I did some thinking :-)

I did some thinking yesterday afternoon, yes it does happen 🙂 🙂 When I threw the sawdust and bark on the road in the early morning it never gave the tires especially much grip on the ice, it sort of slid away even if it did make the carpet to stay. So I was thinking, as I already has told You, that if I poured it out just before the melting ice froze again it should sort of stick on the ice and then give the tires some grip when I was making an attempt to drive to work this morning.

It worked!! I saw that my neighbor that was without spikes on his tires too was able to drive up that little slope yesterday evening. I had absolutely no problems at all to get away to work today 🙂 But all smaller roads was a mess and even though I started much earlier this morning I came later than usual to work. But it is better to be late than to never arrive at all.

Swelling buds on my redberried Elderberry bush. It origins from a region in Ussuria and really doesn´t understand that it will get damaged if it starts this early in the year.

We were out in the thick forest yesterday and suddenly we heard a loud miauing from a cat 🙂 It was Bertil that suddenly had found us and wanted to follow us on the walk.

But the road to the forest is so slippery that I didn´t dare take a walk with my dogs today. Pitch black outside and no one to hear me if I fall, not a good combination at all 🙂 So instead I spread the ashes from my stove on the road so I can get to my car tomorrow morning without any bigger risk of falling. Most of it blew away with the weak wind we´re having at the moment, but enough stayed on the road to make it less slippery.

He weighs so little that he can walk on the snow without any problems.

Wolves has been seen not to far away from here today and I do hope they will take a walk to us this weekend. Beautiful animals and if I know that they are nearby I´ll put leashes on my boys. I´m probably the only one here that likes wolves and most people around thinks that I´m a bit strange in many ways but in particular when it comes to wolves 🙂 🙂 🙂 (and of course all plants I have and all seeds I sow is a bit strange here, but since they know that I have had a nursery/gardencentre they just smile 🙂 🙂 🙂  ).

It´s time for a cup of tea and a sandwich or two. I´ve already made my dinner for tomorrow at work so the rest of the evening will be relaxed and calm 🙂                                   Have a great day now!


30 thoughts on “I did some thinking :-)

  1. I’m glad you could get your car out and make it to work! 🙂
    I just adore that Bertil. I never get tired of hearing about him or seeing his photos!
    He makes my day!
    Take care, Cindi

    • Hi Cindi!
      Yes two days without pay isn´t funny 🙂 🙂 But it would have been nice to just sleep one more day to be honest 🙂

      He is an odd little cat that Bertil 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  2. Beautiful photos again and again, love the cat photos of course. We have sighted a rare breed of red fox in our woods and at first, not sure it’s a she that might be pregnant. Then we heard from neighbors to the west that they spotted two red fox and about 5 miles north the County has collected a brood of six, four little ones, and they say this is very rare for this part of Florida. Usually found way south in the State’s preserve. I wonder what they are doing up here? Global Warming again? Well the one I saw was so perfect in color and form it would make for a nice Hallmark Card. But I didn’t have my camera and frankly, she caught me off guard. Just looking at her took all my time. So enjoy all the wildies coming your way. Angela lives in Switzerland and bought a new BMW with a stick shift. She writes that now she gets to work in the snow every day and loves the way the car handles the icy main roads. She’s about an hour from the ski shop where she does ads worldwide for sports equipment.

    • Hi Z&M!
      The red fox is one of the animals that best can adapt to new environments, so I doubt it has anything to do with the global warming.

      Isn´t it typical that they only show when the camera is elsewhere 🙂 It´s the same here, I´ve seen our fox so many times when the camera is at home but almost never when I have my camera with me 🙂 🙂

      Every summer when I had a cottage further north small cubs came out on the road by my cottage and played. They didn´t care that I and my dogs looked at them, they even came real close to take a sniff (with their mother looking at us all the time). They are so beautiful!

