Aby-a-Day – 16 April: “Pop” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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I recently discovered the Privacy Pop bed tent, and it is awesome. Haven’t you always wanted a bed fort? I may be 50 years old, but this thing is awesome.

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You’re meant to put it on a bedframe, under the mattress, but it also works if your mattress is on the floor.

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And it comes in all sizes, except King. Which means if you have a Full or Queen bed, you and your significant other can have your own private little nest.

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Not only humans love the Privacy Pop…Jacoby thinks it’s pretty cool, too.

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(And it only two about two attempts for him to learn not to try to jump on top of it!)

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Jake has always loved to play with his round lambbones on the bed.

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And a bed inside a Privacy Pop tent is just as marvelous a playground, if not better.

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He really loves those lambbones. He loved them when he wasn’t even a year old yet, he loved them when he was four years old, and he still loves them just as much now, when he’s about to turn seven.

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Aby-a-Day – 14 April: Give me the kitten until he is seven and I’ll give you the cat

Today is Jacoby’s 7th birthday!

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As is tradition, he got his cat food can-cake with a candle on top.

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He loves his birthday cake!

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He knows he can’t eat any of it til the candle is lit, so he paced around impatiently while I got out the matches.

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“Hurry up, mom! Light the candle already!!”

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Abys have no fear of flame…this is a reason why I never have candles.

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Fire on food? No problem!

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Angel was completely uninterested in the festivities.

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Nom nom nom

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I let him eat a little bit, and then saved the rest for his evening meal.

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After the cake, it was time for his present! A new Hexbug!This is the Hexbug Nano V.2, which can climb up tubes.

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What’s nice about it is, on the floor, it seems to just want to go around in circles. It doesn’t try to escape like the other ones. This seems to be more fun for cats, too.

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Kylie always gets involved in Jake’s birthday – hers is only 10 days away, on 24 April.

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Here’s a quick little movie of Jake playing with his Hexbug, with a cameo by Tessie.

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Happy birthday, Jakey!

Aby-a-Day – 28 March: Zootopia (Miniature Monday)

I saw Zootopia a little while ago, and I LOVE it. I really can’t wait to see it again in the theatre. Yeah, it’s that good.

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I mean, how often do you see a movie that addresses racial issues, stereotypes, discrimination with witty but insightful commentary and has cute talking animals? Not to mention a few awesome inside jokes.

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The main protagonists, Judy Hopps the rabbit and Nick Wilde the fox are among some of the best fictional characters I’ve ever come across.

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I think Mini Jacoby has a little man-crush going on with Nick, actually.

Aby-a-Day – 1 February: Findus och Pettson (Miniature Monday)

While I was in Sweden, I got a set of Pettson and Findus figures.

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Pettson and Findus are the main characters in a series of children’s books written and illustrated by Sven Nordqvist. They are very popular – this photo is from a display in a book store in Göteborg. Pettson is an old farmer who live alone with his cat, Findus, some chickens and some little house creatures. Findus gets his name from a brand of frozen foods; when Pettson got Findus as a kitten, he was in a box labelled “Findus Green Peas.”

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I’ve had this small plush Findus since I visted Björn in 2000. He went back to Sweden with me for Christmas.

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Naturally, I adore Findus…

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…I mean, what’s not to like? He’s a cat, he can talk, and he’s a sassy troublemaker. Someday, I want to get Jacoby a pair of green striped pants like Findus wears.

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I think Jake would make a great Findus.

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But what does Jake think of Pettson and Findus?

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He likes them!

Aby-a-Day – June 13: “Touch” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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Abys are very touchy-feely cats. They use their paws like little hands.

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Jacoby loves these plastic spring toys. I happened to get a bunch in my swag bag at BlogPaws.

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See? There he goes, using his hands to hold the spring down.

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I think he likes the way the springs feel.

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In his teeth…

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…and in his paws.

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It’s fun to watch Abys use their hands.

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They also like to touch their humans. Jake is always touching my hand, putting his full weight on it to see something I have, trusting me to keep my hand there and support him. I haven’t had many cats who would do that.

Aby-a-Day – April 18: “Ball” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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My husband brought home a HeliBall from Five Below the other day.

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So of course I had to show it to the Abys.

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It’s a pretty simple helicopter toy. It’s not even a remote control helicopter – you turn it on, it goes up and down until it crashes into something and then you turn it off and back on again and do it again. Still, Jacoby was pretty interested in it.

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Especially when it crash-landed.

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Angel wanted to get a closer look at it, so she quickly hopped up the wallclimbers.

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From up there, she could get an eye-level view of the HeliBall.

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Jake was quick to follow her up there.

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The HeliBall is slightly controllable with your hands. It reacts to things beneath it and goes up when it senses a surface, like the floor or the palm of your hand. The Jake and Angel were fascinated by the flying ball.

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However, before you run out and get one of these for yourself, I have to warn you, it’s not the safest toy on the planet. The box says “Ages 14+, so it’s not a kid’s toy. It also has no side-to-side control, just up and down. And if it hits you in the face…it hurts! Somehow, while I was taking photos of it, it managed to get between my camera and my face (I guess I thought the camera would protect me?), and the propellers hit me in the upper lip. It didn’t leave a mark or cut me, but damn, it stung. It also hit Jake in the side which startled him. And that was with two adults playing with it. If you do get one, just be careful with it. And wear glasses! Seriously, this thing could put an eye out.

Aby-a-Day – February 28: “Brush” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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I have an awesome stylus for my iPad: the Sensu Solo.

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Basically, it allows you to paint on your iPad the way you would with a regular paintbrush on paper.

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Not only is it a pretty fun toy…

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..and, apparently, tasty…

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…But look what you can do with it!