Aby-a-Day – 20 Augusti: Aby and Singa Stickers by Cloris Creates (Fashion Friday)

Last month, a member posted this in my Singapura Facebook group: ⭐️ Looking for models! ⭐️ Hi, thanks for the add! I’m Cloris, a cat mom, animal artist, and small biz owner! I’m looking for people who’d be interested in taking a photo of their cat with their matching sticker (see photos) in exchange for a Singapura sticker bundle ❤️ Bonus points if you can post to social media since I’ll be sharing the photos there too! Preferably US-based but open to shipping worldwide too. Comment/message for more info and thanks for your time!

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Well, of course I contacted her! The envelope arrived on Wednesday. As soon as I opened it, Izaak had to see what I was doing.

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And…of course he had to play with his Singa sticker.

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Zak likes to bite paper things, and I worried he would try to bite his sticker…

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…but he couldn’t manage to pick it up.

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Zak is so adorable when he’s frustrated.

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Dashiell, however, was not as excited about his Aby sticker.

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He wouldn’t even jump up on the sofa to look at it.

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I put it on the coffee table, and Lorelai took an interest.

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She managed to knock it onto the floor, where Dash finally took some interest. They are nice, thick, shiny stickers, and cats like shiny things.

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With the stickers, she sent me a little thank you card for helping her with her sticker promotion.

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Cloris has stickers of almost every breed of cat (and dog, and some other animals) available in her Cloris Creates Etsy shop, and if she doesn’t, she can make it for you. They are very awesome and very cut.

Aby-a-Day – 7 Augusti: Funny Angel (Silly Saturday)

Since moving to Sweden and becoming the eldest female in the house, Angel has become very comfortable and secure in the house.

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She has several favourite spots, and one of them is the IKEA cat bed at the end of the sofa.

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She loves to sit there whilst I am doing things on my computer.

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However, when she yawns…

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…she shows off the fact that she only has one tooth in her head!

Aby-a-Day – 14 Juli: Wordless Wednesday (Beggers can’t be choosers)

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Aby-a-Day – 13 Mars: Lorelai is the smollest bol (Swedish Saturday)

Someone barfed on the IKEA cat bed yesterday, so it had to get washed.

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Lorelai likes to sleep on that bed during the day, and she was really missing it while it was in the laundry.

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She was trying very hard to sleep without it.

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But it wasn’t working. She kept curling up tighter and tighter…but she just couldn’t sleep. Don’t worry, it’s back now, and clean.

Aby-a-Day – 27 Oktober 2020: Wizard Kittens (Cartoon Tuesday)

I had to share the cutest Kickstarter project I just received: a magical card game called Wizard Kittens. It’s a semi-cooperative set collection card game in which you play as kittens who have accidentally released a few curses from the library’s restricted section. Because the library is a place of quiet, players must defeat the curses quickly before they get caught by the librarian.

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I got in really early, and I got a great deal on the full package with all the extras. Izaak thinks the game looks interesting, too.

There are several different character cards, each with different skills and talents. Daisy reminds me of the character in Bittersweet Candy Bowl.

Some of the curse cards are really adorable. This card is something everycat can relate to!

And this this curse reminds me of Zak. I think the other cats can identify with it.

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But the very best part of the whole thing? The box glows in the dark! How awesome is that!?

Aby-a-Day – 22 Augusti 2020: There’s a Singa on my shoulder (Singapura Saturday)

I have had a rather crappy 24 hours. It’s finished now, but it just really drained me, emotionally.

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Therefore, today’s post is the blogging equivalent of just making pasta with whatever sauce because you have zero idea what to have for supper and can’t be arsed to make anything but you really need to eat.

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Recently, Izaak has decided he wants to try to be a shoulder cat. He’s started jumping on Björn the way Lorelai does.

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I love the little grabby hands.

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He’s pretty awkward, though.

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Not at all the graceful little squirrel that Rory is at all.

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He really has to work at keeping his balance!

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More gratuitous grabby hand action. Sorry this post is so listless, but I am just completely out of spoons.

Aby-a-Day – 22 Juni 2020: Izaak and the blanket (Mischievous Monday)

The other day when we went outside, one of our neighbours had left a blanket under a tree. We picked it up and hung it on the rug beating frame. There was a bit of a breeze, and the blanket had a fringe, so Izaak started playing with it.

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Or attacking it. It’s open to interpretation.

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Sometimes I forget that Zak is only two years old…Logan was such a little old man, even though he only lived 13 months, I am always surprised at how playful Zak is.

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Look at that concentration. That blanket is going to regret its life choices.

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It was so much fun watching him “hunt” the blanket.

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Bite! Bite! Bite!

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It’s amazing how much fun cats can have with ordinary household objects.

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It was funny that he used his mouth more than his hands. I think Abys would be more handsy and less mouthy.

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…And just like that, Zak was done.

Aby-a-Day – 9 Maj 2020: Have you seen this cat? Because he is awesome. (Singapura Saturday)

I just want to feature Izaak today. He is my constant little buddy; as I am typing this he’s sitting next to me on the sofa. I think he is trying to fill the hole Jacoby left when he died.

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He has the funniest run. And he doesn’t walk…he trots with a swagger.

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He loves to sleep under the blankets with me.

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I think it started the first time we met.

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We bonded over the crazy trip from Stockholm back to Skövde.

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He slept on my lap the whole ride home.

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Look at him looking at me on his first night here.

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He helped me pack for Lorelai’s first cat show (he couldn’t go because he hadn’t gotten his Swedish pedigree yet).

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He started in on his chicken necks before he even had his adult teeth!

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Zak loved running outside right from the start.

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He charmed the judges at his first show.

