Silent June and her blank page

I woke up at 7:00 and then an hour and 20 minutes just flew by, and I don’t even know how. I mean, I know what I just did: animal care. I’m a regular farm girl, if cats and one fey dog counted as farm animals. I don’t know why two small kittens are so much work, but man, they are. Also, in case you wanted my opinion on the matter, I do not care for people calling kittens “smol.”

The holiday weekend is over and I, for one, am glad. I never have anything to do on holidays even when there isn’t a plague, and it’s relatively depressing. Although I do have to say one thing. Well, I mean, I don’t have to say anything. I could remain silent as the grave. But what a dull blog that would be. I could call it Silent June, and every day there’d be a blank page. Tune in tomorrow!

Nevertheless Nessman, I’m going to say one thing. When I first moved in here, the guy who used to own this house also owned the house next door. I think he was sort of trying to control who lived around him, and I kind of can’t blame him now that I’ve been here 2 years and seen what life has to offer over here in the milltown.

The point is he had a lovely woman living next door who was tidy and pleasant and a delight. I remember the former owner saying, “Now, she is a black lady” and I always adore sentences like that. As I recall I just stared at that message, my face a blank, the sentence hovering there like a germ. What the hell kind of thing is that to say?

Her name was CeeCee and it probably still is. However the guy sold the house, and I was worried he’d do that. And then I was all Oh, lort. Who the hell gonna move in next door?

It turned out to be a woman maybe 10 years younger than me who has two almost-grown sons who come and go. She had one cattle dog who is a DOLLY FACE DOLL DOLL (oh, but “smol” offends me) and the fence between us was this bendy wire thing, and that is when I said, “I gotta get a real fence” and here I am paying back my mother two dollars at a time for a tall wooden fence that I am glad I have, because the son got a pitty pit bull puppy snickerdoodley-doo (Oh, but smol) and OH MY GOD I loved that puppy so bad. She is fawn-colored and SHE IS LOVELY and stocky and huge. I remember the day I looked back there and saw her. Oh, with the squeeing.

She is also a barker, a FawnBob Barker, and she taught that angel of a cattle dog to bark, and any time I left my yard to, say, go to the trash can or use the hose, if they were out they’d barkbarkcalltheircongressmenbark.

So I devised a plan, and that was to always have treats on me so that when I saw them I’d pop a treat in their barky mouths. (I’d asked the woman next door if that was okay.)

So now Cinnamon (the pit) and the other one whose name I don’t know (the cattle dog) LIVE for my appearances, and sometimes I’ll be at my sink, I’ll be at my disposal

HAHAHAHAHAHA

and I’ll see them just staring over at my part of the house. “Every time I let them out they run right for your side of the fence, looking for you,” the woman next door tells me.

So we got a thing going on, me and Mrs., Mrs. Bones, over there.

The point is, on July 4 I was making chicken, as I am suddenly wont to do now that I get HelloFresh, and I saw Cinnamon and Other looking my way.

I went out there with treats (another neighbor drives a truck, and I am sorry to tell you that anything he trucks he maybe …doesn’t always deliver 100% of, and it is just my luck that he transports dog treats, and while I claim to be morally opposed to stealing, let’s just say I am rich in dog treats right now) and my neighbor was grilling out, and while she and I always stay six feet apart we often find ourselves taking over the fence like it’s 1950, except now it’s 1950 with distance, and anyway, we had a distant drink together on July 4, so in a word, or 700 of them, you could say I sort of celebrated the 4th.

Wow, that was a lot of words I hadn’t planned on saying. I like her, the woman next door. She also has at least one cat, who stares balefully out at Milhous and me each week during ride-the-trash-can time. He’s black and white but not a tuxedo. More like a splotchy black and white. I think he finds us appalling.

Anyway that’s all I have to say to you, and I suppose I should throw in a photo of this long endless weekend of staying in while other people go to beaches and lakes and barbecues and oh, you’re welcome! Yeah, I’ll just stay here the rest of my fucking life so you can have fun. No problem.

There. There’s a nice shot of The Needy Committee, now with Bunny!

