Thursday, December 29, 2016

#Felines Wrapped in #Holiday Spirit--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith

One of the fun aspects of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is the opening of presents. And, needless to say, the Smith felines were in the middle of the activity. As the wrapped packages arrived in the living room, Halo and Paddy made prompt appearances to check them out, probably hoping to detect the scent of fresh catnip among the wrappings. Halo gave them a quick smell test and then went on her way, unimpressed with the beautiful wrappings.

Paddy, on the other hand was not so easily convinced there was nothing there to interest her.  She was enamored by the unwrapped gifts and distracted by the mountains of unfamiliar items surrounding her. She was particularly taken by hubby's new garden tool stool. I'm not sure Zoie will be as curious about my new Victrola once music starts streaming from the speakers.

Unlike previous years, the wrapping paper and ribbons didn't seem to grab their attention this year. We were very careful to quickly discard the wired ribbons and foil papers to avoid any unnecessary emergency vet visits. But even the tissue paper didn't hold their attention like the brown packing paper that had been in so many of the mailing boxes with gifts that had been ordered online. They loved jumping into that stiffer brown paper and skidding across the floor onto the paper as they chased the laser light.

Although Paddy remained in the midst of the commotion while the last of the gifts were unwrapped, Halo and Zoie quickly tired of the change in routine and settled down for long winter's naps  Their peace and quiet will be disrupted again by the arrival of friends we will be welcoming on New Year's Eve. 

 I wish you all health, joy and peace in the new year.



Wendy Newcomb, director of the Kismet women's shelter Sunrise Tomorrow, is thrilled when the shelter receives a legacy.  She hires Caprice to decorate the mansion to serve women who need more than an overnight port in a storm. But in her drive against domestic violence, Wendy has made enemies and is murdered. Caprice finds herself in danger once more as she asks questions and even calls on St. Anthony for inspiration to solve this murder mystery.

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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 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

1 comment:

Kristi L said...

Happy New Year's Weekend! I enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your pictures of your precious cats.