Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Strange Question?

I'm wondering.  Am I the only person who has never had a professional . . . 


. . . manicure?  

Nope, I've never ever.  Not even once.

So how about a professional . . . 

(Oops, sorry wrong picture.)

As I was saying, how about a professional . . . 


. . . pedicure?  Never done that either.

I'm not sure what brought this burning question to the forefront of my mind, but I'm curious and would really like to know.

Have you??

52 comments:

Tombstone Livestock said...

Nope, no point to it to just go out and destroy manicure. In the dirt and whatever, besides my nails never get long enough ...... oh well.

Jennifer Jo said...

Never had either. Want.

Myrna said...

Nope, my nails always are broken and cut really, really short. I have seen some lovely ones on other people though.

Mama Pea said...

Tombstone Livestock - So who says you have to have long nails to have them polished? I've heard they now have nail polish that holds up to working hands pretty darn well. Do you think it would hold up to the work we do??

Mama Pea said...

J.J. - Me, too, kiddo.

Mama Pea said...

Myrna - I suspect a lot of really nicely manicured nails you see these days are actually false nails. You know, stick on ones or whatever. But I wouldn't want to try that because of the chemicals in the "glue!"

Chicken Mama said...

Yep, both, and LOVE 'em! Pedicures are better 'cause you don't have to do anything (like hold your hand up for a mani) but put your head back and RELAX! Most pedi chairs now are massage chairs, too. Most heavenly thing in the world next to a full-body massage!!!

KimP said...

Nope. Not really a desire, either. Except for the foot massage part - that I could go for! :)

Sandy said...

Mama Pea,

I have, as a gift from my husband. It was nice to have someone else pamper my hands and feet while seating in this large leather massage chair. I walked out with no lumps or knots in my bad along with sexy hands and feet. And the pretty nails only lasted a couple of weeks, then it was back to the only finger nails beat up from working in the garden and doing dishes, lol....

Sparkless said...

I had my sister practice doing a manicure on me while she was going to esthetics school once. Her skills at putting nail polish on were pretty poor at that point and we had to remove the nail polish after because it didn't look very good. But other than that I've never had a manicure or a pedicure. I have had a facial which included dermabrasion and had my upper lip hair zapped with a laser. Only had a facial twice, once was a gift and the second time I went with my daughter who got a facial as a gift and was only 12 so couldn't go alone.

Freedom Acres Farm said...

I went and had fake nails put on once when I was a young mother. Does that count as a manicure? I've never had a pedicure. At this point it seems a big waste of money in my mind. I have much better and more important things to spend my money on. I've gotten rather frugal in my old age LOL

tammielee said...

I'm good at doing my own nails, but a pedicure is the most wonderful thing ever invented! Even if you don't like polish they still look and feel better than you could ever do yourself!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Nope - but a pedicure sounds like fun - they give you a foot and ankle massage - ahhhhh that would be nice. I did used to have bright red toe nails - my daughter painted them for me.

The Dancing Donkey said...

The idea has never even crossed my mind:) Do you suppose they would be able to get the tractor grease out from under my nails? I haven't had much luck with that.

Michelle said...

Yes. I have fake nails. If I had my way I wouldn't have them, but my husband LOVES to have his back scratched with them. He loves and takes such good care of me that I couldn't say no.

Sue said...

Who has time?????????????????

Tami said...

I've done the pedicure thing a few times and it's wonderful having your feet massaged but nail polish discolors my nails which I dislike so I stopped.

A LONG time ago (in a land before gardening) I was talked into doing those acrylic nails. SM LOVED them from a "scratch my back" perspective but they where awfully expensive to maintain.

Marie said...

nope -- although I'm told the pedicure and foot massage feels pretty darn good!

Mama Pea said...

Chicken Mama - I know you really enjoyed your manicures and pedicures. I wish them for you again. Sooner rather than later.

Mama Pea said...

KimP - Foot massages have never been something that felt "good" to me. Neither positive nor negative. But I know most people love 'em.

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - Your manicure lasted a couple of weeks?! Heck, that might be worth it! :o)

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - When I was small, I remember my dear aunt letting me polish her toenails. What a sweetie (and indulgent aunt) she was. I know she must have had polish up to the first joint of each toe!

Mama Pea said...

Freedom Acres Farm - I think sensible is the word rather than frugal! The money is the thing that would stop me from a manicure or pedicure. I don't even know the going price but I'm betting it would seem astronomical to me.

Mama Pea said...

tammielee - When my mom was living in a complex of apartments for "older" folks, there was a man who came around and gave the occupants pedicures. She didn't have her toenails painted, but simply loved the way her feet felt after a session.

Mama Pea said...

JoAnn - Talk to your daughter about a regular appointment! ;o)

Mama Pea said...

The Dancing Donkey - I'll bet they could! I don't have tractor grease to contend with but I like to weed without gloves and sure do get ground-in dirt under my nails. (Hmmm, maybe polish would cover that?)

Mama Pea said...

Michelle - Well, I know lots of men like their women to wear their hair long, but this is the first I've heard of long nails for back scratching!

Mama Pea said...

Sue - For sure! When I used to keep my hair permed (yuck), I really hated the time it took in the beauty parlor! (Maybe 'cause I never came out beautiful.) ;o)

Mama Pea said...

Tami - Ha! Another back-scratching-lovin' husband!! (They have wooden back scratcher thingies that would be much more economical than the acrylic nails!)

Mama Pea said...

