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Sunday Reflection’s…

What a week… Work, rain, storms, heat, shipping delays, out of stock, yada yada… The ‘New Normal’ they call it… But, all in all a good week! Lots to be Thankful for 🙏🏻
My reward was the weekend with my lovely wife on the river. Boat riding, swimming, photography, beautiful sunsets and then after dark… Bug Watching! (yes, we are both easily entertained 😊)

A prime spot to watch bugs… Look at that line buildup! You don’t get quality bug watching like this in town! Lights a bit harsh though…

There are so many opportunities to watch bugs at the river! I mean, it’s kinda the only show in town 😊 #bugwatchin

We rode around giggling like a couple of kids, eating ice cream, cracking jokes and yes, watching bugs… I got her laughing pretty good 😊

Then we found this one, and watched for quite some time. She is pretty cool 🕷

What can I say, I’m a cheap date 😊

“Stood on the ledge of my sleepy blue sorrow
back from the edge, guess I’ll see you tomorrow
can’t lie, not the first time I’m thinking of you
but the night bugs are out, life’s distractions will do

I looked to the west as the day slowly fadyded 
turned up the volume of cricket and katydid
rhythm rubs life in the darkness outside
steer clear of the blue light or get yourself fried

With the zapper you took out the skeeters and flies
while spiders and ants faced the raider’s demise
yellow jackets and wasps, you chased from their hives,
but these night bugs are here for the rest of our lives
bittersweet bugs for the rest of our lives

Back in the house now, I roll down the screen
protecting myself from the lurking unseen
from the critters, which drawn by the lure of the light
make feast in their famine on food, flesh and fright

we handle the things that intrude in our spaces
the bugs in the dark and the unwanted faces
we roll down the screens and we listen to voices
those sweet summer sounds, and this night bug rejoices

With the zapper you took out the skeeters and flies
while spiders and ants faced the raider’s demise
yellow jackets and wasps, you chased from their hives,
but these night bugs are here for the rest of our lives

too many months have passed without hearing
the music which blends with the night bugs I’m fearing
I nearly lost hope for those sounds in my life
but these night bugs revive good ol’ summertime strife
bittersweet bugs, for the rest of my life

Stood on the ledge of my sleepy blue sorrow
back from the edge, guess I’ll see you tomorrow”

~ G Clair

Have a great Sunday!

Mark C. ❤️



Sunday Reflections…

Well, I actually slept late this morning 😴 Late night movie marathon + Rain on a tin roof made it possible 😊 For the record, I actually woke up at my normal time! (with only a few hours of sleep…) But that rain coming down on the tin roof we were sleeping under, simply lulled me back to sleep 💤 Cut to brunch 🧇 🍳 Now we are going for an extended walk 🥾 So Im gonna post a few pics from the last couple days as my reflections…

The river/lake is dropping to winter pool and revealing things that are underwater during the season. Like this sunken houseboat. Makes a nice perch 🦅
Rainbows 🌈 are always welcome!
What a beautiful Sunset ⛅️

Theres more weekend to enjoy, so Im off!

“Waking up to the sound of rain on a tin roof, 
Music to my ears. 

Darkness still lurks as I open my ears and hear this sound. 

Music softly playing, 
Describes this day. 

The rain pours down softly, 
The sky is all grey”
   ~ Jeri Martindale 


Enjoy your Sunday!

Mark C.



A Lover of Sunsets…

“A lover of sunsets is called an ‘opacarophile’. To understand its roots, the word opacarophile can be broken down into two parts: ‘opacare’ which is Latin for dusk or sunset, and ‘phile’ which is Greek for love.“

An Opacarophile’ is one who LOVES watching the sunset. The feeling you get watching the sunset over the water is a Zen feeling. There is a bit of magic in it…

It stormed HARD this evening! We figured the day was over and forget about a sunset… BUT, all of a sudden, the rain stopped, the clouds parted and some of the last rays of sunshine for the day came bursting through the windows. So we grabbed our cameras and ran down to the boat before the light was gone. Needless to say,’the water was like glass and the sky was surreal. This was the last picture I took for the day.
Yes, I’m an Opacarophile! And I attend regular meetings 😊

Have a great night!!

