Thursday, January 31, 2008

Meme time!!

I was tagged with this meme by Andie ....
Here we go!

This is the internet space at the hotel in Morocco

What is your blogging name?

Jientje. I explained why in one of my first posts on this blog.
It's a diminuative for Jane, sort of. You can think of me as Jeany, but call me Jientje?

My little sister Bientje and me, in the study at my appartement.

When did you start blogging, exact date?

I started blogging on Christmas day 2006. (On my Skynet Belgian blog that is.)
I don't think I was one of many that day!
I needed my sister's assistance to get me started, and that was not easy because we do not live across the street from each other anymore. A few minutes before midnight on Christmas day I wrote my very first post! Less than a year later I started my Heaveninbelgium blog on Blogspot.
It was towards the end of Nablopomo that I felt that I did not want to leave my English speaking friends! I used the Nablopomo platform to guide them to my new blog! And they followed me!
I'm very happy for that!

What was your first title?
My first title on that blog was " het kon niet uitblijven" wich means something like " It could not be stopped!"
On this blog it was "I finally did it ... now what?"

Which posting do you feel is the best post so far?
Now that we've found love what are we gonna do with it?
I wrote it when I had just joined 365. I think it's one of the most hilarious posts I have ever written! And everybody admitted it ... every word is true!
Most read according to the stats is "How to make lace".
And I like the meme with the J's too ...

My mom and dad, writing a new entry together.

Who is the source of inspiration for you to blog?
My little sister inspired me to start blogging, I had never heard of a blog before!

My little sister and me, at the hotel lobby in London.

When do you usually post entries ?
I usually write something in the evening the previous day, and edit / post them in the morning.

The hotel lobby in London again, my other sister Lena and me.

Where would you prefer to be when you are blogging?
On my couch with my cat purring next to me.

Have you met other bloggers? Who?
Not in this blogosphere. On my Skynet blog in Belgium I've met several friends already.
The tour at the cathedral I did recently was guided by one of my blogging friends.

My Belgian blogging friend Nana, the first blogger I met in real life.

How many entries you made in a month?
I have posted every day in 2007 on my Skynetblog, I did Nablopomo on the side.
And now I have this blog AND my Skynetblog. I post every day of the year, on both of them!
Yeah!!!! I know!

Would you reveal your face or your family in your blog?
I don't see why not?

This is where I blog.

Would you promote your friends to blog? Why?
No. It's not because I like to blog that everybody has to start blogging!
I prefer meeting new friends, in real life OR in the blogosphere.

Would you feel restless / guilty conscious, incomplete if you didn’t blog for a month?
Oh yes, I would! Although sometimes it's a little bit stressy to produce something entertaining or worth reading every day, it's also very stimulating, so...

Define blogging!
Writing a letter to all of your friends, every day.
Looking forward to read their letters, and receiving their comments.
Meeting new friends along the way...

I'm skipping the tagging bit today, but if anybody is interested, feel free to do one!
Let me know, I'll come and visit!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wordless Wednesday, on his way home?

Wordless Wednesday ...

Morrocco, Nov 2007

The man on the mule had bought some fish from a local fisherman, and was heading home again.
Wherever that may be ....

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tagged ..... again!!!!!!!!!!

I got tagged with a meme again!
I know, I still owe the one Korie tagged me with, at the beginning of Nablopomo!
Shhhhhhhh, I know, Nablopomo was in November, you're so right!!!!
But I didn't even know what a meme was back then!
I had never heard of them before and I already got tagged!
Perhaps I should not have brought this one up any more, but hey ...
I'm always much too honest, I know!
And then there's still the one Andie tagged me with, "seven things I approve of".
She said it would be easy, but it isn't, well at least I don't think it is.
(But I've found the right solution for that one, I think! I am going to tag myself with the one she has published today! It looks so much easier! I hope she approves??

The other one does not inspire me at all, I don't know where to start?
Seven things I approve of?
I looked it up ... the dictionary says, things that I consider good, fair, or right! Sigh!
I am a Libra!!! There is always something good, but then again, there might be some downside to it as well, and I do not approve of everything just like that, you know???
Any Libra's in the audience that can relate to that? How do I solve this? Can anyone help me?
... Sigh!!!
Anyway ...
Christine tagged me yesterday, and I decided to do this one RIGHT AWAY!
If you don't do them at once, you'll find your drawers stuffed with them!

