Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cleaning With #Felines--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith



Cleaning isn't my--or anyone's else's--favorite thing to do. Throw two kittens into the mix and cleaning becomes even more of a chore...or just plain fun and games.

This week, I chose to just make a situation that could have been frustrating and irritating into a fun and game session. It took a bit longer to finish my chores and eventually Freya and Zander had to be moved to a different room...but the kittens provided some laughs and I actually had fun sweeping the kitchen floor!

Below are photos of our cleaning adventures.

Freya likes to jump onto the open lid of the dishwasher
and supervise while I am emptying the clean dishes.

Freya and Zander chase the broom while hubby
sweeps the kitchen floor. The fun and games came
to a halt when they sent the pile of dirt flying
across the floor. 
 
Zander seems to prefer chasing the broom through the air.
That way he doesn't have to worry about the pile of dirt!

Freya was enchanted with the Swiffer sweeper and
chased it across the floor as I mopped. But then she
figured out how to pull the cloth off of the mop
and she was evicted to another room.
 

Zander soon grew tired of  the broom and sweeper
and retreated to the bed for an afternoon nap.
He seems to be thinking, "Cleaning is hard work...
I don't know why these humans bother doing it!"
You know, he may have a point there.

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Coming in November 2017

Available October 17

Now Available for Pre-Order




Ah, wintertime in Rust Creek Falls! It's the perfect time of year to snuggle up by the fireplace and indulge in some juicy gossip. Speaking of snuggling, did you hear that Eli Dalton and Hadley Strickland were forced to spend the night together in an abandoned barn during our recent snowstorm?  

While it may have been a horse in distress that brought the lovely veterinarian out to the Circle D, we're betting handsome, steady Eli will draw her back. We believe the rancher could melt fair Hadley's frozen heart—if she can find the courage to reveal her past. So hang the holly, dear readers, and remember that this is the season for miracles. Could a holiday proposal soon be in the works?





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Click on the link below to read an additional blog entry by Karen
every Thursday on the Cozy Chicks blog




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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. This award-winning and bestselling author will have her 100th novel released in 2018.  At present she is working on two mystery series for Kensington Books--Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozies and Daisy's Tea Garden mysteries. From time to time, she also writes romance for Harlequin Special Edition.
Karen and Paddy

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks and does watercolor paintings 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.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 




©2017 Karen Rose Smith

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Building a #Feline Family--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith



Adding a new cat or kittens is only the beginning of building a happy feline family. Cats are creatures of habit and anything new can easily disrupt their world. Physical things, like the noise created by the garbage trucks or thunderstorms, pass and normal returns relatively quickly. However, more permanent things--like two new kittens!--can upset the daily routine of an entire household.

We have cats ranging in age from three to sixteen years old. We thought we had carefully thought out the logistics of adding Freya and Zander, our two rescued kittens, to our feline family. Because of the great age differences between the cats, we knew we would have to keep the kittens separated and introduce them slowly, using screens at doorways and closing bedroom doors so our senior cat, who is blind, would have respite from kitten antics.

The screens worked for about a week, then Zander discovered that he could easily climb over the barrier and explore the world beyond. That week did provide a little protection for Paddy, Halo and Zoie Joy. However they were not as ready to have their world invaded as the kittens were to explore it...and them.


But we decided to let them handle the situation on their own...with careful surveillance, of course. There were hisses and growls and swats. But slowly the kittens learned their boundaries around the older cats. They soon realized that their older sisters were not quite as accepting of them as they were willing to be of their elders. Slowly over the course of the last two weeks, with boundaries learned, the felines are all navigating the downstairs. The kittens sometimes take a circuitous route around the older cats and there are occasionally still hisses and growls if they overstep their bounds.



But we have had times with four cats napping together on the bed and feeding times with adults eating next to kittens. We don't have a close-knit feline family yet, but hopefully with time and patience (both people and feline patience) we will once again find that balance that makes us one big happy feline family. My felines have taught me that with patience and tolerance can come acceptance, camaraderie and comfort.  



