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February 02, 2011


Amy Henry

Your room is soooo cute...I want that table, heck I will take any of it!!! LOL
Life is good when we can change what we want with the things we have.
Stay warm down there....
Hugs, Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters who choose to live and stay in Iowa)

Julie Harward

You go girl (Maggie) us older ladies have to stick up for ourselves! ;D


Dear Maggie,,you are not old..7 is just a number lol..take care..


Maggie is a darling! Hopefully she will see that change is ggod. What a sweet living room you have, your furniture makes me want to curl up with a good book!



loved the post and love all your colors....what a cheerful place to visit


I bet she'll feel better about the changes after a nap in her favorite spot:) Looks great.


Well Maggie, good for you ... age is just a silly number anyway, if you still feel like a young pup, well then I'll back you all the way :) ... but just a little word ... change isn't all that bad, is it LOL


Our Dog Charlie (12) thinks we are moving every time I change around the furniture. He gets all wigged out! Love your sunny room! We could use some sun up here in Indiana! I love it when Maggie blogs!

Kimberly Padilla

What a cute post! Your living room looks lovely! Blessings!

Mary Crafcheck

Hi Maggie! I have never responded to a blog before, in fact, I just discovered them. Yes, I pretty much live in a cave because I don't like change either. I love reading yours though and it makes me very happy. Sometimes you just have to let Mommies do their thing!

Jana T

Maggie is too cute! I have to say there is nothing wrong with qualifying for the senior citizen plan ----- many of us do! :) Just keep telling yourself ----- age is just a number. Works for me!! Love the switcheroo on your room. Thanks again for sharing!

Ricki Jill Treleaven

(Aw, poor Maggie!) My Bonnie just turned *whispers seven*, too...but we don't talk about it around here. I don't think your mommie will move your bed, sweetness.

(I *heart* this post, Kim) :D

Ricki Jill


Sweett Maggie, I can relate. Imagine my horror when the doctor informed me that the spot I suspected might be skin cancer was only an AGE SPOT. Arrrgh! Surely they can come up with a better name than that! Wouldn't you think?

Pom Pom

Oh, I love Maggie. I've been looking at her breed online. Shhhhh! Don't tell my husband! The redness looks glorious, anyway you move it!

Terri Driggers

ahhhhh..... a good morning "laugh"... Maggie does it every time!!!! My girls go running when I start moving things around!!!!! and .... btw..Love the way you changed things up a bit!! Still love, love, love you Daisy Cottage!!!Thanks so much for continuing to share with us Kim!!!!!

Barbara Anne

What a lovely and welcoming room, happy colors, and comfy places to sit! Miss Maggie, there are new places where you can look out windows and nap, so this new arrangement might work nicely. Enjoy exploring and be careful not to run into anything!


linda moczan

oh maggie you are beautiful at any age!


If Maggie continues to give you grief over moving things around, you're more than welcome to come to my house and move my stuff around. It could use your special touch. :-)

Erin Parker

Poor Maggie, she is still a doll.

sue silva


Kim, come on over and see my new vintage bathroom; I think you'll love it!

Sue @ Beach Bungalow


Cute post. Always such charm - - both in the commentary and the pictures.


Hello dearest Kim,
I adore your colorful home, it is SO pretty! Poor Maggie, yes, if she can think in her head that she is still a puppy, then she will have an easier time with aging.
I am slowly realizing that I am no longer a puppy...uh, kid, that is. My body aches and itches so much of the time...I have to work harder at believing that I am not getting old.
Hugs, Cindy


I have to agree somewhat with Maggie, but I love the changes re: furniture placement . It does make you feel refreshed.

Have a wonderful day!!!


Love the way you "speak" for Maggie, Kim. So cute. I want to change things as well but it's so drab and COLD here, I just can't seem to get in the mood. Maybe when spring comes.

As always, love, love you post. Take care my dear.

Alice from Arkansas

Melesa Garrison

Kim, I thought one doggie yr was equivelant to 7 people yrs???? That only makes Maggie 49! Last time I checked, 49 was not a senior. I am 48 and I'm certainly not ready to carry that card. Maggie, you are NOT old...You are just a pup, and a beautiful pup I might add ;) I *LURVE* the sunny room!

Barbara F.

Maggie, we older gals are like fine wine - we just get better with age!!!! :-) Your cottage looks so cheerful and inviting, Kim. xoxox

Shannon Olson

awe, she is so sweet, even in a mood. Tell her I get it...I may not be senior citizen but I sure feel like I am some days. Your place looks lovely, thanks for the usual smile when I visit.

