One can have the IQ of SpongeBob SquarePants and still be successful.

One minute it snowed.


I thought it was a bit chilly when I woke (thinking I might have gotten a cold again) up half an hour to early because I had messed up the alarm yesterday evening. I had to put on more and more clothes and still I froze like a dog. So I took a look at the thermometer and realized that I wasn’t sick at all. I had forgotten to turn on the radiators so it was only 12C (53,6F) indoors 🙂 🙂 🙂 The fun thing is that I had it way to hot yesterday evening so I opened the windows to let out much of the warmth in my cottage before I went to bed 🙂 🙂 🙂


The next, the sun shone. We really had all kinds of weather yesterday.


There are lots of things just waiting to be found in the forest, like this old harrow.


We had all kinds of weather yesterday, snow, rain, hail and winds that froze the bones in the body. But an hour or so before the sun was going down things calmed down and the sun got a chance to give us some of its heat. We had frost in the morning but for some strange reason there were no ice on the car windows. I don’t complain but it should really have been ice there considering how cold it was. Today however was sunny and only sunny but the wind came back and made it nasty cold anyway. Well this is April and this is what we have to expect I’m afraid.




The farmers here have a saying, that is totally impossible to translate since it is in dialect :-), that says that the grass will be better and the sheep fatter if it snows in April. It is however a bit strange that they have a saying about sheep at all since very few have or have had sheep here 🙂 🙂 🙂




I saw a documentary about very gifted children the other day. This was a follow-up from another program about them made five years ago. It looked as it had gone well for most of them but there was this one kid that loved chess. He was so smart (IQ 170) that most kids didn’t understand him and didn’t talk to him so his parents used the right of home schooling. But my personal thought about home schooling is that if this is going to happen at least his parents should be able to manage it. But from what I understood his parents had concentrated only on chess. For instance, his biology classes was looking at two turtles they had to see how they interacted??!!



One of the fox traps we have here. They use it when there are foxes with scabies in the neighborhood. If the fox is healthy it is released, if not it's killed. But none of these traps has ever caught a fox, they have however caught all my dogs, my neighbors dogs, hares, badgers and a lot of different animals. But no fox 🙂


They had been offered a place at a school specializing on chess and gifted children on a scholarship but turned it down! The father thought he could help with the chess lesson better than the school. I don’t think he cared about his son at all to be honest! Especially since it sounded as if he didn’t have any friends at all. His father’s defence was that a high school degree coud be taken at any age anyway (well for some reason I don’t think this kid would pass his biology 🙂 ) and the kid himself thought he always had the chess to fall back on. Is there any money in chess playing if one isn’t amongst the absolute best in the world?



The ice created during the night didn't melt away during the day.



But to be honest, having a high IQ doesn’t mean that life will be a success anyway. You can have the IQ like SpongeBob SquarePants and become very successful, the thing is if one is smart or not. They haven’t learned how to measure smartness yet though 🙂 🙂 🙂 What I mean to be smart is that the person is doing the right thing intuitively, just doing something because it feels right. There are lots of SpongeBob’s out there being successful and an awful lot of high IQ’s that can’t support themselves at all.


It isn't more than fare that nice Teodor get two photographs in my blog today since nasty Bertil got three yesterday.



It’s time to drink that pot of tea that I’ve made and I’ll have a simple cheese sandwich with it. The radiators are on, there’s afire in the stove and I won’t freeze tomorrow morning when i wake up 🙂

Have a great day!


20 thoughts on “One can have the IQ of SpongeBob SquarePants and still be successful.

  1. Christer, from last photos then up: I adore Teodor as well, he is a sweet handsome cat, and love to his photos too. He reminds me of our cat Duncan, who passed away at 7 months old. I guess the thing about Bertil, is he follows you on the walks, and hollers and complains, but seems so intrepid! All of your furry family are special favorites! Next: the thing to remember, Christer, is to close windows at night! The high IQ kid you are talking about sounds like he is going to have a very unhappy life. The father sounds very arrogant and pompous. What you say about being smart is so true. If you have no common sense, a high IQ isnt going to get you anywhere. I would rather be spongebob anyday.

