Last year on June 17th we became a one vehicle household…a two vehicle household, if you count the motorcycle. Being a one vehicle household has its advantages and disadvantages.
The main advantages of being a one vehicle household are the obvious savings in registration, licensing, insurance, maintenance and fuel costs.
The main disadvantage of being a one vehicle household is the fact that one vehicle is being shared by all members of the family. In my case the one vehicle is shared between my husband and myself.
My husband works; I don’t. The fact that my husband works and I don’t is not a big deal during late spring, summer or early fall months. He can (and often does) ride his motorcycle to work, or ride his bicycle to work or walk to work on nice days. My husband’s workplace is about 3 miles from our home. The car is left home in the garage often during non-winter months. I am left without any transportation most of the winter.
I have cabin fever. I have been housebound most days since the beginning of this month. I am really feeling the cabin fever today. If I had the car today, I would have driven to Betts Park, a local park located along the Allegheny River, or the local Audubon Nature Center. It was so pretty earlier today. There is a fresh blanket of snow on the ground; tree boughs bend with snow. The sun was shining brightly; the sky was blue. A winter wonderland calling to me. I am sure that I would have captured many beautiful scenes with my camera.
I know some of you are saying “go for a walk in your neighborhood”. I might just do that, after I publish this post. Perhaps a walk in the neighborhood will reduce the claustrophobic feeling I have being housebound. I know a neighborhood walk, though, will not eliminate my desire to be able to leave the confines of my neighborhood. A walk in the neighborhood reveals nothing new. It is the same ole, same ole stuff I can see any day. A walk in the neighborhood gets boring after a time.
No, this is not a plea for a second car. I like the advantages of being a one vehicle household. What I need to be willing to do is to get up, get dressed and take Bob into work on nice, winter days. Bob goes into work early, though, like 5:30am or earlier. It is going to take a lot of will power for me to leave the house that early in the morning.