Chutzie seems to be MIA (hopefully she is off getting some much needed R&R), so I thought I'd fill in.
Okay, so you all know how it goes (sorry Chutzie, my introduction is lousy, unlike your well-thought out explanation)...
We all live in different areas of the country (or some of us, outside the USA), so let's create a weather map! Describe today's weather. What is it doing outside your window? Is it snowing, raining, sunny, hot, cold, etc. etc. Be creative!
I'm going to leave my real answer for later because us southern New Englanders are about to be hit by a massive snow storm coming up from the mid-Atlantic, so it will be much more pretty outside in a matter of hours. Right now it is very gray and fairly cold (in the low 20's). They are predicting up to 15+ inches of snow here. I sure hope we get lots of snow. I'm home, don't have to go anywhere, and LOVE snow (although I might feel differently when I have to clean off my car tomorrow!). What's the weather like where you are?