Getting Back Into The Groovy of Things

It’s a sunny but cold Sunday.  The chill is still too close to the bones to go out and enjoy the “supposedly” spring weather.  The great indoors is still the stomping grounds.  So then, what’ll I do today?

I’m getting back into the groovy of things.

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It would also be quite groovy to look like an illustration. Don’t you think?

As I sit here, the contents of an inexpensive box of hair color is sitting on my head. The black hair dye is just too harsh for me at this stage, and although my thinning hair is leaning more to the loss side, I’m not ready to go gray with what remains.  Instead, I’m going for a lighter brown.  It makes me feel better about myself. It makes me feel rather groovy!

Hot damn!  The dye no longer hides the baldness. Time for a lighter version of Toppik!

And blow drying no longer works to make my coarse hair smooth!

fuggetaboutit–I’ll just plop on a wig!!!  

And after last night’s dinner of Cornish Hen, homemade bread, mushrooms in a cream sauce—and various tastings of the cognac/cranberry sauce I made for Bonaparte, I’m so ready to get back into my Weight Watchers groovy of things.

Healthier eating.  I made this 2-egg omelette last week and had tomato and artichoke on the side. A filling and delicious meal!

Notice—I’m using the term “groovy” rather than “groove”.  I think groovy is a happier word. It makes me think of the late 1960’s and the Paul Simon song.  A time of change but a time of peace overruling unrest.

I’m feeling rather groovy just hearing this!

The little guest room where I go to put my makeup on each day needs to be organized. It’s so odd but my time management skills in connection with putting stuff away after I use them needs to be worked on.  When I’m rushing out the door in the morning, I’m tired when I get back from the office and become lax—not with the home, but with my own little corner.  Does that ever happen to you?


Today is a great day to work on that because once the warmth arrives, more time will be spent out rather than indoors.


And I’m mulling over what to wear to an upcoming family reunion next Saturday.  Dress is casual but I want to be comfortable yet polished.  I’m not going out to “buy” an outfit.  I’ve a ton of stuff to chose from and I know it’ll be jeans and a blazer—but which ones?  And which hair?

LOL. As in “Which Navy Schoolboy blazer” will I wear???

The hair is my biggest question.  My family is huge. And with that will come at least one family member who has a bit too much to drink, thinks they are a comedian and pull my wig off—I fear wearing “good” hair in that it could get tossed around and ruined.  Perhaps I’ll wear inexpensive hair!  I guess it’s a blessing in disguise that I’m dying what’s left of my bio hair today “just in case”!

Seriously. I wanted to wear Violet but I love her too much to have someone’s grubby paws grab her from my head and toss her. 

You know, I don’t know why but I’m feeling a bit sad today. Sometimes it just happens. It isn’t that “Sunday afternoon” feeling where you dread the upcoming week.  Quite the contrary because I look forward to going to work.  It’s that “empty” feeling. That feeling you get of surrounding quiet save for the din of the heat kicking in and the outside wind hitting against the glass of the windows.

I’m not THAT kind of sad–it’s a more empty feeling!

That happens to me during the times when I miss having my kids around.  And I’ll be the first to admit that it is pure selfishness.  It makes me wonder if I was a better parent when my children were younger than being a better parent to adult children.  Was it a mistake to raise them to be more independent so that they are comfortable in moving away?  I gave them the gift of freedom but at times I want it back.


Oddly enough–it was those times that I miss–I had a purpose!

I’m a control freak on so many levels but raising kids—I guided them and didn’t control them because I wanted them to think freely without depending on me.

Maybe that was the groovy way to raise them and the groovy thing is that I appreciate them more when I see them.  Maybe I’m just being an empty nester!

And with that empty nester in mind, I went up to my little nest of a girly room and did some organizing.

After coloring my roots a lighter color, I tackled the little room and reorganized it.

Yes.  Rushing out the door in the morning does have it’s drawbacks. And THIS is why doors were invented. You can close them and forget the mess!

