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Sunday Reflections…

I’ve been sitting here watching the morning sky waiting for the sunrise. Tomorrow is New Years Eve, It seems to have gone by so fast this year… I’m going to look back and think on the year that has been a bit today, but where I’m going is ahead & it’s foolish to look back to much…

Look- 2019 is right ahead. Are you ready 😊

So many blessings and so much to do & see ahead. Happy New Year!


“Every man should be born again on the first of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle, if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances;     But, on the first of January let every man gird  himself once more, with his face to the front, and take interest in the things that are and are to be, and not in the things that were and are past.”

~ Henry Ward Beecher


Mark Carter

New Years Traditions! | Question – What Do You Eat On New Years Day?

Lets see a show of hands from those that eat “New Years Dinner” as a tradition… My family does and it is something that I look forward to every year!

I LOVE our New Years tradition of eating dinner with the family. We always have fried Hog Jowl, Black Eyed Peas, Turnip Greens & Cornbread! Plus much more …

We talked about the tradition on the radio yesterday and it made for quite the topic! So many people do this! But, the foods vary depending on where your from. Down South, our family meal is fairly standard – (pork, black eyed peas, greens & cornbread), but in other parts of the country different foods are enjoyed – Fish, lentils, soba noodles, soup and cake are just a few things that I heard about that surprised me. COOL!

In our tradition each food also has a symbolic meaning.

Greens represent… Yes! MONEY! Makes sense to me.

Cornbread represents… GOLD! ie: More $$$! BAM!

The Hog Jowl, or Pork represents health and affluence.

And finally Black Eyed Peas = LUCK! Pass The Peas Please!!! The peas confused a few people. WHY do they give you luck I was asked. Great question I said!

I was always told from childhood to eat my peas for good luck! I read a story that goes way back to the civil war. Black eyed peas were called field peas back in the day and were mainly used to feed livestock. But, during the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi during the Civil War the town and all the people were completely cut off from getting supply’s for months! They got so hungry that they resorted to eating the livestock feed, (ie: black eyed peas) to keep from starving! In fact, they realized that they were ‘Lucky’ to have them! Thus was born the legend of the ‘Black Eyed Peas”!

I hope you ALL have a VERY Happy New Years celebration with friends and family and enjoy those traditions that are most important to you and yours!


Mark Carter

Friday Radio Report | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Great show today! Also the last show for me for 2018! WOW! Another year in the history books 😱

2019 is coming fast! Will YOU be making “New Years Resolutions”?

LOTS of FUN in the studio today! Sea Bass is on vacation, but Lori Nunnery was in the house & filled everyone in on things to do in and around Jackson, TN! Check it out –

Michael King was in tha house! Holding down Sea Basses seat 😊 and talking about music 🎼 🎶🎵

– LOTS of calls!

  •  What do I need to do in the garden now? LOTS of things! Trimming, clean up, mulching leaves, composting, and planning are all top of the list! Remember, Spring is Coming!
  • Sonic trivia question “Sonic Blast of the Past” – What is the most popular Sonic Drink??? Jeopardy music…. Answer- Cherry 🍒 Lime-Aid! Boom!!!
  • LOTS of talk about CWD – Cronic Wasting Disease in deer. For more info check the website at
  • What are YOU having for New Years Dinner? For me this is a HUGE deal! Hog Jowl, Black Eyed Peas, Turnip Greens, Corn Bread & more! This has been our New Years meal my entire life and way before!

    I can’t wait till Tuesday! We eat our traditional New Years meal of hog jowl. Greens & Black eyed peas.

The Lawyer for the McGee family called in to discuss the settlement of the 2014 shooting case of their 18 year old son, Dillon McGee. For more info follow this link to the story –

Happy New Year!

I’m on with the 180 Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass- every Friday from 9-11am Call in with ALL your gardening and Outdoor Lifestyle questions at 731-423-8101.
OR you can TEXT us at 731-277-5155. Listen LIVE at 101.5 WNWS – FM Talk Radio – on your smart phone using your TuneIn app.!


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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