Ladybug, Ladybug, Char-donn-ay!


Sterling Vineyard Napa Valley 2010 Chardonnay
Ladybugs, ready for dinner at dusk. What’s on the menu? Aphids.

I’m repeating this soothing mantra as I reach for inner calm after this tragic week.  Ladybug, ladybug, chardonnay; ladybug, ladybug, chardonnay. Professionals warn that viewing too many violent images will only confound our sense of loss, sadness and grief. As we honor and grieve for the people of Boston, MA and West, TX, may the sun shine in their lives again soon.

Wont you come with me?

You can lighten your load at:

Marking Our Territory.  Meet Will and Eko, a man and his Rhodesian Ridge-back.  Will writes with wit and sensitivity.  Wise and silly and full of unconditional love. Today’s entry: One Minute of Pure Joy. You’ll be grinning in no time.

Boomdeeadda blogs about art, life and other bits.  Her posts are light-hearted and often whimsical. She holds a special place in my heart and makes the dark days brighter. Boomdee has something for everyone: a bit of history about her home town of Edmonton, beautiful crafts (and tutorials) and a pair of sweet kitties. Go take a look. You know you want to!) You’re welcome. 🙂

Teddy and Tottie is a recent follow.  I enjoy her posts, and think you will too. Today, she published a recipe of comfort food:  Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins.  Yum!  Let me know if you give the recipe a try.


Snapdragons and Status

Snapdragons and Status

16 thoughts on “Ladybug, Ladybug, Char-donn-ay!

  1. This week has been horrible for so many. I hope all those affected by evil and catastrophic events can eventually heal – a little bit with each passing day.

    Spashionista (Alicia)


    • I hope so too. I think it’s in our nature to heal and move on, but not without lasting scars. These events have a way of shaping our lives, even when viewed from a distance.

      Thanks for commenting, Alicia.


  2. This might give you a smile, Alys. We were driving in the car yesterday and a Ladybug flew in through the open will. Picture if you will, a just turned 28 year old man, 6’5″ tall, hiding under his hoodie so the Ladybug wouldn’t land on him 🙂 I finally convinced him to let it on his hand so he could transfer it to my hand, whereupon I let it fly out my window and on its merry way home.


    • LOL! Thanks for sharing that story, Mary. I was introduced to bugs early in my life by my horticulturist father, so I think that helps. Many children are socialized to be afraid of insects and bugs, and have a hard time getting passed it. Thanks for liberating the ladybug. ♥


    • Not cold, cold, but cool, like a wine fridge. My husband has a small one in the garage. It keeps them at a resting state, then they wake up and warm up, ready to eat at dusk (which they are doing right now)!


  3. LOL, your gardening mantra is near and dear to my heart. That’s so cute! So are you for all the delightful bragging about petite ol’ moi! Merci mon ami!!!! xoxo Je suis enchanté!! Silly question, how do you get the lady bugs back into the containers in the morning? Do you have to go collect them? Is that where the mantra comes in? 😉 BISOUS


    • You’re so sweet. I love the fluid French. I’ll close my eyes and pretend I’m somewhere exotic.

      Once the lid is off the container, their is no turning back. As long as they have a food source, they stay around. Then they fly off for more bugs elsewhere. Much as we wish they would stay, it means they’ve done a good job. Too bad they don’t work on scale, but they do take care of aphids, white flies, and thrips, all currently in residence.

      The lizards and spiders are also good for non-beneficial insects. Sadly, Mighty Mouse goes after the lizards who like to sun themselves in our neighbors yard. Nature. You have to take the good with the disappointing. xox


      • Oh, that’s fun. A yard full of lady bugs. We seem to see a lot of them in the fall. Last year I was collecting leaves to bag. I notice a whole bunch of lady bugs in the bag so I tried to pick them out, but then I’d see two more, then five more….next thing you know, I had to tip out all the leaves I’d scooped because I didn’t want the lady bugs trapped in there.

        Mousey you rascal. I know how you feel. Our previous cat Paco was the Master of Disaster. Birds, bunnies, squirrels….but he thought he was doing a job. He’d sit in Buddy’s dog house waiting for something to make a mistake. We called it his office. 🙂 xox


  4. You are so right about being affected “even from a distance”. We are so far away Down Under but the tragic events of this week have greatly touched our hearts. We are thinking of all our friends in the US. I too have turned to the blogosphere to take my mind off things for a while and I’m truly humbled that you have highlighted my blog on your beautiful blog. Thank-you so, so much. I have also adopted your mantra! I love it! You are a gem!


    • Thank you so much for your kind words and support.

      We’re all trying to make sense of last weeks events. My 12 year old son keeps asking why, what would motivate them. He’s really struggling to understand as well. You wish as a parent you had all the answers. I just keep answering his questions and encouraging him to open up about any of it, while at the same time cautioning him not to believe everything he hears from other 8th graders. It’s a whole new era of technology. So much harder as they age to protect them from things like this.

      Thanks for your very kind words!


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