Keep Those Guys On Their Toes! + an email

Don’t let him be bored – color your hair!

Dick has never been sure just what color hair his wife would have when he came home.

You see, I have very curly, unruly hair – always have had. So, I’ve always done my own hair – the cutting, the coloring, etc. Yes, there have been surprises through the years. There is a reason that Dick’s nieces for years, called me “Aunt Barbie with that pretty pink hair”.

Just two weeks ago, I found a hair coloring – on sale – in a store. What a bargain…and what a surprise, when the towel came off after mixing the color properly, applying and waiting for it to set and then washing, conditioning and – ta da – so dark and so “not natural” looking…certainly not the color depicted on the box. I jut thought – oh well Barbie, it will wash out – in a month or so. And, in only two weeks, it’s beginning to look pretty good!

Years ago, we lived in a little neighborhood where everyone could see everything that went on. I heard one day that one neighbor had informed another that Dick had a red head coming and going… I laughed …just another bad experience with the dye.  That same neighbor used to always inform me when we left the attic light on. I’ve come to believe that it takes people like that to keep a neighborhood safe. But you do have to ke832 Grandview, Dover - Steve was born hereep a good frame of mind – neighbors like that can also sometimes be a bit trying!  Now, I love the fact that if a friend pulls into our driveway, I can be assured that at least one neighbor has looked out their window and taken note of it… and that’s a good thing.

Then, I remember another time, walking down the street in Columbus, Ohio, wearing a pink angora sweater, (that tells you how long ago that was) and thinking, well, at least I’m coordinated – ‘cause my hair was the same soft pink shade as the sweater… the nieces just loved that color.

One summer, we were planning to vacation in Florida.  At that particular time, I had quite long hair – now, remember, this was a long time ago.  I had heard, from a couple of friends that you could just iron your hair, and it would come out straight and beautiful!  So, of course, I figured – wow, that’s for me – then we could head to Florida, into all that humidity, and I wouldn’t be bothered with the tight curls that always showed up – I would have this great straight hair.  So, out comes the iron – set on high.  I flung my hair on the ironing board, and applied the iron – yep, you guessed it…..sizzle, sizzle…… and I ended up going to Florida with hair about half an inch inch long – and curly as usual.  The stink of my burned hair hung in the house for days before we left…

Now, my hair fiascos would not even stand out as unusual or even interesting.  I see blue hair, purple hair, No hair, heads with designs cut in the hair, etc.  Did I start a bad thing? Don’t think so… most of my hair colors were purely accidental… afraid the young folks do it on purpose now a-days… probably for pure shock value.

Times have changed, styles have changed

– and yes, Dick and I have changed. We’re moving a bit slower now, and moving more cautiously. A fall can produce broken bones and that’s not a good thing for folks like us – over – oh, let’s say 55. BOY! That’s sad…55 sounds really young! Where does the time go?

So, for right now, I’ll just keep washing a bit more color out, and I’ll be back to blond in no time. But then, there is the thought that Dick is always kept on his toes – cause he never knows just what he’s coming home to – only difference is now-a-days he comes home from the grocery store or the woodshop instead of home from the office – to – who know what next week!

An email from a Reader:

Barbie – thank you for keeping up the emails — I need to be reminded on a regular basis that Mexico is most likely in our future.  Our general plan is to spend a couple weeks in San Miguel de Allende to check it out.  Then I’m hoping my wife will agree to a six month to one-year sabbatical there.  We’ll start with that and see what happens.

I’ll keep your info handy and then when we take the trip I’ll let you know — I’m estimating the trip to take place early next spring (this year is “booked” up).

Take care. XXX

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16 Responses to Keep Those Guys On Their Toes! + an email

  1. Sophie

    April 12, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Hi Barbie,
    I always look forward to your posts! You are to be commended for being so adventurous in your travels, your hair and your fiddling with technology. No offense but usually people your age are scared of technology… Meanwhile you have your own interesting blog, reader list and i also love your occasional videos. Thanks foe being so daring and providing your readers like me such interesting information about retiring in Mexico. You are inspiring!

