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Tradition Lives On!* (see social distancing guidelines)…

As Per Tradition”, we, the “Distinguished Few” will meet at the “Big Pond”, at the Nursery & Take our Annual ‘Chilly Willy Plunge” exactly at sunrise, which is 6:41am. In the morning! Always a fun event! But, tomorrow mornings ‘CWP’ will be taken at a crisp, 37 degrees Fahrenhight! Can you say shrinkage 🥶 We are also enforcing “Social Distancing” practices on all attendees. Masks  🎭 & Rubber gloves 🧤 are required for all who attend. #BYORG&M… 

Get here early! Sunrise is 6:41am! You will need time to park and walk to the ponds edge. As you know, only about 15 people at a time have room to get in the pond comfortably. This year we will go in 3 at a time to allow the proper 6’ distancing for safety. Our 1st group in will be “first come, first served”! So I would get here early if you want to be in the official photo, that will be on the cover of Our annual book.

 

I will open the gates as early as possible so everyone can get a number and get in position. I recommend that you come dressed in your chosen ‘Plunge attire’, wearing a robe or heavy coat & water shoes or flip flops. Some have even worn Cover All’s that they unzip and step right out of. And don’t forget your mask 😷 & gloves 🧤! 

This year, because of health concerns we are requiring everyone to pre-register for the Chilly Willy Plunge. We have set up a Hot-Line for your convenience. Simply dial 1-800-chilly Willy, follow the prompts & get your plunge attire ready! 💥

 

REMEMBER – Bring your own towels! 2 or 3 of them! And, bring your own hand sanitizer & wipes as well as gloves, masks, & Lysol brand disinfect spray. 

– Hot coco will be available and will be dispensed in throw away cups.

Man, am I ready for this! 🌞 Viva La’ ‘Tradicion’!

He Haw y’all! See ya’ in the AM!

Mark C.



Happy St. Paddy’s Day! ☘️

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to ya’! The pub crawls and beer drinking are on hold right now… BUT, good news! You can still pinch the ones closest to you if their Not wearing green 😊 

My family has Irish ancestry. LOTS of folks from Tennessee do! How about you?

I think I will try to stick to the old Irish ☘️ tradition of drinking a Guinness or three today 🍺 Tradition is important! 

Then there’s the talking in a fake Irish accent – ALL Day! Also, very important Tradition!  

And, I always try to lay an old Irish saying or two on some lucky person! 😆
Sayings like – 

  • If you’re lucky enough to be Irish… You’re lucky enough!

  • May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.
  • May neighbours respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and Heaven accept you.

  • And the most important Irish ☘️ saying today – Sláinte! 🍺 

This has been on our refrigerator for as long as I can remember… I LOVE old Irish sayings!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day too all! Have fun! But as my grandma used to say, ‘Not too much fun’ 😂 Sláinte! 🍺 

 

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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Happy New Year! 🎆 Welcome 2020!

New Year! Clean Slate! Open Road! Boom!💥 Welcome to 2020!

The excitement and possibilities a New Year brings are Awesome! 💥 Happy New Year! Here’s to a Great 2020!

I’m up early drinking coffee and cooking black eyed peas & greens! Lunch is at 12 sharp! Today is a feast to begin the year! Hog Jowl will give you strength and good health, so eat plenty! The greens represent $$$! The more you eat, the more $$$ you will make this season 😎 Hows your luck? Well, if you need more good luck & fortune – Eat LOTS of  Black Eyed Peas!!

I LOVE our New Years tradition of eating dinner with the family. We always have fried Hog Jowl, Black Eyed Peas, Turnip Greens & Cornbread! Plus much more … Welcome 2020!

