I floated a few retirement project ideas past hubby last night and I might have detected a glimmer of interest in his eyes. I've got plenty lined up for myself but I do worry about him - it's not that he won't fill his days productively, it's that his current ideas involve big things like renovating property for fun which a) will use a lot of our income producing wealth and b) we'll be lucky to break even in our local market due to purchase taxes and c) sounds too much like work to me! I have said, let's get the granny flat built, and if you are still keen, we'll do some major refurbs to our main house, and if you're STILL keen, we'll figure out how to buy a small place to do up.
I think he's worried that he'll get fat and bored, but based on time he's taken off work in the past, that's not going to happen! Maybe he's actually worried about what people will think, so I'll talk to him again and let him know the lines people say to throw people off the scent e.g. I'm a trader, I'm working freelance from home etc. He's involved with a charity once a month right now, and I see him taking a bigger role in that and he can just tell people he has a job there.