Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Help a momma with History.

History is not going well this year. I was doing Western Civilization and was getting no where with my middle child, so I went to American History. No dice there either. I was still forcing it down his throat, but about to give up on History for this year or for now anyways. Till the other day when I put my guest book up. He was like, WOW! He said it would be great to get to know about other people who are alive around the world. So, if you don't mind fill out my questionnaire below and sign my guest book. If you like you can add a little more when you comment to give us a better understanding of what its like in your world. I know there will be several from the same place, but that's okay. Because not everyone sees where they live the same.
Thank You so much!
These questions are from my kids.
1)What kind of food do you eat?/ What kind of food do you grow?
2) What is your climate like?
3) What are the most common animals? and/or dangerous animal?
4) What is your state and /or country flag? state bird, flower, symbols, maps, songs and trees.
5) What is your population?
6) What kind of shoes and clothes you wear?
7) What kind of jobs do you have?
8) What type of entertainment or fun do you have?
9) What is your time zone?
10) What is your main fabrics?
And to add a bonus: What is your native language?

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

1)What kind of food do you eat?/ What kind of food do you grow?
We live in a city, so we don't grow anything ourselves. Sometimes we eat Chinese food - restaurants are cheap and they will deliver food to your house on plates (they pick up the crockery the next day). If I cook, it's usually Western food.
2) What is your climate like?
It's pretty dry from September to May, then it rains a lot during the summer monsoon. We live at high altitude (about a mile high) so it's a lot cooler here in summer than in most of China: it gets to around 28 degrees C in summer and down to around 5 degrees C in winter.
3) What are the most common animals? and/or dangerous animal?
I don't know much about this. Pandas are the most famous Chinese animal - they live one province over from us. I think China still has tigers.
4) What is your state and /or country flag? state bird, flower, symbols, maps, songs and trees.
China's flag is five gold stars on a red background - there are various stories about the symbolism of this.
5) What is your population?
Around 1.3 billion
6) What kind of shoes and clothes you wear?
Most people in China wear Western style clothes. People who live in distant parts of the province wear highly-embroidered, beautiful traditional costumes: http://www.travelchinaguide.com/picture/guizhou/miao-people/0016651.htm
7) What kind of jobs do you have?
My husband works in finance - when he lived in China he worked researching Chinese companies that people in the West might want to invest in.
8) What type of entertainment or fun do you have?
My boys love to hang out with their friends, read, play... the usual things. Kite flying is very popular in China and a lot of people keep songbirds.
9) What is your time zone?
GMT+ 8hrs
10) What is your main fabrics?
Cotton
And to add a bonus: What is your native language?
Our native language is English; the native language of most people in our city is the local dialect of Chinese. Most people in the city also speak Mandarin.

Maria said...

This just in from the state of Maine!!


1)What kind of food do you eat?/ What kind of food do you grow?

Typical American food. We like to grow a small garden of tomatoes, squashes and herbs.


2) What is your climate like?

Nice cool summers with highs in the 80's. Ocean breezes. The winters by the ocean are mild but can get cold with temps around minus 10 or so on the coldest days.

3) What are the most common animals? and/or dangerous animal?

In our area seagulls! Lobsters! and Moose! Bobcats (Fishers) the most dangerous animal is probably the tick!!

4) What is your state and /or country flag? state bird, flower, symbols, maps, songs and trees.

The Maine state bird is Black capped chickadee, the flower is pinecone (yes, it's considered a flower!) the state tree is White Pine. WE don't know the state song. You may have to look that up! (http://www.maine.gov/sos/kids/)

5) What is your population?

1.2 million

6) What kind of shoes and clothes you wear?

Probably the same as you! We like sandals or crocs in the summer and wool sweaters in the winter.

7) What kind of jobs do you have?

Around our area there is a lot of construction type work. But we live in fishing communities so lobster and other fishing is a big portion of the jobs. There is very little farming except more up north in the potato fields!

8) What type of entertainment or fun do you have?
Same as you, I"ll bet! We really like to go to galleries and museums for fun. This year we went to visit lighthouses. We also visited a lot of local apple orchards, too.

9) What is your time zone?

Eastern

10) What is your main fabrics?
Good question. We're going to have to find the answer to that one. Does polyester count?? I think mostly cotton, though.

And to add a bonus: What is your native language?
English. Altho they speak it kinda funny here in Maine. Usually for car they drop the "r" and say "Cah" but then when there is a word that doesn't end with "r" they will add it. For example (don't laugh) my name is Maria and they call me "Ma rear"

This is a great project!!

