Monday, July 20, 2009


Before I answer that question, I'd just like to say, I'm sorry to those who wrote in last week and I wasn't able to answer your comments about the mind blog. I was off at the RWA Nationals pitching my book....and yes, I did get a request! WooHoo. I'll let you know how that goes in the future.

Now, on to the question.

I dislike ladybugs and butterflies, don’t ask me why because as a kid I played with them all, but somewhere along the road of adulthood I developed a phobia about them. I don’t want them touching me, after a little research on the buggers I think I know why.

Although the ladybug (known in England as a ladybird) is the official insect of Ohio, the ladybug is really a beetle with large mandibles that can eat up to fifty mealybugs or mites in a day! Their cute little black spots on their red, yellow, or orange shells are actually a warning to birds that they are POISONOUS, and if a bird doesn’t take heed -- there's trouble ahead. If the bird eats just one ladybug he’ll be very sick for about three days. The only good thing about that is, he won’t ever eat a ladybug again because the bird will remember the spots.

So, my question is, what’s the bird to do when he sees this ladybug without any spots? And birds are the major predator of ladybugs! Another cruel joke from God, I guess. Like the one God plays on us women; invent cake and ice cream and let men eat all they want without putting on a pound, but let just one woman think about cake and ice cream and she’ll gain fifty pounds in that split second it crossed her mind! See!!! Now just look at me for making that example – I can’t get out of my chair!

Another little tidbit you might like to know about your cute little ladybug, is when she feels threatened she will excrete blood from her leg joints that is meant to ward off predators…how does that help you say? Her blood smells and is toxic. She’ll also PLAY DEAD when threatened. Hum, pretty and has brains too!

Did you know Ladybugs where taken into space in 1999? Yeah, and they did just fine during the journey. Non-gravity didn’t bother them a bit.

Interestingly, there is a total of 5000 species of ladybugs. 450 in the good old USA alone and 98 different species out of the 450 live in Florida…now it’s that nice.



Blodeuedd said...

They don't bother me, but don't get me started on all gross bugs and spiders out there. I just hate them all. Ticks is like Finlands most dangerous "animal" lol

Houston A.W. Knight said...


Hey sweetie! LOL, I'm with you on bugs and's like I have a personal radar. I can be sound asleep and wake up in the middle of the night, get out of bed and head right for the little creature...I just know where they are!

TICKS!!!! Oh,no, I don't like them AT ALL! What's the most dangerous spider over there?

Interesting, I would think you'd have much in the way of bugs do to the cold.

Hugs for now!

Houston A.W. Knight said...

That's "WOULDN'T" have much in the way of bugs!

~Sia McKye~ said...

You got a request? WOO HOO! You go girl! I'll be watching to see what the results are. How wonderful Hawk!

So did you have a great time at RWA?

Ladybugs? they don't bother me until fall when they all decide to look for warmer environments to hibernate in. Like in my house. I swear it looks like a ladybug convention at that time. I call it Hari-kari season. My roses like them. :-)

Now Tick? *shudder. I hate them especially seed ticks--baby ticks and those suckers swarm you if you're unlucky enough to brush against where they happen to be. Blech!

Blodeuedd said...

The most dangerous spider...well none, we have tiny little harmless spiders, but I still crush them cos they are gross. And then we have some small bug and stuff. Yes nothing deadly, but they are still icky.
Well except for ticks who can carry a disease. i am scared silly of them but have never had one

Houston A.W. Knight said...


Good God girl - HOW ARE YOU? You've had me are things going on your end?

Yes, on the request! I'm smiling from ear to ear. Cross your fingers for me!

RWA was great! I had a blast and between all the work, I found time to spend with my friends C.L. Wilson (a true woman with a heart so big, Texas would fit in it like a micro chip), Linda H. Bond (my friend of mystery and wonder, but a woman who carries a soul so sweet even chocolate carves her. I'm telling you right now - expect to see her work on the Market SOON!!!! She got two request for FULL manuscripts!!!!!), Kristi Lewwandowski (this is my wonderful pragmatic yet sensitive hearted friend - who cried with me through all the tear jerking speeches at the ceremony - I adore this girl), Roxanne St Claire (the sweetheart of sweet hearts), and (a dear friend of the soul) Elissa Wilds. We girls ran around and in between it all found time to connect. I feel so blessed to have such friends.

