Photo 101: Home – it smells like rain

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Why does home smell like rain?

Well I’ve been living in the Mid-West USA for nearly 6 years now but home is Scotland (the country, not the small Mid-West town) and I am still in love with the weather here – real snow and hot summers and very little rain! Whenever it’s a dull grey day we always say to each other “Aye, it’s a guid Scottish day today!” and I can always smell whenever it’s going to rain. The rain is very rarely persistent all-day ‘dreich’ rain like we get back home in Scotland. It’s mostly the Monsoon-type where it pours down then just as suddenly stops. So to have a rainy day (like today – just when I wanted a nice day to start the Photo 101 course) is very unusual. That’s why home smells like rain.

As an aside, the Mid-West is not the most photogenic of places, but I’m going to try and take fresh photographs every day and not use any of my stock of old ones. Last year I was a newbie blogger and did the Photo 101 but sometimes reverted back to here’s one I did earlier – check out last year’s interpretation of ‘home’ here¬† Scotland, one of the most beautiful countries in the world (although Wales comes in close, eh D?) ūüėČ

The Top Ten things I miss about home at Christmas

Christmas card 2 low resLying awake at 3am last night I was thinking of all the things I miss about home (Scotland) at this time of year and decided it’d be a good blog (Yayy, I FINALLY have something to write about!) Anyway here is my top ten list of all things British I miss about Christmas in the USA.

Mincemeat Pies

Friends and Family – maybe that should have been the top one, but hey, none of my friends and family read this so they won’t even know. And I mean I miss them all the time, but I only miss mincemeat pies at Christmas!

Cheesey Christmas Music – the USA does have it’s own cheesey Christmas music, but they don’t have Slade, Wizzard, Elton, Jona Lewie or the best Christmas song ever, The Pogues and Fairytale of New York blasting out of every shop.

Selection Boxes – no more need be said on British chocolate I think!

Marks and Spencer – wee sausage rolls, sausages wrapped in bacon, stuffing, wee bits of cheese wrapped in bacon (tried to make them last year and ended up with a baking tray full of melted cheese and limp bacon. It was not pretty)

Work Christmas Party Nights Out – the chance to have fun and let your hair down with your co-workers and laugh at the boss dancing with his secretary.

The Rain – just checking you’re still with me. Of course I don’t miss the rain!

Boxing Day – I know Canadians do Boxing Day, why don’t Americans? We do it anyway and when American friends ask what we do on Boxing Day I just say it’s like Christmas Day all over again but less stressful and without the prezzies.

Mincemeat Pies – I said that already, but I can’t remember the other 2¬†things. Damn, I should have written them down last night…

Can any Brits fill in anything I’ve missed? I would have said Christmas specials on the TV, but I never watched soaps and the only Christmas special I watched was Doctor Who… so I guess Doctor Who can be my 10th thing. Yayy, success!


5 Years in the USA :-)

5 years ago today we moved to the USA. Some of our friends thought we were mad, (some probably still do) some thought we wouldn’t stick it out and be right back, and most of them called us ‘brave’ for trying out life here in America. Certainly it’s a lot different from our life back in Scotland but I wouldn’t change a minute of the rollercoaster ride that has been our life for the last 5 years.

We’ve had wonderful highs – kids have both graduated from High School now and are in college – one Senior and one Freshman this fall (autumn). I’ve started my own business – which NEVER would have happened if we’d stayed in Scotland and we’ve managed to tick off a fair amount of places in the USA we’ve visited.

We’ve had some incredible lows too – the death of my dad in 2012 and the death of my mother-in-law in March this year, not to mention both my pets I brought with me from Scotland. Yes, pets are important family members too in our house. But I also have a brand new baby nephew (in Scotland) and a new puppy here so life does go on.

And I now have a whole new set of friends here in the USA as well as managing to keep the friends I had back in Scotland. It takes effort to keep in touch with faraway friends, but it’s totally worth it when you go home and get to catch up with people who have know you for a long time.

Would I recommend it to anyone else. Yes. 100% go for it. If we didn’t make the move when it became available to us we’d always have been sitting thinking ‘what if’….

"When you go, will you send back, a letter from America? Take a look at the railtrack, from Miami to Canada."
“When you go, will you send back, a letter from America?
Take a look at the railtrack, from Miami to Canada.”