Don’t let me forget to tell you that I got myself a bush trimmer for my birthday, and the first person to make some sort of 7th-grade joke about that gets banned for eternity, like that wingnut Kelly who keeps getting new names so she can leave mean comments. Way to have a real life, Wingnut Kelly. Say, why don’t you attend a crowded party? It’s all the rage.

Cohesively,
June

71 thoughts on “Silent June and her blank page

  1. Good neighbors are wonderful. We cooked out on the 4th and ate on the patio along with our next-door neighbors, it was nice and relaxing. The fireworks weren’t bad on the 4th, lots of them, but all far away, but last night it was awful, it was like a war all around us.

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  2. I think that 4th of July (Joo-Lie) is probably my absolutely most hated “holiday” mostly because of the constant illegal fireworks that just send my poor dogs into an absolute panic and give me a raging headache. The asshole neighbor down the street was shooting them off and these weren’t your nice, pretty fountains of colorful sparks. Oh no, these were mortars and M80s and I wanted to just shove one of those up his ass and let ‘er rip. Our entire street absolutely LOATHES that neighbor.

    I spent my weekend sitting in my backyard working on my melanoma, watching motorsports and napping plus I went on a kick-ass hike with my sister and BIL on Sunday (yes, we were masked).

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  3. We watched Hamilton on the 3rd and really enjoyed it. Some powerhouse singers in that cast and good acting, too. We didn’t do anything holidayish on the 4th, except go out in the yard to look at the various (illegal) fireworks everyone was setting off. Sounds like that was going on everywhere.

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  4. We usually travel for the 4th to National Irish Dancing Championships. This year they were supposed to be in Nashville. My dancer was bummed, but I am embracing the fact that as of now Irish dancing cannot dictate my life and increase my stress level.

    We don’t do much on long weekends, so we just chilled out a bit. No pets and our neighbors are irritating as all hell when you get one of their packages by mistake (at no fault of ours), but otherwise boring – which I am grateful for. I like my sleep and if some moron decided to set off fireworks till all hours I would have lost it.

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      1. We have the same house numbers but different street names (really dumb, but that was the case when we moved in). We are on the corner so our address is for our culdesac, but our driveway faces the same street that they are on. The last time this happened it was about 8 weeks ago and apparently the driver handed the package to my youngest (12 yr old) who was standing on the driveway and said ‘can you take this’. My daughter put the box on my kitchen island. I was in a zoom conference and saw it sitting there afterwards, but my husband and I needed to chat with one of our teens. Crazy neighbor ‘Mary Ann’ came over while we were barricaded in our study with him (he was sobbing – thinks he can’t get in ROTC because he has ADD and we had some info shared by his uncle that we were relaying to him and he was emotional). My husband ‘Coach’ answered the door and Mary Ann was super snotty: ‘Amazon says they delivered our package and we don’t have it.’ Coach went and got it. It was an air purifier and was not in an outside box, so the box was white and the address label was hard to see as it was also white. No one had paid much attention to it in the hour or less it was in my house. Mary Ann then scolded Coach with: “Where is the box it came in? Who opened it? Our name was on it.” She was super rude and the crazy thing is NO ONE OPENED ANYTHING, it was delivered that way. There really was no reason to be snippy. Everything is an emergency for her – she is the center of the universe. Last year she texted me to see if I had gotten some ‘important package’. I didn’t respond right away because we were meeting with our financial advisor and I was TRYING to act like I understood. She marched over 2 minutes later and rang the bell and instructed my kids to find her package. We never got it. Never saw it. Never had anything to do with it. I’m sure she thinks we kept it. I think it was a fabric swatch. All emergencies, all the time.

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  5. Our small town had approximately ten large fireworks stands. On the 4th, everyone was on fb complaining all the stands were sold out, did anyone know if there were any fireworks available anywhere. The official town display was cancelled, but I swear when I got up on the 5th, there was still smoke in the air from all the fireworks.

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    1. We actually had an air quality advisory because some inversion trapped all the neighborhood fireworks smoke. Central Iowa had air quality similar to LA for a day.

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      1. Gretchen, I hate the stupid piddly fireworks you buy that do nothing except make noise. No one in my neighborhood did the stupid fireworks until some jerk bought the house across the street. Plus we live in Urbandale right by the park where they did the city fireworks. I drove down Douglas about 0745 Sunday morning and it looked like fog.

