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Transitioning to Gray Hair Growing Out Gray Hair

I have been wanting to grow out my gray hair for sometime now. I started turning gray in my early 20’s. I started coloring then. I became a hairdresser 30 years ago and have colored my own hair pretty much the entire time. My hair grows very fast and it is thick! I’m just getting tired of the maintenance…every three weeks. Im 50 now and kind of thought I would make this transition around this age.

When Covid-19 hit, everything shut down and I couldn’t get my haircolor, so I took the opportunity and decided now was as good of time as any to start growing it out. I stopped coloring my hair March 2020.

This was the first photo I took once I made my decision. It’s not the best photo, I had just got out of the hot tub, but it’s the first pic.

Second photo. It’s starting to fade a tiny bit here. I was starting to have second thoughts about here..glad I stuck it out.

I started wearing head wraps and hats, lol.

I decided I needed a few highlights this day to help with the blending. I highlighted it myself because the salons were closed. It helped some.

I started getting brave here and stopped covering it up. I’ve actually started embracing this process at this point.

I called this the calico stage lol. I’ve always liked calico cats, now I remind myself of one haha.

This was three months of new growth. I did a light bleach wash to wash out some of the dark red. Bleach, 40 volume and some shampoo was what I used. I also used olaplex to help protect my strands.

This is four months of new growth. I was getting tired of the contrast and needed to blend the line of demarcation.

I used L’Anza cream decolorizer to lift the red to a tweetie bird yellow. Fun stuff…not lol. Bye bye red.

I then toned with Pulp Riot Silver Toner. Look how well it blended the line. I think I might do this one more time in about a month.

This is five months of not coloring my new growth. I have used a silver toner a couple of times and I use violet tinted shampoo once a week to help keep the brass in check. It is so nice not touching up every three weeks. I can get used to this!

Nine months…no color and I cut off a few inches. I still have a ways to go but I’m loving my new look! Once in a while I use a purple shampoo but that’s it. It’s so freeing!

I also recommend darkening your eyebrows for a younger look. Lighter eyebrows tend to make you look washed out when you have gray hair.

One year and I am still working on growing out the old color. It is about half way from my ends. All I’m doing now is trimming every couple of months and once a week I use a purple shampoo to tone the brass.

I am so happy I decided to do this transition process. I have no regrets!

1-1/2 years later and I just cut off the last of the hair color. I am finally free!

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Vacation Goes Way Too Fast

We’ve been on vacation for a couple of weeks and it’s sadly coming to an end. We’ve spent the time at our house at the lake in Northern Michigan and it has been wonderful.

We have had wonderful weather and enjoyed great outdoors.

At the beginning of our vacation, we took my grandsons to Dinosaur Gardens. There are 20 something life size dinosaurs in this park in northern Michigan. It was a blast!

Most of the time you could find us lounging on the deck or down at the dock. My dog loves to fish in the lake. She would stay in there if I let her.

The evenings are the most beautiful times. So peaceful.

My dollar tree mug that I decorated with my cricut.

Did a little sight seeing. Outlook over Ausable River.

Got some kayaking in.

My Mother’s Day present got lots and lots of use. I got the solar lamps at Aldi. They give a nice ambiance at night.

We also did a lot of hot tubbing until our motor blew up…ugh…hopefully we get it fixed soon.

My sweet girl loves the water. I added this bird bath with solar fountain to my butterfly garden. It’s simple to install and makes a soothing noise. Here’s the one I got on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2UiTY0B

I picked this Tea cup and saucer up at the local thrift. Made a bird feeder. I can’t go too long without gluing or painting something.

Relaxing with my best girl

I took a ton of hummingbird photos. I’m a beginner photographer. I found this very challenging. I will keep practicing. I’m thinking about taking a photography class…

We had family and friends visit us. Good times…good times. The guys caught a few fish.

Snuck in a few snuggles.

Also got to do some driving around on the old dusty dirt roads in my Jeep.

