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Kind of over it

Not really in a blogging mood. Go read my 3295737926t572456734903490 comments complaining about my new look and maybe you'll see why. But while I'm on the subject of comments, Hulk and Jan share the Commet of the Week honors. Go click on This Week's Special, there.

Until I once again wish to indulge in this sometimes thankless hobby, here are pictures of Henry the Great Orange and White Hunter, a naughty Winston, and also an autumnal Tallulah.

Falllu 

Badwin

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Henrytwo
Henryone

91 thoughts on “Kind of over it

  1. Oops, my bad! I apologize, I should have re-read the previous post to confirm (or in this case disnonunconfirm) my mistaken memory of you asking what folks thought of the redesign. I think I was thinking of the title. Sorry about that!!

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  2. I’m a couple days late but I just wanted to throw in another positive comment.. I adore your new blog design! That style is just what I always wanted for the blog that I still haven’t started.. so now I can just live vicariously through your vintagey header! 🙂

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  3. June,
    You spelled my name with a y instead of an e but hey, you have 2 followers named Bronwen/Bronwyn. How weird is that? Growing up, I thought I was the only one but I guess not. I think I will change it when I comment to my blog name- Funny in my Mind or FIMM for short to alleviate confusion.
    I adore the new blog look with all your fave things and who has the right to criticize other peoples taste?

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  4. I forget if I weighed in on this, forgive me if so….the new blog design, what’s not to like? I like it! Sorry I said to put a cork in your cat on FB. What’s wrong with me?

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  5. On the way down to Houston to pick up Sugar Mommy, swing out west here and pick up the Garden Hat lady, who does not know how to spell Ouisa but is practically perfect in every other way.

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  6. Hey Mary Ellen,
    Come get me too! Houston is a straight shot down from Chicago. You and me and Jan and the wine. And I’ll bring my spinach dip or something else really yummy~~I’m all in for a girls’ trip to see June!

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  7. Mary Ellen~ Pick me up. You just need to swing through Chicago. Bring the wine, I’ll bring snack-a-bites. Let’s go see June!

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  8. (((hugs)))
    It’s your blog, so do what pleases you. I like the new format, it’s good to grow & change every so often.

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  9. Your design reminds me of “Carnivale,” and since that was my favorite HBO series (which is why it was cancelled), I love it. Convoluted, but there you have it.

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  10. Hey! What do you say we all go to North Carolina and cheer June up? We’ll carpool to save gas, the car is leaving Napa in one hour. Who wants me to pick them up?

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  11. No, actually, I didn’t ask people what they thought of my new blog design, and I very specifically didn’t ask because I didn’t want to hear it.

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  12. I don’t know if my 2 cents will matter that much, but I really like your new design. It represents things you like and that have meaning to you–and it’s all vintage-y, which is cool.
    Don’t let the naysayers bring you down.
    Love the photo of Tallulah in the leaves–she should send out Christmas cards. Henry is growing up too fast!

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  13. My comment from yesterday has disappeared. Am I being censored?
    Anywho, I love your the new look of your blog, Junie. Poop on the haters.

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  14. Junebug, you know I adore you and would defend you to the death, but you *did* ask people what they though of the new design. The saying “Don’t ask the question if you don’t want to know the answer.” is still around for a good reason.
    That being said, I’m also a pretty big proponent of if-you-can’t-say-something-nice… and I’m sorry that your feelings were hurt by those who may not have been familiar with that concept.
    That also being said, I feel like Vern is looking into my very soul and hypnotizing me with his eyes every time I see your masthead. I feel the urge to confess my sins, without the trouble of putting on shoes or a bra and going to church. How convenient!
    And also too as well, the “ba, be, bi, bo, bu” bit always reminds me of the Three Stooges and makes me grin!


    And I count the blackbirds in the pie every time I visit, just in case there are indeed four and twenty one of these days! So your new design is like a giant, interactive, Where’s Waldo type funhouse for me. Thanks!!

