“Iron my dress, please, and don’t burn it.” Even this blunt rudeness couldn’t dent my bonhomie. She was getting ready for a friend’s bat mitzvah and the dress was for the bracha, the ‘blessing’ part of the day-long ceremony. Silently, I ironed the dress. There would be another frock later, the day’s celebrations would end with a party, where there would be dancing. My child is growing up; it is as well that I have recently embraced increased incidences of solitude …

After indulging in a peaceful breakfast of muesli and yoghurt in the front garden, I went out into the back and picked leaves from my beloved Bay tree, and a fistful of thyme. A bottle of apple cider from the bar fridge and I was ready. Her newfound Jewish zeal would wane in the face of a succulent pork roast. Oh, I am wicked!

In the late afternoon, after lunching on a grilled cheese sandwich that was sublime in its simplicity, I went to visit a friend. Debbie owns a busy hair salon and I love being there; the atmosphere is vibrant and trendy. It seems nobody is in a bad mood when they are getting their hair done. Debbie lamented the fact that she is bogged down with the business side of her salon; she just wants to enjoy doing hair. On the spur of the moment she offered me the job of managing the business, on a mornings-only basis and I accepted. Money for jam and the chance to gather material for what could be quite an entertaining book; has anybody ever written about the things people tell their hairdressers? I think the change of scene will be very good for me.
A reason to dress up, almost like going to a party every day?

And nobody in that environment will give my oddly-coloured nails a second glance. Today they are dressed in ‘Strawberry Milkshake’. The little bag was made for me by my extremely creative and talented pen-friend Steffi in Hamburg, Germany. Thank you, Steffi!


76 Comments Add yours

  1. sonsothunder says:

    Oh you..!
    you ARE so bad!!!
    A little off the top please, and another slice of that pickle n pork.

    With Tyme at Bay…you’re still my heroin.
    Bless You

    1. theonlycin says:

      Have a seat at the basin, Sir, someone will wash your hair … 😉

  2. dinahmow says:

    Revenge being a dish best served cold, I assume you’ll serve it tomorrow! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      The leftovers may last several days, actually … 😉

  3. Sue Green says:

    Good luck for tomorrow, enjoy it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Sue, I will 🙂

  4. That sounds like fun, Cin! Enjoy! Roast pork…ah mothers, we’re a scheming lot, aren’t we? 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      We are possitively evel … 😉

  5. Naomi says:

    What a delightful morning 😀 Congrats on your new job, Cindy – bet you’ll have a blast & I can’t wait to read that book!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehehe, thanks Naomi 🙂

  6. granny1947 says:

    You know me…I would have told her to iron the bloody dress herself!!!!
    Hope you have loads of fun in the new venture!

  7. Tilly Bud says:

    Best of luck with it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Tilly, I think it’s going to be a blast 🙂

  8. Mal says:

    Your post reminds me of my beautiful mornings in exotic East Africa…refreshments beneath the whispering palms! 😎
    …and Cindy, is that a clef I see on the little pinkie??

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yep. a clef it is. I was a rock-chic once upon a time 😉

  9. nrhatch says:

    That sandwich looks FAB . . . best of luck at the Salon! 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      The sandwich was so yum, I think I’ll have one today too 🙂

  10. adeeyoyo says:

    We all know what a change is as good as, so I won’t say it! Good luck, Cindy, my friend. And don’t forget a little black notebook will be essential (with a lock and chain). ♥

    1. theonlycin says:

      Notebook is packed into my bag already, adee 🙂

  11. klrs09 says:

    Your pictures are lovely. Teenagers — good luck! Good luck with the new job — sounds like a wonderful place for inspiration.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Kathy, nobody can prepare you for the teenage years, it’s awful 🙂

  12. suzicate says:

    Now that you are in a hair salon morning we can expect some really bizarre and funny tales on your blog…I used to be a hairdresser so I know what goes on behind those doors!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Watch this space, SuziCate 😉

  13. I always have thyme for simple food and laughter!

    1. theonlycin says:

      The good things in life, Lee 🙂

  14. hahaha- you are wicked!! I love the nails!!