      I have almost never driven a car without stick shift. Most cars over here has that, so I have no idea how a car without behaves on slippery roads 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  3. Härligt!
    Ja du får vara rädd om pojkarna om du har varg i faggorna!
    De ser ju våra fyrfota som konkurenter… och inget konstigt i det.
    Det är upp till oss då att skydda våra tama ‘vargar’.


    • Tjänare Linda!
      Jo är det vargar i närheten blir det allt till att ha koppel. Fast de går fot riktigt bra så det kanske räcker. Dessutom är de alltid avvaktande mot nya hundar de kan möta och det är ju positivt om vi får se varg 🙂

      Ha det gott!

  4. Brr! We’re having icy roads, today, too! I don’t have to go anywhere but my sister does and we have some pretty rough back roads to go over. I can understand the dogs having a good time but Bertil? Wouldn’t a nice toasty hearth be better? Cats are supposed to be smarter than dogs… Oh, I love wolves, too. I had one stop by my farm many years ago and become a pet. I named her Lupe and she was the sweetest thing. I wasn’t sure she was a wolf and had the vet check her out and, sure enough, she was a bona fide wolf.

    She was so funny! The minute she discovered that INSIDE was warmer in my cave than outside, it took a lot of coaxing to get her back out! Converted beautifully to a house pet and I never worried about strangers, she became so protective. She was about four when she adopted me and lived for another eight years.

    Enjoy your tea and the comfort of your hearth. (You’ll need the ashes.)

    • Hi Sharlene!
      I hope Your sister gets where she wants to go and home again without problems!

      I don´t think Bertil understands that he is a cat 🙂 🙂 He does behave like a dog in so many ways, like jumping up and down when he meets us on the road 🙂 🙂

      Fantastic! To be adopted by a wolf must be one of the most fantastic things that can happen!!! But I wonder what authorities would say over here? No wild animal is allowed as a pet even if it is the animal that has chosen. But I think I would have to worry about my neighbors more, no one here likes wolfs to be honest. But if it became that tame and didn´t kill any other animals I think the ones living on my road would accept it.

      Have a great day now!

  5. Det var klokt av dig att inte ge dig av ut i skogen i halkan:) Vad häftigt det skulle vara att få se en varg:) Förstår inte våra svenska lagar om rovdjur- man planterar in vargar från ryssland för att det inte ska bli inavel, sedan skjuter man ihjäl dem för att de blir för många?????? Hoppas att vi kan lära oss leva sida vid sida men våra rovdjur. Ha det gott/Monne

    • Tjänare Monne!
      Ja vissa gränser har jag allt 🙂 🙂
      Jag hörde ju en varg yla ute på mossen för några år sedan. Även om jag gillade det så reste sig håren på nacken 🙂 🙂

      Ja den svenska rovdjurspolitiken är klart förvirrande 🙂 🙂 Det är en bra idé att få in vargar från Ryssland så att den genetiska grunden blir bättre, men skjutandet av dem är nog mest för att lugna varghatarna. Hur många som egentligen skuts får vi nog aldrig reda på, tjuvskyttet är rätt rejält.

      Ha det gott!

  6. Christer, is you are able to safely get photos of wolves, you will be my hero, and everyone else, I think, who follow your blog. So wonderful, wolves. But Bertil better watch out, the wolf might think of him as a little snack! Good luck with your commute to work on icy roads! And walking on ice! Robin.

    • HI Robin!
      It would be great to get a photo of a wolf or two 🙂 Even if it would be from a rather big distance 🙂

      Bertil is thankfully a cat that hates most of the world and he would have disappeared long before any wolf is close to him 🙂 🙂 🙂 The only living things he accepts close to him is his brother and my dogs. Well as long as I give him food he´ll accept me too 🙂 🙂 🙂

      So cross Your fingers so that I might be able to get a photo of at least one wolf 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  7. Hi Christer,
    Here is so hot that I’m lazy and slow as a snail.
    I love to see Bertil … I think it would be really funny to hear him meowing and calling you.
    I think foxes are beautiful. Ever since they are not hungry.
    A good late night for you and the boys.

