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”

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”

Who’s Gonna Drive Me Home?

When I visited Hawaii last year, if I couldn’t walk to where I was going, I caught cabs or UBER’s everywhere. My American son-in-law did some of the driving, but no way would I attempt to drive on the opposite side of the car, on the opposite side of the road, from what I wasContinue reading “Who’s Gonna Drive Me Home?”

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”

Thankful For Thanksgiving

My first official Thanksgiving here in the USA has come and gone. In the lead up, I wasn’t sure how to feel about it. Hailing from Australia, Thanksgiving is totally new for me. I made sure I learnt a bit about why Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, as it’s important to me to understand why we doContinue reading “Thankful For Thanksgiving”

Home Away From Home

I had read the classical Australian novel, All The Rivers Run, by Nancy Cato, several times as a young teen. Whilst it was a wonderful, historical love story, it was the vivid descriptions of life on the Murray that captivated my imagination. For years I had wanted to visit Echuca, but I imagined it toContinue reading “Home Away From Home”