Thursday, February 25, 2016

#Feline #Sunbathing in Winter--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith

Humans search for sources of additional "light" during these winter months--sunlamps, happy lamps, or perhaps just window shades that will open wide to allow as much light as possible to shine into a room. Webster refers to sunshine as "something that radiates warmth, cheer or happiness." Our furry friends seem to have the same need as humans for the sun's rays. Even in the dead of winter they search out sunny spots in the house to soak in a sunbeams. This week I caught our cats enjoying the warmth of the sun at various place throughout the house--some expected, others a surprise. 

One morning Halo found the sun splashing across the bed and she immediately settled in its warmth and basked in its glow. 
Paddy, on the other hand, was spied under the kitty steps where she had settled for a nap, only to wake to the afternoon sun shining between two steps. 
At some time during the day, each of our felines spends time on our cat condos. We have them positioned at the windows in several rooms, so they can rotate their roosting spots to follow the movement of the sun throughout the day. 

Zoie's favorite spot to enjoy the sun's rays is the kitchen table. Since it is painted a sunny yellow color, it gives the impression of brightness and warmth even on cloudy days. And on sunny afternoons...well, let's just say that we have our lunch at the kitchen counter because Zoie is not about to relinquish her midday sunbathing spot.  

Even the stray cats who frequent our yard take time each day to find a sunny spot to rest and preen themselves, all the while enjoying the warmth of the winter sun.
Our furry felines may not be able to read the dictionary, but they know the special attributes of the sun that bring them warmth and happiness. So "read" and maybe even follow your cat to soak in the sun's warmth. Perhaps you too will find some cheer and happiness this week! 



Halo soaks in some sunshine as she gets
ready to settle down with a really good book!


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. 




Anonymous said...

Lovely post, Karen. I totally understand the kitties seeking sunny spots, in winter...I do, too!

Unknown said...

Both our cat and dog seek out the sunshine-sometimes even laying side by side. It always makes me smile.