Musette’s Musings, a Giveaway and…THIS #!#*$ WEATHER!

Okay – so you’re getting a Musette’s Musings ….. becauuuuse! it’s a rollercoaster of insanity, weatherwise and I’m a Donkey on the Edge.  Buckle up, buttercups.  Here we go.  There’s a giveaway at the end of this ramble, I promise.

  1. This WEATHER!  It’s making me skritchy AF with it being near-60s on a Wednesday … then, by Saturday it’s flipping THIRTEEN DEGREES! with a gale-force wind.  Really?

And…OMG!  WordPress ATE MY POST!

Which is probably not the worst thing – because if you wanna talk lame-assed posts?  This one.

I talked about glitter nail polish (toes only, folks.  I’m not that brave).  TonyMoly ‘Jupiter’ – which has only been out for damb near 20 years!

More weather whining.  It’s in the 50s today so I cannot even be bothered to replicate the whining.

Looking for a warm-climate spa in the US (Women’s Health did an article on Balinese Wellness and, as usual… who on earth edits that rag?  Why wouldn’t you link to the ACTUAL SPA your writer went to?  Nobody reading WH thinks it’s a not-for-profit magazine.  LINK IT).  But, it’s irrelevant, since I am not currently at Bali-level discretionary funds.  Luckily there are US ones that don’t involve a 24hr plane trip.

There was more whining.

BUT!  I did put in that there was a GIVEAWAY!  So tell me something about something – your favorite US spa? (this will be a Christmas trip, so nothing with snow.  If I want snow I can stay home).  Do you wear glitter nails?  How’s your weather?  Whatchuwearin’ in this transitional time?  You pick.  Then M. Jacques will go on randomDOT and pick a winner!

I’ve got some funner stories to tell you next time, assuming WPress doesn’t still hate me – including one about our beloved Uncle Karl.  And how I almost got fired, thanks to him.

  • Tom says:

    I have never been to a spa in my life. (I know!) Closest I have been was a long weekend at the Ojai Valley Inn courtesy of a friend- she did the spa portion of the program and I sat by the pool in the shade and read. It was perfection.

    Of course the rains may have washed the Inn down onto the sand at Ventura at this point..

  • Teresa says:

    I live in the desert southwestern US, Arizona to be specific….though we are known for our dry, hot climate and mild winters, this wi yet has been cooler and much rainier ( which we needed!). I’m actually looking forward to the heat this summer! By the way, we are known for our resort hotels and spas so check them out! The Biltmore is a venerable well-known hotel but there are many newer ones such as the Hilton and Royal Palms.

    • Musette says:

      AZ has some lovely spas! I was leaning towards Palm Springs because I know it – but I think I might investigate AZ, too!

  • rosarita says:

    Hi Ms A! Well, you know how my weather is, it’s a rollercoaster like yours. Throw in some lake effect snow and my bad attitude and I feel skritchy too.
    My best spa experience was many years ago, Sycamore Springs in San Louis Obispo, CA. Natural mineral pools, beautiful grounds to wander around. I can’t do massages because they unlock a deep tickleishness that is downright embarrassing.
    I love nail polish but quit painting my nails during the pandemic. Love sparkle too but I hate taking it off.

    • Musette says:

      yeah, y’all know how to do SNOW over there by the lake. There’s a lot of things I miss about not living close to Lake Michigan – but lake effect snow is NOT one of them.
      See below @ Dina C for my response to removing glitter nail polish. Apparently I am no longer able to manage responses (eyeroll)

  • Dina C. says:

    Berkeley Springs, West Virginia is home to natural springs, thus the name. It’s a tiny town in the mountains only 1-1/2 hours from Wash, DC, which makes it super convenient. They’ve got lots of spas, New Age woowoo stores, and art galleries. There’s a bath house that’s been there since the time of George Washington, even! My favorite is Renaissance Spa where you can get facials, massages, and baths. It’s attached to The Country Inn, an older, lovely Southern Inn full of charm. Check it all out at Would probably be chilly at Christmas, but the decor would be amazing. My fam took me there last mother’s day.

    • Musette says:

      That whole area is gorgeous! I didn’t know they had springs there. But! you’ve now got me thinking about Hot Springs AR!!! (closer than VA)

      Taking glitter nail polish off is tiresome, though I learned (from All Lacquered Up) that if you put a coat of clear atop it, just prior to removal (probably taking it off at the ‘tacky’ stage) it helps a lot. we’ll see…


    • Tom says:

      I love that you call them woo woo stores too!

  • March says:

    There’s several in Phoenix / Scottsdale … hmmmm. With you on the warm weather. It snowed yesterday, maybe again today, happy spring lol I’m so over this weather. My nails have been shockingly bare, I’m struggling to keep them from splitting, must be the dryness although I condition them etc. Gave up on handwashing the dishes which may help.

    • Dina C. says:

      I can relate to the splitting nails, March. I’ve got a band-aid on a finger right now because my nails have a habit of cracking horizontally below the quick! Ouch! and then snagging everything. So frustrating.

    • Musette says:

      Ow! Does that Nail Guardian help at all?