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Coming in November 2017

Available October 17

Now Available for Pre-Order




Ah, wintertime in Rust Creek Falls! It's the perfect time of year to snuggle up by the fireplace and indulge in some juicy gossip. Speaking of snuggling, did you hear that Eli Dalton and Hadley Strickland were forced to spend the night together in an abandoned barn during our recent snowstorm?  

While it may have been a horse in distress that brought the lovely veterinarian out to the Circle D, we're betting handsome, steady Eli will draw her back. We believe the rancher could melt fair Hadley's frozen heart—if she can find the courage to reveal her past. So hang the holly, dear readers, and remember that this is the season for miracles. Could a holiday proposal soon be in the works?





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Click on the link below to read an additional blog entry by Karen
every Thursday on the Cozy Chicks blog




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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. This award-winning and bestselling author will have her 100th novel released in 2018.  At present she is working on two mystery series for Kensington Books--Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozies and Daisy's Tea Garden mysteries. From time to time, she also writes romance for Harlequin Special Edition.
Karen and Paddy

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks and does watercolor paintings 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.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 




©2017 Karen Rose Smith

Thursday, August 31, 2017

#Feline Condo Living--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith



Although our cats have an entire house to roam and comfy furniture to nap on, they still seem to prefer their carpeted cat condos. In previous blogs, I have shared photos of the older cats snoozing or playing on the condos. Although she prefers to nap snuggled next to me on the bed or on my lounge chair, Halo still enjoys a few private moments on the top shelf of the floor to ceiling condo. Paddy often tries to join her but since she is now full grown, Halo is not always willing to share the small space. Paddy enjoys her square-topped condo and Zoie often naps in the morning sunshine that beams across her kitchen condo.


Often, much to the chagrin of the older cats, the new kittens have invaded the condo spaces. Zander seems to like the Paddy's square-topped condo and Freya prefers the kitchen condo. They both like to sit on and in the carpeted circles in the bedroom.

Of course, the carpeted structures also provide surfaces for the cats to scratch on, sparing the upholstered furniture.


Below are a few snaps that I captured this week of Zander and Freya enjoying condo living.  


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Coming November 2017

Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery #7


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially now that Caprice De Luca has wrapped up her holiday-themed staging gig at a stunning historic home in downtown Kismet, Pennsylvania. Behind all the red ribbon and glowing string lights, homeowners Chris and Sara Merriweather have it all. But Chris, a Vietnam vet who plays Santa every year at the community park, has been displaying strange behavior after a recent trip to Washington, D.C.

The joy of the season vanishes entirely when Chris is found murdered on Santa Lane, leaving behind his loyal malamute and lots of unfinished business. As Caprice uncovers hidden secrets in Santa's workshop, the pressure is on to catch the candy cane-wielding culprit--before she's next on a killer's deadly wish list . . .


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Click on the link below to read an additional blog entry by Karen  
every Thursday on the Cozy Chicks blog




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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. This award-winning and bestselling author will have her 100th novel released in 2018.  At present she is working on two mystery series for Kensington Books--Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozies and Daisy's Tea Garden mysteries. From time to time, she also writes romance for Harlequin Special Edition.
Karen and Paddy

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks and does watercolor paintings 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.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 




©2017 Karen Rose Smith

Thursday, August 24, 2017

#Grandkitties Join Our Feline Family--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith


In last week's blog, I introduced Freya and Zander, the newest members of our feline family.  I'm also excited to share that we have new furry friends in our extended feline family. This week's photos feature Danbi and Mina, our grandkitties!

Our son, who lives half way across the country, lost his sixteen-year-old soulmate cat in May. His vet had just taken into foster care six new motherless kittens from two different litters. They were only about five weeks old at the time. When we visited our son in June, we made a trip to the vet's home to see the kittens and he decided to adopt two of them--a black and white tuxedo and a Japanese calico. He picked them up a few weeks later and we have been receiving weekly photos. He already had a senior cat, but the integration when really well.  Short visits with the kittens have extended into much longer sessions. They play and nap together. We plan to visit over the holidays and are excited to see how they have grown since we first saw them in June.   

Meet Danbi and Mina.

