the art of

I confess, I’m a bookaholic. If left to my own devices I’d spend most of my day reading. But since I’m also an asthmatic, I have to be mindful of the state of my house. Hence housework must fit into my schedule. I’m telling you all this in explanation of my new toy/tool. It’s a Roomba and it’s amazing. I’ve named it Hazel. Those of you old enough to remember the sit-com will know why.

Hazel was indispensable to the family she worked for. She was more than a maid, she was a valuable part of the family. Now that I have my very own Hazel, I don’t know what I did all those years of kids, cats, dogs, and a very untidy husband.

2We live in amazing times where technology has given us freedom to do more outside the necessary demands of everyday life. And while this smart device wasn’t cheap, I find that the freedom it gives me to partake of things that enrich my life, a good book, an outing with friends, the symphony, or a day at the beach, makes it worth the price. These things nourish our soul and as we age, we need to slow down and take advantage of those opportunities.

3So, whether or not it’s time outside with the Demon Dogs, or simply nodding on the chaise lounge in the shade of the umbrella, stop for a while and embrace the art of being idle. You’ll thank me for it later.

Now, for my lazy Sunday afternoon, I’m idling away the hours, reading Beth Terrell’s work-in-progress for the Familiar Legacy Mystery Series. It’s a great mystery and Trouble has landed in the midst of a host of characters, including Tuck, the potbellied pig. And if that peaks your interest, you might want to prepare for this coming adventure for Trouble by reading the current book in the series, Trouble in Paradise. Because this sixth book in the series will be followed in July by Susan Y. Tanner’s Turning for Trouble. Well, I’ve done my bit by giving you plenty of ways to partake of the art of being idle. Go forth and build a sandcastle…or whatever.4


21CRebecca Barrett writes historical fiction, romantic mysteries, post-apocalyptic fiction (writing as Campbell O’Neal), children’s stories, and short stories of life in the South. An avid reader all her life and a product of “front porch” socializing, she became a story-teller at an early age.

Her current novel, Trouble in Paradise, features that handsome, sleek, black cat detective, Trouble. The game is afoot in Key West, Florida and there’s a dead body in the Toucan Suite of the Paradise B&B. This is Rebecca Barrett’s second book in this series written by multiple authors (The Mad Catters) who follow the antics of super-sleuth Trouble as he lands in first one crime scene then another. Of course, the humans help a little. These romantic mysteries are fun and lighthearted and just perfect for a beach read or a rainy day.

Visit the author’s website rebeccabarrett.com to enjoy some of her short stories.

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