It's time. The New Year is in full swing, already a little frayed around the edges. What resolutions were hastily made at the end of December are by now already achieved or have accommodated themselves to reality. The snow, which arrived so unceremoniously at the beginning of the month, has seeped under every door, laying salty waste to carpet and hardwood alike.
Outside, one of our giant inflatable lawn ornaments last week simply gave up and lay down. Ollie the penguin, my trusty glow-in-the-dark companion, is now no more than a few strings connected to a puddle of vinyl.