It has been raining really hard for the past two days – lightning, thunder, and a tremendous amount of precipitation. Last week, however was sunny and bright.
When we went outside, I was struck by the way Izaak’s shadow looked. I had to take some Hipstamatic snaps of him.
The 20th of June is a good day to adopt a cat. Three years ago today I took a trip to Stockholm to collect Izaak.
He was so tiny!
The kitten harness I got for him was too big, so I had to improvise.
He was so intimidated by the big cats. He was smaller than even Lorelai!
To be perfectly honest, I was a little afraid he hadn’t been properly socialised.
The vet didn’t quite believe he was really five months old.
My concerns about his socialisation were, of course, unfounded. This was his first outside romp, three days after he arrived.
Two days after that, he discovered IKEA mousies.
He wasn’t registered in Sverak when we went to Rory’s first show at the end of June, so he had to miss it. He did, however, help me pack.
Not long after that, he started his very serious relationship with chicken necks.
Hard to believe that that tiny scrap became this burly, confident cat.
Zak isn’t the only 20 June baby. 30 years ago today, I adopted my first purebred cat, Harri. He was my first “do everything” cat.
On 20 June 2005, we went to Quincy and brought Kylie home! Happy Gotcha Day everyone!
A couple in the C part of our building recently got a Swedish Vallhund puppy. We’ve seen them walking him outside, but we had yet to be outside with the cats when they were training him.
Until last Thursday, when we took the recyclables out. As we know, Lorelai likes dogs. But she’s never really met a puppy before.
The pup is really young, and he’s squirmy and yappy. At first, Rory was a little taken aback.
But eventually they touched noses.
Then Alfred strolled up to meet the puppy, whose name is Toke (Pronounced “TOH-kuh”).
It was pretty funny to see how big Toke made Freddy look. Toke looks a little intimidated. Toke’s humans were happy to introduce him to our cats; they want to get a kitten as well.
And then Izaak joined the party.
“That sure is a funny-looking cat!”
“Wait…That’s no cat!”
One of Izaak’s favourite summer sunspots is on the rug in the living room.
One day, he flopped down and there was this interesting series of stripes in the shadows.
How could I resist?
And of course,
The other day I took Alfred, Lorelai and Izaak outside for a little romp.
I let Rory go out offleash, but I had it with me just in case she decided to be naughty. She was happy to jump into the tall grass on the hill.
Meanwhile, Zak investigated the big tree.
Later on, we made two discoveries: Markis, and catmip growing in the grilling area! Not sure how we never noticed it before. Maybe it’s new.
I wouldn’t have noticed it if it hadn’t been for Markis.
Zak is so funny…he really wants to be friends with Markis.
We also ran into the neighbour boy who loves Freddy. Freddy was sweet enough to let the boy pick him up, and the boy was thrilled. He knows all their names and calls out to them, it’s so cute.
Sometimes, after being outside for a while, the cats slow down. That’s when we know it’s almost time to go back in the house.
Lorelai often gets up on Björn’s shoulder. She’s a very accomplished shoulder rider.
Izaak usually wants to stand or sit on me…but this time, he really looked like he wanted to be on Björn’s shoulder, too.
And Zak seems pretty put out that he can’t get up there, too.
Björn asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday. I said, “go to the second-hand store and to eat at Max (Sweden’s best burgers)“. And so we did.
Björn gave me a Schleich Bengal (I collect Schleich cats)…
…a paint-by-numbers kit and some vintage cat books.
At the second-hand store I scored a beautiful Egyptian cat statue (which Lorelai was quite taken with)…
…and a Rosa Ljung ceramic cat.
But the BEST thing we found was when we checked out a new pet store in town, Dogman. There I found FREEZE-DRIED Vaisto cat food (I have been wanting to give Angel freeze-dried instead of raw, but couldn’t find it in Sweden), some dried chicken treats, and an interesting duck “cat sausage” that I am hoping Izaak will eat, because it will be easier to travel with that than with frozen raw food.
