What Breaks Me at Times:

20140822_214419Living in Australia is great don’t get me wrong but what you don’t see is: ME in real time. You see me on Facebook or Twitter or Periscope but you don’t see me away from that life.

You don’t see me when my heart is breaking for friends and family who are struggling and I am so helpless. You don’t see the tears when I get a Skype call from my grand babies and I hear “Love you Grandma” and I have never got to hold them.

You don’t how sad I get watching negative post about the White Sox and I would give anything to go to the park and have that experience just once.

You don’t know the hours I spend sitting at my computer early of a morning to watch the boys play, to just be a part of the game experience. I just want to see my favorite players do well, I would love to have a picture or get an autograph from them. Living in Australia, I would settle for twitter follows from them, it is simple but you have no idea how happy I would be.

You don’t see me when I hear news of people who have passed, like Prince, David Bowie and others, who have been apart of my life and there is no one to really to grieve with.

You don’t see how hard I work to produce good quality work, hoping that I can build an audience and maybe get noticed. Being an independent write, alot of the time , just getting acknowledged is the only payment.

I get up each morning and put up the brave face. Checking on friend and family, send up prayers when I read request or hear of sad news.

I may be brave and tell you I am OK, and just get on with it. There are times when I just need someone to listen. I know I can fix things and I need to just get them go, but once in a while I would give anything for someone to ask me

“Are you really OK?”

Frustrated by Periscope

Periscope is an amazing app, with great potential but now it’s broken and it feels like no one has any clue how to fix it.

People who need to be featured and who are damn good at scoping are getting lost, and it is getting hard and harder to find them. Ron Waxman scopes every night at the same time so we can find him. Those of us in Waxnation share to help everyone find Ron but we should not have to . He should be showing up in the global list and he is not. The map is not working either, it says Ron is on place but he’s really another. (Thanks Ron for letting me share)

The trending list really gives me the craps, its full of things I don’t want to see or care about. I want to see things that are relevant to me.

Periscope was a great app starting out but now they have lost the way. Simple things that use to work don’t. I just want notifications when my favorite scopers come on so I can watch them. The connection of Periscope to Twitter notification is just not cutting it. Some days I get notices, other days I might, some days I must have the app open and refresh it to see who I want.

I know I will never be a top scoper, I won’t get a mention or anything like that, I just want a level playing field. I would give anything just once to trend, just once to have a mention. I work hard but when the high ups decide that my content is not worth, they lose me in the shuffle. It really doesn’t make me want to stay on. I have over 1,700 followers but I am lucky to get maybe 50 when I come on to scope. My Periscope family gives good content, we don’t cross any lines.

I just want the same chance as everyone else, I’m the little guy, how about give us a fair go.

Thank You Periscope

As many of you know I am active on an app called “Periscope” and I have a great community there. Many great friends who I adore. I have been seeing scopes all over, with everyone talking about what Periscope has given them and since I am better at writing it, here goes:

I love scoping and I know I need to be more consistent but, I have learned alot from the people whose scopes I visit. My scopes are not good enough to get noticed and talked about by top scopers and that’s OK, I have worked hard to build my own little community, showing life outside my window here in Australia. I love to cook, knit and crochet and I try to share that. I scoped my training for the 4.5  kilometer  Bay to City here in Adelaide. I started training in November of  2015 and the final race was last weekend. I had a lot of response that people were getting up and moving from watching what I did. I cant even find the words to tell you how that good that makes me feel. Soon I will be back training for the 6 kilometer City to Bay and I will be documenting that once again.

What you see is what you get in my scopes, I bear my soul at times and yes I have even cried on Periscope. I share my struggles, celebrate the good stuff. This is who I am, and yes I know I am not as pretty as some people out there and I have crappy dental and all but I don’t need you coming in and tell me things I already know. ( you don’t like it you can leave my scope, cal you tell I hate trolls)

Now time for some Thank You:

To all my girlfriends: I love you guys, your amazing and we have had some great times together and there are great times ahead. We laugh together, have cried together. I am going though Menopause and its great to have those of you who understand that journey

Dany: OMG you so amazing and watching you cook the other night, that was some serious food porn. I cant wait to get to know you even better. Italy was never on my list to visit until now.

Jon: you put our screen shots together in such a creative and amazing way. You always capture the essence of who host the scope. One day mate, let’s have a coffee

Bec Boop: you are inspiring to me in so many way. You give a new and simple way of looking at beauty, you keep it simple but it works. Congrats on being named #4 beauty blogger in London. My wish is to meet Bec and see London with her.

