In my white box, with black-ish moods, near the station

I have a Facebook page, called (Face)Book of June (it’s set to private, I think, if you’re looking for it). Anyway, on there, I asked, Why are people leaving fewer blog comments? I have the same numbers of readers, pretty much, but fewer comments.

People said things like, “I’d have to scroll to get to comments” or “I’d have to check back to see if anyone responded to me” or “Everyone else is funnier.”

The thing is, it’s no fun to write this if I’m just typing into a white box (for 30 minutes to an hour a day) and no one wants to talk back. I’m like that friend who just calls, talks endlessly and hangs up and you’ve said almost nothing.

So, when I hear things like, “Well, I’d comment, but I’d have to scroll,” it makes me think maybe my content, and I hate that word so bad I do, isn’t compelling enough. And if it isn’t, it isn’t! It’s not going to crush me. It’s not the only thing about me that’s good. I have plenty of other positive–well, no I don’t.

The good news is, since I asked that, more of you have commented and I thank you very much for that. I hear that if you’re on your phone, it’s harder to get to comments and I’ve asked the person who works for this site if we can fix that, and how lucky are we to have HER? Dang.

In other news, Edsel has his chin on my lap and I can hear Millhouse…breathing…behind the computer. I know he’s back there but in the darkest recesses. Just like my positive attitude.

There he is! Little blurry cause it’s dark. Like his soul. You know, I feel that he MEANS well, but the worst thing about Milhous is everything’s worth exploring. He’s the Christopher Columbus of cats, without the smallpox blankets.

The dishwasher’s open? Oooo, Mill always wanted to go there. Cupboard open? On Mill bukket list. Armoire? Let Mill get him passpourt. There is nothing I do in a day where he’s not also there, climbing in, and one day his curiosity will kill him and I tell him that all the time but does he listen?

You say something? Mill explore china. In cabinet.

Also, I believe I’ve told you this before, but months ago the cats knocked this blanket-holder over and claimed it as their bed. The rest of the cats just curl up in the sideways hole, but Milhous always does the cornucopia effect.

Why would my CONTENT not be compelling? I’ve written 20 paragraphs on a cat. Hulk is hanging from a noose right now.

I know! We’ll talk about my yard!

Edsel and I are so delighted to have a fence again, because even though he never noticed the fence had changed or was gone or really anything, he does know he can now just go hang in the yard without me hovering over him. He can lie on the grass and chew Blu with a faraway look like he enjoys. If Edsel had a dating profile, that’d be one of his likes.

Also, why don’t men realize women don’t want to hear about all the outdoorsy shit they like to do? Have these men ever in the history of time gotten a woman to do motocross?

Anyway, back to my yard. Last night we fetched Blu about a hundred million times. Once I counted, and I threw that thing and he returned it about 90 times before he gave up. He pants for like an hour after.

I’m not talking about my yard, am I?

So, when I throw Blu, with all my skills at throwing, it lands all over yonder, which has lead me to discover new flowers in my yard.

There are also some hostas coming up, and there are some Lily of the Valley, even though we aren’t in a valley. Plus also there are flowers in my front yard…

My camellia bush is still going strong, and now I’m getting unpleasant visuals of Prince Charles’s wife

And now that I’m finally talking about flowers and not my pets, I had to go to the drug store at lunch yesterday to get eyedrops because all of a sudden my vision is blurry, and why? I only copy edit 8 hours a day, come home and copy edit for an hour or two more for my freelance work, then on my breaks I look at a computer on my phone. Why are my eyes giving out? What could it be? If I take a break from that, I, you know, read. Why the blur?

Anyway, my eye doctor wants me to try these drops, and what drug store do you choose? If I ever can, I go to the local one, the soda fountain/pharmacy that time forgot in my neighborhood. But I knew they’d likely not have these drops because they, like, literally sell one bottle of Brut and one tube of Ben Gay. Their grill is hopping and I’m sure you can get all the prescriptions you want at Alice’s pharmarant, but items to buy? Lacking.

Also, why are there so many drugstore chains now? They’re all the same. I chose Walgreens yesterday because my Pal From MA always goes there, so I figure she knows what she’s doing.

THE POINT IS, on the way to the wall of greens, I took pictures for you, of the trees I was describing yesterday. These are very professional portraits taken from my car.

