Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines

wind machines: LadyD Books
Skywatch Friday

 James Taylor wrote a song, Fire and Rain and there's a piece to the lyrics that remind me of these wind machines or wind generators that my husband calls them. We saw these things on the road, I believe it was Highway #80 as we were heading south, leaving San Francisco, or I suppose you could say heading north, depending on the perspective.

"Been walking my mind to an easy time my back turned towards the sun
Lord knows when the cold wind blows it'll turn your head around
Well, there's hours of time on the telephone line to talk about things to come
Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground."
Anyways, here's the famous easy-going James Taylor song that I love, just in case you're not familiar with it.

desert scene with solar energy wind machines: LadyD Books

Wind power is looking more and more attractive, although I must say this photo I took looks pretty sci-fi to me! Wind power is beginning to look more feasible as a supplemental energy source but who can afford to have it completely?

wind generator

wind power

solar energy

Bomb is a 2012 National Book Awards finalist for Young People’s Literature.
                   Bomb is a 4th annual Phildecott and Steadbery award winner.

For ages 10 and up, hardcover book with around 272 pages. Kids and dads love this one.
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
America In The 1900s and 1910s
The Friday 56
 Recently I've been reading this book by Jim Callan that has to do with Decades of American History. Many of you remember or had read about a powerful earthquake that hit the San Francisco area of California on April 18, 1906. Here's a snippet from page 56...

"Gas lines crumbled, producing huge fires throughout the city. There was no water to try to put the fires out because the quake broke most of the water pipes. The quake only lasted for about 1 minute, but the fires spread and burned out of control for several days."
Wow... the chapter goes on to say that at its peak it covered 500 square blocks and witnesses claimed the flames stretched a mile into the sky. I guess the overall damage from the quake was staggering, to say the least. They say that 25,000 buildings collapsed or burned with a quarter of a million people homeless.

I read that President Roosevelt asked Congress for $2.5 million to help rebuild the area, but San Francisco authorities turned down offers of help from other countries. They said they wanted to show that Americans could take care of themselves.

grandson dreaming while napping: LadyD Books

grandson in carrier: LadyD Books

Photos for Color Connection. Sweet dreams Riley! Someday YaYa and Grandpa will be reading books to you and maybe big brother will, too!

grandpa reading children's books to his grandson: LadyD Books

Yes, it's true. The fourth grandson arrived rather quickly on January 19th and now that makes 5 adorable grandchildren for us. Our family is truly blessed and our book library is growing rapidly.

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