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Sunday Reflections…

The morning after Christmas has now come and gone… Why does it always feel like Christmas is so far away, then you blink and its gone for another year? Hard to grasp… But we had a good family get together and dinner, saw some beautiful lights and decorations, and tried to remember and stay true to the real meaning of Christmas.

A few pics from dinner and family.

Now we have to take all the decorations down, clean everything up and get ready for a new year… Ready or not, here comes 2022!


When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.
~ Howard Thurman


Have a great last evening of Christmas weekend! 🎄🎅🏻❤️🙏🏻

Mark C.



Today is the Winter Solstice

The nights have gotten longer and longer as the days shrank for the last 6 months… Tonight is the longest night of the year! The ”Longest Night” aka: The Winter Solstice happens NOW!

Tomorrow we start tilting back towards the sun! The days will get longer again as we head through Winter toward Spring!

The Winter solstice is the shortest day of year and the official first day of Winter! Christmas 🎅🏻 is in only 4 days! And Spring will be here before we know it 😊 Things are looking up indeed!

“I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.

‘We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,’
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.”

~ Oliver Herford

Have a Great Day! AND, a Very Merry Christmas! 🎅🏻🎄

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



Sunday Reflections…

I got up a little late this morning… We were up late watching Christmas movies 🎅🏻 Just a few more days till Christmas 🎄 Only 2 days till the Winter Solstice, which make me happy as well! After Tuesday the days start getting longer again 🙏🏻 Come on Spring! Don’t let me get ahead of myself… The real next stop is Sunday brunch!

So much to do this week! Cooking, shopping, wrapping, cleaning, work work work… Sometimes I have to remind myself to slow down, and focus on what this season is really all about – Who its all about 🙏🏻

This has and always will be one of my favorIte Christmas shows ❤️ Its as relevant and meaningful as the day it was released in 1965.

Have a great day and a VERY Merry Christmas!

“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.”

~ Harlan Miller

Peace,

Mark C.




Christmas Music Makes The Season Special 🎶🎅🏻
Saint Nick can pick a mean guitar 🎸

Every year I try to refine my ‘Top 10 Christmas songs’ to enjoy for the season. Christmas music is playing as I write this 🎅🏻 I hope you enjoy the music of the season as much as I do…
Top 10 Christmas List for 2021…

1- Hard Candy Christmas – Dolly Parton

2- Tennessee Christmas – Alabama

3- Christmas in Paradise – Mary Gauthier

4- 25th December – Everything but the girl

5- Thankful for Christmas – Hayes Carll

6- Christmas Island – Jimmy Buffett

7- Christmas in Hollis – Run DMC

8- Merry Christmas from the Family – Robert Earl Keen

9- Please Come Home For Christmas – Eagles

10- Jingle Bell Rock – Daryl Hall & John Oates

This list should get you tapping, singing along, smiling and crying! 

Merry Christmas y’all!

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



Christmas Hours for Carter Country 🎄🎅🏻

In the interest of good communication I want to post next weeks Retail Nursery hours. You may not believe this, but next Friday is Christmas Eve 🤩 WOW how time has flown…

We will be CLOSED – Friday December 24th through Tuesday December 28th in observance of the holiday and will re-open for our normal Retail Nursery hours on Wednesday December 29th.

The whole team at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio wants to wish you all a Warm and Merry Christmas 🙏🏻

God Bless,

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…

What a day! it started early and is just now slowing down… I spent some time working in my gardens today. Beautiful, mild, late Fall day❤️ So nice out. That is changing now with the approaching cold front. Powerful storms, wind and rain coming. This will be the last of the ”Leaf Strippers” as Bill Way used to call em’. We are now really entering into a Winter look, bare trees will be awaiting Spring… Heres a few last pics of my Landscape color to enjoy…

Kousa Dogwood and the golden yellow of my Witch-hazel❤️
A couple of angles of my Japanese Maple ’Waterfall’ ❤️
Another of my favorite Japanese Maples, the ’Crimson Queen’ ❤️

We are only 16 days from the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. From now until that day, our daylight time shortens by 1 1/2 minutes each day 😳 BUT, after the 21st., the days start to grow longer again! That is when we are officially on the road to Spring! 👏🏻 Bring it says I!

So, lets enjoy our short Christmas season we have left, and be ready for an early Spring! 💥

“From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens – 
the garden outdoors, 
the garden of pots and bowls in the house, 
and the garden of the mind’s eye.”

~ Katherine S. White

Have a great evening!

Mark C.



It’s a ’Regional’ Southern Thang! | Do YOU Drink ’Boiled Custard’

I’ve been doing a Friday ’Call In’ Radio show for 20 years now. It’s a lot of fun and I’m lucky enough to be able do it with local friends who are the best in the business! The call in questions change with the seasons, which is Awesome! It’s totally caller driven, so we never know what we will be talking about 😊 Doesn’t that sound fun? Well, it is… 😎

Yesterday a caller brought up Boiled Custard, which is a holiday drink around these parts. Several people had never even heard of it… (West TN transplants 😎). So I proceeded to wax poetic on how good it is and how I grew up having it every year around the Christmas season. My ‘MiMi’ stood at the stove stirring and stirring the cook pot to make the homemade treat every year and as a boy I would wait and watch her with great anticipation…

Its a regional thing only available bottled around West TN, North Mississippi and Parts of Southern Kentucky.

