June loses her looks. (What looks?)

I just caught sight of myself in my robe just now and thought, man, this robe is kind of bulky.

…’twasn’t the robe.

It was so great when I had no appetite for six weeks after my SURGERY, and I’d go all day nibbling on one biscuit or what have you. The last time I ordered groceries, I ordered a box of Drumsticks, FFS.

God, Drumsticks are delicious. Ironically, eating Drumsticks is what makes me unattractive to Tommy Lee.

Did you ever watch that video, that Pamela Anderson/Tommy Lee video? They were both very pretty people. They never say one intelligent thing through the whole video. “Hey, gorge-ass.” “You’re so hot, Tommy.”

How do people get through life not bored to tears if they never say anything? It’s the same with the one dating site I’m on.

“Happy Sunday.”

“Hey, June.”

“Good morning.”

“Hello.”

And, I mean, I’ll grant you the first time you contact someone, you might say something banal. But after I say hello back, to just get another version of “Happy Sunday” or “How are you?” is enough to make me delete. The other day, after about four of these exchanges, with me carrying the entire conversation on my bulky-robed back, I said, “Could you say something resembling anything? I’m dying, here.”

And? Nothing.

So that’s how that’s going.

How are all 10 of you? What’s going on over there in your houses, where I hope you’re staying? Since I had two electricians, two neighbors and 824834240 boxes delivered in the past week, including that box of Drumsticks, I’m just sittin’ here waitin’ for symptoms. Do you do that, or is it just me?

It doesn’t help that I have a sore throat every day. It’s not like when you have a cold and it hurts to swallow, it’s just sort of slightly irritated back there. It’s enough so that every day I can panic mildly.

Both my parents are allergic to cats; do you think I have an allergy to cats and I don’t know it? I’ve had those allergy tests where they pick your back and I just keep getting that I’m allergic to trees. But maybe I grew into a cat allergy and I’ll have to drive these creatures to a field.

And of course we all know about my dust allergy. Maybe I don’t dust enough, seeing as I dust never. Maybe that’s why my throat hurts every day. The grandmother I turned into was allergic to dust and she wasn’t supposed to dust, which is a conundrum. Also she had trouble wearing earrings that weren’t fancy metal, and I do too.

All earrings just hurt me after awhile; do they hurt you?

I haven’t worn jewelry since god was a child. Nor do I put on makeup. Maybe we should all make an effort to gussy up more, even if we’re all home. What say you? Unless a whole mess of work shows up on my computer, I’ll put on makeup after I write this.

So, basically, I’ve gotten fat, I wear no makeup, my hair is half-white/half dyed blonde, I’m free of adornments and I never dust. Wait, why is my one dating site not working again?

Attractively,
June

P.S. I put on makeup!

65 thoughts on “June loses her looks. (What looks?)

  1. Beautiful June! I love earrings and usually wear 3 pairs every day, plus a necklace and a wedding band. I haven’t been wearing makeup except for Thursdays, when I have a video call with my team for work, and we’re supposed to look presentable. I’ve been wearing nothing but leggings and t-shirts, and actually googled today for comfortable dress pants, because I don’t know if I can go back to uncomfortable dressy clothes for work when this is all over. I’m allergic to dust and dander too – I have to take an allergy pill before doing any house cleaning. I tried getting the family to do the cleaning because of my allergies, but they didn’t buy it and apparently don’t mind living in a pigsty. A**holes.

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  2. Loving your hair. I have a white streak right in front and had to tone my cosmetic colors down to not look haggish. Have you mad any changes to coordinate with your gorgeous grey? Sitting here crying like a fool listening to the aria from Madama Butterfly (free on Aria Code). I picture myself like Cher in Moonstruck; really I’m just a snotty mess. Aren’t you taking an Italian opera class? How is that going?

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  3. Hi everyone. Cat dander and dust are my enemies but I still have my four cats. After four years of allergy shots, the doctor said it wasn’t helping me so that ended. I survive byl taking antihistamine, flonase and Azelastine. If I tried to skip a dose, then I’d die of the drainage of hot lava down my throat. Adding Azelastine was a life saver. Besides that,
    I’m living through the Plague by only shopping via curbside pickup for groceries, pet stuff, and pharmacy. Even my doctor appointments are by phone these days. I live out in the country and civilization is 20 to 50 minutes away, depending on what I want to hunt down.

