Carter's Water Garden


Sunday Reflections…

Sitting on the porch swing with my girl this Sunday morning 😊 It’s 29 years today… 29 years in the blink of an eye 👁 Time is a funny thing… When we sit together time stands still. When we are apart or waiting on one another to get back, it sometimes drags on… Time is an illusion…

Happy Anniversary to the best girl I know!❤️

Im fixing breakfast for Jo this morning. She wants fresh tomatoes, biscuits, milk gravy and eggs… Another reason we get along so well 😊 Great minds think alike!

After breakfast, who knows what will happen!

Y’all have a great day!

“Love grows more tremendously full, swift, poignant, as the years multiply.”

~ Zane Grey

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

I got up with the sun, fixed coffee, put on my garden shoes on the porch and haven’t been back inside yet… Again, short handed at the nursery and so many chores to do… even on the sabbath 🙏🏻 But I feel good with it, (see Luke 14), when Jesus demonstrates to the Pharisees that some emergencies must be dealt with immediately, even if it means breaking the sabbath to do so… Ox in the ditch… Or in our case, watering to keep plant stock alive… And to beautify the landscape❤️

At least I got my ”better half” helping! She’s the hardest working gal in show business! “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” ~ Proverbs 31:10

Even tho we are working 7 days a week right now, I know at the end of the day that I’m a very lucky and a very blessed man! 🙏🏻

“Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring
The Winter Garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To fly–and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing.”
~ Omar Khayyám

Have a wonderful Sunday Afternoon!

Mark C.



Happy Valentines Day! ❤️

Have a wonderful day, and don’t forget to tell the one you Love how you feel! I try to do this every day, not just on Valentines Day 😊 But today, its a must…

Guys, my advice – keep it simple… Take her out to lunch or dinner. Get her flowers 💐 or even a simple card. The biggest thing in my book is just let her know shes your special Valentine 💘

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.

~ Alfred Tennyson

Happy Valentines Day! 💘

Mark C.



Throwback Thursday

Jo and I always celebrate our wedding anniversary by taking a few days off. Looking back and looking forward is very important for a good relationship! I am sitting in a marina having lunch with Jo as I type this 😊 we are swapping old pictures and I wanted to make this one my #throwbackthursday picture.

I love this picture! ❤️ My dad is my best man, and 3 of my best friends are with me as groomsmen (ps: we are all still great friends! Family ❤️). My wife is so beautiful 🤩 as are all her brides maids.

Throwback Thursday is always a special day.

Have a great day!

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

I’ve been up since early… Drinking coffee and thinking 🤔 Reflecting. Yesterday was a fun, long, laidback day. My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary in grand fashion… At the river 😊 Floating, fishing, photography – Fun. The only thing I can complain about is we ran out of hours in the day, and the mosquitoes were out in force last night🦟

Yesterday was a busy, wonderful day! A beautiful sunrise, fun on the river, great food, a beautiful sunset on the water, live music at the marina & a gorgeous Full moon 🌕

We want to thank everyone who called, messaged and texted to wish us a Happy Anniversary! ❤️ It was a fun, laid back, perfect day.

“Mosquito is out,
it’s the end of the day;
she’s humming and hunting
her evening away.
Who knows why such hunger
arrives on such wings
at sundown? I guess
it’s the nature of things.”

~ N. M. Boedecker

Mark C.



Blessed! And Thankful 🙏🏻

Today marks 28 years of marriage with the best girl I know! All I can say is, I’m blessed and I’m a Thankful man!

It’s been 28 years and it has literally flown by… She is still as pretty today as she is in this picture.

Happy Anniversary to us! Here’s to another 28 years together 🥂


Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Let me start out by saying, Happy Valentines Day! ❤️ Normally, I would be planning a nice breakfast and dinner out for my sweetheart ❤️ But, instead we have a Winter Storm Warning ⛔️ and the snows already started. So, I got up early and went to the store for us and my Mom & Dad & Mother in law… Usually Kroger is a ghost town on Sunday Morning, but not today…

It doesn’t look like much, BUT it just started! This is following a previous ice storm… So it’s fixing to get bad around here!

The old joke is to always run to the store at the 1st mention of snow to get bread and milk 🥛… Why? Maybe bread 🥖 pudding? Or French toast? A PB&J sandwich 🥪 always needs bread and a glass of milk. And, DON’T forget the TP 🧻 😃

No matter the weather, it’s still Valentines Day! ❤️ And I’m a blessed man to have a Valentine of my own! So dinners still on, it will be great too! Because I will be the chef 👩‍🍳

Here’s to all the Lovers out there! ❤️ Happy Valentines Day! ❤️

“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.”

~ Max Muller,

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

Most travel plans have been put on hold, as I’m sure you are well aware… So for our Anniversary trip, we decided to do it by Boat 🚣‍♀️ Talk about social distancing! Tanning, reading, jamming music, taking photos, and just cruising the boat. Only stopping to take dip or refuel at an available marina. 

What a wonderful way to celebrate an anniversary!



We taken many a road trip as well, but there’s nothing like just floating around on the river for a few days! 

 

“Dark brown is the river.  
  Golden is the sand.  
It flows along for ever,  
  With trees on either hand.  

Green leaves a-floating,
  Castles of the foam,  
Boats of mine a-boating—  
  Where will all come home?  

On goes the river  
  And out past the mill,  
Away down the valley,  
  Away down the hill.  

Away down the river,  
  A hundred miles or more,  
Other little children  
  Shall bring my boats ashore.”

   ~ Robert Louis Stevenson 

 

Mark C. 



27 Years In The Blink Of An Eye…

Happy Anniversary! ❤️🍾💥 I am a blessed man! I’m fortunate enough to have a job that I love, a great family & Im married to a virtuous woman 👩🏻  Again – blessed! 27 years of marriage today… In the blink of an eye! It doesn’t seem possible that this much time has passed… It literally seems like yesterday that we walked up that isle… 

We had a great group of groomsmen and bridesmaids to help us that day!

We have taken a few days off to celebrate and wind down. Nothing fancy, just some time together. 

Jo’s grandfather walked her down the isle that day. I found this picture of him and it did my heart good. He was a very special person in Jo’s life. And our life together. ❤️

Thanks for all the calls and texts wishing us a happy day! And here’s to another 27 years together! 

Cheers 🥂 


Mark C. 



Callin’ It in …

I just had to amend my Blog today… it was on deck to publish… and I forgot to pull the trigger 😳 

This was last years Anniversary photo… a 26 year comparison shot. Not to shabby 😊

I, WE are taking a few day’s off to celebrate and to try and slow it down a little… Jo and I always try to plan some time around our Anniversary & we both look forward to time together. The years are literally flying by… But, I’ve apparently been having fun, because I haven’t really noticed 😊 

So, we are gonna take a break for a few days and try to relax. I will share some pics from the road over the next few days. 

Thanks 🙏🏻 Have a great weekend! 


Mark C.