I cannot recall what the weather was like this week last year. I can say however that this is supposed to be a mild winter. And if the temperature for the first week of December is any indication, I think that is a fair expectation. That doesn't mean we won't get lots of snow. What I hope it means is we won't get lots of cold and whatever snow and cold we do get, won't stick around until Memorial Day like a guest overstaying their welcome.
There is still time and need for me to do one more racking of the leaves which I hope to get to when last night's light but very wet snowfall melts.