Getting Ready for a Blizzard (in the bedroom and outside) Means Being Happy For What You Have

Getting Ready for a Blizzard (in the bedroom and outside) Means Being Happy For What You Have

On Thursday, my co-podcaster, Shaun, and husband guy, takes over the blog.

He’s adorable. I hope you’ll read what he says even if he does occasionally sound like a surfer dude from the 1990s or Captain Pontification. And no, we don’t always agree. 🙂

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Last week I wrote about the four elements of long-lasting love. If you were kind enough to read my blog post then you remember that the fourth and most important element is forgiveness.

Today we will put that to the test.

You see, today is Friday. Yesterday was Thursday and that is the day that I am supposed to submit my writing attempts to Carrie. Carrie said nothing about me not writing a post last evening and has yet to mention it this morning.

Most likely it is her extreme kindness that is keeping her from telling me that I am a huge failure, again. Mind you, Carrie does not ever tell me that I am a huge failure (disappointing in the bedroom sometimes) but being human, I sometimes hear that in my head.

Side note from Carrie: I have never said anything about anything in the bedroom ever because I am an uptight New Englander. And I would not say that.

Back to Shaun: So, I am going to write this blog post this morning and email it to her without saying a word and see what happens. Please keep your fingers crossed for me!

I sometimes make out like Carrie is mean to me and hopefully you know that this is not true whatsoever! I just like to garner a little compassion when I can from whomever reads my posts.

Tomorrow, we are supposed to have a nor’easter that is forecast to bring anywhere from 11-18” of snow. I hate snow! While it can be beautiful at times and is fun to watch fall from the sky, I am not into winter sports that much and anything more than a couple inches means lots of clean up.

Remember that I am from Florida and never saw snow until I was seventeen years old. For me it was an exciting novelty for many years and even shoveling snow held a certain allure that made it fun. I am over all of that now, really over it!

Anywhere that you have snow and it stays around for a while you must have temperatures below freezing. Yet another thing that is not super attractive to me. I much prefer the warmth and humidity of the South.

However, knowing that I will have to do a lot of snow blowing and shoveling on Sunday actually makes me feel happy. I am alive and while my life is not perfect, it is a lot better than billions of other people in this world. Carrie and I remind ourselves of this almost daily and often do it together. If one of us is down about something and thinking that life just sucks all we have to do is remember what we don’t have to deal with.

I could list out the million ways that other people are suffering while we are not, but that would just be a waste of time. You can use your imagination or experience to know what I am talking about.

It is a rare life where you get out without having experienced horrible life experiences, and I would wager that if you leave this world free of super negative experiences, that your leaving was incredibly traumatic to someone else. Having written that, I realize that you could look at life as a circle of grief, a Venn diagram of sorts. Your circle may not include sadness or despair, but it overlaps with other circles, other lives, that most certainly do. It seems almost inescapable.

Of course, I never write to bring you down. So, celebrate! Rejoice in the life that you have now and realize that it could always be worse. I mean, you could have to shovel snow every day. Seize upon all of the positivity in your life, every day! Life truly is a wonderful thing and each and every one of you has a purpose of positivity that you must remember and try to grasp daily.

Now go out and make your life better, make somebody else’s life better and remember to Always Love Your Way through It!




  1. Buy some canned goods for the pantry or stuff that you don’t really have to cook and that doesn’t need to be in the fridge.
  2. Buy some bottled water or bottle your own, which is way cooler. Just use clean, sanitized containers!
  3. If you have meds, make sure you have enough for a week.
  4. Make sure you have a shovel! And that it works!
  5. Charge all your chargeable things like your phone and laptops.
  6. If it is going to be super cold (think below 28 degrees Fahrenheit for four or more hours) make your faucets trickle. A tiny bit of cold water helps to keep your pipes from freezing.
  7. Check the batteries/wiring of your smoke and CO2 detectors.
  8. If you have the ability, check for tree limbs that might fall down.


The latest Rosie and Seamus book is out in the world February 1! That’s so soon, right? You should go order it because it’s super fun and also because it would make everyone happy!


The discovery of a dead town councilor’s remains unearths yet another nightmare for reporter Rosie Jones in the romantic thriller by New York Times and internationally bestselling author Carrie Jones

Things are finally getting hot and heavy between Rosie Jones and police sergeant Seamus Kelley as they approach their wedding date. But now Rosie finds human remains on the edge of a popular hiking trail in Acadia National Park.

Seamus determines the bones belong to a local, somewhat beloved town councilor and the investigation threatens to derail both their adorable Maine tourist town and Rosie and Seamus’s relationship.

To keep the community she loves safe, Rosie is going to have to face both the town’s demons and her own.


Author: carriejonesbooks

I am the NYT and internationally-bestselling author of children's books, which include the NEED series, FLYING series, TIME STOPPERS series, DEAR BULLY and other books. I like hedgehogs and puppies and warm places. I have none of these things in my life.

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