My Retirement Years Are Filled With Fun Hobbies
Have you spent years dreaming about all the things you can do after you retire? Now that you're there, are your dreams coming true? Or are you bored out of your mind? I know some seniors who love being retired, and I also know some who don't have enough to do. I'm a senior who loves being retired.
I spent so many years raising children while holding down some sort of job at the same time that I didn't have a lot of time for the hobbies that I loved. I was too busy chasing those little rascals around, trying to keep up with the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning, and being the taxi cab service AND working a part-time job to help make ends meet.
Maybe a Part-Time Job Is the Answer, but Only If You're Bored out of Your Mind
I did a little research to see what's out there in the form of part-time jobs for seniors (and the disabled), and I found a couple of websites that you can check out if you'd like. Retired Brains offers leads to part-time jobs for seniors and younger folks alike. WriterFind is for those of us who enjoy working from home writing articles just like this one. RSVP is a retired seniors volunteer program if you love volunteering.
Hobbies, Hobbies, Everywhere
All those years leading up to retirement were so busy that I didn't have enough time for my favorite hobbies. Now I've got lots of time. I took piano lessons a few different times over the years but never kept up with them. Just a couple of months ago, I found a piano at a yard sale for only $30.00. Now I practice almost every day!
Another hobby I enjoy is quilting. My daughter gave me her sewing machine (she didn't have time to sew), and now I make quilts for my loved ones for Christmas. I also knit and crochet and make all of my own birthday cards. I try to keep up with seven grown kids, their spouses, and their kids' birthdays, so this project keeps me out of trouble.
Yard Sales, Flea Markets, and the Like
My quilting hobby can get expensive, but not so much if I find material at yard sales. I've come across some great deals on new material like $5.00 boxes of brand new, never been used material. I also save used clothing from my husband's and my wardrobe for quilting. I call it my recycled quilting material.
My flower garden is also my pride and joy. I've added several ceramic animals making it a conversation topic for visitors, especially my grandchildren. I have a mama cat with a baby kitten in her mouth, a squirrel chowing down on an ear of corn, a pig sporting a pretty bandana, and many other creatures that I spent a whole quarter or 50 cents on. Every once in a while I spend a dollar and add a new flower to my garden too.
If You're Bored, Pray
You may not think prayer works, but really, it does. I have to ask the Lord to open new doors of opportunity every now and then, and He does. He always has some great idea up His sleeve. Like right now! My husband works a crazy shift, from 2 AM to 11 AM, so I have to think of quiet things to do after 5 or 6 PM so he can sleep.
Crosswords, TV, sewing, knitting, and crocheting get tiring after a while, so now He's opened up the door for me to begin writing online articles again. As a former HubPages author under the name Susieq42, I spent five years writing online, then took a break. Now I'm back!
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Susan Sullenberger (author) from Lakeland on July 08, 2017:
Thank you for stopping by. I too enjoy retirement!
Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on July 08, 2017:
Having retired three years ago, I find this retirement article very interesting and useful. At first, I disliked retired life. Now that I have hobbies and interests like studying languages and genealogy research, there are not enough hours in a day. What I miss the most is social interaction, but I have joined an ex-pats organization and plan to do volunteer teaching in Thailand.