My NEW friends Carol Henry (such a special women she is. She's a woman who can steal your heart with love and like a true friend guided my path with a light I so badly needed to see. She is my hope giver and a friend I will cherish for life times to come), and then there is beautiful Judi Fennell... OMG, the woman's even more beautiful in real life! This is a woman who can make you laugh with her written words and make you feel deeply with her spoken ones. She is a dear one. Both were there and hung with me as well.

It's funny - I met Judi and Carol when I promo'ed their books and in that simple act found friends for a life time...which, got me to thinking - just how wonderful my cyber friends are as well.

We've never met but I know you and our cyber sisters who hang out together are bonded just like that even though we've never met in the physical world. You girl's here in my cyber world ... I just want you to know how much I care about you all!

And even though we all know Blodeuedd doesn't like the hugging thing - I'm reaching out and hugging each and every one you today to let you know just how much I adore you all!


Judi Fennell said...

Actually, ladybugs are one of the few insects I can tolerate. Others are butterflies and praying mantises. Other than that - keep 'em all away, which is why you won't ever catch me moving to FL. Sorry, Hawk, but with the heat, the hurricanes and the bugs, I'm definitely not setting up house in your state! :)

Great to finally meet you face-to-face! Picture is on my blog!


Judi Fennell said...

oh, and YAY on the request!!! You didn't say anything! Congrats and best wishes!

Judi Fennell said...

and now I read the comments and am blushing redder than a ladybug. Thank you.

And pot? meet kettle. Talk about gorgeous!

Gotta love cyber friends!

Houston A.W. Knight said...


Well, hon I'm with you about not living in Florida...I've been trying to get out of here since 1977 and I've yet to make it, fate I guess, but I'm still trying because, like you, I don't like bugs, heat, humid weather, or hurricanes.

Yeap, I got my work done while I was there. I very pleased with everything I accomplished.

LOL, can't blush when it's true! You're stunning and that gown is awesome.

Girls if you want to see what Judi and I are talking about go to Judi's site at

BTW, she gave me her arc on Wild Blue Under and from what I're going to want to join the contest for the free give away of her book when we get that going! It's as good or better than In Over Her Head!


Judi Fennell said...

okay, that's it. I'm signing off. My face is on fire now!

Glad you're liking the story!

Cecile said...

LOL!!! I read this post out loud to my 15 yr old daughter and her friend. They wanted to know why they were never taught this in school!! LOL!!

I hate misquitos!!!!! If you live in the south, then you know what I mean! And especially in Louisiana, we seem to have our own magnet attracting these damn things!!
And yes Hawk, I am with you... I hate hurricanes... the drink and the force of nature!!LOL!!
Have lived in LA all my 33 yrs... and hard to believe.. where my heart lives! I would love to visit everywhere, but home will always be with the damn misquitos!!

Houston A.W. Knight said...


You make me laugh! Big cyber hugs.


Houston A.W. Knight said...


OMG, I'm so flattered you'd think it good enough to read to your daughter, and that they found it interesting! OMG, I'll be a royal pain in the live with today.
I'm floating high! Thank you, sweetie!

Ah, yes, but you want to stay with the damn misquitos, I don't. I WANT OUT OF HERE and can't get out! It's like the Twilight Zone for me. }:-( Me heart is not here and never has been. One day when the gods of fate take mercy, I pray they will let me leave the state and never return. So pray for me...I'm getting older by the minute.


Cecile said...

I can understand that! Since I was born and raised here, that is where I know I am to stay. But for you my dear... well, I will keep a prayer going for you!! Where do you want to go??

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Hi C!

Thanks for the prayers! xoxox

Nope, this Irish girl was born in Alaska, schooled in Japan and lived in nearly every state in the USA.

I want to live near my sister in Las Vegas, NV. I love it there. It's the total opposite of my homeland...that's why I love it creates no home sickness for my home country.

I come from an Irish family, our hearts will forever remain in Ireland because we didn't leave it willingly. Ireland is our home. A home we had taken from us along with our family name by the English. To save our lives they were sure to take from us as well -we fled to America and she opened her arms and gave us shelter at a time when we were in need of political asylum.

