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Sunday Reflections…

The daffodils 🌼 are blooming! The daffodils are blooming!

Nothing says Spring more than blooming Daffodils 🌼

Everywhere I look I’m seeing Spring! 🌼 I feel a fog lifting off my brain this time of year. I guess it’s the seasonal depression of winter leaving 🥶 But no matter what it is, I Love it! I watched the sun come up this morning and the birds love it as well! 😊 So much activity!
Well, it’s time for breakfast 🥞 Then, I’m out for the day! Enjoy the coming Spring!

“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
~ William Wordsworth

Mark Carter



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…

For the first time in years I slept past 8am on Sunday morning. It was good sleep 😴 but… Sleeping in, ain’t what it used to be 😊

Brunch is on!

sausage and onions with fresh made pancakes, whipped butter and warm maple 🍁 syrup, over medium eggs 🍳 and oolong tea ☕️

Today is Super Bowl Sunday! Always a fun day! And a milepost in the seasons for my business! For Carter’s Nursery, Tomorrow is Super Bowl Monday! A day when we start LOTS of seasonal Landscape chores… So I got that goin for me 😊

Question- Who are you pulling for in the big game? For Jo and I, we got Brady’s team – The Buccaneers 🏴‍☠️ 🏈 The biggest reason, besides the fact that Brady is probably the best ever at his position (Quarterback), is that The night that Jo had our son Jacob, was the very night that Brady made his first mark on the NFL winning a snowy game against The Raiders to move forward into the Super Bowl – His 1st. Super Bowl win! Can you say “Tuck Rule”… 😳. She laid there, in labor, and watched the entire game with me! At times of serious pain, she would ask, what’s going on? What’s the score? How’s Brady doing? A football 🏈 fan was born! And, a beautiful, bouncing baby boy to boot! Boom💥 Yes, that’s 6 B’s in a row! Thank you, thank you very much!

No matter the outcome of today’s game though, we will have fun watching it!

Have a great Sunday! And, Go Bucs!🏈💥

Mark Carter



Throwback Thursday Love

Being in a seasonal business like I am, I have learned to take our time off during the slow season. In other words, Winter… January usually finds me on a beach somewhere down On the Gulf Coast. I was looking through some pictures of vacations past and came across this one of my son and I standing on a beach together. The funny thing to me was, I remember the exact time and day it was taken. I remember the conversation we were having. I remember where we went for dinner that evening. Many times putting a Picture with a memory brings it all together and Boom 💥 You actually remember that moment and get to almost relive it. Maybe that’s why I enjoy #throwbackthursdsy so much.

My son and me on the beach watching a sunset together. We have watched many a Sunrise 🌅 and Sunset 🌇 together. Always special #throwbackthursdsy

Enjoy your day! Throwback Thursday sometimes let’s you glance back for a moment, to gain clarity on what to look forward to again…

Mark Carter



Happy Birthday! 🎈

My little baby boy is all grown up 🥲 He’s a man now… I still look at him and see the wild adventurous youngster that wore his Batman getup EVERYWHERE for years 😊 His love for animals is apparent, as is his love for family and friends ❤️ I put together a quick collage of photos that I think captures at least a bit of his essence…

From Halloween, to butterflies, learning to play guitar to hanging with Paul Thorn and even becoming the Ninja 🥷 that he has always wanted to be. Happy Birthday!

He has been all over the place with his mom and me. Worked on projects, played with tigers, received awards for his stewardship and more. I’m a very proud papa!

Happy Birthday Jacob!

~ Dad



Sunday Reflections…

Just a couple more weekends of football will take us into February, then we will start to notice the signs… swelling buds, emerging tips of spring foliage & the crappie will be biting in earnest! I don’t know about you, but I’m already ready for Spring!

My saucer Magnolia – Magnolia X soulangeana is dying to burst open! Many years, it blooms too early and gets bitten by late frost. Hopefully not this year 🤞🏻

Shoots are thrusting through the cold earth, ‘Tho the wind is in the north;Look! The snowdrop, crocus, scilla Struggle, bravely, to come forth!
Soon each fragile, gentle, blossom Will appear, to cheer each way,Hearts will gladden at their promise,Of clear, fresh, sunlit, springtime days!
       ~ Greta M. Sears 

Have a great Sunday!

PS: It’s a Beautiful day! 🌞

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

All the holidays have gone by and tomorrow we go back to work and do it all over again… Many with a list of resolutions that will change their lives… Workout, save, loose weight, build, change, etc. and they work a little at it, but also, they wait for the ‘magic’ of the new year to happen. I’ve been sipping coffee thinking 🤔 about this for a little while this morning.

Fill these in ONLY if your willing to work HARD! Otherwise, save the paper…

I guess this thought is really about me and my struggles… But I hope it rings true to others as well. To have continued success and to grow, I Must keep showing up and doing great work! Which also means I MUST keep believing in and caring about and Loving what I do!
THAT is my 2021 Resolution! And the only one I need to focus on.

Happy New Year! 💥❤️🙏🏻

‘You’re waiting for something magical to happen in the New Year so that your dreams will come true! But the greatest and the most real magic is working and striving hard to achieve the goal!’

~ Mehmet Murat Ildan

Mark C.



Free Christmas Spirit | Jackson, TN

The last several evenings we have been loading up in our family sleigh 🛷 (truck) and venturing outward in search of beautiful lights and affordable (free) Christmas Spirit 🎄
PS: We struck gold a few times 😊
Its amazing what happens with some good music and a truck 🛻 full of loved ones ❤️ This place is in N. Jackson and worth the drive! The entire neighborhood is decorated to some extent, and some went all out!

Just WOW! You can park on the curb and walk through this one ☝🏻 So beautiful 🤩 Complete with Christmas tunes and a crowd of happy people doing the same.

This is the street! Located in Wrights Mill neighborhood. Take the kiddos, grandma, friends, whoever – along with your favorite Christmas music and a big thermos of Hot Chocolate 🎅🏻


my phone was going dead when I got this short video, but as you see… Spectacular!

It’s almost Christmas 🎄 Get out there 💥

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Sunday Reflections…

This morning I woke up to Christmas music 🎄 The Spirit is in the air! We are taking the whole weekend for Christmas activities… Looking at lights, fixing treats like Chex mix & Rum Cake 🍰 and Cookies 🍪. Don’t forget Family Breakfast 🍳 … or Brunch 😊

Omelettes and French Toast 😊

The lights last night were Amazing!

These were all takin at 1 Home! Check out “Hefner Hill” out on Fry Road if you want to see one heck of a display! Merry Christmas 🎄

Christmas is only 5 days away! Have you caught the Christmas Spirit? 🎅🏻🎄🤩

Remember
This December,
That love weighs more than gold!…
~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon (1876–1961), “The Right Gift,” 1912

Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅🏻

Mark C.



Throwback Thursday | Christmas Memories 🎄

One week from today is Christmas Eve 😳 WOW! I’m gonna slow it down for a minute and go back a ways… After all, it’s #Throwbackthursday !

Here’s one from way way back… Little Sister and me, by the Christmas tree 🎄 Look at those pants 👖 Vintage 70’s stuff right there 😊

My sister and I don’t get to see each other that often anymore, life gets so busy, but old pictures really bring back the memories. Back then she was my little shadow ❤️ Love ya’ Christie!

Post some Christmas memories of your own today! Don’t forget to mark them for Throwback Thursday. #throwbackthursday

Merry Christmas 🎄 🎅🏻


Mark C.