The Vegemite Debacle Resolved

After a horrific Oklahoman summer in which the earth was scorched, we had one glorious minute of fall, and then winter weather set in. With highs in the 20s and 30s, and even a blanket of snow twice, it’s obvious I’m not going to get a Hallmark-movie-style fall. But rather than dwell on that, IContinue reading “The Vegemite Debacle Resolved”

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”

Cold Brew—The Best Of America?

From the moment I hit American shores, I have been criticizing the coffee, and rightly so! It’s mostly horrible. I’ve had the occasional good coffee at a cafe, but it’s been almost as rare as hen’s teeth. As I drink most of my coffee at home, I bought a beautiful French Press and also, aContinue reading “Cold Brew—The Best Of America?”

Oklahoma Beach Vibes

America continues to surprise me, in a good way! I can’t believe that a couple of hours drive can take me to so many different landscapes, and different experiences.  We recently took a day trip up to Ardmore in Oklahoma, to meet up with my daughter and her husband. Wanting to experience some Oklahoma barbecue,Continue reading “Oklahoma Beach Vibes”

8 American Foods You Must Try

When people plan a vacation, one of the things they like to prepare is a list of different foods and restaurants they want to try.  Most tourists head to the US with some idea of what American food will be like, perhaps imagining deep fried and sugar-laden. And while this is not inherently untrue, it’sContinue reading “8 American Foods You Must Try”

The Sweetest Tea

Before immigrating to the US and moving to the South, my Australian friends would ask if I was looking forward to trying sweet tea. Sweet Tea? How disgusting, I’d say. You don’t put sugar in tea, and drink it cold — you drink it as the Queen of England would — hot, and milky. Honestly,Continue reading “The Sweetest Tea”

Culture Shock in the USA

After thirteen months of the immigration process, I made it! I am now living in beautiful North Carolina, USA, with my loving American husband, Jim. I am so happy to be here with him, but it would be remiss of me to not mention the culture shock before anything else. So here is a listContinue reading “Culture Shock in the USA”