Noise is the biggest remaining problem, and solutions are available. LR and PS have excellent noise reduction tools. I assume that Elements would also have a good tool. Nik's Dfine tool is outstanding if you have it.
For me, October and November are the most boring months, with our October wedding anniversary and Remembrance Day being the exceptions. In January, the days start getting longer and we look forward to Spring. In Summer, the heat is usually quite bearable, and there is lots to do. Then we hit the "Replay" button.