Last but never least

Ron Waxman: You sir are an amazing human being. I have learned so much from you, we all have. I have picked up tips about scoping from you. I had a scoper the other day tell me that they really like that I greeted everyone who came in, I learned that from Ron. Waxnation is a super community of love and support. We laugh together, we grieve together, we have amazing discussion about everything and nothing. There is a joke that I am Ron’s press agent and you know, I don’t mind, because I want those who come to visit to have time with Ron, getting to know him. I knitted Ron a “Cricket Original” and it was fun, and in his favorite colors. I love doing that for close mates, designing something special and just sending it off. I enjoy looking after Ron, even from half way around the world. I fell in love with New York, thanks to Ron. I can’t wait to see all the places he takes us and have those experiences. On my bucket list is a scope in time square with Ron. One day, I will get there.

Thanks Periscope for my extended family, 2016 will be an amazing year.



Here’s the Question?

The title of my first book currently on Kindle.

Someone ask me what my book was about and I have actually struggled to answer that question but I am going to give it a go.

My daughter Alisha called it “Chicken soup for the soul crossed with life experience”

The book is about stuff I figured out, at least for me and how things like knitting and crocheting is like making decisions, making choices.

For those who know me, they know my love of sports, especially Ohio State and what they taught me. That tradition and your roots are important, they make up who you are.

My faith is important to me and the chapters sharing St.Peters Cathedral with you, I love to travel and I wanted to show you some of my new homeland.

I tried to come one sentence that said it all and for me I think this was it. . . .

“When Life’s Journey give’s you so much unexpected high’s and low’s, it’s what you do next that can change everything.  

You can find the book here:



Inspiration and Milestones

It has been an interesting few days. I can say at least for now I am in a good place. It was a totally different place a few days ago.

I had just finished a run and was on Periscope talking about my run but all of a sudden the trolls showed up and it was terrible, putting me down for how I look and telling me I was ugly. There were other comments made that I will not repeat. I stopped the scope and deleted it. It took a few minutes before I could go back on-line and get it done. I had always turned on my location, and that was the draw of the trolls. After that I do NOT turn it on. If you are a female and on Periscope I beg you PLEASE do not turn on your location. When I did the second scope and did not turn on location, I had no trolls. No one came to the scope but that was OK, I just wanted to get it done.

After getting settled and fluid, I got angry and had a huge rant/cry, about the events. Thank you to my knights in shinning armour who came and stay with me, let me cry and cheered me you. You kind sirs are amazing and I can’t say thank you enough. The trolls won’t win, I won’t let them

Now, yesterday a set of events took place but it was really scary and was also a real wake up call about internet safety. The Periscope family I am a part of rallied around and we made it. Strength in numbers.

40,000 Tweets and 250,00 periscope hearts yesterday – THANK YOU for your love and support

Now for the Inspiration.

Screenshot_2015-12-11-18-28-38I call her my mate and she is so special. Her name is Bec, she is a beauty blogger and accountant. She inspires me by her love of life and just having fun. She is not afraid to try new things, we have coffee with her in the morning and she shows us around London. I can’t wait to see London.

THANK YOU Bec for showing me that life is still fun, trying new things is OK and London is an amazing place.

You have taught this 53-year-old that there is so much more to investigate in this journey we call life

The Chair of Dreams, Duck-napped and a Camel Latte

This is a sneak peek of a chapter of my new book which is called “The View Outside my Window”


A Chair of Dreams – The nightly visit with the #Waxnation and being #ducknapped with Dickie and coffee with #booptroop

I can see you and you are really wondering about the title to this chapter. I am very active on Twitter and there is this new app capped “Periscope”. It is a live streaming app that you can travel around the world and never lead your house.

Screenshot_2015-12-04-17-45-53     One of the places I love going is to a rooftop in New York City. It is 33 floors up and the view is breath-taking. I never get tired of seeing it. The view always reminds me that my dreams are real and that I can achieve anything. Ron Waxman is our nightly host from his rooftop in New York City. Ron is a sports agent in Football or soccer. He is funny, extremely smart, but can also be serious and is always supportive of those of us in Waxnation. That is what we call ourselves who meet on Ron’s rooftop on a regular basis. We have some great conservation, deep and meaningful, when events took place in Paris, we gathered, on Ron’s roof. I remember how much the comments flowed fast that night. It was good to be with friends who were also trying to make sense of what had happened. What got us the most was that Ron was supposed to be in Paris at the very game that was targeted that night.