My Blessed Serendipity Life

Daisy Cottage is as cute as ever! Maggie will just have to get used to it.


Kim hope you have a wonderful day and let Maggie think she is the boss of her own little world. Maggie you look real good for a senior no one would ever know. After all that is only one milestone of many you will be making and all of them will be good. You stick to your guns and don't let momma move your bed. Maggie I know you are tired with all the moving going on so go have a nap in your little bed.


So cute, gotta love Maggie's getting-in-touch-with-her-inner-Maxine attitude! Tell her she isn't alone. My cat Romeo is convinced he is a dog, even plays fetch, so attitude is all that matters!

Kim, loving your "I am shopping for new look at home" attitude, too. Funny, but I did same thing yesterday. All was good till I had the notion I needed to move our antique 10 foot wardrobe cupboard 8 inches to the right. What an ordeal that turned out to be. And yes, it involved darling hubs braving the ice storm pelting down on us to go to the hardware store. He wanted to get these disks to put underneath and aid in the move- which helped, but lordy that thing is heavy. And he is strong. It was THAT heavy.

I love how my living room feels now, fits better, much smarter. Though, of course, now I think I need a new coffee table. Isn't that how it always goes, though?

Happy new feeling spaces to you all!



Hey, Maggie girl! Age is all in your head. Just because you are of a "certain age", doesn't mean you have to act your age. Believe me, I know!

Fixing My Thoughts

You know what, Maggie? I resist change, too. But change happens sometimes, doesn't it?! And sometimes I discover I quite like the change (or at least I pretend I do and that helps). And age is all about attitude. Besides, Seniors rock! :o) Bess PS: Tell your mommy for me that her room looks lovely!

Fay Marie Torzsok

Good for you Maggie. It's your home as well, so you should have a LITTLE say, just don't push your luck. You have a very good mummy, so don't take advantage of that.

Hope you're having lots of fun moving things around Kim. We have to do whatever lifts our spirits every once in a while.

Fay Marie


Poor Maggie. Tell her that I still feel like a puppy and I am a lot older than 7. She's gorgeous, your blog is gorgeous and you are gorgeous and you clearly bring so much to so many.

Pam Mikel

oh kim,, you and maggie are so very witty...just what i needed today. thank you both. the redecor is gorgeous. the puppy even cuter & your wit...a treasure. happy day from ice laden fort worth, tx area...pam


Well, Miss Maggie, you LOOK 'SIMPLY DIVINE DARLING' age is only a number. My boy, Payne, is 9 years old and if he saw you he would certainly make you feel like a teeny~bopper again~ Please tell Momma Kim her new arrangement looks ADORABLE!

Jackie & Payne


Poor Maggie! :)


Looks like you had fun! (Poor Maggie.) I love to rearrange stuff to make a little variety and change. :)

Lynda Dishner

Oh Maggie don't worry my Matt and Katie (bassett hounds) will be 10 in September and they may be showing some age but they are still my beautiful babies. (As you are your mommy's.) And I tell them that everynight when we get in bed togethers. I love them and they love me and that is all that matters. We are sending you our love too. Have a happy winter's day.
xoxoxo Matt and Katie and Mom too.


Maggie is so adorable whatever age she is...Your room looks fabulous ~ LOVE it ~ Tell Maggie she's as young as she feels. (I have to remind myself of that once in a while) ;-)

Ingrid - London UK

Love the red table. Poor Maggie. Tell her she does not look a day over five!
Ingrid xx

Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse

Oh sweet Maggie...change is good!


Oh, Maggie, it looks darling what your mom did. I love it. Do you lose patience with your mom? Well, at least you could go take a nap in your bed and have nice doggie dreams. That was a good idea for you, while mom was busy changing around. From Okla, Love you, Cindy

Lorrie Simons

Maggie is so cute! And I love those chairs in your living room. Everytime you post pics of those chairs, I swoon!


I love your house. It's so cheery looking with the yellow walls and the red and other colors dispersed around your house. Thanks for making my days brighter by reading your posts and viewing your beautiful photos. Hug Maggie for me!


You are such a clever girl and creative girl! Love your posts.

Donna at Mourning Dove Cottage

Awww, sweet Maggie ~ you'll be ok. Kim, your rooms look fabulous! Change is good.


Debbie from Texas

Thanks for the inspiration! Maybe I will do some changing around here.......I need more color in my house.

