Part of the sustainable lifestyle is paying attention to the messages Nature is trying to send us. Nature does communicate with us (I won't want to get all woo-woo here) and we do not listen to Nature at our peril.
Here it is, January 19 in upstate NY. It is in the 40's (again, after it cooled down and we got snow a couple of times this week) and the snow is melting.
So, spouse and I came home from our food shopping, and what did I see as I walked to our front door but a flying insect. (!) It looked like a large mosquito.
We do have something we call snow bugs that used to come out in the February snow, but I haven't seen them in a few years. This hopefully, was not a termite.
When I went to the back yard to see if we did have snow bugs, I first looked around, at the beauty of the view of the creek behind our house, near its merge point with the Susquehanna River:
Then I looked a little closer. In the melting snow, the garlic foliage was still green, and I saw something sprouting. Not a winter bulb - could have been an onion missed from last year, or more garlic.
I am trying to figure out this message from Nature. I do know those early insects may have a short life. By Tuesday we are going to have highs in the teens F. (the minus teens, for those using Celsius).
What are your messages from Nature where you live? Are things "out of whack"?