    • Hi Didi!
      I wish I could say the same 🙂 🙂
      Bertil has a surprisingly strong voice! I could hear him from a long distance long before I could see him 🙂 🙂

      Foxes are very beautiful! I only wish I could get one with the camera, but it is like they could smell when I have it with me or not 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  8. hi christer….i just can’t get enough of bertil. what a kitty!!! how old is he? glad you figured out a way to get to work. our snow has just begun to fall. joyce

    • Hi Joyce!
      He is special that little cat 🙂 🙂
      He and his brother Teodor is two and a half year now. It´s fun how different those two are 🙂

      We got 4 inches with snow last night, so now it´s impossible to see the ice.

      Have a great day now!

  9. Hi Christer…the AC men have been here from early Monday until late Monday…and then here again early this morning. The noise has been overwhelming as they remove that huge old air conditioner. I just came in from watching them take the huge old thing off our roof. The new one will go on the ground!
    I love your photo’s of Bertil! I always do. We all love that little cat. I hope those wolves don’t come too close to him. Seems he knows some things because he is still alive…and from first hand knowledge I know that domestic animals who are not very cautious don’t last long at all.

    I can see why you would keep the boys on leashes…you wouldn’t want them in a tussel with wolves.
    Many stories of animals who were not quick or smart enough here in Southern California who have lost out against the wild.
    Gorgeous photo’s, Christer. They always are! It’s cool here but probably like summer to you.
    I found a book at a garage sale that is so great. I found it in with the books I bought. A man threw it in my bag and said “you can have this one for free!” It’s just a little paper back book and has been around the house since last summer. I finally read it the other day..and it was very good. The name of the book is “The River” and apparently it is the second in a sequel. About living in the wilderness…with nothing. Survival. Really good. If you get the chance you should read it. If Grandson already has it I will send it off to you if you are interested.
    Enjoy your tea.

    • Hi Mona!
      I´ve always thought all air conditioners was placed by a window 🙂 Didn´t know that they could be placed on a roof at all 🙂 🙂

      Both cats knows what to do if a wolf comes, they have been trained by the fox 🙂 🙂 But the dogs wouldn´t know that a wolf would mean danger. They have killed several hunting dogs here, but then again the dogs owners should know better than to let their dogs run around in wolf territory!

      I would love to have Your winter temperatures and our summer temperatures 🙂 🙂 If so I think I finally would like the climate 🙂 🙂 🙂

      I think that book sounds very interesting! I´ll look it up over here to see if we have it in any stores or secondhand book shop.

      Have a great day now!

  10. Hi Christer,
    Good thinking with the ashes. I sometimes throw peat moss out on the stairs and walkways when the snow is a little melted. It freezes nicely, has no chemicals and the remains are good for the garden.
    Deer in the garden. Lynx and wolves in the neighborhood. Logical. Go where the food is.
    We have wolves around though National Wildlife Service says there are no wolves in the Northeast USA and all those sightings were coyotes or coydogs. Too many people who know the difference have seen wolves many times but no Wildlife Specialists have seen them so, of course, they do not exist. 🙂
    What triggers the bud swell in the elderberry? It hasn’t been warm enough for long enough to start sap rise. Daylight can’t be it either because it’s always dark there.
    Woke up to 12 inches of snow this morning and it’s still coming down hard. Tea, a good book and a warm dog for me today. You have a good day, too.

    • Hi Caryn!
      I can´t understand why I never thought of that before. Ashes is something I usually have plenty of. Peat is another good thing and I think I have a big bag outside under the snow somewhere 🙂 🙂 🙂 But we got another 4 inches of snow today so now I can´t see where I may have missed a spot on the ice 🙂 🙂 🙂

      It´s with Your wolves like it is with our raccoon dogs. Experts say we only have them in northern Sweden, but hunters says we have them everywhere 🙂 🙂 🙂

      It actually is the light that triggers the buds. Not the length but that it´s changing. The days gets a little bit longer every day and that starts those buds. The redberried elderberry bushes that is natural here knows is way to early, but those two I have that comes from bushes in southern Siberia really doesn´t understand that yet.

