Summer officially arrived this week, but the Smith felines have been in summer siesta mode since early spring.
The outside cats now ignore the sun room in favor of outdoor napping spots.
This week I captured some interesting siesta shots. Watching Bonnie and Clyde wash themselves under the corkscrew willow reminds me how thankful I am for the warmer weather when I don't have to worry about their warmth and safety on cold wintry nights. There seems to be adequate shelter under shrubs and bushes to protect them from a stray afternoon thunderstorm and Clyde particularly likes the shelter that the plants in the vegetable garden provide.
The inside cats also change their usual napping spots, sometimes to soak in the warm summer sun, other times to seek out a cool spot away from the direct rays of the sun.
This bench holds a feeder with a timer that dispenses food twice a day. Zoie is taking a nap while she waits for it!
THE WEDDING PROMISE
Book 8, SEARCH FOR LOVE Series
Sequel to HER SISTER
Beth Crandall has known trauma. Kidnapped from her birth family when she was three, abandoned at a mall by her kidnapper a few months later, traumatic amnesia has prevented memories from plaguing her as she was adopted and ushered into a "normal" life. But a twist of fate reunited her with her birth family recently and now she's attempting to move forward in a way she couldn't before.
As a teenager, Beth's face was scarred in an attack at a group home where her best friend lived. Now Beth is seeing a plastic surgeon, Dr. Sam Benedict, so he can remove the scar. Sam volunteers his time to the foundation Kids Cause which sends doctors all over the world to help children. Sam, who came from an abusive home, feels children need to be listened to and fixed. He and Beth connect on a deep level from the first moment they meet.
Beth has believed a romantic relationship is impossible for her given her background. But during integration into her birth family and throughout a search for her teenage best friend, Sam remains by her side. He helps to heal more than the scar on her face. Neither of them realize that Beth's search for her friend with the help of psychic Gillian Bradley (continuing character from other SEARCH FOR LOVE books) will land them in a fight for their lives.
|Karen and Paddy|
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 95th novel will be released in 2016.
Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.
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