Feb 15, 2012

30 Biting winter, Groceries & Public Transit

On Sunday I took my fast self and say ah going to make grocery. Good Lord it was cold. It was so cold even my exhaled breaths tried to go back in my mouth and the rest just plain refused to come out on the exhale because the wind chill seemed like it was just waiting like a defence man threatening to shove it back in my mouth. I took my time walking to the bus stop singing to myself; carefully manoeuvring the snow plies in order to keep my focus off the snipping cold.
I sat down at the stop and wrapped myself tight, legs tucked under, hands in folded in the coat sleeves and my chin buried in my chest while I waited patiently for the bus. 20 minutes passed, 20 minutes in the freezing cold is like an eternity and does some not so good things to the equilibrium because your mood changes and you become impatient and snappish. To avoid that I started to hum, my toes began to feel a little cool as i did a mental inventory of what supplies I may have at home that will sustain for me for at least another day or two and give me the much needed excuse to turn back. Just when I was about to give in the bus came.
The ride to the grocery store was a short one and the little warmth was enough to motivate me to walk the quarter block to the store. I put in my quarter took my cart and in I went in. I took my time going isle to isle, when I was finished I called my sister who offered to come and pick me up, 30 minutes later she and mom arrived. I pushed the cart from inside the grocery store to the minivan and in less than 30 seconds my hands were freezing and my sister was moving quickly to load everything while my mom danced from leg to leg going “oh gard it so cold, why I come up here… I should have stayed in New York…”Jesus Christtttt”. With one more stop to the market for fruits we quickly jumped in the van and drove off each of us making sssssshh…. sounds and mumbling “it cold boy, oooh”.
Grocery shopping is always a store hopping adventure because we are armed flyers in hand  hunting for bargains. The next stop was made in a mad dash, at this supermarket it was a quick meticulous trip. My sister parked as close to the door as possible, sending me out first to see if the store was open still while she and my mom stayed huddled in the van laughing that I would be the one to go out and check. Once it was established that it was indeed open mom jumped out and we made a fast pace inside while my sister found a park as close to the door as possible.
Inside we did focused shopping, my mom got some, my sister got some and I got some and we all headed to the cashier paid for our items and headed for the door but my mom and I stopped hesitating before we exited and turned to my sister asking simultaneously “how far you park?” laughing she said, “right by the door,'” and we all laughed meaning to say ‘it too cold to walk too far’ we hurried to the van made quick business of packing jumped in stopping briefly to knock off the excess snow. I lifted my foot out at precisely what I determined to be the wrong time because at that precise moment a gust of roaring wind hit, “have mercy!” I thought. I felt chills in places I didn’t know I had and places I forgot was there. At that point I didn’t care to do any more shopping, I had enough, grocery shopping be damned I was cold and home was calling me and that is exactly where I went.

30 comments:

  1. BurrrrrrrrrrrrrBurrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  2. I love when you write your life experiance stories here. I am sorry that you had to endure that bitter cold but I do like the story alot.

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    1. That's the nature of the beast, when you choose to live in a country that has different seasons then its what you must endure.....

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  3. I know exactly how you feel. It’s been bitterly cold like that down here and I try to stay inside as much as possible. I defiantly feel for you.

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    1. yep only mandatory travel, too work, from work, no stops in between

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  4. I’m with Pep…burrrrrr. I do not envy you that snow tripping. I’ll take it on tv or in a picture. lol Great story, I can see it all clearly

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    1. A girls got to eat, so you got to do what you got to do and in this case quickly and efficiently

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  5. Sorry you had such a miserable experience. The weather here the last few weeks has been as nasty as can be with snow and ice and bitter cold

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    1. who said life will be sunshine and roses?

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  6. Brrrrr, I know the feeling. All of last week we had 70′s temps. first three days of this week way below freezing. Today, 50′s. Tonight, rain. Tomorrow and the rest of the week 60′s & 70′s! What’s that all about?Why we leave where we come from again? LOL – wha we go do, is not dat we didn’t know dis is what we was going to get.

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    1. Life changes and so must me, progress and evolution is likely to take us in places we never imagine.

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  7. LOL, this is something i do not miss at all! Yay for sunny florida...even though it has made me extremely warm-blooded. I'm freezing when its only 50 degrees here. But oddly enough, winter in NY (and even London for that matter) barely gets to me anymore. Florida has a different kind of cold i guess.

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    1. Yeah, the heat in the Caribbean is different as well. The humidity here is a choaker.

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  8. i'm tempted to point and laugh at you but the cold that slapped me on saturday is not one i'll forget in a hurry so i feel your pain. i got so cold that my finger began to hurt, it hurt so bad i got teary eyed lmho. I couldn't believe it! Winter is horrible mehn ((((hugs)))) it'll soon be over

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    1. the bite sure does make you respect the whether and appreciate having somewhere warm to go to doesn't it?

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  9. awww sorry. Its very hot in Nigeria, maybe i can send you some.lol

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    1. As much as i dread the teeth of the cold I'll pass on the Nigerian heat O.

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  10. The winter is really biting you guys there o...See the work of God o... its thick summer here o. lol

    - LDP

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    1. I know fascinating isn't it? It never fails to marvel me.

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  11. I was with you all the way and chills were running down my back Brrrrrrrr...

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  12. Stay warm!! I got cold just reading this.

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    1. the right clothes sure does make a difference.

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  13. We have been so lucky this winter. Hardly any snow (7.5 inches) and temps have approached early spring. Two days ago it was 17 degrees farenheit, now it's close to 50. Very weird indeed. Thunk warm thoughts Rhapsody.

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    1. Its been pretty mild here too, its just one of those days when winter as it should be shows up as if to say don't be too comfortable.

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  14. Awww so sorry about the cold,winter can be bossy.Sending some heat from Africa :)

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    1. truth be told Darling, its been a pretty mild one this year, its only the few really winter days that show up as it should be that it bites because we get comfortable with the mildness.

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  15. I wish I could send you warmth from California!If your mama from NY is cold it must be realllly cold!!! I find it cold in NY!!Be well, happy holdays,Christie

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    1. its all good, its not a permanent freeze just one day unsually colder than most.

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