When I met the girl who later became my wife, her family also enjoyed Boiled Custard – I knew it was written in the stars for us after that ❤️
So, Heres a Boiled Custard Christmas 🎄 story for all of ya’s – My mother in law moved down to Florida for work soon after Jo and I were married, at Christmas time, she couldn’t find Boiled Custard anywhere down there 😳 Oh NO!! She called everywhere, even called the Dairy Companies in the region… No dice! She Talked about it so much that all her friends wanted to try it too! So, Jo and I pack several coolers full of bottled Boiled Custard and drove all the way down to Pensacola NAS and took part in an Epic Christmas Party that Spotlighted the West TN, ‘Drive or Die’ treat – Boiled Custard! Boom 💥 It was a hit and every drop was drank! Almost everyone there wanted the recipe to be able to enjoy it again…

Now if you’ve never tried it and don’t live close, you can forget about running to the store and buying a few bottles… So I am gonna share my Grandmothers ’secret’ family recipe with you! Just remember, stir, stir, stir! DON’T let it stick to the bottom or its all for naught…

Era Carter (MiMi’’s) Homemade Boiled Custard

Ingredients –

  • 1 Gallon Whole Milk
  • 1 dozen eggs 🥚 (separate yolks&whites)
  • 2 Cups White Granulated Sugar
  • 4 heaping Tbsp corn starch
  • Cap of Vanilla Extract

In a large stockpot mix sugar, cornstarch and a little milk to get started. Then add beaten egg yolks and stir/blend well until smooth. Stir constantly over medium heat and slowly add the rest of the milk. Simmer and stir until thickened (You don’t actually boil it!). Once thickened remove from heat and allow to cool. Beat your dozen egg whites, adding a little sugar until you have stiff peaks, then fold into cooled custard mix. Immediately refrigerate and serve when fully chilled.

There is nothing like a cold glass of boiled custard with a piece of Pecan Pie ❤️ Takes me right back to my MiMis kitchen…

Many people add a little TN whiskey 🥃 to their Boiled Custard for taste & that is completely up to the individual. As for me, I drink mine strait up 😊

Merry Christmas

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



And It Begins…

Good morning! And welcome to December🎅🏻 The year has gone by so fast that it almost surprised me 😳 But here we are, last month of 2021 and Christmas is coming!

We have used our ”Days till Christmas” counter since Jacob was a little boy 😊 It makes it feel more “Christmasy” 🎅🏻

So much happens during December. Family dinners, Christmas parties, several family Birthdays and work really intensifies trying to finish the year… But, keeping in the spirit of the season is so important!

Christmas 🎄 is Coming!

Have a great day!

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



The Realization Just Hit Me 🥊 Christmas IS Coming! 🎅🏻 

Thanksgiving is over… Black Friday is behind us! We started putting up our Thanksgiving decorations this morning and pulling old things out to get ready for Christmas. It really hit me like a ton of bricks 🧱 Christmas is less than 1 month away!

Wow right?! I think Christmas has gotten here faster than any year in my memory…

So it begins… Christmas is coming! 🎄

Have a great Holiday weekend!

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



Everyone LOVES Christmas ❤️ Even the Pets 🐈 🐕

We had such a relaxing, pleasant Christmas Day! We watched movies with our parents, opened a few presents, ate Lunch with mom & dad & then, took a YUGE nap 😴

last years Christmas picture. We didn’t all get together as usual this year. So many now have to be careful for health reasons. But everyone was missed and loved and included in our prayers 🙏🏻

I think the pets had more fun than anyone! They all received a present 🎁 of their own and literally tore them up by supper 🎅🏻😂

Yes, they each got their own! But neither was interested in old Gumby until there was a competition involved… Then, poor old Gumby 🥺

Even the kitty came by for Christmas 🎄 She’s really an outdoor cat 🐈 and only comes in when she wants too. Usually, she only asks to come in on special occasions when there’s more than usual activity, or if it’s really cold. Even then, she hides around the edges or up high somewhere 😊

She’s so funny. She got over there ‘out of sight’ and didn’t make a sound until we started eating… Then, she demanded some Christmas Ham! She got some too 😊

I am so thankful for the blessing of Christmas!

Luke 2:4-19 tells the reason and the true Blessing of Christmas ⭐️

Now, Christmas is behind us and it’s on to the New Year! In less than a week, it’s gonna be 2021! 😳 They say ‘Hindsight is 2020’ …. I think we are all ready to put 2020 in the rear view mirror 🪞

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Christmas weekend! 🙏🏻❤️🎄

Mark Carter