June at 15: Could it be a faded blog from days gone byyyy?

On December 15, 2006, Marvin set up a little blog for me on Blogspot, so’s I could talk about how we were going to go a year without spending money. (I realize I’m writing this on December 14, but I needed to do this in the evening after work and I didn’t want to wait till that late tomorrow and oh who cares.)

Is that even still a thing, Blogspot? Is that even still a thing, money? Is that even still a thing, Marvin?

…I just looked. Blogspot is still a thing. Here. My old blog, with Queen Elizabeth’s face on it. Which is what Prince Philip often said about his lap.

I see, in that first blog post ever, lo these 15 years ago (14 years and 364 days ago and oh, who cares), I identify Marvin Gardens as my husband, and then he is the first to comment and he does so WITH A DIFFERENT SCREEN NAME and now I am annoyed all over again. We say your name is Marvin Gardens. Sign in as Marvin effing Gardens.

GOD, Marvin.

Anyway. What a change-y 15 years it’s been. Back then, I lived in Burbank, commuted one hour each way to my job near Santa Monica, and oh, right, I was married. Also, we didn’t all hate each other. Remember that? When we might not have even KNOWN if our friends were liberal or conservative? Or vaccinated?

Now I’m divorced, with 257 cats, living in North Carolina. I wouldn’t have predicted any of this, except of course for the 257 cats part.

I guess in 15 years a lot always happens, unless you’re Miss Havisham or something. Unless you’re Delta Variant Dawn what’s that flower you got on.

Have you missed me? Have you missed my current and not at all obsessive references to Delta Dawn? Have you missed me taking you to that mansion in the skyyyy? Interestingly, I was 41 when I began blogging. Not to mention all the folks round Brownsville said I’m crazy.

Let’s talk about these past 15 years while I carry that suitcase in my hand. Because these were the years I “met” all y’all all. I met Paula H&B, and Jan, and Sadie, and Doxie. I met people here who then went away, never to be heard from again. I met people I got attached to, who then up and died like Mr. Bojangle’s dog. I met people I got mad at. Or who got mad at me.

You know what I like? Is sometimes on social media, I’ll notice some of you are friends with each other. And I’ll think, “I didn’t know they knew each other.” Then it delta dawns on me you know each other, in most cases, because you read my stupid blog. It’s so nice! I’m like Thanksgiving, when you gather together to hear the June’s blog post.

Starting a blog is the best thing I ever did, even though Marvin did it. Marvin came up with all kinds of good ideas for me, if you want the truth. He’s the one who said I should stop being a receptionist and look into being a proofreader. Which led to me being a copy editor. Which led to me being a copywriter, and look at me now, all in charge of the world. Or not. Still! It led to an actual career. Sometimes I wonder what new thing Marvin would’ve told me to do. Maybe I’d be a star on ChapSnatch now, or whatever it’s called. DickDock. What’s it called?

Anyway, I gathered you all here today to hear the June’s blog post and to say thank you for 15 years. For those of you who stuck around, from the move to North Carolina, to my divorce, to the Ned years, till now: thank you. For those of you who made friends with each other, or who sent me coffee when I was going through the indignities of life, even for the people who talked about what a rotten person I was on Reddit: thank you.

I am not shutting this blog down for good or anything. If something major or annoying happens, I’ll traipse over here for a hello and an OH MY GOD GUESS WHAT. Maybe half a dozen of you will be left and it’ll be like my early days in 2006, when three or four people would leave a comment.

(Look at how many jerky comments people left on that first blog post a mere 14 years and 364 days ago! So unsupportive! Geez! It’s a wonder I successfully kept at a year of not spending BUT I DID.)

Also, since I last wrote you in July, I found some bandanas at the CVS half a mile from my front door, bandanas I captured on film and huffily texted to The Poet, who is in therapy to try to forget that day at Target that I last blogged about. She has PTSD—post-traumatic scarf disorder.

Also I have acquired another cat, and I’d love to show you a photo, because you haven’t seen enough cat shots from me in 14 years and 364 days, but I opted for cheap WordPress and I don’t think I can bloop a photo in anymore.

He is a pleasant sort. The cat is. His name is Ziggy. It would appear that he is somewhat Siamese. Lilly the person and I headed way out to the country and got him. We also snatched up his brother, and oh, what the heck, also too his sister, thereby cleaning out the inventory of the guy trying to find homes for his kittens. So I have Ziggy and Chris and Lilly have Pearl and Monty, who both look a lot like Ziggy because genetics.

Since I can’t show you Ziggy or his littermates, picture white kittens who might be Siamese. It’s like you’re blind Mary Ingalls and I am Laura, painting pictures with my words.

