I Know I'm a Day Late...

But I wanted to make sure I posted this for all my Friends and Loved Ones!


I hope you had a wonderful day!  Wishing you lots of love, joy and happiness during this Holiday Season and throughout 2019!


My 6 Month Hiatus is Almost Over, I'm....

Hello Again...

Six months ago [well, 6 months and 10 days, to be exact], I blogged for the last time...when I got back to Wisconsin on June 6th, 2017 and the post was about my Grandson, Sawyer.

In the last year, there have been many, many changes in my life.  You can read about alot of them in my previous posts.  I may talk about some of them, or tell you about other changes, who knows.  I was just looking at my blog today...the only time I've done so, since I left it on June 6th.  I was reminded of my Mannequins Pauline, Lily and Isabella.  That got me into the mood to begin blogging again.  I'll be changing some things on my Blog...so watch for new construction.  The name of my Blog has changed but I'm still at the same address!!  [won't be changing the link]

I will definitely be sharing pictures of my darling grandson, Sawyer!

There are so many things that are different in my life...here in Wisconsin...so I have alot to share.  I plan to post again sometime this week...so I will see you then!!

One picture....here you can see how different I am...or at least my hair color is...

It's called Cherry Crush!!


Have a Blessed Day....


Back In Wisconsin...June 6, 2018

My Grandson, Sawyer born March 12, 2018
My Son, Stephen - Baby Sawyer - My Son, Grown up

I can't wait to meet Sawyer and see the rest of the family and friends!!

 


Saying Goodbye...


After blogging for more than 10 years here, I find I just can not continue with this Blog and yet I can't bear to delete it either.  So I will just say goodbye to it.

I am now divorced, the 3 PuppyKids are with their new families and doing well.  My husband was put into assisted living by his adult children where he is being treated for Alzheimer's.

My house is for sale and has been for a while now and I hope it sells soon.  

I have a 2 month old Grandson named Sawyer James that I haven't met yet...and he and my family are where I plan to move, when the house sells - Wisconsin.

I'm beginning a new part of my life, different than I ever imagined...and with God's help, I will flourish.  I will think of you often and remember and cherish the friendships we formed over the years.  I will be making new friends, more in the "real" world than through word typed on a Blog screen.  I want to have real live relationships.

I will remain on Facebook...so please visit me there.

Blessings to you all!

Jan Hermann
[went back to my maiden name]

All of My Pups, Have New Homes

On January 25th Ronda made a trip from her home in South Bend, Indiana to mine in Michigan.  Prior to our visit, we had several text and phone conversations.  I asked alot of questions.  I was intent on getting a home for my girl, where she had a furry brother or sister...and where she'd be taken care of and would be happy!   Angel is a 4 1/2 year old Coton deTulear.  The visit went very well and at the end of our visit, Ronda and Angel left for home to meet her furry brother, Mr. Darcy, a schnauzer.  When they left, I was crying and sobbing.  I knew I'd miss her terribly.  But I also knew that I had done the most difficult thing, but yet the best thing I could ever do for her.  And I knew she was happy.

The very next day, January 26th, Jenifer arrived for her meet and greet with Rosie, a nearly 8yr old Toy Poodle.  Jenifer and I spent many hours on the phone talking and texting back and forth.  She has worked for a dog rescue, so she knows first hand how hard these re-homings of my Pups was.  She was very interested in making Rosie a part of her family, but she was and still is, concerned about me and what I was and still am going through.  She was very loving and caring both to me, Rosie and Jasper when we met.  By the time the visit was over, I knew, without a doubt that Rosie would like a good and happy life, loved by both her mommy and furry brother, Enzo.  I also was assured that her a loving family, 3 step children and her husband would also fall in love with her.  Just this week, I found out that her dad now refers to her as his "little girlfriend".  How precious.

