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Old 08-04-2014, 05:46 AM   #21
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Three years in I've found that all but one of my interests/hobbies have grown since I retired, since I finally have the time to indulge them that I never had before. The exception was reading for me too, at first I read much more and enjoyed it. But now I read less again, I'd rather be outdoors and/or active/on the move, not sitting indoors. YMMV

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Old 08-04-2014, 07:15 AM   #22
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It's been only 3 months, and 2 weeks of that was a (previously planned) vacation n Alaska, but here's what I'm finding so far.

1. I've always had a daily workout but now spend a little more time at it. On a good-weather day, I bicycle to the gym (about 10 minutes), use the elliptical trainer, and bicycle home. In bad weather I drive to the gym but do half an hour on the stationery bike as well.

2. I'm going to sign up for a geology class at the local community college. Classes start 8/18 but if I want the deeply-discounted tuition rates for seniors I have to wait to register till the previous Friday. I ordered the books just in case. There are all kinds of frivolous classes I'd love to take- no wish to get a degree or take anything serious or marketable. This should be just enough to keep my brain occupied without cramming too much into my schedule. We'll see.

3. Naturally, my church has found ways to occupy my time now that I have more of it. The two major ones (I'm on the governing board currently interviewing the 3 candidates for our new pastor and working in the church garden where we grow produce for soup kitchens) have natural end dates.

4. The house, yard and garden are a bit neater.

5. Travel- DH and I won't change much except that we'll drive more because I'm no longer constrained by vacation days. (He just turned 76, so already retired.) We'll still do one major expensive trip a year; we're thinking of Edinburgh and the Orkneys for 2015. We'll probably stay longer and use AirBnB for accommodations.

I do read a little more, but also spend more time on Internet boards and feel less guilty about it!

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Old 08-04-2014, 07:45 AM   #23
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While I've been out for 2.5 years now, DW joins me at the end of the month. I think that will be when I can best answer this query, because til now we still mostly routinely operate as though we were both working.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:50 AM   #24
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I've inherited DW's old Kindle and have been reading more than I have in many, many years which I greatly enjoy. Take 1 1/2 hour walks along the waterfront 3-4 days per week and do the same on my bike. I was taking Spanish lessons but mi maestro moved and I've not yet found a new teacher. Need to get on that. And I'm going to get back into underwater photography since DW is not using her camera anymore. Mine flooded a few years back and I never replaced it.

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