Carter’s Garden Blog


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 came 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

 

 



Sunday Reflections…

We the spent the evening and part of last night decorating the Christmas tree & putting up all our indoor decorations. Lots of great memories and stories always come out during these yearly traditions 🎅🏻 We listened to Christmas tunes new and old… BOOM! – I’m officially in the “Christmas spirit”!

I think the tree turned out great! All the thanks goes to Jo & Jacob.

It was a group effort and I’m proud of how the tree looks this year. Jacob is 16 now and still LOVES the Christmas 🎄 & spending time with his Mom & Dad. That’s the best present I could ask for 😍

And for another tradition we started many years ago now, I broke out my holiday hat…

December 1st. I break out my “Redneck Santa” hat! 🎅🏻 I like to have a little fun in the spirit of the season & since I’ve let my beard grow out, they tell me I even look like St. Nick 😊 Ho Ho Ho!

 

“May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;                                                  The spirit of Christmas which is Peace;        The heart of Christmas which is love.”

~ Ada V. Hendricks

 

Heres to a great Christmas Season! 🙏🏻❤️🎄

Peace ✌️ Love ❤️ & Hope!

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

Here we are, past Thanksgiving & “Black Friday” and Christmas is coming fast. BUT, Sometimes life steps in and slows things down for you & gives you something to truly reflect upon…

Last night I found out a great friend has been diagnosed with terminal cancer… This was completely out of the blue & a shock to all that know him. I am talking about local radio & TV man Bill Way.

Bills newest show is called ‘Medium Cool’, but we all know that Bill is the Coolest! I have spent every Friday with him the last 12+ years talking about Outdoor Living, Koi Ponds, Plants, Animals and so much more. He is a special person! Please say a prayer for Bill Way and his family.

Here’s an excerpt about Bill from the paper –

“We are sad to inform talk radio legend Bill Way has broadcast his final show, according to a Facebook post by his daughter Kristen.

She cited Nov. 16 as the day of his final show. Since then, he’s been diagnosed with a mass on his pancreas and spots on his liver.

Way has been released into hospice care after spending the past week at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

“While he isn’t in any pain, please pray for peace and comfort in the days ahead,” Mason said in her post.

Way had just returned to local radio waves with his new Bill Way Show “Medium Cool” on 93.1 WTJS-FM.

Bill Way is 74 years old.”
– Information provided by Brandon Shields of the Jackson Sun. Please keep Bill and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

I hugged my family a little longer last night… Life is so fragile and can change on a dime.  I definitely have a Lot to be Thankful for! And I have a Lot to reflect on too. Go hug the ones you love and spend time with them today. Time is all we have to share.

– A Poem About Time

Time is slow, time is fast.
It never stops, but it always lasts.
It’s time for bed, it’s time for school.
To waste your time is to be a fool.

If the time is right, the timing will be perfect.
Having the time of your life will always be worth it.
Some spend their time mad,
Some spend their time sad.
For some people time is all they ever had.

Some spend their time and some people save it.
Some love wasting time and some people hate it.
People waste time being in jail
People waste time being mad when they fail.

Some people have lots of time to spare.
Others spend their time not having a care.
It’s time to stop, it’s time to go.
Time can move fast or it can move slow.

You can lose yourself or lose your mind,
But as life goes on you will never lose time.

~ Anxhelo Llangozi

 

Peace, ❤️ & Prayers for Bill Way & his family.

I love you Bill!

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

Yesterday was a beautiful day! The temps hit 70 degrees and I was just waiting to see a mosquito 😊 Such a contrast to just a few days ago with that early snow ❄️ covering the ground!

Pre-Thanksgiving snow is a rare thing around here. But a few days later here it is sunny ☀️ & 70 deg!

Maybe we are having our “Indian Summer”… That warming in Fall after frost and freeze have already occurred… In any case, I’ll take it!

Thanksgiving is in a few days and it feels like shorts & sandles outside! 70 deg. = Indian Summer 🍁

Now, it’s on to Thanksgiving & the holiday season… Ready or not, it’s that time 😊 Time to count our blessings!

 

“Give me the end of the year an’ it’s fun,          When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ Is done; Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,    Let me sit down with the ones I love best, Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,   See the old faces unblemished by wrong,   See the old table with all of its chairs           An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ Prayers.”

   ~ Edgar A. Guest – Thanksgiving

 

Have a GREAT Sunday!

And a Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍁🍽

~ Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

We spent the entire day outside yesterday! The day started with a heavy fog, but the sun burned it off soon enough & we went riding in the country to enjoy the seasonal color. This is one of the most beautiful color shows I can remember. Maybe it was the late, warm weather this year, coupled with the plentiful rainfall that brought out the vivid colors? I’m not sure – But, in any case, the Fall Color this year is so beautiful! I hate to see it go… But, the seasons change & so must we. I’m going to enjoy the fall while it’s here & then I’ll set my mind to Winter & the Spring that follows won’t be far behind 😊

Fall color is here today, but gone tomorrow…

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

~ Robert Frost

 

Have a great Sunday.

Mark C.

 



Sunday Reflections…

The leaves are really starting to show now. We rode all over yesterday looking at the trees and enjoying the cool weather.

The Fall Color is looking gorgeous, get out and enjoy the beauty today.

Yesterday was the 300th. day of 2018… Not a huge milestone, but worthy of note. Time flies … Now Fall is in full swing & the color is right at peak – get out and enjoy the day with friends or family 😊

 

“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.”
~  Nathaniel Hawthorne

Peace,

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Jo & I were sitting on the swing this morning talking about this past week & all the effort that culminated last night at our Fall Pond Tour… All I can really say is we’re blessed!

Last night was our Moonlight Pond Tour, the rain held off and it was a Beautiful Night!

Today is the first full day of the Fall season. I’m excited & sad at the same time… excited for a new season of gardening & activities, fire pits & football, but sad having to say goodbye to Summer and all its glory. But, Thankful for all these blessings!

I hope you have a Great Sunday with the ones you love!

“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week”.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, TN 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com