Phil saw his shadow -- 02/04/09

Now is the Winter of our discontent made glorious Summer by this son of York
(The opening of Shakespeare's Richard III)

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 vernal equinox.

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 HelloQuizzy

Aw, go on, take it... you know you want to...

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