Lordt, honeychile!  I’m the Busted Flush, today.  I can’t figure out what to write about!! Perfume?  Nah.  I’m awash in No5 – AGAIN!  (my shoulder has been giving me the flux since the barometer dropped/rose/dropped again and No5 is the only solution.  I sit in therapy (I am NOT having surgery on this shoulder – according to my PT if we can create enough scar tissue around the tear we should be able to shore it up – and I am here for that!) and whilst I am getting TENSed and ultrasounded, seeing my delts hop around like rice in a skillet, I think about my ridiculous Life Choices and realize that, ridiculous or not, this Life is apparently what the U has in store for me at the present time.  I’m working out 7 days a week (oh, like you’re surprised 😉  but correctly, with heavy days broken up by stretching only, etc.  I’ve made some new gym pals – and those pals have evolved into hanging-out pals (ish).  I know it sounds absurd to be so damb happy about that but this is a totally tribal place, different from a larger, more urban area.  People aren’t mean – they’re just in their own tribe – and it’s weird to encounter (and weirder to try to insert yourself into a tribe – in fact, it’s nearly impossible!).  Crafting a New Tribe is doable (and if anyone can do it, I should be able to) but the focus is on the ‘doing’.

Our century-old Sale Barn burned down (to the ground) early Saturday morning.  It was a wreck even before – but now there’s a gaping hole at the edge of town – and a large part of the area’s history is now gone.  Luckily, this happened the week after the monthly sale – there were losses (3 horses and a donkey) but it could’ve been way more than that – on Sale weekend there are up to 70 horses at the barn.

Corsets.  I haz one.  Found it at Salvation Army for $2. Black woven silk.  YAY!  And I’m trying to get myself into it with a modicum of comfort Just Because.  OMG.  I need to spend quite a bit more time on the elliptical plus a few million more planks/crunches.  I can close it.  But I don’t like it.  And I know that Dita von Teese would say ‘that’s as it should be’ – but I ain’t Dita von Teese.  I’d like to breathe, thank you!


Do NOT ask me why I am doing this.  I have no idea *– but a gal has to have a goal.  Right?  That corset is My Goal – at least for now.

  •  actually I know PERSACKLY why I’m doing it.  The incongruity of finding a gorgeous, elegant CORSET! hanging on a rack amongst the local HS booster sweatshirts proved to be my undoing – and who doesn’t want to fit into a corset?  And it’s that time of year when I’m a bit bored – so Challenge Accepted!!!  And it’s not like it’s my first corset – but it’s been awhile.  So… might as well give myself a goal for the frigid months!

So that’s what’s going on in my little world.  What’s going on in yours?  Lmk.  I’ll have Monsieur poke a pawnail in thanks for your patience – and he’ll poke TWICE!  because Holidays! and we’ll send out some goodies from Surrender to Chance!


  • Brigitte says:

    I would like to turn the ten pounds I intentionally gained into some muscle in 2024…that’s my goal.

  • VerbenaLuvvr says:

    I’ve a bum ankle and that’s always been my excuse for not exercising more. Getting close to that time of year when I promise myself to do better… then fall off the wagon as usual. Happy Holidays everyone! 🙂

  • Maya says:

    I like your “NUTHIN’”. I like Dita von Teese. And I think I’ll keep my eyes open for any vintage corset I might be lucky enough to find, at low cost too. Don’t know what I’d do with it but it should definitely be fun!

  • Portia says:

    HA! This is not nothing Musette.
    Sorry your body is still giving you gyp. Hope the work around does.
    HA! Everyone needs a corset, even if it’s as a challenge. I have one that hasn’t fitted since I quit smoking. It quietly mocks me.
    Portia xx

  • March says:

    Hehe have fun with the corset! You strike me as a person who’d appreciate them … and I am so sorry about the barn and the horses, even though it could have been much worse, poor things. I’m over here vaguely prepping for travel to Maine to see the kids next week.

  • Dina C. says:

    Sorry bout the ouchy shoulder. I’m glad the gym tribe has let you in. My son is a gym bro, and his gym buddies are everything to him. So I get it. The corset looks amazing. What a goal! You have the self discipline to get there. If No 5 is helping you through, then wear it every day!

  • cinnamon says:

    It’s harder to find one’s tribe as an adult but agree it can be done. I hope the shoulder cooperates. I am having issues but I think they are of a lower magnitude vs what you describe. Visit for osteopathy next week. In the meantime, I’ve got this great heated cape thing I wear for a half hour a day (goes over shoulders and up neck) and stretch A LOT. I’m told I keep getting my pelvis out of whack and need to be on computer less (which will happen come 2024 and retirement).

  • taxi says:

    Good for you! Love the corset pic.
    For colder weather I’m wearing TF Cherry Smoke & Byredo’s Oud Immortelle. I love crisp citrus-y scents but they’re too light for winter.

  • alityke says:

    I’m still a packing ant from the perfumery & dress downsize. 30 bottles & 1 dress sold. More for listing over the weekend. I’ve had begging messages for more Lush & vintage Lutens.
    You’re stinking the gym up with vintage No5 & you formed a tribe doing it? Gurl these is your people!

  • Tom says:

    I thought the whole point of the corset wasn’t to diet into it but to disarrange bits of schpek, muscle a s internal organs to lace it up.

    I’m getting over the seasonal flu so I think I’m doing a rerun tomorrow. Or writing about the joy of Kleenex.

  • Kathleen says:

    Happy holiday season! Goals are good, especially with a slower pace of life starting January. Good idea, I will think on my goal for the winter.You smell fabulous in No 5! I’ve been wearing No 5 lately too, and Hypnotic Poison.

  • Tara C says:

    Not tempted in the least to force myself into a corset, but determined to drop a kilo to feel more relaxed in my skinny jeans. All the best to you on the shoulder!