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I’m Not Ready!

I’m not ready yet for snowflakes on my nose and eyelashes, or for hot chocolate and jingle bells. I’m not ready yet!

I see decorated Christmas trees up in the stores and Christmas shopping ads on TV, but I’m not ready yet!

I’m ready for leaf piles and hikes through the woods. I’m ready for sweater weather, but keep your down coat in the closet, please. I’m ready to be grateful for all that I have, and to slow down and enjoy the season of Fall, which is not over yet!

During the month of November, The Spin Cycle is going to take on a new Spin! We’re going to take the Spin Cycle on a field trip!

Part 1: Let’s take the Spin Cycle over to Instagram! Link up your Instagram account here, and then follow other Spinners. Post pictures during the week on Instagram showing us what you are grateful for. Be sure to use the hashtag #SpinCycle (along with #grateful or other hashtags you’d like to use) so we can “heart” your photos!

Link up your Instagram url here!

Part 2: We’ll also take the Spin Cycle over to Pinterest later this week!

Part 3: The Spin Cycle will also take place on our blogs, as usual, and the theme is All About Thanksgiving: giving thanks, recipes, crafts and activities. This linky will stay open all month, and you can link up as many relevant blog posts as you’d like, new or old!

Link up your All About Thanksgiving posts here!


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Running the Race

I could see her rounding the corner in a group of other fifth grade girls; her steps were flagging as she ran slower and slower, and she was about to start walking. “C’mon, Lily!” I yelled. “Keep it up!” She looked up and saw me, and started running until she reached the finish line. Lily had just finished her first Cross Country race!

A couple of days ago on Facebook, a friend wrote that she was just so tired, felt so old, and had been through chemo. She just wanted a good night’s sleep! I could relate to her so well. I remember lying awake at night after chemo was over, not able to sleep, struggling with insomnia and getting up in the morning to go to work exhausted. I’m sure you’ve felt the same way at times. Exhausted, overwhelmed, and just plain tired.

A couple of weeks ago, Ed was feeling that way, too. He had so much on his plate. His aging father has been in and out of the hospital recently. He is the elected president of our church, which as always has financial problems. It seems like he’s never home which is frustrating to both of us. We talked about it, and a little while later, I asked him how he was. “I feel much better!” he said. “Why?” I asked, because just a little while before he seemed so stressed out. “Because I talked to you,” he said. Letting it all out somehow made the situation seem better, even though nothing could be solved at the time.

Sometimes all we need is an encouraging word; a safe place to vent; someone to listen. That’s all we need to put one foot in front of the other. To just keep on swimming!


What keeps you going? Be sure to read all our bloggers who linked up, and give them some encouraging comments! When you read their posts, I’m positive you’ll feel encouraged, too! Do you have a blog post about encouragement? Be sure to link it up here!

NEXT WEEK: Stay tuned for a special month of the Spin Cycle! We’ll be writing about being grateful and Thanksgiving. Are you on Pinterest and Instagram? You’re not going to want to miss November on The Spin Cycle!

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Encouragement: Your Writing Prompt

At a recent “blog meeting” with my good friend, Mayor Crazyville, I wondered if I should give up The Spin Cycle. Let’s be honest, I haven’t been great at promoting it lately and we haven’t had many bloggers link up.

So the Mayor and I started talking about how blogging link-ups, memes and carnivals aren’t as popular as they once were; how social media sites such as Pinterest and Instagram are so visual and seem to have taken away traffic from mom bloggers. Even 5 Minutes for Moms gave up their Ultimate Blog Party this year.

But then, even though all this talk was discouraging, Sharon (the Mayor) was very encouraging. She helped me remember why I took over The Spin Cycle in the first place. Even when I’m embarrassingly late with the prompt, I need prompting to keep on writing. (See what I did there?)

This week for The Spin Cycle, our prompt is Encouragement. When you need encouraging? Who give you encouragement? Or how do you provide encouragement to others?

Write a post about encouragement and link up here any day this week!

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It’s Fall, Y’all

In our neck of the woods, the leaves are changing color and the air feels brisk. Yesterday morning there was frost on the grass in my backyard. Fall is here!

For the Spin Cycle this week, link up any post about fall. Fall festivals, fall crafts and pumpkins! Caramel apples, apple pie, and pumpkins!

It’s fall, y’all! I’ll be sharing my fall post with you on Friday, October 23.

Fall Trees
Fall Trees

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Wherein I discover what a “horseshoe” really is

It seems like an easy enough question. When I saw the word “horseshoes” on a menu in Springfield, however, I was stumped.

Many different regions have delicacies for which they are known. You’ll never have a better pork tenderloin sandwich than one in Iowa. Philly has its cheese steak sandwiches and Chicago has deep dish pizza.

Some specialties are less well known. I didn’t know Santa Maria was famous for tri-tip beef until I visited my sister in Central California. When Ed and I were driving in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, billboards for pasties had us wondering. And we never did try the boiled peanuts we saw advertised in North Carolina.

As they say, when in Rome…so I ordered a hamburger horseshoe for lunch. What I got was a piece of white, toasted bread with a hamburger patty on top, covered with crispy French fries and topped with cheddar cheese sauce. I am a sucker for cheese fries, so this “horseshoe” was a dream come true!

Of course, as soon as I had wifi, I had to look up the origins of the horseshoe. It didn’t look like a horseshoe, so why was it called a horseshoe? The horseshoe was invented in Springfield in the early 1900’s. It was originally served on a warm metal plate, which was the “anvil.” The bread was toasted with thinly pieces of sliced bone-in ham. These pieces of ham were shaped like a “horseshoe” after being cut off the bone, and the name of this open-faced sandwich was born. The ham was covered with tangy cheese sauce, and then eight wedges of potato, the “nails,” where placed around the sandwich.

We saw a blacksmith using an anvil during our trip to Lincoln’s New Salem.

I saved a copy of the cheese sauce recipe, and I’m going to try making horseshoes for dinner sometime soon. I don’t have any metal plates, however; I think they’ll taste just as good on my Crate & Barrel dishes.

What have you discovered lately? Link your blog posts up here, and be sure to read our other Spinners!

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