I threw stuff away.  Stuff I don’t use.  I organized the shelfs and my blazers and then some.

Now I can truly relax and know that the entire house is now as it should be–organized and neat.

And boy, does it ever feel great!

I made a video for my YouTube channel about things that annoy me.

And I put some thought as to what I’ll wear this coming week to work.  Despite the weather, I’m dying to wear a skirt with some bare legs—so I fake tanned.  As I write this, I added the second layer.  Why do I feel as though I’m frosting a cake?

Time to frost my legs with the second layer of fake tan!

That’s about it for today.  I have weigh in tomorrow and hopefully I haven’t gained weight—and I would not be surprised if I did.  But at least I’m back on track.

Here’s a sampling of what I wore this past week to work.  Keeping it casual!!

I wore this on Friday.  The shirt is great and I forgot I had it.  From my days at Nordstrom, an oversized white shirt by Free People. It’s going to get a lot of wear! Sorry but I was unable to show the hair I wore.  I’ll be doing a review soon from this new wig by Estetica Designs!

Thursday’s outfit photographed a lot more casual than it actually was. I’m wearing blue velvet pants, with blue suede shoes a plaid shirt and denim jacket. The lighting was too much to handle!

I loved Wednesday’s outfit.  Burgundy velvet pants matched my hair!  A hunter green sweater, denim jacket, heels and pearls. What’s not to love? I may wear this getup to the family reunion!

Tuesday was a brightly colorful day!  Hot pink cords, a blue sweater and a colorful infinity scarf to tie it all together!  My seven dolla thrift shoes–j. crew beauties. I love those shoes so much!

And of course, on Monday–my Birthday Suit!  The military jacket and hair from the husband!!!  XOXOXOXO!!!

Here’s the video I made earlier today.  Five (perhaps more) things that annoy me. Let me know what annoys you!!!!!!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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18 Responses to Getting Back Into The Groovy of Things

  1. Debe says:

    Can I rent your organization services and cooking for a week??

    House looms great you look awesone things are moving along!

    Have a good week!!!


    • Catherine says:

      LOL–thanks Debe! You know, Bonaparte is a total Felix Unger and it kills him when my unorganized self rears it’s ugly little head. I made him very happy today when I organized!!! XOXOXOXOX

  2. Mels says:

    It annoys me that anyone would take your wig off. Seems not right, even if done in ‘jest’.

  3. Juliet says:

    I second Mels above – whipping someones wig off!?! Seriously NOT cool – would they grab at someones glasses, or is it OK to be a specific type of mean??? I’d be having words – it is inappropriate, would they pull someones trousers down or stuff? You don’t disrespect people . I am so with you on small child spaces at supermarkets – make them park further away so these people walk and maybe even make it difficult to get the kid out the seat on the drivers side – seriously why do people put the child car seat on the TRAFFIC side and then seem surprised when the bus slams on its breaks right behind them – that is another big peeve, as though all traffic in our village or the next will just stop while you stick your bum out in the road and faff around looking for mr teddy or whatever. Get the kid out on the footpath side of the car! (That is my big peeve – children wont learn any sense if their parents are such dumb examples). I also wont answer the phone in public – text me, but it is not a deman that I answer right away – I see your text as a request 🙂 and don’t even think I will have a text conversation or whatever when I am being social out and about – that’s another pet peeve – people who meet you for a coffee and then have to spend that time texting or on the phone, boy that makes me mad – mad enough to leave them to things. My other final peeve is people who are too snotty to acknowledge other people – y’know the ones who don’t say thank you if you hold open a door, the ones who never say hello to the bus driver or thank him/her when they get off the bus – I think saying hello how are you etc to a bus driver or a barrista or a sales person is vital and it doesn’t hold up the day for anyone else, play nice. I feel really strongly that if you want to live in a nice environment – then you make damn sure you are part of that nice environment or just stay home 🙂 outa the way. I am happy to say that it seems to have rubbed off on my kids.