  2. Tom Wilson

    April 12, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Thanks for the emails, I enjoy reading them, My plan is to one day move to Mexico

  3. scott burlin

    April 12, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Barb, just out of curiosity, can you tell me how long I have been receiving this blog?

    scott Burlin

  4. Ramona Amormino

    April 12, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Hello Barbie:
    The hair colour story is great. I loved it.
    Every January I insist on making a change to my hair.
    One January I went from Blonde to Red.
    Another January I went from long hair to very short hair and on it went. Every December I started thinking about the “new” change.
    When people asked me about it I told them that my husband once said “I think I need a new woman – someone fresher”. He was kidding of course but that started the whole thing.
    Now I say…..when I need a change – I change my hair. It’s certainly better than some of the alternatives out there. Sam needs a new woman – every January he gets a new woman.
    We’ve also decided when we were married 10 years that we were going on a “year to year”. Every anniversary we decide if we want to renew or not.
    All in good fun but it keeps a little vibrancy in the marriage. We’ve been married 27 years now and a couple of those years were “shaky”. I didn’t renew for a few weeks after the anniversary….keeps him on his toes.

  5. Ruth

    April 12, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Hi Barbie,

    I got such a good laugh out of your hair color article. I can relate. I, too, have natural curly hair and do my own except every 5 weeks my niece (a beautician) cuts it for me. Anyway, at age 65 I decided I was old enough I could go natural and I did. I was surprised to find after the brunette all went away what a pretty silver gray my hair was. But I have to tell you a funny also. My niece helped me with the transition and I had blonde highlights the first time and I sat down by a lady at church and she turned to me and said hi, my name is ____ , and I turned to her and I said oh, _____ , I’m Ruth Hill, don’t you recognize me.

  6. Jackie Martinez

    April 12, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Hi Barbie,

    I’ve been trying to get some good information about Ensenada. Everything I come across is so contradictory. Bajanomad forum seems to be more for the surfer or party people. If you know of a forum or a blog site that would cater to retirement I would appreciate knowing about it. Maybe your readers might have some good information.

  7. carole rose

    April 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Thank you Barbie I love your newsletters. Carole Rose

  8. Barbie


    April 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I’m going to send your email to a reader who lives in that area. Hopefully, she will contact you. Let me know of the outcome. Barbie

  9. Barbie


    April 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Ruth, we all seems to share lots of experiences :) Barbie

  10. Barbie


    April 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Ramona, I LOVE that :) Barbie

  11. Barbie


    April 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Scott, I’m pretty sure this isn’t right, but the date my records show that you subscribed is 1/11/12. I’m not real confident when I go into the mailing list… but, that’s what I see here…does that sound right?

  12. Barbie


    April 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Hi Tom, Thanks for taking the time to email. Let me know how your plans progress. Barbie

  13. Barbie


    April 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Wow! Thanks :) Barbie

  14. jpbourque

    April 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Just a thank you for the info and wonderful articles .thank you Barbara.

  15. Audrey Miller

    December 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Hi Barbie
    I have been reading your emails for several years and love everything you write. My husband and I have bought a lovely Casa in Bucerias, Mx.. We have not been able to get down to enjoy it as much as we wish but, hope to one day head that way and stay at least a few months. Not to sure about whether we can handle the very hot months. We live in Oregon so we are use to the rain. We love your blog it keeps giving me new interesting information about moving to Mexico.
    Barbie about the hair. My husband has had the pleasure or sometimes displeasure of some of the colors that my hair has turned out to be. From very black to purple and every color in between.
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.

  16. Barbie


    January 23, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I love that you took your time to write me – and I love the hair stuff :) what fun! Best to you in Bucerias – let me know some of the prices there that you encounter – I’ll pass the info along to others. Barbie

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