  15. johnell74 says:

    If your time for solitude increases, remember solitude can produce wisdom when properly used, and wisdom is precious beyond all!
    Wish I had some

    1. theonlycin says:

      You have abundant wisdom, John 😀

  16. Ruth says:

    The title is oh so clever! I’m wondering why my grilled cheese never looks half as appetizing as yours above {pouts}. What a beautiful bag! {sighs with envy} – love the colours & imagination that went into making it. And I’m really looking forward to reading your hair salon book. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Ruth, I like my sandwich too, used Edam 🙂

  17. slpmartin says:

    This should prove to be a most interesting environment fo gathering material…cannot wait to see what it engenders. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m looking forward to it, Charlie 😀

  18. ceciliag says:

    I once wrote a play based in an hairdressers! It was a tremendous hit. I may dust it off and you can feed me some juicy bits you are not using.. a fantastic idea.. and thank you for another rose, nice red one this time! c

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh you must find the play, I’d love to read it!

  19. Mmmm succulent pork, and strawberry milkshake nail polish. Surely life doesn’t get any better than that.
    Ps: People don’t really tell their hairdresser stuff do they? Surely that’s an old wives tail. Can’t wait to hear the juice you find out. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehehe, Cheffie, I believe that some of the things people tell their hair dressers can be quite shocking 😉

  20. souldipper says:

    This is going to be fun! *Cleans glasses in preparation for vignettes*

    1. theonlycin says:

      Careful … the blog fodder may prove to be racy enough to make your glasses steam up … 😉

  21. Oh I forgot the yogurt when I was at the store!

  22. Good for you! What a great idea – it’s a job that will bring a big change of pace, a change of space, and a change in daily company! Now maybe Bunn can iron her own dresses! Hope that you will enjoy it! You will be in on lots of great chatter – plenty of blog fodder, so I’m expecting a good dish every now and again!

    BTW – I love the PINK nails! Besides, you have beautiful hands. . .you make the color look good! 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Paula, you are very kind 🙂

  23. bluebee says:

    Love your subversive piggy revenge, he,he

    Enjoy your time working at the hairdresser, Cin – the beauty parlour in ‘Steel Magnolias’ springs to mind

    1. theonlycin says:

      Tee hee … I’d forgotten about that movie … 😀

  24. dearrosie says:

    I loved the movie Steel Magnolias… looking forward to your stories…

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am very excited Rosie, I thought of your museum stories 😀

  25. Tandy says:

    have fun at work my friend!

  26. “it seems nobody is in a bad mood when they r doing thier hair”. Who would not want that.
    I enjoyed traveling through your d w u.

  27. SidevieW says:

    ooh I’ll have to stop telling my stories there. Though I’m seldom there in the mornings 😉

    Hope you have a ball
    BTW – it’s social news gathering, NOT GOSSPI

    1. theonlycin says:

      Um … it’s not the salon you’re thinking of 😉

  28. leigh says:

    What a fab job, enjoy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh I plan to enjoy every minute 🙂

  29. johnlmalone says:

    another enticing title; and yes solitude is to be embraced especially if hyou lead a fairly busy social life otherwise; I value as a writer and reader the solitude I can take from each day, even if it is only a few hours; your book about tales from a hairdressers salon does seem an original concept — and if it doesw attract mainly a female readership what does it matter? It is, after all, a large demographic

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes John, I heard from a publisher that ‘chic lit’ sells well 🙂

  30. Mazel Tov on the new job – can’t wait to read more about it and please put me down for a copy of your first book.
    🙂 Manyd

  31. Angeliqueca says:

    I absolutely love your brightly coloured nails!!! Good luck for tomorrow, hope you enjoy it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Ange, very excited 😀

  32. The Hook says:

    You are a pleasure to experience, young lady! Great work!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Hookster, *bows*

  33. Pseu says:

    Exciting new venture!

    (I really like your little ring with the treble clef !)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Pseu, I like it too, have had it for years and can’t remember where I bought it 😀

  34. libraryscene says:

    You’re a brilliant one; no, I’d dare say I’ve never come across a hairdress confessional! Get crackin’, it sounds delightful. Yay you, let your muse’s tresses blow in the summer breeze ~

    ps perhaps each chapter could start with their nail colour…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Now there’s an idea 🙂

  35. Steffi says:

    You are so nice,Cin and you have deserved it!I love to make little gifts ;)):Thank you,Cin!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank YOU, Steffi 🙂 xxx

  36. Jamie Dedes says:

    Have fun … Darling bag.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am loving the bag 🙂

  37. Well, that’s great news! You’ll enjoy working at a hair salon, my daughter loved it! And your nails will be positively tame in that environment!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am enjoying it a lot 🙂

  38. Tokeloshe says:

    Lovely photos, the grilled sandwich looks divine.
    Sounds like great fun enjoy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, Tok, I will 😀

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