............as many of you know i haven't worked for 10 years! But nothing stays the same... change is inevitable . I may not do 'change' well but we all adapt.. Sometimes its difficult to believe 'in the moment' that you can adapt but you do.. If we are ever going to get the house remodel finished we needed more funds.. So you know hubby went back to work driving a bus for Primrose Retirement Community.. What you don't know is that i found a job too just a few minutes down the road....
So come.... look where i spend 4 days a week... We are all decked out for Christmas... Here is a peek at the Gift Shop... We have the most incredible stuffed animals and puzzles and the selection of books is top notch... Our buyer does a great job of buying local and USA made items.. You KNOW where i did my Christmas shopping..lol ...aaand if you look close on the wall there are some water bottles and coffee cups with the park logo on it for my Tparty requirement~~ :)
I just LOVE this birdhouse Christmas tree.. It must be 12 ft tall!
This is the children's area... Mother Nature comes once a week and sits in the rocker and reads to the children and sings songs and does a craft...
Another view... All the photos should enlarge if you click on them..
We always remind visitors to look up as they walk around as alot of displays are above eye level like this one above the door.. Most of the taxidermy was done by a local artist..
Above is the one in header... I think it had to be my favorite..
We've had a Winter Bird program going on lately..
Its been a big hit .... You can make these cute little wreaths made with a pipecleaner , popcorn and cranberries and hot glue on a bow or we have pinecones you can stuff with Marvel Meal a recipe from the Audubon Society ... tie a piece of twine to it and hang it on a tree outside..Pssst.... i don't know about the birds but the squirrels LOVE it! lol
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup white flour (NOT self rising)
3 cups yellow cornmeal (NOT self rising)
You can use it like suet or stuff a pinecone
Store it in a closed container in the refrigerator until ready to use..
Probably my least favorite display with the deer hanging there... But Hobbs is a Wildlife Management Area.... They are the only State Park in the state to allow deer hunting 12 days a year..
Meet Roscoe Hobbs , the parks namesake ... What the plaque doesn't tell you is that he was a very conservation minded lumber man ... He did not believe in clear cutting or the use of herbicides ... When he died he wanted all the land to be sold as one and not sectioned off if possible.. I don't have room to put the whole story of Hobbs here but i hope you'll look it up if interested..
We get alot of school kids here.
Lots of interpretive displays..
... And remember... look up!
That bat is so awesome!!
Well... now you know why i've been largely absent from the Tparty and really the computer .... If anyone asked me what i want for Christmas it would be 'time' ... I need more time.. more hours in my day... Time to do the things i have to do and time to do the things i want to do... But if a person has to work... I was pretty darn lucky...
I know its a long post.. but i can't possibly leave without showing you our two residents... Meet the Speckled Kingsnake
...and the Three - toed Box Turtle ... They will be spending the Winter with us.. and no we don't name them.... ( i already asked that question lol ) They are wild animals not pets...
Shhhh.. no one has to know i have my own names for them... Goodnight George.... Goodnight Gracie... Thanks for stopping by everyone... It may take me a little bit but i'll do my best to visit everyone!!! I miss you!!! Hugs! deb