Here’s how it works: Use the first letter of your name to answer each question. Must be places or names…Nothing made up. Can’t use your own name for boy/girl’s name question. If you can’t answer, skip to next one.

1. Famous Singer: That would be a John, or a Jim, or a Joan! Okay, I'll choose Joe ...
Joe Cocker!
I love his raw voice and his spastic moves.
Plus ... he's a real gentleman, you can always leave your hat on!

2. Four Letter Word: Jeez!!!!!

3. Street: Jezusstraat. It's in Antwerp.
One of the first streets I learned to find when I moved there.

4. Colour: Jaune de Joucas. Jaune de Joucas looks like this ...
It's a very special yellow-ish kind of colour.

LOL!!! It's not, I just made that up, but I lost so much time browsing through paint colour collections! Boss, Dulux ... you name them, I've seen them!
Even Martha Stewart's site!

None of their poetic colour names started with a J, so ... I had to use my own imagination.
I know it's against the rules, but I had to come up with something didn't I?
Of course I could also just have said Jade, but that's not nearly as interesting as Jaune de Joucas. Right? Right!

5. Gifts/Present: Just another cookbook!
(Hehehe, I'm getting the hang of this! Whoeahahaha!)

6. Vehicle: This one's easy. A Jeep. I guess if you have to cross a desert to get to work, or a battlefield for that matter, they can be very useful. But since we have none of the above in Belgium, a car like that looks ridiculous to me here.

7. Things in Souvenir Shop: Junk? Or ... "soon to be" junk?
I worked in a souvenir shop once in Bruges! We sold
Manneken Piss corkscrews and all that kind of stuff ...
FYI ... Manneken Piss is very famous in Belgium.
Maybe I should tell you a bit more about him someday ...

8. Boy Name: Jantje. It's like John, only a smaller, Belgian version.

9. Girl Name: Jientje!! Hehehe, I already explained that one earlier!
Shit!! That does not count huh? ( I just read the rules.. a little bit late huh?)
Okay ...
Ahhhmmm, Julie. Julie, we have Julie's over here too!
Julie and her mom shop at the cheese shop where I work every Wednesday afternoon.
Julie it is!

10. Movie title: Jaws. In fact, there are lots of movies named Jaws!
Jaws 1, Jaws 2, Jaws 3, Jaws 3D ... Need I go on?

11.Drink: Judas, it's a Belgian beer.

12. OCCUPATION: Jailor. My father was one. I looked it up...

  • The work can be stressful and hazardous.
  • Most correctional officers are employed in State and local government prisons and jails.
  • Job opportunities are expected to be excellent.

13. Celebrity: John Mc Enroe. I used to love to see him get into an argument about the ball!

14. Magazine: Journal de la cuisine. French cuisine.

15. City: Juan les Pins. It's in France, at the côte d' azur. They have an very special event coming up, in the month of february, Pain... Amour et Chocolat.
Translated in English it just does not have that same "zing"! Bread, love and chocolate.

16. Sports: Jumping. I think that it's the only sport I can bare to watch for more than half an hour.

17. Fruit: Junior Pineapple. It's bigger than a baby pineapple, and smaller than a regular one!
Hehehe, clever huh?

18. Reason for Being Late to work: Just as I was leaving the appartment I remembered I still had to feed the cat!

19. Something that you throw away: Junk you bought in a souvenir shop in Belgium
Those Manneken Piss corkscrews perhaps?

20. Something you shout: Jeeeeeeeeeezus!! I did it!!! It's finished!!!

I am tagging .... Julie?
She is the one who gave me those beautiful flowers last week!
I want to take the opportunity to give them to Christine, Sandy and Eve as well!!
Thanks, you're such great friends!!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Fun Monday ... roses , angels and other useless stuff!