Ron takes us all over New York City with him and I have fallen in love with the city. This past Christmas we went to all the stores around New York to show us how they decorated for Christmas time. We spent time at Rockefeller Centre, The American Museum of Natural History where “Night at the Museum was filmed and The National Library where “Day after Tomorrow” was filmed.

I want to take this paragraph to say “Thanks” Ron for have a safe place to hang out on your roof. For all the laughs but also being able to discuss anything with you. We can always tweet you at any time, you always let us know that you have seen things. You support us in all that we do, I fell in love with New York because of you and the chair of dreams. Just to meet up with you, and have a scope in Time Square is on my bucket list.

Screenshot_2015-12-04-21-50-44   Dickie Armour is one funny guy, but he is also very smart and has a great business sense. I learn something new every time I am on his scope. Dickie lives in England and sells speciality emails and web sites. Dickie introduced me to Grant Cardone, which was great. Grant is a real go getter, getting you excited about business and how you can make your business the best. I usually never try for anything on periscope because of living overseas and no one usually wants to shop to me. This was everything I could do on-line and it was great. Dickie is so funny but he also uses humour to teach us, Donald Duck makes an appearance and one-day Dickie had to take care of a knock at the door and it took longer than we expected. We thought he had been ducked napped because it took so long for him to return. He teaches us simple things about business and how we can just be better people on this journey. Dickie takes us with him when he goes to conferences or to shows dealing with web sites and all. It is great to watch him do a cold call, making the connection and watching how he hooks in the client he is trying to bring on board.

Thank You Dickie for making business fun, and showing us that we can have a successful business with a bit of work. Thank you for all your support, with my running journey. It does so much to know that even from England you are cheering me on. I can’t wait to catch up soon and see how life is going.

Screenshot_2015-12-11-18-28-38  A Caramel Latte to go is the standard coffee order for Bec Boop as she is on her way to work. Bec is a stunning lady from Ireland working in London. Bec greets everyone, making sure we all feel welcome in her scopes.  She takes us everywhere and I have seen many places in real time I had only seen in pictures. Bec also has a beauty blog which I love reading. Bec is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a cause close to my heart with my oldest daughter who had cancer at age 13. I was never really taught about makeup and things growing up, reading Bec’s blog has encouraged me to keep trying things and to find what works for me.

During Christmas time, on the morning coffee catch up we had a mascot, his name is Wilford and he is a penguin. It was the take away coffee cup when Bec got her coffee. Christmas time in London was great, with all the lights and special events to go and see with Bec.

Thank you Bec for teaching me about your home city, London is amazing and I can’t wait to see it in person. There are many tourist places to see but also those out-of-the-way places to find. You have taught me that simple beauty is the best, it is OK to try new products and colours. Your blog is amazing and I cannot wait to see where your journey takes you, I can say, “I knew Bec when she was just starting out”



Happy Australia Day 2016

Happy Australia Day

20150618_191551As I was looking through my Face Book Memories for today, I was reminded of this day in 2010. It is when I became an Australian Citizen. It was an amazing day, with Phil proudly watching on.

Since that day many really cool things,  I have been able to do here, that I would never have gotten to back in America. I have to volunteer for our State and Federal member of Parliament. It is something that Phil and I have done together and we have made a difference. We have to meet former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and have a sit down chat with some other close mates. It was amazing and he knew so much about my home state of Ohio. He is a very smart guy, very funny and it is one memory that I will have forever. Thanks Katherine.

I have taken part in a 6 kilometer Fun Run, or Race, Phil thinks I am nuts for doing it but it has made a difference in my health. I missed last years race due to a broken toe, but this year will be doing the second Bay to City which  is 4.5 kilometers on March 20th,  and back for the City to Bay in September, which is 6 kilometers.

I published my first book just after Australia Day last year, which was something on my bucket list and I am getting ready to do it again this year, I have one book in the works for sure , but also a second one. Only time will tell, how things all fall into place.

I always get ask what is the best thing about being an Aussie, and that  is the mate ship. Knowing that I have people there who have my back. We laugh at ourselves but we party safe. We are safe drivers, who are learning better at not texting and driving and not on Periscope and driving. I always think of Maria and how we will never really know what happened that night. I don’t drive anymore, but I do all I can to be a defensive passenger so I do not distract Phil, and help us get to where we need to be safely.

If you know of any Aussie in your part of the world, say, “G’Day” and wish them Happy Australia Day.

If you can, Save a Lamb and eat a Kiwi. . . HA