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July 29, 2010


Lavender Dreams

It's fun to think back to those summer days! I loved receiving the Weekly Reader in the mail and reading it from start to finish...not skipping to the fun parts! I'm getting my hair cut today...should I get it cut in a Pixie? Enjoy your day, sweet friend! ♥

This just reminds me of spending summers at my grandma's house in Tennessee. Thanks for sharing!

Patty M

Kim, I remember swimming all day, until your hands were all wrinkled and your lungs hurt when you breathed in real deep and riding in the back of a pickup truck to the beach (my how times have changed). Playing hide and seek until the street lights came on and wishing we could stay out and play just a little longer...sleepovers with way to many girls in one bed, giggling and talking most of the night a way. I remember sleeping in late and not feeling guilty about

Thanks for the beautiful memories. Have a blessed weekend, Patty


Why does it seem our summers as a child were so relaxed and filled with "nothing to do" days. I spent hours and hours playing with my Barbies, reading "Trixie Belden" books and enjoying my Weekly Readers. My parents were not running me to every activity possible or planning my summer days. I was told to find something to do and I know I was always having my own kind of fun. I was not sitting in front of the tv, playing Nintendo or driven around town to activities. I think those "good, old summer days" need to be recreated for our children and grandchildren. Thanks for the memories. :)

Patty M

Oh yeah...and I remember getting the latest Tiger Beat magazine and drooling over the center poster of Donny Osmond, David Cassidy or Michael Jackson. And of course, I couldn't wait for the latest Teen or Seventeen Magazine to arrive at the grocery store!

Your kitchen looks like the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and read a magazine in. Patty

Barbara Anne

Oh, yes - Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, and Weekly Reader arriving in the summer mail!!

I still have my skate key on it's red shoelace so I could wear it around my neck.

Outside it was Red Rover, the Flashlight game at dusk, playing house in the playhouse my father built for me and the neighbor kids.

We're making peach jam today so I need to have breakfast but it's been lovely visiting with you and everyone. Dusting is worthy, too, so take pleasure in the process!


Fay Marie Torzsok

Thanks for all the good memories Kim and friends in blogland. Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday, whether cleaning, out shopping or just relaxing with a good magazine or book.

Fay Marie


Funny, I was just reading the first chapter of "The Red Trailer Mystery" in a used bookstore this weekend. Trixie, Honey and Miss Trask on an adventure. One of my favorites ( along with Nancy, Cherry and many other young heroines solving mysteries).


What a great post. I am going to have read everyone's memories! Me and my girlfriend used to sit on the porch and play the game of Life! We also had a "trading post" where we would sell comic books we had read, especially Archie and others. We would post signs of the street lights alone main street. lol Making tents over the clothesline with bankets and having a campout in the backyard! All so much fun!!!


Oh those summertime memories of our youth. I loved looking at Tiger Beat and putting a Donny Osmond poster on my wall, I wanted to marry him one day lol. When he was on Dancing with the Stars, I told hubby boy hes still got it lol lol.

Me and my grand daughter Ezzie are making some summertime memories of our own, she is such a wonderful child and she takes after me in her love of shoes. We played dress up last night and she put on all my shoes and said "Meme I hope my feet grow overnight and I can have all your shoes"


Thank you, Kim. Isn't it funny how when we were living those days all we thought of was what life was going to be like when we grew up. I got married very young (17) so I've been grown-up a very long time.
But I share parts of my childhood with my granddaughter. We play hop scotch, draw with sidewalk chalk (you know it comes in 3D now with glasses), drink lemonade, play Barbies, play board games, etc.
I've been collecting Nancy Drew and Bobbsey twin books for her and we read those.


Oh, yea, it wasn't Donny for me-but the Beatles. I loved them and back then Paul was my favorite because he was the cutest. (But now Lennon is my favorite because of his song writing).


Nice pictures, Kim! Love the yellow and white curtains - so cheery! They look great along with the blue plates. :)

Oh yeah, Barbies!!! Good grief I spent who-knows-how-much-time with that as a kid. LOL I loved my "Barbie Camper." :)

I really enjoyed the city swimming pool when I was a kid. Wet feet on hot cement ("No running!"). Snacks from the concession stand (Zero bar, or wide-striped taffy, or chick-o-stick...and pop!). Sometimes the water was COLD! Then you'd get out during rest break ("Rest break! Everyone out for a ten-minute rest break!"), and have to get used to the cold water all over again when you went back in. Jumping off the diving boards - one of them REALLY high! Sitting on a wet towel in the car on the way home. :)

Carrie@ My Kinda Boring Life

Love your pretty dishes!!


oh, my ken and barbies - oh so, much fun and the swing in the front yard (hours and hours of just sweet fun)- oh, i've got some dusting to do as well ( my dusty fans) - thanks for giving me encouragment - got to get the ladder - have a wonderful almost weekend!


