Aby-a-Day – 11 Mars 2020: Wordless Wednesday (What’s left of the snow)

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Aby-a-Day – 6 Mars 2020: The Big Boston Blizzard of 2015 (Friday Fashion Friday Flashback)

Five years ago this week, Jacoby and Angel experienced what would be Boston’s record snowfall for the first time.

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I couldn’t take them in the courtyard as usual because reasons. So I took them just in front of the building.

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Of course, they were fully decked out in their coats.

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It was…a less than optimal photo location. but we did our best. I am still proud to have lived in Boston the year of the record snowfall.

Aby-a-Day – 5 Mars 2020: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s SuperFreddy! (Thursday Things)

As you saw yesterday, Alfred went a little bit crazy running around in the snow when we had it. He was the last one who wanted to come in from the cold.

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He just wanted to run and run….

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It was a little frustrating. I was only wearing a hoody so I would be as cold as the unclothed cats, and I was ready to go in, too.

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He broke away from me at the door and made a beeline for the swing set that is always so popular in summer.

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He was wicked hard to catch.

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And he was super naughty! First, he peed in the snow. AGAIN.

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Then he moved on and started digging. I thought he was just playing with the snow…

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…And it looked like that was all it was, at first.

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But no. And, yes, that is exactly what it looks like. He pooped in the snow, too! I feel a little bad about leaving it there in the play area, but I guess kids won’t be swinging anytime soon.

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Soon after, he ran back towards our house. Guess that’s why he didn’t want to go back in. But I have never seen him go to the bathroom outside anytime except in snow. Weirdo.

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While I was out there in the “backyard,” I saw some things that I wouldn’t have had Freddy not run back there. Like hare tracks.

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And bird landing/take-off prints. This is probably a magpie.

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I love bird footprints in snow.

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I also love wingprints.

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I think this is a jackdaw picking something up.

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I am guessing this is another magpie.

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Walking and then a take-off. Magpies make tailprints, so this is either a crow or a jackdaw.

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Of course, there were also some cat footprints.

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As snowy as it looks, it was also melting fast.

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Crocuses are already blooming!

And, as you can see, a large area at the back of our building was all green grass. I think we’ll be lucky if we get any more snow this year.

Aby-a-Day – 1 Mars 2020: Izaak and the snölykta (Swedish Sunday)

When we were playing outside in the snow on Friday, I noticed that someone had built a little snölykta (snow lantern) in the yard. I thought it would be cute to take Izaak out to look at it. It seemed about his size.

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At first I tried to put Zak in the middle of the lantern, but I couldn’t get him to stay in it without knocking over the snowballs.

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You can see his pawprints in the middle of the lantern.

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Just because he wouldn’t stay inside the lantern doesn’t mean that he didn’t find the little snowball pile interesting.

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(I put the snowballs Zak kicked over back.)

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Zak and I hung out for a while. Look at his little pawprints!

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“This IS an airport, please announce your departure…”

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Then, Zak discovered another use for the snow lantern.

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It made a great cover for him to stalk Alfred in the snow.

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Look how sneaky he is! He’s doing a heckin stealth.

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And then, suddenly, he just gave up his hunt. But it was cute to see him playing in the snow when he usually tends to stay along the side of the building.

Aby-a-Day – 29 Februari 2020: Happy Leap Day!! (Swedish Saturday)

Today is leap day! A very special day that happens only once every four years.

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Since it snowed this week, I took the cats out to play in the snow.

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As you can imagine, Lorelai loved it.

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She is our smallest, lightest cat, so you would think she would get cold out there. I mean, Jacoby would shiver in 10°C.

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Not our Rory, though.

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She loves to be outside, regardless of the weather or the temperature.

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And you know I wouldn’t be able to get her to keep a coat on…

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She did a lot of leaping out in the snow…

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It’s amazing that a cat can be so athletic and graceful…and so goofy, all at once.

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Alfred did some leaping too.

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He actually ran more than Rory did…if that’s even possible.

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He got some good air. He must have felt like he was flying.

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Even Izaak got into the leaping game.

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It was so amazing to watch him chase Freddy along the side of the building.

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He also got a little airborne at times. It was great fun to watch.

