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June 18, 2010


Mary Lou

I got here one minute after you posted..We're both up late!
I love the crepe myrtles.
My dad went to heaven when he was 46. Not a father's day that I don't miss him.


Hi Kim,

Those pink flowers are gorgeous! Hold on to your memories of your daddy. Hopefully that will help you get through the day. I will be seeing mine this weekend. We are traveling to Illinois. He has dementia so it's hard to see him that way but don't know how many Fathers Day I will have him so don't want to miss one.

700 posts?? Wow, that's a lot of blogging.



Happy 700th post!

I miss my dad, too. And my husband will be away on Father's Day this year. Sigh.


happy 700th, now that's worth celebrating, what will you share with us - maybe some dessert? i miss my papa so much. i so love the flowers it brings more sunshine my way. it's been hitting the 100 mark these past days, my garden is blooming with jasmin, roses, maple trees and a mimosa tree and ......

you have yourselfs a great and Blessed weekend. thanks a bunch kim, for all you do to make everything so special.

love ya, maria - cottage feel -

Julie Harward

I can't imagine getting to 700 posts!!! I love your big pink bloom! I wish my Dad was still here too but I can honor my hubbie and sons and sons in law. Come say hi :D


Congratulations on your 700th post! WOW!! After losing my Mom three years ago, I find Mother's Day tough. You just so envy people that have a parent to spend those special days with, and give a hug to. Your blooms are beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend spent with those you love. Sherri : )

pogonip @ meadowsweet cottage

700? That's a lot of love you've shared with us! Daisy Cottage makes my heart smile :)

Terry Beaudry

Wow 700, I can't imagine because it is all consuming in one's life (I do enjoy it so much though).
My own blog is so new and I thank you so much for becoming a follower, you are sweet and I am so very glad I found you!
I just love your attitude and spirit and the cutness of this blog!:)


Happy 700th posts Kim!! Your pink blooms are stunning and now when you stare at them, just take a moment to look up to the sky and tell your Dad that you love him ~ he's watching down on you each and every day and I know he is just smiling at what a wonderful daughter he raised. You touch all of our lives and I just love you to pieces. Hugs Sweetie ~ Laura


Wow, Happy 700th, Kim!!!
Send some of that bloom baby bloom my way. We're still stuck in the cool and the drippy. Our blooms aren't even blooms yet.
Have a great weekend! Hugs.


What a lovely post for your 700th post!
Those crepe myrtle blossoms are beautiful.


Fabulous blooms, and congratulations on your 700th post, what a fantastic milestone. Your blog is so sweet and colourful, love it.


How wonderful the crepe myrtles are helping you celebrate your 700th post! You just gotta' love CM's - they'll bloom in the hottest,most miserable of weather. And it appears they smile the whole while! LOL Yours are a lovely shade of pink!

Josephine Tale Pedder

I am sure your father is always with you, Kim. Lovely post. xx

Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse

Happy 700th Post! My Dad passed away June 1st 4 years ago. June is always a tough month for me between that and Father's Day. I cherish many wonderful memories that I have with him and my Mom and try to make wonderful memories with my family every day!


Congratulations Kim - 700 posts! WOW. I will miss my Dad this father's day. We lost him 10 years ago on Valentines Day. Although I always feel him around me. I am sure your Dad is around you too! We're going to make sure that my hubby has a WONDERFUL father's day.
Waffles and fresh strawberries are going to start the day - YUM.

Valerie Kay

Congratulations on the 700th post!! Your blog brightens my day and warms my heart!


Oh how I do hope there are 700 more!!! :)
Have a great weekend too!


700!! What a milestone!

And celebrating it with watermelon crape myrtle---my very favorite bloom of all.

Many hundreds more,



Love the favorite color too! Wish I had something like that in my yard but I think our winters are too cold up here. of all the enjoyment you have provided all of us:-)

Pom Pom

Yahoo! 700th post! 700 offerings of happy, sweet hospitality. Thank you.

Barbara Anne

Celebrating you and the 700 positive, happy, colorful, encouraging posts you've sent out!!!! They are certainly bound to have had a good impact on worldwide karma!

My Dad has been gone 27 years and my mother has been gone almost 6 years. There is never ever a right time to lose a parent or an age you arrive at when it's easier. My AMIL lost her 96 year old mother less than 2 years ago when she herself was 78 and it was so hard.

