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New Years Eve 2018 🎉💥🇺🇸

It’s officially the last day of 2018! WOW! This is officially the fastest year on record in my book! But, I’m really looking forward to all the possibilities that 2019 will bring 😊 Today is a great day to reflect and also, to look forward- exciting!

A LOT has changed in 100 years!

We will celebrate tonight and ring in the new year with a full heart! Have a Great & Happy New Years celebration!

Happy New Year! 🎉💥

“Should auld acquaintance be
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.”
     ~ Robert Burns


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Sunday Reflections…

I’ve been sitting here watching the morning sky waiting for the sunrise. Tomorrow is New Years Eve, It seems to have gone by so fast this year… I’m going to look back and think on the year that has been a bit today, but where I’m going is ahead & it’s foolish to look back to much…

Look- 2019 is right ahead. Are you ready 😊

So many blessings and so much to do & see ahead. Happy New Year!


“Every man should be born again on the first of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle, if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances;     But, on the first of January let every man gird  himself once more, with his face to the front, and take interest in the things that are and are to be, and not in the things that were and are past.”

~ Henry Ward Beecher


Mark Carter

New Years Traditions! | Question – What Do You Eat On New Years Day?

Lets see a show of hands from those that eat “New Years Dinner” as a tradition… My family does and it is something that I look forward to every year!

I LOVE our New Years tradition of eating dinner with the family. We always have fried Hog Jowl, Black Eyed Peas, Turnip Greens & Cornbread! Plus much more …

We talked about the tradition on the radio yesterday and it made for quite the topic! So many people do this! But, the foods vary depending on where your from. Down South, our family meal is fairly standard – (pork, black eyed peas, greens & cornbread), but in other parts of the country different foods are enjoyed – Fish, lentils, soba noodles, soup and cake are just a few things that I heard about that surprised me. COOL!

In our tradition each food also has a symbolic meaning.

Greens represent… Yes! MONEY! Makes sense to me.

Cornbread represents… GOLD! ie: More $$$! BAM!

The Hog Jowl, or Pork represents health and affluence.

And finally Black Eyed Peas = LUCK! Pass The Peas Please!!! The peas confused a few people. WHY do they give you luck I was asked. Great question I said!

I was always told from childhood to eat my peas for good luck! I read a story that goes way back to the civil war. Black eyed peas were called field peas back in the day and were mainly used to feed livestock. But, during the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi during the Civil War the town and all the people were completely cut off from getting supply’s for months! They got so hungry that they resorted to eating the livestock feed, (ie: black eyed peas) to keep from starving! In fact, they realized that they were ‘Lucky’ to have them! Thus was born the legend of the ‘Black Eyed Peas”!

I hope you ALL have a VERY Happy New Years celebration with friends and family and enjoy those traditions that are most important to you and yours!


Mark Carter

Friday Radio Report | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Great show today! Also the last show for me for 2018! WOW! Another year in the history books 😱

2019 is coming fast! Will YOU be making “New Years Resolutions”?

LOTS of FUN in the studio today! Sea Bass is on vacation, but Lori Nunnery was in the house & filled everyone in on things to do in and around Jackson, TN! Check it out –

Michael King was in tha house! Holding down Sea Basses seat 😊 and talking about music 🎼 🎶🎵

– LOTS of calls!

  •  What do I need to do in the garden now? LOTS of things! Trimming, clean up, mulching leaves, composting, and planning are all top of the list! Remember, Spring is Coming!
  • Sonic trivia question “Sonic Blast of the Past” – What is the most popular Sonic Drink??? Jeopardy music…. Answer- Cherry 🍒 Lime-Aid! Boom!!!
  • LOTS of talk about CWD – Cronic Wasting Disease in deer. For more info check the website at
  • What are YOU having for New Years Dinner? For me this is a HUGE deal! Hog Jowl, Black Eyed Peas, Turnip Greens, Corn Bread & more! This has been our New Years meal my entire life and way before!

    I can’t wait till Tuesday! We eat our traditional New Years meal of hog jowl. Greens & Black eyed peas.