Aby-a-Day – 28 Februari 2020: First Snows (Friday Flashback)

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Now that we finally have snow, I was thinking about the first times all the cats saw their first snows. The most recent, of course was the first time Izaak and Lorelai saw snow.

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Rory, of course, loved it.

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She loves any chance to go outside…and she honestly seems completely immune to the cold.

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Zak, however…

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…was less than impressed. I never bothered to put coats on Rory and Zak when we went outside, because of what Alfred did the first time he went out in snow

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I tried to put a coat on him. Oh, how I tried.

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Fred would have none of it.

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He preferred to experience the snow au naturel.

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Like Jacoby, Logan appreciated having a coat in the snow.

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He probably would have enjoyed wearing boots, too.

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Jake never went out in the snow without a coat.

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That was such a fun thing about Jake. He did love his coats.

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Angel’s very first snow did not involve going outside.

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But she eventually went out and experienced snow first paw.

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She was less than enthused. Well, she was born in California.

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But she did seem to have fun out in the snow with Jake. I’ll give her that.

Aby-a-Day – 27 Februari 2020: It finally snowed! Actual real snow! (Thursday Things)

As I may have mentioned before, we’ve been having a pretty crap winter with almost no snow

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But on Tuesday, finally, it snowed all day Tuesday!

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And on Wednesday morning, when I looked out the window, I saw the cutest thing.

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Our upstairs neighbours’ girls were sledding down the small hill in our område, and Markis was just hanging out nearby, playing in the snow.

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He really looked like he was happy we finally had snow, too.

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He really seemed to be enjoying himself out there.

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All the while keeping his eye on his smol hoomans.

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Markis’ fun was not unnoticed by Dashiell, however.

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Although I am not sure if he was wishing he was out there too…or if he was happy someone else was out there in the cold, wet snow.

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Markis really seemed to be having a good time, though.

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He just plowed back and forth out there in the snow. It was adorable.

Aby-a-Day – 1 Februari 2020: Finally, snow! (Swedish Sunday)

This has been a really crap winter…

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It’s been above 5°C more often than it hasn’t, and while Florida is freezing…it’s only snowed three times here in Sweden all winter. The third was yesterday.

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And it’s just now February, and the bulb plants are already sprouting!

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And the first two times it snowed, it lasted about a day. And the snow we got yesterday was, sadly, no different.

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But as long has we had the little snow we did get…I figured I had better take advantage of it while it lasted.

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And that means…I took the cats out! Of course, Lorelai bounded out the door and headed for the slope.

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She really seemed to miss running!

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But while Rory was running around, having a blast…

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…everyone else was pretty much sticking to the snowfree bits.

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I did get Izaak to venture out into the deepest part.

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(Okay, yeah, I carried him out into the middle of it…)

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But once he got used to it, he seemed to kind of enjoy it.

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I love cat pawprints in snow…

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Dashiell actually ventured out into it on his own!

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That’s pretty special, since it was the first time he’d ever seen snow!

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Okay, this…now, I know what it looks like he’s doing…but I promise you, it was not yellow when he stood up.

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But soon enough, he got tired of the wet feet and joined Zak and Angel on the concrete.

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Alfred was out there, too…he was just off doing Freddy things while I was taking all the photos.

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And, sadly, as I predicted…the snow is all gone today.

Aby-a-Day – 1 Februari: Speedy Snowcat

It’s been snowing off and on since last weekend.

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As I have posted before, Lorelai loves snow.

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Yesterday, it was a little bit warmer than most days, so I let her out for a little run. The minute she was out the door, she had launched herself into the snow.

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It was deeper than she is tall, but she didn’t mind.

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If anything, she reveled in it. She dug holes, ran around like a crazy thing, and generally had a blast.

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I have to apologise for the darkness…it was close to sunset when she went out.

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She’s such a little thing, and her coat isn’t very heavy, but she doesn’t seem to mind the cold at all if it means she can be outside. I have a coat for her, but I doubt she would wear it.

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Rory wasn’t the only one who went outside. Alfred and Jacoby went outside as well. They mostly stayed on the cellar windowsills and the mostly snowless front step, just like last time.

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Maybe I should have named her Elsa instead of Lorelai, since the cold never seems to bother her…

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She just loves to explore outside no matter what the weather.

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But somehow snow seems to be particularly exciting.