    • Hi Robin!
      Teodor is a much nicer cat than Bertil, but he was socialized already from when he was born more or less. Why that never happened to Bertil I don’t know, they are after all brothers. Teodor followed us in the beginning too but got scared by a fox when he was out walking by himself, so he doesn’t like to go to far away from the cottage.

      I learn by mistakes 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Yes that is how I was thinking about that father. He really didn’t care about his son at all! Strange man and I did feel so sorry for that kid.

      I think all those SpongeBob’s are happier people as well to be honest 🙂

      Have a great day!

  2. Här verkar det som om det blir kallare och kallare;( Fast man vet att april är så här vanligtvis så vill man ju inte gärna att allt det som solen och värmen redan lockat fram ska frysa sönder. Vi har inte haft mer än ca 2 minusgrader på nätterna men vi får väl se hur det blir framöver. Är nog hellre normalfuntad och vardagssmart med vänner än superintelligent utan vänner. Stackars kille. Tur att man blev som man blev när man inte blev som man skulle;)) Ha det gott/Monne

    • Hejsan Monne!
      Här var det minusgrader redan inna solen gick ned, natten kommer att bli riktigt kall är jag rädd. Men nu har jag det varmt i stugan i alla fall 🙂 Min Ussuriska Druvfläder har redan börjat få skador, men det händer varje år för den till skillnad mot min Katalpa lär sig aldrig 🙂

      Ja jag tyckte så synd om grabben! Kunde inte förstå hur hans pappa resonerade. Fick bara en känsla av att pappan helst ville ha hel kontroll på grabben och hans liv.

      Ha det gott!

  3. ahhh, to live the life of a cat, I think you made a good point! Lots with lower IQ’s have been very successful some people are so smart they are stupid!

    • Hi Laurie!
      Teodor has a good life 🙂 A bit too good I’m afraid because he is rather fat now. I think he walks up to the farm next door and get food there as well 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Yes I think most people put to much importance to how high IQ someone has. It doesn’t say anything about how someone really is, just that they can solve logical problems faster than others 🙂

      Have a great day!

  4. That kitty looks so comfortable warming her coat in the sunlight. IQ’s were a rage at some point in my high school years but like you say, they ended up proving nothing when compared to being successful. I believe people are successful too by just enjoying their jobs, finding something that is more like a hobby to do for a living. The jumpers are the ones who can’t keep a focus and probably ones with the highest IQs. I don’t put a lot of stock in those tests. Both my kids were gifted and stayed at their level of interest throughout high school and are successful in what they do today. Much better to allow a child to expand an interest they like rather than leading them to a watering hole for big money.

    • Hi Z&M!

      I think it has all over the world every now and again. Then I think it was something called EQ that got popular for a while. Haven’t heard much about that lately though 🙂

      I guess You’re right but there are some people that always seems to do the right thing all the time and they can seem to be less intelligent than SpongeBob himself 🙂 🙂 🙂

      The only thing those tests really do is to show if one can solve logical problems, not much more to be honest.
      Yes let kids be kids and let them have lots of fun, then I think they will become successful in what ever they like to do 🙂

      Have a great day!

  5. hi christer! teodor looks blissful scratching his back! you would freeze in my house. i keep it set at 52 degrees all winter. i hate a warm house. it makes me tired if it is warm. joyce

    • Hi Joyce!
      He always do like that when we come home after our walk 🙂 Doesn’t matter if the road is muddy, that doesn’t bother him at all 🙂 🙂

      I keep it a bit higher than You do but I also have the fire in the stove burning every evening during winter. I want to fall asleep in a warm room but after that I don’t care 🙂

      Have a great day!

  6. You’ve heard that saying…he was too smart for his own good!! Yup, there are a billion high IQers out there…well, maybe not a billion from the things that I see and hear.. that can’t walk and chew gum at the same time! Think about it…anyone that could come up with Sponge Bob Square Pants…not that’s Smart…even smarter than Sponge Bob! 🙂 Ok, it’s late..I’ll quit now!
    You also know what they say?? Smart like a Fox!! That’s why they can’t catch one…which is telling me that they (foxes) are smarter than most people! :))

    Love that Teodor….he has the life of Riley!!