Another Monday, another Fun Monday!
I joined forthe first time last week, and I enjoyed it very much!
So here we go again!
Our host for this week is Angela.
First of all, here's this week's asignment:

So continuing in the spirit of "being interested in people", I would like to know, or see, what's on, in or under your bedside table! So open those draws and bare your soul to us! Is there anything special there that has a story or a memory that you can tell us about? Books that you keep there to delve into from time to time? Trinkets that you don't know where else to put? Let's see!

This is what you see standing next to my bed. I sleep on the left side of the bed.
Traditionally, one would have a small closet on either side of the bed but we never got round to buying those . There was always something else we needed more...
So, no drawers here. My husband made round tables out of hardboard,
and I decorated them to fit a romantic bedroom.
I sometimes use lace as a top cloth, now I have one in Organza.
The potted rose is not real, they are silk roses.

This is the view from my bed.

This lamp is a souvenir from our holliday in the Provence.
We have two of them now, one on each side of the bed.
They are not identical, and we bought them as a souvenir from the Provence.
This is the first one we bought, we bought the other one two or three years later...

Our wedding picture ...
Oh, that clock does not work. Well it would if I put batteries in it, but it makes way too much noise! I use the little black one, if ever I need one, because I usually wake up before it goes off!

Yes, I believe in angels ...
I have scented candles, dried rosebuds, rose scented handcream
... and a eye gel I have to use every night, I keep it upright between those rosebuds!

Between the round table and the bed is a small table to put my glass of water on.
There's usually a little magazine on it ( that I don't get to read!)
I keep all of this handcream there as well, but I always forget to use it!!

In other words ...
A clock that does not work, magazines I don't read, handcream I don't use,
and scented candles that never burned ...
But at least it's pretty , isn't it?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Weekly Winners Blind date at the Cathedral ...

I had a blind date this week ...
I had a date with George.
George is a befriended blogger in Belgium,
who is also a guide in the Cathedral of our Lady in Antwerp.
I had never met George in real life before, so ... I guess you could call it a blind date!

Follow me ...

Backside of the right sidepanel of " The carrying of Christ" by Peter Paul Rubens.
Yes " the" Rubens!

Very old wallpainting by an anonymous artist

One of the many stained glass windows

An amazing baroque pulpit dated 1713

Detail of a marble sculpture of one of the bisshops of Antwerp

That beautiful Madonna, I love the way the baby touches her cheek.

It rained.... again!
That is a pity, because the cathedral looks much prettier on a sunny day, look?

There, that's my entry for this week!
I hope you enjoy them.
Please visit the home blog of Weekly Winners, the one and only Lotus Caroll!
You can meet all the other players there as well!
See you all next week, enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Photohunt ... Old Fashioned

Saturday is hunting day ...
Oh yes, I love this!

Today's theme is old fashioned...

Old fashioned <> modern ...
This one says it all ...

Make sure to visit the other players as well!
Leave a comment, they all love comments, I know that!

Friday, January 25, 2008

The colour of my brain?

Your brain is red

Of all the brain types, yours is the most impulsive.

If you think it, you do it. And you can get the bug to pursue almost any passion.

Your thoughts are big and bold. Your mind has no inhibitions.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about love, your dreams, and distant places.

What Color Is Your Brain?

All of this is probably true, although I sometimes tend to doubt myself a little!
This is an emergency post!
I have done the meme, but when I read it just now, I don't think it's good enough to publish!
So I'll rewrite it as soon as I can.
Sorry about that!

There! I'm back from work, and I was wondering what it would give if I took the test again.
I'm a little bit tired, and my back hurts.
That must have an influence on my brain, because all of a sudden it has turned purple!
Hehehehe, I like purple ... but a purple brain? Hmmm?

Your Brain is Purple

Of all the brain types, yours is the most idealistic.

You tend to think wild, amazing thoughts. Your dreams and fantasies are intense.

Your thoughts are creative, inventive, and without boundaries.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking of fictional people and places - or a very different life for yourself.

What Color Is Your Brain?

Third update today!!!!!
By now my brain must have every colour of this lovely bouquet!
I got yet another award!!!
Awwww, this FEELS GOOD!!!
You cannot imagine!!

I got these from Julie!! Thanks, you are my blog friend!!! You are!!