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  15. Forget the haters! Haters get a kick out of making people feel like crap. So, don’t’ let them get their kicks off of you! Your new look is faboosh! Got inspiration for that made up word from your awesome background. Loved Vern in his Speedo and loafers and i especially love Vern and Norma welcoming us to your blog. It makes me smile every time I click on your blog and they’re up there looking all hospitable and such.
    Faboosh work!

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  16. I can’t even see the mast head today. It’s gone. Sorry people said mean things. They’re just jealous of how freakin’ awesome you and your blog are!

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  17. June-bug
    The Bye Bye Pie blog is just fine. People don’t deal with change well evidently.
    Folks are coming to read up on your daily happenings and not to look at the blog header for cryin out loud. If they are, then they are missing the point. Really.
    Well, missing the point, AND Hulk.
    Bah. Blog on baby.

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  18. Whew, for a little while there I thought you said, “Hit Wheezer” and that would be ME. I had to wheeze down the hallway leaving a trail of snotty tissues while hacking and barking as I traveled to the computer to get my daily fix of sweet little Junie. But now that I know that y’all are talking about hitting Weezer…well that is ok! But if’n I get any sicker, I’ll be the one falling off the tombstone.

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  19. Ah’m sorry, Ain’t Susi…Ah’s tryin’to convey some southern sentiments that Ah’s got no bid’ness convay’n…please fahgive this ‘ol nohthen boy.
    Ah jest ’bout spit mah bit with ‘ol Laurie’s movie quote, how-evah…
    That was funniah than hawgs trah-in ta rollah skate…

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  20. Alright…give it up about your thing against Jules. I don’t have time to read through your archives (not that I could find them with this mess of a blog design you’ve got).
    BTW, just FYI, my grandmother is a long-standing member of the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, same as Owen Jenkins—longtime admirer of Ouisa.

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  21. So lovely to meet you IRL….wow, I should have asked for your autograph on my take out box. What I REALLY wanted was a bite of your cheesecake, but I’m not too picky. And I like the new look.

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  22. I just got home from a dinner with many North Carolina bloggers, and I will blop about it tomorrow but Carpool Queen touched my bra, so you have that to hear about. But the POINT of my comment is that I came home and read all these comments and I was hoping someone would explain why the Wheezer comment was funny.
    It’s from Steel Magnolias. Sally Field is despondent because her daughter Julia Roberts is dead–an emotion I would not share because y’all know how I feel about Julia Roberts–and she is getting really emotional and Olympia Dukakis pushes Shirley MacClaine (who plays Wheezer) up to Sally Field and says, “HIT WHEEZ-A! It’ll make you feel bett-a!”
    So there it is. There was a lot of name dropping in that paragraph.

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  23. The “hit Weezer” reference is from Steel Magnolias. Although the character’s name was spelled Ouiser.
    Clairee: *Here*! [Grabs Ouiser by the shoulder and positions her in front of M’Lynn]
    Clairee: *Hit this*! Go ahead M’Lynn, *slap her*!
    Ouiser Boudreaux: [Taken aback and confused] Are you crazy?
    Clairee: *Hit her*!
    Ouiser Boudreaux: *Are you high, Clairee*?
    Ouiser Boudreaux: [In a frightened tone] Clairee, have you lost your mind?
    Clairee: We’ll sell t-shirts sayin’ “I SLAPPED OUISER BOUDREAUX!” Hit her!
    Annelle: [in a scared tone] Ms. Clairee, enoough!
    Clairee: Ouiser, this is your chance to do something for your fellow man! Knock her lights out, M’Lynn!
    Ouiser Boudreaux: [snatches away] Let go o’ me!
    Clairee: M’LYNN, YOU JUST MISSED THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME! HALF O’ CHIQUAPIN PARISH’LL GIVE THEIR EYE-TEETH TO TAKE A WHACK O’ OUISER!

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  24. Your new blog is spectacular what with the Vern and Norma and all the asymetrical balance and all. It’s Vernacular!
    I hope you just delete or ignore the negative comments. Let’s draw a veil over the mean things I think about those folks when they decided within themselves to act cruelly toward you in re your design. Suffice it to say that lack of prunes, abundance of corncobs, and uncomfortable cranial relocation are involved, along with an orifice of crude noteriety.

