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Meander: Travel without overnighting.


On the road map, draw a circle enclosing a 50-mile radius of home. Gather three or four friends, and plan a series of day trips to the notable sites that fall within that circle. Take along the county maps.


REVIVE A FORMER INTEREST


Music: Renew piano lessons, learn a new instrument, or join a chorus or choir, all for individual activity with group enjoyment. Attend area concerts and gain another kind of music lesson. Art: If painting was a youthful pastime,


bring it back. Start with a sketchpad and colored pencils or pastels and work outdoors with the “plein air” painters. Then set aside a corner of the house for an easel and all the extras for studio work. Photography: Cameras (including the


phone’s) go everywhere and become a part of every retirement pastime. Fiber art: Knitting, crocheting,


needlepoint, quilting, tatting, to mention a few. Not only are these activities time well spent, the end results are well received when given to family or friends. Some sewing groups make items for various charitable organizations, a true win-win situation. Woodworking: Building with wood is


a sometime hobby that can easily grow with retirement time. Besides making an assortment of wooden crafts for home use or gifts, a woodworker might volunteer time to teach children the necessary skills at schools, camps, or children’s clubs. Restoring cars, motorcycles, or boats:


It’s no coincidence that antique car clubs are active in retirement communities. This is the time to indulge a wish to own the car or bike or boat of many a dream. Visits to a car or boat show can only suggest the time spent on restorations, but the pride of ownership is universal, a recurring trip down Memory Lane. Birdwatching: Set up a backyard bird


feeder, a birdbath, and some bird houses. Besides the pleasant wake-up call, it’s relaxing to watch the birds, interesting to learn about them, and challenging to sketch or photograph them


PICK A MISSION


Volunteers are needed for so many reasons. In addition to the specifics of


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