In all that talk of my heirloom garden, I forgot to mention that I got a packet of marigold seeds for free with my order. Not knowing what else to do with them, I saw that they needed indoor starting, and with a shrug of the shoulders, I tossed them in along the edge of my starting box in the shadiest spot, not sewing them particularly well at all.
So when today, I spied tiny little pairs of leaves, I was a little surprised to realized that despite my neglectful apathy, the marigolds had won the sprouting race. (Though perhaps it was even because of my neglect, since they were closer to the surface and on a warm edge.) Welcome to the world, little ones!
Am I being a little obsessive about all of this? Yes. Yes, I am. And I'm loving it.