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  25. Well dang… I really love the new look! What’s wrong with people?
    (Blogging really is a law unto its own, I think. Hard, easy, fun, terrible, annoying, fabulous, etc. all at once.) Ooooh, just thought of one of my pet peeves, when people say EX-cetera.
    Look at those lasers on Henry! Tee hee.
    I think you need to frame that picture of Lula Belle. That’s really, really good. A beautiful picture.

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  26. So, what do THEY think is wrong with the new look? I’ll add my voice to those saying I wish I had said something about it sooner. I really liked your old template, and I like this one at least as much as the old one.
    Now, I do see something wrong with this particular post. From what I can tell from your shot of the misbehaving Winston, you are not being a nice cat mom. I don’t see ANYWHERE comfortable for his big plush self to sleep on top of those cabinets!
    We have a fabric-lined basket on top of our cabinets. I originally got it to stash extra bags of flour and rice in preparation for TEOTWAWKI. But we used up the flour and rice and I didn’t replenish it, so it is now used as a luxurious retreat for a very disobedient tortie named Gracie.
    I don’t know about the Weezer thing either, but I won’t ask because it’s probably something Paula H&B thought up and therefore way too much for my delicate Victorian sensibilities.

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  27. Okay, now I’m worried my comment might have been somehow construed as one of the negative ones. But I truly love it, Vern makes me smile every time I log on.
    And if it’s not too much to ask, could someone please explain to me why “Hit Weezer and keep blogging” is funny? I’m sure it’s just an inside joke that I don’t have enough history to get.

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  28. Hulk honey, that ak-scent is jest a mite ovahdone – sounds more lak a movie actor that’s tryin’ to fit in somewheres deep down in Miss’sippi. Leave the sweet Southern talkin’ to us experts, or those smaht enuff to move heah, lak Junie-pie: she wasn’t born in NC, but she got heah soon’s she could. 🙂
    You and Izzo and his boys will jest haf to console yo’seff with Mudslide Slim’s ode to us, sugah.

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  29. Norma and Vern are adorable. They look so happy! Norma’s waist is so tiny and makes me covetous, but Vern’s schnozz makes my honker look small by comparison, so there’s a nice balance.

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  30. Ah D’clay-ah, Ain’t Susi~ever’body knows it ain’t college basketball if it ain’t the ACC…
    Be-way-uh tho, of my (and Junie’s, whether she knows it or not) Sparty’s…

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  31. Oh my goodness, the photo pf Lula in the leaves! It’s focused and centred and the colours work…I hope you’ve sent a link to your photographer dad. Is there a nice way to say it was so good I was really surprised? Also Francis lumping on a chair is fab since you can take a photo each week and make a flicker book of him growing older. What owner doesn’t want that?

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  32. Oh June… I love the new masthead. Now I will impart some of my mothering. This is what I would say to one of my girls…
    Do you like it? Then who cares what other people think about it. Besides, they’re all probably jealous of your cool new blog masthead and are being nasty because they didn’t think to do it first. Don’t worry about what the other people think.
    Then in my mind I think F*** them. I’ll knock their little teeth out, those little bastards.
    I guess this is why we have an internal dialogue. Because any time I give appropriate advice, the inappropriate advice and language is coursing through my mind.

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  33. OK, I’m not done. I also lurve the old typewritery font – how perfect is that for a real wordsmith? 🙂
    Hulk honey, everybody knows the ACC pretty much sucks in football (by and large), but basketball season’s right around the corner (Go Heels!), and I’ll be expectin’ you to warble out the Carolina fight song when my beloved Tar Heel hoopsters win (which will be often). 🙂

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  34. Sorry Junie for causin’ sweet southern Ain’t Susi to miss a chance to compliment you…I can’t help my charm.
    And Dawn~”Fight the team across the field, show them Ohio’s here…”