I love to dust my plates and wash them. I even like to iron!
But even better I like to read, and did so as a child. Yes Trixie, and Honey in her blue and gold bedroom :). I had my own skate key on a shoes tring. Indoor & outdoor skates. Indoor for the skating rink,white leather with beautiful wooden wheels. Yes Archie and Vernoca, Wendy Witch,Casper & Little LuLu. The time I got a skate board, and it broke three different times. I went and traded it for Barbie clothes. Summer fun as children wonderful. And summer time as adults. What we make of them now will be our sustanance in the future


Kim , you are so sweet
love you♥♥♥

Susan Ramey Cleveland

I love Daisy Cottage, but I don't think I'd love to have dusty duty there.
I read Trixie Beldon too, but I was mostly a Nancy Drew fan. Oh how I wanted to be her.


Does anyone remember Mille the MOdel comic books and playing with paperdolls. I was born a little before Barbies came out, so we had paper dolls. I loved the Bride and Groom onces with all the clothes and the little flowers girls and ring bearers. They cost 29 cents per book.

Lynn Paterson

And David Cassidy.......and the Partridge Family. Used to love that show....wanted to be like Laurie so bad!

So enjoyed the trip back in time....thanks for taking us on a wonderful and emotional journey.

I get the same feeling when I watch the movie "Peggy Sue Got Married". The scene where she walks into the kitchen and sees her Mom, who had passed away, cooking something for her after school.

Tearing up a bit......



Oh Kim you just made me remember my favorite doll growing up besides my barbies. Chatty Kathy!! My Dad got her for me and I just loved her, in fact even though her string broke, I still have her today :) Have a great day Sweetie!

Susan Freeman

I can never forget my Barbie ~ I still have her, green ears and all. Yes, sadly, her ears turned green from the cheap earrings she's been wearing all of these years. Despite the green ears, she's still quite stunning! Regarding the bicycle ~ I have one of those too. I still have a bell and streamers. No banana seat though. I do have a sheepskin covered one. Comfort is always important to me. Oh and I still have a basket, but these days it's wicker. I have decided (just ask my hubby) that a girl can never have enough wicker baskets.
Remember the silly comics wrapped around the bubble gum?? Loved them!! That's it for memory lane. I better get busy dusting too!!

Susan and Bentley


I love your dishes. Dusting pretty things doesn't seem like a chore does it? Summer childhood memories are the best. You made me think back about mine and it brought a big smile to my face.

Melesa Garrison

This has been fun Kim...I wrote in yesterday, but it started to make me think of other things that i wanted to share. Did you ever put peanuts in your Dr. Pepper, drink it all and then eat your peanuts? I had skates that went over my shoes and those were fun, but not really that great, thinking back...Lol I remember watching American Bandstand on Saturday mornings..."Bandstand" I sang that to ya ;) I remember sunbathing with all my girlfriends lined up in lawnchairs or towels and using shortening and iodine for tanning oil (That was good for our skin, huh?)
It's been fun...I like your curtains and plates - Very cheery! MG

Julie Harward

You are right about that...everyday is a glorious this life we are to have joy and I do and I think you do too...come say hi :D

Heidi - Heart and Home

H Kim,
Thanks so much for the sweet comment you left me for my 1yr. blog anniversary! I appreciate your visit, and I love your spirit and kind heart. You've brought a lot of happiness into my life with Dear Daisy Cottge and I thank you!
Don't you just love it when you're DONE dusting, and can sit back and enjoy everything sparkling in the sun?! I just love a clean and shiny house!

The Lady of the House

Hi Kim! I missed out yesterday so I thought I would tell you today my summer memory. I grew up with horses and a lot of times my mom would pack us girls a lunch, we'd ride our horses up in the foothills and eat our lunch and then mess around a bit and come home. I always loved to open up our little lunches to see what mom packed for us. Great memory.

Your window pics are just heavenly!


Your photos brought back another sweet girlhood summer memory of visiting my grandparents each summer. My Mimi had yellow gingham curtains in her kitchen over the sink with knotty pine cabniets. She had blue willow dishes and little shelves around the window with little knic-knacs the one I remember best was a purple cow creamer. Her house always smelled of fresh coffee, woodsmoke, and bacon.

kim sills

I would like to share my summer memories from when I was in the fourth grade, I am now 36. There was a new school being built behind our house and there was a five feet trench behind the new building. My little brothers and I(not my real brothers but my little neighbors that was truly my best friends) decided to go play and we got in the mud and swam through it for two hours. Boy, did we have some fun and you ought to have seen the looks on our parents faces. They three got whoopings we called it and my mother just looked at me and laughed. We had the best time and they always let me go in their big tree house to spy on the neighbors. And get this. The man I have been so blessed to be married to for twelve years this year is the same one I fell in love with in the sixth grade. I used to dream of him when I climbed mom's magnolia tree and look out into the front yard. I am so happy to have him in my life.