Not Jenny said...

Hello from the Manitoba!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manitoba
1)What kind of food do you eat?/ What kind of food do you grow?
We eat a regular, North American diet. I live in an area surrounded by farms so in the summer and fall I get to eat fresh vegetables from the farmer's market. I grow herbs and tomatoes in my back yard. I bought half a cow from a local farmer for meat last year (cut up and packaged, by the way...) There is so much agriculture around my city that my city's nickname is The Wheat City.
2) What is your climate like? Very hot and dry in the summer, desolately cold in the winter--temperatures reach over 30C in the summer and below -40C on the coldest winter days. We get lots of snow, usually starting around the end of October to November and it stays until April or May. My province is so big that there are vast differences in climate from one part to another. I live in the South West part, not too far from the US border.
3) What are the most common animals? and/or dangerous animal?
Deer and Elk (it is deer season now--hunters are busy), foxes, rabbits live in the city, coyotes, domesticated farm animals. There are Polar Bears in the far north of my Province, near Hudson Bay. Mosquitos are plentiful and dangerous. We have had quite a few cases of West Nile Virus in my area.
4) What is your state and /or country flag? state bird, flower, symbols, maps, songs and trees.
Canada's flag has a white background with a maple leaf in the middle and two red bars on either side. My province's flag is red, has a Union Jack in the upper left corner with our coat of arms in the middle. The provincial animal is the bison--there are not many left in the wild. We farm them to eat now. Provincial flower is the Prairie Crocus. National Anthem is O Canada.
5) What is your population? I live in a city of 41,000, the province has over 1,177,000 people (according to Wikipedia)
6) What kind of shoes and clothes you wear? Probably the same kind you wear!! Our winter wear is extra warm.
7) What kind of jobs do you have?
My husband writes computer software and before I was a stay at home mom I was a nurse. Farming is the big industry in our area.
8) What type of entertainment or fun do you have? Regular movies and concerts and stuff. Our capital city has a rich history in the fur trade so when my kids are older we plan on taking them to the annual fur-trading festival so they can learn about Voyageurs and eat candy made from maple sugar
9) What is your time zone? Central
10) What is your main fabrics? Cotton in the summer, Goretex and wool in the winter.
And to add a bonus: What is your native language? Mine is English, but our country also recognizes French as an official language so if you go to public school you are required to take French as a course. My husband went to school in Quebec for a while so he is fluent in both languages now.

Anonymous said...

From Sunny (sometimes too sunny) Florida:

1)What kind of food do you eat?/ What kind of food do you grow?
>>>>I eat just about anything I can cook, usually western food, typical stuff like hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks, veggies, etc. Occasionally I'll order Chinese take out. Can't grow much of anything without special gardening, because our grass is too acidic and doesn't grow things well.


2) What is your climate like?
>>>Let's just say it is too hot. Average year round temp is around 75-80*.

3) What are the most common animals? and/or dangerous animal?

>>>Aligators, sharks and snakes. Fortunately, they stay away from us humans most of the time.

4) What is your state and /or country flag? state bird, flower, symbols, maps, songs and trees.

>>>(Way down upon)The Swuanee River is our song. (Un)Official state "bird" is the Mosquito (actually it is the Mockingbird)..
Go here: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/florida/ to see all of our cool stuff.

5) What is your population?

>>>Too many people. I'm not actually sure. It's in the billions though.

6) What kind of shoes and clothes you wear?

>>Year round: Shorts. When it gets slightly chilly, pants. Always t-shirts and nearly all the time barefoot.

7) What kind of jobs do you have?

>>>SAHM

8) What type of entertainment or fun do you have?

Nearly every electronic gaming device, 3 computers, hermit crabs, fish, and a dog.

9) What is your time zone?

>>Eastern

10) What is your main fabrics?

>>Textiles? Not sure of that either. Google "Florida Statistics".

And to add a bonus: What is your native language? English. But in my house, heritage is a mix of Italian/Cuban, German/Bohemian, Irish/Indian, and Polish/german.

GothicGyrl aka Toni

Anonymous said...

1)What kind of food do you eat?/ What kind of food do you grow?

We eat a lot of Stouffers. We grow nothing!

2) What is your climate like?

Maryland: Hot and humid in the summer, cold in the winter, sometimes with a good snowstorm or two, short but lovely fall and spring.

3) What are the most common animals? and/or dangerous animal?

Lots of squirrels, a family of rabbits under the big fir tree in the yard, and a neighborhood fox. Tons of deer.

