It is a capital plan for the children to keep a calendar––the first oak-leaf, the first tadpole, the first cowslip, the first catkin, the first ripe blackberries, where seen, and when. The next year they will know when and where to look out for their favourites, and will, every year, be in a condition to add new observations. — Charlotte Mason
5 – 2013: First Icicle off the roof.
8 – 2013: First rain of the new year.
1 – 2013: first ducks on pond; pond beginning to thaw
19 – 2013: first woodpeckers (a pair)
26 – 2014: Lilacs have a lot of buds (not sure on the first as I was out of state)
6 – 2014: Turtle at pond
1 – 2013: first salamander (in a wood pile near the house)
7 – 2013: first garter snake (around a rock near the river)
9 – 2014: Snow (under 1 inch)
14 – 2014: 4.5 mag Earthquake (actually felt it!)
16 – 2014: Pond is frozen over