Sorry for shooting blanks!
Maggie, I started playing "with" the guitar in my early 30's and was never really very good at it, but it was something that I loved to do. I never practiced as such, but used it as a soother after a hard days work so my learning was purely for relaxation. Today I am semi-retired and I can not yet play like Chet Atkins or JP Cormier (grin) but I am having a ball with it. If you enjoy singing I strongly suggest that you consider an insturment that you can use to sing along with. I find that the guitar is great for this because you can quickly learn simple chord progressions in one or two keys. With a capo to change keys you can now accompany your voice on most any song, so you can show results very quickly.