Jenz thoughts and feelings

January 1, 2007

On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me . . .

Filed under: Epiphany and the 12 days of Christmas,On this day — jenz @ 6:51 am

Eight Maids A-milking

or in other words

The eight Beatitudes –

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kindgom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inhereit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thrist for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are perscuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kindgom of heaven.

(Matthew 5:3-10)

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December 26, 2006

On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me . . .

2 Turtle Doves

or in other words

The old and new testaments

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On Christmas Eve at 4pm we went to church to the children’s Christmas Eve service. It was short and good. Afterwards much to the boys delight and Muzz’s horror (they ate them in his car) they had cupcakes.

Yesterday morning (Christmas Day) I was the 1st one awake Billy came for a hug after a while. Hes got so tall. I told him so and that one day he would look down on me and he said “Yep, and then Ill be able to call you a shrimp!” LOL

As we had to go out later in the morning I woke Daniel. He wasnt grumpy or crying but he wasnt exactly impressed but as long as he had his bottle he was ok. He hasnt got the fact that one can rip into open ones presents so he observed really but he was happy as long as he had his bottle 🙂

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After we had opened the presents we went to Muzz’s sister’s house for bbq breakie this is beginning to become a tradition. Most of the family were there. We went last year when Daniel was just a month and a half old. Its amazing the difference in him when reflecting upon last year and this from a wee defenceless babe to a active wee boy.


After breakie we went to Muzz’s parents for a while. Then we came home and spent a quiet family day at home. I needed that. Its been a rough year and I wanted a quiet, family Christmas.

This year for the 1st time I cooked Christmas dinner. We had roast chicken, apple sauce, baby potatoes, coleslaw, 2 types of cheese, lettuce, Chippies, lollies with a gluten free (Muzz is celiac) Christmas cake (I put some candles in to remember the real reason for the season), meringues and raspberries with ice-cream for pudding.


When I was decorating the table Billy came along and said to me “Hey!” Jingle Bells do you need any here” he keeps us laughing. I for one need that after the year we have had. He also told us how grateful he is for everything we do this Christmas. Muzz bless him said it was one of the best Christmas dinners hes had in a while.

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In England, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and some other countries.  The origins of this day are unknown, but it is believed that Christmas gift boxes were given to servants on this day whom had to work on Christmas Day.  The servants were permitted the day after Christmas off, for their own celebrations.  Boxing day gift giving was later extended to include tradespeople and people who provided services during the year.

Another theroy is that the boxes were placed in Churches so parishioners could deposit coins in them for the poor, they were opened on this day and given to them.

Boxing Day began in the Middle Ages in England.


December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas Everyone Happy Birthday Jesus




and to my 2 South African readers

Geseende Kerfees en ‘n gelukkige nuwe jarr

and to my 1 reader in the Philippines

Maligayang Pasco at ManigongBangong Taon 

The greatest joy of all, is knowing that the Lord really and truly loves you and that you “are” special to him. The Lord loves you more than you can ever realize
Be blessed this Christmas and all year too

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On Eph28:10 we are sharing our nativity scene so here is mine


Memorable Christmas Days of the Past

In 336 the first recorded celebration of Christmas was held in Rome. Church fathers elected this day to be Jesus’ offical birthday. From 336 on a Holy mass – “Christ’s Mass”as to be observed.

In 1888 “Silent Night” was perfromed for the first time, at the Church of St Nikolans in Austria.

In 1914 during World War 1 Allied and German troops observed an unoffical truce, even playing football together on the Western Front’s “no man’s land.”


In my post dated the 5th of December I discussed where the 12 days of Christmas came from and I have decided that for the next 12 days I would mark this special time on my blog. I am not Catholic but I do like the real meaning behind this song. I didnt know what they were until then.



On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me. . .

A partridge in a pear tree

or in other words

Jesus Christ the son of God



whose birthday we celebrate today in the song Christ is metaphorically presented as a mother partridge that pretends to be injured to lure predators away from her vulnerable chicks, reminding us of when Christ considered sadly the fate of Jerusalem: “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! I have often wanted to gather your people, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. But you wouldnt let me” (Luke 13:34)

Just as the the mother partridge would die for her chicks so Jesus was willing to die for us.

