well . . .
yes . . .
maybe this post will be a little too much information.
but alas! sadly enough that has never stopped me before.
hang on old bean!
and take the ride!
or . . .
maybe given the subject of this post . . . i should say take the WALK!
and oh yes.
this post might not be their cup of tea for my male readers.
but then . . .
you guys have feet too!
and i suppose . . . if you happen to have a ‘foot fetish’ . . .
well. you’re gonna be in some kind of heaven here in this post! LOLOL.
but. pray tell. alas. and as it were . . .
i don’t think there are any perverted peanut followers out there.
don’t be scared. just check it out.
and i dare you to stay with us til the end! i hope you do!
you just might be persuaded to join the ‘pamper your feets’ club!
these are my feet.
amazingly enough let’s say they are IDENTICAL to my feet.
they are old bean !!! weird i know. but true!
i have a foot double out there somewhere. LOL.
my very same toes with the same VERY short nails.
AND the very high arch . . .
which helped in my dancing years.
but otherwise can be a real pain sometimes.
even the color of the skin. since i LIVE in flip flops and sandals.
i call it my ‘dirty tan’! . . . with little white zebra marks where the toe thingy goes.
i freely admit right here in public. i wear SOCKS with sandals in the wintertime! LOL.
oh. it’s lovely. you really ought to try it. unless of course you have to wade through snow.
and i do have shoes that aren’t sandals. but they’re only as a last resort.
what can i say? i’m just very stylish old bean. LOLOLOL!
i don’t actually know who my look~alike feet belong to but
we could literally be
i was so delighted to find a match!
do you know how hard it is to find pictures of feet shaped just like your own ?
that have your same toes with very short nails just like your own ?
and that are natural in color . . .
with NO POLISH ?
it’s nigh onto amazing really.
of course then . . . you may ask . . .
why would anybody want to search for that anyway . . .
for pete’s sake you say!
i’ll explain as i go along.
it seems EVERYBODY paints their toenails these days old bean.
and i mean EVERYBODY.
i so love elephants. i do.
well . . . back to humans and THEIR painted toes . . .
the majority of women seem to do it too.
some are traditionally cherry red like these above.
some are tres unusual and quirky and very mod !
like these below.
as in this deep BLUE ??? or is it purple blue?
actually seems more iridescent blue. with a little fairy glitter thrown in !
very lovely feet really.
not that certain about the BLUE though . . .
but to each her own!
kind of like dracula meets miss anemia . . .
but still. quite pretty.
some are truly just . . . oh dear old bean . . . SO GROSS !!!
OMG!!! downright YUCKKY !!!
GREEN with YELLOW???? EWWWWW.
why would you paint your toenails the color of a fungus?
and WAY TOO LONG . . . and the nails are too square . . .
or something! i don’t know!
sorry. but these are just downright CREEPY.
at least to moi.
i was so amazed at this color combination and length of toenails
that i plum forgot to get the source of the picture.
darn. now i can’t find it again!
but . . . if these are your toes. and you’re mad about anything.
just go away.
a lot of ladies on their blog posts simply love to look down at their
PRETTY painted toes. they do! and i can’t blame them one bit !!!
it’s become a fun thing to do throughout blogland.
i think it’s VERY glamorous. i have just never kept painted toes.
too much maintenance for me.
though . . . one of my favorite people on the peanut commenters
is known for her glamorous toes.
my cc girl !
you’ve all seen her comments. she’s the one that always says the cheerful
” cheers! “
i think it’s her trademark. and a very nice one to have too. i like it.
these are her very own beautiful toes.
the view from the deck of her lake house down by the water’s edge
doesn’t hurt too much either! LOLOL.
and this isn’t even a great one. this looks like a cloudy day. it’s usually fabulous.
but i liked her toes in this picture. so the lake will have to stand. or wave. or whatever.
here’s the lake house
and love these glamorous beautiful toes of hers too!
now THAT’S the way it’s done.
not a fungus amongus! LOL.
you do know . . . don’t you . . .
cc girl stands for ‘ canadian california girl ‘
because if there ever was a california girl sung about by the beach boys . . . this is the one. eh?
LOL. it’s true!
you should check out her blog old bean. talk about some gorgeous scenery.
