The mercury has dropped and the canal just below our studio is literally freezing over before our eyes. It is mesmerizing to watch the flowing water freeze into ice floes that stack up on each other. The meatloaf we made this morning was just coming out of the oven when there was a knock on the door. A couple of friends, who had been out walking, stopped by to warm up and invite us out to lunch. We convinced them to join us instead for today’s old-fashioned meal: meatloaf (made with ground beef and Italian sausage meat), stewed tomatoes, and peas with salted Irish butter. Stay warm, eat well, and keep your strength up, dear friends.