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  4. All earrings hurt me eventually too – with my daughter we tried for months, multiple piercings, expensive gold earrings, surgical wire earrings. We finally gave up and months later realized there was still an earring back buried in her earlobe, *endless screaming*. Neither of us has worn earrings since then. I am also fat. I walk fairly often but I miss my gym (that I didn’t go to for eight months before it closed anyway, but I was almost certainly JUST about to go back) every time I look at my jiggly arms. I have cut my hair three times since lockdown started and I don’t regret it, by which I don’t mean it looks good by any means, but I think it would be worse if I hadn’t. And I wholly agree about the dating chat. Your profile should demand that first contact from any man should be a paragraph about his favourite Office character or why noses are better than elbows.

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  5. You look great, Joob.
    I haven’t worn jewelry, makeup, normal clothes or used hair product since mid March. What a treat.
    My place is a mess, mainly due to the Great Face Mask Disaster wherein I attempted to sew said masks and none of the damn things fit.
    The dust bunnies are breeding but whoo care.
    Salons opened here today but I’m holding off for a couple of weeks to see how my co workers manage. I rent my chair and only work two days a week, now that I’m officially a senior, so I’m still trying to decide if it’s even worth going back.
    At least I now have a sh*tload of masks, gloves and sanitizer from the supply store, so either way I’m good to go.
    Even if it’s just grocery shopping.

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    1. Mary Lou, if you are eligible for Social Security benefits and are taking them at age 62….you should be golden with not working . Don’t forget to sign up before your birth month to get them as soon as you turn 62.

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  6. Eating too much here and also getting fatter.
    I never wear makeup or dye my hair, so I’m doing well on that front.
    I realized yesterday that I haven’t worn perfume for two? months. Or any clothes that are remotely nice-looking.
    I have so many allergies (dust, pollen) that I just now take an over-the-counter allergy med every day. Makes life easier.
    I could never wear any metal jewelry without getting bad skin irritation. 22K gold was the least bad but still irritating after a day or so. I finally discovered that what I needed to use for earrings was titanium. It’s an element, so our bodies don’t react to it. I was also surprised to find it’s not particularly expensive. (I’ve heard that niobium also works, for the same reason.)

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  7. I am staying at my boyfriend’s house thirty-five minutes away with my two dogs and five other people and their two dogs. My house has had the only bathroom ripped out down to the studs, and even had joists replaced. There is a new floor and maybe walls, not sure. There is no bathroom plumbing yet, perhaps this weekend. My nephew who is buying it and his dad are fixing it with a little advice from my father.
    It was quite an adjustment at first after living alone for the first time in my life for fifteen months. The others living here are his son, daughter, daughter’s boyfriend and his exwife. I KNOW it’s a long story, it’s “complicated ” and financial. (She and the kids need each other to manage the bills here when he leaves). He has been divorced for eight years from her.
    Anyway I am out in the country on an acre. He is a better cook than I am, and his daughter is too. They have a better TV as well with Netflix. There is a big half pitbull blue healer dog I was nervous about. My stupid Chihuahua mix started shit with her. All of the other dogs get along great. We have been keeping the pit mix and Chi mix apart. Karma, the pit, got her muzzle off last night and Sophie the Queen of Mean chilled out and hid behind me. Today they are getting along. I have to pack, find a place to live and move. My house is a pit of doom too.
    I am not wearing makeup now. It’s allergy season too. I have one pair of angular silver hoop earrings with me. I had two necklaces, Sophie broke the chain on one. Thorn in my side, she is lucky to be cute. I have to wear better metals or surgical steel. I am wearing rings, a watch and my medical ID bracelet. Rings make me oh so happy.
    My boyfriend is off of work so we are together 24/7, good to solidify things for moving in together. So far so good.
    My hair is hot and driving me nuts. Too short to put up, hot on my neck. I am hating it. Your picture looks good June, as always. PS I am not announcing that I am out of town on Facebook. My neighbors are keeping an eye on my house but still.

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  8. What’s going on at my house? The madness of putting a house on the market and getting ready to move in 3 months in the time of this our pandemic. With no help! No cleaning help. No carrying boxes to the garage help, No open Goodwill, no open Habitat Restore, no handyman in the house. And yes, I fear this virus like the plague. See what I did there? This morning I had an AC guy in the house (well masked), 2 guys delivering many pieces of heavy furniture and they were asked to mask and F-ING DIDN’T! What is it with MEN and masks. I wanted to wring their necks. They huffed and puffed through 3 rooms of my house and my husband and I were masked, the Realtor was masked but not Mr. Men. I am far from a violent person but I wanted to wring their necks until they looked like chickens. My green mad little icon fits today.

