||Now is the Winter of our discontent made
glorious Summer by this son of York
||(The opening of Shakespeare's
Those particular lines are among the many Shakespeare lines that keep popping up in my head, this one especially at this time of year when I have grown weary of winter and long for sunny days and mild weather. And this was true even before I saw the 1995 movie with Ian McKellen in the title role. (Hmmm, poking around in IMDB.com I find there was a version of Richard
III that came out last year that I have never heard of.... but apparently
Netflix hasn't heard of it either... or maybe it's not out on DVD.)
Yes, I am also quite fond of puns and plays on words and certainly Shakespeare gives us lots of that.
Anyway, I think I heard that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Monday. I can well believe
that, given the weather yesterday.
This is what things looked like around here an hour or so ago...
|Usually I seem to take this kind of picture standing on the front porch
but today I snapped it looking out a window in the upstairs hallway (snow-covered
porch roof in the foreground) looking down at our cars in the driveway.
The big car is Jeremy's Ford Windstar (yes, it is quite a switch from his
old Honda Civic). And as I look at this picture I realize that I have to
go out and move the trash containers out to the edge of the road. I had
put them set off to the side like that so they would not be in Jeremy's
way when he backed out of the driveway. He's off to work now and the trash
collectors will be here soon. The container closest to the road contains
general trash and garbage. The other two are for recycling: one for paper
and cardboard and one for bottles and cans and plastic. (Wow, I did that
just in time -- about five minutes after I went out and moved them the
trash truck came by.)
Yeah, snow... and cold... It's warmer now (at noon) than it was when I
was shoveling the driveway at dawn. It's in the mid-twenties now (about
minus four Celsius) but then it was in the mid-teens (about minus nine
C). And, yes, our weather forecast says we will have two or three cold
days ahead of us with daytime temperatures below freezing and tonight and
tomorrow night the overnight lows could dip down to nine degrees (about
minus thirteen C) -- but those days -- just like today -- will be bright
and sunny days. And beginning with Saturday (according to the extended
forecast) we will have four partly sunny days in a row with temperatures
getting above freezing.
And we are now at the halfway mark between the winter solstice and the
I suppose I should start looking at gardening catalogs...
|Sarah took the Eight Types of Intelligence Test and posted her results.
And then Eric Mayer did it... and then Reenie... Okay, so all the cool
kids are doing it, guess I should do it too, you know, be there or be square.
Your result for Howard Gardner's Eight Types of Intelligence Test...
12% Logical, 33% Spatial, 61% Linguistic, 29% Intrapersonal,
37% Interpersonal, 8% Musical, 37% Bodily-Kinesthetic and 31% Naturalistic!
"Verbal-linguistic intelligence has to do with words, spoken or written. People with verbal-linguistic
intelligence display a facility with words and languages. They are typically good at reading, writing, telling
stories and memorizing words and dates. They tend to learn best by reading, taking notes, listening to lectures,
and via discussion and debate. They are also frequently skilled at explaining, teaching and oration or persuasive
speaking. Those with verbal-linguistic intelligence learn foreign languages very easily as they have high verbal
memory and recall, and an ability to understand and manipulate syntax and structure.
Careers which suit those with this intelligence include writers, lawyers, philosophers, journalists,
politicians and teachers." (Wikipedia)
Take Howard Gardner's Eight Types of Intelligence Test at
|Aw, go on, take it... you know you want to...