Oh! Also! My floor! Oh, lord help us everyone, my floor! Since we last spoke, I got the

WISE

idea to RIP UP my ’90s beige flooring to expose the wood floor below. I really don’t think I can show you images, which is a shame, because it turns out, under the beige ’90s was the green-and-orange ’70s and oh lord, that floor was cool. But the rip-the-floor guy unceremoniously ripped that up too, and right now my kitchen has this depressing brown guck all over the hardwood, a brown guck the floor refinishers will have to remove. There are two segments to this flooring journey: Rip-the-floor guy first, which has been done, and then refinish-the-floor guys second, which takes awhile to schedule. They get here January 10, and I am Jackie Kennedy at Delta Dawn’s funeral, so stoic am I about living this way WHICH IS DREADFUL.

{Pulls veil on pillbox hat dignifiedly.}

So that’s all.

Happy anniversary to all of you who have spent 15 years with me. Is what I just meant to say, really. But then I got off on this tangent.

Is this even a thing, a blog anniversary?

Bye bye, buy!
Bye bye, pie!
There went another chapter in the Book of June! Prettiest woman you ever laid eyes on!

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At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

128 thoughts on “June at 15: Could it be a faded blog from days gone byyyy?”

  1. I checked in this evening and had to look three times and count 15 beyond 2006 to be sure it was a new post and not Delta Dawn pulling her harpoon out of her dirty red bandana. (PTSD!) So nice to read you again, and all the blog friends’ comments. If Daughter can find you on Instagram I may even sign up for that, that’s how big a deal this is! Merry Christmas to you, June, and to all the small assorted Gardenses.

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  2. Oh how lovely to hear from you Jooon! I have been reading since Marvin was an elementary school teacher. Happy Blogiversary, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! In case you don’t post for a while again.

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  3. Thanks for this, and for all the characters I’ve met through your writing (and their comments). I signed on at the beginning of the Ned years and have been here ever since.

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  4. So happy you are back, I still check daily like a psycho. You were already in NC when I found you but I went back and read EVERYTHING and nearly lost my job I was so upset and kept skirting work.

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  5. You’d started speaking money again before I found you but I spent months reading back to the beginning because it was blog love at first sight. I miss your blogging every day because I refuse to Facebook or whatever they call themselves now. Thanks for stopping by and happy anniversary!

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  6. I’ve been around for 14 1/2 years. My family knows my friend June and the flying monkeys and they know exactly who I’m talking about. I still giggle every time I make taquitos! That was one of my favorite stories. Thank you for all you have given us through the years. You are a bright spot in my life, and I love you for it.

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  7. Happy anniversary! As always, thank you fr your time! I enjoy your writing and humor very much! Merry Christmas.

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  8. What a great gift surprise! Thank you! I’ve followed you all the way through. Delightful as always! Merry Christmas.
    Laura in FL

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  9. So nice to see a blog post by you, June. I miss the days of everyone blogging. I wish they would come back. Your blog was the highlight of my mornings.

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  10. Well it’s about damn time, girlysue. No one makes me laugh out loud while reading, like you do, and didn’t it give me such a lift to see you’ve made an entry again after all these months. Speaking of Delta Dawn, here is how goofy some people were in my little three-streets-by-five-streets Saskatchewan hometown back in the 1970s. When a young woman was soon to marry, her friends would throw her a bridal shower in the community hall on Main Street and they’d get folks from the village to entertain. A girl named Sheila Dawn Something was the guest of honour and her tweenage cousin got up on stage and sang that song, Delta Dawn. D’uh … if you know the lyrics. “But it’s about a woman being jilted by her fiance!” the kid probably said to her mother, who probably said “Oh it doesn’t matter, go ahead and sing it.” Cringeworthy. I still think of it whenever I hear that song.
    You don’t say why WordPress isn’t letting you post images. Do you mean there is a limit? First I’ve heard of it, as I sit here learning something new every day. I do post images most every day but maybe my frequency and volume don’t compare to yours.
    Thank goodness you notified Facebook so that I didn’t miss your update. One good reason to keep looking at Facebook once a day. Your blog entries have been missed.
    -Kate

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  11. What a lovely surprise to hear from you today! I’ve missed your blog (I don’t do FB) but remind myself that you owe us nothing, especially those of us who only lurk 99% of the time. I am glad all is well. Take care! 🙂 — Trisha

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    1. What a lovely Christmas present..a blog post! Thank you for making my day, week, month. I had a shoulder surgery 2 weeks ago and have been feeling rather sorry for myself and in lots of pain and you are almost better than a Vicodin. Bless you!