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  6. We were invited to not one, but TWO potluck parties. Bring a dish to share! There’s no COVID! No thank you. We stayed home and one of our dogs hid under our bed for half the night, see Paula’s reference to Beirut. I even gave her CBD oil but it did not help. Poor thing. It was like the people in my neighborhood (including one of the germ sharing parties) were competing to see who could be louder.

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  7. Neighbors across the street had at least 100 people at their house for the fourth. Oh, I was annoyed. Not only because that causes my dogs to bark the very second they go outside, but good heavens people, it’s a pandemic.

    On that note, my firsborn child show is a prison guard in Texas HAS THE COVID-19. They did a rapid test on her Thursday with the swab through the brain (I guess that’s the fast one, I asked her if she had the four-circles-each-nostril that June had, and no, it was poked up there good). She lives alone with her two dogs and cat. So far she has the fever and lost her sense of taste and smell, and is exhausted. Me, over a thousand miles away, just read that it’s likely for healthy people under 30 to have a stroke or liver or kidney problems with the Rona. She knew she was going to get it, since she’s the 15th officer to get it and 112 inmates had it.

    So if you are the praying sort, please.

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    1. Hi Door Color Expert Andrea,
      I’m so sorry to hear your daughter is sick. We also have some loved ones who are sick a thousand miles away. It is hard being so far away, helpless, & I’m not even their mama. I hope everything will be ok. Sending prayers.

      June, thank you for lovely post.

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  8. Stayed home and watched The Goldfinch on Amazon. (Saw it in the theatre so this was a re-watch. ) It got such bad reviews but my daughter and I love it. Did not make any special food, just wasn’t in the mood. I am amazed at how many people are just going on their beach vacations, trips here and there, when I thought we were all supposed to be staying home!

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  9. I spent the weekend agonizing over the fact that at my job, all staff MUST return to the office on Monday (after working from home since March). I was (am) distressed. I don’t want to be in the office. Just no.
    I’m jealous you have a pleasant neighbor with cute dogs. Our neighbors are all just kind of meh.

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  10. The campgrounds near us are still closed and the official fireworks cancelled which cut the visitors in half. The neighbors in the adjacent five square miles always put on an amazing (illegal) spectacle and still did but they mostly saved it for the actual 4th. It was a reasonable amount of people, noise, and traffic instead of miserable. I wish it was always like this. We watched Hamilton and barbecued steak, a splurge! I got to go to work yesterday for the first time in months, outside at a historic garden, it was nice even though you have to wear a bra in public.

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  11. For whatever reason, my neighbors had a fondness for firecrackers and cherry bombs this year. How can those be fun?

    When did Eds get bunny? Did I miss something? It looks like he thinks it’s a kitten.

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    1. That bunny was for Snowflake. She used to purr paw on Edsel’s bed, and get a dreamy look about her, so I found her a stuffed animal the same fabric but she always ignored it. Edsel liked it, though, so it became his bunny. He usually rips stuffed animals to shreds.

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  12. Everyone I personally know skipped the Fourth festivities – some because of Covid – some because they no longer believe in celebrating freedom, when everyone isn’t truly free – and some because that’s what they’d do anyway. We cooked out but only had our parents over, aged 82 and 92, who have been quarantined. The 92 year-old has also been covid tested and is clear for now. I wouldn’t have. but they guilted me into it. “Whadda ya mean no cookout? This may be the last grilled hamburger I ever get…” So we masked up and fed ’em.

    The people I don’t personally know decided to put on a fireworks show from 8:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. We hadn’t realized the occasionaly fireworks that have been going on for a couple weeks were only the preamble.

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  13. I made all the requisite 4th of July foods, homemade ice cream, potato salad, baked beans, hot dogs and watermelon, and we ate and watched Hamilton twice. Idiots in the neighborhood always shoot loads of fireworks so we kept all the cats and dogs in.
    To Paula’s question i’m not sure how I feel about the moving wedding dates. I know of several people this has happened to, recently with the Covid, and a couple years ago due to hurricane flooding and ruining the venues.