Our crepe myrtles are beginning to bloom, too, and I love the watermelon color they have!


Sharon Forward

Hello Kim, Beautiful pictures as always. I so wish I could give my Dad a hug I found happiness in the UK but my Dad is in Australia so a little difficult lol anyway I just hope he stays with us long enough for me to see him again. To you and all those who have lost their Dads my best wishes and I am sure they are still with you all in spirit. Have a great week endx


<3 Of all the blogs in the WORLD, I think that YOURS makes me the happiest and the one that encourages me to be free to be ME! I <3 you, Kim!

Jenny in Alabama

You just keep posting and we'll be right here with you. My crepe myrtles are in full bloom here and are beautiful. I have 32 on my property. This week-end will be sad for me. I've lost daddy also. And miss him everyday. But I hold him and memories in my heart. Those can never be taken away. Waiting to hear from you soon. KEEP POSTING!!!


Oh, Kim...Happy 700th Post. Your blog is the one that started it all for me. I still remember finding it, like striking gold. How I love Daisy Cottage!!!

The flowers are beautiful!

Carrie@ My Kinda Boring Life

Beautiful flowers.

My dad died when I was 11... Father's Day was rough for quite a few years. Have a new dad now... love him to pieces. Get to see him and my mom in a few weeks. Yeah!!

Debbie L.

Hello sweet Kim:) I can hardly believe its your 700th post!!!
I have been following your blog for a long time. My how time flies!

Beautiful flowers at Daisy Cottage:)

I wish everyone here a Happy Father's Day and should your fathers be in heaven like Kims and mine just reach your arms up toward heaven and imagine their hugs surrounding you.

Hugs To You Kim,
Debbie L.

Kimberly Padilla

Kim, Congratulations on your 700th post! I have enjoyed every single one of them, and I anxiously anticipate a new one every day. I am sorry about your father. I lost mine March 29 of this year. I wish I could hug mine, as well. It will be a lonely Father's Day for a lot of people. Enjoy your weekend; however, and enjoy your beautiful flowers and doggies.


OMgracious 700 wonderful blogs. Since I have only followed you for a year, I am sure I have missed out on many beautiful things.
I miss my dad too. His mother died when he was very young. She had planted yellow roses behind their farmhouse that eventually turned wild,so this time of year he so enjoyed the wild roses that bloom alongside the country roads in the Palouse. They are in full bloom now and I am enjoying many pleasant memories of my great dad.

Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend with your dad or memories of one who has passed. Hugs, Judy


GRATS on your feat of 700 posts, wow!

Have a wonderful weekend.



i just need to share this and be obedient but, Our Father told me that he is our father and he is with us to comfort us, Amen! Praise God for his peace.

love ya, maria - cottage feel -

Andrea at Opulent Cottage

Happy 700! I'm so glad to say that I think I have read every single one of your 700 posts!!

I miss my dad too. I'm so thankful though, that every day I can look at my husband and see what a great dad he is.

Your blog brings such happiness and positivity, Kim, every time I read it. Thank you for always sharing that with us!

Love, Andrea


Happy 700th! That is quite an accomplishment - thanks for inviting us to come along for the ride!

Beautiful pics, Kim - such pretty blooms! One thing this little "bloom" has done to make my home uniquely "me" is to get brightly colored storage containers - in all my favorite colors - and put them out where I can use, see and enjoy them all the time. Do I care what others think? Nope, thankfully! ;-)

And I so wish I could hug my Daddy, too - but he is in Heaven. Sigh . . . Well, have yourself a wonderful weekend, dear!

sweet cottage dreams

AMAZING!!! 700!!?? That is just wonderful, Kim. You just keep on posting because we all love you so much! You are the sweet blossoms to our day!

You know that your daddy is smiling down on you, each and every day. He is always there - always.

much love,

Terri Morse

Congratulations Kim! It's been just as much fun for us! You've been my inspiration and you've brightened so many of my days! Hugs, Terri


Miss my dad too. He would have loved those flowers - what are they? They are gorgeous.

Kim you are such a blessing. I look forwards to your post everyday! You are very special.

Sherry Smith

Congrats Kim Wow 700.... WOW!
Wonderful flowers and photos....Have a most wonderful weekend Girl....Bless you and yours...Sherry


Wow, 700 posts! :)

Thanks for your words of encouragement. I'm starting to have a lot of FUN with making my home interesting.

