Carter's Water Garden


Sunday Reflection’s…

Aren’t internal clocks great 😊 I was up very late last night/this morning (1:30am), visiting, talking and picking up from our annual Moonlight Pond Tour. And even though I had planned to ‘sleep in’ my eyes 👀 popped open like clockwork at 5am and I was wide awake… My internal clock must be a Timex 😊

It was a perfect night for a Garden Tour! Thanks 🙏🏻 to everyone that came out and made this a success! ❤️

And by all other accounts, it was a great week!

  • I got to catch up with friends on the river
  • Successful Pond Tour fundraiser
  • The weather was great!
  • A great friend turned 50!

But the 1st thing I thought about when my eyes opened this morning was what happened on this day in 2001… 9/11

A Heavy blow was struck against all Americans that day.

• 2,977 Americans were Murdered!

• 343 Firefighters died saving others! Many that survived are dying from cancer now at an alarming rate! Thank a Firefighter today…

But – We survived! We united! We rebuilt! 🇺🇸

All these other good things that happened for me this week, and every week before, and every day after today has been possible because of the sacrifices of past generations of Americans! We stand up! We fight for the freedom of others! We rebuild when things get torn down! God Bless America 🇺🇸

“Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul …”

~ William Earnest Henley

PS: Happy Birthday Sea Bass!

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

No sunrise to view this morning… A grey sky just became slightly brighter over time. But the birds woke up in turn, and the bees 🐝 came out and went to work as usual. This is my favorite part of the day! When I have the whole world to myself it seems… No phones, no demands, just the birds and the bees and some plants to attend too. Sunday morning and I’m in the right place…

Quietly taking care of business 🐝


Outside, there was that predawn kind of clarity, where the momentum of living has not quite captured the day. The air was not filled with conversation or thought bubbles or laughter or sidelong glances. Everyone was sleeping, all of their ideas and hopes and hidden agendas entangled in the dream world, leaving this world clear and crisp and cold as a bottle of milk in the fridge.

~ Reif Larsen

More coffee ☕️

Have a blessed day 🙏🏻

Mark C.



A Beautiful, Silent Night 🙏🏻

Did you go outside last night to see the Star ⭐️ They say the alignment of these two heavenly bodies this closely hasn’t happened like last nights occurrence in around 800 years! WOW! Jo, Jacob and I all jumped in the truck right before sunset and drove down the road a ways to a clearing to get a good look 👀

This was an early view before the sky started to darken. That’s Jupiter and Saturn 🪐 up there, so close together that they form an even brighter, magnified ‘star’ ⭐️.

I didn’t get great pictures, mainly because of the camera I was using (iPhone) But it was pretty neat seeing what many think happened on the night of Christ’s birth so long ago.

This is the best closeup I got of the event. I told my son that it won’t happen again until 2080! I won’t be around to see it then for sure, but I sure hope he will. He can think back to when we saw it together in 2020 on the Winter Solstice ⭐️

Peace 🙏🏻 And Merry Christmas 🎄

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

This morning I woke up to Christmas music 🎄 The Spirit is in the air! We are taking the whole weekend for Christmas activities… Looking at lights, fixing treats like Chex mix & Rum Cake 🍰 and Cookies 🍪. Don’t forget Family Breakfast 🍳 … or Brunch 😊

Omelettes and French Toast 😊

The lights last night were Amazing!

These were all takin at 1 Home! Check out “Hefner Hill” out on Fry Road if you want to see one heck of a display! Merry Christmas 🎄

Christmas is only 5 days away! Have you caught the Christmas Spirit? 🎅🏻🎄🤩

Remember
This December,
That love weighs more than gold!…
~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon (1876–1961), “The Right Gift,” 1912

Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅🏻

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

And just like that, it was Christmas 🎄

We spent the evening setting up the tree and decorating for Christmas. We went with a very simple design. White lights, pines cones and Red Cardinals.

There’s an old legend about seeing Red Cardinals in your landscape… “When a cardinal appears in your yard, it’s a visitor from heaven.” So we brought a few old friends in for the holidays 😊

“When autumn woods are bare and dead,
A crested bird, of cardinal red,
Sways like an oak-leaf overhead;
And sighs, “Drear! drear! drear!”

When winter woods are white with snow,
And drifts pile high as wild winds blow,
Like flame this torchlike bird doth glow;
And cries, “Whew! whew! whew!”

When springtime’s crimson buds appear,
And red-gold columbines are here,
This songster welcomes the new year;
And sings, “Cheer! cheer! cheer!”

When summer’s sun sheds scorching beams,
And cardinal flowers beside the streams
Grow wild, this brilliant bird still gleams;
And whistles, “Hue! hue! hue!”

~ Alice E. Ball

Have a great Sunday!

Christmas is coming!

~ Mark Carter