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Coffee Talk 01.22.17

Good morning, friends! It’s another foggy, dreary morning here in PA. I’m starting to just expect it. It makes me want to cozy up by the fireplace with a bottomless mug of hot coffee and read all day, but we have other plans… church, of course, and maybe lunch out with friends.

I’m also debating a run. I’m due for one, and I don’t think it’s raining hard enough to give me an adequate excuse to skip it, but I might pretend that it is. Ha! It just looks so unwelcoming out there, and I’m so cozy and warm here by my space heater in my fleece robe and shearling slippers.

Well, it’s been quite a week for our country, hasn’t it? I prefer to steer clear of discussions of politics and other controversial topics here on the blog, unless, of course, the controversy relates to matters of fashion. Wanna discuss this dreadful printed leggings trend or the return of shoulder pads? Bring it on! LOL!

It will be interesting to see how things unfold over the next few weeks and months, but no matter who is in power, this world is not our home, and my hope is in Jesus and Him alone. As long as I keep that perspective, I don’t get too stressed out over the goings-on out there.

Speaking of which, I’ve been really enjoying the latest series on the Gospel of John from She Reads Truth. Every morning I get up, pull on my robe, brush my teeth, and go downstairs to make a cup of coffee and catch up on the latest reading. I’m subscribed so they come to me in my email inbox, which really helped me at first when I was trying to get into this routine. I would forget and head for my computer, and when I saw the email, I remembered to stop and have my morning devotions.

I’ve been using their daily readings for well over a year, now, and I like some of their series better than others, but this one is definitely one of my all time favorites. For one thing, I like how we are reading through an entire book of the Bible. I’m not a fan of taking passages out of context, and this way, we definitely keep it all in perspective.

Some of the devotional writers are better than others, but I usually find a nugget of wisdom to take away from their thoughts on the passage. If nothing else, it’s an opportunity to start my day with time in the Word and prayer, and that’s a discipline I could never quite seem to establish until I started using this.

I had to look at my calendar to see what I have on the agenda this week. It’s fairly open, which always makes me happy. I do have two appointments — one is for a haircut and color, and the other is to enroll in TSA Precheck. I’ve been wanting to do this for ages, and I’m traveling three times over the next three months, so I decided it’s time to go ahead and get it taken care of.

As for my hair, I’ve been letting it get longer, and I like it, but it is sooo thin, I feel like I should probably take off some length. The main reason I’m going in is for my color, though. With dark hair, the grey shows up so quickly. I’ve got a standing appointment every eight weeks, but I think I might need to back it up to six or seven. Ladies with dark hair, how often do you touch up your roots???

I know a lot of women are starting to go natural and own the grey, and it looks amazing on so many of you, but I am in no way ready for that. I love having dark hair, and it’s always been part of my identity in a way, so I guess I’ll just have to suck it up and go in more often.

I’ve tried some of the touchup products, and they’re okay, but I’m lazy and I’d rather just have it taken care of for me at the salon. Plus, I love my hairdresser, so it’s more time to hang out with her! (Gotta keep that glass half-full, ya know!)

Have a blessed Sunday!

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74 thoughts on “Coffee Talk 01.22.17

  1. I’m definitely in the minority on the hair coloring subject. I was coloring my dark brown hair every 2 weeks for several years because I would get a white skunk stripe. I’m curious as to when you and/or your readers think the appropriate age is to go gray? I’m 48 and started the 8-month process at age 47. The first few months were the hardest, but I have gotten COUNTLESS compliments on my white/silver/gray hair. I rarely ever got comments when my hair was brown. The time, money, and stress of coloring was no longer worth it to me. I have never once wished I was still coloring. It’s so liberating to go on vacation and not worry about my roots; or attend my sons’ swim meets and baseball games and worry about the wind revealing my roots. I’m curious to know why ladies are afraid to let their hair go natural? Is it the fear of the unknown (not knowing what their real color is)? Fear of not being accepted? Fear of …? Many husbands (of friends, acquaintances, and strangers) have approached me and told me they wish their wives would stop coloring. They tell me they don’t like their spouse’s hair “looking fake”. If only more women would realize that!

    1. I certainly don’t think there is an appropriate age to go grey. It’s definitely a personal decision, and I know some women who look fabulous with grey hair in their 40s, 50s, 60s… it’s up to each woman when/if she wants to embrace the grey. I think the women commenting are each sharing their personal story and the way they feel about their own hair, not all women. I asked how often they color, so the women who color chimed in. I am sure many others reading along are embracing their grey. I don’t have any fears of going grey. I just like my dark hair. It’s that simple. 🙂

  2. Wow, so many of us w the dark hair issues! I color my hair every 6 weeks, but do it myself. I use the color wow powder in between, it just takes off some of the “shimmer’ of the gray popping through;-) It can buy me a few more days, but then I am over it. I like your hair longer, I think it looks great and you look younger! I see the shorter look on some of the pics I have on pinterest and this length is fabulous on you! Yeah, I am going to try and lighten up a bit so I can color less frequently/the gray won’t stand out SO much!

    1. Thanks! I’ve always preferred my hair a bit longer, about this length. I hated that I had to cut it when it got so thin. I hope I can keep it this time. 🙂 If I take it up some, it won’t be more than an inch, and I’ll let it grown in again. I wish it were thick enough for some layers, but I think I better leave well enough alone, lol!

  3. I’m glad I read this post and through all the comments. I’ve now got some good ideas for products to cover grey between colorings. I’m 45 and have had noticeable grey since about 25. I’m not particularly upset by it, but people always tell me my face looks much too young to have grey hair-I’m often literally mistaken for twenty-something when the roots aren’t showing. Some folks actually act like I’m deliberately lying to them when I tell them my age. I find young people are the least rude about it-they generally just pay a compliment and move on.

    I go every six weeks and if there’s something important, a party, etc I go after five. After week three I usually start parting my hair in different ways to hide the incoming grey growth. I have highlights, which I think adds needed dimension. There are so many different hair colors these days, I’m not sure why anyone would be concerned with how ‘real’ someone’s hair is. Even folks without grey issues will often change their color a few times a year.

  4. As usual, I’m running behind on my reading. ???? Although my natural color is pretty dark, I started going gray in my late 20’s. I’m sure it’s probably all gray by now! Since my hair grows really fast, I have a standing appointment every four weeks but I could really go at three. ???????? I have had it lightened before with highlights and I think I’m going to have to do it again and stick with it! Although I’m not quite ready to embrace the gray, I often think of the money I could save if I would cut out the hair and nail appointments. Lol

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