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Monday’s and Waterfalls…

I’ve been up since early, but never found time for my BLOG today… I normally try to share a Waterfall on Mondays, so instead, how about one of my favorite poems about a special waterfall 😊

“Whenever I plunge my arm, like this,
In a basin of water, I never miss
The sweet sharp sense of a fugitive day
Fetched back from the thickening shroud of grey.
    Hence the only prime
    And real love-rhyme
    That I know by heart
    And that leaves no smart,
Is the purl of a little valley fall
About three spans wide and two spans tall
Over a table of solid rock
And into a scoop of the self-same block;
The purl of a runlet that never ceases
In stir of kingdoms, in wars, in peaces;
With a hollow, boiling voice it speaks
And has spoken since hills were turfless peaks.”

“And why gives this the only prime
Idea to you of a real love-rhyme?
And why does plunging your arm in a bowl
Full of spring water, bring throbs to your soul?”
“Well, under the fall, in a crease of the stone,
Though where precisely none ever has known,
Jammed darkly, nothing to show how prized,
And by now with its smoothness opalised,
    Is a drinking-glass:
    For, down that pass,
    My love and I
    Walked under a sky
Of blue with a leaf-wove awning of green,
In the burn of August, to paint the scene,
And we placed our basket of fruit and wine
By the runlet’s rim, where we sat to dine;
And when we had drunk from the glass together,
Arched by the oak-copse from the weather,
I held the vessel to rinse in the fall,
Where it slipped, and sank, and was past recall,
Though we stooped and plumbed the little abyss
With long bared arms. There the glass still is.
And, as said, if I thrust my arm below
Cold water in basin or bowl, a throe
From the past awakens a sense of that time,
And the glass we used, and the cascade’s rhyme.
The basin seems the pool, and its edge
The hard smooth face of the brook-side ledge,
And the leafy pattern of china-ware
The hanging plants that were bathing there.

“By night, by day, when it shines or lours,
There lies intact that chalice of ours,
And its presence adds to the rhyme of love
Persistently sung by the fall above.
No lip has touched it since his and mine
In turn therefrom sipped lovers’ wine.”

~ Thomas Hardy

See y’all tomorrow 😊

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.



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



Sunday Reflections…

It’s that time again. Time to make the annual menu for Thanksgiving dinner with family. It’s really simple to communicate with everyone nowadays via text and email to figure out the big questions – What, When & Where… But this year, for many of us, there’s another big question… How?! Some are distancing because of health reasons, some to keep the crowd size down as a preventative, and some are just staying out and requested a plate of food be dropped off for them… A very different Thanksgiving indeed… But still, I’m Thankful!

Now all that is done… Dinner at my house! I got ham again 😊 and sweet potatoes 🍠… and pecan pie 🥧… And, the responsibility of giving the Thanksgiving prayer 🙏🏻 How to put into words how I feel about all that I have to be Thankful for… PS; it’s a LOT! And yes, I’m Thankful for the opportunity!

Would you like Thanksgiving Ham? Mark I am. I love fixing Thanksgiving Ham! I love to fix it here or there, I love to fix it anywhere. I love to fix it with homemade jelly. Then I put it in my belly 😂


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

~ John F. Kennedy

Here’s to the upcoming Holidaze…

Mark C.



Pond TALE Tuesday… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I LOVE designing and building Custom Water Features! Many of my designs start with a story… Or a ‘Tale’ if you will. Like this one Today for instance… 

The Tale is, on my beautiful brides and my Honeymoon, we drove to the Mountains of East Tennessee. We had a big old time too! ❤️ One day in particular, we decided to get out and ride around and see where the road would lead us. Long story short, we took a picnic 🧺 lunch and headed down a trail into the woods … We ended up stopping by a beautiful stone creek with Several little Waterfalls and a perfect spot to sit down and eat. My wife Jo Was so struck by the spot that I sketched the little stream and waterfalls out on a napkin and promised to build her a spot “just like it” at home when we got back 😊

This is what I came up with based on my sketch and memory from that little spot in the woods outside Gatlinburg. Complete with Natural Tennessee Stone, driftwood and washed out stumps.

I have added a stone patio, a fire 🔥 pit, a grilling area and more, but the original Tale lives on 😊 We just celebrated our 27th Anniversary. This little Waterfall and Pond has brought us much joy ❤️ Heck, I’m still writing stories about it all these years later. 

Here’s a picture of the Waterfalls and Pond from opposing angles.



So there’s a sappy Tuesday Tale about Peace ✌🏻 Love ❤️ & Waterfalls 😊 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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Beautiful Hummingbird, No, Wait… It’s a Moth?!

I love watering my plants and flowers 🌺 As I water each one carefully, I pinch off bad leaves and dead flowers & really just enjoy the beauty. I also get buzzed by all the hummingbirds going back and forth between feeders and flowers, which is Awesome! And now that we’re into mid/late Summer the little tiny Hummingbirds are back in big #’s… Yep, I’m talking about the Hummingbird Moth! aka: Sphinx Moth, aka: Clearwing Moth, aka: Hawk Moth. 

