I am married with two adult children, and three grandsons. I am a retired secondary school teacher, avid gardener, painter, quilter, reader and hiker. I love to cook and have had several Chinese cooking parties at my home. Everyone enjoyed them immensely. While living in Chicago I took a 16 week course in Chinese cooking and use my wok 3 or 4 times a month. I occasionally host a Chinese New Year party where guests team up and prepare their own dinner. This year the Chinese New Year starts on February 10 and according to the Chinese calendar it is the year of the snake.