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Half-eaten cecropia moth.
...or be eaten world.

Found this poor guy down by our pond. Not sure what ate its body and part of its wing, but it won't last much longer. That's nature -- both beautiful and brutal.
 
 
What better way to dream away winter blues and cheer on spring than to get some of your flowers and veggies started indoors? Buying packets of seeds is a lot more economical than waiting until it's warm out and buying plants from a greenhouse. You can also get a much better selection from seed catalogs rather than having to take whatever the local chain store has on sale.

We started our seeds in April this year, but started collecting the containers much earlier: January. We've been saving up eggshells for a few months in anticipation of spring.

First we had to fill up the eggshells with seed starting soil:

Then we put them in the greenhouse to settle and warm the soil. (Okay, that's a big fat lie. We put them in there because we ran out of time to plant and because I wanted to do the majority of the planting with no kidlets around distracting me!)
Prairie Sue got to plant her own carton. She chose three kinds of tomatoes, two kinds of peppers, and three kinds of sunflowers to start in her eggshells. (Yes, a couple of weeks lapsed between the two pictures. She got a haircut in between!)

And here they are, a few weeks later, sprouting out and looking promising...
 
 
As weather-related notes:
We saw a garter snake during a walk to the cemetery on March 15th this year!

The first thunderstorm of the year was on March 20th.

We noticed the lilac bushes beginning to bud out on March 21st.

And today, March 23rd, I watched a ginormous leopard frog hop across our lawn.

I could handle a winter/spring like this every single year!
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Even my rhubarb is coming up. In MARCH!