The thermometer dipped to 18° today and snow is expected later this afternoon—winter has arrived. On the other hand, it was 5:22 last evening when we noticed the magical l’heure bleue of twilight—so the days are getting longer. Hooray! In celebration of cold weather, snow, and ice, we’re having creamy polenta with lots of butter and parmigiano-reggiano with crisp, chewy pieces of ham for lunch today. Maybe we’ll go ice skating this afternoon. Have a lovely weekend, dear friends.