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Sunday Reflection’s…

2023 is definitely off to a quick start for me. Back to work is an understatement… But certain things slow you down to pay homage and reflect on. Like my son turning 21 this past week ❤️ Milestones like this really make you reflect. Saying “time flies” just doesn’t tell the story, but in a way it does sum it up… Time is such an illusion. It slips right through our grasp and pours through our fingers, and we can never get it back. We have had a lot of time well spent together! I’ve made a point to spend as much time as possible with my family and with my son over the past 21 years! And the only regrets I can think of are the few things we didn’t get to do… YET! I feel very blessed to have him in my life and I look forward to what the future may bring.

The future looks bright for my little (6’3”) 21 year old son. What an impressive man he has become. 🙏🏻❤️

Sunday brunch and coffee are forthcoming ☕️ 🍳

“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend” ~ Theophrastus

Have a great Sunday!

~ Mark C.



Sunday Reflection’s…

A new year and I have been busy planning for it! Business plan, events, pond tours, workshops, jobs, early buys, plant orders and more… I haven’t missed a sunrise or sunset in 2023 yet! No it’s not a resolution… But I do really enjoy watching both 🌞🌅 Here’s a little collage of some of 2023’s best from the Beach!

Now is when the real work begins…

“Sunrise looks spectacular in nature; sunrise looks spectacular in the photos; sunrise looks spectacular in our dreams; sunrise looks spectacular in the paintings, because it really is spectacular!”

~ Mehmet Murat Ildan

Mark C.



Happy New Year! 🎊 2023 Has Arrived! 💥

Another New Year = A clean slate. A blank canvas. An open road of possibilities! I for one am excited for the opportunities that 2023 brings…

2023 = An open road of possibilities! Are you ready? Happy New Year!🎆🎊🎈

The future is what we make of it… You hear that a lot… & in my experience, it rings true! Lets make 2023 the best year yet!

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”

~ Benjamin Franklin

💥Happy New Year!💥

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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It’s New Years Eve! 🎊 2022 Went By So Fast 💨 I’m Ready to Welcome 2023!

Here we are, standing at the crossroads of another year… So many choices to make, so much work to be done. So many blessings to count and so much more to look forward too! A wise lady told me that ’Every day above ground is a Blessing!’ 

So many opportunities lay ahead! So many choices… Here’s to a Happy New Year! 🎈

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

~ Robert Frost

I hope we all have a wonderful evening closing out 2022! And here’s to a HUGE 2023! 💥

“Should auld acquaintance be Forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be Forgot 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


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Mark C…



Sunday Reflection’s…

22 degrees this morning when I went down to the Chicken coop… 🥶 Cold, frosty morning with a beautiful Sunrise 🌅 Today marks 1 week till Christmas 🎄 So I don’t really mind the cold right now, it adds to the feeling of the season 🎅🏼 But, it’s fixing to get even colder… And, maybe snow ❄️ Did someone say White Christmas? It may just be in the cards… ❄️

My dogs 🐕 Love the snow! So if it happens, we will be ready!

As I write this blog, I’m sitting behind the wheel of my truck waiting on Jo to re-emerge from Krogers… Needed supplies for a Christmas party this afternoon 🎅🏼

As soon as we get back, Breakfast! More coffee ☕️ then it’s back to it! Merry Christmas 🎄

The lakes are covered with ice;
Our trees are full with frost.
It seems as a good nice winter,
but one thing, one thing is lost.

~The Snow-The Snow-The Snow!

The fireplace is a cracklin’,
the moon is full and bright.
The stars are just there twinklin’,
It seems as a perfect night.

But what is there missing?
Maybe the perfect sound?
Nothing but the wind gusts,
blowing the snow around.

The fire goes out;
the babies start cryin’,
The wind picks up;
I start smilin’.

Could it be? 
Finally some snow!?
I looked out the window to see a dimming glow.
I drank my hot chocolate,
which warmed my body.

Then, like a lion, I jumped into bed,
and slept.

When the light had shown in, 
I sprung out of bed.
So quick, she heard me, my mom said.

I looked outside, and saw no brown.
The ground was bright!
The ground was white!

Whiter than the whitest of rice,
Whiter than the cotton like clouds of the sky.

Maybe, just maybe, winter would be pretty nice!

~ Jocelyn Larrabee


Have a great Sunday! 🎄❄️🎅🏼

~ Mark C.



