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Monday, December 17, 2018

When Worlds Collide ..... 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.... 

 Hobb's State Park and Conservation Area.  I work at the front desk part time....  Its such a beautiful place .. i wanted to show you around. I want you to imagine the very realistic bird sounds that play in the back ground continually... very relaxing atmosphere.. I work with very friendly people.  Its such a different atmosphere than the 15 years i worked at Lowe's... At Lowe's customers usually were not in the best of moods... they had a problem to fix or they had to spend money... At the Visitor Center people are there to have a good time...  Unfortunately in the photo i cut off the mission statement of the park....... " To provide enriching educational and recreational experiences in harmony with resource stewardship."

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 ...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   
Marvel Meal
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


Divers and Sundry said...

I love where you get to work. It looks my idea of the perfect place. I've always loved state parks and conservation areas but haven't heard of this one, even though it's in a neighboring state. Googling.... It's a relatively recent park, it seems. I appreciate all your photos :) I'd love looking out that window. What a view!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I agree that if you must work, this is the ideal place and SO much better than Lowe's. I've been to Lowe's when people nearly took the head off poor salespeople because they didn't like the answer the salesperson gave them.

I knew you had alluded to going to work a few weeks ago, but this place is magical. I loved the bears and the taxidermy area you shared in your blog header. That tree is incredible, too. I'm so happy for you. Your choice of places to work is phenomenal. We miss you for T, but realize sometimes life gets in the way of computer time. We'll keep the lights on, though, and hope to see you back really soon. BUT, only when you can, of course.

Rita said...

Oh, Deb!! What a magical place to work!! I loved seeing every picture. If a person decided to go back to work...well, you couldn't have picked a better place! (Minus the hanging deer--but it shows reality, of course.) That gift shop looks so inviting! I'm sure I could have found awesome gifts for my grandsons there. So happy for you to have such a place to go to with birdsong and children learning and happier people to deal with. :) :)

Eileen Bergen said...

I can't tell you how happy I was to see all of this. If one needs to earn some money, Hobbs looks the perfect place for you!

It's beautiful and much larger than I imagined. I'm really impressed and would love to visit.

The names that popped into my head were "Mr. T" and "King." I like your names much better.

Good night, Gracie.

Hugs, Eileen

P.S. I'm so happy to see you at T!!!!

kathyinozarks said...

Hi Deb, what an awesome place to work!! so happy for you to find a nice place with conservation.
so glad you dropped in and enjoyed all of the photos.
Happy T hugs Kathy

kathyinozarks said...

I just enlarged the photos-what a very awesome place. I love gift shops like this one-

Linda Kunsman said...

Oh wow Deb- if one has to go back to work- this is a great place to be!!! I loved hearing how much you enjoy it! Fun activities, shop and decorations- well, except the deer:( Understandably, your time is much more limited but I have missed your T Day posts. Glad all is going well. Happy T day!

Halle said...

What a cool place!! I want to work at our Landscape arboretum when I only want a part time job. Like you said...people go there when they want to enjoy themselves and commune with nature. You usually don't get too many crabby folk.
Happy T day!

Kate Yetter said...

I haven't worked in quite a few years but I agree that the money would be nice. How fun that you get to work at a beautiful conservation center. It sounds like the perfect stress-free workplace.
Happy Tea Day,

Valerie-Jael said...

That's a lovely place to work, thanks for the tour. I always worked up to my retirement, so can't really imagine not working, although I am enjoying my retirement now! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

You mentioned a little while back that you were working, but I didn't ask about it and looked back through posts, embarrassed that I had missed it. I feel better knowing that I didn't! It looks like a great place. I think it's a hard choice to go back to work and get accustomed to that routine again. I agree with you though that working with the public in this venue way better than retail.

It's also a reminder that we have been blog friends for a long time.
xx, Merry Christmas.

My name is Erika. said...

Oh Deb-I would love to work here. It looks like an amazing visitors center and I would love to spend time there. If you have to work, that looks like the perfect place to be. Happy holidays and enjoy. Hugs-Erika

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what an amazing place to work! I love it, I bet it is a joy to go to work there 😀. Thanks so much for showing us around, I'm so pleased you are enjoying it there! The birdhouse tree is amazing and I would love to explore the exhibits and have a go at making those pretty wreath ornaments too (grin!). So pleased that you are well, it's lovely to hear that you are enjoying life and found such happiness at work 😁. Sorry I missed your November posts, your pretty blue birdhouses looks amazing and your new PJs made me smile too. Wishing you a happy T Day and a very Merry Christmas too! J 😊 x

Meggymay said...

It looks like you have found a wonderful place to work. It must be a pleasure and not a chore to go to work on your designated days. It looks a really interesting destination and I am not surprised when you said there were many children visiting.
Happy T day wishes.
Yvonne xx

froebelsternchen said...

A fantastic place to work! Lucky Deb!
Happy T-Day and Merry Christmas!


Darla said...

I've been wondering where you were. I don't always make it to Tea on Tuesday anymore but I always look up my friends who do. It sounds like you landed the perfect job. So nice to be able to go to work with a happy to be there feeling. As an aside, do you ever hear from Krisha? I've lost contact but do think of her. Happy Holidays my friend.

CJ Kennedy said...

For the most part, customer service is a thankless job. People can be so rude. But your CS job sounds wonderful. So nice when you like the work you do, the place you work in, and co-workers. The gift shop looks like it has some lovely things. The birdhouse Christmas tree is very cute and I like the fox tree topper. Storytime with Mother Nature made me smile. Goodnight, George. Goodnight, Gracie. Shh, I won't tell. Happy T Day

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a great place to work - if it's got to be done then there can't be many better places than this! Thanks for the guided tour! Happy T day, Chrisx

CraftyViolet said...

If I had to go back to work I would prefer working in a park rather than retail any day! Of course, a craft store or quilt shop would also work for me. Those are great photos and they certainly know how to display things.

Sharon Madson said...

What a great post! If I could work at a place like that I would go back to work. Love all the animals. My favorite is same as yours. When I saw it in the header, I thought they might be real, until I read your post. Merry Christmas!

Sharon Madson said...

I just read your bio, and had to comment again when I saw where you were. My folks retired on Beaver lake in NW Ark. They are both gone now, but were around the bend from Lost Bridge Marina on the lake.

Krisha said...

Hey Deb! Were your surprised that I finally dusted off my blog and posted LOL!

Back to work.......good for you for finding a "fun" place to work. I must admit I'm a little jealous, I would love to land a job like that......more for something to do, buy the $$ would be nice too.

Merry Christmas

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Deb, I just stopped by to wish you a healthy, safe, and joyful new year for you and your loved ones. I hope you have a fabulous and productive 2019, too.