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  35. How do I love your new blog look? Let me count the ways…
    Hey, June don’t ya love that literary tie-in, there? Wednesday night I was all ready to tell you how I think the new look is PERFECT, ‘cause it visually references great posts in this blog’s past, ones that say so much about the witty and charming gal you are – but I got reeled in by Hulk honey’s singin’ and got to crushin’ on him instead. Can you forgive me? Anyway, I got a big ole warm smile when I saw Norma and Vern and a Ferris wheel and a pie and the cool French dictionary page background in the new masthead, ‘cause when I found your blog (via Nester, about 4 months ago), I went back and read every single post (and then read all of Bye Bye Buy too… yeah, I can sometimes be just a teensy bit thorough. LOL) And then you ‘splained about the relevance of the moon face, and I grinned in agreement with that too. So yes, everything there makes sense to me and makes me smile, every day. Almost as much as your writing. Absolutely true confession: I read only 2 blogs every day and yours is one of them (Nester’s is the other). Feel a little better now? I heart Bye Bye Pie! Wait: except I agree wholeheartedly with Janera – “Hit Weezer and keep blogging!” OK, I’m done now.

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  36. June –
    It’s always exciting to get a new blog design. Sorry you were discouraged. I like the vintage-y feel of it.
    I always navigate directly to your page to read. Sometimes twice a day. To be frank, I wouldn’t say you get me out of bed in the morning, but you definitely put off the dishes!! And frequently other chores as well. What? I need to sweep? Maybe June has updated.
    Am definitely still curious about the work situation, although I really respect your decision not to smear it across the internet.
    Did you go to Nester’s yard sale today?

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  37. Dear Bronwyn,
    DCRmom told me about Miss Doxie. Of course. Basically DCR runs my whole life.

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  38. I decided to check out Miss Doxie and laughed soooo hard at the Cookie and the Geese story.
    Holy hell she is funny. I guess I never knew what I was missing. Wherever did you find her?

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  39. Okay, there is really no point in anyone trying to be funny the rest of the week. Because Janera’s “Hit Weezer and keep blogging” is my favorite thing, ever.
    EV.er.
    June

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  40. LOL… Weezer…
    Hope you feel better soon, Juney. I myself had to come home from running errand, and drink tea full of catnip to turn my sourpuss around.

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  41. I was gone to Philly for a week and came back to your new design. I like the ferris wheel connection. As a member of Team Marvin, I can only imagine it took some creativity on his part to make a proposal on one knee in a swaying ferris wheel car.
    Beth and I do not have such a sweet memory, unless we are happening by the kitchen of an apartment in Bemidji, Minnesota. (I know…I am quite the romantic). This does not happen much since we live in Ohio.

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  42. i love thew new design! but not as much as i love the pic of lu in the leaves!
    was your dad a photographer or something? because that pic is awesome!

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  43. I like the new design … just noticed that the accent grave on Disease a la mode (over the a) is facing the wrong way, though … and I don’t recall if it was like that before. Should be an easy fix.

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  44. To June: I absolutely ADORE your new design. It seems so you. I am so intrigued by the photos of Vern & Norma. I also buy old photos at estate and garage sales, but only if they have a name on them. I then try to track down family members to send them too.
    To Hulk & Dawn in Austin: O-H-I-O!!! Yes, yes, yes! Go Bucks!

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  45. I already told you I lurve it, but apparently my opinion doesn’t matter. Whatever. *sniff*
    That is one faboo shot of Lu in all the camo-ness of the leaves. Not that my opinion matters or anything… *sniff*
    Now my panties are all up in a wad.

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  46. I already told you I lurve it, but apparently my opinion doesn’t matter. Whatever. *sniff*
    That is one faboo shot of Lu in all the camo-ness of the leaves. Not that my opinion matters or anything… *sniff*
    Now my panties are all up in a wad.

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  47. I already told you I lurve it, but apparently my opinion doesn’t matter. Whatever. *sniff*
    That is one faboo shot of Lu in all the camo-ness of the leaves. Not that my opinion matters or anything… *sniff*
    Now my panties are all up in a wad.

