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May 05, 2011



Good morning Kim: Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful pictures with blogland people. Each one just makes my day.
So glad the little baby swans are doing well and one day grow into a magnificent lovely creature. Also, Maggie of course is her lovely self. She is so cute. I can see why you love her so much.

Take care my dear.

Alice from Arkansas

P.S. Please keep us in your prayers because of all the flooding here. Thanks


such a calming post,, just nice to slow down and read ,,, beautiful photos,,

linda moczan

your baby swans are growing in leaps and bounds.
no wonder you love them so much ~ they are beautiful!
and if this is any inkling of one day you becoming a granma ~ ohhh this baby will be so well loved! lol!
you are the most caring loving person i know.
~ linda~
ps - bless your heart for dealing with the love bugs -
we have "stink bugs" here and thats bad too.


I love your updates on the swans. Not so much familiar with this particular bird. Love the Big love bug (maggie) so much too. Blessings, Janet

Shannon Olson

Sweet. We don't have love bugs here, and that is a good thing.
Maggie is as sweet as pie and so are the babies. Some of us were "talking" on facebook about nice photos and your blog came up, one lady lives or lived by you and used to walk by your cottage, I was soooo jealous. have a great day Kim

Diane Duda

The swans are beautiful , Kim. And your photos are breathe-taking. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.
And Maggie, well, you know how I feel about her. :)

Susan Z

Thank-you for a lovely, calming and peaceful post. It is only 7:45 am here and the day had not started well.Now thanks to you I am calmer and ready to have a much better day....Again thank-you so very much. Hope you're having a great day...


I so love your blog. I look forward to reading your blog daily. Your pictures are wonderful. The music is so relaxing and inviting. Makes me feel like I am out at the lake myself. LOL. Wanted to share that my baby birdies have flown the cook. Not really mine they just made one of my hanging plants their home for a month or so. Realized that yesterday the mom was gone for most of the day. I was able to take pictures of them, but they looked so scared. I was so so sad for them. This morning I woke up and headed outside to see them and sure enough they were gone. What a sad but happy moment. Sad because I looked forward to seeing them daily but happy they are gone getting on with their lives. LOL.
Thanks for sharing you daily life with us. You are a great inspiration.

Donna Rae Barrow

Oh, how I remember the love bugs from our years on the Gulf. They seemed to get into everything! And as Linda mentioned, the stink bugs are taking over just north of us.

But the sweet swans and dear Maggie more than make up for the bug-fest. Wishing you beauty and joy today!


I'll trade my stink bugs for your lady bugs.


good morning kim, maggie sure is loved and the swans are really growing up fast ~ just like our own and ~ sigh~

love ya, maria - cottage feel-


Hi, Kim - I so love your updates on the swans! They are sooooo beautiful - what a joy to get to "see" them here every day! And sweet Miss Maggie, too - she is a little "love bug"!!

Melesa Garrison

Maggie is a *love bug* for sure! Those little swans are adorable as well ;) I'm glad they have each other.

Suzy Miller

A lovely view of the lake! Thank you for sharing it with us.
And...thank you for sharing ALL of your lovely photographs.

Take care and happy weekend Kim!



Hi Kim! How true of the Love Bugs! They're leaving their love all over my windows! LOL. Your Maggie and the duckings are sweet~the lake is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your day with us!
If you have a moment, you may enjoy my trip to the garden center here:

Happy Thursday!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

your dog is s adorable and the baby swans are just so cute! You always have such gorgeous pictures.

Terri Morse

That is such a terrific shot of the babies! They are so cute. I love their fuzzy little heads! I've grown to love Maggie's fuzzy little head, too. Hugs to you and Maggie! Terri


Maggie, how funny, are you checking those love bugs out?
Little ones at the feeder, they are going to be growing so fast. The last picture, how serene is that, wonder of wonders! Kim, so appreciate you and your beautiful pictures!
Love from OK, Cindy

Becky from Tennessee

Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful
pictures with us, Kim. The little swans are
adorable! It is such a treat watching them
grow! Maggie is as sweet and adorable as wonder you love her!!

Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Trish Rowley

Hi Kim, Maggie is the cutest Love Bug we love her dearly and the baby swans are growing up fast so cute. Have a great day Trish xox ;)


so sweet little babies. :) Reminds me of that Nicholas Sparks book, The Wedding.

chris zima

I just love your blog - so sweet and so preciuos! Blessings always to you and Maggie :)


Hello dear Kim,
I love your site!
I am an Iranian woman. I am 44 years old. And an artist you know and passionatelylove you. I wish to be happy forever. Forgive me my English language not good.
Your luck


Such a beautiful blog. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts. They brighten my day.

Jane L.

It's so rare to find an island of peace and tranquility in today's world. That's what your blog is to me. Thank you!


oh my gosh. what a beautiful, beautiful home you have. it looks like a dream in yellow.


I have to say I love your blog - so sweet and so preciuos!

Jonathan K.

I want your house! Absolutely gorgeous!

Susan M.

There is a serenity in your photos that I really love. Keep on doing what you're doing!

Susan Y

I'm glad I'm not the only one obsessed with your house. I love that fact that the chimney is painted yellow and not white, which most people would have done.


You have exquisite taste. Love the music that goes along with your site!

Jill  Brown

I love your blog....where do you live? You inspire me!


So sweet and so preciuos! Blessings always to you and Maggie

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