~ Stupid jokes that make you smile ~

My wife was in labor with our first child. Things were going pretty well when suddenly she began to shout, "Shouldn't! Wouldn't! Couldn't! CAN'T!"
"Doctor, what's wrong with my wife!" I cried.
"It's perfectly normal," he reassured me, "She's just having her contractions."
( Oh, come on, you KNOW that made you crack a smile...:) :)

A church-going cowboy lost his favorite Bible while he was mending fences out on the range.
The next morning a cow walked up carrying the Bible in it's mouth. The cowboy couldn't believe his eyes!
He took the book out of the cow's mouth, raised his eyes heaven-ward and exclaimed, "Praise God! It's a miracle!"

"Not really...." said the cow. "Your name was written inside the cover."
Have a great day!


 I just love this red gate..

 A very country picket fence...

 An awesome archway...

 Great detail...

 Rustic wrought iron...

 Reminds me of an Alpine village look...

Archway of wisteria...

elegant rose garden..

 country garden...

 lattice patio door... 
all photos BHG

These entrances are just oozing with curb appeal!!

~ Weekly words to live by ~

“You can gain more friends by being yourself than you can by putting up a front. You can gain more friends by building people up than you can by tearing them down. And you can gain more friends by taking a few minutes from each day to do something kind for someone, whether it be a friend or a complete stranger. What a difference one person can make!”

—Sasha Azevedo
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I need a vacation...

I want a ticket for this...

destination here...

to sit there...

sippin' sweet tea...

and looking out at this...

Then relaxing with this...

a candlelit dinner...

and a good night's sleep here...

 with lots of memories to bring home...

ahhh ... just dreamin' again.

~ Weekly words to live by ~

“ Find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will lie under the stars and listen to your heartbeat, or will stay awake just to watch you sleep... wait for the boy who kisses your forehead, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats, who holds your hand in front of his friends, who thinks you're just as pretty without makeup on. One who is constantly reminding you of how much he cares and how lucky his is to have you.... The one who turns to his friends and says, " that's her."
Author Unknown

I found mine 35 years ago!

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Jack suprise me with roses for my birthday!
20 roses...that's the way the bouquet came. Why the number 20?
I don't know. I google 20 roses and found this:

Number of Roses:

1 rose - Love at first sight
2 roses - Mutual Feelings
3 roses - I love you!
7 roses - I'm infatuated with You!
9 roses - Together as long as we live!
10 roses - You're Perfect!
11 roses - You're my treasured one!
12 roses - Be my Steady!
13 roses - Forever Friends!
15 roses - I'm really sorry!
20 roses - I'm sincere towards You!
21 roses - I'm committed to You!
36 roses - I'll remember our romantic moments
50 roses - My love is genuine!
99 roses - I'll love You till the day I die...
100 roses - I'm totally devoted to You
101 roses - You're my one and only
108 roses - Will you marry me?
999 roses - My love will last till the end of time...

I would have taken any of those numbers!!


This one deserves a re-post:

This is an easy and light dessert recipe for summer or holiday get-togethers:


1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

Graham crackers


In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy.

Gradually add sugars; beat just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Place cream cheese mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap; shape into a ball.Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Just before serving,roll cheese ball in pecans. Serve with regular graham crackers or chocolate grahams, vanilla wafers & macaroons.

Yield: 1 cheese ball (about 2 cups).
16 servings.

Weekly words to live by....

"Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose."

 "If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"
Robert Laberge

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"What Seems to Be the Problem, Officer?"

Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a State Police Officer sees a car puttering along at 22 mph. He thinks to himself, "This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!" So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over.

Approaching the car, he notices that there are five old ladies -- two in the front seat and three in the back -- wide eyed and white as ghosts.

The driver, obviously confused, says to him, "Officer, I don't understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?"

"Ma'am," the officer replies, "you weren't speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers."

"Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly...Twenty-two miles an hour!" the old woman says a bit proudly. The State Police officer, trying to contain a chuckle explains to her that "22" was the route number, not the speed limit.

A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error.

"But before I let you go, Ma'am, I have to ask . . . Is everyone in this car OK? These women seem awfully shaken and they haven't muttered a single peep this whole time," the officer asks.

"Oh, they'll be all right in a minute officer. We just got off Route 119."

Have a good weekend!

~ Butterfly magnets ~

Butterful Bush - lives up to it's name all summer.

Zinnia - endless range of colors - blooms all summer long.
Butterfly weed - you're sure to have Monarchs.

Joe Pye Weed - midsummer to fall.

Purple Cone Flower - all summer long.
Mexican Sunflower - all summer long.

Aster - Great for the Fall garden.

Black-eyed Susan - late summer blooms

Keep the blooms commin" and the butterflies flutterin"

Weekly words to live by.....

 *Life is too short to be anything but happy. There comes a time in life when you walk away from all the pointless drama and the people who create it, and just surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus on the good. *

* Life is too short to wake up with regrets so love the people who treat you right and forget the ones who don't. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would easy, they just promised it would be worth it *

Enjoy this July 4th and join us over at 
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