So what the hell, I got up at 4:00 am last night and looked at Orion. After a couple of minutes, a little streak of light. Big whoop. I went back to bed.
Other than that, we had one hard frost about when the first frost is supposed to happen, in mid-October. But since then it's been back to summer, and our progress toward winter - leaves dropping, herbage dying - has slowed down drastically. If we end up having another non-winter like the last one it actually won't be good -- the wooly adelgids are coming back and the hemlocks are looking sorry once again, for one thing. Changes in the land are happening quickly, and they are obvious to anyone who is willing just to look around. Evidently, that does not include any of our political leaders.