So, we will forever be grateful and indebted to America (our second home of the heart) and American's for their kindness'.
Because America saved our lives, we would give our lives willingly for America and the freedom she stands for.

OMG, sorry about the belief system popping out...I'm sure me beloved father's reaching out from his grave to make me write all this....forgive, I didn't mean to get so long winded...but you know me by now, Yes?

Hugs Darlin' and again, thank you for your prayers...I so miss my sister!


Vicki said...

I've always thought Lady Bugs meant good luck and butterflies as well. Hmmm...perhaps I'll have to rethink that one. :)

Girl, are you as tired as I am? I had a blast at nationals, but now that I'm home all the non sleeping is catcing up.

Carol Henry said...

As usual, Hawk, you make me out to be more than I am. In any case, that new-found friendship goes both ways. You are a very dear, caring and sensitive person, and so open to life, you are a joy to be around. And I did so enjoy our brief time together at the conference. And meeting your friends. I had a great time thanks to you.

I too am finding it hard to get back to work, but I've set my schedule up for morning office work, and so far have stuck to it (2 days and counting!) I'm actually making progress.

As for lady bugs, I used to love the cute little things, but when my whole house is covered with them in the late afternoon heat, I revolt. When they start coming in my basement family room and die,I revolt. When they buzz around my head when I'm out in the garden, I know it's time to take action. And I do! Nope. Not so cute anymore.

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Woo Hoo My Carol is here!

Ladies she's shy to admit my words are TRUE. I got to meet her face to face at the nationals! I spent time with her...she is an awesome lady and she's got a hero that isn't so bad either! If you want to know the truth...he's a very handsome fellow and in my eyes he's a hero for sure!

Both of them are the sweetest people you'll ever want to meet - THEY CARE ABOUT PEOPLE! FOR REAL! Like all the movies show us, people who care, well, their real. There are some kind and loving people out there!

Carol just doesn't care for the Ladybugs too much...but we can overlook that, can't we? After all, I don't like them either. LOL

I'm doing all e's today and hope to find working on the book tomorrow.

Hugs Darlin' I'll write you soon!

Houston A.W. Knight said...


Nope, I'm running on a conference high for some reason! And I've got a ton of things to get done. So, I'm off to work!


Carol Henry said...

OMG, Hawk, I'm running on a high too. Got my writing schedule down pat, and hubby is helping. ONe of the nice things about him attending conferences with me, he 'gets it', and is a very supportive person when we get back, so gotta strike while the fire is hot and helpful. Course I'm not gonna give away what hot fire I'm talking about, but I'm just saying....

I hope everyone else has been fired up from conference. I was pleased to meet so many new writers. I had a blast.

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Hawk!

I'm sorry I haven't been around, would you believe my computer is still giving me fits??? I don't want to say to many evil things about it, it works part of the time. I think I may have ticked one of the wee ones off!!

Parts are supposed to be coming in the mail, I hope soon!! I'm stealing computer time on my kids computers, but they don't have any of my contacts or friends information on them! So irritating.

Since everyone else in the Midwest is sleeping, I'm going to try to send an email tonight. I should be sleeping as well, but it's the only time I get uninterrupted computer use.

BTW, Ladybugs, Butterflies, and Praying Mantis - I can tolerate from a distance. Up close and personal is another issue. I really don't want to squish them, but I also don't want them to touch me in any way! All other bugs meet the soul of my shoe with force. I get creeped out just thinking about them. (My mom still revels in the story where I was screaming my head off because I bug was on me - it was actually a piece of lint! or about the time I stripped out of my top in the front yard because a creepy crawl decided to crawl down inside of it) I don't know where the fear come from, but it's deep seated and real.

Dottie :)

Houston A.W. Knight said...

ROTFLOL - Dottie, the story about stripping in the front yard has me rolling on the floor...I nearly did that in a real estate office when I discovered a wasp in my blouse...I can only say it's a good thing I hadn't forgotten my bra that day! LOL

I hope you get your computer fixed soon! I've missed ya' girl! xoxo


Houston A.W. Knight said...


Yap, the high from nationals is still working on me.

Glad to hear your hubby has come around and is helping out...OMG, I couldn't do half of what I do without me hubby's help! Poor guy does nearly's hard for me because I'm usually the perfect housewife...but becoming a writer has changed that....and I'm so gratful me hubby is with me on this...