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Maybe it’s the fact that all the things she usually sees outside are covered up. She also loves to play in and underneath our comforters, so she has a fondness for things under covers.

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More snow has been falling all day today, so I hope to take her out again tomorrow.

Aby-a-Day – 13 Januari: Lorelai in the snow (Cinema Sunday)

All the snow we had before Christmas melted away on Boxing Day, but we got a little more on Tuesday. So, Wednesday, I thought Lorelai might like to go out and have another run in the snow since she enjoyed it so much the last time.

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It was a little colder that day, and the snow was very thin on the ground.

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So, she was a little less enthusiastic this time.

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Rory wanted to stay close to the trees, where there was still some grass.

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There were also birds to watch up in the branches.

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Something seemed to bother her feet, too. I think it was the gravel they use to add traction to the snow. They don’t use the snow melting stuff that they use in Boston.

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But she did seem quite content to sit at the base of the tree and contemplate the sunset.

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I love little kitty pawprints in the snow…

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Markis, our upstairs neighbour, was also outside enjoying the snow.

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Rory just absolutely loves exploring outside, no matter what the season.

Here’s a little video of Rory the Explorer!

Aby-a-Day – 20 December: Kittens’ first snow (Thursday Things)

As you saw in yesterday’s post, we got our first real snow in Skövde on Monday. Tuesday, I took Izaak and Lorelai out to see their first snow. Jacoby and Alfred, always ready for a little outdoor adventure, wanted to come along as well.

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Rory absolutely LOVED it.

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She and Jake were the first to run out into the snow.

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Freddy, on the other hand…

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…was a bit more tentative about the cold, wet, white stuff.

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He did say hello to the neighbour girls out sledding, though.

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Meanwhile, Rory ran out to see Bruno.

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Zak was not impressed with the snow at all. I had to take him out in it, or he would have just sat on the pavement where the snow had either melted or been shovelled.

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And as quickly as he could, he went right back there.

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But Rory…she took off, running everywhere she could.

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The cold didn’t seem to bother her one bit. Neither did the wetness.

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She even ran all the way to the sandy place she and Zak played in last summer.

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Even though it was buried under the snow, she seemed to know it was the same place.

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You may have wondered, whilst looking at all the photos of Rory running everywhere, what the boys were doing. This. They were doing this. Sitting on the non-snowy pavement next to the building, watching her run about like a mad thing.

Aby-a-Day – 19 December: Wordless Wednesday (Running in a Winter Wonderland)

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Aby-a-Day – 22 February: It’s all downhill from here (Thursday Things)

Oh sure, it’s cute. And it’s the subject of hundreds of adorable YouTube videos. Hell, I’ve even posted about it. But it’s becoming a world-wide epidemic!

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You know what I’m talking about.

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Cats interrupting their owners’ enjoyment of the Winter Olympics.

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I suspect it’s because of the high contrast against the snow and ice and the fast movement.

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This is Logan’s first Winter Olympics. He appears to enjoy downhill skiing.

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The only cat who can really get away with interrupting the Winter Olympics is this bobcat in Whistler, BC (and yes, he is a bobcat, not a lynx).

Aby-a-Day – 13 February: Alla hjärtans dag (Cartoon Tuesday)

Last year for Valentine’s Day (called “Alla hjärtans dag,” “all hearts day” in Sweden), I had an early morning class, and I left for class before Björn went to work, so I drew him a little Valentine cartoon.

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Later, in class, I doodled Jacoby with some roses. And a little poem for Björn which says:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I’ll love you
When you’re old and grey

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(It rhymes in Swedish.)

Aby-a-Day – 3 February: When you gotta go…(Silly Saturday)

When I took the boys outside in the snow the other day, Alfred did something I never thought I would see a cat do. But then Abyssinians are really surprising.

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He was out playing under and amongst the snow-covered bicycles. And then suddenly, he started digging.

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At first, I thought he was just playing with the snow. But then…he did that squat, and I realised what was going on. I mean, every cat owner knows that squat.

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But when he was finished, he buried it really well.

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Really, really well.

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There was not a trace of yellow to be seen when he was finished.

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At least is wasn’t Logan doing that. Freddy hasn’t anything to freeze off when he sits like that!

Aby-a-Day – 26 January: Wardrobe Rebel (Fashion Friday)

As you know, Jacoby has absolutely no problem with wearing clothing…especially if it’s his winter coat and there is snow on the ground!