  • alityke says:

    The weather here is fluffin poop too. Bouncing around all over the shop. Snow, warm sunshine, hail like marbles & freezing night. All in 24 hrs.
    I used to belong to a gym that had a spa & members got reduced spa treatments. I tried a few treatments & hated every one of them. If I get a massage I want it to hurt getting those tense muscles to relax & breaking those nasty capsules that shouldn’t be there. I have had great sports massage done & that’s far more me.
    I have worn sparkly polish & gels when I first retired as it had been a no-no at work. Now I prefer to spend my cash keeping warm.
    Happy Fragrance Day everyone

    • Musette says:

      okay – that made me laugh. Because I know persackly what you mean. A ‘meh’ massage is more irritating than anything.


  • cinnamon says:

    weather … feh. we’re finally seeing a bit of spring and to my joy my dog tooth violet, which I thought was gone, is poking up. the resilience of nature. spas … I do acupuncture, osteopathy and, when I can get an appt, myofascial release massage at a great local place. that’s ‘spa’ for me. fingers and toes are naked. but glittery toes sound great. no giveaway for me but I look forward to M. Jacques picking a winner.

    • Musette says:

      those are all excellent ‘spa’, imo!!!

      M. Jacques is jealous that he cannot have sparkly pawnails, with which to pick a winner. Alas, I don’t feel like arguing with him, should he not like it.


  • matty1649 says:

    I’ve never been to a Spa. I used to have false nails a few years ago.

  • Portia says:

    Currently wearing some aqua leaning green toe nails with aurora sparkles
    It’s a big deal and I feel beautiful.
    Portia xx

  • Kathleen says:

    My favorite local spa is Woodhouse; however, you surely wouldn’t want to visit Denver at Christmas time if you don’t want cold and snow! I haven’t been in years; however, Ten Thousand Waves spa in Santa Fe is fabulous.
    I don’t have nice enough nails to pull off glitter, I tend to wear pinks and grays on my nails and have been doing my own manis and pedis.
    We have the same wacky weather and I am done with winter! I hope you find the perfect getaway spa!

    • March says:

      Ha! I know she’s been to Ten Thousand Waves because she went with Patty and me! We had an awesome time. The hummingbirds were incredible up there.

  • KayKay says:

    If you are ever in the Los Angeles area, I would recommend Bellagio Nails & Spa, best darn massage I’ve ever had while they were doing my mani & pedi. Not going to lie, it was spendy, but it was a lovely treat that us gals in the bridal party did on my cousin’s wedding weekend last summer. As for glitter nails, never done them, I usually go for some seasonally appropriate color on the toes (ex. I have a medium pink with a yellow flower on the big toe in celebration of spring) and keep the fingers a bland rotation of translucent pinks, nudes or bare. As for the weather, I hope everyone enjoyed their first day of spring wherever you are from. In my little corner of the world, it is nearing warmer temperatures day by day, supposed to be a lovely upper 50s day tomorrow and and get into the 60’s later next week.

  • VerbenaLuvvr says:

    I have never been to a spa or even a manicurist my whole life. I do however spend far too much at the salon every 4-6 weeks. Recently I threw out my aged nail polish collection, it was mostly glitter and metallic shades, but these days not compatible with my job and just easier to go nails commando. Tomorrow’s forecast is more snow so I will enjoy reading funny stories. This has been the longest, most depressing winter ever!

    • Musette says:

      dagNABBIT! on the ‘more snow’! After weeks of dry weather we had one (ONE) snowy morning – and I nearly burst into tears!

  • Tara C says:

    My 85 year old father goes to a nail salon to get a pedicure, because he can’t bend over to do his own feet. LOL. I do my own, no nail polish. The local spa here is La Costa near San Diego, it’s very nice especially in the summer. One year for mother’s day the guys treated us all (sisters, MILs, moms, nieces) to a spa day there.

    In Montreal, the spa is called BOTA and it’s on an old converted boat on the river. Looks cool but I’ve never been.

    • Musette says:

      I need some guys like that in my life! And your father is a Very Smart Man. Better to have them professionally cared-for than to risk life and limb. Feels good, too! xoxo

  • Maggiecat says:

    I have no spa recommendations, alas. But the weather has been truly wacky here too, and its making me nuts – and hurty. Hope you find a lovely place.

  • MMKinPA says:

    Spa? Would love to go to one someday. Years ago after my mom passed away my husband treated me to some services at the Naples Grande Beach Resort, where we were spending spring break. My last experience in a fancy spa. Nice hotel, at least back then.

  • Marsi says:

    The closest thing I’ve ever been to an American spa was three night at L’Auberge de Sedona back in December. It was day spa, but very luxurious. I had my own little cottage with a fireplace, a whirlpool bathtub, and an outdoor shower. All of which were so cozy at Christmastime. The spa was right across the footpath from me.

    I didn’t wear any nail polish at all on that trip.

  • Eldarwen22 says:

    I haven’t been to a spa or nail salon in at least 14 years due to the expense. The nail salon that I went to was your run of the mill one but it was clean. Used to wear fake nails and it was $30 plus tip to get them filled. The funniest story I have was one of my guy friend’s dad went in for a manicure to go to Florida with his girlfriend. Imagine a 70 something boomer doing that. No boomer man that I know has ever done that. I know some Millennial men who do that but whatever floats your boat. I miss my fake nails though.

    • Musette says:

      I love that your friend’s dad did that – I know a lot of Boomer men who do, mostly to keep their hands tidy (no polish – just filing, buffing, etc).
      I’ve never done fake nails – can’t keep them on with all the gardening!
      Hope you can get your nails done again, soon!