I'm sorry I realize now that you are in zone 5b so we have very different circumstances...In Florida, we have very little down time in the "off season". We can mow less, but we don't have to pray for snow or sit at home. Winter (possibly even more than Spring) is when we make BIG bucks...Summer is all keeping up with grass growing in the tropical sunny climate, but winter is landscape jobs. If I had the winter off, I could understand feeling guilty for taking time off during the 5 months of "season". Here its year round and I can't let myself feel guilty about taking off a week. Gotta change your oil everyonce in a while or you'll overheat! Not to jack the thread, but a lot of people say things like "what's vacation"? And I understand...I'm always working. But when people from up north say that, do you all have winter businesses? I'm not trying to be confrontational or say some people don't work as hard, I'm just curious what goes on during the winter if you don't plow...equipment maintenance and marketing? I have a buddy in the northeast who wants to start a company but worries about the winter hibernation. In Florida we have to work year round...the grass keeps growing and people expect you to show up and maintain their property. Is there really not down time/vacation in the winter?