…Oh! When I went to my photos, I see I also took some tree photos on my 3 o’clock walk!

I didn’t really capture all the colors at once, but you can at least see that it’s pretty.

Also on my 3 o’clock walk, I took photos of Austin catching up to us.

No time to talk,
June

208 thoughts on “In my white box, with black-ish moods, near the station

  1. Today I learned that redbud flowers are edible. June’s not-blog, informative as well as entertaining. Also, it turns out that the leaves and seed pods are also edible. I might add some flowers to my salad tomorrow. Or not.

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    • I agree with Eve Ensler of The Vagina Monologes, my vagina needs some cushioning. I refuse to wax my bush. I will trim it.

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  2. Love the pics of your yard and the blooming trees on your walk….out here in Illinois, it was cold. I miss whe I lived in the south.

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  3. Sorry about not commenting lately. I’ve been pretty depressed for the past five months since I broke my leg. I will do better. BTW, I’m having WordPress issues on MY end and I’m unable to change my username back to Kim, who used to live in California… but, this is me!

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  4. I read every day and some days it’s the highlight of my day. I comment on Facebook because I’m usually not as long-winded there as I am here. I vow to get better.

    Austin is great but what do I have to do to get a picture of Ryan up in here???

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  5. I am sorry for not leaving comments. I love your blog, I love your writing, I love your enthusiasm and also your non-enthusiasm. I missed you so much when you took your blog breaks, I have been so happy that you are back. I forget that I am not just reading a really entertaining novel, I forget that you are a real person. So June/Karen, I will do my very best to comment and to let you know that you are appreciated, because really, I don’t want to miss you again, that about killed me.

    I haven’t kept you up in my life while all along you have been excellently keeping us up in your life. I sign as Laurie (Lucy’s mom,) and while I am still Lucy’s mom ,Lucy died a few years back. We have never adopted another dog. When our Newfoundland dog, Molly, died it took us seven years to adopt Lucy. Our old cat, Sophie, died before Xmas, but we did adopt Tabby (a tabby cat, and no we are not being lazy naming her, I thought calling her Tabby was cool and ironic,) a couple of months ago, but that was because Charlie, our adopted Tonkinese, became so lonely alone. Tabby is a perfect addition to our family.

    Please forgive my misplaced commas, I write like I speak, and I believe that the comma is a breathing space. I took control of myself and my penchant for ellipses and did not add any (although, I also think that ellipses provide me with a breathing space as well as appear very beguiling.)

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  6. Since I read (and enjoy) your blog every day, I feel like the absolute least I can do is comment. Also! Through your blog, I figured out my ex and I are the avoidant/anxious thing and it has changed my life. I’ve finally let go of the idea that someday, somehow we’ll make things work.

    You wrote the other day about being so over men and I feel the same. It’s so hard to consider going back in the ring after 20 years of that crap.

    This feels like a weird comment. I hope it’s… right? I guess.

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  7. It took me all of 4 seconds to scroll down here, to tell you that I am So Very Envious of your yard and all the lovely surprises that are popping up.

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  8. Not being funny, witty, charming or insightful has never stopped me from commenting. No one cares. I want you to get that beautiful black dog with the heart-shaped head. In my mind I already named her Whoa Black Betty. But maybe Eds needs a beagle. You know how he loved that beagle.

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  9. Lurker here for a long time and I have commented only a handful of times. I don’t feel I’m witty enough. But I love your flower pictures today! We’re on the edge of another blizzard so it’s not spring-like here at all. Lovely to see those beautiful flowers and trees. Maybe we’ll get to enjoy spring here someday (sigh).

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  10. I read every time you post and rarely comment…mainly because I can’t read until after I get home from work – and by then I think “Who’s going to see/care/respond to this comment made so after the fact” particularly when it isn’t insightful or witty. But I get you on the comment department. And promise to try to do better.

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  11. Your garden is beautiful! We have had some gorgeous weather weather here and I’ve been itching to plant out but KNOW there’ll be a snap frost at some point. I always end ip regretting when I don’t wait until May.

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  12. I have a flower pot in the shape of a handbag that flowers in the spring (not Spring) and it has those purple flowers you have up there. When the flowers die the leaves are bright and green during the summer. I love watching it flower up every year, the purple is so beautiful.
    I have a photo series that my daughter took of me, similar to the Austin photo series. I do not look nearly as adorable in my photos as he does in his. Maybe I should have smiled instead of scowled at her when she was taking them.
    Lovely yard and lovely post, Joob.

