Stuff You Can Do During a Snowstorm

February 2010
February 2010
Notice the Stop sign - we all wanted it to stop!
Notice the Stop sign - we all wanted it to stop!

Trapped Inside Because of Snow?

Snow - it can be a real bummer. Sometimes it seems like it just keeps snowing and it won't stop. One recent winter, several snowstorms hit the east coast. It was pretty miserable. I learned that each snowstorm has its own personality. It is never as easy as... forecast calls for snow all day and it will be 18 inches. No. Every snowstorm is different. One might have more snow, but it is a nicer storm because the snowflakes are beautiful when they fall and it melts quickly within a few days. Other snowstorms have more wind and ice, and it seems neverending. Even after the snow stops falling, it doesn't melt for days or even weeks and seems like a nightmare that won't end. Let's not even discuss how gross it is when the slush starts to get dirty. Yuck!

Needless to say, I've had enough snow to last a lifetime. Much to my dismay, it has snowed this weekend. It is not a major snow, but it is gross nonetheless. This has given me some time to think about snowstorms and the best way to stay entertained during the adventure. The first thing to remember, is stock up with food before the blizzard. Now, I am not talking about going crazy, and buying 10 loaves of bread, 5 gallons of milk, and every roll of toilet paper you can find. I am just saying get enough to stay inside for a few days. Don't panic! Once you are inside your home during the storm, there is fun stuff you can do! Don't go crazy feeling trapped inside when you can be amused by everything around you.

Stuff You Can Do During a Snowstorm:

  • Take some old newspapers and start your new hobby - paper mache! Have you ever tried to make a paper mache German shepherd? No? Well, you'll have plenty of time to figure out how to do it now, won't you?
  • Sleep a lot!
  • Start calling people. When you run out of people you know, start calling random numbers and make friends with people you don't know. Maybe you'd like to learn what it's like to live in Canada. Well, now is the time to reach out and touch someone.
  • Learn how to bake a cake using random food you find in the fridge.
  • Clean out the fridge while you're at it. If you find something green and it didn't start out that way, throw it out.
  • Go through your closets and start clearing stuff out. Don't kid yourself - you know it was starting to look like an episode of Hoarders in there. Start bagging that stuff for charity.
  • Get to know your pets again. Do you even remember your cat's name? You've been too busy going out and having a life. Slow it down and make friends with your pets again.
  • Start chanting, wishing, praying, etc. that you will have off work during this storm. That is the only good thing about snow anyway.
  • Clean the bathroom!
  • Break out the crockpot and start throwing anything you can find into it. I don't know what broccoli, tomato soup, raisins, Doritos, and chicken is going to taste like either, but give it a shot.
  • Take out all of your houseplants and put them in the center of the living room. Then you can pretend it is spring. You can even walk around them as if you are hiking.
  • Read a book!
  • Build a fort in the middle of your living room using books, cardboard, and pillows. It is just like being 5 years old again.
  • Check on your neighbors. No, seriously, check on your neighbors. They might need help.
  • Go ghost hunting. Perhaps your house is haunted and you didn't even realize it.
  • Create the best voicemail greeting for your phone ever. See if anyone in your home can burp on cue for the greeting. That will add a touch of class to the recording.
  • If you have a hamster, time to build a hamster maze using cardboard boxes and paper towel rolls!
  • Do you know how to knit? If so, cool. Time to start working on that perfect snowflake sweater for your dog. Oh, you don't know how to knit? There are YouTube videos on it and you've got plenty of free time. Pick up some yarn before the storm and give it a try!
  • Make some grilled cheese sandwiches!
  • If all else fails, go outside! Did you know you can make a sled out of common household items? Those awesome recycled bags you use at the grocery store can make a pretty nifty, low-budget sled.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

These are great, useful and funny at the same time - I like the idea of hiking around the houseplants! I like winter - it covers up the dirtiness and it is fun to make a snowman or snowfort. But then it gets cold, and your ideas about what to do inside can come in handy.


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dipless 4 years ago from Manchester

Some good and funny tips, although paper macheing a German Shepherd would be a challenge I feel :p

Thanks for sharing


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

Great tips for being snowed in.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Millionaire Tips - Winter is totally not my thing! I am especially not fond of the solid sheet of ice that is everywhere outside right now. Basically, I have to come up with interesting indoor activities this time of year.

dipless - I myself have never created a paper mache german shepherd, but I can imagine it would keep a person busy for a while.

mljdgulley354 - I am glad you enjoyed the ideas.

Thanks everybody for reading and for the comments!


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

I want snow!! I need a snow day off of work and we haven't had more than a dusting of snow so far this winter. I want enough to build a snowman and a fort with my almost two year old grandson!!!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I do not want more snow. Of course, at my job, it needs to have a major blizzard with about 2 feet of snow on the ground for work to be cancelled. I do not want to deal with that type of snow again even though I do have a strong desire to miss a day at work. Building a snowman is fun though. For your sake, I hope you get snow. :-) Thanks for dropping by and for the comment!


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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

Awesome! I am still laughing at some of your ideas. I grew up in Wyoming, so snow was second nature and we learned quickly how to become creative. Last year my sister and I showed her kids how to make S'mores in her fireplace. (We didn't think about them wanting to make them on their own later.) It was a blast and they still talk about it. Great job! I loved it!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I live in Maryland and sometimes we have a mild winter and sometimes we don't. I am not a big fan of snow, so the last few winters have been difficult. This winter has been a little easier on us... I hope it stays that way. And yes, smores is a great way to spend a day trapped inside. Thanks for sharing!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Jeannie, these sound like really fun things to do, and I'm eager to try them all, so - just waiting for it to snow now.....


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks for reading. If you are lucky, maybe you won't get any snow. Maybe you can just experience these things on a rainy day or something. Snow is just not my thing. :-)


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Great tips - I could have used this during our ice storm the other day. Although getting out of the house to slide across the drive to the mailbox was a bad mistake - LOL. I particularly like the one about putting all your houseplants in one room and pretending it's spring!!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I like your suggestions. When it snows in the south, the power ususally goes it. It is maddening!!! Thanks!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Kris Heeter - Oh, I really hate ice storms! It was so icy in Maryland this weekend. I had to slide my way to Petsmart because I was out of hamster food. I decided on the way there that my hamster needs to go on a diet! I am glad you enjoyed the hub! Thanks for dropping by!

tammyswallow - Oh no! I would hate the power going out. That has to be the worst. I guess you'll need to print out this list in that case. Thanks for reading!


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Thumbs up, Jeannie. Cabin fever sets in when in the midst of winter snow. These were fun ideas. Debby


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I've never been through a blizzard but this is all intriguing to me. Great ideas though and I'm sure they apply to hurricanes too!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Debby - Yes, cabin fever can be a terrible thing. After a while, you've got to go outside and roll around in the snow.

Alecia - You are so lucky! Blizzards are so not my friend. The worst is if the weather stays cold and it takes weeks to melt. Yes, most of this would apply to hurricanes, too, except the whole sledding idea, of course.

Thank you both for your comments!


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Leaderofmany 4 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

I really really hate snow, but you made it sound fun and interesting to be snowed in. The crock pot contents worry me a bit though not so sure that would go very well at my home.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Snow can be nice if you don't have to go anywhere for a day or two, and then it melts immediately. Other than that, it is not my thing. Yeah, I rarely have a crock pot meal go too well. So much for me and my bright ideas!

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