Jan 10, 2014
Disclaimer: You may find some harsh sarcasm in this post. I can't be nice 100% of the time :)
This past weekend/early week, Indiana was hit hard by some snow and hard blowing wind resulting in what some may call a blizzard. We also saw some cold temperatures that Indiana hasn't seen in a long time.
But it could have been worse. Way worse.
All winter long, I have heard and overheard conversations from many people saying they wanted to be snowed in. They wanted so much snow that they could be forced to stay home. They wanted an escape from their busy lives.
Well, with some drifts reaching 4 and even 5 feet making most roads impassible, wishes came true and everyone received that "escape". And some of us definitely received more than we bargained for. Some were snowed-in for 3+ days.
Now, this wasn't a surprise. The weatherman/woman were warning viewers for a good week or more about what was to come. People had plenty of time to get to the grocery store, stock up on food and farmers had time to prepare their livestock for the cold. Unlike the blizzard that hit South Dakota this past fall, we had a huge window of warning.
I consider us to be pretty lucky.
I personally, was perfectly content being snowed in. We have at least a good month's worth of food in the freezer if not more, plenty of produce like milk, cheese, etc. and we made sure our furnace was working properly. I even took several pitchers and filled them up with water in case the power went out. Luckily, our's never did. Some people had that unfortunate situation happen to them.
So the first day was pretty cool to everyone. According to my Facebook Newsfeed. Most counties were under a state of emergency. Everyone had an adult snow day from work. Even UPS drivers. Which is rare...... very rare. Kids didn't have to go to school after a 2 or 3 week Christmas break. Life was great. Unless your furnace broke down. Or you had livestock/animals to take care of in the freezing cold weather.
But then the second day rolls around. And let me tell you, according to my Facebook Newsfeed, it was THE END OF THE WORLD.
OH MY GOSH.
People were "STUCK" at home and couldn't stand it anymore.
TWO DAYS. People couldn't go anywhere.
I mean, talk about TRAGIC. Stuck at home. With nothing to do but sit in your sweats, bake cookies, spend time with family and watch all the movies you could ever want. MAN, that just stinks.
I am so sorry everyone had to go through that. I really am.
Is it really so bad to spend time at home? To cook in your own kitchen?
Our surrounding counties were in a state of emergency and people were still attempting to go out for dinner. Venturing to Wal-Mart. Why restaurants and Wal-Mart were open is beyond me. Shame on those businesses that put their employee's lives in danger.
Whatever happened to the good 'ol days when everyone shut down on holidays and during state of emergency disasters?
I must say, I am pretty dissapointed in my surrounding society. After spending a lot of time at home, I can vouche that it isn't all that bad. But then again, I know how to keep myself busy. And I've learned to appreciate "down-time" and the "slow seasons" but then again, maybe that's the farmer's wife in me talking.
There's always something to do. I'd sure like to know what people did before the internet, satellite TV and Netflix.
They probably parished. And died.
Even with things like books, Netflix, satellite TV, a treadmill, fancy appliances, the internet, board games and time with family, people still became stir crazy. After one day. Two max. How? Why must we be constantly entertained by the public?
I think our society needs a reality check. We need to learn how to self-entertain again.
Wal-Mart and Apple Bees aren't that exciting anyways.
I am glad Indiana survived the blizzard of 2014. And I hope there isn't any post-traumatic disorders developed from being stuck at home for two days.