After alot of work, over a couple of weeks, Jasper finally had his first meet and greet.  Several other people scheduled theirs and then cancelled or didn't show up. before Mary and her loving furry Pup, Snowball showed up.  They drove nearly 900 miles coming here, all the way from South Carolina.  It was love at first site for all of us.  Mary and Snowball spent the night here at my house before heading for home the next morning.  They drove about half way home and stopped at her son's house in West Virginia, where they spent the past 2 days.  They will be heading home to South Carolina today.  Jasper did very well at Mary's sons' house, with Snowball and Midnight, a much bigger dog who belongs to Mary's son. Jasper chased Midnight around the housing, barking at him.  I can just picture Jasper, who weighs 8#, chasing around a 50# dog...running him ragged!!  LOL!!

While this has been difficult for me and for the PuppyKids, in my head I know I did what I had to do, to find someone to care for them, love them and provide for them...when I knew I couldn't.  I knew I did the best thing for them.  That's why I wanted to do the re-homing process myself, so that I would feel good about where and who they were with.  I wanted alot of things...and one was that the new families keep in touch with me, sharing photos, videos and everyday things...to help me through this difficult transition.  And they've all done that.  I am so thankful and very happy with my selections and the friendships I have formed with these new families. 

There are alot of things I'm working on, keeping busy with and adding things to my list, too!  I know I'll be fine...I don't give up.  I keep putting one foot in front of the other and getting things done.  One thing before I leave Michigan, I have to say goodbye to my two BEST friends here...something else that will be sad and difficult to do.

Please continue praying for me...I appreciate it very much.

Getting Help from a Few Places and People

Hi Everyone,
I'm on a mission again, to find all 3 of my precious PuppyKids a new home.  I no longer see the need for them to be together.  It would be nice, but not necessary.  As long as Jasper has a male figure in the home to walk with and play with, he'll act like a one year old puppy, that's what everyone says when they see him with a guy.  The two girls, Angel and Rosie, will be happy alone, too, as long as they have someone to snuggle up to and that Angel can alert someone to stranger danger!!

My local Humane Shelter is helping, by reaching out to shelters and people looking for small dogs.  My Vet is also helping by putting their Bios on the wall in the waiting room and listening for anyone who may be looking for a small dog.  And now, the Breeder, in Indiana, where I got all 4 of my Pups, has posted an entire page on the Adult Dogs Available.

I really appreciate all the help!  I'm still mentioning the pups wherever I go and to everyone I speak to on the phone, just in case...ya know?

Have a wonderful day!


Christmas 2017 In My Sitting Room

This Christmas was quiet...just me and the Pups. 

I got my Cinnamon Rolls baked and handed out to neighbors and friends.

The Pups and I watched movies after everything was cleaned up and we all enjoyed a few treats.


My Son, Stephen and his wife, Lindsey [above, getting their Christmas tree this year] sent me an on-line Gift Certificate for PetCo.  I ordered the pups some food and some treats...and they arrived yesterday.  I didn't have much food when they returned last week and knew I needed to order it, but didn't want to have to spend much money, with the shortage of money I currently have...or don't have, really.  So that was perfect timing...the gift certificate.  My son is aware of the financial situation and what's been going on here and he decided to give me something that I could really use.  I'm so proud of him and his wife.  They are so thoughtful and I nice.  I can't wait til their baby boy arrives in March.  My goodness how that time has flown.  It seems like yesterday that Stephen was telling me they were expecting!  I'm going to be a Grandma!

I received a bottle of BareFoot Pinot Grigio Wine from a friend...it's been years since I purchased or enjoyed any wine.

Got lots of love and affection from the Pups.  They enjoyed the snow we got for Christmas...me, not so much.  I was glad to have them home for the Holidays.


Another Christmas Gift arrived yesterday, quite unexpectedly.  I was waiting for my pups' nail clippers, some other food and treats to arrive, from Chewy.com to arrive...and since I had 2 separate tracking numbers for Chewy, I figured they had to send the smaller things separate from the larger bag of food.  I got the smaller package first and opened it.  I had 4 individually wrapped in red tissue paper "somethings" and couldn't figure out what they could be.  They weren't clippers and they weren't treats.  So, I took one and began unwrapping it and saw a beautifully painted portrait on canvas of Jasper.  Oh my...tears began rolling down my cheeks.  Then I opened the next and it was another equally beautifully painted portratit...of Rosie.  The next was another portrait on canvas...of Angel.  I began crying.  The last package I opened held the beautifully painted portrait of my dog, Benny.

