Ok, it’s whining time again. For me. Not you.
First, you may know that I am trying to walk more and be a little more active, physically, in my old age, 53. I have started volunteering to take photos of headstones of cemeteries in the area. The photos are uploaded to http://www.findagrave.com. There are listings for cemeteries all over the world.
People place “memorials” for loved ones on the site, some people just place them based on obituaries in their area, to help out. I have placed some. For family members and for headstones that I have taken pictures of and found that they are not listed in the cemeteries in which they are interred. Example: I took two photos this morning, one was requested and the other was right next to the one requested. Same family. If I see a family all grouped together I will try to take photos of all of them, in case they are not on the site. Which does happen. The second photo was not listed so I added it to the cemetery listings. It helps people with their genealogy research, confirms dates, names, nicknames, etc…it also just helps some enter their loved ones names, as I did when my parents died almost 11 years ago. The site has been around for a while.
Anyway, I am not use to all this walking! WOWEEE!! Saturday I left right from work and went to the Chance, Belfry, Bridger and Rockvale cemeteries. All in Montana. Here is my route, about 128 miles round trip. Which isn’t much, but when you are stopping and looking, and WALKING, it takes a bit of time. I get off work at 7am. I didn’t get home until about 3pm.
I didn’t realize how much this would POOP me out! Honestly. I think back to being in Honor Guard while in the Air Force and performing in parades, which went on for miles, and marching for funerals etc…don’t think I could do that today. I know I couldn’t. Bleh.
I thought I let myself recover after my friend’s husband died, but I didn’t I guess. Haven’t seem to have been able to catch up to myself. I have several awards to post about, I haven’t forgotten everyone, I am just slower than I usually am. That is pretty bad too!
I did take one pretty picture, for me, on Saturday. I don’t stop and take a lot of pictures when I am doing this cemetery stuff, finding the headstones can take a while. None of those I went to on Saturday had directories and I feel pretty good that I was able to find 15 out of 18 headstones. I looked at the Rockvale Cemetery, the last one I went to, and just about had a fit when I saw how big it is. I see it all the time, but there is a little rise and I thought it was much smaller than it actually is. I picked a block, looked, and found two! AYAYAYAYAY Out of three. Now I am waiting for someone to call me back and hopefully direct me to where the third is. There are almost 2000 graves there, that cemetery alone would take me all day. I could have cried when I saw it. Not use to this exercising stuff any more. UGH! Good for me, good for me, good for me. My new mantra!
Here is the pretty picture, so tired almost forgot I even said that above.