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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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Sunday Reflections…

Cold, icy mornings are great for sleeping in 😴 We stayed up late watching movies 🎥 with our son last night – Tha’ Birthday boy 😊

My little boy ain’t so little any more… 17 years old & 6’2”!

We are going to stay in today & watch a little football and spend some good quality time with each other. Time is flying by!  It’s here & it’s gone… 17 years it seems, in the blink of an eye…

I’m counting my blessings today. And trying to figure out where all the time has gone 🤔

Have a great Sunday!

 

PS: Go Pats! 🏈

 

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Jo & I were sitting on the swing this morning talking about this past week & all the effort that culminated last night at our Fall Pond Tour… All I can really say is we’re blessed!

Last night was our Moonlight Pond Tour, the rain held off and it was a Beautiful Night!

Today is the first full day of the Fall season. I’m excited & sad at the same time… excited for a new season of gardening & activities, fire pits & football, but sad having to say goodbye to Summer and all its glory. But, Thankful for all these blessings!

I hope you have a Great Sunday with the ones you love!

“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week”.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

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



Enjoying The Time on a Weekend Off | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

We are closed this weekend. We are taking time off for the observance of Labor Day. A little time to enjoy with our family & friends. To celebrate with one another! We all need a rest from our labors sometimes. I’m going to take advantage of it! I hope you all do too 😊

See you next Tuesday 👍

Time is flying by! Don’t miss it cause you can’t get it back!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

 

“Time is not a river
Nor a ticking clock
Nor an hourglass

We cannot save time
We cannot spend time
We cannot borrow time
We cannot buy time
We cannot cheat time

Time is not a gift
Time is not our friend
Nor our enemy
Time is not on our side
Time is not ours in any sense
Save for the single second
That holds our full attention
Then slips forever beyond grasp”

~ Mary Havran

 

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



The Tennessee Aquarium, Old Friends, Good times!

Today Jo & I met up with some old friends and went on a tour of the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. All of us are fish nuts so this was a treat! We are on the last leg of our “Anniversary Trip” & this was a LOT of fun!

I hope you enjoy the pictures.

PS: For a little added fun, play the music video and then view the pictures while it plays 😂

Great Day at the Tennessee Aquarium!

~ Mark C.