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Sunday Reflections…

What a beautiful, cold morning! I was going to do this blog on the porch with my morning coffee, but I didn’t make it 😊 A little too cold 🥶 … Yesterday was our Annual Fall Fest, and it was a Great one! Lots of family’s came out to take part in the festivities & Eat lunch with us. Kids fell in love with the animals, all the pumpkins were carved, the piñata was busted by a determined group of kids 😊 And Adam led a great class on seasonal pond maintenance.

I made a collage out of the 200 pictures I had to choose from 😊 Lots of Fun yesterday!

This was the last event of the season for the Nursery, which is always bittersweet… We have had some really high notes this year at our events & as always, I can’t wait till next year! ❤️

Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas are coming fast now. I hope we can all enjoy every minute!

Have a Great Sunday!

~ Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

I was up late last night and into the early morning hours. Playing with my new camera 📸 This morning all I wanted was a cup of coffee 😎

I walked into the kitchen to fix some coffee, Jo said ‘look by the chair’… Sure enough, she had me fixed up and ready at my favorite spot😊

 

“From the cupboard two mugs are brought
Grounds are measured, water hot
The drips fill up the coffee ***

From the spout the bold brew streams
One sweet with sugar, rich with cream
The other black, reflection gleams
Both give rise to wisps of steam

Anticipation piqued
Each unique

At first, slow sips with careful words
Not too much, don’t get burned

Pleasure comes with each sip
The words caressing from your lip
Drinks become deeper, feelings slip

My cup’s now empty, but my heart is lit”

~ Jaron

 

Have a great Sunday!

 

Mark C.



26 Years In The Blink Of An Eye! ❤️

Just a quick mention of today’s importance- Today marks 26 years of marriage to the Best Girl I know! 😘 It’s gone by fast and it’s never gotten old! I’m a blessed & thankful man!

These are all pics from our Wedding and from Anniversaries past. Today we celebrate #26! All I can say is, I’m a blessed man!

Happy Anniversary to the best girl in the world! They say “Time Flies When Your having Fun”… Well I am! And it has! ❤️💥

Happy Anniversary! Heres to another 26! 🥰

 

Mark C.



Throwback Thursday, Bringing It Home | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Do y’all know what “Throwback Thursday” is?  There’s no shame if you don’t 😊 It’s a fairly new social phenomenon… You post old photos from the past & hashtag it like this – #ThrowbackThursday OR #TBT – Then post it on your social media page for all the world to see 😊 I had already done today’s blog and was about to publish it this morning when my son came out to go to work with my crew. I literally got a lump in my throat thinking about how fast time flies by… So today, a short #TBT for ya.

This is a picture of Jacob from 10 years ago at one of our Butterfly House programs. He has grown up at the Nursery & Loves it ❤️

This one is from 12 or so years back. Jacob and his Grandad at a Pond Club Event 😊

Lot of great memories and Throwback Thursday pics of that little boy from yesterday.

Cut to 2019… Now he is 17 years old & 6’ 3”! Time flies by folks….

Now Jacob is learning the ropes of working in the field with the crew. And Loving it! 🌞

This is my offering on #ThrowbackThursday ! A look back & a glimpse of what’s to come❤️

 

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

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Last Minute Gift Ideas For Dad | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Fathers Day comes but once a year, and once again, that day is TOMORROW… And, You haven’t found that “Perfect Gift” yet… Well, fret not! I have put together a short list of Perfect Fathers Day Gifts, that really say “I Love You Dad”! And I love you WAY more than my brothers and sisters! 😎

Outdoor Kitchens with Grills, Smokers & Wood Fired Pizza Ovens are one of my “Top 3 Over The Top Gifts for Dad”! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

 

Another Perfect Gift Idea For Dad –

Nothing says “Dad, your the Best”, like a Water Feature! A Pondless Waterfall or a gorgeous Koi Pond are always a great choice! 😉

BUT, seriously, the #1 gift you can share with your Dad is… Your Time ❤️! I hope you can spend some quality time with your dad tomorrow! Being a dad myself, that’s the best gift I can imagine 😊

Happy Fathers Day out there!

 

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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Happy Mother’s Day! Sunday Reflections…

Jacob and I got up early this morning to surprise his mom with breakfast 🍳 He is a very thoughtful son & I am proud of him! I know his Mother is as well! He LOVES his Mom! In fact, since he was a little bitty boy, he has called her “sweetheart” 😍 Still does to this day…

Jacob treated his Mother to breakfast this morning! Eggs, sausage, fruit and French toast! Happy Mother’s Day! 👩

I am having lunch with my Mom later today, as well as a few other mothers 😎… I’ve learned so much from my mom. She’s has always been there for me! What would any of us do without our mothers??? Thanks for always being there Mom! I love you! ❤️

The three most important lady’s in my life in this picture from earlier this year – ALL Mothers! My Mom, My Wife & My Sister 😊

 

“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives then all.”

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mark Carter



Peers, Colleagues & Old Friends | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I had a Friend from the other side of the country stop in to say hi yesterday. Paul has been described as a “real Arizona cowboy” & I concur 😊 It was a very pleasant surprise indeed! We started out as colleagues/peers in the same business many years ago but became fast friends that have stayed in touch now for 20 years! We are both professional “Water Shapers”, ie: we both design and build  Water Features- Koi Ponds, Water Gardens, Streams & Waterfalls, etc… Over the years we became friends as did our wives & we watched each other’s kids grow up through pictures on Facebook and such… Pretty cool huh 😊

Here’s a great comparison shot from many, many years ago on the bottom when we built a Water Garden In Little Rock Arkansas for P. Allen Smith to the top picture from last night. 😊 Can you pick us both out in the bottom photo?

All these years and yesterday was the first time he had been to my place in Tennessee 😳 We went to dinner 🥘 and he said “take me somewhere local” – So we went to Brooksies Barn and had catfish, pulled pork, ribs & more. We walked in, but we ate so much that we limped out 😂

Brooksies is a one of a kind local joint with great food! Fried catfish, pulled pork bbq & frog legs are just a few of their specialties.

Visiting with old friends is a special thing! Especially when the friendship developed from professional respect for a colleague.

Aristotle said there were 3 types of friendships-

1- friendships of utility (useful to one another)

2- friendships of pleasure (you have fun and enjoy each other’s company)

3- friendships of the good (these are based on mutual respect and admiration. These friendships take longer to build than the other two kinds–but they’re also more powerful and enduring).

Paul, ours is definitely a type 3 😊 Friendship of the Good! But, we have had fun together & have worked together and been useful to one another too… Boom! Trifecta! Hat trick!

Great to see and catch up with an Old Friend!

 

Have a great day – and here’s to Good Friends!

 

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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