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  13. I’ve been terrible lately at commenting, especially since I signed up for the email version and it’s conveniently delivered to me for breakfast reading. Also, I just can’t compete with the comedic and intellectual prowess in the comments so I tend to lurk but I appreciate all of your writing! Thank you for not blogging and please don’t stop!

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    • Damn, the not blogging was supposed to be “not blogging” but stupid autocorrect. This is why we can’t have nice things or comment regularly.

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  14. I dearly love spring in the South. I don’t think any area does it better. Now I know you are not one to be Betty Crocker however for Milhouse’s sake watch the oven. I had a cat jump up on the open oven door and sear her paws. It was awful.

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  15. Your blog is the first thing I read every morning. I often comment in my mind – you know that? right? I love your garden photos with the beautiful spring colours. I would love to plant tulips and other bulbs but, alas, it’s too hot here. I’m glad that your fence is up and, once again, peace reigns in your backyard for Edsel. I’ll read you again tomorrow morning .. and .. who knows .. I might comment again.

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  16. I love comments. On my blog. Or on your blog. It makes the whole conversation less one-sided. Of course.

    I only like to comment if I have time to read the other comments first so I know what the conversation is -and sometimes I just do not have time, but I have been making more of an effort. Who cares if my house is clean? Love the flowers. I am too busy with my kids’ activities and food and laundry and stuff to plant anything. Reason #437 the neighbors probably hate us.

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  17. Well, I’d certainly let Austin catch up with me! Anyway, Grandma used to have one of those trees in the backyard on Crapo. Do you remember it?

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  18. Good Lord, someone opened the comment floodgates!
    I try to comment on a regular basis, but have been dealing with some depression and don’t always feel I have anything to contribute. It is no reflection on your stellar writing.
    Now, I will go read the comments.
    Lovely post, June. I could almost smell the flowers from here!

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  19. Oh! And today is my 37th wedding anniversary! Sometimes I can’t believe it has been that long and other times, it seems like 100 years. You ladies know what I mean. The nights that he AND the cat snore are tough ones. Yes, the 18 pound cat snores and loudly. Thank goodness my husband still loves to play golf every day he can so I can have some nice alone time. I had almost forgotten about the anniversary. We don’t spend lots of money on each other for things like this but today we are spending $1500…having some trees taken down on the property so they don’t fall on the neighbors house. Oh boy!

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  20. Another riveting post, June. I use a local pharmacy and love that they know my name and if my husband goes to pick up the refills, they ask what is going on with me. They are more like friends than pharmacists.

    Our azaleas and dogwood trees are so pretty right now! And for once, there are no clouds in the sky and it is blue, blue, blue (not blu).

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    • I use Costco for my pharmacy, and they know my name when I walk up. Kinda freaks me out considering how many thousands of people they run through their system.

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  21. I have an orange cat who is part Maine Coon, meaning he is Huge. He too will explore the opening of anything. The car, a cupboard, a box. If you are doing something, he is there to help whether it is auto repair or making dinner. We have to explain this to anyone we hire to do work around our house, if they don’t like cats they don’t get the job.

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  22. Perhaps someone has already mentioned this, because now you have so many comments it would be easy to miss, but I think the outdoorsy stuff is also to paint a picture of themselves as rugged and virile. Especially in our age group. I don’t mention kayaking and power tools in my dating profile because I hope to find someone who shares those interests. I actually would prefer someone NOT share some of my interests. I’m just painting a picture. Admittedly, kayaking and power tools are not especially rugged but it’s the best I’ve got.

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  23. “Have these men ever in the history of time gotten a woman to do motocross?”

    YES! Although we didn’t meet on a dating site, when my husband and I were first dating, he bought me a dirt bike (Suzuki DR125 and I know I lost you at “dirt bike”) and took me to a motocross track to ride.

    Your newly blooming spring flowers are beautiful and Lily of the Valley is my favorite flower in the whole wide world and I’m jealous you can grow them in your backyard.

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    • Count me as another woman and faithful reader who loves motocross!