4) What is your state and /or country flag? state bird, flower, symbols, maps, songs and trees.

State flower is the blackeyed susan. I want some around my mailbox.

5) What is your population?

No idea.

6) What kind of shoes and clothes you wear?

Right now I'm wearing blue athletic shorts, I tye-died Disney World T shirt, and New Balance running shoes. Normally I don't wear shoes in the house but we're getting ready to go out to Outback Steakhouse for dinner.

7) What kind of jobs do you have?

I'm a computer programmer. My husband works in geography. My son wants to be a pilot, but he's almost too tall. If he grows one more inch he won't be able to do it. His backup is to be an engineer or computer programmer. My daughter wants to be a musician. She's playing her electric guitar - loudly - right now. My other daughter wants to be an artist and a swim coach.

8) What type of entertainment or fun do you have?

We listen to a LOT of music, fight over the 2 computers in the house, and watch TV.

9) What is your time zone? Eastern

10) What is your main fabrics?

T shirts.

And to add a bonus: What is your native language? English. DS is learning Spanish at school. DD is learning French. Their grandfather speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and some French and German (in addition to English.) I only speak English.

(Barb -- New person on Denim Jumper Forums)

The Ridge School said...

1. We eat all kinds of food from all over the world. We tend to keep a small garden and grow tomatoes, okra, greens, peppers, beans, and herbs.

2. Our climate in the Southern US is mild. We have hot muggy summers (when we are not having a drought), cool wet winters, and beautiful springs and falls.

3. Around here (dogs, cats, and wild bunnies. We have a few dangerous ones, like copperhead snakes and rabid foxes, but just a few.

4. Our state flag has changed and I have no idea what's on it now. The US is the stars and bars.

5. US pop? 303,196,611 (give or take a few).

6. I try and wear comfortable shoes and casual clothes. US style blue jeans and shirts from a local store.

7. My husband sells and fixes survey optical equipment, I stay home and teach my kids.

8. For fun we read, watch movies, go on outings with friends, go to the park, garden, and do hobbies (we are making jewelry lately)

9. We are EST

10. Main fabric like much of the world is cotton

And our native Language is English (US) but many near us speak Spanish.

Wendy Hawksley said...

1)What kind of food do you eat?/ What kind of food do you grow?

I see quite a bit of corn around here.

2) What is your climate like?

Delaware is quite temperate. A midnight walk in October can still mean you are wearing shorts and a t-shirt!

3) What are the most common animals? and/or dangerous animal?

Possum are EVERYWHERE. Copperhead snakes are also natives of the area.

4) What is your state and /or country flag? state bird, flower, symbols, maps, songs and trees.

The state flag is a gold diamond on a light blue background, showing two colonial men, a cow, and a ship. It says: "Liberty and Independence".

It is known as "The First State", "The Diamond State", "The Blue Hen State", and "Small Wonder".

Bird: Blue Hen Chicken
Flower: Peach blossom
State Song: "Our Delaware"
Tree: American Holly

5) What is your population?

863,904

6) What kind of shoes and clothes you wear?

There is quite a variety here. You will see most of us wearing jeans and t-shirts in the spring and fall, shorts in the summer, and sweaters in the winter.

The Amish (Mennonites) men wear trousers with suspenders, a white shirt, and a broad-brimmed hat. The women wear very simple dresses, about calf-length, with a white apron on top, and a little white cap to cover their hair.

7) What kind of jobs do you have?

Delaware is the best place for corporations to do business, so there are many credit card companies here, as well as several factories.

DuPont, Playtex, and Kraft foods all have plants here.

8) What type of entertainment or fun do you have?

Actually, very little. Cow-tipping. Ha ha! Ok, I joke...

There are occassional concerts in the northern part of the state, the Wilmington Blue Rocks minor league baseball team (wonderful family fun), and the State Fair every July (which is good if you enjoy agricultural displays and events).

9) What is your time zone?

Eastern Standard

10) What is your main fabrics?

Good question! I'm not sure.

And to add a bonus: What is your native language?

English, and the Mennonite community speaks German.

floridamom said...

1)What kind of food do you eat?/ What kind of food do you grow?

We eat typical American food. We grow herbs, peppers, tomatoes, squash and strawberries. We also have 3 orange trees, a grapefruit tree, and a tangerine tree in our backyard. Cool weather vegetables don't have a long growing season. Many don't grow well, or at all here because of our heat and moisture.

2) What is your climate like?

