Sunday, May 9, 2010

Thank You and Awards

In looking back on blogging I think I owe a thank you to a number of people.For kind comments on things I have written and photos by everyone who has read my posts.For encouragement to keep doing something that my family does not always understand even though they have been supportive. And for all the wonderful things I have learned by reading others blogs.
I only wish I had more time to spend doing this,picture taking and research.But thank you all for your patience.
I would like to extend a special thank you to these people.
Deez-aka-Joe Dallman over at My first internet "graveyard friend"!Watching the growth of his wonderful blog with all the guest authors and seeing his own photos just get better and more creative every week is something to look forward to when I log on.Thanks Deez!
Lori E. over at has been supportive from the beginning with her kind comments.She gave me the Ancestor Approved Award some time ago and I apologize for my tardy thank you!
Thank you as well Dr. Bill Smith of for the Happy 101 Award.
I like the emphasis on story's in Dr. Bill's blog.
Even if it's only a tombstone photo we show and not a ancestor of ours they were real people.Who lived and loved and felt all the things we feel today no matter how long ago they lived.It's good to remember the stories not just the dates.Thank you for helping us learn how and the award.
I am supposed to list some of the things that have surprised me in learning about my ancestors,I will include my general cemetery hunting in there to!
1. I am amazed at how many people still find cemetery's strange,scary,and refuse to set foot in them.I blame it on a combination of Hollywood movies and our cultures separation from the elderly and end of life issues.I have reached a point I just tell people "My momma said don't worry about dead people,it's the live ones you got to worry about!".
2. Some of my early California ancestors lived long enough to live under the flags of three different countries.What did it feel like to change governments and cultures without really having a choice?To suddenly have a huge influx of people that did not speak your language?
3. Dysfunctional families are not a 20th century invention.It was easier and  more acceptable to keep things on the down-low is all.
4.People where a lot more mobile than I had imagined. Particularly in early California were visiting family seemed to be a regular thing.The first Americanos  commented that the Californiano woman often rode horses as good as the men.If you have ever seen the wooden wheeled Carta used in California you would understand why.I would have been on a horse in a hot minute.
I hope to have some new posts and pictures in the next few days.I made a trip to the Monterey and Santa Cruz area and to San Juan Bustista.
Thank you all fellow Rabbits and bloggers!