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  12. Happy anniversary. I have missed your blog but happy to see you on Facebook. Thank you for all the smiles over the years.

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  13. Oh, this was wonderful! I knew I missed reading your blog, but didn’t realize just how much I missed it.

    Happy Anniversary and Merry Christmas!

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  14. A new post! A new post! Somehow this makes my trip to the dentist later much more manageable. Longtime reader, shameless lurker. I comforted myself over your hiatus by binge rereading your blog from day one (What a kinder, more gentle time that was.). Obviously I need to get a life for my own self. Happy anniversary, and Merry Christmas to you and yours from my four dogs and me.

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  15. I love you June, so imagine my excitement finding a new post from you today. Thank you for all the fun, and if I get my druthers for Christmas, it’ll be you making a decision to write with more regularity. In any event, I wish you LOVELY JUNE, just the happiest holiday season ever.

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  16. Happy anniversary to you and all of us! I’ve been reading for at least 12 years and this community is still my favourite part of the internet.

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  17. Hi June! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog all these years. You’re like a Nancy Drew, Miss Marple, and Laura Ingalls Wilder combo. See you back on Facebook- Wishing Happy Holidays to you, Edz, cats, and Blog Readers.

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  18. Well, my, my. I didn’t know you back all those years ago – I’m a late-to-the-party follower (maybe 5 years?) but I always enjoy whatever posts I’ve come across. The Laura Ingalls line in here painting the picture with words is priceless.

    You might not believe this, but I was just feeling overwhelmed like – gosh, I’m so behind in my blog reading of other people. I often read them while I’m feeding a baby a bottle at my in-home daycare and my hands are all tied up with said bottle and I can’t comment till I have a free hand, which is a struggle. Anyway, I thought – sheesh, I wonder what happened to June.
    NO KIDDING – THAT WAS THIS MORNING. I don’t do much with social media, so I haven’t touched base over there or tried to pry into what was happening with you and your floor or your pets.

    In other news, I’m the one who would often comment that I could have no pets because of allergies and my oldest son who is 23 and lives here, bought himself a dog. An Irish Setter. And – big news, I have not died. So, maybe the allergy shots are helping me? I still don’t OWN a pet, but guess who helps out a LOT with said pet?

    Happy Anniversary. Glad Marvin did you this solid.

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  19. Yay! I started reading you at the beginning of Bye Bye Pie and I was going though just absolute shit in my life – you made me laugh so much and I learned stuff from your blog I still do today! Remember when you got the Ulta 226 perfect nude lip color?? I bought it immediately and it’s been my color until those bastards at Ulta discontinued it. I even taught my daughter about it (she’s now 22) and she was devastated when she lost her last tube of it this summer. She text in horror “I LOST 226!!”. Also, I learned about Monitstat anti chafing gel being the same as smash box primer and taught all my friends.

    I loved reading through the comments – seeing “old friends” screen names. Joan. Deb. Katie. Lisa. Kelly. Looking for others I hoped to see. Remembering Comment of The Week. I thought the other day of someone “standing in the doorway”. Also, is it Nythia we lost?

    I’m finally a cat person and I think of you! Lost my sweet doxie Mr Coco in 2019 and this cat Samson came along and rescued my broken heart. Just the other day, I was thinking of your cat Mr. Horkheimer and I remember the day you got Tallu.

    Thank you for starting your blog (well. Thanks Marvin) and thank you for giving us a place to share your life and ours.

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  20. Lovely post! I enjoyed reading it and thought back to how long I have “followed” you (not in a creepy way). You have formed a great club of JuneBugs. Thank you. And Happy Blog-Versary.

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  21. Im so glad to see you post here. I’ve been reading you since six months into Bye Bye Buy. My good friend, on a frugal living site, had found and mentioned you. She has since left your site, but I have stayed on. I am a June-o-phile, I have made close friendships with Pamela Soul Sister. And another one of my friends in Cambridge Mass and I have been trying for the last few years to figure out how the three of us can get together. Im also FB friends with folks I would never have met without you. You have an amazing way of bringing us all together. I so appreciate you and Marvin for pushing you in this direction in the first place. Sometimes our spouses see things in us we don’t see or want to recognize. I am so grateful to you June for giving me a reason to laugh every day. I used to check your blog first thing every morning, and I would sit at the breakfast table and burst out laughing. My late husband old always say, “June?”, and I’d say yes. He would just laugh and say, “enjoy”. Thanks for that and everything you’ve given me over the last 15 years. You are amazing.

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  22. Lovely post Coot. I have missed your blogginess.

