What do you do if you are bored?

@mipen2006 (5528)
Australia
July 15, 2009 10:48pm CST
One of the most difficult things about retirement is what to do with all the extra time. In my situation, I feel sorry for my Thai wife. How do I keep her from getting bored? Television is ok for a while, but it's difficult, besacue English is only her second language. Unlike me, she can't just pick up a book and read it. So what can she do? We are housesitting in a large house while the owners are in the UK. The cleaning, which is a daily routins os always finished by eleven in the morning. We can't go out everyday, as I only get a single pinsion, and have to support both of us, so it's too expensive. So, my myLotting friends I would like suggestions. How I can stop my wife from getting bored? She gets unhappy if she has nothing to do, and that upsets me. Please help!
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5 responses
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
16 Jul 09
Are you able to obtain any videos in Thai? Uhmmm...Perhaps not. I guess most things that keep us entertained cost money and I know that is a problem we have as well. I used to belong to a bushwalking club years ago and that cost next to nothing and it was great fun but it is not a sport for hot weather. Is there any way she can have some books or DVDs sent from Thailand? I found a site called http://www.ethaicd.com/ (NOTE: NOT A REFERRAL LINK) which sells Thai movies, books etc. I don’t know how good it is but it may be worth a look. Good luck!
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
16 Jul 09
Hello paula, when we were in Perth at Christmas we found a few places that rented Thai DVDs adn sold books and other Thai products also, but here in Bendigo it's a little different. We are only here for another six weeks before moving to another country town. In spring, when the weather is warmer, and the trees and flowers take on a new look, we will do our share of walking. I hope to be in West Australia sometime next year. Thank you for your response.
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@ketybhagat (4125)
• India
16 Jul 09
Once her work is finished, let her rest in the afternoons. After tea, sometime in the evening, make it a point to take her out for a walk. Anywhere. Its does not cost anything and when you go to the park or wherever regularly, you will make friends. Ask her if she would like to learn something which is not a strain on your pocket. She could make things from scrap or something she is good at and sell it. It would help in b oth the ways. Get her some thai dvds, so she can watch them and feel good. Good luck pal.
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
16 Jul 09
Hey ketybhagat, thank you for a detailed response. Let me address your suggestions one at a time. Fisrt, when her work is finished, and after lunch is when she is most bored. This is when we have been going out, but we were spending far more than my pension pays, so that couldn't continue. She does make things and that keeps her occupied for a time. As for going out, well we have just come from Thailand, where I worked for thr past twelve years, to bendigo, a place about 150 Km from Melbourne, Australia. The temperature difference is 20o Celcius, so we usually stay in the house, which has central heating. We have videos, but they're not the answer, as they are all English. Thanks, I'll think of something
@icehut (508)
16 Jul 09
Have you tried asking her what she'd like to do? Do you know what her interests/hobbies are? Maybe a crafts fair, the beach, a simple pic-nic, a nature trail walk... But, no matter what ideas you may have, the best person to ask would be your wife...
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
16 Jul 09
Hey icehut, I ask her frequently, and we have been to several craft and produce markets, seen historic and tourist places around where we are housesitting, but to continue this will soon send me broke as the pension I get is for one.
@patofgold23 (5075)
• Philippines
28 Jul 09
i head straight to the computer! I'm so thankful to whoever invented this thing !!!
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
28 Jul 09
let her learn embroidery, knitting... how about having a pet? a dog perhaps or a cat? ann