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I am an empty nester who went back to work part-time almost 7 years ago. My husband (we met online 20 years ago. That's how I got to Kansas) is retired Air Force who now manages a restaurant and supports me in all I do. We like to travel by car except for the price of gas. He's a wonderful guy - my Dad likes him! My daughter now lives in FL after graduating college and marrying a wonderful guy. Gosh I miss her! I started cooking when I was 8 years old as my Mom was ill. It's a creative expression and a gift I give my family. I'm very popular when we have potlucks at work. I've been collecting cookbooks and recipes since I was twelve. I love to cook but hate to clean. My daughter recently became interested in cooking. I created a cookbook for her wedding present even teaching myself to paint with watercolors to decorate the pages. It's great to be able to share my love of cooking with her! My step-daughter has 3 beautiful children and a great husband which keep her very busy. My wonderful long-haired Chihuahua, Roxie, is a real cutie and is completely spoiled. She is great company and has brought so much love into our lives. As a displaced East Coaster, I get back to Connecticut about once a year to visit family. Last time was for my daughter's wedding. It was wonderful! It's also my time to fill up on Pizza, Italian food, swordfish and pastries. I really miss New England in Autumn! Apple picking, sweater weather, crunchin' throught the leaves... those colors!