Aby-a-Day – 10 February: Welcome to Big Market! (Swedish Saturday)

We are very lucky in that we live extremely close to a very good pet supplies store. Skövde’s DjurMagazinet is the equivalent of five Boston blocks from our apartment.

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And they carry almost everything we need. The rest we can order online.

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But they have our Bozita, our Vaisto raw, and everything else we need on a regular basis.

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And of course they welcome pet visitors. And you know how Jacoby loves to help me shop.

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He always makes sure we have gotten everything we need before we pay.

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The staff all know Jake, of course.

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With our purchases safely stowed in Jake’s light stroller, we’re homeward bound!

Aby-a-Day – 21 January: Swedish Cat TV

When we all move to Sweden, Jacoby and Angel will have fabulous HD Cat TV on a big window.

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This is the view from Björn’s living room window.

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Granted, it’s significantly different from the view they currently have out their windows…

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…which isn’t to say that watching cars and trucks isn’t interesting. I just think that cats in general find birds more captivating than vehicles.

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There are lots of birds that frequent the yard outside Bjorn’s apartment, as well as squirrels and the occasional rabbit.

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Residents aren’t supposed to feed the birds from their windows or balconies, but they still come close to the buildings.

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Best of all are the magpies.

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I love magpies; I grew up in Northern California, the only place in the world where Yellow-Billed Magpies exist.

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There are no magpies in Massachusetts, and even blue jays and crows are fairly scarce in the city.

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I miss seeing them and was happy to learn that once I’m in Sweden, I’ll get to see them, as well as crows and jackdaws, fairly often.

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(This is a crow at the train station in Falköping…I love their colouration so much!)

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Views like this, taken outside Björn’s living room window, are common.

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Which is really cool, since I love magpies.

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I found the view outside Björn’s window endlessly fascinating.

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I can only imagine what Angel and Jake will think!

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Pyret, being 16 years old, is rather immune to the birds outside.

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She’d rather watch me work on my laptop!

Aby-a-Day – 16 January: “Dog” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Dog.”

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When I was in Sweden, I noticed that there were a lot of dogs in public places – indoors!

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And not just places like trains and subways, either. This dog was in a mall in Stockholm. He was very well behaved, and he wasn’t the only dog I saw in that mall that day.

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However, as you can see, he’s waiting in a queue with his master in a coffee shop that serves food! That’s a big no-no in the States. This bodes incredibly well for Jacoby and I having shopping adventures in Skövde. We may even become regular fixtures at the shopping mall that’s only several meters from Björn’s apartment! At least, we’ll have to visit Dad at work on Saturdays when Björn works at that mall…