Life was disrupted in the Smith household this week...but in a good way. Our son traveled from across the country to spend the Labor Day weekend with us. We don't realize how regimented our life is by daily routines until the routines are changed. More feet on the floor, strange sounds from electronic devices, late night football on TV, guests for a cookout, all affected sleeping, napping and eating schedules for the cats.
But good things happened too. London appeared from her usual upstairs rendezvous to observe the downstairs activities and was more sociable. She seemed to like being in the same room with the other cats and our son. Zoie retreated to the closet when she needed "space" but was her usual affectionate self with everyone. Paddy seemed the most affected by sounds and sights she had never experienced. But she adjusted to sounds of football coming from the TV as well as another set of feet in my office. Halo was least affected and ate and slept as usual. As soon as the house returned to "normal" after our son's departure, the felines also slowly returned to their daily routines...Paddy to her antics, London to her upstairs retreat, Zoie to her favorite chair and Halo to her morning (and afternoon...and evening) naps.
|Paddy plays among my|
slippers and caftan
which she pulled from a chair.
|Caught in the act, Paddy "eyes" a rose bud on top|
of the wall curio cabinet.
|Paddy watches for Halo to walk by before she|
heeds the "lunch" call and later becomes alert
when she hears the buzz of an uninvited fly.
|London makes a rare downstairs appearance|
to observe the weekend activities.
|Zoie retreats to my bedroom closet to find some "space".|
Despite all the disruption of routines over the holiday weekend, Sunnybud and Halo both found moments of quiet solitude. Observing their peaceful countenance can be both inspirational and comforting...and a lesson for us all that we too need those moments of quiet and peace in our lives.
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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. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.
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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