midweek musings…

(totally random) midweek musings…

Life here in Pennsylvania is beginning to open up, but Mr. Smith and I are still sticking pretty close to home.  When we were choosing our new home, one of the attractions was the location and being able to go down the elevator, out the door and have several lovely restaurant choices nearby. Sadly our two favorites have been closed for nearly three months, but a couple of others that had been pick up only, are now serving at outdoor tables.  The tables are six feet apart and the servers are wearing masks, but I think one day soon Mr. Smith and I will find ourselves embracing the new normal and dining a deux.

There ain’t no words for the beauty, the splendor, the wonder of my hair!

On Friday, our county will enter the ‘green phase’.  That means the phone lines at my hair salon are ringing off the hook.  At this point, you can leave a message and they will call you back to schedule.  Operating at 50% capacity, they have scheduled 246 clients and are working on the remaining 936. I’m holding off.  Still in the decision-making process about whether or not I’m going gray, I stumbled across the balayage method of hair coloring.  The technique involves hand painting hair in a sweeping motion with a brush.  I had never even heard of it, but apparently it’s extremely popular, giving you a natural effect that is low maintenance.  I’m hoping I’ve found my transition tool!  Has anyone ever used this technique? In the meantime, I’ve been using my scarves as my newest hair accessory to fashion turbans and more.

It makes me nostalgic for my bandana days!

Every rose has its thorns…

One thing that has helped me weather the quarantine without jumping out our 10th floor windows is keeping fresh flowers around.  Many, many years ago when I was the young mother of three active boys and on a tight budget, I ran into a friend at the local grocery store.  My eyes were immediately drawn to the fresh cut blooms in her basket and I told myself someday that would be me.  And now it is.  This week’s purchase was a bunch of white spray roses.  I broke the bunch up into several small vases to go in different rooms.  I have become quite fond of keeping fresh flowers on my bedside table. 

Not so random acts of random kindness.

Mr. Smith and I were the recipients of a lovely act of kindness this week.  When I opened the door on Monday to head to the grocery store, there was a box from California.  An old friend (many years of acquaintance, not an old man at all!) had sent us a box of avocados that he and his wife had handpicked at from a neighbor’s grove who were sharing their bounty.  Thanks Joe!

Our granddaughter Olivia also received an unexpected kindness.  Mr. Smith’s thoughtful sister Patrice had seen a Facebook post by Olivia’s mom spot lighting Olivia’s new interest in embroidery.

So, what does a kindly great aunt do?  She packaged up some of Great Grandma Pat’s embroidery tools and projects and sent them to Olivia, making her day!

And if you are in need of a book suggestion, I just finished reading Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver.  Named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR, it interweaves past and present to explore our capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of upheaval. I liked it!

C’est la vie.

4 thoughts on “midweek musings…

  1. Sounds like you are weathering our ‘new normal’ quite well. I just today dyed my hair a deep indigo purple which I love. I’ve been dying my hair since the time I sprayed Sun On hair spray which is supposed to make highlights but turned my hair a bright orange at the age of 15. I loved that picture of what I’m assuming is yourself when you were younger. You lucky ladies, avocados, and needlepoint supplies. I’m so glad good has come out of this chaos caused by this pandemic. Take care!


  2. I decided to embrace my ‘natural color’ after losing my hair to chemo. I figured it was a good time to have it grow back without the roots showing rather than looking like I needed to visit my hair stylist. When my hair grew back it I was surprised how nice it looked. However, I still missed the brown locks I once had. One day at CVS I had a weak moment and purchased hair dye went home & colored my hair. It looked nice, but I found it had to be done every 3 weeks. I started thinking about the cancer & decided the chemicals in the dye on my skin probably wasn’t really a good idea for me so I opted to go au natural…again. Now with covid closing hair salons I was really glad I didn’t have to look at the color line growing out. Have to say that I’ve received a lot of compliments on my natural silver hair color by strangers. So, with that, I say see how it looks au natural. If you don’t like it you can always use color again. Hint, when I quit coloring the second time, I had my stylist do highlights to hide the ‘line’ while it grew out. On another note…I love the picture of you with the bandana. Reminds me of the Stormy I lived with. I have many good memories of those days. Take care and keep writing. ❤️


    • Hi, Patti. I think I’ll follow you down the silver path. And yes, I’ll take your advice and go with some highlights. Now I just have to be able to get an appointment.
      We had some really good times together. We were so stinkin’ young!


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