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Happy Thanksgiving!🦃

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I got up early & I’m already busy cooking and preparing my part in what will be a HUGE Thanksgiving spread for our family and friends. For my part of the meal I’m fixing a glazed ham, a convection baked turkey & “twice baked” mashed potatoes! Everyone else is fixing a thing or two also (green beans, casseroles, rolls, cranberry’s, deviled eggs, dressing with giblet gravy, a big relish tray, sweet potato’s, cakes and pies, etc… It’s going to be a Feast!
Here’s a few pics from last years spread-

I have so much to be thankful for! Great food is definitely one of them.

Thanksgiving is an American holiday! It goes back to the pilgrims of course, but did you know that George Washington was the first president to make a formal proclamation for the Holiday? Indeed he was!
“This National Thanksgiving Proclamation was the first formal proclamation of Thanksgiving in the United States. President George Washington declared Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.”

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Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us. And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best. Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

~ George Washington

George Washington was a great leader & truly loved his fellow man & his new country! He was also a devout man & a Thankful one.

Enjoy this day of Thanksgiving!
God Bless America! 🦃🇺🇸

Mark Carter



A Gift With Love And Meaning ❤️

I bet a Lot of you have watched and enjoyed the movie Lonesome Dove 🕊 It is one of my favorites of all time. I really like old Gus, he’s one of the most colorful characters in the movie for sure 😊 When they hit the trail going north, he made sure his old Livery sign went with!

One of my favorite movies 🎥My wife made this sign as a gift for me recently. I LOVE it!

Cut to reality… My wife & I recently celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary. I took her on a “Antiquing, Junking, Pickin Trip” to celebrate, which I thought was pretty good 😎 But she topped me! She prepped, painted and lettered me a replica of Gus’s old sign for my “junk wall” (don’t ask)…

Did you ever wonder what that Latin phrase at the bottom meant?

uva uvam vivendo varia fit

It literally means – a grape changes color (ripens) when it sees another grape.

I wondered on that for quite a while. I think it means that when you see another person like you, in spirit or soul – that you make each other better (ripe)… I think that’s an Awesome metaphor for a great friendship or marriage. ❤️

I guess we are just a couple of old grapes 🍇 😊

 

Peace, Love, Gifts with meaning & Old Grapes 🍇

 

Mark C.

 



Sunday Reflections…

What a beautiful night we had last evening. We had our Luau party and the weather was just perfect 😊 So many wonderful people came and enjoyed a beautiful June evening in our Garden. The music was Awesome and the food was Great!

From prepping the food to greeting guest yesterday was filled with fun! The neatest reactions came from some of the kids😊 Kids LOVE nature!

Summer is just starting! But it will be gone in the blink of an eye 👁… I hope you can get out and enjoy the Summer season. In fact, let’s all make a point to do just that😊 Times flying by…

 

“Mine is the Month of Roses; yes, and mine
The Month of Marriages! All pleasant sights
And scents, the fragrance of the blossoming vine,
The foliage of the valleys and the heights.
Mine are the longest days, the loveliest nights;
The mower’s scythe makes music to my ear;
I am the mother of all dear delights;
I am the fairest daughter of the year.”

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Have a GREAT Sunday!

 

~ Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

Isn’t it nice to get up early & have some daylight! 😎 I LOVE it! It is a little tough to come in wore out from a long day, get a shower, eat and get ready for bed, but it’s too bright to sleep… Oh well, it’s pretty cool going down and getting up with the sun 🌞

A Sunday morning with my Dad, my Son & a Good Old  friend is a Sunday Morning to remember! Brothers in Arms! 

“In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?”

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Have a Great One!

 

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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Our ‘Evening By The Pond’ is this Thursday Evening at the Carters Nursery Home | Y’all Come!

This Thursday evening, May 16th. @ 6:30pm We will be hosting a little informal get together that we call ‘An Evening By The Pond’.

Come out and enjoy the evening exploring beautiful gardens & relaxing by the Waterfalls with the Koi.

We have this little informal ‘Soiree’ (“swah-RAY”), at our Nursery home after hours the 3rd. Thursday in May every year & its always Fun 😊 We will have some good food & refreshments, some music, talk & visit, plus an informal water gardening discussion & demonstration too. We will have the tiki torches burning & all the landscape lights going. And, the weather is gonna be Perfect!

– YOU are invited!
Please RSVP by calling 731-424-2206 or email your RSVP to Cartercountrysince1989@gmail.com.

What: An Evening by the Pond
Where: 2846 Old Medina Rd.
When: Thursday May, 16th. @ 6:30pm

This is a free event.

 

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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Valentines Day is Here! ❤️ | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Happy Valentines Day! To many people around the world, today is the ultimate day. A celebration of Love, Romance & Affection! Someone said “All you need is Love”…

Chocolate sales go through the roof today! Restaurants will have a great turnout all over as well with couples going out for dinner in celebration of their Love and affection for one another.

Some of my friends are naysayers… They say it’s nothing but commercialism. Well, they may be right, but, what’s the alternative? Not celebrating your love and affection for each other today? As for me, we’ve got reservations at 7 😊

This ones for my Valentine 😊 I Love you ❤️ Jo!

Happy Valentines Day to everyone!

PS: Love is celebrated all over the world today, but Valentines Day is not a public holiday anywhere in the world 🌎 Hmmm… 🤔

 

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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Your “Hump Day” Koi Fix – WHAT Does A Koi Pond Symbolize ? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I ❤️ Koi! And of course I ❤️ Koi Ponds too 😊

Lately I’ve been studying Kanji & symbolism in Japan. Last Wednesday I wrote about how the Kanji for Koi & Love are 1 in the same… 😊 I LOVE that! Koi also symbolize several other things in Japanese culture that are worthy of note!

Swimming koi represent advancement and determination. Fish symbolize wealth & surplus!

In the Koi Pond, the synergy of the Koi & the Pond & the Waterfalls come together & Love & Friendship are manifested.

This is the Kanji for Koi as well as the Kanji for Love.

This Kanji means Friendship.

 

Tomorrow is Valentines Day, a day made for Love & Friendship! We could start a new tradition – Take that special someone to the Koi Pond on Valentines Day 😊 I better not get too carried away, but I thought it was a great Segway between the two…

I really enjoy learning more about the Japanese culture! And I always Love learning more about Koi & Koi Ponds 😊 I have forged many friendships around Koi Ponds! So cool! I truly ❤️ My Job!

Have a great day & enjoy your Koi!

PS: Happy Valentines Day Eve…

Happy Pondering 🤔

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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http://www.cartercountry.com
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