AND we found 1kg bags of frozen chicken necks! We had been buying Vaisto Mush necks in 800g bags, but they’ve been in short supply lately, and these are much better (and cheaper). Zak, as you know, LOVES his necks! All in all, not a bad birthday.
Good news, everyone! Last Wednesday, I got my first Covid vaccination (#teampfizer)! However, it also kicked my butt for a few days; today is the first day my arm doesn’t feel like I was hit by a stick. So, here: have some random Hipstasnaps taken around the house. First we have Alfred and Izaak cuddled up next to Jacoby on my leg.
It’s interesting to see the pair-ups that occur amongst the cats. Dashiell and Alfred hang out together quite a bit.
So do Angel and Zak. Sometimes, it’s Angel’s choice…
…other times, not so much.
I wonder if I should be concerned about what Dash and Freddy are plotting…
Not quite sure what’s going on here. Moving on…
Lorelai looking at me hopefully. She always wants to go outside to run.
This was taken today. Zak was looking particularly smexy this afternoon.
The other day, we took the cats out. I was trying to capture the differences in their gaits.
I kind of managed to capture it on “film.”
Went we went out, I took the big camera with the long lens, and I captured all of them walking and running outside.
Here they are outside. I know, it’s 18 minutes long…but it’s interesting if you want to see their different movements outside
Our friend Kinsey shared some professional photos that were taken of Izaak’s brothers, Paulo and Keiko. I instantly knew what had to be done.
A family portrait, of course! Since all three boys came from Poland, I chose a Polish flag as my background.
Then I decided to set the scene…literally.
Finally, every portrait needs a frame, right? Can you tell who is who?
We have a daily ritual where we watch reruns of Chicago Med and Chicago Fire. This is how Izaak likes to sit on me.
For some reason, Zak prefers to sit on my bare legs. Especially my knees.
It really doesn’t seem that comfortable of a way to cuddle, but he likes it. And he’s sound asleep, in case you were wondering.
I absolutely love watching Izaak run.
It’s so different from the way the Abys run.
It’s bouncier, somehow.
I’ve also noticed he has a tendency to curl up his tail as he runs, while the Abys’ tails are either straight up or straight out.
Zak’s got a swagger to his stride that the Abys just don’t have. They’re more about the speed.
And then Zak slows down to a businesslike trot.
He’s clearly a cat on a mission.
Earplane 1Z44K is taxiing down the runway after another successful flight.
After the successful landing, he is met by his faithful groundcrew.
The other day, a friend posted an infomeme about dandelions. I think it has some very important things to know.
We are lucky that our område’s lawn is a natural mix of grass, moss, yarrow, clover, and many different flowers including dandelions. They don’t mow it super-short or super-often, so it gets really nice and natural. There’s also no sprinkler system. If it doesn’t rain, the grass turns brown…c’est la vie. It’s so much nicer than those perfect, manicured lawns in the States.
Dandelions are also wicked fun to gallop through. Just ask Izaak.
Yesterday, I showed you our new neighbours, Randall and Beth, a pair of European Pied Flycatchers. They are very interesting little birds. And not only have we never seen them in our område before now, but we have had that little birdhouse up for three years and no bird has ever shown any interest in it until now.
But Beth and Randall have moved right in.
They appeared on Tuesday, so we named them after the characters on This is Us.
They rarely, if ever, land on the ground, so they are fairly safe from cats. But that didn’t stop Randall from doin’ a heckin’ concern when we went outside with the cats this afternoon.
The cats, however, were mostly oblivious to the bird couple above.
Izaak noticed their movement at some point whilst we were outside.
He watched them flying around for a bit.
But I think he knew there was no chance. We will have to be careful when we take them out after the fledglings emerge.
So this happened today.
Angel was in her bed, and Izaak wanted to be in her bed. Look at her face. She knows she can’t do anything about it.
Although, Zak was in there very awkwardly. “Yes. I am very comfortable here. Why do you ask?”
I’m not sure which is funnier, the leg over Angel’s shoulders or the tail scarf.
They stayed this way for a long time, too. I think Angel doesn’t mind it as much as she pretends…