Debbie from Texas

Kim, just got to post today and a little older than some of you. My memories are growing up out in the country with only our imaginations to play with. My sister and I made a house under the dining room table with a sheet and would pretend it was our own little world. Our brother would try to pull it down while we screamed and screamed! He was always chasing us! I rode in the back of my Dad's pickup (no seat belts then!) and enjoyed the wind in our hair.....lots of cats and our favorite puppy kisses under the trees. We would fish from a pole made out of cane and eat the fish that night! My brother always had to clean the fish.Lots of wonderful memories and when I was a teenage, I always complained about how much I hated the country! Now, I can look back and see what a wonderful time we all had and how blesses we truly were!

Trish Rowley

Hi Kim, I loved reading everyones memories, I had to laugh when reading that some people had a crush on David Cassidy I will never forget one time that he came to Australia I think it was in the late 70's I was about 16 and went to his concert. When the concert was over all of the girls that I went with (about 10) came up with the very brainless idea to find out where he was staying so that we could get an autograph, so don't ask me how but we tracked him down he was staying in a motel in Kings X in Sydney not a great place for 16 year old girls to be now that I look back. So long story cut short after several hours of waiting and chanting we want David because he kept coming to the window,one of his singers came out to us and very kindly got our names and went back upstairs and came back with Autographs for all of us and said now girls you should be going home which we did we were happy we got what we came for,I still have that autograph today, my Mother was beside herself when I got home, the things us girls would do for an Idol. lol Have a great day Trish ;) xox

Kathy Martin

When I have to get some house cleaning done, I try not to think of it as a chore but rather giving my home a little love, the home that protects and comforts me and my family. And it's so lovely when it's all done! :)


I love to dust my fiesta ware collection. It's happy work. Loved the summer memories, too.

Kathleen Grace

Summer as a child...laying in the grass and watching the clouds, playing in the creek in my grandfathers pasture and dipping minnows, swinging and singing to myself, and of course, catching fireflies at night. It all seems so magical and beautiful, and it was:>)


Catching up again! Wonderful as always! Visiting Daisy Cottage is like a mini-vacation. Thank you for just being you!

Much love,


Wow you even make dusting look fun! Cleaning is the first step of decorating. I chant this to psych myself up. I don't know about Trixie Belden, but I do know about Nancy Drew, Katie John and a book called Striped Ice Cream which I will be getting for my children. Thanks for sharing!
Peace, Angela

Martha Jameson

Dear Kim, I just love the new valance in the diningroom, but I have to know if you made them or was able to buy them somewhere? Have never seen any quite like that. Would love to have some to put up in my newly painted cowslip3 yellow diningroom. By the way,it is just the lovliest color of yellow ever! With Great Admiration,Martha in Gulfport

Oh, I loved your post, but didn't take much time to think about it 'til now. I share many of the same ones already posted...but some of MY favorites are Makin' Mud Pies and my grandmother telling us not to leave her spoons outside, Swinging on Tire Swings, Smelling & Tasting honeysuckle,Jumping off a Rope Swing into the River, Walking down Country Roads with my Cousins to visit friends,Shellin' Peas with my Family, Going with my Papa to visit his sibings at the Old Home Place(where they grew up in Rhine,GA) & eating...& laughing...& hearing stories of their "good ole days"...&...then listening to him SING...they had sings on the front porch! Oh how I wish I could hear him sing one more time....ahhh...That's just a bit of the Good Stuff I remember...Thanks Kim! :)

Our Red House

It's lovely to read these summer stories as it's chilly winter here in Australia. Summer for me as a child was Christmas and New Year, playing Marco Polo in the neighbours' swimming pool, and dirty feet from playing cricket on the hot street all day.



when my grandkids come over, it's like reliving my own childhood - racing bikes, obstacle courses, running through the sprinkler, ice cream running down your arm, catching fireflies in a jar, baseball, sitting on the porch, tired out and reading a good book - I am so lucky - I STILL get to do these things! and no one misses the TV, either!

Rachel Carey

Jacks...with dusty red rubber balls...perfect way to spend an afternoon! I spent six weeks each summer with my grandparents and aunt in WV....Wednesday was laundry day, rain or shine. My grandpa got up early to heat the water over a wood fire....the wringer washer got a workout, but I wasn't allowed to use could suck a little girls arm in and squeeze it into nothingness doncha know! Rainwater was collected in a large made our clothes so soft!

I loved handing my aunt the clothespins while she hung the wet laundry out to dry in the warm sunshine. That evening brought a special treat.....ICE CREAM and a SODA POP, usually NeHI. I had my choice of grape, orange or lemon-lime!

My grandpa and I would sit on the front porch and swing, while grandma and my aunt rocked in their chairs. A perfect way for a little girl to spend her *tired* evening!

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