I live in Illinois as well. I have started doing some brick jobs scheduled for 06. If it continues to stay mild, I will start doing leaves/clean-ups as well. I check a website for snowmobiling conditions and this is what they have posted for long term conditions. "Pack up the boots, helmets, and sleds boys, the winter is over. While we enjoyed two weeks of plentiful snowfall througout the state, this winter has turned out to be a short one. Weather experts say that a late El Nino push will push temperatures above freezing for the majority of the remaining season. As can be seen by the weekly forecast: temps to remain mild for as long as the forecaster's eye can see. I slight warn up is expected by early next week, pushing temps even higher. The same may be said for January; it appears there may only be a few day where temps stay below freezing through the length of the day. Febuary ...that's another story entirely. It looks as though Febuary will not see temps below 32 F at all. Pack it up boys, season's over." I bought three new plows for this winter, but it becomes mild (ie 40 degrees or better, we are going to start working fulltime. If i had an extra month to work that would increase my profits big time. I condsider winter unwanted vacation.