Carter’s Garden Blog


Sunday Reflections…

My son and I have been on a business trip for the last week & I think we both learned a lot & had a great time to boot! But, there’s nothing like going HOME! Home is where the ❤️ is 😍

Jacob sure had fun on this learning trip! We earned CEU’s to keep our Master Certification up to date. AND they had Koi to feed😊 NOW we get go home and feed our own Koi babies! #Theresnoplacelikehome

 

“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realized what’s changed is you.”

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

Have a a great Sunday!

 

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

I was up late last night and into the early morning hours. Playing with my new camera 📸 This morning all I wanted was a cup of coffee 😎

I walked into the kitchen to fix some coffee, Jo said ‘look by the chair’… Sure enough, she had me fixed up and ready at my favorite spot😊

 

“From the cupboard two mugs are brought
Grounds are measured, water hot
The drips fill up the coffee ***

From the spout the bold brew streams
One sweet with sugar, rich with cream
The other black, reflection gleams
Both give rise to wisps of steam

Anticipation piqued
Each unique

At first, slow sips with careful words
Not too much, don’t get burned

Pleasure comes with each sip
The words caressing from your lip
Drinks become deeper, feelings slip

My cup’s now empty, but my heart is lit”

~ Jaron

 

Have a great Sunday!

 

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

I’ve been sitting on a stump by the edge of a field since right after sunrise this morning, just thinking 🤔 Contemplating…

Life is short, what will today bring? So many blessings!

“Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean–
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?”

~ Mary Oliver

 

Have a Blessed Sunday,

 

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

This week alone I have heard several people say they are ready for Fall weather… I too love the Fall, but I’m still enjoying the Summer… I used to find myself mourning the seasons as they pass, No more! I endeavor to enjoy them as they come. And right now, good old hot, sticky August is on the table 😊

One of the things I love most about Summer, is my shady porch swing😊 I just Love my tree ferns & flowers 🌺 But like the man says, Fall is Coming’!

“Whilst August yet wears her golden crown,
Ripening fields lush- bright with promise;
Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing
Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn.”

~ Michelle L. Thieme, August’s Crown 

Have a great Sunday 🙏🏻

 

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

What a beautiful morning! The river is smooth as glass and it feels so good outside 😊 Sunday morning with my family, on the river, at the marina for breakfast is always a Great Day! ❤️

The dogs know what Sunday morning means… BACON 🥓💥

 

This is the final leg of Jo & I’s 26th Anniversary celebration 😊 We had to include Jacob and the pups to really celebrate! What better way than a day on the river 😊

“That beautiful season the Summer!
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light;
and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Have a great Sunday!

 

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Man has it been HOT! Summer time in Tennessee! The key to survival is getting out there early… Warm up with the day 🌞

Even this family of frogs know to get up and out with the Sunrise 🌞

Just living is not enough … one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

~ Hans Christian Anderson

I’m off to fix breakfast now 😊 One of my favorite Sunday Morning rituals…

 

Have a Great Day!

 

~ Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Thinking about the Awesome power of Nature this morning. Hurricane Barry has come ashore and is flooding from the Gulf Coast to points north… Including our area in Tennessee over the next couple days. Batten down the hatches!

Prayers for the people in the path of this Hurricane.

 

There is no way to stop or reason with a Hurricane… But if anyone could, it would be Jimmy B. 😊 This is one of my favorites off A1A…

 

Have a blessed week 🙏🏻 And stay dry 💦🌂

 

Mark C.