Sunday, December 26, 2010


Yes, we are right in between Xmas and New Year's Eve...

We made it through the pre - Xmas Holi-days just fine.
No shopping stress for us.
No tree in the house, just some minor little decoration changes in the living room (red curtains, table cloth and candles) and a wreath on the front door.

It's warm in the house, the animals are taking a nap and we are sitting at our Mac's.
Life is good.
It's dawn and the birds just started twittering in our backyard. Good that we filled the bird feeder up last night, they can get started with breakfast right away.

We had yet another very cold night, temperatures way beneath freezing point.
The other day we had around -24 ℃ which is REALLY cold for this area.
They say that it hasn't been that cold here in a 100 years!
And we have lot's of snow.
A white Christmas we had, that's for sure. But isn't that what everyone wanted?! HO HO HO!

Soon it's New Year's Eve and we'll say "Good bye" to yet another year which passed by so quickly.
A great year filled with a lot of experiences to be thankful for!

What can I say, we are happy, our animals are happy and life goes on as usual.
Here is a photo of Cleo that I took on one of our walks the other day...
(And yes MJ, the photo that I used in the header before - the one with Cleo in the Snow - was taken back in Austria a couple of years ago ;-))

Cleo is wearing jackets in layers these days, as she gets older we assume that she needs them. I her younger years we felt she really didn't need them, but now she seems to enjoy the layers that help her stay warm. I bet she wouldn't mind warm winter boots either...

And Aaron and Mika ("the guys") playing on the sofa...

With the hope this post "finds you" in good health and happiness...



A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michaela, Ingrid and our 4 four-legged family members

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Snow Snow Snow

I wonder how this post will look like - it is the first time I use my iPad for blogging.
The typing is of course asking a little bit patience, it takes quite a bit longer when using only 4-5 fingers then 10 as I usually would on my laptop.
But it works and I will get better at it as I go along. Other then that - the iPad is really a very nice mobile companion! :)

Winter still has a firm grip on us, on the entire country and many other parts of Europe. Even those who are not used to so much snow and the temperatures under zero this time a year.
Being on the road every day in all that snow and ice is challenging. Road conditions change day by day from icy to snowy and icy to snowy and so on. And right when you think the worst is over and they managed to clear and salt the roads, it's starting to snow again.
Like right now. 10 to 20 cm of new snow is expected today. And the wind does it's best to make sure to move as much of it as possible onto the roads :)
I didn't get to finish my post the other day.
Saturday evening it is and we did get more snow. And it has been snowing a bit every day, all week long.
And I have to say I don't mind.
It's beautiful out in the woods, and the birds empty the feeders in just one and a half days... Here they sit in the tree and wait for the feeders to be filled up again.

We found a dead buzzard in our backyard this morning, natural selection I guess. The winter is hard on the wildlife, especially on the young and weak.
After all, no one in this area seems to be used to this kind of weather, the south part of Sweden is usually blessed with mild winters.

Well, it is at it is.
I like the sound the snow makes under my boots when it is cold.

Crunch crunch crunch....


- Posted from my iPad