Your Town, July 23, 2017


The riveting series, “Diary of a Graceful Gray,” continues this week with installment No. 4. Previously, I wrote about a few of my favorite “mature” personalities who were rocking the natural look — “if they can, I can” was the premise. We closed with a little ditty by Tom Petty, and me whining about how “the waiting is the hardest part.” Looking back on the journey though, I’m amazed how quickly it went (even though time seemed to crawl ... like a slow motion video of a snail traipsing through a glob of molasses).

Here are a few entries from last September — approximately nine weeks since I had last colored my hair.

■ Sept. 22, 2016 Happy first day of autumn!

This time of year, I’m usually focusing on the colors of fall in my wardrobe and accessories, but each time I look in the mirror, I see new possibilities with the white roots emerging in my hair.

I’m leaning more toward the blacks, whites, grays and pewter colors now, accented with silver accessories. I had no idea, going in to this, that my entire color scheme would change.

Words I’ve never used before to describe myself come to mind when I get a glance of the transforming me.

“Sophisticated.” “Classy.” “Mature.”

Wait. This is Tammy we’re talking about here. She’s not any of that ... or ... is she?

The mature look is bold. It says: I am strong.

I’m confident.

In years past, I’ve strived for a more youthful look, maybe as an attempt to hide any insecurities about growing older?

And, I still can’t put my finger on what triggered the sudden urge to grow out my natural color.

■ Sept. 26, 2016 Why has it always been about image and how I look? Look younger, act younger?

As the white is slowly revealed, the vanity and concern over my “image” is slowly fading too.

Our first grand baby is due in a few weeks. I’m quite aware that photos will be posted of me holding Krosby, and instead of a darker haired, younger-looking grandma, I will instead, be a smiling and happy grandma with a half white/ half dark-hair mix — and I’m OK with that. What matters most, is that my heart will be full.

■ Oct. 8, 2016 I was meeting my mom and my sister for lunch on the west side of town and happened to walk past the beauty supply store. I stopped dead in my tracks, made a U-turn, and popped inside the store to ask the knowledgeable staff if they had any tips to share about growing out the natural color.

I was hoping for touch-up suggestions for the roots, that were now making a serious statement, and an easier way to mange the grow-out. Perhaps they would advise using a lighter color gradually, or some other tricks or hints I hadn’t thought of.

“Shave it all off,” she said, matter-of-factly, “and let it grow back out.”

Excuse me?

Shave. My. Head? Good, Lord no. No. No. No.

To be continued ...

A soldier from Grand Junction, who is deployed for the second time in Iraq, is requesting donations of American flags to be flown in Iraq, and then presented to each soldier and officer in her unit upon the completion of their deployment.

The flag drive is being conducted locally by Julie Dominguez-Aysse, president of Palisade American Legion Auxiliary, Unit No. 50.

“The unit returns home in November and I would like to get the flags out to them by September,” Dominguez-Aysse said in a news release.

Send flags to: Flags for Soldiers, c/o Julie, ALA Unit 50, P.O. Box 36, Palisade 81526.

Mesa County RSVP Senior Scholar Project training for the 2017–18 school year is set for 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Aug. 18.

The RSVP Senior Scholar Project connects volunteers ages 55 and older with local schools to help improve students’ academic skills. Volunteers can help areas of their interest, such as reading, math, or science. No teaching experience is necessary.

Call Diane Barger, RSVP Volunteer and Senior Scholar Manager, at 243-9839 ext. 5 for more information.

The American Contract Bridge League Unit 364 will host the annual Peach Sectional bridge tournament July 28–30, at the Masonic Lodge, 2400 Consistory Court.

Friday’s schedule includes two stratified open pairs contests, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Side sessions for new and intermediate players are also scheduled.

Game times on Saturday are 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday’s schedule will include a two-session Swiss team event at 9:30 a.m. and a second session time to be announced.

Call Sharon Snyder at 462-5857 for information. Need a partner or team?

Call Linda Scibienski at 201-5006.

Grand Valley Pets Alive received a $2,000 grant from the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund to fund the spaying and neutering of pets, owned by income-qualified Mesa County residents.

This grant will operate separate from GVPA’s ongoing spay/neuter program. Immunizations and other veterinary procedures cannot be covered under the grant. Call 462-7554 to see if you qualify.

The all-volunteer non-profit organization has also partnered with Dos Hombres Redlands, 421 Brach Drive, for a fundraiser from 4–8 p.m. Wednesday. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to GVPA and its mission of spaying/neutering companion cats and dogs and community cats.

Striving for Success Luncheon, an educational presentation hosted by Strive, is planned for noon–1 p.m. Wednesday, at the Strive board room, 950 Grand Ave.

Lunch will be provided and participants learn about the community’s needs and how Strive meets those needs. RSVP to Mary Anne Lawrie, 256-8602 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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