We’ve bought patio cushions, and I had no idea what they were until I was browsing a couple of days ago. We ended up buying them for the beach, because they seemed kind of useful there, too. With stiff backs, you can prop yourself up as you read a book on the beach, sip champagne or feast on your beach picnic. And all while you’re getting a nice new tan! How nice!

So, it’s mid-winter now: all you have to decide is a) wait for summer; b) go abroad; or c) go to a tanning salon. I’m thinking (b) would be more desirable as the north of Taiwan chills gently under the blasts of freezing air from Northern China. Brrr!