This is not a Monday Mental Meanderings but a Pedestrian Post. I walked to the Post Office to mail the post cards I usually send out on Saturday. I took my Tablet along to take a few pictures, thinking to make a change from my usual Monday Monsters (don’t worry, monster lovers; no doubt I will resort to my frightening friends later in the week). I thought of this alliterative title as I walked home.
I put the Tablet into a soft bag I got at Paca Gardens in Little Falls (just for a little more local color). I did not trust myself to carry it the whole way, especially not in its case. I was only a little worried I would not be able to see the screen properly, because it was quite sunny. I put my prescription sunglasses in the bag, thinking I might need them. Not neglecting to also put in the post cards, I set out.
Right away I saw what I considered a cool-looking tree. I love the look of bare branches against the sky. I got the Tablet out of the bag and tried to log in without the stylus. That didn’t work, because I was wearing gloves. So I got out the stylus and promptly dropped in in the snow. It is a combination pen/stylus given to me by Herkimer County Historical Society after Shattered Angel, the play they put on at Ilion Little Theatre last fall. It says “Shattered Angel/Ilion Little Theatre” on it (see? more local color!). It is a very cool thing. I brushed it off as best as I could, logged into the Tablet, and could not get the picture. I include the story of me trying, because it is just so typical me. I walked on.
As I approached St. Francis de Sales Church, I thought I would get a shot of the statue of St. Francis wearing a red scarf, as he does this time of year. I worried it would be back-lit, but it did not turn out too bad.
He looks saintly, does he not?
After I crossed the street, I tried to get a shot of the whole church. That one turned out too shadowy, so I do not include it here. I walked on into Meyers Park, where I knew I could take a picture of the statue of General Herkimer. First, however, I saw the stone bench I have often admired but never sat on.
I was hoping the inscription would be legible.
Beyond the bench is a statue, only I do not know who it is. However, according to the inscription, he was instrumental in having women work for the government. I’m all about good jobs for women! I was worried I had cut his head off, but I see now that I did not.
It seems they engraved his signature but did not print out the name.
I also got a shot of the pavilion, which is always a pivotal location when the park hosts community events.
It may not look like such a much now, but the potential is there.
I think my picture of General Herkimer is just a little back-lit, but in a blog about a walk in Herkimer, I feel I should include the General. Here he is, in the iconic pose, directing the battle though morally wounded.
I see he has a similar scarf to St. Francis’.
On the other side of the park, I walked by the Methodist Church and decided to get a shot of that. It turned out better that the one of St. Francis, so I include it.
Perhaps I should learn how to photoshop out power lines.
I was happy to get a shot of the post office. I think I had a post card of it but already sent it to someone. I do love sending local post cards. In fact, I am not sure if the post card was of this post office or Little Falls’. They are similar buildings.
My weekly destination. I do love post offices.
I had meant to talk more about the actual walk, over the ice and through the snow. However, I see I am approaching 700 words. Do my readers want to read over 700 words on a Monday? I hate to try people’s patience. Additionally, Dateline is on OWN as I type. So I say Happy Monday, and stay tuned for monsters later in the week.