Allow me to introduce myself...and Bailey of course. For those of you who have yet to meet me, I'm Bessie, and my "partner in crime" is Bailey...he's the one wearing the hat in the picture of us to the right. As you may have noticed, we are ladybugs...but not just your everyday average ladybugs. How many other ladybugs do you know who are masters at navigating through cyberspace? Well, now you've met some...and I know you're asking how we ended up inside the Internet on Gardenality!
Well, to make a long story short. In 2010 I was working for this plant nursery in the state of Georgia. My main job was to guard their nursery...protecting all their plants from outside invaders such as aphids. You know, aphids are those little green insects that will suck the chlorophyll out of the leaves of some of the plants in your gardens. The pay was great and I loved my job. I and my team of other ladybugs were doing a great job of keeping harmful insects out of the nursery. Some we just ran off. Others, like aphids, we ate. Yes, we love to feast on aphids. That's why ladybugs are known as "beneficial insects" because we protect gardens and desirable plants from harmful insects. So, please don't ever think you have to spray us with chemicals. We're actually an insect that helps to keep you from having to spray! So, don't spray us!
As usual, I'm getting off track here. So, where was I? Yes, anyway, I and my team of ladybugs were doing such a good job protecting the nursery from harmful insects that our boss decided to give us all a two week paid vacation. One day, while I was on vacation, I was hanging out in the office at the nursery and overheard my boss talking about "bugs" inside their company website. So, crazy me, I got the idea that I would find a way to get inside the Internet so I could go after and eliminate all the "bugs" in their company website. I thought that in doing so I would really impress the boss and maybe get me a good pay raise. Little did I know he was talking about an entirely different type of bug...those "bugs" you find in a website. You know, broken links and such that are caused by something wrong in the code.
So, there I was sitting in the office on top of this cable that was hooked up to the modem which connected the bosses computer to the Internet when, all of the sudden, I was zapped into cyberspace! Later, the boss told me that I must have been sitting on a spot where the cable was worn and the wires exposed. For weeks we tried to figure out a way to get me back into the "real" world but were unsuccessful in our attempts. I was stuck...and maybe forever! You see, there's no such thing as "time" inside the Internet. That means as long as I'm in here, and for as long as the Internet is in existence, I'll never age. Usually, ladybugs might live for a year or two in the real world. But I've been here in cyberspace now for over two years and haven't aged a bit.
Anyway, so there I was...all alone in the company website, stuck on this page with no idea about how to get out, much less get back home. The page I was in had a picture of a River Birch tree so I decided to hang out in it. After several weeks there, the boredom was killing me. One day I had fallen asleep while laying on this leaf. I was out of it...in a deep dream state when all of the sudden I was awoken by something tapping on my shell. When I opened my eyes I was looking straight in the face of the most handsome male ladybug you've ever seen. I thought for sure I had to be dreaming.
Okay, so I could go into more details about how Bailey and I hooked up and became great friends and companions...and tell you about all our amazing adventures in cyberspace since we've met...but that would end up being a novel-size book! Keeping it short, Bailey was the best thing that ever happened to me. He had been in cyberspace for years and had learned all about how to navigate through websites by clicking on links. I was no longer stuck! Bailey also showed me how I could communicate with my boss. All I had to do was go to and use the Contact Us form on their company website to send the boss messages.
Being the visionary my boss is, he soon figured out a way we could turn a negative into a positive. Bailey and I could start hiding out in their company website and visitors to the site could look for us. It would be a fun for everyone and the visitors could win great prizes for finding us. So, for the past two years Bailey and I have been playing hide and go seek. But, instead of just hiding for the bosses customers, we're now allowing all the members of Gardenality to look for us and win great prizes as well.
If you're a member of Gardenlity you'll be getting email messages that let you know when we start. If you're not a member use the signup form on the Gardenality Homepage or the Signup link at the top right of this page to sign up now - it's FREE!
Okay, so now you know who Bailey and I are. We both look forward to meeting you one of these days when you find us hiding in Gardenality. Until then, enjoy your time in Gardenality and in your real gardens!
Bessie & Bailey
P.S. - Click here to see if The Hunt For Bessie & Bailey Contest is active right now. If so, find us and win some great rewards!