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  9. Nor do I put on makeup. I copied and pasted that directly from the post. I was reading merrily along and when I hit that line my mind screamed, “Wait!” Is June okay? Is that code for I’m being held hostage? Then I saw her pretty picture and exhaled. You look great, June! Happy rainy day.

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  10. Hi June,
    Sorry I missed some days. End of the semester grading, you know. I am busy building content for my summer class today. Two weeks mapped, starting on the third.

    Lovely post, lovely June!

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  11. I’m also fat, no make up, no jewelry. But I am sitting in one of those salt rooms that are supposed to be good for the lungs and bronchi. I would attach a picture of this room if I knew how.

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  12. I still think you’re adorable!

    Have settings for subscription to your non-blog changed recently? I no longer am receiving links to your site via my email… just in the past week this has happened.?!

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  13. Have any of you ladies tried Simply Whispers earrings? I too am allergic to cheap earrings but Whispers earrings don’t contain nickle and I can wear them without any irritation. You can buy them online. just google “simply whispers earrings”.
    Also, yes to June. I wake up every day expecting to be stricken down with the plague. I am in the preexisting disease group (Emphysema) and I’m fatigued and short of breath normally, so anything extra and I start updating my will. I have not been out of the house since December of last year. I send Husband to do all the errands and then I disinfect him when he comes home again.

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  14. I can’t remember the last time I wore makeup. I’ve become so blind that I can’t see clear enough to put on eye liner and mascara, even with a magnifying mirror. I’d probably end up looking like Baby Jane and get the urge to start singing, “I’ve written a letter to Daddy” if I tried.

    I’ve been going through old photos and you know, why didn’t anyone stop me from getting certain haircuts/styles? I mean, NOBODY, not even Joe Dirt, looked good in a bleached mullet. I don’t care that it was the 80s, it was just SO BAD. Oh, the CRINGE!

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  15. Wish I had the writing skills you have. Then I would respond often. Just know that you make my day with your words and I sit here and belly look laugh with joy.Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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  16. Between the dust and cobwebs around here, it’s too bad I can’t fit into my wedding dress–I could pretend I was Miss Havisham chubby style.

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  17. I can’t wear cheap metal jewelry. My ears itch, and if it is a ring or bracelet, I turn green. My dad has a nickel allergy so maybe I do too? I have not worn makeup much since this crap started. Or pants with zippers. I just ordered two pairs of capri leggings and soft shorts, in anticipation of ever getting warm weather up here in Ohio. Things started opening yesterday here, and I am still not ready to go out. My county has a very low number of cases, but surrounding counties are way higher. I don’t want to ever go back to my office – it is in one if the higher case counties. My dogs now have beds behind my new basement office space. They love this. I haven’t put gas in my car since March. My counter reset on Friday when I went to a couple stores and now I am super paranoid. My husband is ready to go out for drinks and food, I am not. He also thinks masks are stupid because he has been working with the public this whole time and has not gotten sick. I mentioned to him just last night how our county has such a low amount of cases. Hoping to get him to think. He’s a stubborn mule. Also, I think I dusted two weeks ago? I don’t know. But I know I switched my dining room ceiling fan from winter direction to summer direction and was showered with dust clumps. So that was fun. Did they vent you when you had your SURGERY? I don’t remember. But that could have scratched your throat? Please enjoy my poorly structured comment.

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  18. I agree- you look great. I do not usually wear much makeup and have worn zero since this started. May never go back to mascara cept for weddings. I could never have pierced ears – grossed me out. It is a wonder I gave birth 6 times. So I am as plain Jane as it gets over here and the dust is not going anywhere. In my house: I am working out 2- 3 hrs a day (cuz sometimes I can ride the bike at Coach’s clinic before patients arrive, weights and cardio in house, 4 mi walk if weather cooperates daily- keeps me same), I am working to update photo albums and doing lots of writing and trying to figure out how to fit more food in my busting fridge. I also try to keep the natives from killing each other.

    Your synopsis of why your online dating might not be working out killed me- even though I am sure that is not the case.

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  19. I’m glad to hear that I am not the only one who has abandoned makeup, jewelry, and normal clothing. I only put on makeup to go to the grocery store, or on the odd trip back to my office building to drop off or pick up files, supplies, etc. but it’s not like I’m going to see anyone, really. But I know if I don’t look decent that will be the day I will. I can wear any earrings. I had surgery to repair a stretched hole in my left ear back in November. March would have been the month I could get that ear re-peirced. Since the C interrupted that, now all I have to wear are my vintage clip earrings which hurt like a #!*@.

