We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I've seen several articles about our recent cold weather that emphasize "It's not even Winter yet!" The definition of winter is a little hazy. The solstice of course is around December 21 each year, but cold weather begins well before the solstice. The closer to a pole you are, the earlier the cool weather sets in and the slower the warm weather. But the coldest weather is several weeks behind the solstice, usually. Winter in the Northern hemisphere is perhaps best defined as December, January and February.
In Montana, we almost always have at least some snow that sticks in October. No guarantee of a white Christmas.