I have interests in cooking, gardening, wine tasting, and sewing, among other things, but am not an expert at any one thing. My garden grows as I have time to put into it and I learn by doing most of the time. I hope to retire soon and have more time for these interests. I try to cook healthy dishes but am not stuck on just healthy foods either. This year I am experimenting growing kale and swiss chard. I do well with bell pepper and need more work on growing tomatoes. My display name is in honor of my father Shorty as he was called by his family even though he grew to 6 feet tall. He's my role model in life as he dedicated his life to his family up to the day he passed away. Love ya Dad!