T'other night, I looked at my nightstand, and there was a ladybug crawling around the base of my water glass. I figured she was thirsty. (I'm always having to rescue bugs when they fall into the glass at night and swim around frantically trying to escape.)
So I dipped my little finger into the water a couple of times and made a nice big drop of water close by the bug. She hustled right over and started drinking it!
I could see the drop of water pulsing as she sucked/swallowed (?). She drank up the whole thing, so I made her a second one, which she drained, too.
Then she proceeded to nibble on the edge of the cork coaster upon which the water glass rested. There probably was a little sugar from a spilled beverage on it.
Who needs a dog when you have bugs?
Today, Paula sent me the lyrics of one of her favorite songs: Burl Ives's "The Ugly Bug Ball." I've never heard or or heard OF it until now. A quick search of You Tube found it right away, so here it is, over at the right.
Paula also said that once I'm retired and having to do without a lot of money (??), I can put my brain to work discovering all the things I can do for fun that DON'T require money. Paula does that herself. Among other things, she's a lawyer, and she spends her blessedly free time--now that she doesn't go to the office every day-- working on various committees to help others. If that sounds like a lot of work and not much fun, Paula is one of those people who ENJOY committees. She loves the give-and-take and the opportunity to speak truth to power in her quiet, gracious way.
Thanks, Paula, for your advice and example and for introducing me to the "Ugly Bug Ball."