Late one afternoon this week, after Bonnie and Clyde--our outside furry visitors--finished their evening meal, they disappeared rather quickly. I asked my husband if he knew where they went and he pointed to the field at the end of our property and said, "They went on a field trip."
We watched the duo as they explored the large field which the owner had recently mowed. They scouted the area, occasionally bounding after something that caught their attention.
After 15 minutes, we decided to let them to their adventures and headed back in the house. We watched through our windows that overlooked the field. They were certainly enjoying their excursion and we anticipated a souvenir. We were not disappointed because our field camera caught Bonnie returning to the patio with said souvenir in her mouth.
Later in the week, we decided to take our inside felines on a "field" trip of their own. I wanted to clean out a closet in a room that is not normally accessible to the cats. So together we ventured into the unfamiliar space.
Zoie Joy, Miss Paddington and Halo immediately followed me as I began the big cleanout. Zoie did some initial exploring, then settled to watch the proceedings. Halo was a little more inquisitive but also eventually settled to enjoy the new surroundings.
Paddy was the most curious and constantly in the midst of the disorder--emptied boxes, packing supplies and items for the charity box.
The process of sorting took more time than I anticipated, but the charity box is restocked and there is actually an empty space on the closet floor. After the "trip" and Zoie, Paddy and Halo were ready for their evening meal and happy to settle down for a nap. It was obvious that they enjoyed the new surroundings and activity not usually a part of their everyday routine.
The great part of taking a trip--whether to the field or to some other unchartered territory--is coming home again.
The holidays are growing nearer and shopping, decorating and choosing or crafting gifts will be our focus for the next two months. My new boxed set, HOLIDAY FOREVER-AFTERS, features three feel-good holiday romances that will put you in the holiday spirit and offer the perfect gift for that special ebook lover on your Christmas list.
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 97th novel will be released in 2017.
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 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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