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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



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.



Throwback Thursday

2021 is off to an interesting start… But today is #Throwbackthursday! Here’s a small collage of highlights from 2020. LOTS of good things happened in 2020 as well as all the crazy stuff!

2020 was an interesting year! And a year of many 1st’s. A very wise man told me that you get what you focus on! So I try to focus on the good 😊

Throwback Thursday is on! Enjoy your day. This one won’t come again…

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.



Happy New Year! 💥 Welcome 2021!
The excitement and possibilities of a New Year!
An open road ahead…
Happy New Year!
Here’s to a Great 2021 😊

“You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.”

~ Hillary DePiano

Mark Carter



It’s New Years Eve 2020! See Ya’ Next Year! 😊

Here we are, the last day of 2020! The crossroads of a new year! Hopefully, a better one! New Years Eve is always a strange and special day. You look back AND you look ahead… 👀

The crossroads of a new year! How exciting 😊

I’m ready to leave 2020 in my rear view mirror!

Happy New Year to YOU! 🎊💥🍾

I’m looking forward to a new year! A coming Spring! And hopefully, a return to a more normal world! Have Fun tonight!

Here’s to ringing in 2021!

“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 Carter



Sunday Reflections…

We stayed up LATE last night, binge watching movies and eating Christmas goodies… I normally don’t sit up real late, so it was different & fun 🤩 Until this morning…

You ever sleep through the alarm 🚨 Late night = dog pile 😴 Let me sleep…

It’s been a Great Christmas season! But I think I’m ready for 2021… Now, for a shower 🚿

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.’”
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Have a great Sunday!

Mark C.



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