stroller on our way home from our therapy visits. I posted the photos here in the blog at the time, but I only posted the video to Facebook. Apologies for the vertical video…I forgot to turn the camera sideways.

Aby-a-Day – 28 April: “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon” (Swedish Singapura Sunday)

As I posted yesterday, Lorelai loves to run, and when she does, she practically flies. She is incredibly graceful, sleek and aerodynamic.

zakroryoutsideC06686

…Izaak…not so much.

zakrunC07115

He can get up some momentum when he gets going, but look at the concentration on his face. It’s not quite as effortless for him as it is for Rory.

zakrunC07104

zakrunC07106

zakrunC07108

Zak kind of bobs along like a three-day old helium balloon.

zakoutsideC06929

zakoutsideC06930

zakoutsideC06931

zakoutsideC06933

It’s almost as if his back half goes faster than his front half.

zakoutsideC06943

zakoutsideC06945

It’s really adorable to watch.

zakroryrunC06847

Still no matter how he tries, he’s just not built for speed the way Rory is.

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.

jakezakgoodmorning_6458

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).

zakpusheenC07305

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!

zakpusheenC07297

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

zakpusheenC07300

…and then he whips around and SMACKS her!

zakpusheenC07307

And after that…

zakpusheenC07309

zakpusheenC07310

zakpusheenC07311

zakpusheenC07312

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

zakpusheenC07318

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

zakpusheenC07330

And then bite,

zakpusheenC07335

bite,

zakpusheenC07339

bite,

zakpusheenC07341

ATTACK!

zakpusheenC07342

zakpusheenC07343

Uh oh, looks like Pusheen may be winning…

zakpusheenC07345

…Oh, no, Zak’s got this.

zakpusheenC07346

zakpusheenC07347

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

zakpusheenC07349

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

Aby-a-Day – 30 Mars: There’s more than one way to use a duvet (Silly Singapura Saturday)

One day I discovered Izaak sleeping in our bed. Not at all unusual, but…

zakduvet_6453

…he was literally sleeping in the duvet. Now, Zak loves to sleep under the covers, but for whatever reason…

zakduvet_6454

…he found the open bottom and burrowed inside.

zakduvet_6455

He was so cute in his little nest that I just couldn’t make the bed all day. I mean, how could I?

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?

roryfreddyStPatsHatC06060

Well, it’s baaaaaaaaack!

roryfreddyStPatsHatC06059

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

roryStPatsHatC06051

Rory was…

roryStPatsHatC06082

…not impressed, shall we say.

roryfreddyzakStPatsHatC06083

…Izaak, on the other hand…

zakStPatsHatC06083

zakStPatsHatC06095

zakStPatsHatC06092

…Zak really seemed to have fun with it.

zakStPatsHatC06065

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.

zakroryStPatsHatC06072

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

zakStPatsHatC06075

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

Aby-a-Day – 15 Mars: Remembering Logan in Finland (Friday Flashback)

I have been thinking a lot about Logan recently. I suppose it’s only natural; his birthday was last Saturday, and this is the month before we found out about his FIP. I guess March is going to be hard for a while. But this is a memory that always makes me smile.

loganbathroomC06973

When we took Logan to Finland for a show, Logan discovered the heated bathroom floor.

loganbathroomC06975

He loved it!

loganbathroomC06994

He was always a little less stocky than Izaak is.

loganbathroomC06995

It was so funny to watch him rolling on the warm, but hard, floor. He was like, “What is this sorcery!?”

loganbathroomC06996

Have you ever seen a happier little cat?

loganbathroomC06998

He really loved it.

loganbathroomC07004

When we couldn’t find Logan anywhere else in the room, we knew he had to be there on the bathroom floor. He even slept in there instead of on the bed or the chair!

loganbathroomC07007

We haven’t stayed in a hotel with heated floor since then with any cat. I was looking forward to seeing what Logan would do when we encountered one again; now I’m just wondering if Lorelai and Zak will have the same reaction.

Aby-a-Day – 27 Januari: Get your mousies in a row

We are home from the cat show, and I have some wonderful stories to tell about our Sunday at the show. Neither Lorelai nor Izaak were Nominated, but they both came close. However, I am too tired to process all those photos…So that story will be told tomorrow.

Whilst we were in Örebro this weekend, the cats who didn’t go to the show were taken care of by our friends and upstairs neighbours. Apparently, one of their daughters decided to organise Zak’s IKEA mousies, because we found his Christmas box of mice like this.

zakmousiesC04823

When Zak saw his newly organised mousies, he seemed to be less than impressed.

zakmousiesC04816

I’m not sure what he thought about having all his mousies lined up in rows in the box. I mean, on the one hand, now they’re easy to find and play with.

zakmousiesC04839

But on the other hand, they are just. So. Organised. Almost too organised.

zakmousiesC04849

I wonder how long it’ll be until those mousies get disorganised?