      All right, I’m another reader who never comments, but since I’m doing it now, I want to share a discovery I just made that can be useful for anyone who is 50+ like me, became invisible to men and want to go back to how things were when they were younger. (IF! no judgment if you–general you–don’t want that anymore.) I believe I found an effective solution! Not without some sacrifice but for me it worked wonders. I have a friend who is 53 like me, and I noticed that she never stopped getting attention from men in parties and bars, including from much younger men all the time. She is lucky to have kept her weight the same as when she was in her 20s (about size 4). I was a bit chubby in my twenties (but still got noticed, sigh). Completely invisible these days. I wondered if getting to a smaller size (in my case, from 8-10 to 4-6) would make a difference, and oh boy! I get executives waiting at the entrance of buildings to keep the door open for me; got asked if I had a boyfriend by a guy that must have been 30 (and works at a prestigious university) at the checkout line at Walmart recently, and the list goes on and on.

      It is extremely annoying not to be able to eat everything I like, but at least I used Weight Watchers and did not feel hungry at all during my weight loss. My theory is that the male brain registers a slender woman (even if you have curves like me) as much younger, without paying much attention to the rest, like wrinkles or less prominent cheekbones… I’m married but that doesn’t mean I liked feeling invisible, and now I’m loving all the attention I’m getting! Thought I’d share it here in case someone wants to reuse the tip.

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  24. I’ll comment every day if it keeps you (not) blogging! I don’t comment often because I usually read at work while eating my yogurt and the powers that be in my workplace expect me to actually work at some point. By the time I get back to read comments everyone else has left the building. I love reading your non-blog.

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  25. I faithfully read your not blog every day. I’m not witty so I don’t comment often.

    In other news, I just returned from shopping for new bras. God I hate shopping for bras. Makes me cranky every time!!! #$!!*%@!!

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      • I have NO personal reference to go by, but I’ve heard more than one regular (read: not paid spokesperson and shaped like everyday women) person I know give a good review of the Auden bras at Target. (I think that’s the brand; it’s close to that.) And they’re not supposed to break the bank either. I plan to check them out next time I need new bras.

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    • I hate shopping for bras. When I find one that works, I will spend the $$$$ and buy 6 of them at a time. Of course they always die within days of each other and then I have to start all over again.

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      • I got sucked in by a Facebook ad recently and bought bras that were supposed to be wondrous. You know how you look at a wireless exercise bra-looking thing and think “Well, that’s going to have poor support and give me a massive shelf of uni-boob”? But then the ad is so compelling! And the comments are glowing?
        Yes, it’s going to have poor support and give you jiggling, unhappy uni-boob. Of course it is.

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        • I know! An Instagram ad sucked me in and I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to get out of one of them. Never again!

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  26. Your flowers and things are so pretty. It’s still feels like winter here in the northeast and everything is still drab. It makes me grumpy.

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  27. Spring is glorious, and I LOVE a good thunderstorm, too. This has been the best spring for tulips I’ve ever seen in Atlanta. Usually, they come up and the sun torches them into a rapid shriveling. This year, there are flower beds of tulips that have lasted for a few weeks as they’ve bloomed during the best conditions for being a long-lasting tulip, I guess. I hope your lovely tulips will be there for an extended time for you to enjoy.

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  28. Millhouse cracks me up! I so miss having a kitten around the house. My last one would hide in the linen closet, just to eff with me when I reached in at 5am to get a towel.

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  29. Hello! I am commenting for like the 7th time ever, and I have been reading for eleventy billion years, a.k.a. when you were June Cutoff Cash. I have always enjoyed your posts immensely. I guess the reason I don’t comment, and the reason I left the FB group is that they’re just such a chatty community and I am not feeling the vibes in either place. One of the few times I commented on the blog someone tried to argue me into liking wine. Not a good fit. And, I was about to lose my shit when you took a blogging break and people kept belly aching and pining over you on FB. Yes, I missed reading, but you don’t owe me (or them) anything. Live your life, and blog if it makes YOU happy, right? The overall vibe there is “we’re her #1 fans!” but more in a Misery kind of way. I promise I am not a total curmudgeon. I like you.

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  30. I used to be on the FB page, but then I abandoned my original profile and created a secret one so I don’t have to be friends with family members. How do I get back into the sekrit club? I have an update on a situation I posted about stalking a former boyfriend.

