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Throwback Thursday | Hey, I Remember You | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Yesterday I blogged about Waterfall Wednesday. I showcased a Water Garden we built over 25 years ago. Well, that Segway’s me into today’s Throwback memory. Water Gardens are pretty special! They touch all your senses at once… They also touch your heart ❤️ You literally fall in love with your Pond Fish! Especially the Koi.

I literally hand delivered these fish to this new Pond around 27 years ago 😳 They have grown and matured and literally become beloved, named pets!

I don’t know if it’s nostalgia or just an impeccable memory, but I literally remember these fish! It’s funny how you remember things sometimes… But this one makes me smile 😊

Have a great #throwbackthursday 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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Throwback Thursday | #throwbackthursday | Watch That 1st. Step! | Jackson, TN

I was going through some stuff and came across this old matchbook and Boom 💥 Flashback 💥 I swear I could hear the crack of the break and the smell of draft beer 🍺 I was taken back to Buddies Place on Liberty street… Talk about a Throwback Memory 🤩

I spent much of my young life at Buddies. My Dad and my Uncle Carlis were up there constantly. Shooting pool and visiting with friends. Cecil was someone I always looked up too from the time I was a little boy. Mrs. Mary that ran the bar during the day was a close family friend and I grew up with her grandsons. Ricky and Professor were also like family.

Cecil always used matchbooks as his business cards. I found this one today and it really took me back. How many of you also called Buddies a second home? Literally a place where everyone knew your name and you felt good about being there 😊

Most of the old Southern Pool Rooms are gone now… There will never be another Buddies!
If you ever went up those stairs, you know what this means! Great #throwbackthursday !

Buddies was even memorialized in a George Dickel Whiskey ad… I wasn’t working there anymore when they shot this ad, but I was there that day and watched them do it. It was pretty cool 😎 They brought in a few props and things for the shoot, and it really captured the feel of the old place.

It’s always nice to look back on good memories. Throwback Thursday is one of my favorite days!

Have a great evening!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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http://www.cartercountry.com

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Old Friends Remembered

This day, 22 years ago Andy Johns was killed in a head on collision. I guess I will always remember that day… We had lunch that afternoon then rode around & caught up a bit. After he left my house he was going by to see his daughter before heading back home. He never made it, he was killed on the way back to Parsons down in Chesterfield bottom.

Friends to the end. Rest In Peace Andy 🙏🏻

I can’t count how many days we worked together, or how many games of pool we played. Andy was one of a kind and a true friend! I served as a Pallbearer along side his brother Shane and several other members of his family. I’ll never forget that day either…

Old friends never really die, they live on in our memories ❤️

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die”

~ Thomas Campbell

Mark Carter



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!
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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Remembering What Once Was…

On a recent trip to the ‘Chicago Land’ area I went by one of our favorite old places with my son. We have been going up there for 20+ years for training events and for many years the dates fell on our wedding anniversary. So by accident we found this old joint and just fell in Love with it!

Capone’s Hideaway

This is the way it was at Capone’s Hideaway & Steakhouse. It goes way way back to old AL’s time in the roaring 20’s & 30’s. He literally used this as a Hideout from the law back in the day…

Jo & I looked forward to having dinner here for many years. We loved the atmosphere & the stories of its heyday when it was a ‘speakeasy’ during prohibition times. They used to make beer and liquor in a chicken coop behind the place and pipe it in through copper pipes underground… The pipes are still buried there by the way 😎

This is what the place looks like today… The building has been condemned and at this point, is just a memory.

It was very disappointing to see what has happened to this place… For several years now there have been rumors that it was being remodeled and would be open again. But, the city condemned the structure & apparently it will soon be a thing of the past. I took my son by to see what was happening to the place and as you see, nothing good😞 The only nice thing left is the view of the beautiful Fox River…

Capone’s is right on the Fox River. It’s about 40 miles outside Chicago. Imagine how far out in the country this place would have been back in the 20’s… No wonder he hid out here. It would have been impossible to find this joint.

This is just a rambling memory of a place and time that’s long gone… But still fresh in my memory 😊

 

Have a GREAT Tuesday!

 

Mark Carter
Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, TN 38305
731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com



Horrible, But Nostalgic Memories…What? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Is there something that you can think of that the smell or taste of it would make you sick? I have to confess, I do! When I was a kid, health was a big deal in my family! Eating right, wearing comfortable shoes, getting the proper sleep, brushing your teeth & being “regular” in the bathroom were all stressed! If you weren’t up to snuff on any of these daily rituals, there was a cure waiting for ya’ with my Grandad! He would say, “I got just the thang to sweeten you up and make you feel good”! His remedy – Sal Hepatica!

In a way I guess this stuff made me stronger? At least it made me act stronger 😂 If you said you felt bad in front of my Grandad, he would make you take a dose of this stuff 🤢 So if he ever asked, “How ya’ feeling boy?” My response was always – “I’m feeling great, Grandad!”

Now I don’t know if any of you remember this stuff, but if you do, you will remember it well! It’s a phizzy, bubbly, salty Laxative that you drink… #1 you gotta Choke it down! It tastes HORRIBLE! #2 you better be near a toilet! Cause as soon as you drink it, “This is Happening” takes on a whole new meaning!!! 😵

I hated this stuff so bad, I always faked incredible health around grandad even if I felt like crap 😂 💩 He would strait up make you drink some Sal Hepatica! They finally stopped making it, which was a Great day in our family!

Tomorrow is my  26th wedding anniversary! This bottle was one of my presents from my wife! My “Sal Hepatica Stories” inspired my wife to buy me this old bottle for my collection 😊 You don’t know how much that makes me smile! She’s too cool! 😎

IF, any of you have a Sal Hepatica story of your own, please share it here on my blog or on my Facebook page. I’d love to hear it!

Thanks for reading to the end of this random story… 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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