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

Throwback Thursday can be a wide ranging subject. It can be something specific to you or your family, or something from old time lore. This morning I was talking with Shane about Persimmon seeds and how old folks use to predict the weather by their seed signs. My Great Grandma did this every year… maybe yours did too?

Inside the persimmon seed you will find a hint of what the weather will be like by the sign it has. This year it seems all the seeds have a spoon 🥄Which means snow ❄️ Lookout!

Sometimes you get a fork or a knife in the seed, which also tells the story of what’s to come…

Seed prognosticators go way back…

Of course there are lots of other ways to read the future of our weather… Like the severity and Length of the Summer. August plays a big role too. If you count the # of fogs in August that’s how many snows you will have in winter 🥶 PS: We had a few fogs… Hornets building low nests. And, of course, the Woolly Bear Caterpillar!

Everyone talks about the color on the Woolly Bears. The more light color bands, the milder the winter. The darker means colder… This year, most I have seen have been solid black = ❄️

So all signs are pointing to a cold winter with some snow ⛄️ We shall see, but just thinking about all the old ways and how I remember my Grandma talking about it with me, passing down the knowledge, brings a good feeling😊

This is my offering for #Throwbackthursday!


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

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Sunday Reflections…

I spent the evening rigging this little wall hanging display of history in my living room. My fathers side of the family goes back to the beginning with the old company town of Bemis. LOTS of history here. My dads side of the family processed and spun the cotton into thread. My mother’s side grew, chopped and picked the cotton.

This is an old Bemis cotton sack and an old scale. My grandma & great grandma we’re both original Bemis Cotton Mill families. Something about seeing the name gives me a feeling of history.

Now machines do everything that was once done by hand… Prep, plant, spray, pick, gin, spin, sew & go – All by machine now. We have come a long way in a short time! 🙏🏻

“When I was a little bitty baby
My mama would rock me in the cradle,
In them old cotton fields back home;

It was down in Louisiana,
Just about a mile from Texarkana,
In them old cotton fields back home.

Oh, when them cotton bolls get rotten
You can’t pick very much cotton,
In them old cotton fields back home.”

~ Credence Clearwater Revival


Have a Great Sunday!


~ Mark Carter