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  31. Spring is just barely getting to NY. We had a warm weekend but it’s chilly again. I have pictures from prior years of my cherry tree in full bloom by now. Very upsetting. It’s still all branches. But at least the last of the mountain of snow is finally gone from my driveway.

    Albert (cat) has to go in every open cabinet, closet, whatever. Did I tell you about the time he got stuck in the microwave? Stupid ass.

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  32. I will scroll to eternity to read all the comments. Isn’t that why I am reading June for the last ten years? Of course it is because I love her writing and all the comments, and feel like part of the group. Don’t quite understand the complainers.

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  33. I love your photos (and blog).

    Someone way up in the top comments posted about how they loved cats but were allergic…couldn’t have one.

    I had two cats before i was allergy tested. I’m SO allergic to cats. But I have monthly shots and now have four cats. I have lost my mind…but I adore my meowers.

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  34. 1. Hunky got THIS woman to motocross and it was AWESOME. Until we got old and the bikes got heavy. But oh, the places we could go, Dr. Jeuss!

    Secondly, SOOO jealous that you have flowers. Here? We’ve got brown and twiggy bupkis.

    iii) LOVE Austin, ANOTHER forgotten Gibb, and your captions.

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  35. Your beautiful purple ground cover is myrtle. At least that’s what I’ve always called it and miss having it now that I am in a condo. Plants have many names, so all of us may be correct on that. I love myrtle for the beautiful spring flowers and for the deep green the rest of the summer. It is my favorite ground cover. I also envy your lilies of the valley which are another thing I miss here where I can’t plant anything. P.S. the comment thing never recognizes me. I always have to enter my name and address.

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  36. Dear Joob, your content is always compelling and hilarious.
    Thank you for the flower and Austin shots. It’s another cold day here and they’ve warmed me up considerably.
    Eds in Blu heaven now. Thanks mum.

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  37. Your yard looks lovely. The redbud trees are at their maximum beauty here in Middle Tennessee now, so we are definitely past the cold and cruddy weather I hope. Edz is enjoying his beautiful new yard for certain
    Karen F (as I somehow always show up as anonymous)

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  38. I rarely comment, but read your writing every single day, love it. Will come out of the shadows and comment more. I grew up in FL and now live in MA, so this spring thing is new for me, and I ADORE it.

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  39. I read every day but only post when I have something to say. (And I don’t subscribe to the comments because, IMHO, you guys have a lot to say) Oh and stupid Google only autofills “Seattle Steve (Not” so I have to type out that sentence anew each time. Not all of us are creative, beautiful and full of ideas as you.

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  40. Lovely post. Also, if the flowers are purple, why are the trees named redbuds? Color blind botanist?

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    • I was curious about this, so I went agoogling. The blossoms come in different colors, including white, but the buds are apparently reddish in color when they appear. Also, I learned that the flowers and the seed pods are edible. I love the internet.

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  41. Everyone loves Spring…except those of us that live in the South West. It’s just a reminder that 110 degree days are coming and will stay until the end of October!
    We’ve already had a couple days in the mid-90s.

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  42. I don’t know why, but I felt COMPELLED to comment on this riveting blog today! It was the cats and the flowers, and Austin (!) I guess. The scrolling is hellish, but here I am. I will do better at putting my thoughts into comment. You’ll be sorry.

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  43. Oooo-eee, lookit all the comments! I love all the surprise flowers in your yard and that Edsel can roam freely now with the new fence. Lovely post, June.

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  44. I am a plant person and I wish I had your yard. I have one year old kitties and yesterday they were hanging out in the bathtub while I got ready for work. We always have pets and I had three kids so I havent been alone in the bathroom for 35 years.

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  45. How fun to have all those flower surprises in your yard, June! Your lawn and fence are very attractive.

    I love the gaudiness of a North Carolina Spring!

    Thanks for the post!

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  46. I just have to tell you how much I love reading your posts. You make me laugh all the time. You are my people and if we ever met I know we would be friends. I’m your age and relate to so much that you talk about—please keep writing— I’d really miss you!!! Kelly

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  47. I’m sorry to admit this, but I only just realized that, at least on my phone, when you get to the end of the post, you have to go past the thing that says “previous post” and then you see the comments from the current post.
    Apparently sometimes I’ve accidentally found them and sometimes I thought there wasn’t a place for them that day.
    Have I mentioned I’m not great with technology?
    Also Millhous in the blanket basket is the most relaxed picture I’ve ever seen of a cat!