You see, last month when I ordered food for the pups, I knew [or thought I knew] it would be the last time, since they were going to be re-homed, due to my finances and the house up for sale.  So, I decided to send an email to the owners of Chewy.com, the place I'd been purchasing all things pup related for the last I don't know how many years.  Each year, they send a beautiful Christmas card with a hand-written message inside...straight from their hearts.  They have the best Customer Service I've ever come across.  They are a fantastic group of people!!  [BTW, I'm not getting anything for praising them and their organization...this is straight from my heart!!]  I told them the pups were going to be re-homed and I would be deleting my account on Chewy.com.  I thanked them for everything they do for all their customers, not just me.  I shared a photo of the 4 pups and said all these pups thank you too...and have enjoyed everything their Mommy has purchased for them through the years.  Here is the photo I sent along with my Christmas message to them...
Okay, are you ready?  Here are the four paintings I received as a Gift from Chewy.com of my Four Precious PuppyKids.






This was the BEST Christmas Surprise I could have ever received.  What a shock!  I wrapped them up and took them to two neighbors homes to show them off.  I couldn't believe it.  Thank you so much Chewy Team!!!  You made my Christmas!  Now, when the Pups have to leave me [again] for their new homes, I will definitely have something to remember them all by.

Do you see that the paintings were done from the photo I shared with them?

What a special company...and group of people.

Hope everyone of you had a Great Christmas!  And I wish you all a Happy New Year!


The PuppyKids Are Back Home With Me

Late Thursday afternoon, after speaking to the Mrs. of the couple who took my Pups almost 3 weeks ago, a friend and I went to their house for a visit.  A visit that I hoped would end with me bringing my Pups back home.  3 weeks ago, when the Pups initially stayed with this couple, we knew there would be a trial period of about 3 weeks, in case either of us saw a need to have the pups come back to live with me.

All of the PuppyKids, after baths and grooming...
Left to Right:  Angel, Rosie & Jasper
My friend and I arrived and the couple welcomed us, as did my Pups!  I said we needed to sit down because I was there to talk to them.  I said I felt that in talking to them, that they may have taken on too much with 3 small dogs.  They asked if I wanted to take them back home.  I asked how they felt about that and they said, "Fine".  The Mr. said that he had just asked the Mrs. after our phone call, if she thought that I might want my dogs back.  Then they said that yes, it was a bit much with 3 dogs, but they were trying.  Some things that they promised to do, hadn't been done and things I requested them NOT to do, they were doing.
Angel
 My dogs have always had my Garden Courtyard, approximately 900 square feet of enclosed patio area, with concrete block wall and gate to keep them secure.  Plus whenever they were outside to go potty or play, I was out there with them, or at least at the door the entire time.  So, my request was that they NEVER leave the dogs "off leash" in their HUGE un-fenced yard [approx 2 acres].  They had the Invisible Fence from 2 previous pups of theirs who passed away and until they got that up and running, they would take them out on a leash.  Well, just a couple of days in, they were leaving the pups out the patio door to run around their yard...no fence, a huge area of woods, a big pond and on a busy road.  We talked about changing that and they once again agreed.
Rosie
It's been cold and snowing here...and yet the pups never wore their coats to go out running around in the yard, in the snow.  These are small pups 8-12# each...and they need their bellies covered when they're in the snow.  And Angel ran a way out of sight, long enough that they wondered if she would return.  But, she did, "because she was probably cold and figured it was warm in the house".
Jasper
My Rosie, known to scrounge food from anyone's bowl or plate, be it dog or human...was allowed to even eat the cat food.  In her 3 weeks with them, she gained 2#.  She has problems when she is overweight...with her hind legs when she walks.
Angel
The pups usually go to bed [here with me] anywhere from 8-10pm, right after going potty. Then they get up about 7am. I could adjust the time if I needed them to sleep later or to even get up earlier...but it would take several days. That didn't work out for this couple, who sleep in until 9am. They were anxious to be able to sleep until 9am again, which they did on Friday morning.
Rosie, already bored with me taking pictures, she's mid-yawn!!
All in all, they were a lovely couple, anxious to keep the 3 Pups together, so the little family wouldn't be split up more, afterall, I was letting them go.  They had good intentions.  The liked having the pups around.  But...we all agreed that the pups needed to go back home with me.

