Aby-a-Day – 24 April: Wordless Wednesday (The sofa feels empty)

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Aby-a-Day – 22 April: Where the boys are (Hipstamatic Monday)

I needed to fix a couple of things on my bicycle, so I let Lorelai and Izaak come outside with me whilst I was working.

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In Sweden, however much it may seem like New England, we haven’t really got a spring. We go from winter to full-blown summer. And so it is this year. We went from freezing cold to OMG where are my shorts and sandals!? Björn says that Sweden is in the BiPolar Zone.

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The kids who live in our apartment complex love our cats and love to play with them.

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Usually, it’s the girls who go nuts over the kittens running around outside.

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But today, it was the boys. One of them told me his friend had a cat with kittens, and he got to hold them when they were one week old. Later, he told me he was going to get one of those kittens.

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We had told them that Zak will fetch his mousies and bring them back, so they wanted to see that. Of course, outside, Zak had zero interest in playing with IKEA toys.

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The boys didn’t listen to us, and tried Zak’s favourite toy on Rory. It was, I think, disappointment.

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But watching them play and interact with the kittens was adorable.

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The boys went between romping with Rory and Zak like they would with puppies (and which Rory and Zak were totallly down with)…

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…to the sweetest one-on-one play you have ever seen.

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It really warmed my heart, watching boys running around playing with cats.

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I hope we are fostering our next generation of cat daddies.

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 – 17 April: Wordless Wednesday (Jacoby and Logan)

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Aby-a-Day – 7 April: “Spring is here, A-suh-puh-ring is here! Life is skittles and life is beer” (Swedish Sunday)

Continuing from yesterday’s post…after the kittens run down the hill in front of our building, they run back up to the hill to the back of our apartment.

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Lorelai hurries to cat up to Izaak…

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…who is already under our balcony, with Alfred above on the ledge.

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I know, Freddy, but you can’t be trusted off leash, and we have an actual chore to get done.

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Oh! Look who it is! Angel’s come to join us!

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In the past few months, she’s actually been not only friendly with the younger cats, but she’s actually started to play chasing games with them!

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As you may recall, the kittens really love the sandy area around the swingset.

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Especially Rory.

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She loves to dig holes in it, roll in it, play with it…she just loves sand.

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Zak tries digging a hole…but he doesn’t really see the appeal in it that Rory does.

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Oops! Time for a bit of chase!

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Finally we get to our destination: the garbage bin.

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Or, well…we went to the garbage bin to take out the trash…the kittens just ran around the adjacent lawn like mad things.

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Rory, as always, especially. She really loves to run free outside.

Aby-a-Day – 6 April: “And Rory has wings to fly…” (Swedish Saturday)

Lorelai and Izaak love to go outside with us. As I’ve mentioned in the past, we have been training them to go outside off-leash with us and come back when we call them.

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When we open the front door, Rory is out like a flash.

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Zak’s out the door pretty quickly, too, but as for exploring the great outdoors…

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…he more wades in slowly from the steps in the shallow end as opposed to Rory’s diving head-first from the deep end.

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Once he gets used to it, though, he really does get going.

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But Rory…

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…there are times I think she’s actually flying, not running!

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But remember what I said about Zak, though, once he’s gotten used to being outside?

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He certainly has his own flying moments, too!

Aby-a-Day – 3 April: Wordless Wednesday (Emma and Izaak)

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