Cindy lane

Tooooo cute! ...the room and Maggie! Love your endearing and well, just simply enjoyable! Thanks : ) I needed a bubble of joy.
Cindy Lane/Texas

Kim this is so cute, sorry to hear Miss Maggie is feeling so discombobulated! My Bailey (at 8 years old) isn't happy with ALL the snow and ice we've been getting here. Changes can mess with us all...


Oh, Maggie... how I can relate. Your thinking is young and that is all that matters. Well, keeping your bed in the same place helps a lot, too. That way you don't forget where it is during senior moments.


Love love love it! That green sofa is sooooooo awesome. Would love to see full view of it sometime under the red mirrors. The white table and chairs addition is so pretty, so cozy, and so functional. LOVE IT! Maggie? Your mama is the best. xxoo

Debbie Masters

I spend a lot of time moving things around too. People half the time think I have bought something new! I don't get bored with it, and keeps things cleaner. When my kids were growing up, they always said they couldn't sneak in after curfew.....things might not be in the same place as when they left! [NOT A BAD THING!!!!! LOL}
Love your colors......mine are red, yellow and some orange!

Cathy Callicoat

Dear Maggie, I completely understand where you're coming from, I mean just the other day my mommy moved my bed and I'll just be honest with you. The area where she placed it had no ambience...although it did smell quite pretty in her laundry room. So, I have diverted myself to cuddling under her bed with the unmated sock collection she thinks she is hiding.
Your New Friend,
Poopsie Yorkie

Cathy ;)
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WHAT? A senior citizen plan at age 7? I'm switching vets, and will drive up from Palm Beach County to go to Maggie's vet if that plan involves a senior citizen discount, as my poodle is now 17. My other dog lived to be 18 and I'm pretty sure I've bought my vet (really, I DO love my vet because my dogs wouldn't have lived so long without the excellent care they have received) a new car or two during these years. :-) Nobody in my vet's office ever mentioned my dogs were senior citizens, just that they were the oldest clients! Just sayin. Maggie, you are adorable no matter how old you are. And so is your mommy.


I normally am drawn to blues and greens, the colors of water. However, I have to say I'm trying to get up the courage to incorporate red in the mix somehow. Love the ways you have mixed it in. And there is nothing like moving things around to give you a new room for free. Gotta love that!

Amy B

Kim, As a young girl we had a dog that Maggie reminds me of. Ralf (with an 'f') was part weiner and part poodle and we loved him dearly. During all those years growing up as a teen in the early 70's he was there for me!! I think he and Maggie would have gotten along just swell!!!

Have a great day!


I'm with Maggie...I still feel like a young one. My mind body doesn't :-)

Leslie @farm fresh fun

I've so enjoyed catching up here on all your warmth and cozy cheer. Today I too changed it up and my dear senior Beagle pulled faces and hid. Never mind, after mommy's happy there's a new chair with lap ready n waiting. Maybe I'll have to try that cake and set out a few blossoms too...


Sweet Maggie - Age is a state of mind. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. My little Molly is now 13 and still acts like a youngster. Hope you enjoyed your nap in the sunshine. It's the best place to be.

Stephanie Laura Murray

That was TOO cute!
What a cute puppy ( and YES I said puppy...she doesn't look a day over 2 ;) )

Trish Rowley

Hi Kim, your room is beautiful, before I had my back ops I was quite bad for changing rooms around I like you felt that it gave me a new room for no money outlaid I haven't done that for about 10 years. Maggie is just soooo cute don't tell her but she is about 47 in human years but in my eyes she is still a pretty young thing!!! Have a great day. Trish xox ;)


Looks good!

An idea for the next time "Maggie's Mommy" wants change:

Try laying those books down and stacking them in front of all those yellow sections of the wall above those pretty white cabinets.


Hello Kim!
I love "Maggie talk" :)


Hi Kim,

Just a thought! Have you every considered holding tutorials for novices like myself who would love to have a successful blog like yours. There are plenty of people out there who I am sure feel like I do and I would happily pay for the instruction.


Oh Maggie, dear. You keep that spunky attitude. It has served you well, and I wouldn't know you without it!


I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog and viewing the pictures of your house and pets. Your home seems to be a very cheerful place.
Again, I couldn't help but notice your beautiful red pillow with the cotton bolls. Did you stitch it your self? I would love to find one like it too.

Daisy Cottage

Thank you Jane!!

My sister made those pillows for me.... I know, I know, I am incredibly lucky and blessed to have her!!


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