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July 01, 2007



I hate thunder and lightning too! I pull up the covers and close my eyes every time. Luckily we don't get too many thunderstorms in NH. It was in the 60's here today-too cool for thunder.

Janet K

Hi Miss Kim, as a fellow Florida girl, I know what you mean about the lightening and thunder. That same storm came here after it passed your house. I think the candles are a good idea because if the lights go out you are all ready!! Don't tell me you got those at Goodwill?! What luck! Stay dry! Hugs, Janet

Daisy Cottage

Hi Chris and Janet! Chris, I can't imagine it being in the 60's!!! And Janet I'm glad that you are safe and sound from the storm! Yes, these shells came from my "boutique"!! Whenever I go shell-seeking at our beaches, I seem to only find the itty-bitty ones!


Had to come back for more I knew you wouldn't disappoint! The shells and candles are lovely. Think I'll stay awhile and dig through your archives. Will give me something to dream about in a bit, as it is almost bed time. Cheers! Karen

Vicky G.

Hey Kim, lightning is one thing I don't miss from Florida. I used to kind of like the rainstorms because it made it kind of cozy, but not paired with thunder and lightning. Actually, we could use a few more rainshowers here in Asheville, we have had a bit of a drought going on. Love the candles surrounded by the shells. Hope you have a pretty day tomorrow. Vicky G.



I found your site because it is a featured typepad site, and I must say it is very, very lovely.

I hate thunder and lightening as well. I now live in North Carolina, but used to live in the midwest in Illinois and survived several tornados. Thus my hatred of storms, thunder and lightening. I used to try to pretend all was well when my children were small so they would not be afraid, but now that they are grown and gone, I make my husband hold me in bed.

The candles are a great idea though, I might try that next time. Come visit my site sometime.



I'm with you Kim, NOT a very big fan of thunder and lightning. They scare me.

Love the display! the detail on the candle mimics the pattern on one of the shells, very nice. :-)

Michelle A.

Thise candles as so soothing and pretty. What a comfort during the storms. My husband is from Pensacola FL and it's beautiful there until you feel the heat and humidity.


We had that same storm go through winter Park. I guess I'm in the minority....I love the thunder and lightning, though for a display as beautiful as your shells and candle I too might close my blinds.


Your candles/shells look warm and cozy. You must have the best Goodwill in the US. Every time we have a big storm, we lose tree branches and sometimes the tree. My dog doesn't like thunderstorms - does your dogs have any problems with them?


The Feathered Nest

I deal with thunder, but lightning is another thing altogether! Here in Georgia is quite common to get afternoon thunderstorms and some of them get quite severe. Plus my big old Golden Retriever gets sooo scared he likes to sit on my lap (like the big baby that he is)LOL during storms.

I think your pretty candle arrangement and closing the blinds is a good idea! Seems very calming!


Susan Ramey Cleveland

Your photo of the shells by candlelight is lovely and soothing. I love thunderstorms. One of my favorite things to do is to crawl into bed with a good mystery during a night time thunderstorm.


Even your phobias turn into something pretty for us to look at -- did Maggie hide or was she working the camera?


If you don't like lightning, what are you dong living there? :) The lightning in that part of the state is VERY scary! I remember that!

The shells and candle are beautiful.


tea time and roses

Hi Kim...

You have a way of making all things beautiful... The glow of the candle is just lovely. I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoy coming to Daisy Cottage...



Hi, Kim, I'm sure by now the storms have passed & the candle is out for the time being. What beautiful pics you, love the shells, those are really pretty. You make everything look great!

I would take a big thunderstorm right now. We got a little tiny bit of rain yesterday, but not nearly enough.



NOT a fan.....I'm a big baby when it comes to storms. I also have a FEAR of WIND. In the WINTER here in the NE when the wind starts howling, I absolutely hate it. My hubby has no such fears and because of him neither do my kids. They all gather and love to watch the "show" while I run around and bless each room and unplug the appliances.

I love your display of candle light...very pretty. I used to be a huge fan of the Yankee candles...but since I found Beanpod that is all I use. They are a soy base, not petroleum so they are much cleaner.

Have a wonderful 4th..

God Bless America,
Kathy =)

ps How is Shannon doing has she adjusted, does she have nice roomies??? And how is Mother doing ???

The Decorated House

What pretty pictures!
Aaaah....we go the rain, too! I was so happy. They kept saying rain for days and days and we didn't get anything, except our huge water bill from trying to keep everything alive.
I'll bet it made your flowers and yard look mighty sweet this morning!


I love the shells paired with the candle. I love shells, and am not above buying a BIG special one now an then, since I usually find samller ones too. I have had better luck recently......


So beautiful! You did NOT thrift those, did you???


The seashells by candles are beautiful.
Sorry the storm was scary.
I love thunderstorms, because we hardly ever get them here in Southern Calif., so when we do, it's very exciting.
Happy 4th of July,


Oooooh, cozy! Me...I love thunderstorms! My husband and I like to drive over to Northport (nearby town) and watch storms come in over the water. Now, you wanna talk about itsy-bitsy spiders? Those are really scary!


I love enjoying storms but my poor 100 pound puppy shakes and lays all over me.


I love the combination of shells and candles! I'm a Florida girl, too, why did I never think of that?! Guess what I'm running to do right now? ;)


I'm with you on this- I am not fond of thunderstorms :( I'll have to try that candles & seashells treatment next time one rolls through here (we're hoping for something- 3 mo & no rain)


What a great idea, to turn from such a scarey and unpleasant experience and create such a beautiful setting! As with so many here, I lovvvve your photos, Kim. Reminds me of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift of the Sea. Your awesome photos speak to my heart the same way that her writings did. I am soooooooooo comin' to visit this post if we get a really loud storm 'round here. :-) LOL, some people go to get their candles and shells ~ I'm gonna soak up your photos!

Bari Ackerman

Beautiful photos! I'm a Chicagoan transplanted in California... it's been so long since I've seen a real lightening storm, I actually miss them. I'm sorry they make you unhappy. I'll never forget when I moved here how people would complain when it drizzled. If they only knew.


Lightening can be scary, but also really beautiful! I Don't like the big bangs tho...


Hello! My first visit here--you have a beautiful blog! It's raining where I am in Norway, has been for days, so much so it hardly feels like summer at the moment. But I'm from the US, PA actually, and recall many a summer storm--I don't like lightening either! But I love your shellscape with the candle & mirror here--very soul-warming and comforting. Happy Days! :o)


I don't like storms either. No fun. Love your candle and shells!
Hope you're having a great week!
God bless :)


I do happen to love thunder and lightning, but the thought of closing it out by candlelight is very appealing. Your photos are beautiful and calming.

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