Sunday Reflection’s…

Time is so funny… Sometimes it drags on & other times it goes by so fast that you miss things. I say it all the time, but it seems like this year has gone by quicker than any year before 💨 Turn around and boom 💥 it’s Thanksgiving! We are hosting our family dinner here in a few days, so we have been busy straitening up, decorating and basically getting ready 🦃

After all these years of living and working and doing, the one thing I have figured out is, you have to be grateful for your blessings 🙏🏻 (Ps: I’m still working on it 😊)

With my hectic schedule it’s easy to push on and take things for granted just to get through this day and to the next… But you miss so many things in that process, the most important things. God, family, friends, rest, health & happiness can be glossed over and left in your wake… Maybe it’s like the spirit that comes over you at Christmas 🎅🏼 you want everyday to feel like that. ⭐️ Thanksgiving can be the same. I’m going to try to let my Gratitude exceed my expectations everyday and see what happens ❤️

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

~ William Arthur Ward


Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 to Everyone!


~ Mark C.



Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery Pond&Patio | Jackson, TN

It’s a bit chilly 🥶 this fine morning! But what a beautiful sunrise and the temps will climb into the 50’s today! And tonight we won’t go into the freezing temps (mid to upper 30’s) so we got that going for us 😊 You really do have to look for the good parts of most stories, at least that’s how I do it… And starting my day I always go check on my Waterfalls! Yes, even when it’s freezing cold like this morning. It really helps to get the day going!
I just posted an Instagram reel of my main Waterfall yesterday, perfect timing to use it here to kick off the week.

No better way to start the day!

It’s a cold start to the week, but start we must!

Enjoy this Day! 🙏🏻

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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Sunday Reflection’s…

Cold frosty morning 🥶 Had to break ice from the troughs for the 1st time this season… The leaves are still coming down, but most have already fallen. Thanksgiving is coming quick. Coffee ☕️ and breakfast 🍳 await.

We are looking at a little cold snap for the next week, dress accordingly!

“On a cold November morning Frost wrapped the world in an ashy hue Sucking the heart from silence As an optimistic sun gazed through Naked branches of oak and maple

Peeking through the limbs of gray Lighting the indigo skies with grace Dancing, flowing, praising In waves of enchantment, such riches Radiating warmth and awaking The crackle of leaves, stunned By the bitter air, the chilling stare Of freezing sparkles on thoughts Met by the luster of dawn”

~ Regina McIntosh


Enjoy this cold November day ❤️

~ Mark C.



Sunday Reflection’s…

It was a thick fog this morning around the river. The temperature dropped into the lower 30’s and the water is still fairly warm… Makes for a Beautiful Foggy Morning! Especially as the sun ⛅️ burns slowly through the fog 🌫 Revealing a totally Bluebird Blue sky 🌌

Foggy mornings on the river are pretty Awesome! This is one such morning not too long ago on a Pontoon Boat 🚤 This morning may even be more foggy 🌫

These last couple of weeks have been close to perfect weather! Cool crisp mornings 🌞 warming up by mid morning to the 70’s… Not a cloud in the sky ❤️ The foliage is really starting to show now 🍁 Maples, sumac, dogwood, sassafras, gum… My advice is to get out and take a country ride every few days from now through late October/mid November. The color show is starting now in earnest and has a very short run…

“Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.”

~ Robert Frost

Have a beautiful Sunday!

~ Mark C.



Live Call in Talk Radio NOW! | Tune in to WNWS 101.5 Fm | Everybody Talks | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Good Morning! Here we are FULL on Autumn and it feels so nice! It’s a another BEAUTIFUL DAY! I am walking into the studios of WNWS 101.5 FM, in downtown Jackson, TN! I’m going ‘LIVE’ from 9-11 am with Seabass and Chuck Walker on the best little show in Jackson – “Everybody Talks” ! 

I’m LIVE today from 9-11am Call in and lets have some FUN! 731-423-8101

I’ll be here from 9-11am – So get your questions ready! We will be talking Outdoor Living, Koi Ponds, ‘Cool Season’ gardening, trimming, mulching, landscaping, pumpkin carving 🎃 football 🏈 and LOVING FALL  🍁Tune in! 📻

We will talk about just about anything that YOU want to talk about! Ask a question, send in a picture, share a story (but please, NO politics!) It’s Friday! Call in and join us – 731-423-8101

For 20 years Ive been involved with this Friday Talk Show and it just keeps getting better! The phone # is still the same – 731-423-8101

– HEY, You can listen, and you can call in and talk… the # is the same that it has been for over 20 years – 731-423-8101. But, did you know you can text your comments and questions? 731-277-5155

Did you know you can text us? Texting us is so easy! 731-277-5155 Give us a shout out from the dog house 

Also – Come by and see us at the Nursery! We are open today until 4pm and tomorrow 8-2! Fall is in the air! 

Fall is in at Carters!

Come on in to Carters Nursery and get what you need for your Garden and your Pond! We have Plants, Shrubs & Perennials! And all the cool season Pond treatments you need! Including cool season Koi Food! We’ve got stone by the pound and Sod by the piece! Plus cool hats, jeans, garden decor and gifts in our ’Unique Boutique’!


I’m looking forward to seeing ya’ on the air…

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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