Such warm! Such green! Such outside!
During my perusal, I rediscovered these photos. I'd been inside or out, puttering on one thing or another, when the children called out to me--"Come see the cicada!"
Indiana is known for its cicadas, and we've got plenty of them, but even so, it's not so usual to see a live one, nice and green, freshly shorn of its old exoskeleton. I ran to get the camera, and shot these photos while Will took no notice, lost in her study:
Although warm and green would feel nice right now, we are nevertheless happy in our very first winter in our house. Will is planning a butterfly garden AND a koi pond, and I purchased far too many growing things that will arrive and expect to be planted in the spring.
Add to that a large future order of netting and steel mesh. I hear that chickens love gardens and raccoons love koi.