Sipping my best drink at the moment, a verrrry hot cup of coffee.
Dear Tamie’s Journal,
Omo, e dey easy to siddon for hawt naija dey shout “winter is coming, winter is coming” [as per day one GOT fan]… But nna mehn right now I really no want winter to come again. Make e remain where e dey.
I was greeted with a temperature of 2 degrees when I landed in Toronto. It was cold but I was like “This is not so bad”. Few hours later I landed in snowing Edmonton to – 3 degrees and was now like “Warrisgoingonhere”. A short walk from the arrival hall to the car and my fingers were numb.
Ha!… Na so we go dey dey?
My dear TJ, In this short stay of mine I’ve gone on to experience -16 degrees ( so far that’s the highest abi lowest I’ve experienced)… And world people on this side are saying things like “It’s not really that cold”; “This is good weather”; “Winter hasn’t really really started” Eziokwu!
PSA : Dear Santa.. I know I loved and sang White Christmas, and looked forward to it someday…. Now we are here, I still love it and I’m still looking forward to it… But would it be possible to have a White Christmas with temperature in the range of say 18-20 degrees… I think I could work with that. What say you Santa?
So currently, until it gets warmer, I’ve traded-
- Cold drinks for hot hot drinks
- Cold bath for almost boiling hot baths
- Regular sleeping ankara for thick blankets
- Not rubbing creams for layers upon layer of good ole Vaseline
- Normal one top or shirt for 3-5 layers of clothing ( don’t even think of judging me)
- Slippers and sandals for winter boots(I even need to fortify these boots with traction cleats)
The first few nights when others were sleeping I was wide awake counting ceiling. That adjusted to some extent but the fact that it got dark quite early also didn’t help. It was as if my body didn’t know how to function once it got dark. By 4.00pm in the evening the sun is gone and twilight falls, by 6.00pm It’s pitch dark.
This weather can be one kind. You know how you leave the house and it is sunny but by the time you’re returning home heavy rain had started falling…in our case it was heavy snow ‘falling’. I dunno whether I will call it a snow storm or a blizzard. Like the weather changed in seconds. Our visibility was almost zero. We had to park off the road to try to wait it out a bit. but that was just a wrong move. We had to summon courage and
trek drive slowly home. It was an experience! Not funny one at all. Not one i would want to be caught in again. Then a few days later it rained and the side walks became so icy!! I have been walking one step at a time like a 80 year old lady, despite that I’ve almost fallen over 100 times. It hasn’t snowed in a while and now I miss the snow because it is better to walk on snow than Ice. I’ve come to realize it isn’t just snow making the weather cold but the winds. When it is windy it is so blinking cold.
But it isn’t altogether bad. I was talking to some one the other day and heard myself saying the weather today is good. I looked at my phone and temperature was in the range of 0 to -3 degrees. Ehennnn just like that I’ve joined weather is good today gang.
Oh well, I stay taking one day at a time.
CL – Canny Living
TJ – Tamie’s Journal
Oyi na tum’ o( Igbo language) – I dey catch cold/ I feel cold