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It’s January! {Spin Cycle Prompt}

Every time I see this cartoon on Facebook, I laugh.

January winter

Is January really so bad? How has your January been? This week on the Spin Cycle, your prompt is January. Do you love January or hate it? What does January look like in your neck of the woods? Take some photos and show us. Or take a video.

Tell us your Spin on January, and link it up any day this week!

 



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In 2015, I’d like to get the Spin Cycle grow. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Write a Spin Cycle post any day this week and link it up here!
  • Copy the code for the Spin Cycle button on my sidebar and paste it in your Spin or include a link back here in your post so that your readers will be able to find more Spins.
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Traveling {Spin Cycle Prompt}

This weekend, we took advantage of the above-freezing temperatures and took a little road trip up to Wisconsin. It’s really more accurate to say that we took a little trip up the road! We jumped on Hwy 12 and took it all the way up to Wilmot Mountain. Those of you who live by mountains would call this mountain nothing more than a hill. But to those of us in the flat Midwestern states, we’ll call a hill a mountain, make some snow, and go skiing!

Skiing is not an easy thing to do, however, if you have a fear of heights like I do. Two years ago, I went to Wilmot Mountain with Ed and the girls, but I did not put on skis. I just watched everyone else ski! This year…well, I’ll tell you if I skied or not tomorrow.

Midwest skiing

Speaking of road trips, on Friday, I’m combining my Spin Cycle post with Ask Away Friday. I’ll be answering some travel questions from Tamara at Tamara (like) Camera, and she’s going to answer some of my travel questions!

For the Spin Cycle this week, I’m asking you (almost) the same questions I asked Tamara. Pick two or three of your favorite questions to answer, or answer them all!

  1. Would you rather take a road trip or fly?
  2. Where is your favorite place to travel?
  3. Do you have any sanity-saving tips for traveling with kids?
  4. If you could take a vacation without the kids, where would you go?
  5. What is your favorite activity to do while traveling? Do you like to read, sleep, listen to music, or play games?
  6. Is there a place you would travel to just for the food?
  7. One of my goals is to someday come home to a clean house, but it hasn’t happened yet! When you leave your house for vacation, is it messy or clean?
  8. What is one thing you would never travel without?
  9. My husband cannot sit still for very long on vacation; he has to be constantly on the move. How about you? Would you rather have a relaxing vacation or have activities planned from morning ‘til night?
  10. If you could photograph (or see) any place in the world, where would you go?

Link up the answers to some or all of these questions any day this week! On Friday, I’ll answer the questions Tamara asked me.



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In 2015, I’d like to get the Spin Cycle grow. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Write a Spin Cycle post any day this week and link it up here!
  • Copy the code for the Spin Cycle button on my sidebar and paste it in your Spin or include a link back here in your post so that your readers will be able to find more Spins.
  • Sign up for my newsletter to get the Spin Cycle Prompt in your inbox.
  • Send me a tweet @lemondroppie when your post is up!

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Put a Ring On It {Spin Cycle}

The girls and I were just getting home from the movies on one of those cold, cold days we had last week. It was so cold that school was cancelled, and yet we still went out with our warm, reliable minivan to shop at Target and to see Annie. Ed was already home from work when we pulled into the garage, and he was looking around his car with a flashlight. I carelessly thought he must have lost a glove or his hat as the girls tumbled out of the van shouting their hellos to Daddy. As we walked in the house together, I casually asked, “Did you lose something?”

Ed gave me a stricken look and said, “Yes, my wedding ring.”

Oh.

I tried not to panic as he told me all the places it could be. The cold weather made his fingers shrink, and his ring must have just slipped off. He remembered taking off his gloves and twirling it around with his thumb while he was driving home from work. When he got home, he stopped at the curb to get the mail from the mailbox, and then once inside, he did a load of laundry. We concluded his ring was either in the snowbank or in his laundry hamper.

Ed looked through his hamper and shook out the clothes carefully. I took his laundry out of the washing machine and checked his wet clothes and the inside of the washer. Nothing. Ed traipsed outside several times in the snow to look for his ring, but that was hopeless. Even worse, we were getting 2 more inches of snow that evening.