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  48. Lovely post Coot. My area is having a superbloom right now and the winds have started so it’s also supersneeze. I planted a redbud last spring and it was so happy but a late frost killed off it’s budding flowers and leaves and I’m waiting to see if it bounces back. I think redbuds are gorgeous. Much like Milhous and Austin.

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  49. Your flowers are beautiful! Here in North TX, we’re still trying to make up our mind if it’s spring or not. The perfect meme for us is “It’s like Winter is really mad and keeps storming out of the room…but then comes back shouting “and another thing!” Lovely post, Juan.

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  50. Cornucopia effect, ha! Lots of drugstores due to the aging of Americans. And also probably the unhealthy habits of the youngsters. We should buy stock in all the old age products and companies.

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  51. CVS for me. The extrabucks keep me there. I wish so much that I had a green thumb. I have a black thumb. I am Hospice for plants. They come to me right before they die 😦 Love the pictures!!

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  52. I almost sent you a message on Monday to tell you how much I enjoy reading what you write every day. This has been a bad, sad week over here and I love the mood lift I get by sitting here with everyone for a few minutes. I meant for it to be an encouragement to you, but then the sad (or the laziness, quite frankly) got in the way and I didn’t say anything.

    Often when I can comment I’m too late to join the party. It’s easy to feel like an outsider when everyone seems to know everyone else, although everyone here is welcoming.

    I understand when you take long breaks, but yours is the blog I read every morning. I love it when you come back.

    Probably there are more interesting things to comment in the actual comments and I shall go read them now.

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    • I’m sorry about your bad sad week. I know the relief of this site. I’ve told the story on here before but I’ll tell it just for you now in case you missed it. My husband, formerly known on this blog as Distinguished because when I would read Bye Bye Pie to him and I was snort laughing he wouldn’t crack a smile. It was a little…um…crude sometimes (back when we were all funny and not so careful and correct). Anyway, a few years ago he came within one breath of dying (aren’t we all?) and when he finally returned to consciousness (miraculously) after 5 days he was not only not brain damaged but within 24 hours had asked, “Did June say anything funny lately?” You have no idea what that did for my spirit. He had never asked that question. Does that mean maybe he was just a tiny bit brain rearranged?

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  53. I also have ferrets and aren’t THEY a hoot and a half when trying to do anything. Nothing will beat a determined ferret. Oh how they exasperate me but I love them so.

    Also I have a butthead Siamese seal point (apple head) and she behaves just like Milhous. She’s 3 years old now…she’s not growing out of it.

    But when they crawl into a wardrobe you can always ask if they are visiting Narnia.

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  54. Lovely post. And what lovely flowers you have, my dear!

    Trees are budding here and a few are actually blooming. A few hostas are trying to poke their heads up, but most of my perennials are sleeping in. We did see a snake yesterday so I guess it’s officially spring. A little while later we saw a hawk sitting in a tree eating a snake. Hopefully it was the same one. I wish I’d gotten that hawk’s number and put him on retainer.

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  55. You have such a lovely yard. Our dogwood tree is in full bloom, as are the azaleas, and pine trees, oak trees and all the other trees. If only this could happen without all the pollen. [Sniff] I love Milhous and his Columbus spirit. I finally had to put baby locks on my lower kitchen cabinets because I would find cats, fmr., in my pots and pans. There is a great drug store in Hapeville, right next the the Atlanta International Airport, that has a great grill and lime sours (fresh lime juice, soda water and SALT, yum). I have a CVS less than mile from me so I use that drug store. The cost of drugs is ridiculous, for many years my dermatologist has prescribed Premarin for face cream, not so long ago it was $4 a tube. Last time I went to get it refilled it was $154!!!!! I refused to pay that, so I guess I’ll just have a wrinkled face. The comments here are part of the fun and have been educational. I’ve learned stuff here I didn’t know existed! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again your writing ability is amazing, you have such talent. Keep writing into the white box.

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  56. The Cream song from the title takes me back to eighth grade music class. We listened to cool stuff in music class. Thank you for writing stuff for us to read — it is a highlight of my workaday mornings. It’s nice to see signs of spring. It was 33 degrees when I was leaving the house this morning.