Hot and humid most of the year (May-Oct.). November to March is mild. Sometimes a cold front comes through and allows us to wear jackets for a day or two. We get pretty excited about that.

3) What are the most common animals? and/or dangerous animal?

common animals: suburban wildlife such as squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, opossums, and armadillos. We see a lot of songbirds. We also see migrating birds, as we're on the eastern migration route for many of them.
dangerous animals: sharks, venomous snakes, alligators. Mosquitoes could be considered dangerous, since they carry disease and are active almost year round.

4) What is your state and /or country flag? state bird, flower, symbols, maps, songs and trees.

Florida: see earlier post by another Floridian.
There are some who want to change our state song. The lyrics are from another era and have racist overtones. Also, the author, Stephen Foster, never even set foot in Florida.

5) What is your population?

Over 18 million. Too many. Too much development is taking away the natural beauty of Florida.

6) What kind of shoes and clothes you wear?

Shorts and sandals year round. Sometimes we get to wear cool weather clothes, but not often.

7) What kind of jobs do you have?

My job is that of a homeschool mom :-) The space industry provides a lot of work for people in this area. So does tourism. There's also an Air Force Base that employs quite a few civilians. Other than that, there's retail, service, government, commercial fishing, and education. There are a few high tech industries in the area too.

8) What type of entertainment or fun do you have?

Much the same as many Americans, probably. We also go to the beach often. We have several wildlife refuges around here, and like to take walks in those fairly often.

9) What is your time zone?

Eastern

10) What is your main fabrics?

I have no idea. Synthetic blends, I guess. One thing I do know -- it isn't wool!

And to add a bonus: What is your native language?
English.

dawn said...

I am not going to get to this now, but I will either send an email, or do a post on my blog, probably the former. I have a very busy next few days, so won't be around much. I have already done my Thursday Thirteen to post on the day. I will be back when I can.

Also, the kids have been reading the series "The Story of the World" and we have done history through historical fiction, often an adventure about a boy in the time of whenever.

GailV said...

What fun! Checking in from St. Louis

1. We eat food like y'all, pretty much. We tried growing tomatos, but the deer ate them.
2. Our climate is awful. The worst, I swear. It's too hot to go outside all summer, and people die from the heat. Then, in winter, it's too cold to go outside, and people die from the cold.
3. Common animals are urban animals, like coyote, raccoons, deer, squirrels, some hawks, chipmunks.
4. State bird: blue bird
state flower: white hawthorn
song: Missouri waltz
tree: flowering dogwood
5. Population: I think the state is 5 to 6 million-ish. The St. Louis metro area has about 2.5 million
6. Same clothes and shoes as you.
7. Same types of jobs.
8. Same types of entertainment.
9. Central time zone
10. Main fabrics same as yours
My native language is English.

karisma said...

1. Lots of different foods from all over the world. My favourite is turkish or vegetarian.

I grow lots of vegies in my backyard as well as herbs.

2. Its usually warm and sunny here. But we have had a lot of storms in the last couple of months. Including getting flooded. We also have a lot of bush fires in summer when it gets really hot.

3. Kangaroos, Wallabies, snakes, spiders are often crawling out of the bush. In our backyard we have 2 dogs. Inside a rat, a cockateil, some gold fish and an axylotl.

4.NSw, Australia (I'll get back to you on this. and no. 5 I really don't know.

6. In summer we wear shorts and swimmers a lot. I like to wear alternative type clothes, very bright and different. My kids probably dress pretty much the same as American kids.

7. I do not have a paying job. I do the accounts for my husbands business. Homeschool the little ones and try to keep the big ones in line.

8. I love the beach, bushwalking, picnics, sewing, yoga, singing, dancing,cross stitch. My boys like video games of all types.

10. Wool and Cotton.

Sorry for the quick explanations, Im late for aerobics have to run.

Cat said...

1) What kind of food do you eat? What kind of food do you grow?

We eat all kinds of food. We live just across the Hudson river from New York City, so there are all sorts of ethnic food available--Chinese, Mexican, Thai, Indian, American, Italian (tons of Italian), pizza and there's even a fondue place. When I cook, which is only about a third of the time, I make a lot of American food, and some ethic stuff done American style (last night we had a stew of green cabbage, kielbasa, tomatoes with tomato sauce, and caraway seeds).

We do not grow any food. We live in a condominium on the third floor and share a small backyard with the rest of the people in our building. Also, this are was heavily industrialized before people really made it residential. The soil is highly polluted. It is not safe grow any food in it.

