Taking Tea in the Kasbah

Welcome back, clever readers, to this week’s edition of the Would You Rather question. The last time we convened in the kasbah, y’all were asked to ponder whether you’d prefer to go about your daily routine completely naked or take a long siesta while missing out on a year of your life.

There were fewer than the usual number of comments last week and as such, an even split (2 each way) occurred.Β Those who chose to rest their heads liked having an entire year to rest and recharge. Equally as enticing was the idea that perhaps the world would be a slightly better place when they awoke. One can hope, right?

Those opting to run amok in their birthday suits tried to get away with imagining these questions as pretend scenarios and made their selection with that justification in mind. I, of course, gently reminded them that the Would You Rather questions are totally real (and also a tiny bit based on the idea that you have to suspend disbelief for a moment and convince yourself that really would be going about your business entirely in the buff). Being the imaginative lot that they are, it was an easy sell. Those choosing to be naked for a week stayed with their decisions, though there was talk of moving to a tropical island while doing so. An interesting spin, I’ll give ’em that.

So which did I choose? I’ll admit I was torn on this one. On the one hand, a year is a mighty long time to be asleep, especially when I thought about what I’d miss out on with my kids. But then again, I am always running a major sleep deficit, so a nice, long nap would be extremely useful.

And then I considered the nude option. I’ll admit that I’m not someone who is comfortable in her own skin when it’s fully clothed, and even less so when buck naked. The idea of having to leave the house or go to work made me cringe. Then again, I wondered if after a week I’d be more comfortable with it since I’d have to get over myself and function in my life on some level.

So, because I’m a fan of pushing my boundaries every once in a while, I decided I’d go the naked route, though I’d definitely have to work from home that week. Since I work in the mental health field with kids and families, showing up to work naked would probably get me fired. Or at the very least banned from the office for the week.

And now, on to this week’s question…

Would you rather

have a home with a great living room


– OR –

a great back yard?

photo credit: angela7dreams via photopin cc

photo credit: angela7dreams via photopin cc


Which will it be, imaginative readers? Are you more drawn to a fantastic living room, designed and furnished to your heart’s desire? Or are you more the outdoorsy type who feels more at home in a well-tended garden or a grand sweep of lawn and old trees? Sit, sip, and share. I always love to hear from you.


20 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Would You Rather Question: Living Room or Yard?

  1. I’m suprised at you, Tami! There is no way on this earth I could go around for a week naked. I can only JUST duck out from the bathroom if I forget something. And I live alone!

    Anyway, onto this week’s question. I find this easy too. I’d definitely prefer an amazing living room. I reckon it’s more useful all year around for entertaining, and even if it was awful, I’d still probably have to clean it. I’ve decided recently that gardens — and the associated gardening — are overrated. I just don’t have time to clean AND do the gardening.

    So, amazing living room for me, please! (And that picture you posted would be perfect!)

    • I hear ya on the upkeep of both house and garden. By the time autumn rolls around, I am somewhat relieved to only have to tend to the inside of my house on a regular basis. Having a spectacular living room with big windows like in the photo would be awesome.

  2. I’m going to have to go with living room, myself. Unless I’m in Norway and it’s cloudy…then I totally want to be outside πŸ™‚

  3. If I lived in a climate that was warm year ’round, I’d opt for letting my great back yard BE my living room. Right now, I have a fantastic view, but the house is being built, so no living room at all. Much as I’m looking forward to having a home again, if it truly did come down to a choice, I’d stay in my temporary digs and keep the view.
    My little plot of land is a blessing. Put me down for a back yard vote.

    • If I had as fabulous a view as you say yours is, I’d also raise a hand for the back yard vote. Having a warm climate year round would seal the deal for me for sure.

  4. I started to write about what a tough decision this was, and how much I love both my living room and my back yard because… And then I hit a snag. I couldn’t come up with one solid reason for choosing living room over yard. I mean, if I had some extra cash, I’d get my floors refinished and maybe some new drapes, and I’ll get my comfy chairs reupholstered when there aren’t cats around to turn them into scratching posts, but other than that I wouldn’t change very much. My yard, however, is a totally different story. I could write an essay on all the ways I’d like to change what’s happening back there…but I won’t bore you with it. YARD WINS.

    • ANOTHER ONE FOR THE YARD! Like you, I have grand plans (mostly stored in my noggin) for my back yard. I just need some time. And money. And for it to be summer again. And perhaps a stronger back and arms… *sigh*

  5. well, d’uh. YARD!
    I thought everybody’d pick Yard. Even in my northern climate, I’d pick yard. I like to have wiener roasts around the fire pit in winter. All dressed up, nice and warm, hot chocolate.

    But that yard. Give me that yard. It’s fantastic.

    • I’m enjoying my first ever indoor fireplace so a fire pit is a no brainer for me. To gather ’round one, even in winter, is key for any back yard (in my opinion).

  6. The Yard wins for me hands down. Maybe it’s because I live in a part of California where extremes in temperature are virtually non-existent. But even if I were back in Iowa, I’d choose the Yard. Nature is such a comfort. Someday I want a house that is surrounded by it.

    • California probably has one of the best locations to have a year-round fabulous yard, so I can see why it wins so easily for you. Hawaii may be the only other place I can think of in the states that rivals it. πŸ™‚

  7. I used to save magazine pics of backyard English gardens, so I’m thinking that would be my choice. Although I might be facing the TV out the window. πŸ™‚

    • English gardens can be soothing with their lines and structure, aren’t they? I’d definitely want some big, big windows to look out on it if I had such a garden.

  8. It would definitely be the yard. While I love a comfortable living room filled with things I love and a good corner for reading, a good (even a mediocre one) can be so rejuvenating. I’d love lots of green and flowers (but no trees that drop anything but leaves).

  9. on ,
    Marcia said:

    That is a hard one for me, since it rains 9 months of the year in Oregon….but I still think I’d go with a great backyard with a small orchard of fruit trees and an area for blueberries, raspberries as well as flower beds……. and an outdoor eating and relaxing area.

    • Yeah, living in the rainy NW makes the decision a little tougher for me, too. But we can also grow a ton of stuff with our relatively mild climate so you could have your orchards and berries.

  10. on ,
    Brinda said:

    I cannot imagine how much thinking you do to come up with these impossible choices. Okay. I want the backyard. I’ll take that one in the photo. Also, I’ve always wanted a hammock. You’d think I could make that happen. I…um…have a backyard. And trees.

    • YES on the hammock! I’ve wanted one for a long time but have never had a yard with the right trees from which to hang one. YOU, on the other hand, have no excuses. If I were you, I’d put one on my holiday wish list. πŸ™‚

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