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I have been married for 40 years and live in wonderful Costa Mesa, CA. We are near enought to the ocean to smell the salt air. I work full time in a family-owned business located a half mile from my home. We share a community garden plot with SIL. It is a pleasure to pickle the bounty from our garden each summer. Love to cook, play board games, tend the garden and read mystery novels. We spend as much time as we can at the beach. Love the ocean! We have two sons and a new daughter-in-law. My eldest son is living in Qatar and happily selling and playing on boats. My youngest son is a private chef in Malibu. We are occasionally lucky enough to have him cook for us! My 87 year old Mother still loves to cook and can. My in-laws have moved near us and it is a continuing joy to have extended family around us. I have hundreds of cookbooks and love Fine Cooking Magazine. My loyalties are shifting to Zaar. I've have several favorite chefs here. Elvis, a five year old Desert Tortoise, is our family pet. Although DT's are endangered in the wild they are not endangered in captivity. No real pet peeves - life is too short and I'm busy smelling the flowers!