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  20. I too have to wear gold posts in my ears, have allergies to cats and dust mites. The last time I had back test, it showed i had NO allergies, even thought I have trouble breathing through my nose (I believe there was something wrong with my test). At any rate, I think you need to be on Zyrtec (take it at night and it helps you sleep), especially if you have post-nasal drip which can cause a sore throat. Talk to your doctor about your sore throat. Maybe you need an antibiotic. Aunt Kathy

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  21. Huh. So many allergic to cheap earrings. Me too! I work at a garden center so I just quit wearing jewelry. It gets caught up in branches. So I am not stuck at home, but with so many people turning to yard work and veggie gardening, am exhausted from the busyness of work. I’m all jealous of you isolaters not dusting and hanging out with your cats while you work from home. Sort of.

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  22. Dusting is so overrated! Along with putting on makeup, fluffing your hair and wearing public clothes, who has time to dust when you’re busy roaming from room to room in your Dude robe worrying that your eleventy seventh UPS delivery is going to bring in the Rona! Fun story – I am fiercely allergic to dust & mold…had the allergy skin prick test in my mid 20’s to help determine what to avoid to help my asthma symptoms. The tech went up and down my arms, getting no reactions from trees, grasses, etc. Then the dust & mold were done side by side on my forearm and I proceeded to immediately become Violet Beauregarde, with rapidly expanding cantaloupe size lumps from the tips of my fingers to my shoulder blade. No, wait, stop! The tech ran to grab a camera and three other techs to document it while my eyes and throat were swelling shut! They actually withheld Benadryl until they thought I had expanded to the absolute max for their pictures. I’m now a case study on the wall of my Ear Nose & Throat doctor’s office. Good times. I was wearing a mask before it was Corona cool – I dust with dish gloves, baby wipes (to capture the spores) and a mask otherwise it’s scratchy eyes, swollen throat and three pumps on the inhaler.

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  23. Oh, and every time I get home from going somewhere the 10-day clock starts all over again. Now that NC is semi-opening, friends have seen that hardly anyone wears a mask at the stores. I may become a permanent hermit. I can NOT get this virus!

    I can wear any old earrings, so at least there’s that bright spot.

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    1. Why do you have a 10 day clock? I am in the pre-existing condition/elderly group and I will probably be stuck at home forever.

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      1. After 10 days I’m reasonably sure I’m OK. Then I can relax until the next time I have to go out. I make sure I’m at the grocery store when they first open so there’s hardly anyone there.

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  24. You look quite nice, with the makeup, smile and the skunk stripe/path. Your silver will end up being glorious, I predict. Our salons can’t open until at least June 1. I don’t color, but would like a cut. I feel a bit like a shaggy dog.

    My freshman roomies are Zooming on Thursday night. Last time we had a blast, and it had been at least 30 years since we were all together.

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      1. Hmm, is there “someone” up there, shining down on you? “Juuuune, I really neeeed for you to look angelic. It fools the others every time.”

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  25. I’m right there with you! I was actually jealous of my dog yesterday because she got to go to the groomers and came back all smug with her new haircut and filed nails. Restrictions are beginning to lift here, so this week I started putting jewelry on everyday (cheap earrings and all) and wearing pants with zippers just as practice for the day when I can finally go out for margaritas. Plus, the zippered pants are a reminder to stop stuffing my face.

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  26. Makeup looks Gorgeous!! Also, Bath and Body currently has hand sanitizer in stock to order…… Of course y’all may have stores open but in NY not so much.

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    1. In fact, I just got 5 or 6 bottles from B&B Works. I think I ordered six and immediately lost one, which rankles. Just those teensy purse-size ones, but still.

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  27. I won’t even get on the scale. However, I was able to get into my skinny jeans on Sunday, which was a big surprise. I can only wear cheap earrings for a day or two, but I even have problems with my 14K gold pearls after wearing them for a while (weeks). I’m going to try the neosporin on the posts. I do put on makeup on Sunday mornings for our church small group Zoom meeting and I wear better casual clothes, otherwise, I’m makeup-less and in the old jeans. I pretend I’m having company to motivate me to clean my house. There is so much dust on my bedroom furniture I can write my name in it. Maybe that’s why I’ve had a sore throat since November 1st (the day we turned on the heat). I do sort of do a watch for 14 days after going to the grocery store. It’s been 12 days and I have to go to the store again on Thursday, so the count starts over, again.
    Tee

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  28. What’s going on over here at my house? I don’t know. Except for trips to the grocery store every ten days, a doctor appointment, and takeout food twice, I’ve been staying home since March 14. But what have I accomplished? The house is clean and the laundry is done, and I’ve read all the Jack Reacher books. Projects I’d put off until I had time? Apparently two months of time isn’t enough since they’re still untouched. I’m hopeless.