2) What is your climate like?
Frightening.

It *used* to be hot and humid in the summers, with crisp autumns, cold winters with mild amounts of snow, and springs that were warm and rather wet.

Now, with global warming taking it's toll, we barely had any snow last winter at all. It's almost the end of October and until this week it was short-sleeve weather most of the time. The leaves are only just starting to fall, and most of them are still green.

3) What are the most common animals? and/or dangerous animal?

The most common animals are insects, pigeons, squirrels, sparrows and probably rats though I don't see them. Last year there was a juvenile redtail hawk hanging around, but it hasn't been seen in ages. There are Canada geese and ducks just outside of town. A few oppossums have been seen as well. The most dangerous animal? There really aren't any dangerous animals here. However other regions of New Jersey are less urbanized. Timber rattlers and black bears are known there, so I guess the most dangerous animal would be the rattler.

4)What is your state and/or country flag?

According to 50states.com, "The State flag of New Jersey is buff colored. The state coat of arms is emblazoned in the center. The shield has three plows with a horse's head above it. Two women represent the goddesses of Liberty and Agriculture. A ribbon at the bottom includes the year of independence in 1776 and reads: Liberty and Prosperity. The New Jersey state flag was formally adopted in 1896."

State bird--eastern goldfinch
State flower--violet
State tree--red oak
State motto--Liberty and Prosperity

New Jersey is part of the US, so our country flag is the US flag.

5) What is your population?
As of 7/07, the USA population was 301,139,947

As of 2006, New Jersey's population was 8,724,560

And the population of the town where I live is about 40,000.

6) What kind of clothes do you wear?

Western

7) What kind of jobs do you have?
My husband is a software consultant, and I am a homeschooling mom.

8) What type of entertainment or fun do you have?

Playing on the computer, reading, talking, dancing, being with friends, visiting a museum, visiting the zoo, and going to the park.

9) What is your time zone?
Eastern Standard Time.

10) What is your main fabric?
Sorry, I've no idea, generally people here wear a wide range of fabrics.

11) What is your native language?
Our is English, but a lot of folks here speak Italian or Spanish.

Holly said...

I'm from California (southern)

1)What kind of food do you eat?/ What kind of food do you grow?

I eat pretty standard North American diet. I grow figs, lemons, limes, pomegrenates, herbs, oranges, asians pears, nectarines.

2) What is your climate like? Hot and dry. Although it does get colder at night. Cold is relative right? In the winter, standard temps are the 50s, in the summer, the 100s.

3) What are the most common animals? and/or dangerous animal? Common, rabbits, usually with an explative attached. Dangerous, rattlesnakes or mountain lions (but we see more rattlesnakes than mountain lions)

4) What is your state and /or country flag? state bird, flower, symbols, maps, songs and trees. O.k., the state flag has a bear , a white background, and a ring of red, the bird is a CA quail, and the flower is the CA poppy (I cold be wrong about any but the flag; I did them off the top of my head).

5) What is your population? 3 in the house, no idea in the state

6) What kind of shoes and clothes you wear? At the moment, pjs and no shoes, usually, shorts and Birkenstocks.

7) What kind of jobs do you have? Homeschool mom, DH is a Director of Communications and Wed Development. Yup, I have no idea what he does.

8) What type of entertainment or fun do you have? I knit and read.

9) What is your time zone? Western?

10) What is your main fabrics? Like, in my house? Leather, can be wiped and cleaned easily. My life is about easy cleaning. But I wear very little leather, except for shoes.
And to add a bonus: What is your native language? English

kitten said...

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/mississippi/
Here are some of our state facts. We live in the upper NE part near Tupelo.
1. Country/ soul food
2. Hot and humid in the summer and cold and wet in winter. We usually get ice and hardly any snow.
3. White tail deer, fish, coyette, possums, raccoons and foxes. Our most dangerous would be a cotton mouth snake.
4 & 5 our in the Mississippi fact link above.
6. Western style I guess. People wear tennishoes, sandals, crocks and cowboy boots.
7. Back in the olden days we were made up of cotton and soybean fields, plus a lot of farming. Then we were very big of furniture factories. Here in the last few years our factories are fading. We do have the Toyota Plant coming our way.
I'm a home school mom and my husband works in a factory, but is going back to school to change is occupation.
8. Football, baseball, rodeos, Bodock Festival, fishing tournements. We have the Natchez Trace that is very beautiful to drive.
9. Central
10. cotton
Bonus: English with a southern slang. We also have had a lot of Mexicans, (Spanish) Arabian (not sure) Cherokee and Choctaw (They speak English)

Erin said...