Mark Carter



Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Shuck them sheets and hit the streets, it’s Monday morning! Why does the weekend go by so fast? Maybe because we look forward to it? What if we looked forward to Monday 😊

Here’s a quick video (literally)… A time lapse of yesterday’s sunset. I filmed it for several minutes, but it only takes seconds to watch the sun disappear… There’s a little bit of Zen in that setting sun ⛅️

Enjoy your 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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Throwback Thursday Love

Being in a seasonal business like I am, I have learned to take our time off during the slow season. In other words, Winter… January usually finds me on a beach somewhere down On the Gulf Coast. I was looking through some pictures of vacations past and came across this one of my son and I standing on a beach together. The funny thing to me was, I remember the exact time and day it was taken. I remember the conversation we were having. I remember where we went for dinner that evening. Many times putting a Picture with a memory brings it all together and Boom 💥 You actually remember that moment and get to almost relive it. Maybe that’s why I enjoy #throwbackthursdsy so much.

My son and me on the beach watching a sunset together. We have watched many a Sunrise 🌅 and Sunset 🌇 together. Always special #throwbackthursdsy

Enjoy your day! Throwback Thursday sometimes let’s you glance back for a moment, to gain clarity on what to look forward to again…

Mark Carter



Throwback Thursday Love

I found this one and it brought back some great memories! Jo, Jacob, me and scout when she was just a pup on a boat at the river enjoying a beautiful sunset… Don’t get much better 😊

I just love #throwbackthursday!

Have a great evening!

Mark C.



Are You An ‘Opacarophile’?

Hello everyone, my name is Mark Carter and I am an ‘Opacarophile’… Good news, it hasn’t become a problem, yet! 😊 Your probably thinking, what the H@#!! Is a Opacarophile?! 
Simply put – An Opacarophile, is a lover of sunsets 🌅 

An Opacarophile’ is one who LOVES watching the sunset. The feeling you get watching the sunset over the water is a Zen feeling. There is a bit of magic in it…

“A lover of sunsets is called an ‘opacarophile’. To understand its roots, the word opacarophile can be broken down into two parts: ‘opacare’ which is Latin for dusk or sunset, and ‘phile’ which is Greek for love.“

If you follow my blog you already knew that I post sunset pictures all the time. 😊
I think enjoying a beautiful sunset enriches your spirit! Those few minutes before and after the sunset are fleeting… You have to be completely present to enjoy and experience it fully. And when you do, you carry that feeling and beauty with you for quite a while. It can set the tone for a wonderful night almost every time. 😉

With that in mind I recently started a new Facebook page called Tennessee River Sunsets. Please feel free to like the page and share Tennessee River Sunsets of your own!👇🏻

https://www.facebook.com/Tennessee-River-Sunsets-111398900634105

I hope you will enjoy the sunset as well! And if you realize you are also a ‘Opacarophile’ – your welcome to come to the support group every Friday evening at Birdsong! 😊

Have a great 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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Monday Morning Moment Of Zen

There’s not much more relaxing than floating on the river. Add to it a nice breeze, the sun ☀️ starting to set & Old Glory blowing in the wind… Priceless Zen



Summertime in Tennessee is hard to beat 😊 

Enjoy your day! And don’t forget, this is a special week – This Saturday is the 4th of July! 💥🇺🇸

 

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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Beauty In The Rising & Setting Sun | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

If you follow my Blog or my Facebook page you know I LOVE Sunrises and Sunsets. I try to get good angles and take pretty pictures of them & then post em’ 😊 I thought about how many I have sat and waited for over the years last night while Jo & I sat on the bank of the river waiting on the perfect picture…

This was last nights sunset. There was a nice breeze blowing and the ‘Feeling’ was in the air 😊

Here’s a few Sunrises and Sunsets from my archives. Many of them hold special memories and significance for me.

 

Go out tonight & enjoy the Sunset 😊

 

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