I am a native New Yorker, grew up in New Jersey across the river, lived in Florida for 22 years and now reside in Texas for the last 9. We moved to Texas during Katrina my husband and I. Since then my husband became gravely ill, I had to move my mother here from New Jersey in 2007 and up until October 2009 I took care of both of them until my husband passed. I now take care of Mom keeping my sanity by a meet up group I created called Aspiring Gourmet at meetup.com This has helped me meet some new people and offers a chance to socialize occasionally. I was volunteering for the last three years, however I found that to be redundant as it was costly me double as I needed to have someone take care of Mom while I volunteered. So for now Aspiring Gourmet has filled that void.