    • Hi Chris!
      So true 🙂 🙂 🙂 Very few have the luck to be very intelligent and smart at the same time, that’s when one creates SpongeBob 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Yes foxes are much smarter than us 🙂 🙂 🙂 To bad my dogs isn’t 🙂 Orvar is way to big for that trap but still he managed to get in and have that door shut behind him 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day!

  7. I could live the life of a cat — I just know it. It is easy to philisophize about things that happen to other parts of the world. Less likelihood of being found wrong. (Your sheep saying). There was a study done back in the 80s about children with high IQs and their contemporaries of more average IQs. By mid-teens the average children had caught up with the high IQ children and had broader knowledge of their world. The high IQs were almost anti-social because they had been focused in only a few areas. Parents are often so overwhelmed by a child with a high IQ that they use it as a badge of something THEY did. We should do away with the system, entirely. And, no, chess is not a great job, unless your a Boris Spassky or Bobby Fischer. Lots of tournaments, little TV time — and, that’s where the money is. Can you imagine a reality Chess show?!? zzzzzzzzzzzzzz Enjoy your tea.

    • Hi Sharlene!
      There are a few that is both very intelligent and social, I know some, but most get as you say.

      This kid really had the wrong father to be honest, I’m not against home schooling even if I think it should be a very special reason for doing that. This kid did have problems with other children his age but when the got that scholarship so he could be with other kids in his situation and didn’t take it!!! So I agree with You, this father was most likely looking at his son as something he had done, like a trophy.

      Chess is so boring in all ways 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day!

  8. Först till det här med rävfällan, varför monteras den inte ner om den inte funkar!? Du måste läsa mitt senaste inlägg från 1:a april, det handlar om en räv!!
    🙂 🙂 🙂
    Sen till det här med intelligens. Helt klart är det bättre att vara “street smart” än att ha jättehögt IQ. Vi umgicks lite med ett par killar som hade enormt högt IQ för många år sen – men deras sociala liv var urusla. Så IQ är ingen garanti för ett lyckligt liv precis! Och den här killens föräldrar har förmodligen lite högre IQ än normalt, men absolut inte en susning om hur man ska agera med barn – eller med männioskor över huvud taget!! 😦
    Vädret här är precis som hos er, svinkallt! Trots det är vi tvungna att gå ut och försöka återställa den uppgrävda trädgården så gott det går. Igår grävde vi t.ex. ner 3 st hortensior och en järnek som kommit hem från Holland. Nu är det bara att hålla tummarna att dom överlever kylan! 😦 😦
    Idag ska vi fortsätta med att täcka några uppgrävda blivande rabatter med täckväv, köra ut lite grovt grus och lägga på och sen får vi väl nästan betrakta södersidans planteringar som klara. Ja, förutom att jag istället för mitt älskade blåregn (som vi fick såga ner) ska ersättas med två vinstockar och sen så ska det grävas för en liten grusgång med lite sten också. “Det är mycket nu!” 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Hejsan Susie!
      De hoppas väl att en räv en dag är så desperat att den går in där. Den finns ju där bara för att skabbräven skall slippa lida så som de gör.

      Ja smart är alltid bättre att vara! Det finns vissa riktigt intelligenta som också är som alla andra på den sociala sidan, men de verkar vara få. Tyvärr försöker många av dem att spela dummare än de är, vilket bara irriterar om jag skall vara ärlig.

      Jag hoppas att växterna klarar sig, det har ju inte varit speciellt kallt ens i Sverige denna vintern, så för växter som kommer från Holland kan det nog bli en schock.

      Själv väntar jag med allt tills vi har en säker vår här, till slutet av April alltså 🙂

      Ha det gott!

  9. I couldn’t agree more! One of the vets at work is so book smart but almost an idiot dealing with people. He can ramble off information but he can’t put it into action. (He never touches my animals, I have the other vet take care of them) and I know people who are probably below the normal range of intelligence and find them to be sweet and happy souls…..
    Yep, smarts do not equal happy.
    Love roly poly Teodor!

    • Hi Cindi!
      I always feel sorry for vets and doctors that really can’t communicate with their patients (and patients owners 🙂 🙂 )It really doesn’t matter that they know more than most when they can’t tell us so we understand.

      It is the SpongeBob’s in the world that most of us likes most!

      Have a great day!

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