I hugged Ed and told him the ring didn’t matter; either it would turn up or we would get him another one and either way it would be okay. But that night as I lay in bed and listened to the snow plows go by, I kept imagining that they were pushing his wedding ring farther and farther up the street from our house.

The next day, I checked Ed’s hamper again. I looked carefully on the garage floor to see if it possibly could have ended up there. I carefully shoveled the snow by the mailbox, looking for any glint of metal.

Nothing. Ed sent me an email simply titled, “I Need a Ring.” After work, he went to the gym as usual. When he got home, he joked that all the women were busy checking him out without a ring on his finger. Mmm-hmm. He started quoting the Britney Spears song the gym plays all the time: “All eyes on us. All eyes on us.” Yup, one of the reasons I married him is because he makes me laugh.

That evening, Ed decided he should finish doing his laundry. He had been a little distracted the night before, so it didn’t get finished. When one load was in the washer, I thought I heard a clicking noise and saw a flash against the window of the washing machine door. I opened the door and found…a zipper that was making that racket.

Just as I was thinking we’d never find it, Ed came down the stairs, wearing his wedding ring! He had been pulling laundry out of the hamper for the FOURTH time, and his ring fell out onto the bathroom floor!

We went to the jewelry store last Sunday, and had that ring tightened. I’m glad to say that Ed is still a happily married man.

Have you lost something recently? Have you found it?

Link your Spins here; I can’t wait to read your writing!


Spin Cycle at Second Blooming

In 2015, I’d like to get the Spin Cycle grow. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Write a Spin Cycle post any day this week and link it up here!
  • Copy the code for the Spin Cycle button on my sidebar and paste it in your Spin or include a link back here in your post so that your readers will be able to find more Spins.
  • Sign up for my newsletter to get the Spin Cycle Prompt in your inbox.
  • Send me a tweet @lemondroppie when your post is up!

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Lost {Spin Cycle Prompt}

Last Friday, some of you may have thought I was lost! I didn’t get my Word of 2015 published until well into the evening! By the way, it’s still not summer here. It is snowing as I type, and we are supposed to get about two more inches tonight. I’ve lost my enthusiasm for snow. I don’t know what happened; I used to love snow! I need to pull myself together and start loving snow again because hey, I live in Illinois. We’re going to get snow.

The two of us surrounded by family, building snowmen in Iowa
Building snowmen in Iowa a couple of years ago. (Hi, Dad!)

What have you lost? Have you lost something precious to you? Have you lost yourself in a book or a movie? Or have you just lost yourself? Did you find what was lost?

This week’s prompt on The Spin Cycle is lost. How will you spin the word lost? I’ll post my Spin on lost this Friday.

Spin Cycle at Second Blooming

In 2015, I’d like to get the Spin Cycle grow. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Write a Spin Cycle post any day this week and link it up here!
  • Copy the code for the Spin Cycle button on my sidebar and paste it in your Spin or include a link back here in your post so that your readers will be able to find more Spins.
  • Send me a tweet @lemondroppie when your post is up!
  • Sign up for my newsletter to get the Spin Cycle Prompt in your inbox.

Link your Spins here; I can’t wait to read your writing!


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What’s Your Word for 2015? {Spin Cycle Prompt}

My word of the year last year was more exciting than it looked. I picked “schedule.” It doesn’t look very exciting, does it? But read the poem I wrote to go along with my word!

2014 Word of the Year

How did you do on your 2014 word of the year? What will this year’s word be? Last year, we wrote an acrostic poem to go along with our word, but this year a poem is totally optional!

Link up your post with your 2015 Word of the Year right here on The Spin Cycle! I’ll tell you my new word on Friday.



Spin Cycle at Second Blooming

Copy and paste the code from my sidebar on the right to add some Spin Cycle bling to your post! Do you want to read last year’s word? Here’s a link to my Word of the Year for 2014, including the linky to some of your Words of the Year. (Linky Tools lost your images, but the links still work!)

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