My Dad is no longer with me, either, but I still love and honor him in memory. Lots of great memories to think back on! :)


hi dear kim and everyone,
enjoy the weekend and father's day
please god, bless our parents, where ever they are

Ruth Graham

700 Blessings to Hundreds of lives!

Your Dad is loving all that you do.

Thanks Kim..... Love Ya! Ruth ;)


I'm a bit sad to read that a lot of your friends will have to miss their father on Father's Day. For all my life I had to miss my biological father because he left me when I was a babygirl. But I'm very thankfull that my mother married the man that IS my father for a very long time now. I got a second chance and I'm very greatfull for that!Love,Nina.

Debbie from Texas

Love you, blogging friend!! I will bloom as soon as the "buds" leave home!! Say a little prayer for me as we are having a hard time as a family, right now.:) Enjoy reading your blog and your enthusiasim so much when my world seems upside down. Have a great weekend!!


I <3 <3 <3 your blog!! I found it several weeks ago and forgot to add it to my favorites, so yesterday I was frantically trying to find it again. I literally have no time right now, and spent an hour searching for you blog...I felt like I would have lost something very precious if I couldn't "reconnect", but thankful I was able to find you again by googling, "cottage blog".

Happy 700th!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses

Wow! 700 posts! That's quite an achievement, especially when all of yours are so lovely and inspiring. Here's to 700 more! :-)


Happy 700th post! You make us fans all so happy!
Took grandson to Hastings yesterday to get a game. While he was looking, grabbed the 2010 Flea Market Syle Magazine to buy, sat looking at it, page 29 there you are! I said out loud, a little too loud, Daisy Cottage!! Several people looked at me funny, since I was setting at a table by myself. You are famous, you know! Happy weekend to you too. Cindy - Okla.

Marfa (Crafting Marfa)

Hi Kim! I have been reading your blog for a long, long time now. I don't post often...don't know why really. But, like many other readers, reading your blog is like a hug from a friend, you can never have too many. The flowers on your pictures for this post brought back memories for me. We used to have an older couple as next door neighbors for years. They were like grandparents to me, since my own grandparents passed away when I was still a child. Anyway, the wife gave us a cutting from her own tree (the same one as in your photos but the shade of pink was lighter). The little plant grew until it got taller than our back fence. I always looked forward to watching it bloom. The old couple passed away several a little over 10 years ago, but I always had that tree and I would tell everybody the story of how I got it. I took such good care of my tree. It was the only thing that I had of them. Unfortunately, my tree dried up a couple of years ago and I have always regretted it so much! Looking at your photos was a bittersweet memory and I thank you for putting them up.

Trish Rowley

Hi Kim, I lost my Dad in 1989 but I feel him around me all the time as I'm sure your Dad is around you and may I say very proud of you, I know that because children are a reflexion of their parents and I know that yours are wonderful, beautiful, people because you are. Congrats on your 700th post that is amazing!!! Have a great weekend and be Blessed Trish xox ;)

Lynda Bee

I lost my dad in 2006. I think about him all the time.
I know he was proud of all his children, there are 8 of us!
A great big fun bunch! We just hold on to all those dear
memories. Have a great weekend with your family and
I know you will make it special for your hubby. We are planning a family picnic! Your flowers are beautiful just
like your personality !


CONGRATULATIONS on your 700th post, Kim.
I, too, wish my Dad were here (we lost him in 1987) so I could give him an extra special HUG on Father's Day but I will live with the fond memories that I have of him. Hope you have a nice weekend with your wonderful family.

Dena Palmer

Happy Weekend to you. I've enjoyed everyone of your posts since I began reading your blog. Keep on blooming.


Congratulations on your 700th lovely post! I wish everyone could have had a dad as great as mine was. Missing him now for over 33 years!


Kim, A picture is worth a thousand words, so these pictures are worth millions. Your daddy is probably looking down smiling at you now knowing that you make so many people happy with your blog. Hope you have a blessed weekend.

Alison Gibbs

Congrats on 700 posts.
Is that a crepe myrtle bloom


Congrats on your 700th post. Please keep your lovely posts coming.

My daddy has been gone almost 16 years now and I miss him oh so so much. He was a great father to me and my sister.


