Bars, Brothels, and the Wild West

I haven’t blogged for ages for one simple reason — it has been too hot to leave the house for weeks and weeks. Temperatures over 100F for many weeks have removed my adventurous spirit and replaced it with an exhausted one. Even checking the mailbox requires too much effort and I stumble down there everyContinue reading “Bars, Brothels, and the Wild West”

Cool Change

After a few weeks of sweltering heat, I awoke to a chilly Oklahoma morning. I had planned a day in, but the cool weather was too good to stay indoors. We kept it simple. A trip to the Farmer’s Market at Scissortail Park, joining the local library, and a tasty lunch at Chipotle. The windContinue reading “Cool Change”

A Myriad of Gardens

I’ve been wanting to check out OKC’s Myriad Botanical Gardens since I first heard about them. Jim has raved about the Crystal Bridge Conservatory which is the centrepiece of the garden, however, the Conservatory has been closed for renovations for a while.  I spent the day working and as Jim had taken the day off,Continue reading “A Myriad of Gardens”

Burgers, Heat, and Migraines

Saturday was the 34th Fried Onion Burger Day Festival in El Reno, Oklahoma. It was a really hot day and I chose to wear black and not take a hat. So un-Australian of me.  The Fried Onion Burger Day Festival is a big deal in Oklahoma. They were expecting a crowd of about 25,000 peopleContinue reading “Burgers, Heat, and Migraines”

I’d Sooner be in Oklahoma

We arrived in OKC at our new apartment late on a Friday night. Jim drove the uHaul and I drove our car up from Texas. I’d never driven for more than about 20 minutes since arriving in the US, so it was an anxiety-ridden drive for me that stretched on for hours. I made itContinue reading “I’d Sooner be in Oklahoma”

The Sounds of America

I’ve now been in the US for over a year and I can no longer imagine being anywhere else. That happened quite suddenly. I went from being constantly homesick to finally feeling I belong here now. America has become familiar. I never thought I’d get to a place where I felt at home anywhere exceptContinue reading “The Sounds of America”

Tornadoes, Immigration, & Panera

I’ve had a big week. I’ll start at the beginning. Tornadoes: I live north of Dallas and we get the occasional tornado. The last serious one was in 1993 and there was significant damage. I didn’t realize I was living in tornado alley but according to Google, I am. On Monday night we had aContinue reading “Tornadoes, Immigration, & Panera”

Food For Thought

I’ve now been in the US for a year and in that time I’ve done a great deal of eating. I have also gained weight and while I’m not surprised, I’m somewhat annoyed by it.  Food is important. Obviously we need it to stay alive, but food is such an important part of life, culture,Continue reading “Food For Thought”

On Route to Route 66

Driving Route 66 has always been on my bucket list and Jim and I had gone as far as to plan it for our honeymoon. But with Covid making everything more difficult we gave it up as a honeymoon idea. At the end of September last year Jim had a week off so we madeContinue reading “On Route to Route 66”

Stupid Things

Sometimes I do stupid things. Yesterday was one of those days and I both regret it, yet don’t. Let me explain.  I live in America. I’m Australian. I’m used to spiders and snakes and gross things like that, and even though I hate them, I’m used to them. I’m not used to squirrels or skunksContinue reading “Stupid Things”