Things here have bounced around some. We were snow covered with a fully frozen lake, but then some water covered the ice in spots and the snow was gone. Now the snow cover is back, but bright sun is working on it. Under that snow cover is a light coat of ice/sleet. Many are hoping for more snow to insulate pipes and septics before the real cold comes. Last year was trouble for many. We note some hay bales can still be bought.
The red squirrels do not seem to be eating their pine cone piles. These must be for deeper winter meals when the snow hides most of their buried items. Again, each pile is near a tree that easily stands out from the deepest snow, unless the glaciers come back.