I just LOVE when these little guys start buzzing around the garden. So hypnotizing to watch. So Beautiful ❤️

These little guys hover in and out of my flowers and literally put on a show. They LOVE all the same flowers as the Hummingbirds too – Lantana, Salvia, Million Bells, Pentas, Trumpet Vine, Honeysuckle, Mandavilla, etc etc… 

Here’s an excerpt from a good article –

“The Clearwing Hummingbird Moths are classified in the Sphinx Moth family. The female moths lays her eggs on larval host plants such as Honeysuckle (Lonicera), Snowberry (Symphoricarpos), Hawthorns (Crataegus), Cherries and Plums (Prunus).“

If you look at some of these mentioned host plants now, you can find clusters of their eggs 🥚 The are little bitty round, green balls on the bottom of the leaves. Then in short time, you will see the small caterpillars 🐛 Green in color with a distinctive horn at the back (kinda like a tomato hornworm). 

Here is a link to an info page on them that will give you lots of good specific information 👇🏻
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphingidae

Have a great day and get out there and enjoy your gardens in this marvelous weather we’ve been having. Don’t ever waste a Saturday in the Summer 😊

 

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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27 Years In The Blink Of An Eye…

Happy Anniversary! ❤️🍾💥 I am a blessed man! I’m fortunate enough to have a job that I love, a great family & Im married to a virtuous woman 👩🏻  Again – blessed! 27 years of marriage today… In the blink of an eye! It doesn’t seem possible that this much time has passed… It literally seems like yesterday that we walked up that isle… 

We had a great group of groomsmen and bridesmaids to help us that day!

We have taken a few days off to celebrate and wind down. Nothing fancy, just some time together. 

Jo’s grandfather walked her down the isle that day. I found this picture of him and it did my heart good. He was a very special person in Jo’s life. And our life together. ❤️

Thanks for all the calls and texts wishing us a happy day! And here’s to another 27 years together! 

Cheers 🥂 


Mark C. 



Callin’ It in …

I just had to amend my Blog today… it was on deck to publish… and I forgot to pull the trigger 😳 

This was last years Anniversary photo… a 26 year comparison shot. Not to shabby 😊

I, WE are taking a few day’s off to celebrate and to try and slow it down a little… Jo and I always try to plan some time around our Anniversary & we both look forward to time together. The years are literally flying by… But, I’ve apparently been having fun, because I haven’t really noticed 😊 

So, we are gonna take a break for a few days and try to relax. I will share some pics from the road over the next few days. 

Thanks 🙏🏻 Have a great weekend! 


Mark C. 



Are You An ‘Opacarophile’?

Hello everyone, my name is Mark Carter and I am an ‘Opacarophile’… Good news, it hasn’t become a problem, yet! 😊 Your probably thinking, what the H@#!! Is a Opacarophile?! 
Simply put – An Opacarophile, is a lover of sunsets 🌅 

An Opacarophile’ is one who LOVES watching the sunset. The feeling you get watching the sunset over the water is a Zen feeling. There is a bit of magic in it…

“A lover of sunsets is called an ‘opacarophile’. To understand its roots, the word opacarophile can be broken down into two parts: ‘opacare’ which is Latin for dusk or sunset, and ‘phile’ which is Greek for love.“

If you follow my blog you already knew that I post sunset pictures all the time. 😊
I think enjoying a beautiful sunset enriches your spirit! Those few minutes before and after the sunset are fleeting… You have to be completely present to enjoy and experience it fully. And when you do, you carry that feeling and beauty with you for quite a while. It can set the tone for a wonderful night almost every time. 😉

With that in mind I recently started a new Facebook page called Tennessee River Sunsets. Please feel free to like the page and share Tennessee River Sunsets of your own!👇🏻

https://www.facebook.com/Tennessee-River-Sunsets-111398900634105

I hope you will enjoy the sunset as well! And if you realize you are also a ‘Opacarophile’ – your welcome to come to the support group every Friday evening at Birdsong! 😊

Have a great evening! 🌅

 

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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Monday Morning Moment Of Zen

What exactly is Zen? A client that subscribed to my blog asked me this question the other day at my Garden Center. 
Well, I told him Zen can be described several ways… When it applies to the garden it simply means quiet, peaceful feelings.

From the dictionary it’s both a Noun & an Adjective: zen : a state of calm attentiveness in which one’s actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort Perhaps that is the zen of gardening—you become one with the plants, lost in the rhythm of the tasks at hand”.
I can say for a fact, that is the Zen I’m speaking of. It’s a feeling of peace and relaxation that I or you get from waterfalls, koi & gardening in general. Even a sunrise or sunset can give one this feeling 😊

The feeling you get watching the sunset over the water is a Zen feeling. There is something special about water… There is a bit of magic in it…

So many times it’s the setting or focus that helps you achieve this Zen… Another friend sent me a photo that his daughter took of their Waterfall. I think you will feel the Zen form this photo as I did 👇🏻

A friends daughter took this picture. I can tell that she knows the meaning of Zen already 😊

I hope you all have a wonderful morning and a great week ahead! 

 

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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