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He’s a stubborn, goofy, talkative boy. In typical Singapura fashion, he’s decided who his person his and there’s no arguing with him.

Aby-a-Day – 29 April 2020: Wordless Wednesday (Cuddly Izaak)

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Aby-a-Day – 20 April 2020: Dash is a smol bol (Hipstamatic Monday)

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, one of Dashiell’s favourite afternoon napping spots is at the end of the sofa.

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He’s a big, gangly yearling, but he manages to get his legs rolled up in a tight ball.

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…And, the camera woke him up. Sorry, Dash!

Aby-a-Day – 26 Mars 2020: Reach out and touch someone (Thursday Things)

The other day, we were watching YouTube videos on the television, and I wanted to show Björn the video of Lorelai stalking the geese, which he hadn’t seen yet.

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After that, YouTube autoplayed the next video, which was the one of Izaak sitting on top of Dashiell.

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Dash was intensely interested in seeing him and his buddy on TV. And then the cutest thing happened.

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He reached his paw out and touched Zak! It was so sweet, so tentative…but he definitely recognised his friend.

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Then a different video autoplayed, one of Angel and Zak outside. And Dash patted Zak’s image again! I have never seen a cat do this before. I have seen them play with images on screen, but not recognise another cat that they know.

I made a little video of him…but he went behind the screen looking for the cats. I did finally capture him patting Zak.

Aby-a-Day – 29 Juni: Don’t worry Mom…I got your back (Singapura Saturday)

Björn took these photos while I was sleeping…

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These were actually taken after we rushed Jacoby to the hospital…but never brought him home.

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Izaak was sleeping on me exactly the way Jake used to do.

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It’s almost like Zak knew what was going to happen before the rest of us did.

Aby-a-Day – 18 Maj: “I think I’ll go for a walk outside now, the summer sun’s callin’ my name…” (Swedish Saturday)

In both New England and Sweden, a pleasant sunny day is like a special gift, not to be squandered. One must go out and enjoy the good weather while it lasts…because, in both places, wait five minutes and it’ll change.

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Take today, for example. It was raining so hard that it woke me up. Anyone who knows me, knows what a difficult thing that is to do.

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But a couple of weeks ago? It was gorgeous outside, and we absolutely needed to get outside and enjoy it.

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And oh, how Lorelai and Izaak enjoyed it.

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The way they interact outside is so different from the way they interact inside. They are best buds, the two who grew up together, the cat show team, the “kittens.”

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They play chase games in the house, but it’s taken to a whole other level when they’re outside. They are pretty evenly matched: Zak is older and heavier, but Rory is faster and sneakier.

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I know we don’t have a subway to ride, or a city to explore, but we can run around free outside…and that’s a fun option to have.

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

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Aby-a-Day – 18 October: Cuddle puddle in Kalle’s room (Thursday Things)

Kalle captured these photos a few days ago.

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Kalle has a lovechair/small sofa in his room, and the other day three cats decided it was the pefect napping spot.

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Nothing to see here…just Alfred, Lorelai, Izaak…and Izaak’s mousie.

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(As it turns out, Zak’s mousie is, in fact, an important member of this group.)

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Have you ever seen anything as adorable as these three?

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I mean, really…

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…The fact that Freddy is zonked out whilst the other two are alert and watching the camera speaks volumes.

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Of course, Freddy is so laid back, even that doesn’t faze him.

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It’s almost as if Zak was a blanket for Freddy.

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“He’s not heavy, he’s my brother.”

Aby-a-Day – 13 October: “They call me baby driver, once upon a set of wheels…” (Silly Saturday)

These photos are from May, when we first got Lorelai.

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She was pretty adorable riding in Jacoby’s big yellow stroller.

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First we have her ridesharing with Alfred.

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He was so much bigger than she was, back then.

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She was really adorable in the stroller with Freddy.

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But a couple of weeks later, Rory was in the stroller with Angel.

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That time, she was really working the cute. Look at her chill!

Aby-a-Day- 12 August: Cousins from another mother

When Izaak first arrived, Alfred was polite, but reserved.

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He didn’t seem to connect Zak to Logan at all, despite being only the second Singapura Freddy had ever seen in his life.

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But lately…

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…Freddy has taken a cuddly interest in little Zakky.

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While it is so reminiscent of Freddy and Logan, the “Brothers From Another Mother,” it is different, too.

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So maybe…”Cousins From Another Mother”? Is that a thing? I guess if we can have identical cousins, we can have that!

Aby-a-Day – 18 July: Wordless Wednesday (Phone home)

Aby-a-Day – 18 April: Wordless Wednesday (Brothers from another mother)

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Aby-a-Day – 22 March: You wanted a lap cat. Be careful what you wish for…(Thursday Things)

Cats and laptops…the love affair may seem like a recent phenomenon, but it actually goes back to printed books and newspapers. Cats love to sit on whatever their favourite human is reading when they want attention. The fact that laptops are warm is just a bonus. Even when the thing they sit on makes weird noises, cats love laptops. Now, I know I just posted about Logan and my laptop just two months ago, but it’s getting worse!

They’re searching for things on my computer! Although I’m not sure what “DQ9X700DXYŪ” is in Felinese.

They are also opening multiple tabs in Firefox (it was more than 30 empty tabs!) and printing things. I caught this one before a piece of paper was wasted, but they have actually printed things.

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Angel has historically been the worst offender, but lately Logan has stolen her throne, so to speak. Of course, he’s a big believer in the “If not for sits, why is it made of warm?” school of thought, but he also just loves to sit on my lap. And when the laptop is on my lap, well…he’ll just have to make do, won’t he?

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“I love my mommy, but her lap is busy with the hard thing. That’s okay, we can share mommy’s lap.”