Here’s wishing YOU a Happy & Prosperous 2020!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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My Top 10 Christmas Songs…

I was Just talking with friends about their favorite Christmas songs. Not surprising to me that many of the songs we compiled were not the old standards we all have come to expect. So, here’s a cool ‘Top 10 Christmas songs’ to enjoy…

Music sets the mood and makes the season more special 🎅🏻

Top 10 List –

1- Christmas in Paradise by Mary Gauthier

2- Christmas in Prison by John Prine

3- The Troublemaker by Willie Nelson

4- 25th December by Everything but the girl

5- Jesus and Elvis by Hayes Carll

6- Christmas Island by Jimmy Buffett

7- River by Joni Mitchell

8- Merry Christmas from the Family by Robert Earl Keen

9- Santa Clause is Watching You by Ray Stevens

10- Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry

 

If this list doesn’t get you tapping, singing along, smiling and crying, I don’t know what to tell ya’ ❤️

Merry Christmas y’all!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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1 Dozen Days To Go! Have YOU Carved A Jack-O-Lantern Yet? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

We are 12 days away from Halloween 🎃 We LOVE to carve pumpkins 🎃 in our house! In fact, we will carve at least 1 Jack-O-Lantern every day from now to ‘All Hallows Eve’… Think “12 days of Halloween” 👻

Here are a few of my favorites. Some are ours, some were done by others & some are just  deco Jack-O-Lanterns that we display every year. To me, they just set the mood for the season 😊

Get as creative as you want! Pumpkin carving is good for the soul!😊 This was carved by a very creative young lady at our recent Fall Fest! 

Have some fun this weekend and carve a Pumpkin 🎃 ‘Tis’ The Season!

 

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Our Annual “April 1st Chilly Willy Pond Plunge” Will Be The Coldest EVER! | Jackson, Tennessee

“As Per Tradition”, we, the “Distinguished Few” will meet at the “Big Pond”, at the Nursery & Take our Annual ‘Chilly Willy Plunge” exactly at sunrise, which is 6:41am. In the morning! Always a fun event! But, tomorrow mornings ‘CWP’ will be taken at a crisp, 27 degrees Fahrenheit… A record low temperature! Can you say shrinkage 🥶

Get here early! Sunrise is 6:41am! You will need time to park and walk to the ponds edge. As you know, only about 15 people at a time have room to get in the pond comfortably, the 1st group in will be “first come, first in”! So I would get here early if you want to be in the official photo, that will probably be on the cover of the soon to be published Photo Book about our unique, little group! 🍾

I will open the gates as early as possible so everyone can get a number and get in position. I recommend that you come dressed in your chosen ‘Plunge attire’, wearing a robe or heavy coat & water shoes or flip flops. Some have even worn Cover All’s that they unzip and step right out of.

REMEMBER – Bring your own towels! 2 or 3 of them!

– Hot coco will be available.

Man, am I ready for this! 🌞 Viva La’ ‘Tradicion’!

He Haw y’all! See ya’ in the AM!

Mark C.



Traditions and Celebrations | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Traditions are important and some go way back! Our modern Groundhog Day has roots all the way back into ancient Ireland!

The Spring celebration of Imbolc was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It marked the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox.

It also has history with early German settlers that came over in the 1700’s. They celebrated a similar holiday at the halfway point called Candlemas day.  

Today, we’ve added our unique American spin to it & we call it Groundhog Day and a furry groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil is our go between… He checks the weather, and if it’s nice & sunny – No Joy! 6 more weeks of bad weather. But, if it’s raining or overcast, he see’s NO shadow – Bam 💥! Spring is coming quick!

If ground-hog day was bright and fair,
The beast came forth, but not to stay;
His shadow turned him to his lair,
Where six weeks more, he dormant lay
Secure in subterranean hold—
So wondrous weatherwise was he—
Against six weeks of ice and cold,
Which, very certain, there would be…
~H.L. Fisher, “Popular Superstitions,”

No matter what you celebrate or believe, today marks the downhill roll towards Spring! My FAVORITE season of the year! Bring it 😊

Today is a day to celebrate indeed!

Have a great weekend! And, Happy Groundhog Day!

 

PS: My prediction- Spring will get here around the 20th of March 😉

 

Mark Carter