We live in a small farming community in Illinois. There are farm fields all around us, and a river nearby. There is also a lovely forest just down the road, which is home to many animals, birds, and insects.

1)What kind of food do you eat?/ What kind of food do you grow?

We live in a farming community. I myslef grow things in the garden. This year it was tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and zucchini. We got a surprise because last year's jack-o-lantern sprouted in the compost heap, so we got about a dozen pumpkins, too. I got apple trees for mother's day, so I hope we will have apples soon. What I can't grow myself, I try to buy locally from farmers markets and farm stands in the summer. I order food from an organic distributer in the winter.

Many people here hunt and fish for much of their food.

2) What is your climate like?

We have 4 seasons here. It ban get below zero in winter, but that never lasts too long. We get a few inched of snow to several feet, depending on the year. In summer it can get over 100 degrees, but there again, it only ever lasts a few days. In spring and fall, it is windy and often rainy. From late spring until early autumn, we are at risk for tornadoes. Every year is different, and people talk about the weather a lot here. Farmers worry about it, and other people compare what it was like last year to this year, or reminisce about big storms in the past.

3) What are the most common animals? and/or dangerous animal?

Besides pets, in this area there are lots of farm animals. Black Angus cattle, white cattle, pigs, chickens (Mainly Rhode Island Reds)ducks and geese. Lots of people keep horses for fun. In my area we have two alpaca farms and one farm or ranch where they keep a Brahma bull for rodeos.

As for wild animals, we have deer, beaver, otter, squirrels, chipmunks, mice, bats, butterflies, fox, coyote, muskrats, gophers, raccoons and probably some more I can't think of. We also have a terrific bird population.

None of these is dangerous, really, but most will bite if cornered. Coons and foxes and coyotes are sometimes accused of stealing chickens.

4) What is your state and /or country flag? state bird, flower, symbols, maps, songs and trees. Here is the link to the info in the State of Illinois web site. ther eis way more info here than I can type, and it has links to pictures, too. http://www.illinois.gov/facts/symbols.cfm

5) What is your population?
The population in my town is about 3,000. That includes all the farm and rural families who live inthe township around the town. We also have quite a few migrant workers, who come to town for the busy farm seasons, then go back home in winter.

6) What kind of shoes and clothes you wear? Mostly, I live in jeans, sweaters, and boots this time of year. Everyone here is very casual. I can't think of a single place in this town where you would have to dress up to go in. The clothes people wear change somewhat with the seasons. Women wear lightweight dresses in summer, and everyone wears jeans all year long. You also see a lot of western shirts and cowboy hats in this area, more than in other towns I visit.

7) What kind of jobs do you have?
My job really has no bearing on where I live, because I travel to work. I still work near Chicago, where I worked before we moved to this town. My husband is an EMT (Similar to a Paramedic) and also works in Chicago. But, given my choice, I would like to open a book store or become a real estate agent in this town.

8) What type of entertainment or fun do you have?
Our town has lots of fun things to do. We have about 4 local festivals a year. Today we are going to go to the "Bordertown Hauntings" where my son will go trick-or-treat at the local businesses, do Halloween crafts, see a kids Halloween movie, etc. The also have concerts in the park, a Christmas festival, Dixie highway days in June, and a Gladiola festival in August. There are lots of other things to do, too. There are county fairs, farmers markets, and town festivals in summer and pumpkin farms in fall. A nearby town has movies in the park in summer. Sometimes we ride the train to Chicago and go to museums and so on. There are also a lot of clubs: 4-H, Cub Scouts, Modern Woodmen of America. I'm sure ther eis also a Future Farmers of America club here, too.

9) What is your time zone?
We are on Central time.

10) What is your main fabrics?

Main fabrics are anything you can get in the United States. Some people buy socks and scarves made of alpaca wool from the local alpaca farms. In winter we wear down coats to stay warm. THere are lots of hunters and trappers in this area, so there is a lot of fur. Everyone owns leather boots.

And to add a bonus: What is your native language?

English is definitely our native language.

Anonymous said...