Hi, i wish i can hug my dad too. love your blog. its beautiful... your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. following along...:)


love the Crepe Myrtles...ours are in full bloom right now too!
They are beautiful.
We have some pink and some the Deep pink (watermelon colored)

I have one that is planted as a Memorial to my Father in law... I always love to see these blooming!
Thanks for showing yours

Brenda Kula

Congrats, Kim! That's a lot of posts!


Congratulations on your 700th post! I look forward to each and every one. I was looking back at some of your posts, and in the 6th photo in your "Randomness" post on June 6th there is a crewel embroidery of a bouquet of flowers on the left side of the pic. When I was younger, I made that exact embroidery from a kit and gave it to my mom. It hung in her living room for years. She passed away last month and I don't know what ever became of it. I'd like to think it has found a home in your wonderful Daisy Cottage. Missing both my parents on Father's Day.


700 lovely posts! you have made this bloggin world, and a lot of ours, brighter with the words that you write. CONGRATS and here's to at least 700 more!

Kim Hancock

Wow... 700 posts... I just made it to 100! I keep thinking I'll run into you around town, but no such luck. Hope all is well!

Cindy (aka Grandma C)

700th post, wow a mile stone and then some. I'm thinking that is a lot of ideas, thoughts, memories, feelings, emotion, new friends, forgotten loved ones, thifting finds, mirrors, did I mention memories that you have made. Sweet, Kim you are a true kindred spirit.

My son got hit on that motorcycle that is only two days old with only a two digit mileage on it.(tomorrows blog) I spent the day crying, my dad is still with us (dementia) but not in mind. He called me 4 times today as he forgot each time before he had called - It doesn't seem to matter, nothing does - as Matthew is ok this time. I've been blessed this Father's Day

Kimberly Ryan

700! You are dedicated....just stopping by to say hit, it's been a while, just thinking of you ! Have a happy week , hugs xoxo Kimberly

Jim Steinbauer

KIM (Sis)

June 21st
Hope you have an AWESOME Day!

Bro-in-law Jim


Wow! 700th post! That is quite an accomplishment and something you should be proud of.

I lost my Dad in '96. I'm always saying, "Dad would have love that" or "Dad would have loved this restaurant". But most of all he would have loved seeing his grandchildren grow up into fine adults and loved seeing his great-grandchildren.


These flowers look gorgeous! I like the way the small blossoms cluster together to make such a beautiful bunch. I do not recognize them, so maybe they do not grow in the arid west. Do you mind telling me just what these blooms are?

karryann pallitto

Lovely Blog, love your picture too cute... SO many comments on your magazine giveaway- i cant imagine how you can read all of those-Yikes, WHat a Gal.. Love your Cottage-and i will have to go look for your article in the R.Homes... Can you believe i have never read
Artful Blogging or SOmerset magazine- and I LOVE TO BLOG.. I am going to have to go out and check them out..
Have a great Break-Cant wait to see what yoiu come back with


What a fun place! My friend told me about you so I decided to come over and take a peek! Daisies are my favorite flower so I'm sure to love it here :)

Millie Ray

Happy Birthday, and Congratulations on your 700th Blog! I enjoy reading all your wonderfully inspiring Blogs, and to see what others find interesting in the way of decoratin g, and what you post that's beautiful in your gardens. Right now we are delighting in our georgeous Hydrangeas, the Blues, Pinks, Lavenders and Cremes! What heavenly colors, combined with what else is in bloom. I have a super view out of every window. Can't wait to see what other things you have for us, keep up the good work.

Lisa Conley

Just picked a vase of daisies for me.... to look at and enjoy on the inside of my home. Missing your posts... hope you are enjoying your time away. ~ Lisa~


Just wanted to stop in and say "Happy Birthday." And I've already got both magazine. Loved them both.


Kim, I just notices your blog is one of the contestants in the "Eye Candy" category at 2010 BlogLuxe Awards! Congratulations to you and your positive blog!

Laura Lee

700 posts!? Wow! I love your blog~it makes me smile!

Life with Kaishon

Your flowers are so pretty. Congratulations on your 700th post. That is very exciting. Wishing you all the best with your next 700 posts : )

Have fun on your vacation.

Tennis Lessons Melbourne

Love the last photo most...btw 700 that is how many years should be ?


Congratulations! Your inspirational photos and encouraging words are a real treat - thank you..

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