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  14. Texas Kari’s FoJ Wrap Up:
    We watched Hamilton! (We’ve seen it in the theater, but not with the original cast. We HAD tickets for next week in the theater here, but obv not happening. sigh.)
    I sewed new curtains for my bathroom windows (the others had faded in the sun and looked stupid).
    I cooked yummy shrimp and vegetable rice (nothing new there; I cook all the ding dang time).
    I finished one book (A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline – meh) and read another (Wolf Pack part of a series by CJ Box – good! I’ll read more!)
    Distracted self from worrying about my house catching on fire. (Fireworks are illegal in my city. Like you have to drive FAR out of town to even find a fireworks stand, but that clearly didn’t stop folks in my neighborhood from acting like fools.)
    All in all, prettttty lame!

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    1. Love the Joe Pickett series! Reading the newest one now. So happy the library is finally open again.

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  15. That was a great post, June. I always appreciate a photo of the Needy Committee. Glad you have a good neighbor. That time one is waiting to find out what horror show may be moving in next door is not fun. There is nothing like a pleasant quiet neighbor. May Peg rest in peace.

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  16. Quiet in our little corner of the woods, too, until dusk when the fireworks began from all four directions. It was nonstop bedlam for about 2 hours but not endless bangs two nights before and half the night. Everybody seemed to save it up for the same time. Maybe I didn’t get the neighborhood memo.
    The big 4th party was at my house for years and years and I loved it. Now, I just want to be quiet and read and eat something I didn’t cook. I ordered out from a favorite restaurant on the 2nd and ordered our favorite things for the next two days. Now that’s a holiday. An hour and a half of yard work followed by a cold beer from the garage refrigerator, premade yummy food, and a good long novel. Sigh of contentment.

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  17. Painted my son’s bedroom and two ceilings; refilled bird feeders for the 80 gajillionth time this summer (seriously, our birds are CHONKY); did house cleaning stuff; watched Hamilton, which lived up to the hype. Knowing Finn and thunderstorms, we gave him a pre-emptive Trazadone Saturday; however, since Astra sleeps through thunder, we didn’t give her anything. Big mistake.

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  18. We stayed home for the fourth also. I made jambalaya and cheese biscuits which I feel is more authentically American than a hotdog. Major fireworks here but too many big trees to see a ding dang thing.

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  19. OMG, I forgot. I also watched “Hamilton.” Twice. I intend to watch it a zillion more times.

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  20. We also stayed home. Did chores. Very boring. New Dog doesn’t like loud noises and my neighborhood sounded like Beirut for the entire weekend. WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL, PEOPLE? It was never like that before. My guess is people were bored out of their skin, no one had barbeques, and the public fireworks had pretty much been canceled, so EVERYONE decided to make up for it. Mostly New Dog paced, but that is what she does anyway, I swear I am going to get her a FitBit. That dog logs miles, yo. Then yesterday, she decided to wake me up at 3:30 AM because she needed to go out. Now I am of the opinion that “needing to go out” at 3:30 AM means barely clearly the house, peeing and going right back inside. Not to New Dog. A half hour later we were still looking for the perfect blade of grass on which to shit. I was not pleased with this event.

    In other COVID-related news, we were invited to a family wedding for this August. The shower was originally scheduled for May. We learned that the shower “would be rescheduled,” but no other details. Then this weekend we got a “Move the Date” card to next August. I am floored. I’m surprised the young couple wants to wait a full year!! The snarky cynic in me is saying, “they are clearing more interested in the WEDDING than in the MARRIAGE.” Your thoughts?

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    1. I didn’t know if you were asking just June or if it was out there for anyone’s thoughts.
      Agree with you .
      Marriage is a simple one-two courthouse appearance and license. Respectful.
      Wedding on the other hand to me is drink till you look like a doofus, shove cake in mouths,get all the gifts, then divorce 14 1/2 weeks later , possibly.
      But, I am old and cranky.

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      1. I was asking everyone!! And YES I sort of feel that way, also being old and cranky!! Go get married and have a party when things return to normal! I can’t imagine, as a young bride, waiting an additional YEAR to get married.

        My daughter, who is closer to the couples’ ages, told me to stop reading things into it, that lots of people were just bumping their events a year.