The Lawyer for the McGee family called in to discuss the settlement of the 2014 shooting case of their 18 year old son, Dillon McGee. For more info follow this link to the story –

Happy New Year!

I’m on with the 180 Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass- every Friday from 9-11am Call in with ALL your gardening and Outdoor Lifestyle questions at 731-423-8101.
OR you can TEXT us at 731-277-5155. Listen LIVE at 101.5 WNWS – FM Talk Radio – on your smart phone using your TuneIn app.!


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Do YOU Believe in New Years Resolutions?


Res-o-lu-tion / reze’looSH(e)n / noun   

A firm decision to do or not to do something. Synonyms : Intention. Decision. Aim. Plan

Goals are important! But, IF you want it to stick – you better have a plan!

New Years bring out the best intentions in all of us I think. BUT, old sayings ring true… “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”!

Saving money and loosing weight are the top 2 things people are planning to do this year! BUT guess what? Less than 10% of people actually succeed with their resolutions… WOW!

Last year my resolution was to blog everyday in 2018! It hasn’t been easy, but I worked at it everyday & I did it 😊 So I know that you can achieve your goals too!

We ALL want to get better & do better, It’s just in our nature. BUT, to really succeed, you have to have a good plan, written down, that you can go back to and use as a reminder over and over! Nothing comes easy… So my advice is not to get caught up in the New Years Resolution craze! Simply make your plans, carefully and realistically, and work everyday to see them through!

Happy New Year everybody! 🎆


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Last “Hump Day Koi Story” of 2018 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Christmas has come & gone and now we are about to put a bow on 2018… I’ve had a LOT of fun blogging about Koi this year! Wednesday’s have been all about Koi, and I plan to continue to raise Koi, sell Koi & to keep blogging about Koi in 2019! 😊 I Love ❤️Koi!

Some of my Koi swimming around my Wanvisa Waterlily display at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Spring follows Winter and before we know it, the water will warm and our Koi will be active & eating again. I for one am ready! Thank y’all for reading my little blog and for all your comments & feedback this year!

Here’s a little video of my Koi eating at night – I’m ready for Spring already 😊

Happy New Year! AND Happy Pondering!


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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“Fear Not: For, Behild, I Bring You Good Tidings Of Great Joy” – The Christmas Story

The day is finally here! Merry Christmas! The food, family & fun go hand in hand this time of year. But, it’s easy to loose sight of what Christmas is really all about.

This old Peanuts story tells “What Christmas is All About” in a really cool way that has touched many people over the years. If you follow Charlie Brown you know about Linus and his security blanket. He clings to it! But notice that Linus actually puts down his blanket while he recites the Christ story from the Bible (Luke 2:1-20). When he says “Fear Not” he drops his blanket 😊 Faith gave him strength over his fears…


Merry Christmas! Peace on earth & good will towards men!

Mark Carter 🎅🏻

Christmas Eve Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Good morning! This is always a BIG day in our family! We have our big family meal on Christmas Eve 😊 LOTS of cooking to do and I love to listen to some Christmas music.  Here’s a cool piano mix I came across that has all the classics…

Merry Christmas 🎅🏻❤️🎄


Mark Carter

Sunday Reflections…

We spent last night with family (sister, cousins, kids, etc.) talking, eating and playing games. I laughed so hard I may have pulled something 🤣 We had a Christmas bonfire 🔥 & listened to every Christmas song on my exhaustive ITunes list 😉 1 word – FUN!

This is so true! Family is so important ❤️

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”

~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Merry Christmas! 😊🎄🎅🏻


Mark Carter



Saturday Off = Family Time! Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅🏻

We have closed the Nursery for the weekend to have a little family time through Christmas.

We will re-open Wednesday morning, December 26th. Merry Christmas!🎄🎅🏻

We’re planning to run the whole table of Christmas to-dos…

  •  Christmas Lights ✔️
  • Christmas Music ✔️
  • Christmas Movies✔️
  • Christmas Shopping ✔️
  • Christmas Food✔️
  • Christmas Parties ✔️
  • Etc✔️✔️✔️

Peace, Love ❤️ & Merry Christmas!

Mark Carter