Kitten,
Here it is on your blog, I don't know why it wouldn't open. Email me if they want more info, as you can see I can go on and on forever :)!!
1)What kind of food do you eat?/ What kind of food do you grow?
Our family probably eats a bit differently than the rest of Northern Wisconsin. We are vegan, which means we eat no animal products. No cheese, meat, fish, milk, eggs, etc. We eat some typical American dishes, but modify them if they contain dairy or meat. Such as in the summer we grill out. We use veggie burgers rather than hamburgers. Then grill potatoes and sweet corn, too. We also eat stir-fry, and our family is really in love with Indian Food!!! We eat heavily of the veggies, fruits, beans and grains. I think most of Wisconsinites eat the standard American diet-but probably eat a bit more cheese and dairy products than the norm. We live in a township so kind of in the country- but we live on a 6000 acre lake so the houses around us each sit on about an acre lot, because many people want to live on the water. So we see our neighbors, but do still have plenty of yard for playing and gardening. We grow tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, kohlrabi, broccoli, cauliflower, greens-lettuce/collards/kale/spinach, carrots, radish, green beans, garlic, onion, potatoes, apples, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries. I especially enjoy growing flowers, but most of them I can’t eat!!!

2) What is your climate like?
Summers are warm, 70-90 Fahrenheit, we get enough rain until about August and then it gets dry and the grass all turns brown. Early in the summer the lake is not quite warm enough to swim in without shivering, but we brave it because we are so excited to be able to swim again, by the end of summer the water is warm. We spend a lot of time swimming and tubing and water skiing or wake boarding. In the summer we also play outside sports- tennis, baseball/softball. We jump on the trampoline, have picnics, outside parties with bonfires. Fall comes and the deciduous tree leaves turn from green the beautiful reds, yellows and oranges before falling off. The fall weather is cool (50s dropping to the 30-40s at night). We now have bonfires with parties to burn up the twigs and leaves as well as to keep warm at the outside parties this time of year. We spend time outside now as much as possible now because we know soon we will be stuck inside or be forced into all those layers of clothes to keep us warm. We play soccer and throw balls around still and bike like we did in the summer. Winters are cold (lowest temp getting to -30 highest temp 35) with snow. Usually by December we have snow that lasts until April. Since we have snow so long we have had to adapt and learn to love it. We downhill sled, tube, and ski, cross country ski, ice skate on the frozen lake or play hockey. We also make snow angels and snowmen and have snowball fights when the snow is packy. (the snow is packy when snowfall occurs when the temperatures are right around freezing) Spring comes and is windy and wet, but we don’t care as we are so glad to be able to go outside without so many layers of clothes on that you can hardly move. I get especially excited when the first of the flowers blooms and the ice breaks up on the lake. We get the garden going, play ball, fly kites and things like that in the spring. We also jump in puddles and get sopping wet and freezing cold, then have to run inside and sit by a fire in the fireplace or take a warm bath!

3) What are the most common animals? and/or dangerous animal?
The most common animals in this part of the state are whitetail deer, rabbits, fox, moles, mice, squirrels, woodchucks, porcupine, and black bear. Most dangerous animal I guess is the bear, although deer are on the roads a lot and we tend to hid them with cars, but I suppose it is the deer and then the car that gets the most hurt/damage.
4) What is your state and /or country flag? state bird, flower, symbols, maps, songs and trees.
Wisconsin’s flag has a deep blue background. White letters spell out "WISCONSIN" and "1848," the year Wisconsin became a state. A sailor with rope and a miner with an axe surround a yellow shield in the center of the flag. On the shield is an arm and hammer, a plow, a pick and shovel, and an anchor. These represent Wisconsin's main industries: manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and shipping. In the center of the shield is a blue ring with the words "E PLURIBUS UNUM" (which is the motto of the U.S.A. and means "Out of Many, One" - this refers to the states of the United States being united into one country). Inside the ring is a smaller shield with a blue top and red and white stripes on the bottom. A badger (Wisconsin's state animal) and a white ribbon reading "FORWARD" are above the shield. A cornucopia filled with food and a stack of lead ore are under the shield.
State Bird: Robin
State Flower: Wood Violet
State Tree: Sugar Maple
State Song: On Wisconsin
5) What is your population?
5,363,675

6) What kind of shoes and clothes you wear?
We wear the same clothes as anyone in the United States. Jeans (sometimes flannel lined in the winter!), t-shirts, sweaters, shorts, skirts, tennis shoes, sandals

7) What kind of jobs do you have?
My husband works in accounting/Information Technology (IT); I have the job of raising my kids!! So I have many duties: I do the usual stuff involved with keeping a house running and the people in it clothed and fed, but since we home school, I also do lessons with the kids.

