While not the most scientific of measurements, these are signs that folksy wisdom declares will herald a cold and snowy winter. You know what? I've got firewood. I've got a fireplace inside to warm the house and a chimera out front to warm up cold little hands that've played too long. And we've got good friends down the street with two kids who would make wonderful companions for those days when the whole Metro area shuts down.
So, let it snow. A lot. 'A really lot,' as my five-year-old son would say. Heh.
(Image: my back deck last winter)