If you've been traveling with me on the Prairie Journey,
you've viewed Prairie Petals
walked the Prairie Path,
and experienced my Prairie Pain.
Now, after walking through the Prairie,
you probably need a fresh pedicure.
When I first arrived at Janet's farm,
citified and primped like a city girl,
I had to help pick peas for hours.
OK, it felt like hours.
My makeup was melting,
the Fuschia Bling Bling on my toes was getting dusty,
and I actually was sweating.
It was hard to believe that only six short years ago,
I was a country girl.
I could hardly remember how to pick peas.
I'm kinda' used to buying them now.
Because I had to do a "farm" thing with her,
she promised to do a "city" thing with me.
Janet didn't know what she was agreeing to.
It had been in the 90's in Dakota Territory,
OK, it's actually been North Dakota for a few years,
and we had to deliver this stock tank to the pasture.
It needed to be filled up, obviously.
She looks like a fireman, because she is one -
a volunteer for one of those little towns
you all drive through and wonder who would live there.
Yea, she calls herself a fireman.
She doesn't need to be PC, because she is respected for what she does.
We returned later without hubby,
because he just wouldn't understand.
I think he had to check the crops,
or check the weather,
or something farmery like that.
The pedicure process has been adapted to fit her prairie lifestyle.
Don't they look like they could just walk away on their own?
Maybe ya' didn't know,
but a cowgirl's boots rank right up there in affection
with her husband and her horse,
but not always in that order.
Splash because you are having some crazy fun.
Notice the horses were scared away?
Use the finger-nail clipper your city-slicker friend
carries in her
Walk carefully through the pasture,
making sure a lot of mud gets on the bottom of your feet.
Before you go "eww" you should read up on the benefits of mud packs.
Mud is used to treat internal malfunctions,
acne,fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, sunburn and prickly heat,
just to name a few.
On the internet, you can order mud with various mineral contents
and varying benefits from exotic countries.
Or, you could save the high fee, shipping and handling,
and walk through my friend's pasture,
avoiding the freshest horse doo-doo.
Yes, she is exfoliating with hay imported from the mowed ditch.
It might be straw.
Not sure if I know the difference.
Exfoliation is necessary to remove older skin and promote cell growth.
It also gets the manure off.
And you thought fenceposts were just for holding onto the barbed wire.
Let your friend push back cuticles,
did out some ND permadirt and gumbo,
paint on some stunning color,
and top with a clear coat,
so it will last through harvest.
Sit back and put your feet up on your desk and admire
the Prairie Pedicure.
It's almost enough to keep a country girl from putting her boots back on.
I said, almost.