Danbi


Mina


Playtime


Fun with big sister

    
I am indeed grateful for the bundles of smiles provided by our new family members. And I am also happy that our love of felines has been passed down to our son. I can't wait for the photos when our grandkitties discover our son's multiple aquariums and the many ways they can get into trouble exploring them! 

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Coming November 2017

Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery #7


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially now that Caprice De Luca has wrapped up her holiday-themed staging gig at a stunning historic home in downtown Kismet, Pennsylvania. Behind all the red ribbon and glowing string lights, homeowners Chris and Sara Merriweather have it all. But Chris, a Vietnam vet who plays Santa every year at the community park, has been displaying strange behavior after a recent trip to Washington, D.C.

The joy of the season vanishes entirely when Chris is found murdered on Santa Lane, leaving behind his loyal malamute and lots of unfinished business. As Caprice uncovers hidden secrets in Santa's workshop, the pressure is on to catch the candy cane-wielding culprit--before she's next on a killer's deadly wish list . . .


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Click on the link below to read an additional blog entry by Karen  
every Thursday on the Cozy Chicks blog




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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. This award-winning and bestselling author will have her 100th novel released in 2018.  At present she is working on two mystery series for Kensington Books--Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozies and Daisy's Tea Garden mysteries. From time to time, she also writes romance for Harlequin Special Edition.
Karen and Paddy

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks and does watercolor paintings 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.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 




©2017 Karen Rose Smith

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Freya and Zander Join Our #Feline Family-#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith


Kittens Freya and Zander have joined our furry family! We were not planning on additional furry companions.  But...

As mentioned in last week's blog, a dear friend found six five-week-old kittens under her parents' porch. The mother, a feral neighborhood cat, was trapped and spayed. Although our friend is allergic to cats, she still accepted responsibility to care for and find the kittens forever homes. Her parents took two of the kittens, leaving four. I'm happy to report that Camino and Ash, the two who were featured in my blog last week, have found adoptive parents. And as soon as I laid eyes on the remaining long-haired brother and sister pair, my heart melted and I agreed to welcome them to our furry family. (I'm not sure our existing adult cats--Halo, Paddy, London and Zoie Joy--shared my enthusiasm!)

Already the pair have brought us many laughs as we watch their kitten antics. They have each developed their own unique personalities. We are slowly integrating them with the adult felines. While the adults watch them carefully and sometimes openly express their disapproval, other times they do allow the kittens to nap on the bed with them (as long as they are at a safe distance). I know patience is of utmost importance in this process and that tolerance, if not acceptance, is the most the adult cats can offer as they absorb the fact that these little creatures have broken into their safety zone.

I will share the integration process over the next weeks and months.  But for now, meet ZANDER and FREYA...    


ZANDER
"A different type of guy--one who genuinely cares and is sweet, cute and very attractive and never fails to make a girl smile"
(from the urban dictionary)




FREYA
The Norse goddess of beauty, love and destiny






The kittens had their first shots this week. In this photo, they weren't their usual frisky selves as the effects of the shot slowly wore off.  But soon they returned to "normal" and each day they embark on new adventures as they explore all the nooks and crannies of their new "forever" home.



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Coming November 2017

Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery #7


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially now that Caprice De Luca has wrapped up her holiday-themed staging gig at a stunning historic home in downtown Kismet, Pennsylvania. Behind all the red ribbon and glowing string lights, homeowners Chris and Sara Merriweather have it all. But Chris, a Vietnam vet who plays Santa every year at the community park, has been displaying strange behavior after a recent trip to Washington, D.C.

The joy of the season vanishes entirely when Chris is found murdered on Santa Lane, leaving behind his loyal malamute and lots of unfinished business. As Caprice uncovers hidden secrets in Santa's workshop, the pressure is on to catch the candy cane-wielding culprit--before she's next on a killer's deadly wish list . . .


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Click on the link below to read an additional blog entry by Karen  
every Thursday on the Cozy Chicks blog




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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. This award-winning and bestselling author will have her 100th novel released in 2018.  At present she is working on two mystery series for Kensington Books--Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozies and Daisy's Tea Garden mysteries. From time to time, she also writes romance for Harlequin Special Edition.
Karen and Paddy

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks and does watercolor paintings 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.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 




©2017 Karen Rose Smith