Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Olivia is still gone to Florida, it seems that it's been forever. But I guess it's just the empty house, and the laughs that are usually carried out through it. The 2-3 hour trips to town, and the awesome songs that would come on our favorite stations on the way. Good grief! I don't know how I'll manage when she married and gone all the time..... I guess you don't know what you got till it's gone.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
the burst of life and color in the trees . The smell of October just make me so happy.
I love fall because it's just right, well maybe a little on the cold side.
Today I got up to a warm cozy house, first time to turn the heat on this year.
I can't wait for snow and all the good times we can share.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
confusion and distress in America arise,
not from the defects in their
constitution or confederation, not from
want of honor or virtue,
so much as form downright ignorance
of the nature of coin, credit and circulation..."
John Quincy Adams, 1829
Another great book for school, by Richard J. Maybury. I love this book, it's the complexity of the whole book! It is crammed with great stuff about are economic system. The way things used to be, and now how bad they are. Love it!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
John Deere was born on February 7, 1804 in Rutland, Vermont, he died May 17, 1886. He was an American blacksmith and manufacturer who founded Deere & Company, the largest equipment manufacturer in the world.
With no inheritance and a very little education, he was apprenticed in 1821, at age 17. He served four years as apprentice to Captain Benjamin Lawrence, a Middlebury blacksmith, and became a blacksmith himself in 1825.
He married Demarius Lamb in 1827. They had five children together.
His business had gone down hill, and Deere had a lot of creditors that he owed. He was at the edge of bankruptcy; Deere sold the shop to his father-in-law and left for Illinois. He left his wife and family, who moved to be with him later.
His first invention was the steel plow; by 1841 Deere was manufacturing 75-100 plows per year.
In 1843, Deere went into business with Leonard Andrus to produce more plows to keep up with demand.
The partnership was not working too good, Deere wanted to sell to customers outside Grand Detour; Andrus opposed a proposed railroad through Grand Detour.
In 1848, Deere broke the partnership with Andrus and moved to Moline, Illinois, because of the city's location on the Mississippi River, which helped make it easy for transportation. By 1855, Deere's factory sold more than 10,000 plows.
From the beginning, Deere insisted on making high-quality equipment. He once said, "I will never put my name on a product that does not have in it the best that is in me." As it improved, Deere left the all the operations to his son Charles. In 1868, Deere incorporated his business as Deere & Company.
Later in life Deere got in to civil and political affairs. He was President of the National Bank of Moline, a director of the Moline Free Public Library, and was a trustee of the First Congregational Church.
Deere also served as Moline's second mayor for two years, Deere improved the city by having streetlights, sewage and water piping (including fire hydrants) installed and sidewalks repaired, and bought eighty-three acres for $15,000 to build a park!
The company Deere founded grew to be big, after his death unfortunately! It has become the world's leading provider of products and services, for residential, commercial, golf, agriculture, construction, and forestry.
This man definitely changed the world. In more ways than one!
Monday, October 20, 2008
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I saw this on someone myspace and thought it was so cool! We are learning how to shoot guns in NRA (national rifle association).
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Well it went great. Mom, Olivia and I entered stuff. Mom won $12.00,kinda sad, but she doesn't have a lot of time. I won $117.00, Olivia won $146.00. Let me tell ya it's not easy money people. It takes time and lots of effort to make all this!
Crafts and bake goods are the most common places.
One of our big things we do every year are the 4-H booths. This is also another thing that we put a lot of time in. Olivia won 1st,
and I won 2nd. Hers was on herbs and how to use them, and mine was on Ronald McDonald House charities.(rmhc.com).
Sorry for taking so long to put this out!
P.S. To Mrs. Dana, I will post about the kittens soon!:0)
Saturday, October 4, 2008
My favorite part about the homework was the lectures George Grant did on the Renaissance. I like the way he took the modern world, compared it to history and explained it in a way that made sense. "Through history, man has re-acted instead of acted in times of crises, they tried solving present problems by the foundation of the past." Dr. Grant has a very good knowledge of history, when he speaks you can feel his passion for the subject. "In modern world revolution is far more appealing the reformation." That is because the revolution is easier to understand than the reformation. Also, it is far more easier to achieve. Our world is so dumped down that we can only grasp the things that are in the surface, it is hard to dig deeper and find why the world is the way it is.
It was easy to see how the renaissance was much like modern times! In today's world it is all about what you think, what you believe, if you doubt something you don't have to believe it, even the existence of God! If the experts say so, well then, it is so!
My history class started this month, so I've been studying a lot! Sorry to all who read my blog, I haven't blogged in a while. I don't think anyone whose taking this class has time to do much extra! :0) I'll try to get better about that.