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  29. That is the best picture ever of you! No, I haven’t seen them all , but you look very happy bright perky, love the hair and of course the just perfect color u/a shirt. I would date that woman. Well, you know, if I dated women or dated at all being married kinda puts the kibosh on that happening. I forgot what else you wrote because I was so enamored with that photo.
    Oh, yeah, I quit watching the news or any stories about the other c-word with the numbers. If someone mentions it on something I am watching I change channels. I am watching very little tv though.

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  30. I took care of a patient the other night who’s husband had a fever and was waiting for testing. So I’m just waiting for symptoms to show up. I’m taking self isolation seriously because of the unknown exposures I’ve had.

    Earrings kill my ears. By the end of the day my ears are so itchy. I don’t do well with jewelry.

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  31. I imagine that online dating there is much like online dating here – I have the same problem. Of course, I also have that I don’t date Trump fans in my profile, so that may be part of the reason I almost never get responses. I hate the south in many ways. Damned bible belt.

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    1. There are, I don’t know, four? Five? Colleges in this town. And many universities within 50 miles. So it’s not like everyone online is Gomer Pyle. But they still generally lack the gift of gab.

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      1. Shazam. I don’t think Gomer Pyle ever lacked the gift of gab, he just didn’t say anything interesting. Oh. Never mind.

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  32. Omigosh! So funny. I don’t feel so bad now though. All these days of sitting here – not dusting… and I do not know why I procrastinate like this – but so happy to see I am not so different! Now must go out today to clinic at hospital for a minor procedure.. terrified. So silly – just afraid I will have to start the isolation again. Crap.
    Thanks for the smiles and laughs….

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  33. I am with you with Symptoms, every time I go out for groceries I feel like the clock starts all over again and in my calendar here at my desk I have random days where I feel a sore throat and take my temp for a few days. It is maddening. Cheap earrings bother me as well but not matter what type of earring I cannot sleep in them. Well technically I can, thinking of my passed out in full clothes days after drinking in my 20s but now I always take them out before bed. Of course haven’t worn any earrings in ions. I did put a full face of make up on over the weekend and actually wore jeans to go have pizza outside with my dad. And every few weeks my boss has us do a video conference so I actually dry my hair and put makeup on those days as well. I am overweight and always on a diet, I have lost 5 pounds since beginning of March but if I get out of this quarantine without a weight gain I will be happy.

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  34. The last couple of times I’ve visited my friends home, who has cats, I’ve had a scratchy throat and itchy eyes. Never been allergic to cats but I think I am now. I have to wear sterling silver or gold earrings otherwise cheap metal hurts my ears. What helps with the cheap ones is to dip the post in neosporin cream before putting them on. Helps stop the hurt.

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    1. Thanks for the idea! I’ll have to try that. Lately, even my post earrings have hurt my ears. I gave up on dangly ones 10 years ago.

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  35. Lovely post Coot,
    I got out of the shower the other day and went to dry my hair and thought I had left shampoo in my hair. NOPE, it was white hair. WTF? Where did that come from? My mother was 72 when she died and did not have a single natural grey hair. She had her hair frosted for years. Remember that? When silver bouffant hair was attractive? So I am having surgery next month and my doctor said I needed to gain a little weight before surgery. I’m not sure what he considered a little weight but I’m guessing the 475 pounds is sufficient, if not I have a box of Goody Girl Chocolate Mint cookies and a bag of Almond Joys that should help. As for putting on my make-up and real clothes, I haven’t done that since March 18th when I went into my hermitage.
    I was startled awake this morning my 47 million workmen climbing on my roof. This is why my neighbors love me. Hammers and swear words at 6 a.m.

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  36. I’m very allergic to earrings and my friend told me to dip the posts into neosporin and I wouldn’t react anymore and it worked!!
    Benadryl cream did not work, which seems backwards.

    Also I am here all day every day and still keep not cleaning my house. I even asked for a house cleaner gift certificate for my birthday. (To be used when house cleaners are no longer potential virus carriers!)

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    1. I’m allergic too and haven’t tried neosporin yet! I always used clear nail polish on the posts. So basically my earrings get a manicure and my hands get callus. Go figure. .

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  37. Oh June! Same here lady. If the sun doesn’t come out, I’m going to turn into a fuzz ball that seems to sprout in my house. My work is ending after this week and the pool isn’t going to open and I’m at a loss as to which room to wobble to.

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