Aby-a-Day – 19 October: Come on kitties now…Everykitty get together (Flashback Photoshop Friday)

This morning, Facebook greeted me with a reminder of a post I made four years ago. I was challenged to post five photos of my cats, and I decided to post five group photos. Getting a photo of all the cats in the house together at the same time is harder than some might think. So, because of the reminder that Facebook sent me, I decided to post all the “family photos” I have been able to capture over the years.

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The oldest is this, of Sigrid, Harri, and Patrick cuddled together on my sofa. This was taken in autumn 1997. It looks cuddly, but actually Sigrid and Tricky were sleeping there, and Harri decided to squeeze in between them. Still cute, though.

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This is after I’d moved to Boston. Harri and Patrick had been joined by Tessie and Kylie. This is the first photo of all of them together.

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This is my favourite photo of this group. I even used it as a Christmas card.

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…And this would be the outtake of that photo…

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This was Christmas 2006. Harri had died in August and we had just adopted Gun-Hee.

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This photo is less posed, but more my favourite. Love Kylie’s arm!

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Another photo of Gun-Hee with Patrick, Kylie and Tessie, this time all gathered on our bed.

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This is another shot from that session, “arted up” in Photoshop.

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One evening, all the cats lined up on the back of the sofa.

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I had this shot…but Gun-Hee moved his head.

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Thanks to Photoshop, I was able to replace Gun-Hee’s head and make this into a usable image.

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This is another “art” composite photo. All of them were on the tree together, but this is multiple shots combined so each cat looks good.

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Food and the kitchen is a great way to get everyone together. Here we have (anticlockwise) Jacoby, Angel, Tessie and Kylie.

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However, they did have other motivations to gather together.

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After we moved to Sweden, the kitchen was more a gathering point than ever. Here we have Alfred, Jake, Angel, Logan and Pyret.

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And then, suddenly…our five cats became Jake, Freddy, Lorelai, Angel and Izaak.

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A collection that was also easier to gather in the kitchen.

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But they also gathered spontaneously on our bed! No Photoshop required.

Aby-a-Day – 17 October: Wordless Wednesday (Some planets must be mad aligned right now)

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Aby-a-Day – 15 October: “When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day” (Hipstamatic Monday)

Today is just a normal Monday Chez Hellqvist…Angel sleeping in her favourite brown bed…

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Unlike Logan, Izaak doesn’t share this bed with her. Oh, he tries to get in there with her…but where Logan ignored her when she hissed at him and got in anyway, Zak walks away and naps elsewhere.

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Next we have Jacoby in the manly pink kitty bed. Which looks even more pink in this shot.

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This film and lens tones the pink down quite a bit…but doesn’t really help.

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Next shot is just plain black and white..and, nope. Doesn’t look any more manly without the pink. Must be the fluffy, not the colour.

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Next we have Alfred.

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I made Golonka (Polish beer-braised pork hocks) tonight, and Freddy always loves to chew on the bones.

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Chomp, chomp…

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He’s growling at Lorelai in this photo. He doesn’t like to share…

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…no matter how big the bone is!

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“Okay, Rory…NOW you can have it. I’m finished with it.”

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Rory, meanwhile, has moved on and is playing in our bedroom.

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Never fear! Zak the SuperSinga is here!

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Never mind that that bone is bigger than his head!

Aby-a-Day – 14 October: “If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way” (Cinema Sunday)

Unlike Abyssinians, Singapuras are lap cats.

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Sit down, make a lap…get a Singa in it. Especially if you have on a dress or skirt; they seem to really like the hammock effect.

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But this story actually starts on Björn’s lap.

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Both Izaak and Lorelai wanted to be on Björn’s lap.

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Although it wasn’t particularly a comfortable sharing.

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My lap was busy working on this blog at the time, so Zak went over to Björn’s lap. But Rory thought that Daddy’s lap belonged to her.

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She tried some pretty passive-aggressive tricks to shift him, to no avail.

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Until..

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…She got the idea to attack his tail. Move the tail, move the cat, is Rory’s motto.

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You can see how that went for her here (click the image to watch the video; sound is advised).

Aby-a-Day – 11 October: “Corn is the only food you hold like corn” (Thursday Things)

It has been well documented that Angel loves corn on the cob. She even loves corn off the cob. But I never expected to have a second corn-eating cat.

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Enter Izaak.

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Even Jacoby seems perplexed by Zak’s appetite for corn.

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Considering that Zak refuses to eat dry food at all and will barely touch processed cat food…it’s very odd that he attacks corn with such gusto.

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But this is definitely not a one-off. He has done this more than once.

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Try more like every damn time we have corn.

Aby-a-Day – 8 October: The final countdown (Movie Monday)

Izaak’s judge on Sunday was Daria Lukasik, from Poland. When judges in FIFe get cats’ information, they only know the age, sex and colour. Nothing more.

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Despite knowing nothing else about Zak, Judge Daria loved him. It’s almost like she knew he came from Poland, without actually knowing it.

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Like, threatened to take him home with her in her bag. More than once.

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In FIFe, judges write up a sheet on each cat with their assessments. It’s actually pretty great, because you get a copy of it for your show book, so you have in writing what each judge though of your cat.

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Of course, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Zak helped while Daria wrote up her observations on him. She also put heart stickers on his sheet, which she said he helped select.

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Because Singapuras are at the end of the Category 3 judging, instead of going back to our benching cage while waiting for the NOM selection, we just sat nearby and waited. This is where Zak and Lorelai are better at FIFe shows than Jacoby is…Jake just doesn’t do sitting around waiting well.

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In the end, Zak was up for the NOM against a white Kurilian Bobtail and a Bengal.

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(Click to play video) It was very close…but in the end the Bengal won the NOM.

Aby-a-Day: 7 October: “Hairdressers are a wonderful breed” (Cat Show Sunday)

Today at the show was…hopeful, but ultimately uneventful. Lorelai was up for the NOM against the Russian Blue…so she didn’t get it. Oh, well. Izaak’s judge, Daria Lukasik, was from Poland, too…but she didn’t know that he was Polish until after the nominations. She was so in love with him…she threatened to put him in her bag and take him home with her. But ultimately – and it was close – he lost the NOM to a Bengal.

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The nice thing about FIFe – especially if you don’t get a NOM – you have a lot of nice, relaxing downtime.

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So, Zak decided to use the downtime to practise his newfound talent of…hairdressing.

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“Here…you’ll look much better if I do like this…”

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“There. Now you look…purrfect!”

Okay, we didn’t win this weekend…and Zak isn’t the next Vidal Sassoon…but we found a kickass Chinese Restaurant in Vårgårda