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      2. Ditto. When my daughter was turning 20, decades ago, I told her I would buy her the most beautiful dress in the world, throw any kind of big party she wanted, send her and the young man on a trip to Hawaii under one condition, that they do not get married. Look gorgeous, whoop it up, wave good-bye in a shower of confetti and fly away to paradise, and then when you wake up two weeks from now you’ll thank your lucky stars you didn’t marry the idiot for the dress the trip and the party.

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    2. Yeeeeeeeeahhhh … I can’t imagine waiting a year, either. Just get married and have the party later. But that’s me.

      We were invited to a wedding in rural part of another state for the last weekend in June (this was pre-COVID). Wedding still went on. We did not go, for multiple reasons. Learned through the grapevine that approximately 250 guests in the church and at reception after, no social distancing, and the groom’s grandmother couldn’t come because she has COVID. Yet, most of the guests discussed how COVID is all a big hoax. (eye-rolling emoji)

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    3. We have a similar situation in my family. A big April wedding was postponed 6 months to this upcoming October. Because this wedding was April, the invitations had already been sent out in early March before anything shut down, so postponing 6 months seemed reasonable because who really THOUGHT we’d still be in this sitch?! Now we can all see the writing on the wall for October. Bride says she’s not postponing it again. It will be a small backyard wedding. This particular Cinderella waited a LONG time for her prince, so I’m bummed for her. But so excited to have an awesome new family member.

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    4. Our asshat neighbors decided to light it up early on the 4th – shooting off a mortar round firework in their backyard at 4:30 in the afternoon…..it was so loud it shook our house (wine glasses clinking, light fixtures shaking), scared the crap out of me – I shouted a string of swear words and actually ducked down in my kitchen. It was full out Beirut from there on out……local fireworks shows were cancelled, regular fireworks banned in our county due to fire hazards, which was an open invitation to light off as many illegal, ridiculously loud bombs as possible. They finally died out around 2:30am, my nerves are still shot and one cat is still hiding under the couch.

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        1. This is like the old To Tell the Truth television show with a twist.

          I’m not Wingnut Kelly.
          I’m not Wingnut Kelly.
          I’m not Wingnut Kelly.

          Will the real Wingnut Kelly please stand.

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    5. I agree with PJ they haven’t postponed a thing except all the hoopla. Just go to the courthouse and get married, then when the virus settles down throw a party. Weddings are such a nightmare (we used to do wedding photography), just take all the money spent on the big event and make a nice down payment on a house or pay off that student loan.

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  21. Now with Bunny!

    We did nothing exciting this weekend, but I did grill hamburgers and hot dogs on the 4th if that counts. Other than that, I kept taking SadieDog out until dusk, then we stayed indoors watching T.V. to distract her from the sounds of fireworks.

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  22. Everyone I spoke with was at home for the holiday. I never have plans either but I am just fine with that. Holidays pretty much suck when your family is gone (Deceased.) I always feel so relieved the day after the holiday.

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    1. Exactly. I don’t know when this happened, but I guess in the 5 years I’ve been single since Ned, but holidays are just one sad time to get through till things are normal. And for now, you know, “normal.”

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      1. It’s kind of the opposite for me. I was sad and depressed on most holidays when I was younger because there was no family around and friends were tucked in with their families. Now even if we do get an invitation we sadly beg off because we have other plans (see comment above about said plans).

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  23. We stayed home for July 4th as well. We got lucky enough that two of our neighbors were shooting off the most amazing (and loud) fireworks in the backyard. So, we pulled out our chairs onto the deck (and I had a cosmo) and enjoyed the FREE show! Well, free for us … our neighbors must have spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on these fancy fireworks. My husband won’t buy them because he says it’s just like lighting money on fire and watching it burn LOL!

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    1. He’s right.

      I forgot to mention that Edsel hurt his foot playing tepid fetch that we play, and in searching for pain medicine in the cabinet, I found some tranquilizers that belonged to my mother’s poor dog Gus, and I gave one to Edsel, so the 4th of July was a breeze for him. Also his foot seems to be better.

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      1. Oh, my poor Xena (she is my Edsel) was panting like crazy … poor thing. She is the only one that really is affected. At least we only had fireworks on Saturday and not the previous Thursday & Friday and the following Sunday & Monday & ….

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