Aby-a-Day – 3 Februari: “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together” (Cinema Sunday)

As I have posted the last couple of days, we’ve gotten some snow.

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It’s beautiful.

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And really deep. This is my foot in the snow. At some other points, the snow was almost to my knees.

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You can see some really wonderful things in the snow. Here is where some crows, magpies and jackdaws congregated. I love the wing prints.

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I let Alfred, Lorelai, Izaak and Jacoby out to play in the snow. Jake basically took one look at the snow and said, “NOPE.” He went back into the apartment. But Freddy explored the snow for a while.

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Freddy slogged through the snow like a champion.

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But he did leave these skidmarks close to the front door when he was finished.

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Zak was…less than thrilled with the deep snow.

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Although, to be fair, Zak's legs are not as long as Freddy's.

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Still, he slogged along in the snow like a champion.

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But he was clearly more happy to be in the cleared out areas.

Here’s a video of Zak in the snow. I apologise for my nose sniffles.

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Rory was also running about in the snow. I posted most of those photos yesterday.

But here is a movie of Rory running in the snow, with a bonus leap through the snow.

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 – 6 Januari: Flying food from Flying Tiger (Cinema Sunday)

About a year and a half ago, Skövde got a Flying Tiger store. If you haven’t gotten one of these near you (there are something like 900 stores in the world and counting), you have missed a treat. Flying Tiger stores are filled with awesome things you never knew you needed. It doesn’t help that everything costs 10kr/$1/€1 – 40kr/$4/€4…

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So, of course, I had to buy one. I stashed it away and ended up putting it in Jacoby’s Christmas stocking. Today, I brought it out.

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It was a thing full of dry cat food. What’s not to like?

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Of course, it attracted an audience.

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Including Izaak, who doesn’t eat dry food and only eats raw.

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Jake cottoned onto the system pretty quickly. Instead of chasing the pellets being shot from the gun, he sent straight to the source.

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He basically went up to the crunchy gun, licked it, and tried to open it. That’s my boy.

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Lorelai especially loves to hunt and catch the dry pellets. We have played “chase the dry food” many times, but it’s way more fun to use the gun.

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At least we had a better response to it than this Sphynx blogger in Finland had with her cats.

Here’s a video of everyone chasing little bits of kibble all over our kitchen.

Aby-a-Day – 17 December: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (Hipstamatic Monday)

We finally have our tree up.

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This is absolutely the latest I have ever set up my Christmas tree (except for the years I didn’t put one up at all, of course).

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Björn says that Swedes usually put their trees up later than in the States…even later than this. But given the ordeal that is putting up all the decorations, I would rather put them up as early as possible – the day after Thanksgiving. Maximum result for maximum work, if you know what I mean.

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But whatever. The tree is up. And it’s Lorelai’s and Izaak’s first tree ever. And it’s Alfred’s second.

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You would think, based on all the memes about cats and Christmas trees, there would be no way on Earth that a tree would survive with four Abyssinians and a Singapura.

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But the truth is, the cats are, generally, unimpressed by the Christmas tree.

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(Gotta love the randomness of Hipstamatic…)

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Björn was trying so hard to get Freddy and Rory interested in the tree, he was plying them with ornaments…glass ones, no less!

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The ornaments were still more interesting than the tree itself.

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One Björn stopped swinging the ornaments around enticingly and hung them on the tree, Rory and Freddy’s interest was gone.

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Jacoby couldn’t even be enticed to pose with the tree. This ain’t his first Christmas tree rodeo.

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Izaak, however, was at least a little impressed by the tree.

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But even he respected the tree and merely posed for me next to it.

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He was interested in the tree…but at the end of the day…

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…He was more interested in posing next to the electric window candles.

Aby-a-Day – 18 November: “Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown” (Cinema Sunday)

After collecting Alfred, we boarded our train and got settled in our seats. We folded up the stroller, and Jacoby sat on the seat next to Kalle.

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We set Freddy’s carrier on the table and opened it up.

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“Are you sure about this?”

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Freddy was quick to get out and explore the train and his new humans.

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He was fascinated by the landscape speeding past.

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Then he went to “help” Kalle on his laptop.

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Like, literally on his laptop.

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That’s our Freddy, always helpful, right from the very start.

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Some things don’t change.

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Then he decided to lie awkwardly all over the table, taking up as much space a he possibly could. He’s still really good at this, too.

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Finally, he started to get drowsy…and settled down on my lap to sleep the rest of the trip. Awww…

Here’s a little video I shot of Freddy’s first train trip.

Aby-a-Day – 21 October: Another outside adventure…with an audience (Swedish Cinema Sunday)

Last weekend we enjoyed gorgeous weather, so I took Izaak and Lorelai out for some “being offleash” practice.

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The main reason was, I wanted to check what that flash of red I could see out our window.

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Turns out, someone had dumped their windowbox geraniums out onto the hill, and they were managing to survive on the dirt they were planted in.

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They’re actually really pretty out there, and I hope they can survive, but I have a feeling that they won’t live past the first snow.

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Rory especially loves to explore the outside world…to the point that it’s really hard for us to get out of our front door.

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Rory also has to check out the rugbeater. Every. Single. Time. We go outside. She loves that thing.

After the rugbeater, we visited the sandbox/swings area that we visited before. But whilst we were there, we heard plaintive meowing.

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Turns out, it was Alfred. He wanted to be out there, too…but after the last time we tried to let Freddy out off-leash, that was pretty much a non-starter.

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Jacoby was just out there because he heard my voice.

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Rory and Zak knew Jake and Freddy were up there…but I don’t think they cared, because they were running around outside.

Aby-a-Day – 30 September: Tiger by the tail (Silly Cinema Sunday)

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A month or so ago, Izaak and Alfred were lazing together on the sofa next to us when Zak idly started to play with Freddy’s tail.

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It reminded me of those videos of young lions playing with the head male lion’s tail.

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Zak went from attacking Freddy’s tail, to licking it lovingly…

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…and back to biting it again.

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It was super cute to watch.

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And you know Freddy was twitching his tail for Zak to play with.

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Zak seemed to be having an excellent time with Freddy’s tail.

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Oh…and, we’re back to licking.

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When Zak went from biting Freddy’s tail to biting his leg, Freddy started to object.

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Okay, Freddy…back to the tail, then.

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Wait…just one more bite to your leg, okay?

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Then Zak got a little distracted by his own tail.

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…Annnnddd…back to Freddy’s tail.

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“Oh no! It’s getting away! Get it! GET IT!”

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The photos were looking so great and funny that I thought I should take a little video, too.

You can probably guess what happened next…