Happy #Easter From the Smith #Felines--Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith




As Easter approaches, we're readying the gardens for spring and making them cat friendly.  Hopefully we'll have a fountain with circulating water, cat mint for them to nap in and nibble on, snapdragons and zinnias to nestle in and make paths through without fear of harm. We'll lay some straw in the garden near the foundation of the house for our more regular visitors to nap on. Pampas grass will provide shade and hopefully the St. Francis statue will bring down blessings on our feral and stray visitors.

It will be fun to sit on the patio again, soaking in the warm sunshine and conversing with Bonnie and Clyde, our new stray visitors, while they eat breakfast or their evening meal.




Inside, the Smith felines are enjoying the Easter throw on the bed and have even decorated 

their own scratching house for the holiday. Zoie has been spending more time on the bench at the bedroom window, listening to us talk to Bonnie and Clyde or plan our patio landscaping below the window. Halo and Paddy have also been spending more time watching the robins in the yard gather nesting materials. As we trim the outside trees and shrubs, it 's always interesting to find the remnants of last year's nests in places we had no idea they had nested. Perhaps we should play closer attention to the areas that capture the cats' attention as they watch the outside goings-on!



We had an early Easter dinner and Zoie "decked" herself in some spring colors while Paddy patiently awaited the table to be set and food to be served. 

 My Easter wish for you is much warmth, renewed joy and time to enjoy the beauty of nature's revival.  

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After a hearty Easter dinner, 
Halo settles down with a
really good book!





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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 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.

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


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