1. They eat at home, so they prepare many meals from scratch, as I do, and as these tomatoes ready to be roasted can attest. ( I have a food blog where these will star many times!)
2. They take up hobbies full time. My neighbors are golfers, fishermen, quilters, gardeners. Many more are painters, sculptors, writers.
3. They join clubs. Here in our small town, Rotary is the premier 'club'. The Lions, the Masons, and many other groups recruit and invite people to join. Find a club that meets your mission in life. Many ladies belong to the Red Hat Society. I'm not sure what they do, but they look great, in their red hats when I see them at lunches.
4. They volunteer. Look around and ask the residents about volunteer activities. Hubby and I have been involved in many groups. Schools, libraries, senior centers, hospitals all need volunteers.
5. They organize events. My neighbors are busy with projects all the time, fundraisers for different groups that need money or support.
6. Support causes or political events. Hubby and I worked as Precinct Captains, going door to door to encourage people to take a stand on various issues. We happen to be democrats, but every party has Precinct Captains.
7. Run for office. I am serving my second term as a school board trustee. I served as president and vice-president, at times very busy.
8. Start a business. Many people open up a small business as a part time occupation in something they are really proficient in. With on-line support, you too can succeed at your new endeavor.
9. Plan home-improvements projects that you can manage. Be sure you get the proper permits, and the proper consultations. Different states have different rules on what can be done by non-professionals.
10. Let your family know you are willing to house-sit, dog sit, baby-sit or fill in for them as they need you. Many times, younger people hesitate asking you thinking you are too tired, or living too far away to be of help to them. Let them know you are willing to assist them, and negotiate the how and the when. You will feel useful and the family will appreciate your help.