I am thinking of NOT going back to work!
I would suggest that starting right now, live on your reduced income (what it will be when your current income ends).
Like Marie, I have worked since I was 17 yrs. old. Only breaks for surgery or maternity leave.
"Patience is the best remedy for every trouble"- Plautus
Well you still have some time to think things over . . . and crunch the numbers . . . and test run your new arrangment . . . and crunch the numbers again . . . and then decide.
I do have to say that I've had extended periods of working AND extended periods of not working.
I think I know exactly what you are talking about.
And judging from your posts, I think our spouses make a similar income.
I've elected to stay at home for a good portion of our marriage.
I totally understand where you are coming from, as I am there too!
I know this is a little off of your post, but I was thinking of teaching some courses either at the local community college or online.
I agree w/ Karen...give it some time.