    I have been here through the good, the bad, we put them together and there you have the facts of life.
    Happy blog anniversary!

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  23. Hilarious post, even if I do have a bit of whiplash! And it’s so great to see that the gang’s all here!

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  24. Oh joy! I had to stampede right over here once I saw you blogged. Best early Christmas present!

    I’ve been here since Bye Bye, Pie. Then I went back and read all of Bye Bye, Buy.

    Thanks, June. We love ya.

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  25. I’m obviously rusty at leaving a comment because my last one disappeared before my eyes as I was typing it so I’ll try again.

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and her name is June. Thank you for posting just in time for Christmas. Such a joy to read your thoughts again and to see all our “old” friends here in the comments. It’s like getting a Christmas card from everyone.

    On a sad note, my namesake, our Sadie dog, passed away last week after a long and full life. I’m glad you had a chance to meet her (was it 10 years ago?) and that her picture is immortalized in your archives.

    Happy 15th blogaversary and wishing you (and us) many more.

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  26. What a great surprise to get a post today.

    15 years? Dang. To think I’ve only been reading this blog for the last 3 years and walking over with my tools for the past 2.

    Happy anniversary!!

    From the Girl around the corner with a drill.

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  27. Oh, hooray! I don’t know you, but you have made me laugh, ponder, and laugh some more throughout the years. Even though I am a scarce commenter, I really hope you have felt our love and support. It’s nice to know that you’ll be back (now I’m hearing ‘Hamilton’), in whatever fashion that may be. I have also loveloveloved all of your pictures on IG (not a fb gal), especially your pet pictures. I used to have an “Edsel” and miss him terribly. I now have a Ziggy doppelgänger, named Cheech and an ancient sassy cat, Luna. I love her dearly, but she is so judgy and is terrible for my self esteem. Anyway, welcome back June…my life needed some excitement. 🙂

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  28. You know we will read the blog, the FB, whatever. Also, too? I am still using blogspot. If they ever dismantle it (I’m still bitter about the loss of Picasa) my entire life will be lost, or at least my life since 2008.

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  29. I am so happy to read a post from you! I have been reading since the Marvin days, and I have loved and laughed and cried with you. Thank you.

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  30. Fifteen and fabulous-er! Congratulations, and thank you. You’ve put a lot of time, effort and emotion into this blog that grew into a community, and reading you (wherever that may be, but oh Lordy would I kill to read your Dick-Dock posts) is always one of the better parts of my day.

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  31. It was a nice surprise to read your post. I love all of the Delta Dawn references. Merry Christmas to you, Edsel, and all the kitty cats!

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  32. I never thought we’d see another blog post! What a complete and utter delight!

    I thought you’d known Paula H&B forever, from real life!

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  33. I’ve been reading since you first put your quill in the ink pot and started scratching the parchment. I’ll take a post from you any day. Love the community you’ve built. Thanks for being you June.

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  34. Oh I feel like Tiny Tim with the Christmas surprise of your post! Except I’m not tiny nor am I a Tim. But happy about the 15 years anyway! Here’s to another 15 and more animals and house updates!

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  35. Missed your blog posts and just to be “that guy” you could put links to the pictures even if you cannot embed pictures.

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  36. Instagram and FB are great for seeing the pictures but a full length blog post from you is a joyful thing. A Christmas gift!

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  37. Also here since 2016…I lived in lovely Rancho Cucamonga and have moved several times since. Thank you for all the posts!

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  38. June!
    What a fabulous day it is when you post! I was thinking of you just the other day and how much I missed your blog.

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  39. I can’t remember the exact date I started reading, but it’s been at least 10 years. I found you by accident when I Googled something about hair. (Natch.) It’s been the most fortunate accident ever. Thanks for letting us come along for the ride!

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  40. What a fun surprise! So nice to read this today – I will look forward to more – maybe in 2022? Happy Anniversary! I have really enjoyed reading you ever since I discovered it!

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  41. I don’t think WordPress is allowing me to make a comment except to reply to someone … regardless, it was fun then and it’s fun now ! I was so glad to have found your blog all those years ago !

    Dee from Tennessee

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  42. Oh happy blogiversary day!
    This was the best early Christmas gift.
    I cackled and teared up at everything.
    Thanks for posting another gem.
    Thanks also to Marvin, for his encouragement.

