You sound to be in pretty good spirits despite the injury, its certainly going to be one of those things you look back on when you remember your first days in your new life
We found the precipitation thing very odd too - reminded us of Chemistry lessons
We have now come to realise that 'showers' can mean anything from light rain for an hour to a torrential downpour that lasts for 24 hours. A dusting of snow is anything up to 4 feet and freezing rain doesnt mean that its cold and wet it means that your yard, trees, vehicles - basically anything it touches is covered in a sheet of ice.
Invest in some sort of grippers to fasten over the soles of your boots!!!
We also started out with nice economical cars and now have hefty 4 x 4's - we look at things like the Land Rover Discovery now and think how small they are!!! I would still like a Beetle for the summer though - they just look so cute
Keep up the good recovery