Marie - Different strokes for different folks. I'd rather have someone do my dishes for me. That would feel pretty darn good! (Hee-hee.)

Kristina said...

Nope. Neither one. Unless you can count my kids painting my nails for fun. Time, cash and I never have nails due to the hard work around here anyway.

Susan said...

My sister gave me a pedicure - does that count?? My hands and nails get too beat up to warrant the time and expense of a manicure. Besides, I might scare the manicurist to death, should I tote them (my hands) into some schmancy establishment. Now, I HAVE had one professional pedicure and I can still remember every exquisite second - it was over 10 years ago...

Nancy po said...

Never had a pedi, except doing it myself, that was years ago! Had some manis done decades ago. I'm a nail nibbler, so why bother? :)

tpals said...

Once, many years ago. Just not worth the cost. Definitely a luxury...not quite as incomprehensible to me as expensive heels and purses though. Lol. I just don't get those.

Judi said...

Nope, lettin' it all hang out there. My boots seem to have all the bases covered.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, yes. I had manicures for years every two weeks. And, for a while I'd have pedicures every couple of months. Haven't had either in several years now. BUT they do give you the best "look at me" feeling. Manicures don't last long on hard working hands, but the toes seem to hold on better. And, if the tech knows what they're doing, its worth the money just for the arm and leg massage!! Maybe its time.

Oh, I'm new here, but a long time reader of your pals at Boulderneigh, e-i-e-i-o, Chickens in the Road, and 5 Acres. There's probably others, too.

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - Sorry, your kids don't count . . . unless they're professionals! ;o)

I keep hearing and reading that we gals NEED to take more time for ourselves so we can be in better shape to take care of our families . . . but making the time doesn't seem to be something that comes easily. I suppose we could find the money if it was important enough to us. It just always makes more sense to us to use the $$ for stocking up the pantry or buying another blueberry bush! Or rain barrel. Or . . . putting it toward a new refridge??

Mama Pea said...

Susan - If that pedicure was such a lovely, enjoyable experience, you have no good reason for not having had one in the last 10 years! (Just call me Ms. Bossy Lady!) (Who has never had a professional pedicure.)

Mama Pea said...

Nancy po - If your nails were done nicely, would you still nibble on them? Hmmmm??

Mama Pea said...

tpals - You are obviously not a shoe freak!

Gosh, I think back to a hundred or so years ago when my job required me to "dress up" and I had heels and purses to match every outfit. Now I have one pair of heels in the closet that I wore for my daughter's wedding in 2000 (and not since then) and I carry the same purse year after year until it falls apart.

Mama Pea said...

Judi - Your boots covering all the bases kinda reminds me of the non-necessity of shaving my legs 9 months of the year. My long pants cover all the bases. :o)

Mama Pea said...

Hi, Florida Farm Girl! Thanks for commenting. So why did you stop having the manicures every couple of weeks? Change of lifestyle? Even though I've never had a professional manicure, I did keep my nails polished (by me . . . unprofessionally) until I got tired of having to do it every three days because of wear and tear.

Melissa said...

I really like have my toenails painted and I usually do it myself, although it doesn't always look so hot. I have had a couple pedicures and really enjoyed them, but my shins are a little tender, so the massage part was not my favorite. The professional job sure looks and lasts much better!

tpals said...

Never! I read a post once where she wore new heels as a tourist in NYC. Of course she was in agony by the end of the day and my thought was 'What an idiot! Nobody there cares what she wears or will ever see her again.'

Mama Pea said...

tpals - Vanity. It does weird things to us, doesn't it?

Mama Pea said...

Melissa - Yeah, I think the "lasting longer" part is what appeals to me about a professional manicure or pedicure. I do really like the looks of polish on a women's nails, but for me the up-keep is the problem.

Mark said...

Hello Mama Pea! Just found your blog and will definitely be stopping back. I also see you posting frequently on 5 Acres and a Dream.

Being a guy, I've never done either the manicure or pedicure thing - ever. My wife De, however, has recently started making the professional manicure/pedicure thing a semi-regular event as part of a "girls afternoon out" with the ladies from our Church small group. She always comes back smiling and full of laughter. (And with nice looking nails!)

Mark

Mama Pea said...

Hi, Mark! Welcome and thanks for commenting.

I was kinda waiting for the first guy to chime in on this post! Men get massages so I would think a pedicure (perhaps omitting the nail polish!) would be a relaxing thing. Although I know no one would ever talk my hubby into it!

I would think your wife's "girls afternoon out" would be the most fun . . . friends to chatter with while getting the manicure and pedicure!

Jenyfer Matthews said...

I have done both, a pedicure more often than a manicure. I enjoy both but I use my hands too much for a manicure to last. I'd have a pedicure every couple of weeks if I could afford it!

Mama Pea said...

Jen - I have a feeling I would be shocked to know the going cost of a pedicure or manicure these days. Same problem here with a manicure not lasting because of "doing" with my hands. Pedicures are hard to do on ones self though (I think) so that would be a nice treat.

Jenyfer Matthews said...

I suppose it depends on where you live and where you go (fancy salon or a nail bar) as to how much it costs but most places I've seen have a pedicure "starting at $35" - the "starting at" always makes me giggle because I suppose they reserve the right to charge more if your feet are really gross LOL

Anonymous said...

Until about two years ago, I didn't have fingernails (I was a biter all my life). I never have had a manicure or pedicure, and am quite embarrassed that most Sundays I forget to make sure the dirt is all cleaned out from under them before I go to church lol.

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