What’s Wrong With Staying Home?

This week we had a snowstorm. To many areas of the country this is no big deal. However, where I live we don’t “do” snow. We don’t have bi snow removal operations, most of us natives don’t know how or care to drive in it, and everything pretty much shuts down until the melting happens. I like it that way. To me, a snowstorm is a chance to take a break from the hectic pace of life, to slow down, and just enjoy the view. But to hear many people around here cry about it, especially those from areas where snow is not a crippling event, you’d think that a snowstorm was tantamount to a life sentence in jail. They can’t stand it and they’re itching to


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6 Responses to What’s Wrong With Staying Home?

  1. Hilary says:

    I agree with your assessment of the storm, but I felt like I had a more positive spin on it (maybe because I wasn’t watching the news!). On Saturday when I went outside, there were all these people just walking around, enjoying the snow and each others’ company. Even on Sunday night, when I trekked to my friend’s house to watch the Super Bowl, there were people walking in the middle of the street, out just for the walk walk or maybe go to a local bar for the company. I felt like most people were embracing the “in the moment” lifestyle that we so often forget. That’s not to say that everyone did, and on Sunday people seemed to have more shopping bags than on Saturday, but I felt like it was a refreshing change of pace for this area.

  2. This is an excellent point, and is exactly what our economy has conditioned us to do – buy. We are not a culture fueled by need anymore, we are a culture fueled by HABIT and WANT.

  3. Forest says:

    The more I become a Frugal person the more I enjoy the comforts of not doing anything…. The idea of going to the mall is a long gone thing in my mind and I only do it out of pure necessity…. Being snowed in, I absolutely love it! Although I may leave the house and trek 3 miles it’s likely to see whats going on in town as I like people watching, or just to see how nature is dealing with it…. Sadly I live in Cairo right now so the chances of being snowed in are a big fat 0…. However I have been told sand storms come in March!

  4. teresa says:

    I am from central South Dakota and think it is hilarious how people react to snow in places that don’t get it too much. We have had too many snow to count so far and around here there is no Target or any other “entertainment” store. We just hope that our little grocery store can gets its weekly delvery of milk!! I have to say last weekend I “needed” to get out of the house, school has been called off a lot lately and I can only handle so many days in my tiny house with 5 children. So I do understand the need to get out of the house, but it had been 2 weeks not 1 day!

  5. Jo/Gaelicwench says:

    Living in northwest PA where lake effect snows are the norm, I have no issue with staying home. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with going outside to take a temporary break from the pain of having cabin fever. I highly doubt, however, that going shopping is necessary just for the sake of doing that.

    You hit a pet peeve of mine spot on with the mention of how people will grouse because they wished they could have more time at home to get things done. When this does occur, out they go to do mindless things.

    Living out in a very rural area where the nearest Walmart is 13 miles away and the town I work in is 23 miles away, I always make sure to consolidate ALL my errands in one trip. I also go to Erie where all the major stores are [45 minutes away] once a month.

    I have enough books on my TBR list. I am also giving some serious thought to starting a home-based business that will have me outside the majority of the daylight hours.

    Who says I need to go shopping to keep myself entertained……

  6. Gail says:

    Writer #5 must be a near neighbor of mine! We have had a lot of snow this year, only thankfully not as bad as last year. but even so at one point I didn’t leave the house for 3 1/2 weeks in january. I will admit to some cabin fever at that point, but just getting caught up on groceries was enough outside time for me. I’m on disability and hubby is self-employed at home so we are here almost all the time and enjoy our home which is well stocked with things to do such as reading, watching a movie, sewing projects, woodworking projects, baking, etc.

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