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Old 09-05-2019, 09:46 PM
 
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Retirement is just around the corner for us!


Here's some thoughts I have on how to spend my time:
(no particular order of importance, just as they occur to me)


Learn French -- again! I was somewhat proficient in it in high school and college, but I've all but forgotten most of it, or so I thought. Recently my dh and I started watching French Village, a multi-part series about the German occupation of a French village during WWII. Its mostly in French with English subtitles. I find, much to my surprise, much is coming back to me! I still rely on the subtitles, but its coming back. I still have my old French textbooks from college, I might brush them off and see if I can re-learn it!


Learn how to cook -- again! I cooked for my family of four, but our kids are grown and out of the house. I'd like to start learning to cook healthful meals for two


Foster kittens. I love kittens, but at our age I don't think it would be fair to take on kittens who would probably outlive us! I would like to foster some to help them become adoptable.


Vegetable gardening, flower gardening


Get going with Genealogy! I've played around with subscriptions to sites like Ancestry, My Heritage, etc, but I would like to really delve into the topic. Maybe take some college courses, perhaps even do Heritage travel tours!


So, how's this sound for a retired lady's activities?
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Old 09-05-2019, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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One piece of advice find stuff you like and pursue it. Socialize. And most important. Don't have 12 cats. That will doom you to mental illness. You might laugh, but in my former career it seems most mentally ill women I dealt with lived with 12 cats. Cause and effect? Or just a coincidence. Well....just my professional observation.
Look it up on google
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Old 09-05-2019, 10:56 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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While you are learning languages and BEFORE you adopt more pets... hit the road (if you so desire).

I spent a few years in Thailand and witnessed so many Euro tourists coming for healthcare and they were in pretty rough shape and sometimes very old. And I know many who say... "wish we would have traveled when we were able". So...(If you desire) head out.

Exchange rates and travel costs are very favorable (at the moment).

We got a one way ticket to Australia (in Dec... great time to leave USA), and figured out how to get home from there (no hurry to return.. it was an election year in USA). We were gone about a year and total cost was under $40k (mostly for rental cars and camper vans... next time we will BUY a used one and stay in one area for 3-12 months). or.. ship our campervan ahead of us via a shipping container.

We stay with locals https://wikitravel.org/en/Hospitality_exchange
(~$20 / night WW), it is a good way to get hints / and favorites from locals. Next month we will be with some lobster fishermen and sugar maple farmers, that will be nice (and a first for 'lobstering' with commercial fishermen on east coast of USA). This month we were with farmers (harvest + Fairs), and retired teachers, librarians, lawyer, Judge, CEO's, Veterinarian, baker, several scientists and profs, a few mechanical hobbyists (setting world speed records (Bonneville Salt Flats), and different car show themes).

We usually do themes and learn about local cultures and customs while traveling (very few tourist events or places). RTW was mainly Botanical Gardens, AG producers, fiber arts, horticulture (Tulips were nice in Holland, but kinda chilly, so we went to Portugal for a month+ and studied the 'frontier' (between Spain and Portugal)). The last month was State Fairs, talking with 4H kids and educators and University Extension.

Normandy / WWII history was great in France. Belgium had the privilege of being occupied during both WW's and was really interesting for our kids (while living abroad as a family).

If going to UK?.. get a Royal Oak membership BEFORE leaving USA (400+ free historical sites)

Lots of very interesting volunteer opportunities when traveling. We stayed 6 weeks in Philippines helping at a trade school for troubled / addicted young adults, and 8 weeks in Australia at a trade school situated adjacent to a nature preserve.

Be creative on routing. We needed to get from SE Asia to Europe and found a very inexpensive route via ship (through areas I would have never ventured if planned / if on my own). We alighted in Venice and it was great (first time 5 yrs earlier it was terrible, but we were in no hurry this time and it was wonderful. So was renting a car and touring the Italian Alps (again))

So much to see, so little time (getting older).
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Old Yesterday, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Travel. You can live on the road cheaper than at home.
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Old Yesterday, 04:58 AM
 
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Travel. You can live on the road cheaper than at home.
How is that possible with food, lodging and transportation cost?
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Old Yesterday, 07:37 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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So, how's this sound for a retired lady's activities?
Sounds pretty good, similar to my plans.
I'll swap out genealogy for jewelry making or some other crafty type of hobby though, and maybe adopt a lap dog instead of fostering cats. Hoping that travel would still be feasible with a little eight or ten pound dog along for the ride.
Oh, and I'll check out the local senior center for the low cost day trips they take, since I'll be on a budget.

Marylee have you thought about those meal kits you can buy online? I've used them and they make a great starting point for getting a little more into cooking. I've picked up all kinds of new ideas from using them.
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Old Yesterday, 07:54 AM
 
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Sounds pretty good, similar to my plans.
I'll swap out genealogy for jewelry making or some other crafty type of hobby though, and maybe adopt a lap dog instead of fostering cats. Hoping that travel would still be feasible with a little eight or ten pound dog along for the ride.
Oh, and I'll check out the local senior center for the low cost day trips they take, since I'll be on a budget.

Marylee have you thought about those meal kits you can buy online? I've used them and they make a great starting point for getting a little more into cooking. I've picked up all kinds of new ideas from using them.
You mean those kits like Blue Ribbon, Fresh Start, etc? We did use them a few years ago but got out of the routine. However, I did find them to be very good. They also have recipe cards so you can duplicate them. I think I will order some more today and give them another try!


Oh, BTW fostering kittens is time-limited. You provide a temporary home for kittens until they are big enough to adopt out. I have no intention of having 12 cats as permanent residents! We could travel between batches! I figure that's how to get my kitty fix without the lifelong responsibility.
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Old Yesterday, 07:58 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Yes, those are the kits i mean. I enjoy them and can stretch them out by adding more of my own vegetables, yumm.
The fostering sounds like a win win.
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Old Yesterday, 08:05 AM
 
Location: southern california
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I did all of that later but first order of business is to sit on the steps and watch the sun beam crawl all the way across the kitchen takes about 2 to 4 hours depending how big your kitchen
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Old Yesterday, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Travel. You can live on the road cheaper than at home.
Not really. Figure in the cost of the RV, poor gas mileage, cost of food is the same or higher than home and staying in campgrounds isnít free. And if not doing it by RV, eating at restaurants and staying at decent motels is easily well over $3000-$4000 a month.
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