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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Since I have been working at home due to COVID-19, I have been thinking more and more about what it would feel like to be retired. Even though I'm thinking about retirement, I wouldn't want to stop work altogether. I would still want to do something to make money, For you retirees, how do you handle being retired and what are some of the things you do to keep from getting bored at home?
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    i DO NOT miss work at all! LOL I do still work a pt job doing custom framing, it is a fun job. I could have collected SS this past April just thought I'd extend it for a bit. This Dec I will stop doing the PT gig and just enjoy my full retirement! I have more time in my Garden, read books, do whatever I want when I want! You will love it
    73 days ago
    Let's see...I have 15 grandkids and 14 of them live nearby, so I go to all of their sporting activities and other functions. I sew, knit, cook, garden and preserve as much of it as is humanly possible. We have two houses that we want to sell this year. One was our first home together that DH built 47 years ago. It was rented for many years until we decided to get it spruced up to put on the market. Then we went and lived in it for 3 years while we did some major repairs and upgrades. It's still not ready for the market, but is close---and we're now selling the log house DH built for us. Now that we're empty nesters, we don't need 6 bedrooms and all the work involved with maintaining a house of this size, so we're going to downsize in house size while increasing our land size by moving onto a ranch with DS2 and his family. I have a very large garden there already this year and plan to teach my DIL how to can and dehydrate some of the harvest.

    My strongest recommendation is to explore hobbies that you enjoy. If you don't have any, try some things until you find something that allows you to create something lovely or that you enjoy. We all need a creative outlet, don't you think? It doesn't have to be expensive, either.

    My grandkids hate it when I tell them this, but I believe it: "Only boring people get bored" Use your imagination and I know you'll find lots of things to keep yourself busy and active.
    74 days ago
    Been retired for 7 years and haven’t missed work a bit. Even let my nursing license lapse. You’d be amazed at how much you can find to do once work isn’t defining your day. emoticon
    74 days ago
    I have been catching up on projects that I never had time to do before retirement. They were always on my to do list - simple things like reading through some old magazines and books, going through photo albums, picking up and working on a stitchery project (used to do that years ago as relaxation). When COVID restrictions ease up, I plan to do more volunteering with various organizations and go to the gym to exercise. I am a church organist so that gives me a little bit of extra spending money. I do have a piano at home so I try to spend time once in a while playing some music - actually have been going through lots of music that I've collected over the years and trying to give away what I don't need. Its a great time to do some de-cluttering. There is no rush to do anything when retired so you can also enjoy sleeping in and staying up late.
    74 days ago
    I am not retired but I will be and I have a long list of things I enjoy doing. It will keep me very busy just no paycheck.
    74 days ago
    DH retired in July last year. He does consulting and I helped w/that. He also did a volunteer stint, but now w/the virus, that has ended. The volunteering will contine when the virus allows.
    74 days ago
    I go to the gym everyday make plans with friends and family
    74 days ago
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