September 9 - California Admissions Day! On this day in 1850, California became the 31st state of the union. Did you know we have an official state anthem? Here is a recording from 1913 accompanied by images from all around our great state.
Mountains, deserts, the Pacific Ocean, lakes, rivers, streams, cities and towns - big and small, California has it all. I remember learning in elementary school that if California were to become a country of its own, we would have only to import nickel.
Oh there are troubles here, too. Plenty to be sure. But if there is one thing I have learned recently it is: There is no place like home!
Even if the power goes out. Late yesterday afternoon the power suddenly went out at home. I thought it was perhaps too many folks using too much power, but quickly learned that the outage was spread not only throughout San Diego county but Arizona and into Mexico as well. Seems someone over in Arizona pushed a wrong button *oopsie* which led to approximately 5 million people losing power for as many as 12 hours.
Daisy was undaunted by the event.
She kept her cool by playing in the sprinkler.
No cooking for me, tuna sandwiches made up the dinner menu. We pulled out the crank powered emergency radio to listen to the news for updates.In order to conserve batteries (we had been told we could be without power for as long as three days) I pulled out the solar powered lights that rim the backyard to fashion a lantern bouquet on the table for playing games.
As the evening wore on, it occurred to us that the sky was very clear. With little interference from street and porch lights, we set up the telescope for some star gazing. The moon was bright, but we got a good look as things we might not normally see.
It's good to know that things are getting back to normal. Things like this are a good reminder of what you should have on hand in the event of a disaster and also that modern conveniences aren't always necessary for a pleasant evening. Maybe we should take the time to turn out the lights from time to time and just enjoy the place where we are.
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