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    • Austin’s everything is everything. I have a serious crush on that dude. June, please regale us with tales of Austin. If you have before and I missed it, please accept my apologies for asking. It’s just that, well, I’m not one given to such enthusiasm over the opposite sex these days. What libido? But Austin there, well. Every time you post pictures of him I stare at them for a long time. I really do. So any little tidbits you’ll share about him would be appreciated!

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  57. Ohhh, THAT friend.
    I find it hard to follow with the most recent comment first, instead of the first comment first. Does that make me weird?

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  58. I feel like bullet points would be so handy right now.

    I shall confess I am SO anxious to read your blog each morning I have my phone at the ready while stopped at the first of two long lights on my way to work. Although it’s a 60-75 minute drive, there are only two good opportunities and I am PISSED if the lights are green, or if it’s a long post and the first light is red and the second green and I am unable to finish.

    I would be interested to know wth is up with all these new pharmacies. I liken it to the plethora of 24 hour ER’s – which is a total ripoff unless you need someone to literally save your life. Somehow my conclusion is they’re (the pharmacies) over billing Medicare or doing something not entirely on the up and up.

    Even Lifetime movies will sometimes feature a good natured gal wearing a typically red and black plaid shirt and skinny jeans out on a boat, not minding the humidity and hoping for a long hike once the fish are caught. I can only assume things like this give guys unrealistic expectations ….similar to porn 😉

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  59. When I read here on my phone, I don’t see the comments automatically, but if I click on the title, it reopens and there they are.

    My son is pretty outdoorsy, but his wife is the one who really enjoys fishing and hunting. She’s gone hunting with his marine buddy while my son stayed at the house with the buddy’s wife and kids.

    I’m glad Edsel can enjoy the yard (and the flowers!) now. Your fence looks great!

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  60. Have you heard of the blue tint glasses for reading on screens? They are supposed to reduce the glare and help eyes not get so tired and dry. My college kiddo swears by them. Thank goodness I’m not preggo since I have a college kiddo!

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  61. CVS for me. They totally hook me with the ExtraBucks. But I think the Wall o’Greens has a better cosmetics selection.

    I love, love, love spring around here, especially when the wisteria is blooming. I’d love to have more flowers in our yard but then I think of having to, you know, take care of them and I have to retire to my fainting couch and revive.

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  62. Oooh, do you (or anyone else here) know what the purple-y flowered ground cover is around that tree?! We have huge pine trees in our backyard which also means we have a carpet of pine needles and NOTHING will grow under them.

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      • Thanks for clarifying that it’s vinca minor since I recognized the vinca, but wondered why the flowers were much smaller than the vinca plants in my mother’s yard in Florida.

        June, your flowers are gorgeous and such a nice surprise to see what blooms in your new yard. It’s amazing to watch how quickly the trees are putting out new leaves in our yard. Seems like last week, they were barely visible and now I look out the window and see more green than brown.

        In other news, my neighbor has a mother owl with her two babies in a tree in her yard. Since her house is on a hill, she can look out her kitchen window right into the tree hollow where they are nesting. This explains the papa owl that hangs out across the street.

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  63. Lovely post Coot. My neighborhood is bursting out all over. It is really pretty and my across the street neighbor is a master gardener but her yard is a hot mess of weeds and whatnot. I need to take a picture and share it with the FBOJ.

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  64. Spring sprung here in the DC metro area as well… the fine patina of pollen green (a paint color) on everything. Your new house flowers are stunning!

    In my mind, your new side of town is like Mayberry with old fashioned-y things on every corner. (was there a drugstore on that show? Did Floyd fix everyone’s ailments with a hair cut?)

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        • Oooh, I was just reading about Ellie. Seems she quit the show because she felt she and the Ange didn’t have enough chemistry to portray a romantic couple. Andy blamed it on his inability to show affection on-screen.

          Book of Joob, come here for the cats, stay for the Andy Griffith Show trivia…

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  65. We are still waiting on our spring here in CT but there’s a hint of green on the wild rose bushes that assures me it is on its way. I like my Walgreens over CVS, but the hubby will only gets prescriptions at our local non-chain pharmacy. (And now I’ve got Alice’s Restaurant running on a loop in my head, which doesn’t usually happen until Thanksgiving.)

