I live in an average size town in the southern part of Minnesota,I'm a transplant from Washington state,I have lived inVancouver,Wa.,Yakima,Wa., Boise,Idaho,Ogden,Utah and Jasper,Alabama. I've been able to sample a lot of different foods,etc.I collect cookbooks and vintage jewelry. I have three children,two in college another is a teacher.Our family hosts usually two students from other countries every year,its the best experience a person can ever have!! you build lifetime relationships;and also help world peace? understanding other cultures and ways of living-- nurtures humility and sensitivity to others.We have one cat, Ally who is a rescue animal and we also have a dog;Roscoe-also a rescue animal; he is a beagle and? he is crazy!! They are great having around! I love gardening, I like growing my own fresh herbs,etc. for meals. I also like going to the farmers markets,supporting locally grown products.