Anything worth doing is….worth overdoing.
If you’re like the wife and I, when you reach our age, you’ll have too much of everything – except money.
The wife’s adopted totem is the
which is why she used to blog under the pseudonym, GranmaLadybug.
We (she) have ladybugs of all sorts and sizes. On the metallic whiteboard in the kitchen, where we write shopping lists and notes, she has 12 little-fingernail size magnetic ladybugs, along with a 1½ inch plastic one. On the side of the filing cabinet in the computer room, there are 6 thumb-nail sized magnets.
The little timer in the laundry room is a 2-inch ladybug. We have a 2-inch fabric one that is supposed to be a pin-cushion, but sits on a display shelf with other curios. There’s a 3 inch wooden one, stuck to the fridge, and a 4 inch stained glass one on the wall above the computer.
I found a 3 inch plastic child’s toy one in a mall parking lot. When you squeeze it, it lights up, and we hung a 4 inch framed cross-stitch version beside the kitchen whiteboard. She has three sets of ladybug earrings, and a ladybug pendant necklace, some ladybug stickers, and a ladybug stamp that she adds to birthday cards and personal notes.
The grandson and fiancée bought her a wooden step-stool with painted ladybugs all over it. She set up my new computer so that I click on an icon labeled Archon to fire it up, but she’s not fooling me. There’s a ladybug above my name. There used to be a 6 inch ladybug whirligig in the garden, but after years of exposure to plastic-destroying ultra-violet radiation, the madly spinning wings have disintegrated.
Aside from being cute, ladybugs are useful. They eat things like aphids, which suck the sap out of the gardener-wife’s pretty flowers. Until recently, all local ladybugs were a good solid red color. Like the Asian zebra mussels which now infest the Great Lakes, and the Asian carp in the Chicago River, that we’re trying to keep out of the Great Lakes, we now have Asian ladybugs. They’re more Crayola crayon orange. If one should happen to land on you, they can give a nasty little bite.
When President Kennedy was assassinated, Texan VP, Lyndon Johnson took over, and we found that his wife was known as ‘Ladybird.’ I thought nothing of that cute name, but recently found that, especially in the Southern United States, it means the same as ‘Ladybug.’ In the heat of the South, they must grow them big, to call them ‘birds.’
I recently took an online IQ test. I only scored 133, disappointingly below the 140 level needed to get me into Mensa. Ahhh….I wouldn’t want to be a member of a group who would accept me as a member. One of the ‘questions’ was a picture with the black outline of a Victorian woman in a bustled dress with a parasol. Beside it was the black outline of a crow, or raven. This represented….? A: mammal, B: reptile, C: bird, D: insect. Hmmm…a lady, and a bird. I picked D: insect, because I speak a little Redneck.
I hope I haven’t bugged you with my Babylon babbling. I hope to see you here again, soon. 😀