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  43. Oh for fu…. Wrote a post, wasn’t logged in, half an hour of password resetting, because I’ve not been here during this The Year Of The Orphan, and Lord knows what made up collection of letters, numbers and wingdings I used last. Annnyway, nice to see you here June. I don’t know how I found you, but I’ve been here since post-Marvin, every colour of Ned, and various numbers of cats and dogs. I wish you were paid a David Sedaris wage to write full time, from a purely selfish point of view, but I’m glad there is Instagram to tide us over. The email notifications will always be left on for anecdotes x

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    1. I can’t believe I came back after all this time and had to say once again that you don’t need a name or password to leave a comment. Just write the damn comment. You don’t have to use any name at all. I promise! I mean it! For real!

      >

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  44. Still love your blog and seeing you and acolytes on The Face.
    Good new expression: “That really chaps my snatch.”

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  45. Happy 15th year, June. I’ve been here for 14 years, 11 months. You make me laugh like no other blogger and I am glad you’re part of my life. Thanks to Marvin for telling you to start a blog; his suggestion turned into a community that made a lot of people’s lives a bit brighter.

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  46. Joooon! The very first post of yours that I read was when Talu ran off. The post was hilarious and I was hooked. One of my proudest moments was being selected Comment of the Week. Congratulations and thanks for allowing us to come along for the ride.

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  47. YES! I’ve missed you here. It’s hard to believe it has been 15 years. I started reading your blog since late 2006. You created an amazing community on this here blog. Thank you. So disappointed you can’t post photos of your cats and your beautiful new hair!
    Tee

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  48. I was a little late to the party as I found you on Purple Clover. I hung on every word so much that I went all the way back to the begining of Bye Bye, Pie in just a couple of days. You’re right, it’s HAS been a journey! Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Comment of the Week! I’d forgotten how much fun that was.
      Thank you for posting again, June, and thank you for giving me all these friends.
      HoHoHo, Meeerrrrry Christmas!

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  49. I’m so excited to find a post here! Like a little secret treasure left for me to come upon. I’ve enjoyed you and the minutiae and essentials of your life since Bye Bye Pie days. I’m mostly just a reader, but I occasionally dip my toe in. Thank you for the peek into your world. I’m charmed.

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  50. Oh happy day! A blog post from June! I know its weird, but you have been a part of my life all these years. Great to hear from you on WordPress again.

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  51. I was so happy to see a post!

    Thank you, June, for the countless times you’ve made me laugh and brightened my day. I’ve learned things here, I’ve made friends here, I’ve lived, loved and laughed here.

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  52. Happy Anniversary June! I originally found you when we were thinking of relocating to NC and have read every word. Thank you!

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  53. Mercy. I thought, surely this is blog burp it would be an older post that jumped the fence and went ferral. Of course I’ve missed this part of our relationship but we still have my visits to your plantation. And, I am already getting teary-eyed about the year end video.

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  54. Well, this is exciting! I’m so happy to see this blogpost. Yes, I read you on social media, but there is something about your blog that warms my heart, because I’m just nostalgic that way. This made my day, Junie!

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  55. I can’t believe that I’ve been reading your blog for almost 15 years … Wonder what you’ll have to say in another 15? Lol!

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  56. This is fantastic! I’m still here for you June, cats, dogs and all!

    Do I need to sign in to comment? (Ducking the liver.)

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  57. Happy blogaversary! I am excited that I never realized you started blogging on my birthday. I have been a long time reader, mostly lurker but always reading. I started reading in Tiny Town days when I lived in Texas. You have been through all kinds of changes in my life as I have read through yours. I love your 257 cats and Edsel. Thank you for being you and letting strangers peek into the window of your life.

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  58. A real post! Happy blogaversary, and thanks Marvin for getting this party started. What a treat on this rainy day.

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  59. Such a treat to hear from you June! Glad you and all the kitties and Edsel, of course, are doing well. I always enjoyed reading about your travails. Such a pleasure of life. Stay in touch!

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  60. What a nice surprise, you showing up in my email today. I haven’t been around for 15 years, but probably the last 7. Lovely post.

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  61. Yes we missed you! In fact, I’d come by periodically in hopes that I was just unsubscribed from the notifications somehow.
    Fingers crossed you find more reasons to return and post!
    Happy Hoho!

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  62. I was astonished to see the email alerting me to this post and dashed right over here. Fifteen years, wow. I started reading your posts in 2007 and have enjoyed reading about your life. And your pets, of course.
    Happy 15th anniversary!

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  63. Yay! Thanks for the fun read and thank you to Marvin for encouraging you to make this warm little corner of the Internet.

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  64. Oh, what a treat! I inserted pictures from memory. Thanks for the Christmas surprise. One of my real life friends will often ask, “Do you still read that same woman?”
    Yes. Yes, I do.

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    1. Happy sort of anniversary! There was some show a million years ago called James at 15…not sure if that is what you are referencing but I am old enough to remember it…

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