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Sunday Reflections…

Bad storm last night! Tornado sirens, heavy winds, hail, lightning, thunder, etc, etc… Scary! 
But this morning – Beautiful sunrise! Calm winds, the birds 🐦 are singing! Gorgeous! 

Up with the sun! It’s time to get outside & see what’s happening in the garden. Spring is Here! The whole world is coming to life!

I guess my point on this beautiful Sunday morning is – When this storm ⛈ (Coronavirus) gets past us, we are in for something nice! We just have to ride it out… The Calm after the storm … 

I’m approaching everyday one step at a time! Today’s plan –

  •  Breakfast 🥞 
  • Work on my Container Garden
  • Shower
  • Nap!
  • Fire up Grill
  • Eat
  •  Guitar 🎸 
  • Early to Bed! 

“I am tired, I am worn
For this is the calm after the storm
Heart beat ceases to race
Everything seems to fall into place
Take comfort in cycles and patterns,
Separate the insignificant from what matters
History repeats itself they say,
The universe works in funny ways
So push thoughts of growing older,
Of growing colder, of forgetting to be bolder
To the back of my mind
Shelved away somewhere difficult to find
And think instead of stories that turn out okay
Think of the sound of waves and rainy days
For I am slowly breathing
Almost sleeping
Nearly dreaming
Simply being.“

   ~ Rachel

Mark Carter



Ghost Town…

Social Distancing is apparently working now. I went to pick up a couple of things for family (curbside and click list only)… WOW! It’s like a ghost town out there. 

This is a Saturday at 11am! About 8 cars in this 200 acre parking lot! WOW!

Almost no cars on the road, except for big trucks! I guess the silver lining is that the stores will be able to get restocked now… 

Almost NO traffic! There are a few out on bikes or walking. Social Distancing is being taken seriously…

Please pray for the country! For all the folks that can’t work! And especially for all the people who have fallen ill to this terrible virus! 

We will get through this! Lets stay vigilant through this fight for our families and for each other! 

God Bless America!  

Mark C.



Friday Report | Carters Nursery | Jackson, Tennessee

I am on assignment today & will not be making my normal Friday Radio appearance with the 180 Crew. BUT, still tune into 101.5fm to hear the “Best In LIVE Local Radio”! 

Spring is in FULL swing! Get out in YOUR yard and enjoy 😊

 

God Bless America! 🇺🇸💥

 

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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Yes! We have Hope!

Just a quick piece of advice from my viewpoint. Stop watching the news! The 24 hour news cycle will drag you down and steal your hope! 

Instead, do something you don’t normally get to do while at home.. Do a puzzle! Play a board game ♟ Read a book 📚 Draw or paint 🎨 or go outside on the porch and listen to the birds sing 🐦 

The birds are out in force feasting on seeds, berries & worms 🐛 It’s Springtime in Tennessee!

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
 
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
 
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

 ~ Emily Dickinson 

Stay positive and keep your hope. This will be over sooner than later ❤️

 Mark Carter



Staycations
stay·ca·tion • /ˌstāˈkāSHn/ • noun  INFORMAL
noun: staycation; plural noun: staycations; noun: stay-cation; plural noun: stay-cations
– A vacation spent in ones home rather than abroad.
 
A “Stay at home Vacation”? Sound familiar? 
Well, you can’t go to Disney World right now, or out to eat or even to a movie! So, the way you look at it is ALL up to you… Lockdown or time off. Shelter at home, or a “Staycation”!  

If you could take the family to Disney for the week, do you know what the average cost would be? Depending on how much discounting and coupons and deals you work out, expect to spend as much as $10,000.00! You keep the memories and the pictures of course. 

– That my friends is another reason more and more people are Staycationing! They are putting in Water Gardens, swimming pools, patios, grilling stations, fire pits 🔥and creating Outdoor Living Space right in the comfort of their own backyard! And why not!? You can access and enjoy these areas day and night! They add to your daily enjoyment AND to your property value! 

My personal Outdoor Living Area at night. The Pond is the centerpiece, surrounded by gardens both edible and ornamental with sitting and lounging areas, a Grilling station and a nice fire pit. I’m down for a “Staycation”! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

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Thanks for reading and watching! Stay safe! And enjoy your Staycation.

 

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 Reflections…

Beautiful morning! 🌞 We all got up together this morning and watched Sunday Morning together & I fixed breakfast. Nothing new, I always fix breakfast on Sunday Morning 😊 But this morning I took separate orders… Be careful what you ask for 😂

Homemade blueberry syrup and whipped cream for one (who couldn’t wait for the picture😃). #2 Eggs over easy on the side with a short stack – butter and real maple syrup. And finally, cheese grits with 2 egss over medium… That was me 😎

As you see, everyone ordered something different… No problem! It’s just nice to be able to fix what the ones you love really want! 

”Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

   ~ Marcel Proust

Have a great Sunday Morning! 

Peace 🌱 


Mark C. 



Things Happen For A Reason | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I would normally be starting fires 🔥 about now. 1st a bonfire in the fire pit, then a load of lump charcoal for the egg… All the guys would be prepping & getting ready for the crowds to come (Hundreds of people)… The petting zoo would be setting up soon for all the kids & my wife would be hanging a big custom Piñata. 
Then, I move to the kitchen and start chopping onions 🧅 & Peppers 🌶- A LOT of both! Then prepping/cutting up sausages and chicken. If this sounds like a party, you would be correct! This was to be the day of our Annual Spring Fest…  

I’m missing the family’s that come for the Spring Fest today… All the kids playing and petting the animals…

Instead of hosting a party, the whole country is shut down. My mom told me earlier, “things happen for a reason”…. And I know she’s right! Instead of focusing on what we don’t get, or have, We ALL must count our BLESSINGS! 🙏🏻 And they are many! 🙏🏻

“You get what you focus on”… Old saying for a reason! Right now is a time to be with family and to count your blessings!
Gods Blessings to YOU 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

I’m going to spend time with my family! I’m still gonna fire up the grill 🔥 I’m still going to get outside on this beautiful day! And believe me, when this virus quarantine is over -We will ALL get together for a BIG celebration 🎉 💥

In the meantime, enjoy this time off. And tell the ones in your life that you love ❤️ them! At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about anyway 😊

Stay safe! 

Love ❤️ & Peace ✌🏻 to ALL! 

 

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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