As I prepared for the arrival of Christmas this year, I was, of course, "helped" by all my furry babies. In the busyness of all the preparations, it is so easy to become perturbed and irritated by all the "help." But as I stepped back and watched the feline antics, I soon realized that if I, like my pets, live in the moment, I would enjoy the season much more.
So this year I attempted to enjoy all the little things...the beautiful decorations that brought back memories of Christmases past, the wonderful smells of holiday baking, the joy in the eyes of someone opening a package that I had wrapped...and ignore the list of everything that needed to be done before December 25. I snapped some photos as the cats and I enjoyed preparing for the holiday festivities.
|"I like the new Christmas throw. I hope|
you weren't planning to use it!" (Zoie)
|"But these bells are going to jingle|
every time the door opens. I hope you
don't plan to interrupt my nap! (Zoie)
|"This garland is all tangled up. I'll help|
untangle it!" (Paddy)
|I thought Santa Claus came down |
the chimney, not the stairs!" (Paddy)
|"Did Santa lose his cap going down|
the chimney?" (Paddy)
|"You know I don't like hats. How long is |
this photo session going to last?" (Halo)
|"How did Santa fit in this bag?" (Paddy)|
|"Don't bother waking me if Santa comes.|
I'll open my presents when I wake up." (Halo)
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.
Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below.
©2016 Karen Rose Smith