Jeep hair don’t care… haha, my Saphira loves it (so do I)

The line to get in the small local thrift. Ten people allowed in the store at a time due to COVID-19. I was so excited about getting back to the thrift stores. I found a few cool vintage items to add to my Etsy shop. I’ll be adding items when I get back home. Here’s my shop if you want to check it out: https://etsy.me/2PLBBjk

I found this adorable guy today at the thrift. He will bring me a great profit according to ebay, that is if I can part with him…

You can find him here: https://etsy.me/3cAfvYF

We will be heading home in a couple of days and I will get back to crafting. cooking and blogging. It’s been a nice break, I’m refreshed. Until next time…

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Lake House Boardwalk Dock Landscape

We have had so much rain and our lake water is so high! We got a new dock and I was looking at the old dock and suggested to my hubby that we make a boardwalk over the beach area that is covered with water out of the old dock. It turned out great! Here are some pictures.

These first pictures show how high the water is. It is up to the second step and there is a sandy beach under there as well! You couldn’t step on the dock without wading through water first.

He started by putting the first section down, which was fairly easy, the second section was more challenging. He pulled up the third step and laid the dock down and used the blocks to support the dock.

It took some time to level it.

We left the steps under the water to step up on the dock.

My Saphira had fun fishing while he worked.

All finished. Now we have a boardwalk to step on if we don’t want to get wet while using the dock for fishing. We also have another nice shady area to relax.

Admiring his hard work.

We had one more piece of dock left. He put if up a little higher. I thought it might be nice to put a hammock stand on with a little path to walk down to. Maybe next project..

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Hummingbird Pictures Beginner Photography Canon 6D

I’m on vacation right now and I love taking pictures. I’ve been practicing taking pictures of hummingbirds and boy is it challenging! I have a canon 6D and I still have a lot to learn, but it sure is fun!

Here are a few pictures of hummingbirds I caught. I have spent hours and only got a few that care out really good. I love hummingbirds and these are getting used to me standing around, it’s pretty cool!

I used a shutter speed of 1/4000. I used a flash on some and no flash on others.

These aren’t perfect but for a beginner, I’m pretty happy. I’ll keep practicing.

If anyone has any tips on camera settings for hummers, leave me a comment.

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Winter On The Lake

In the Northern woods sits this place, this very magical place, that is very near and dear to my heart. A place to me, like no other. A place where all your troubles seem to melt away. A place that calls out to me often. It is a hidden gem. Allow me to take you there for a visit..

Welcome to our cottage. We are on a small private lake where most residents are gone for the winter months which makes it extremely quiet. The summers are alive and vivacious, that will bring more stories later on, but for now, here are a few photos of how we spend our time during the Winter…on the lake.

We walk. Most wouldn’t dare to venture out on cold, wintery days, but there is just something about getting bundled up and going out for a hike. We have a road around our lake that is so beautiful. It is about a two mile hike. It is all woods and in the winter you can hear little rustling here and there, the snow falling from the trees, the wind whistling above and the birds singing lovely tunes. It is one of the things that I have found most calming to my soul. I feel God so close here. All the hustle and bustle of city life is non-existent here. (My Wheaten Saphira loves it also, as you can tell).

Snow Shoeing. I haven’t done this a lot, but I can say it is a fun winter activity, oh and be prepared to break a sweat! My Hubby took this photo from inside the house. I was showing off to him haha.. Good Times! The lake is right behind me, iced over and covered in a blanket of snow. Which leads me to my next photo…

This was last winter…we are still waiting for the ice to be ready to walk on. I had fun “fishing” from inside the living room, coffee in hand, watching for the tip up flags to go up, that means “fish on!” Looking forward to this again, hopefully, in the next few weeks.

When our grandson’s come to visit, sledding is always a fun activity! Although going to the local cafe for hot cocoa is the best time of all!

Oh LOOK! There is a YETI at our door!

I think my absolute favorite winter activity of all is snuggling under a cozy blanket, warm drink in hand, Saphira curled up at my feet, watching the snow fall.

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Saphira the Wheaten Terrier; Lake Life is the Best Life

This was early Fall 2019. She loves the lake. We can’t keep her out of it. She’s focused. She fishes for minnows all day long. I had this photo printed on a giant canvas to hang in the house.

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My Wheaten Terrier Saphira

Meet Saphira, my one year old wheaten terrier. She is a giant ball of sunshine to me! She is spunky, playful, amazingly smart and super cuddly. She loves life at the lake. She fishes for minnows. Here, she is wondering where the water went.

I took this photo of her on the lakefront at our house. She loves the water and she’s wondering why her lake is changing here as it’s freezing over..