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Sunday Reflections…

Isn’t it nice to get up early & have some daylight! 😎 I LOVE it! It is a little tough to come in wore out from a long day, get a shower, eat and get ready for bed, but it’s too bright to sleep… Oh well, it’s pretty cool going down and getting up with the sun 🌞

A Sunday morning with my Dad, my Son & a Good Old  friend is a Sunday Morning to remember! Brothers in Arms! 

“In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people’s feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?”

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Have a Great One!

 

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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Come Join Us Tonight For An ‘Evening By The Pond’ | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Come join us for a ‘Evening by the Pond”

We have a FUN event this evening that I hope you can attend! We call these events – ‘Evenings By The Pond’ and they are a great venue for Garden lovers and Pond lovers to socialize together, talk and enjoy a bit of ‘Mother Nature’ in our little piece of PARADISE.

The Ponds & Gardens around the Nursery will be open for your private enjoyment & You are invited to come out & partake in some good food & fun.

Our ‘Evenings by the Pond’ are always great fun. The night lighting is FANTASTIK!

Shane & the guys will be there to enjoy the evening with us as well & to have an educational discussion on the lighter side about water features, so If you have a water feature and want to talk a little shop, or would like to see what one is all about, this is a great chance to find out. Bring a friend or two and come on out!

Give Jo or I a call at the Nursery at 1-731-424-2206 to let me know your coming (RSVP) and I will make sure there is plenty of food and refreshments for ALL! Come join us for a ‘Evening by the Pond” Thursday evening, May 16th. at 6:30pm. at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio – 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305.

I am looking forward to it 😊

 

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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20 Years Gone, But Not Forgotten!

20 years ago today was the last time I saw Andy Johns alive. He had stopped by my place to visit that day. We went to lunch, then we rode around & did a little catching up. We hadn’t seen each other for a while, but it was like no time had past. After a few hours he headed out to run a couple more errands before heading home to his wife and little girl.

Andy was a proud father.

On the road home another driver swerved into Andy’s lane and hit him head on, killing him instantly… My phone rang around 3am., I woke & sat straight up in the bed & I somehow knew what the call was about… it was Andy’s brother Shane and he told me the tragic news.

This is where we laid Andy to rest. Gone but not forgotten! Rest In Peace.

A few days later I was in Arkansas dressed in a suit, serving as a Pallbearer for Andy. It was a sad, surreal day.

20 years have past, but Andy lives on in the hearts and minds of his family and friends! Rest In Peace Andy! Your gone from this world, but not forgotten!

 

“True friends are the ones who never leave your heart, even if they leave your life for a while. Even after years apart, you pick up with them right where you left off, and even if they die they’re never dead in your heart.”

~ Author Unknown

 

Mark C.



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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Throwback Thursday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Nothing fancy today! Just a collage of photos from days gone by with family and friends. YES, I’ve been sappy about going into a New Year… Excited, reflective, full of memories & dreams of the future 😊

#throwbackthursday!

This started as a single “#throwbackthursday photo… It turned into a bit of fun, at least for me 😊

Happy New Year!

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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Old Friends and Christmas Songs –

Yesterday would have been my friend Bill Ways 75th. birthday. We were both Sagittarians (Birthdays between – Nov. 22nd – Dec. 21st.) and I learned over time that we had much in common – Love of animals, the TN. River, old cars, and music were just a few! Bill was a ‘Music Aficionado” & could blow your mind with his vast knowledge of the music world! He not only knew obscure songs and artists, he knew about the history of the song in question, even down to who played the instruments on the studio tracks! He WOWED many a listener, ME included! This time of year he was heavily into playing Christmas songs, many that you never heard of… So, I want to play a Christmas song in Bills memory. This was one of his favorites and is now one of mine.

PS: Grab a tissue first, you might need it!

 

Merry Christmas Y’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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Sunday Reflections…

What a perfect wintry morning! It’s freezing cold, sleet and freezing rain have been coming down, and I just turned 50 years old! 😳

Everyone has been asking me “How does it feel to turn 50”? So I’ve been reflecting & pondering on the question… 🤔

This has always been my philosophy. Growing older is a privilege & if your lucky, you’ll age gracefully … But you don’t have to fully “grow up”! 😊

50 feels pretty good really! I’ve been blessed with a great family & wonderful friends & I love ❤️ my Job! Plus, it’s almost Christmas 🎄

Christmas is coming fast this year!

Christmas is coming fast this year! But, we are all ready for a wonderful Christmas with family & friends 🎅🏻

Thank you All for the outpouring of love the last couple days! It made hitting the “Half Century Mark” a pleasure 😍

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

~ Sophia Loren.

Peace, Love & Merry Christmas!

Mark Carter