    • Catherine says:

      OMG. Juliet. You are so spot on with the child in the car seat on the traffic side. You know what that is? It’s ignorance. Ignorance on the part of the parent because they are putting not only their child in danger but everyone else. Self-importance at it’s worst!
      And Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…when my boys were young, I always told them to hold the door for adults. Especially when I was around. Because I’ve had adults who didn’t acknowlege the good graces of my children. And when they happened I would say VERY LOUDLY!! ” JAKE/ROMAN, DON’T EXPECT THANKS FROM EVERYONE YOU HOLD A DOOR OPENED FOR. SOME PEOPLE ARE ILL-MANNERED PIGS AND ARE BUT A SPECK OF DIRT ON THIS EARTH”
      People would come back and sheepishly thank my sons. And I would give those people a bad side-eye!
      Yes. Rude people are the biggest annoyance!!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  4. Juliet says:

    Oh dear – I sound such a grouch

  5. Jean says:

    Your bio hair is not so bad.

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Jean. It really isn’t. However, the work and the mess that goes into hiding the baldness and thinning isn’t worth it. It isn’t worth spending all morning on and then if a strong wind comes–pfft. I’m becoming increasingly fonder of the wigs!! Thank you though. That was really nice of you to say that and I appreciate it!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  6. Nancy says:

    Hi Catherine-I have to say I share your feelings about adult children and how sad we are and miss them…we raise them to be independent, proud that they are happy adults who can function on their own but its also so lonely without them. Such a mixed bag of emotions.

    I am giving serious thought to return to W Watchers based on your example. I have tried it several times and never really took it that seriously…I would yo yo…so if I go back, I need to be in 100%, Unlike you, never got to my goal weight, stayed there and became a lifetime member…Part of hesitancy is how pricey it is every week…

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Nancy–trust me, the reason I went back is because I AM a lifetime member and don’t have to pay if I remain within a certain weight. I’m at the free weight but want to lose a bit more!!! Come on over!!!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  7. Miss Bougie says:

    Ohhh, love your Tuesday outfit. So fresh looking and spring-ey!

    This hate for all things unorganised must be a French thing. Lol! My husband is the same! When I was a child I lived in Sudan and the Middle East, having always someone pick up after me. I have a more, how should I say …..chilled approach to order. Although everything is organised, I am actually a reformed slob, who sometimes just couldn’t be bothered. But after 32 years hubby has learned to just…. let it go or do it himself. As my son has moved out a while back I get to use his old room as a space for my projects and as an office. And guess what? It has doors that close!!! Out of sight, out of mind and all that. 😊

    • Catherine says:

      Hey B. I’m in your group! I’ll let things get lax then I can’t take it anymore and I go on a cleaning binge. Before the holidays I cleaned and scrubbed baseboards and every inch of the house. But–I wasn’t working. Now that I’m at work it’s been a bit–different!! LOL!!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  8. Catherine, Loved you potpourri of topics today. I would love if some day you might make a list with links to your top five wig boutiques. I broke down and bought one full wig; it was terrible and now packed away so I have cold feet about doing it again. You just seem to have a knack on knowing which one is going to look great.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Terri. You know what? That’s a very good idea you have. I’m actually waiting to do a big review on a brand new wig that hasn’t made it public yet. The wig company sent it to me and it’s absolutely beautiful and when I get the “ok” I’ll be reviewing and I’ll incorporate your idea into the post! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  9. Marylou says:

    Hi Catherine, I think the outfit you wore to work last Friday would be perfect for your Saturday reunion. I love the White blouse with the blazer and the jewelry accessory. You look casual and preppy great outfit it fits you perfect. I am so much enjoying your blog I almost feel that I have met you before.
    Sorry that your hair coloring didn’t turn out the way you expected. The blowout picture looks divine. Don’t forget that it will lighten up after the second wash. You always look so well put together, you are my inspiration. Have a great weekend!

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