Thank you everyone for the tips.
I just got back from Hobby Lobby and stuck with how my Grandma taught me long ago, and you all mentioned while I was out. I got some simple yarn to begin and some big old needles (10.5 in fact). I will use that pattern, but skipping the fancy yarn.
I will try casting for a week or until I get comfy, and try the different methods since there is the long tail, single cast, and cable cast. When I started to crochet, I remember I made a chain that was so long Grandma used it as decoration.
Thanks again for your help!!