I'm a native of North Carolina and although I have traveled extensively, I have never lived outside of the state. My husband Jerry and I live in an antebellum plantation restored primarily by Jerry who is an architect specializing in historical preservation and restoration. We live on a lake and enjoy the water and it's sports, but most of our passion is found in the garden and the kitchen. I am a refrigerator cook who can pull anything together from available ingredients and Jerry prefers a recipe, but is an excellent cook! I work part-time in Raleigh for an engineering firm (which is over an hour of commuting each way) and my husband works from home. We have 4 children, all on their own now, and a dog and cat who do not travel with us (much to their chagrin).