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  66. Spring is officially my favorite season in NC. My favorite spring flower is wisteria. I love driving down the road and seeing all the purple in the trees. I am half tempted to pull off on the side of the road somewhere, dig some up, and transplant it to my house where I think it would be beautiful in the trees down my long driveway. Alas, I do not have a green thumb and I’d have no idea what I was doing. So I will just admire from afar.

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  67. That Austin is a hunka hunka yumm yumm! You can tell him Pal from MA is a fan! And the Wall of Greens is most def (annoying) the better overall store of drugs – but lucky for me, I no longer require any kinds of prescriptions since leaving 35 pesky pounds in Alaska!

    And this site has me logged in as sample8554 and I have no idea what that means.

    – Pal from MA aka formerly Pal from MA who was then Pal from AK and thank GOD I no longer live in that godforsaken place. It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want …

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  68. I am also jealous of the pretty flowers as Spring doesn’t come to Western NY until May usually. Also jealous of the co-worker walk you do…. I have zero friends at the office. Now I am officially a sad Debbie Downer feeling sorry for myself.

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  69. I think men put their outdoorsy interests on the dating profiles as a warning. “Full disclosure: I like to go boating. Not only will I spend obscene amounts of time and money on this, but I persist in thinking boating puns are funny after the one millionth telling. Even though they weren’t funny the first time.”

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    • And this is why I don’t comment often. It’s always about something random that lodged in my brain. I picture your wide audience making that “the hell?” face.
      I get that look a lot.

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        • Boating and hunting stories have nothing on having to sit through the reliving of every single blessed stroke or hit or whatever of 18 fucki*g holes of golf. Kill me now. Oh, never mind. I divorced him 25 years ago. Whew. Had a nightmare there for a moment.

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  70. I thought of another reason that keeps me from commenting: sometimes this here not-blog is just a damn good read and I honestly cannot think of one thing to say. But I oh so enjoyed reading. Which I know doesn’t help you as you type into a white box, but it’s true.

    I love all the little purple flowers that pop out of the grass this time of year. There’s a place near my house where nearly the whole yard turns purple. It’s so pretty, as your many flowers. It must be fun for you to see how things are popping up since it’s your first spring there.

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  71. Austin needs to sign up for StitchFix. Not because he needs help with his fashion choices, but because I’d like to view additional pictures of his…gregarious personality. Definitely not his impressive biceps. Nope.

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  72. Now I want a grilled cheese sandwich and a chocolate malted milkshake from the drug store grill in your neighborhood. I’m going to have to put on my detective hat and scope it out. What diet?

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  73. I love Edsel. Just the mental picture of him in your lovely backyard, chewing on Blu, makes me want to scritch his ears.

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  74. I think you meant cornu-cat-pia. Bah!

    You compel like no other June. I start every day laughing like a loon. Which was always my life goal, so thank you for that! And those who don’t scroll through the comments are missing one of life’s great pleasures.

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  75. My mom is on 8,000 meds, most of them generic. A new one isn’t, though, and when I went to pick it up, I was told that it was $600 for 30 days. The entire pharmacy staff agreed that was nuts, and went into action. After about 1/2 an hour of computer tapping and phone wrangling, they told me it was $10. Good for a whole year! This was at my local CVS. They’ve always been great, but they went above and beyond this time. P.S. I think a good pharmacy depends on the staff, not the chain.

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  76. Rite Aid was my local neighborhood pharmacy and I loved it. But then Walgreens bought Rite Aid and promptly closed our location and switched us to a Walgreens nearby. For the record I am not happy. I am happy to see your pretty flowers. We are a little behind you weather-wise here in KY so I know what I have to look forward to. My azaleas are about to bloom and that is very nice.

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  77. I’m jealous of all the pretty flowers and spring weather you have going on! It’s fecking snowing up here and it’s so depressing. The only sign of spring are the birds chirping!

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    • I was going to mention the birds here chirping too but some things are blooming too. It was 81 on Monday and my house was still 78 degrees that night. It’s finally back down to 68 drgrees and all is right with my world. I love the flowers but no temperatures above 70. PS. Do comments on comnents count, June?

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  78. Love all the flowers. Still waiting for spring here in Michigan. Possible snow tomorrow. Is there still room down south for transplants?

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