Born and raised in SW VA but have lived in Jacksonville for 35 yrs. I am retired now and anxiously looking forward to my husbands retirement next month, we hope to move to north GA, near our only grandchild. I love all kinds of needle crafts (except knitting) including machine embroidery. Used to do more of it but seems the older I get the less hours there are in a day. Lately my favorite cookbook has been Lidia's Family Table. I've spent a lot of time trying not just her recipies but her methods and have learned alot. I joined Zaar in 2005 then life got in the way. 2008 has found me actively collecting and making Zaar recipies.