Thursday, July 7, 2016

Rod McKuen Inspired #Feline Photos--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith

My teenage years were influenced by the music and the literary mood of the 60s.  The Monkees and the Beatles were my "social media," albeit without a tablet or computer. Teen magazines were the Facebook of the time and LP albums the playlists of favorite music. Rod McKuen was a familiar poet and singer-songwriter during the late 60s. His poetry explored themes of love, the natural world and spirituality. Since I believe having a cat or cats embodies all of these themes, I am going to share my feline pictures this week accompanying a very appropriate Rod McKuen quote: "Cats have it all--admiration, an endless sleep and company only when they want it."

"Cats have it all--


It's easy to admire Halo's beautiful colors.
Every new position she chooses highlights a
different spectrum of color. She never appears
the same in any of her photos.
Paddy's unique face makes her very
photogenic and her sweet personality
reflects her natural beauty. 

Zoie's striking features have always been her
beautiful eyes and her white tuxedo markings.

an endless sleep 

Halo is a beautiful sleeper. She assumes relaxed
positions and emits a peaceful resting aura.
I only wish that I knew her secret!
Zoie, on the other hand, settles next to me on the bed
and rolls on her back for her before-sleep tummy massage.

and company only when they want it."

Strays who visit us regularly twice a day,
Bonnie and Clyde spend a lot of time together,
But they also go their separate ways throughout
the day.  They always reconnect before breakfast
and evening feedings. They accept my company at a distance
at these feeding times, then depart, sometimes together.
Other times, they head off in opposite directions. 

Halo and Paddy enjoy their together times, but
Paddy has been spending more alone time on
her favorite office chairs.

Zoie and Halo often compete for their preferred
spots on the bed. Sometimes they eye each other,
ready to defend their spot. Other times they seem
to agree to settle near each other, accepting
the fact that they need to share my attention. 

In this one small quote, Rod McKuen seemed to capture the essence of being a cat...and owning one. Enjoy all of your special moments with your furry friends!


The first book in my Caprice De Luca mystery series
--my sleuth takes in stray animals and finds them homes--is on sale.  It's the Kindle Monthly Deal at $1.99. You can find the whole series on its own page at Amazon. Link below.

Staged To Death
Deadly Decor
Gilt By Association
Drape Expectations
Silence of the Lamps
Shades of Wrath--December 2016


Karen and Paddy
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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