8) What type of entertainment or fun do you have?
Mostly we make our own entertainment, but we do live about an hour and a half from a big metropolitan area so we occasionally go there for museums, aquariums, shopping, and shows. Our own fun usually involves some of the things mentioned above with the climate section. We get together with others for picnics or potlucks in parks and eat while listen to bands playing. We also go camping quite a bit, as well as a lot of swimming, boating, tubing, and skiing on our lake. We spend a week each summer canoeing and kayaking around the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. This is a bunch of lakes that are connected either by water or portages, you must bring in everything you need to survive as once you come out you are out and they only allow so many people in to keep it wild. We read, listen to music, get together with friends, and go to or rent movies. We also went to the drive-in movie this summer, which are getting harder to find as they have all closed down.

9) What is your time zone?
Central

10) What is your main fabrics?
Cotton, though I suppose there are as many synthetics and blends.

And to add a bonus: What is your native language?
Our native language is English. Mid-Western American English!

harvestmoon said...

From Mexico:

1)What kind of food do you eat?/
Mostly hot weather food - we eat a lot of pasta w/cheese, meats on tortillas and tamales. Lots of fruit and salads.
What kind of food do you grow? we personally don't grow, but here in the jungle stuff grows constantly. we have banana, coconut and papaya trees growing wild.

2) What is your climate like? hot and humid. we are generally around 105-110 from May through October. we have lovely rains (and hurricanes) during this period also. winter is dry.

3) What are the most common animals? and/or dangerous animal? roaches, insects, tarantulas, crabs, snakes, possums. Most dangerous are coral and 4-nose (don't know the english term) venomous snakes. LOTS of insects you don't (or maybe, better put, *I* don't) want to know about.

4) What is your state and /or country flag? state bird, flower, symbols, maps, songs and trees. I don't think Quintana Roo (state) has a flag. The Mexican flag is tri-colored; red/white/green, with an eagle in the middle holding a snake in his mouth. The flag is really not flown except for the month of September (independence day is 9-16).

5) What is your population?
Well, censuses aren't really common, but I'll see what I can figure out...The population of our colonia (PaaMul) is probably under 200 year-round but in winter swells considerably - maybe to 1000. Playa del Carmen 15km to the north and Puerto Adventuras 6km to the south are our closest towns.

6) What kind of shoes and clothes you wear? Flipflops year round or barefoot. Swimsuits (we live on hte Caribbean) or shorts/tank tops. Light clothes unless we get a cold snap (80F or below is COLD!) and then we're in jeans and sweatshirts.

7) What kind of jobs do you have? I work on line, DH doesn't.

8) What type of entertainment or fun do you have? Moonrises, watching the kids, watching DVD's on TV. Watching tortugas lay eggs. Snorkeling.

9) What is your time zone? Central

10) What is your main fabrics? Cotton.

And to add a bonus: What is your native language? English.

Linda in NM said...

1)What kind of food do you eat?/ What kind of food do you grow?
We eat foods from Whole Foods (a natural food store) and our local market (a lot of skillet-type meals as we're always running into the city for hockey or baseball...)

2) What is your climate like?
Sunny! We have over 300 days of sunshine a year, although we do live in what's called the "high desert." Mountains. Got over six feet of snow last year.

3) What are the most common animals? and/or dangerous animal?

Bears in the backyard, and mountain lions. The coyotes are pests--we lock up the big dogs at night, so that they don't get eaten by the coyotes. (In 15 years, we've lost two dogs and three cats to coyotes.)

4) What is your state and /or country flag? state bird, flower, symbols, maps, songs and trees.

Our state flag is the zia, which is a Native American symbol. Our state question is "red or green?" (And that's something to look up!) Our state bird is the Roadrunner...our state flower is, I think, the yucca.

5) What is your population?
State--about 1 1/2 million; town, 1200 people

6) What kind of shoes and clothes you wear?
T-shirts, jeans, and sweatshirts...some people wear cowboy boots and hats, but son is
partial to his "gongshow" baseball cap...looks like a hockey sock.

7) What kind of jobs do you have?

I teach online and edit papers; my husband drives heavy equipment.

8) What type of entertainment or fun do you have?

I'm a professional "goalie mom"--we spend our time at the rink, going to the rink, going to tournaments--just won one in Colorado. Not bad for a rag-tag group of New Mexicans...

9) What is your time zone?
MST
10) What is your main fabrics?

Beats me...
And to add a bonus: What is your native language?

English; many people speak Spanish...and we have 19 pueblos within about 200 miles, so lots of different Native American languages...as well as the big Navajo population...


Linda in NM