UNBELIEVABLE pictures of flowers in her gardens ~ and the sea ~ the lake ~ and sky and sunsets ~
and vivian . . .
the dreamy eyed baby of this too~young~to~be~a~grandmama . . .
and . . . what she plans for dinner every post . . . FUN! . . . and ideas.
oh yes. it’s http://www.linda-keavney.blogspot.com
I CANNOT get her link to work. SO…
don’t miss it because of that . . .
please when you’re through go to my side bar ‘friends blogs’ and click on
woke up got out of bed.
please! and i’m so sorry for this not working as a link here in the post! ???
and thanks again rummy for letting me know it wasn’t going through here.
thank you cc girl !
especially since i didn’t ask permission if i could use your feet or your lake house in this post anyway.
this is my embarrassed face you know.
but not TOO embarrassed. cause we’re friends. and you know your toes look good charlie brown!
thank you for sharing your pretty toes and beautiful lake house here on the peanut.
in doing this overall little study of feets for this post . . .
something interesting . . . arose . . .
i also found for the most part ~ that a lot of people apparently wear
their toenails really long ! almost like little fingernails !
at least they seem long to me. perhaps only because i wear my own so short.
they ‘re really quite pretty if they’re like the ones below . . .
i think this is called a french mani~pedi !
hey old bean!
i never said i wasn’t up on all of it. LOL.
i just admitted i never DO it !!!
good grief! these are so perfect they almost look artificial !!!
but they’re very cleanly done and beautiful.
and that’s a nice length for toes and fingernails i think.
especially the toes.
any longer than that . . . and . . .
they would drive me crazy!
i have to have both my fingernails and toenails SUPER SHORT.
just always have and always will.
i call them
‘ my beach toes. ‘
it was fun sorting through foot pictures.
though it took a VERY long time to find the proper ones!
but i wanted to do a post on the importance of our feet.
so i kept looking.
and low and behold . . .
finally . . . appeared
that first picture of my own two feet . . .
and so then the post got into gear.
but here’s where it gets serious old bean.
that picture of mine would have presented an ENTIRELY different story
had i not WASHED OUT early ~ on my life long dream . . .
you can probably guess it by the picture above.
and thank heaven i did decide to STOP it.
i stopped and never looked back.
most of us who love it never end up as ballerinas anyway.
the early lessons are fine.
as a matter of fact if your daughter stays with those classes she will almost
totally SKIP the awkward period all adolescents seem to go through.
it truly does make one more graceful in every way.
and it requires discipline. which is not a bad thing to learn early in life.
eventually . . . when the madame in charge thinks she’s ready . . .
a butterfly will emerge.
this was the full progression of my dream before it ended.
and what a perfect picture this is to represent all those sweet years!
you’re always so excited to finally be allowed to go en pointe.
it’s what all your hard work has been for. and i made it.
but for me . . . the commitment to that life just wasn’t there.
so my time en pointe was limited. a year at the most.
and now i’m so glad. because . . .
no permanent damage was done. i saved my feet. my beloved toes!
as the picture of my current “twin” feet picture proves.
because here’s the truth.
and it’s a nasty little secret most people NEVER see.
and nobody ever talks about it.
all you ever see is the beauty of that world.
and it’s of course . . .
all because of these.
these little shoes are not shoes at all.
they are chambers of torture.
that toe block is still made from paper ~ glue ~ and burlap. even now.
odd to believe that ~ in this day of modern innovation.
although there are some that are now being made with a plastic block.
i think they would be rather restrictive. but i’ll never know.
because my days en pointe are SO OVER !!!! now i would turn every ankle i’ve got!!!
and if i did a grand plié you’d have to help me up! LOLOL.
but this is so pretty isn’t it?
well. it is to those of us that love it and lived it . . . for however long or short.
most men hate watching ballet oddly enough.
little do they know that if they did ~ they would be watching true athletes.
and truly a beautiful art. grace. ethereal movement.
but that outside beauty is all a terrible sham.
as most all ‘outside’ beauty usually is.
because . . .
in those shoes . . .
if she continues for a long enough time . . .
it is a TRAVESTY to her feet.
a TOTALLY ridiculous thing to do to one’s own body.
to one’s only poor feet. the feet that must serve you your entire lifetime!
because THIS is the reality.
if you stay en pointe for years and years as an active professional ballerina
you get THIS.
there is simply no way around it either.
because the human foot was just not meant to support you in that way.
her toe is already crooked from supporting her weight.
the joints are swollen. arthritis has probably already set in.
constant blisters have hardened finally into painful calluses.
and this is VERY MILD compared to some you see. EXTREMELY MILD !!!
i didn’t have the heart to show the truly AWFUL pictures of long suffering dancers.
some of their feet literally BLEED through the shoes. and they’re UGLY in the extreme!
black from bruising.
blisters over blisters.
as ridiculous as the corsets women wore.
and i am sorry here if i’ve stomped all over your own dream.
