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Last year I met a woman in the grocery store that had purple hair.  I stopped to talk to her and asked if I could take her picture.  She was absolutely thrilled to have her picture taken.

Purple has been my favorite color for a very long time.

Although as a very young child when asked, I said red.  I think maybe it was suggested by someone else, that red was my favorite color.


Back to the purple-haired lady.

We ended up talking for quite some time.  She told me she was a retired nurse and that she still volunteers at the local hospital.

She said that one day on a whim she decided to dye her hair purple and that it was a good decision.

 Purple hair lady told me as a nurse over the years she found that one of the best things to speed recovery was for the patient to maintain a sense of humor and for them to find things to laugh about or to be happy about.

  Now, when she walks into a room to see a patient, their face lights up and they smile when they see her hair, it makes them happy and that makes her very happy.

 The purple haired lady also told me that her daughter was horrified at her hair color choice and told her “to act her age.”

  She said she was in her late 70’s and she had no intention of going back to her natural hair color.








I’ve thought about that lady on and off this past year.  It was such a pleasure meeting her and listening to her outlook on life and happiness.

She and her hair made me smile.

She was also a spitfire.

Recently, everywhere I go, women have purple hair; causing me to have purple hair envy.

Not anymore.

I dyed my hair purple last week.

The box the dye came in said it was Lusty Lavender and was a rebellious color.







I’ve had purple hair before.

About 15 years ago I bought some hair dye stuff that came in a can which I sprayed into my hair.  Mr. Cottage put green in his hair to be supportive and he likes a good laugh too.

The spray can stuff said it was temporary color.


  I sprayed it on my hair just before heading out to sell my work at an outdoor art show.

It rained.

I got wet.

I had purple streaks running down my face.

I’ve asked my friend, the miracle worker, who has been doing my hair for over 30 years to give me purple hair.  She always refuses.  I asked again the other day, her answer was the same.

She told me to do it myself.

So I did.

Thank goodness, I don’t have any children to tell me to act my age.


















My purple hair makes me laugh at myself for being so silly, and ridiculous.

It makes me smile for throwing caution to the wind.



If your favorite color is purple, you have a purple personality, according to Empowered by Color.  I read their take on purple personalities, for me, it was pretty accurate.

Find your color personality Here  – it is fun reading.

Thank you all for your conversation, comments and thoughts on the last post.  D.A. you have given me some things to think about.  Thank you.


I’m smiling.  That’s it for today.


22 thoughts on “lusty lavender the day I became rebellious

  1. pennross says:

    I think I love you! And purple has always been my color too. I’ve always wanted to have a splash of purple hair (and a tattoo) but husband gets all crinkly at the mention of those things…(sigh) .

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    1. I love your reaction! Purple is definitely the color of creatives. 9 bucks has bought me a lot of smiles, glad I took the plunge. My husband is completely supportive and offered to help me do it. Might take him up next time the back was hard for me to do. Probably won’t be any tats here though, those make my guy crinkly. Here’s to my purple year! Xo kim


  2. Debra says:

    Love it! Love it! You ARE acting your age, and so is your Purple Lady-what a blessing she is to the world!!!!! And so, my friend, are YOU.

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    1. Good Morning Debra – You’re next! No, I guess that isn’t your thing. Love you right back. xo kim


  3. Lisa says:

    Go Lusty Lavender! I love it! And, I’d say you are acting your age when you make decisions that make YOU happy, not others. It takes wisdom to do that.

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    1. Hey Lisa – what a beautiful comment. With age comes wisdom, although I’ve never thought of myself as having any of that. But I am moving into the place of owning my decisions without apologies. xo kim


  4. Gerri says:

    I love this post! Congratulations to you Lusty Lavender! Enjoy your new color! 💜💜💜💜

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    1. Hi Gerri – It is a fun post – that’s what is all about. I love those purple hearts – how’d you do that? Just call me LL – xo kim

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      1. Gerri says:

        Hi LL! Purple Hearts are on my iPad. So many fun emojis!

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  5. You tell a wonderful story here, Kim! I loved the suspense but am mad you didn’t post a picture of your glorious purple locks! Good for you to follow your heart.

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    1. Oh Melissa, now you hit my weak spot – photos of myself. UGH. I’m going to face that next. I am following my purple heart, I like that. xo kim


      1. I hear you. I HATE being in photos. If only I’d refrained from that bag of chips yesterday…
        But you’re beautiful and I’m dying to see your glorious purple hair !

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  6. says:

    SERIOUSLY? You tell us you’ve died your hair purple and all you show us are chicken pictures? Still, I was glad to see how to hang orange slices for the critters without having to BUY something to put them outside.


    1. Miss Linda, chicken pictures are waaayy more interesting than my purple hair. However, I just may post one next time. I hauled the Christmas tree out when it got to the crispy stage. I put it on the porch near the birdfeeder, then had the idea to do the apple and orange slices, and orange boats. I did this a few years ago and the birds thought I was crazy and thumbed their noses at me. This year, they are pleased with my efforts and said I could stay on a little longer. Go figure. xo kim


      1. says:

        I think the Christmas tree with the fruit slice ornaments looks great. I wonder if the moisture it gets from the snow gave it a new lease on life. I have no knowledge of snow or how it impacts the environment because it just doesn’t snow down here.


  7. D.A. Squires says:

    The world needs more purple-haired ladies… and parents who hang chalkboards in their children’s bedrooms… and homes with front porches where birds of a feather can gather…and evergreens decorated with fruit… and warmly-lit rooms and soft beds for animals… yours is a world of love and laughter and caring– a haven for all who live on Red Dirt Farm. It is what this world desperately needs more of.
    Following one’s heart is like finding true north…it will lead you where you must go. I am at work writing the sequel to my first book…a challenging but joyful journey… and there is nowhere else I would rather be. I am smiling back at you, Kim : )


    1. D.A. I’m thrilled to hear you are writing a sequel, a labor of love for you. I have visions of you working at a desk or curled up in your favorite chair, with the fur babies nearby. Thinking of magic and faraway places… I’m so all over that notion of following True North these days, and it won’t be denied. I’m thinking you should be a life coach… xo kim


  8. Mrs. N in Japan says:

    Hello I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! See post here:

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Mrs. N – what a surprise to wake up to this morning. I will try to do justice to this nomination. Oh, and welcome to Red Dirt farm – I look forward to getting to know you. xo kim

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      1. Mrs. N in Japan says:

        I look forward to being a part of “the farm”! Look forward to getting to know you too! xo

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  9. Mrs. N in Japan says:

    I wanted to leave a comment about the purple hair stuff after I thought about it. I loved purple hair lady’s attitude. I did something similar but ….I didn’t dye my hair. I refused to dye it. At all. I went silver. Here in Japan several women that I know were horrified. Everyone dyes their hair here. Even men. To not dye your hair and cover all those tell-tale grays…well…who would do that? ME. I wanted to be myself not a cookie cutter of everyone else here. So….all that to say…I get purple hair lady. I love purple and green. My 2 favorites. GAH I love your birdies!!


    1. Hoorah for being your own person, there isn’t enough of that! Thank you for sharing this story, I enjoy learning about other cultures. I know very little about Japan or Japanese culture so this is fun, our new blog friendship. Xo kim

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