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  48. First I am having some really conflicting responses to this post. I am so sad that people’s comments have put a damper on your joy of having a brand spankin’ new blog look. I realize it is *for* you but that you also want your readers to enjoy it.
    Secondly, I am so in love with little Tallulah! Look at her in the leaves! She could win a contest of some kind.
    Since I only have about 5 readers on my poor, pathetic little blog I never have to worry about getting any hateful nay-sayers. But if I did, I would hope to handle it as nicely as you are.
    Keep your chin up girl, and keep doing what you are doing. Tell Marvin he needs to give you a good long foot massage. That will make you feel better.

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  49. I’m reading you from my iPhone and because the link is exactly like a phone number it won’t let my view the nasty comments. So here’s my opinion without reading them… Tell your haters to suck it. The important thing about blog design is readability. Yours is wonderfully readable in design AND content. Well done June.

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  50. Now I’m wishing I had commented about the new look sooner. Maybe it could have countered the negativity. Because, personally, I think this suits you much better and I like that it reveals even more of yourself than you already do every. single. day to us complete strangers. You’re a sweetie! PLEASE! PLEASE! Don’t go away! You are what gets me out of bed each day (kind of).

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  51. Well .. after reading todays blog then reading the comments about your new look .. June I wanted to say that I actually like the new look .. it is ALL about you .. which .. after all .. this blog is and should be. I hope you are feeling better soon. The ‘kiddies’ are all looking fine and dandy.

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  52. PLUS ALSO TOO 45(a)(ii) H2O B7 RIBOFLAVIN, the new look is much stealthier for those of us reading you at work. Not so much with the dots and cherry pies.

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  53. PLUS ALSO TOO 45(a)(ii) H2O B7 RIBOFLAVIN, the new look is much stealthier for those of us reading you at work. Not so much with the dots and cherry pies.

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  54. PLUS ALSO TOO 45(a)(ii) H2O B7 RIBOFLAVIN, the new look is much stealthier for those of us reading you at work. Not so much with the dots and cherry pies.

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  55. Anyone who does not love Vern and Norma up there is crazy (and I so loved Vern in his Speedo) Also, I love the entire feel of the new look. Not that my opinion matters, but still. I adore everything you write and that’s why I do a happy dance when Bye Bye, Pie jumps up to the top of my blog roll.
    Also? Lu has the sweetest look on her face, ever!

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  56. June, my cat Ed is a lump like Fran. Except he’s a buff tabby. Simon, my Siamese, is certifiably batshit insane.

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  57. June, my cat Ed is a lump like Fran. Except he’s a buff tabby. Simon, my Siamese, is certifiably batshit insane.

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  58. June, my cat Ed is a lump like Fran. Except he’s a buff tabby. Simon, my Siamese, is certifiably batshit insane.

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  59. Woo Hoo! I can finally see your new look! I like it! Mainly because the cherry pie always made me hungry…
    By the way, I was on a flight that was five hours late leaving and I was Miss Crankypants the whole time, but they showed “Marly and Me” on the plane. I was dozing off and on (cause it was 2 am) and I woke up to see Jennifer Anniston and the dog on the screen and I thought it was you and Tallulah. Marvin however, does not look like Luke Wilson.

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  60. I for one couldn’t care less about anyone’s blog design, that’s not why I visit here. All that matters is that you like it.
    I almost wrote “could care less” but I knew that would be bad. This is the only blog where I proofread my comments like three times before posting. You have raised the bar for all of us!

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  61. Awww June, turn that frown upside down! 🙂 It’s okay, you can flip me off if you want to. A lot of people do because apparently? there is such a thing as too cheerful. Who knew?
    Anyway, it’s a beautiful fall day. Go play with the kitties and walk with Lula. It will clear your mind.
    For Hulk: O-H

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  62. C’mon, Junie-Pooh…Don’t be a Debbie Downer. Be an Ursula Upper!! And also 2, opinions are like assholes. Everyone’s got one, and they usually stink.

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  63. Paula, I thought of photographing Fran, but how many pictures of him lumping on the pink chair do we really need? Poor Fran.

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  64. I LOVE the new look! Makes me more likely to share with friends. The other was too precious, and when I Linked to it on FB it really appeared to be a diet blog — so I, for one, am very grateful for the change. Happy weekend!

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