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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

New Week, New "Friend" and New Haircolor!

The week had a bumpy start, but I am doing better!
Wednesday I helped out at The Salvation Army. I typed a bunch of Thank You letters (from a template) and addressed all the envelopes.  I told them, "I haven't even addressed my own Christmas cards yet!"  They make me feel very appreciated, which is good for my morale.  The employees are a great bunch of people!  They were talking about when they graduated from high school.  I said I graduated in 1970 and they said, "Oh, we would have thought you graduated in the 90's!"  That kept me going for a couple of days.  Who doesn't want to feel 20 years younger?  I think they were just buttering me up so I keep volunteering!
The next day I started at my Christmas cards!  I will finish those today.
Friday I had an appointment at the beauty school for my hair color.  It takes twice as long, but costs half as much to have it done there.  My appointment was in the afternoon but I was in town in the morning, so I gave them a call to see if I could come then.  I got Dan, a tall, black man.  Initially, in my little small town world, I would have thought the worst of him.  I learned a lot about him.  He was 41, married, had three boys from a previous marriage and his wife had a girl from a previous relationship.  He was going to school because his mom and aunt were both hairdressers and he thought it was a good, honest living.  He delivers pizza on the weekend.  His wife works as a teacher's aide and is also going to school.    We talked about family, Christmas (oh no, I started to cry when I spoke of my mom and he let me take a break), Ferguson, and church and the Bible.  He was just a nice guy and many people would never have guessed it.  He was old school.
There was this older woman who sat across from me and immediately started to crank about getting her hair scrubbed, not massaged, and don't cut it too short, etc.  I told Dan he was getting off easy that day.  When he shampooed my hair, I got the best scalp massage ever!  We both said we will always think of that lady when it comes to a shampoo and had a chuckle.
I have a new hair color.  I am not used to it yet.  "Is that me in the mirror?"  It is only color, and I can do something different next time.  I think my real color is a mousy brown with "natural" highlights.
The neck and hands don't lie.   I am 62.



You look great! Nice color and style! I think Dan did great.
I need to get my Christmas cards in the mail soon!

Linda said...

the new color looks nice. Here's a tip, look up into the camera and neck wrinkles don't show so much.

NanaDiana said...

Deb- I LOVE that hair color. It is great on you. You do look a lot younger than your age. Glad you had a good experience there. I didn't realize that Manitowoc had a beauty school...or training school. xo Diana

Greatfull Dazeez said...

Love the new color! We never know who we will meet as we go through our day. I just had mine done (gotta keep that gray away) and it is so hard for me to sit in that chair for a couple of hours. It is much better when we get someone we can have a great conversation with! Have a wonderful Saturday! xxDazee

Gert said...

He did an amazing job. You look beautiful! Bless you for helping out, addressing envelopes etc.


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, I like it! It's very complimentary for your skin tone. And you look great....oh, and I'm older than you! lol Holiday hugs my friend, Diane

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

You should keep the new color. It looks very pretty on you. And kuddos to you for helping out the Salvation Army!

Laurie M said...

well I think its lovely!