ONLY YOU can know in your heart if it is worth it. and if you should
pursue it to its professional end.
nobody . . . especially not i . . . has the right to tell you not to.
you must decide for yourself.
i’m just saying to find out all that you can before you commit.
. . . i remember now why i still prefer my nails short.
a lifelong habit stemming from a once upon a time necessity.
you HAD to keep them short when you danced. otherwise the pain would be unbearable.
it was simply critical maintenance.
and now in my totally non dancing life . . .
with my lovely feet feeling good and totally normal and healthy . . .
i guess i simply like how they look and feel with nails kept very short.
so i keep them that way.
clean. neat. minimal.
the truth of it is . . . old bean . . .
you wouldn’t necessarily have to be a ballerina to have those feet pictured above !!!
if you wore the popular tiny pointed toed shoes of the 70’s and 80’s . . .
and actually . . . i think they’ve probably never really left . . . have they?
i never wear them so i don’t know.
if you did or do wear them constantly . . .
well. i bet you’d probably have almost the SAME thing!
you just weren’t balancing all your weight on the tips of your toes and joints is all.
but . . . think about it . . .
you were STILL CRAMMED into a shape that wasn’t friendly old bean!
see how she’s trying to ease out that right foot to relieve a little of the pressure?
bless her heart.
and men dearly love these high heel shoes on women.
as katherine hepburn said . . . ” then let THE MEN try wearing them. ” LOLOL!!!
good old kate. a true original! and not embarrassed to tell’em like it is!
WHY do we destroy our feet? our health? WHY?
to simply look sexy?
that’s not a good enough reason for me anymore. not sure it ever was.
but then i’m not young now either. and i’m TOTALLY for comfort! LOL.
i suppose women will continue to ruin parts of themselves for the sake of beauty… forever!
silly. and sadly so.
from the time we’re born
when they’re so soft and pliable and perfect ~
~ they will eventually take such a beating really ~
our poor feet.
look at this wee foot.
surely there is nothing sweeter than tiny baby feet!!!
so adorable. you can just FEEL the softness right through this picture!
and how they feel
and how we treat them
are critical to our health and well being.
at least that’s what the resident doctor on the peanut says.
and you should try to listen to the peanut.
BA HAHA HAHAHA !!!!
foot reflexology is a well respected part of medicine in many cultures.
i wager a bet that our vicki in australia knows entirely all about it.
i think she’s a real shaman. i do! i know that she’s an herbalist healer.
it all makes sense to me. it’s knowledge handed down from centuries of study.
important knowledge that’s been revered and guarded for even thousands of years.
i wish western medicine wasn’t so close minded and authoritarian on some things.
it is changing a bit.
but has SO FAR to go!
our doctors don’t even seem to know nor care that much about nutrition.
it’s only since nutrition has come so much into the mainstream that they’re
FINALLY now incorporating it more into their practices.
they’re always more into giving you DRUGS over here.
and even if you can’t find a qualified reflexologist . . .
a simple gentle foot massage given by someone
or even by yourself
on a regular basis . . .
does WONDERS for your morale and your over~all sense of well being.
ahhhhh . . . .
i can almost see you relaxing from here old bean. too wonderful for words!
you can always do your own little spa thing at home.
that’s what i do of a weekend evening.
it’s been a habit of mine for a long long time.
a lovely shower. a smoothing pumice stone. lots of lotion.
and it really doesn’t take long. even if you’re a busy young mother.
if it’s something you do at least once a week. your feet will stay
smooth and soft. and you’ll rest better and feel better all over!
this little spa person has the hang of it i think!
she’s apparently experimenting with oats as a facial! LOLOL.
such an adorable grin there!
i haven’t checked out that site but i think i will. it might be worth it.
even if you do nothing but this . . .
you’ll reap the benefits of taking care of your precious feet.
that’s not a typo! it really is womenz!
i enjoy light cream or lotion with a little coolness built in.
and it’s been proven now . . . they know . . .
at least apparently THEY who apparently know but whom
are NEVER named !!! LOL!!!
it’s now thought that going barefoot as much as possible is actually healthy for you!
how nice! because i do!
one last thing.
and i’m sorry. this post is WAY TOO LONG.
have you ever noticed ?
if you really stop. and think a lot about FEET . . .
they’re just pretty weird things!!! LOLOL!!!
they ARE old bean!
they’re downright weird lookin’!
til soon old bean!
keep those toes happy!
and for your convenience . . . here’s the link to that ‘spa day’ website above . . .