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Ghost Town…

Social Distancing is apparently working now. I went to pick up a couple of things for family (curbside and click list only)… WOW! It’s like a ghost town out there. 

This is a Saturday at 11am! About 8 cars in this 200 acre parking lot! WOW!

Almost no cars on the road, except for big trucks! I guess the silver lining is that the stores will be able to get restocked now… 

Almost NO traffic! There are a few out on bikes or walking. Social Distancing is being taken seriously…

Please pray for the country! For all the folks that can’t work! And especially for all the people who have fallen ill to this terrible virus! 

We will get through this! Lets stay vigilant through this fight for our families and for each other! 

God Bless America!  

Mark C.



Adventures in Cooking 🍳

Most people are at home right now. Some by choice, but many more by order or strong suggestion… So, there’s a LOT of really clean houses 🙂 and LOTS of shrubs have been trimmed and lawns raked and made ready for the season. And everyone has started fixing their own meals… Cooking is back in style!
I LOVE to cook! I do most of the cooking for our family, so its nothing new to me… Whats new is the availability of things to cook… Have you been to the grocery store lately?! It’s an adventure! People bundled up, gloves and masks, not making eye contact… And almost nothing you wanted! Forget the list! Its get what you can when you find it. 

What can I whip up for dinner with this? Hmmm!

OR maybe…

Tarantula Pâté anyone?

But seriously, you have to pretty much eat what’s in your fridge or cabinet. Being inventive can help put a meal together!

I came up with maybe my favorite omelet combo ever this morning! I used what I had in the fridge and it was honestly good!

I took pictures, like I do often 😊 Turns out this combo is AWESOME! Nashville Hot Chicken and Jalapeno Pimento Cheese! Boom 💥

The next week or two will give us all some time to have some “Adventures In Cooking”!

Check out some of my dishes on my Pinterest page –

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I Love to cook!!!

 

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…

Beautiful morning! 🌞 We all got up together this morning and watched Sunday Morning together & I fixed breakfast. Nothing new, I always fix breakfast on Sunday Morning 😊 But this morning I took separate orders… Be careful what you ask for 😂

Homemade blueberry syrup and whipped cream for one (who couldn’t wait for the picture😃). #2 Eggs over easy on the side with a short stack – butter and real maple syrup. And finally, cheese grits with 2 egss over medium… That was me 😎

As you see, everyone ordered something different… No problem! It’s just nice to be able to fix what the ones you love really want! 

”Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

   ~ Marcel Proust

Have a great Sunday Morning! 

Peace 🌱 


Mark C. 



Things Happen For A Reason | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I would normally be starting fires 🔥 about now. 1st a bonfire in the fire pit, then a load of lump charcoal for the egg… All the guys would be prepping & getting ready for the crowds to come (Hundreds of people)… The petting zoo would be setting up soon for all the kids & my wife would be hanging a big custom Piñata. 
Then, I move to the kitchen and start chopping onions 🧅 & Peppers 🌶- A LOT of both! Then prepping/cutting up sausages and chicken. If this sounds like a party, you would be correct! This was to be the day of our Annual Spring Fest…  

I’m missing the family’s that come for the Spring Fest today… All the kids playing and petting the animals…

Instead of hosting a party, the whole country is shut down. My mom told me earlier, “things happen for a reason”…. And I know she’s right! Instead of focusing on what we don’t get, or have, We ALL must count our BLESSINGS! 🙏🏻 And they are many! 🙏🏻

“You get what you focus on”… Old saying for a reason! Right now is a time to be with family and to count your blessings!
Gods Blessings to YOU 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

I’m going to spend time with my family! I’m still gonna fire up the grill 🔥 I’m still going to get outside on this beautiful day! And believe me, when this virus quarantine is over -We will ALL get together for a BIG celebration 🎉 💥

In the meantime, enjoy this time off. And tell the ones in your life that you love ❤️ them! At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about anyway 😊

Stay safe! 

Love ❤️ & Peace ✌🏻 to ALL! 

 

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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The Art Of “Happy Little Waterfalls” | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

This is our 31st year of doing business! As you know we design and build Custom Water Features. I tell people all the time that  “Waterfalls are my business, and business is good”! So true 😊 Waterfalls are also my Art. Building waterfalls is so much more than just arranging stones and boulders… You have to have an Artists eye 👁 to build something that resonates. A feature that makes you stop and just, absorb all the elements. When you pull that off, in my opinion, you have become an artist… 

People tell me I’m an artist all the time. So I’m embracing it! Bob Ross hair and all! I ❤️ My Art! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

The old saying goes, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”…  My new saying is going to be, 

“I don’t work, I create Happy Little Waterfalls” 😊 Boom 💥 

I ❤️ My Job! I ❤️ My Crew! And – I ❤️ My Art! 

Thanks for all your support the last 31 years! ❤️

Have a Great Day! 

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
 
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My Blog, My Public Journal…

Good morning! Well, it’s official… I’m a Blogger geek! At least that’s what my wife and son say 😊 This is my 3rd year doing a daily Blog & I don’t really see an end in sight.

Most Journals are private, this one is public. Published daily…

Many people write a daily journal or diary to get their thoughts recorded. I guess that’s what my Blog is in a way. It’s part life experience, part education & hopefully partly entertainment for others… In any case, it has become a passion & a daily activity that drives me to type & photograph & record things in my daily life. I’m not in any way comparing myself to one of my favorite writers, Thoreau, but I love and identify with this quote of his 👇🏻

“My Journal is that of me which else would spill over and run to waste, gleanings from the field which in action I reap. I must not live for it, but in it for the gods. They are my correspondent, to whom daily I send off this sheet postpaid. I am clerk in their counting-room, and at evening transfer the account from my day-book to ledger. It is as a leaf which hangs over my head in the path. I bend the twig and write my prayers on it; then letting it go, the bough springs up and shows the scrawl to heaven. As if it were not kept shut in my desk, but were as public a leaf as any in nature. It is papyrus by the riverside; it is vellum in the pastures; it is parchment on the hills. I find it everywhere as free as the leaves which troop along the lanes in autumn. The crow, the goose, the eagle carry my quill, and the wind blows the leaves as far as I go. Or, if my imagination does not soar, but gropes in slime and mud, then I write with a reed. “
~ Henry David Thoreau

Have a great Tuesday!

 

PS: I’m off to speak for a Garden Club ❤️ Wish me luck!
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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Throwback Thursday

#Throwbackthursday is always a cool day! Focusing on something or someone from the past. I have been in my boxes of old photos yet again 😊 And found a few more pics of my Papaw. He was a really cool guy! He loved and excelled at hunting and fishing. He loved treasure hunting with his old metal detector! And he Loved his dog – Bandit!

Bandit was my Papaws favorite English Bulldog! He was from a pedigreed line of Champions & took Best of Show every time!

My aunt Mickie was from Orange County California. She brought a champion female from Cali home to my Papaw & Mimi to breed. Bandit was from one of those litters of pups. In fact, he was the runt of a litter & Papaw just fell in love with him. Most of Bandits brothers and sisters were purchased by Marine Corp officers and the like and moved far away… One of Bandits brothers went to my other Grandfather, his name was John Boy (a story for another day😊).

Heres to great memories! And great Papaws & Great Dogs! #Throwbackthursdsy

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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