The tree is the representation of the fall of the human race through the sin of Adam and Eve. It is symbolizes the redemption by Jesus on the Cross.









November 18, 2006

On this day in 1928

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November 14, 2006

Claude Monet was born on this day in 1840

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He was born in Paris and the family moved to Normanby when he was 5. His father was a grocer and it was hope that the young Claude would follow in his footsteps. Claude’s mother was a singer. When Claude was 11 years old he went to Le Havre Secondary school. He became known locally for his charcoal caricatures which he sold. 5 or 6 years later he met a fellow artist (Boudin) who became his mentor. Boudin taught Monet many different painting techniques. In 1957 Claude’s mother died. He left school and his aunt took him to live in her house.

Monet went to Paris to visit The Lourve and stayed several years. There he saw painters copying from the great artists of the time. Monet had brought his paints and gear with him so he would go and sit by a window and paint what he observed around him. While in Paris he met other artists and they all painted in the impressionism style.

In 1861 Monet joined the army. However 2 years later he got typhoid and his aunt got him out of the army on the provision that he go to university and study art. Monet didnt like the art the university taught so in 1862 he left and joined a studio run by Charles Gleyre. It was here the likes of artists such as Renoir, Bazille and Sisley, together they experimented with new art techniques and discovered and painted in the Impressionism style.

In 1866 he painted this picture monet-great.jpg people started to recognise him. “The Woman in the Green Dress” was his future wife she featured in many of his paintings. Shortly after this painting was painted she got pregnant and they had a son. In 1868 Monet tried to commit suicide.

Between 1870 and 1871 Monet went to England to avoid the Franco-Prussian War. While he was there he examined the works of Constable and Turner. Their landscapes inspired Monet with his use of colour in his own paintings.

Monet lived in a village near Seine River near Paris between 1871 and 1878. It was here that he painted some of his best paintings. 265.jpgIn 1872 he paintedimpression_sunrise.jpg it hung in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874 and still hangs in the Impressionism art gallery in Paris to this day. This painting is where the term Impressionism originate it was meant to be a derogatory term made up by an art critic but as you can see there is nothing ugly about this painting and the term and the paintings involved are in fact loved by many.

In 1870 Monet and his “Woman in the Green Dress” finally got married and had another son in 1878. Sadly she died in 1879. Long time friend (Alice) the wife of a then wealthy business man (he later went into bankruptcy) and Impressionism art collector offers to help Monet to bring up his boys as well as her own children. He later separated from his wife and their family. Monet planted a large garden where they lived and painted it for the rest of his life.


After the death of Alice’s husband she marries Monet.

During the 1880’s and 90’s Monet explored light and weather painting lots of the same painting in varying conditions. Below is a few of his first series. There were actually 20 of this subject in all.


All 20 were exhibited in 1895.

Monet travelled to the Mediterranean between 1883 and 1908 there he painted important and interesting places. In 1911Alice died followed by one of his sons in 1914. Monet got cataracts and had surgeries for them in1923. During this time his paintings all seem to have a reddish tone, which is how people see when they have cataracts.

Monet died on December the 5th 1926at the age of 86.



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If you are interested in seeing more of Monet’s paintings visit the site of The Impressionism Art Gallery I mentioned in this report

October 26, 2006

NOVEMBER National Blog Posting Month!

Filed under: On this day — jenz @ 5:51 pm

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All you to do is blog every day of November

You can post anything – shouldnt be too hard

To sign up and take this challenge too go to her post on the 15th of October and sign up

October 6, 2006

On This Day

Filed under: On this day — jenz @ 7:53 pm

In 1769 English naval explorer Captain James Cook, aboard the Endeavour, landed in New Zealand at Cooks Beach. He stayed 11 days. He planted an English flag in the beach declaring New Zealand for King George III to read more go this webpage

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September 13, 2006

Filed under: On this day — jenz @ 5:15 pm

Do U remember The Muppet Show it premiered on this day 1976. themuppetshowalbum.jpg

The author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (among others) was born today in 1916 the famous Roald Dahl roald_dahl_150jpg.jpg

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