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Logan also has no problem wearing a coat outside when it’s cold.

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Both he and Jake have figured out that going outside is fun, but being cold isn’t. Coats make outside not so cold so they can have that fun in winter.

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Alfred, however…it finally snowed enough to let the kittens experience their first snow, so I took Logan and Freddy out with Jake. Freddy did not like wearing his coat. He started taking it off the minute we got outside. It was Gun-Hee’s old coat, and it fit him well, but he would have none of it.

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He got out of it with lightning speed.

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And then he proceeded to explore this strange white stuff that covered the outside.

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It was almost as though he was saying, “Screw you, I’m Swedish! I don’t need no stinkin’ coat!”

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Of course, Jake is Canadian and lived in New England for most of his life, and Logan is, of course, Swedish, too…and both of them appreciate their coats.

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Jake, especially. He seems a bit bemused that Freddy would shuck his coat so quickly to frolic naked in the snow.

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And frolic he did. He had a blast out there!

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Still, I would feel better if he could keep a coat on. Maybe I just need to try a different style.

Aby-a-Day – December 29: Snö! (Cartoon Tuesday)

It finally snowed here in Skövde yesterday! Not quite a white Christmas, but close.

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I’ve been drawing on my iPad again, using both Paper by 53 and Photoshop Sketch. This picture of Jacoby is actually based on the view of the first snow from Björn’s living room window. I’m pretty proud of it, since I haven’t been drawing that much lately.

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Of course, I also drew this picture of Lutfisk after a traditional Christmas day dinner at Björn’s parents’ house…so don’t expect a brilliant comeback of my cartoons anytime soon…

Other People’s Abys – Calendar Cats

Check this out – today’s Page-a-Day Cat Calendar page features a Somali on a leash!

“Like their short-haired Abyssinian cousins, Somalis are both wild-looking and elegant, sporting colors from a traditional ruddy hue to a more unusual blue, all with the characteristic ticked fur that gives them their exotic appearance. Playful and athletic, Somalis can turn anything into a jungle gym – even your drapes – but if you take them outside for some R & R, keep them on a leash or watch out! These cats can be up a tree, or out of the yard, faster than you can shout their name!”

This lovely lady is Luna, and she lives in Massachusetts – Belmont, to be exact! I wonder if this photo was taken last year during all our snow?

Aby-a-Day – May 1: Warm and Wonderful Feline Fashions (Fashion Friday)

I actually got a chance to try out Angel’s new purple parka in some actual snow before it all melted away.

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I took these photos in our courtyard the day before Easter.

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We still had a good amount of snow on the ground then, as you can see. We actually still had snow in our courtyard as late as April 17.

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I took Angel out into the little snow patch so we could see how her coat stands up to real outdoor use. She meowed a LOT while we were out there…I am not sure if she missed Jacoby or if she was just especially chatty about being outside.

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It was a quick outing, so I didn’t bother with her harness and leash. I did put on her undershirt though.

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The sleeves seem to be about the right length. I like the way the faux fur ruff frames her face. It really is a perfect coat for her.

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Here’s how it looks from the back. It seems like it’s a good length and covers her back well.

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And she can walk in it with no problems.

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She may not like walking, but the coat doesn’t hinder her. Next step: boots!

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That should be interesting…

Speaking of fashionable Abys, I also wanted to share these photos of our friends Sanna and Sketsi strolling about on a spring day in Helsinki.

Aren’t they adorable?

Sketsi is modeling his bomber jacket and knit cap that Jake and I sent him in one of our box exchanges.

Sketsi’s a boy. He just likes pink, but he’s secure in his neutered manhood. Sanna says that Sketsi is one of those males who can rock pink.

He was seagull watching on this outing.

There goes one now, apparently.

He really likes his pink knitted cap from our friend Sara at ScooterKnits. And, speaking of Sara and her infamous cat hats…she’s written a how-to book with patterns to knit or crochet your own cat hats! How awesome is that?

Also, please note that
her book‘s cover model is none other than Vivi, a red silver Abyssinian!

The book has patterns for the Pom-Pom and the Elf hats that Jake and Angel have…but the infamous Mistletoe hat is not included.

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I’m still hoping she makes the Hanukkah Hat someday…