I grew up on 16 acres of land just west of Austin in the Texas Hill Country.
Anyone from Austin might know the area if I say it was right across the road from the County Line on the Hill barbecue restaurant.
For non-Austinites, it's kind of hard to describe the area. It's very hilly, but not mountainous. It's heavily wooded with evergreen juniper trees (Daddy always corrected anyone who foolishly called them cedar trees). It's not ranch land or farm land. But it is beautiful land. It's land with a view. Here are a couple of recent pictures of the view out the back, taken by my friend who now owns the house and land...
We were very secluded. I used to be able to go outside in my underwear to get something to wear off the clothesline, because there was no one around to see me! It was a good 10 minute walk to our closest neighbors house. We were surrounded by nothing but land and trees and wildlife.
When I was a teenager, I started having a recurring dream.
In it, I would drive out of my driveway and take a left at the main road. I would then take a left turn onto a small street. Maybe "street" isn't the right word. "Lane" maybe? It was broad and wound it's way through the trees. It was extremely hilly. And there was a neighborhood of large houses on both sides of the lane.
The thing is, this lane and neighborhood didn't exist. In real life, there was nothing there but trees.
These dreams went on for YEARS. They weren't usually very eventful. I'd just be driving around in this fictional neighborhood. Sometimes it was nighttime, and sometimes the day. Often, there would be a creek, and the land would dip down into it. I don't remember ever going into one of the houses, or seeing any people. I would just drive and drive.
A few years ago, Jimmy and I visited Austin. After visiting the old homestead, I decided I wanted to take a drive west down the road to see what the neighborhood was looking like. I knew there had been lots of new building and subdividing.
Suddenly, there on the left was a small road.
"Turn there!" I shouted to Jimmy. He did.
The road was broad and wound it's way through the trees. It was extremely hilly. And there was a neighborhood of large houses on both sides of the lane.
I almost hyperventilated.
"Oh my God. Oh my God. It's HERE!"
Jimmy thought I'd lost my mind.
It was my dream lane! Just where it was supposed to be. I felt like I'd been there a hundred times, because...I had.
So what do y'all think? Just a coincidence or do you think I could have been having some sort of precognitive visions of something that was going to exist 20 years later?
Thank you SO VERY much to all of you who have played along with my very first Spin Cycle! Now do the polite thing, and check out everybody else's spin on dreaminess...
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Peg at Square Peg in a Round Hole
Erica at Pines Lake Redhead
Jennifer at Sprite's Keeper
Kendra at Life in the slow lane
Vandy at The Testosterone Three and Me
Claire at incognitus scriptor
Keely at The Un Mom
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Go check out each and every one of them!
NEXT WEEK on The Spin Cycle...
Taking a Stand
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, we're gonna go all rabble rouser around here. Speaking out for something we believe in.
Have you ever really, seriously taken a stand on an issue? Did standing up for your beliefs get you in trouble? What issues in your life are important enough for you actually end the silence and make a statement?
Maybe this is your chance to take a stand. What do you believe strongly in and want to share with others? This is your chance to stand up on your soapbox. Make your argument.
Your issue could be global, national, local or just within your very own house. You could take a stand on global warming or...the laundry.
I once ended up making the national news back when I lived in Dallas by started a petition to bring back "real" Coke. Remember that nasty "New Coke"? One of the greatest marketing disasters in history? I worked in a popular bookstore, and put the petition on the checkout desk. I ended up with thousands of signatures. And of course, they returned "Classic Coke", so I like to think I had a hand in that.
So go for it. Give me what you've got.
I do ask (though I probably don't need to, because y'all are all a nice, thoughtful group) that if anybody chooses to take a side in an issue, particularly anything political or "hot button", just be respectful of others differing viewpoints, and refrain from mean-spiritedness.
I am also hereby unveiling my BRAND NEW SPIN BUTTON! Created for me by none other than the brilliant and talented Keely, The Un Mom!! She's my secret weapon. Isn't it just the cutest thing you ever did see? Aren't you jealous?! Please use it well...
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