While relieved having them back here...I'm already dreading when they need to leave with another family.  I don't know how that will go...but I know someday, it will happen.  I just don't have enough money [income] to support all of us.  Even when/if they divorce goes through, I'm not guaranteed to receive money from Tom.  And, no, no one has come to even look at my house, much less buy it.
Jasper doing what he does best...playing with his favorite toy!
But, for now...my Pups are safe and home to spend Christmas with me.  We do alot of snuggling since they've been home.  I've given them baths and groomed them too.  I've ordered food for them, since I only had a few days of their food left.  It's been quite a shock to my system, taking them out in the dark of night, in the snow, rain, wind and cold weather.  It's like they never skipped a beat...when we got home, it was right back to normal.

I feel so blessed that this couple opened their home to my pups and me like they did.  I feel bad for them that it didn't work out...but then also feel relieved for them, because I really believe they bit off more than they could chew with my 3 little pups.

I rescued my Pups!  It feels good to have them here.
Tom & I probably 8 years ago
I wish I could have rescued my husband, too.  That would have made the Holidays complete.  My friends say, your hubby could be knocking on your door, when you least expect it.  And, in a way, I guess he could.  I never thought I'd find him, let alone would be able to see him like I did 2 weeks ago.  I never thought I'd hear an apology from him, have him hold my hand or give me a peck on the lips again.  But, after much prayer and leaving it all to God, I did find him.  I did get an apology from him, he did hold my hand and he did give me a peck on the lips...all after being gone for nearly 3 years!  He made plans for me to come and get him and all his stuff to bring him home.  He said God will help us put things back together again.  Then his kids intervened once more and I can no longer talk to him.  But, I can continue praying and trusting God to work everything out, however that may be.  This is the time of year of Christmas Miracles.

Merry Christmas!


My Annual Christmas Week Baking Tradition

CINNAMON ROLLS
Not just any Cinnamon Rolls either...Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls!!  They are the BEST and if you make the entire recipe, it makes lots of little round crinkled aluminum pans full...of yummy ooey, gooeyness!  And the recipe is so easy.  You can even make the dough and store in the refrigerator for 3 days, in advance of when you want to bake the rolls.  The rolls roll out easier and they turn out prettier too.

Alright, so how many of you would really care just how PRETTY these yummy cinnamon rolls look when they come out of the oven?  I do, because I'm that way.  I used to make and decorate cakes, including wedding cakes that served 500 people!  I had to care how those turned out and now I'm no different when it comes to always wanting baked and cooked goodies to look pretty too.

I'm mixing up the dough today and will bake on Friday or Saturday, in preparation of delivering them to friends and neighbors, soon after they are cooled enough to put their tiny little clear plastic lids on them.  I love to give baked goods as gifts.  This year, it's the only thing I can give.  Thank goodness, I had everything I need to make these in my pantry.  I began stocking up on some things back in October...so that was good.

I absolutely LOVE these Cinnamon Rolls!!  So does everyone I give them too!

***This makes me remember how much my husband used to love these Cinnamon Rolls.  Tom, if you somehow are reading this, know I have thought of you often in the past years apart...and especially this Christmas, since it was to be your First Christmas back home.  I know everything got side-tracked and I don't know where you are again, but we'll be together in our hearts.***

I make one change in the following Recipe from Ree Drummond....in the Frossting, I eliminate the Maple Flavoring and the Coffee...I prefer plain white icing.  For an extra treat, I'll make a Cream Cheese Icing.