      4 inches of snow here today and I wish I could have spent my day like You 🙂

      Have a great day now!

      • Had to go see what a raccoon dog was. Cute thing. Wolves like to eat them, too. Wikipedia says raccoon dogs are doing very well in your part of the world and we all know that Wiki is the final arbiter of all controversies. Experts be damned. 😉
        Still waiting for the blizzard to stop so I can do some serious shoveling. Yuck.
        If you throw the peat moss on the snow and the sun comes out, the black color of the dirt will absorb heat and melt the snow a little. That’s my theory, anyway.
        67 days til spring.

      • Hi Caryn!
        Yes Raccoon dogs are doing great here but they are not wanted at all. They, like the fox, can spread different worms and rabies that we don´t have here. So there are orders from the government (no matter what color it has) to all hunters to eradicate them from our country. That´s of course way to late now 🙂 🙂 🙂 If they only had listened to people that saw them here in southern Sweden ten years ago they might have had a chance 🙂 🙂

        If I only knew in what snow pile the peat is 🙂 🙂 But it´s going to rain this weekend again so I might have a chance to find it then 🙂 🙂

        I do hope it´s only 67 days left, but I think it might take longer this year too.

        Have a great day now!

  11. Sounds like you could use what we call ‘snow chains’. They either go over your tires all the way round or the emergency ones just strap on over the tires. Here on the Shore we never need them, but up north we always used them when i was a kid.
    Your woods are georgous as always and Bertil is really cool. I hope he never realizes he is a cat and not a dog. I’m not sure i would want to mess with wolves. They say we have some cougars down here but no one has gotten a good picture of one yet. I’ll just stick to those dangerous squirrels and muskrats.
    Hope you beat the ice.

    • Hi Grenville!
      Yes it would be great to have snow chains and if i remember I´ll try to find some tomorrow on my way home. Now days they also sell some kind of sock one just puts over the tire and I´ve heard that they work great on shorter distances.

      I´m not especially worried about wolves, they usually keep away from us humans. Except for young ones that are very curious 🙂 🙂 These two are most probably young ones looking for new territory. But I would be really afraid if I knew there was a cougar nearby! Those are a bit to big and dangerous cats 🙂 But I would love to see one in the wild one day.
      Have a great day now!

    • Hi Perovskia!
      It´s to big a risk to walk around in the dark when one has two hip implants 🙂 🙂 🙂

      I really like wolves but here in the countryside most people dislike them and I think it mostly has to do with the fact that hunters are afraid of the wolves eating what they want to shoot.

      Have a great day now!

  12. Good idea to keep the boys on a leash, Christer. And Bertil is fast becoming the star of your blog with his outdoor ventures. Years ago, I had a cat, Sambuca, and she would never go outdoors even in the best weather – that was OK with me as I lived right near a main roadway and never had to be concerned that she would be injured. Glad you got the car out OK and able to get to your job cause it’s a downer losing pay. Be careful of that hidden ice with the newest snowfall. Take care.

    • Hi Beatrice!
      Since these wolves most probably is younglings looking for new territory I´m not to worried. They are usually just curious, but it would be stupid to take a risk after all.

      I actually had a cat like Your Sambuca once too. He´d rather die than to go outside when we came to the cottage 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day now!

  13. Greetings Christer….Bertil looks like a little Bobcat out there in the snow! It’s so funny that he likes to go on walks with you and the dogs!! I think we should start calling him Bertil-Bob or BB! 🙂

    Think Spring!!

    • Hi Chris!
      He just doesn´t understand that he is a cat 🙂 🙂 and I think Bertil-Bob was great 🙂 🙂
      I think spring all the time but it just doesn´t seem to help at all 🙂

      Have a great day now!

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