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Like your husband, I really miss the people contact. My two careers had me managing people, problem-solving (special projects) and providing a full range of accounting services. Since I worked constantly almost beginning at the age of 14, I really miss doing all these things. My outlets now are teamworking with my church's staff where I'm also the senior usher and working puzzles such as jigsaw and Sudoku. Also, I'm looking for a bookkeeping position for 1-2 days a week not only for the activity but also for the extra $$ to make home repairs.
I too miss some people contact. Being alone can be refreshing but often lonely. Finding 'things' to do with limited money is difficult. In my child-raising years, I was involved with almost everything: PTA, scouts, band, church, etc. But that was for my children. Now trying to find something for me is another issue. I think it's too many years of being, wife, mother, daughter, student and worker. Time was extremely limited; now time is endless. I would very much like to see part-time work available for retired people. Yes, we need the extra income but we also need to feel useful and part of the community. Especially to use our experience and education should be a goal of employers. I really don't understand why getting a part-time job is so difficult, but it has been. Volunterring can be extremelly fulfilling but won't fix the roof. Thanks for your reply - keep smiling.