Enjoy!!

Now...before you begin the process of making these for yourself, click on this link and go to Ree's Blog, she shows photos every step of the way through the process and shares lots of good information!!!
  

PREP TIME:  2 Hours
DIFFICULTY:  Easy
COOK TIME:  30 Minutes
SERVINGS:  8 pans full
1 quart Whole Milk
1 cup Vegetable Oil
1 cup Sugar
2 packages Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 Ounce Packets
8 cups (Plus 1 Cup Extra, Reserved) All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder
1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt
Plenty Of Melted Butter
2 cups Sugar
Generous Sprinkling Of Cinnamon

MAPLE FROSTING:
1 bag Powdered Sugar
2 teaspoons Maple Flavoring
1/2 cup Milk
1/4 cup Melted Butter
1/4 cup Brewed Coffee
1/8 teaspoon
For the dough, heat the milk, vegetable oil, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat to just below a boil. Set aside and cool to warm. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit on the milk for 1 minute.

Add 8 cups of the flour. Stir until just combined, then cover with a clean kitchen towel, and set aside in a relatively warm place for 1 hour. After 1 hour, remove the towel and add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the remaining 1 cup flour. Stir thoroughly to combine. Use the dough right away, or place in a mixing bowl and refrigerate for up to 3 days, punching down the dough if it rises to the top of the bowl. (Note: dough is easier to work with if it’s been chilled for at least an hour or so beforehand.)

Preheat the oven to 375°F. 

To assemble the rolls, remove half the dough from the pan/bowl. On a floured baking surface, roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 30 x 10 inches. The dough should be rolled very thin.

To make the filling, pour 3/4 cup to 1 cup of the melted butter over the surface of the dough. Use your fingers to spread the butter evenly. Generously sprinkle half of the ground cinnamon and 1 cup of the sugar over the butter. Don’t be afraid to drizzle on more butter or more sugar! Gooey is the goal. 

Now, beginning at the end farthest from you, roll the rectangle tightly towards you. Use both hands and work slowly, being careful to keep the roll tight. Don’t worry if the filling oozes as you work; that just means the rolls are going to be divine. When you reach the end, pinch the seam together and flip the roll so that the seam is face down. When you’re finished, you’ll wind up with one long buttery, cinnamony, sugary, gooey log.

Slip a cutting board underneath the roll and with a sharp knife, make 1/2-inch slices. One “log “will produce 20 to 25 rolls. Pour a couple of teaspoons of melted butter into disposable foil cake pans and swirl to coat. Place the sliced rolls in the pans, being careful not to overcrowd. (Each pan will hold 7 to 9 rolls.)

Repeat the rolling/sugar/butter process with the other half of the dough and more pans. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cover all the pans with a kitchen towel and set aside to rise on the countertop for at least 20 minutes before baking. Remove the towel and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown. Don’t allow the rolls to become overly brown. 

While the rolls are baking, make the maple icing: In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, butter, coffee, and salt. Splash in the maple flavoring. Whisk until very smooth. Taste and add in more maple, sugar, butter, or other ingredients as needed until the icing reaches the desired consistency. The icing should be somewhat thick but still very pourable.


Remove pans from the oven. Immediately drizzle icing over the top. Be sure to get it all around the edges and over the top. As they sit, the rolls will absorb some of the icing’s moisture and flavor. They only get better with time… not that they last for more than a few seconds. Make them for a friend today! It’ll seal the relationship for life. I promise. 

My House Is Decorated For Christmas

Thank goodness I decided to do the little Christmas Decorating I did on Thanksgiving Day.  That was a good day.  I enjoyed Thanksgiving with my 3 Pups.  They followed me around the house and watched me as I decorated and hung items on the walls.  They were so much fun that day.  If I hadn't decorated on that day, I don't think I would have gotten it done at all...with everything that's been going on in my life.  [read past posts to find out, if you missed anything]

Now for the photos of my home decorated for Christmas.  I didn't do anything like I did in years past, but it's enough for me.  Enjoy.  And have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.