Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Food Stamps or SNAP

Imagine how difficult it would be if your food budget for the month was 1/2 of what it is now?  How good would you eat?  Could you make that smaller amount of money work for you, your family?  Well that's what most individual or families get in SNAP benefits.,,half, or more of what their budget used to be for food.
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.

When my ex-husband and I were together, before he retired our budget for food was about $80-$100 a week.  When he left, my food budget dropped to $60 a week and that was difficult to maintain.  

What kind of food budget do you have?  For how many people?

For the past year and a few months, I've been receiving SNAP since I am on a very low, fixed income.  My food budget is now just under $170 for the entire month.  It's nearly impossible to exist on that small budget.  But that's what I receive.  I do not qualify for any other benefits at this time, although my income is quite low.  I am glad I have that amount...and I'm glad that there is only me.
Are you aware that because of the Government Shut-Down, thousands of individuals and families will lose their SNAP benefits completely in February? 

Do You realize that this could suddenly and easily happen to you?

You could...
*Lose your job and remain out of work for some time
*Get injured and not be able to work
*Your spouse could be in a nursing home or assisted living due to Alzheimer's, like mine.  All of his retirement income, including social security goes toward that, no questions asked.  Even though we were divorced in 2018, I get no support or financial help from his large income.  Going into a "home", your income goes to them...not a spouse or ex.  I even had to sell my house and move into a tiny apartment and re-home my 3 PuppyKids.  I can barely make ends meet.

So, please take a minute and think about that.  We're not bad people.  We are not lazy or stupid.  Life happens...and it isn't always nice.

If you have the means to help a Food Pantry or to set one up at your Church...or to help someone you know who is having a difficult time on SNAP, do it.  It's so rewarding.  I used to help our Food Pantry at Church.  I used to give restaurant Gift Certificates to people I'd see who needed food.  It always felt good...and God directed me to those who needed it most.  He will do it for you, too!

And...Pray for us.  Pray for all of us.  Pray this Government Shut-down ends soon.

Thank you for reading this.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Events on Facebook

I always like looking at the Events listed on Facebook to see what's going on around my neck of the woods.  Do you?  Well, this time I have an Event posted there and I'd like to extend the invitation to everyone who reads this post.

Lots of special Valentine Jewelry and other beautiful jewelry will be shown - most for the first time! Different items every night! You special someone will love you for buying jewelry! And pick up some pieces for yourself too! All lead and nickel free and only $5.

Paparazzi Jewelry - some of these pieces will be in my shows each night on my Facebook Page

Hope to see you there!
The Live Event will be taking place on my 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Paparazzi Party Night

Hi Everyone! 
I'm going live at 7pm tonite with my Paparazzi Jewelry Party!  Will you be there?  I've got LOTS of beautiful jewelry and lots of Bling!  Everything is lead and nickel free and everything costs only $5!  All Necklaces come with Free earrings.  And there are Bracelets, Earrings, Rings, Lanyards and even 4 piece sets [so you're sure each piece goes with the other].
Please RSVP with a comment here that you will be attending. You will be entered into a drawing for a free piece of jewelry. 
You must be present to win.
If you're not a member of my VIP group you can join here:

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Turkey Club Roll-Up

This Recipe is so easy and the Wrap Tastes So Good!  I don't miss the bread at all.


You can watch the video for this Here

4 slices deli turkey
2 tsp. mayo
2 slices cheddar, halved or quartered
1/2 c. shredded or chopped lettuce
1/2 tomato, sliced
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 avocado, sliced
4 slices cooked bacon
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

On a clean work surface, place two slices deli turkey and spread a thin layer of mayo on top. Top with 1 slice cheddar, half of the lettuce, tomato, red onion and avocado, and 2 slices bacon. Season generously with salt and pepper.  Roll up and secure with toothpick, then repeat with remaining ingredients.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Paparazzi - Lots of Beautiful Costume Jewelry for only $5 each

This is a special subscription program I belong to as a Paparazzi Independent Consultant.  Each month I receive 5 Limited Edition Put-Together Matching Sets in 5 Different Styles.  Have you ever wished that you didn't have to select each separate piece and hope it goes together?  Well, here you go.  You have all of these beautiful sets to choose from.  I love this business.

Feel free to Visit my Paparazzi Business Page or Join my VIP Group or Follow me on my Personal Facebook page.  That way you'll never miss anything going on in the world of Paparazzi!

This 5th Avenue silver set has chains and cube crystals...and clear rhinestones.  You get the Necklace Set, which comes with a Free set of earrings...and you also receive the Upgraded Earrings pictured above, the Bracelet and the Ring.  At $5 a piece, that makes this Gorgeous Set, as well as any of the other sets ONLY $20 plus tax.

**Shipping is a flat $5, no matter how many pieces you order**

This gorgeous Silver and Turquoise Natural Cracking Stone Set is stunning.  Again Necklace, Upgraded Earrings, Bracelet and Ring are only $20 plus tax for the set.

Silver Rings...Beautiful!  4 pieces for $20 plus tax...that coordinate!

Silver and Shells...coordinated to give you that Designer look in your jewelry.  All 4 pieces for only $20 plus tax.  You get the Necklace with free earrings, the upgraded Earrings, the Bracelet and Ring!

This Set is absolutely Gorgeous!  It is a deep Purple, Silver and Gunmetal  You receive 4 pieces in this set for only $20 plus tax.  You get the Necklace with free earrings, the Upgraded Earrings pictured, Bracelet and Ring.  You'll be set to go.

If you have any questions or would like to see other jewelry, please let me know.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Top 10 Posts - Blast From the Past - 2014

Thanks for joining me.  I've been reminiscing about Christmases Past - when I decorated, had parties, baked goodies, had dogs and did Top Posts of the Year posts.  What better way to refresh your memories of me - Jan - since my long absence from blogging began about a year ago [8 posts total for all of 2018!].  Now I'm back to stay, complete with a new Blog Name and Address.  Please follow and I will follow you!  Happy New Year!

In no particular order, the tour begins with: 

Gail Claridge Designs Home Tour
Interior designer Gail Claridge was born with a passion for design. Always interested in collectables and antiques, she has used her imagination, attention to...
detail, and design abilities to turn her personal residences into jewel boxes.   The rooms all have so much detail and I love the colors.

These Pies are so easy to make.  Besides having their own personal pie, everyone 
gets a crispy top and bottom crust, which is something most pie eaters LOVE! 

Display Window
I love how my Display Window has taken shape.  It's in my Office, in the top part of the Armoire {doors have been removed} and when the Glass French Doors to the office are open almost all the way, it looks exactly like this from just outside the office...from my Living Room/Great Room.

A Baby Boy Was Born.  On April 6, 1970, at 11:41 am this precious 
child entered our lives.  We Named Our Son, Stephen Craig. 

Tillinghast-Murray-Willys Mansion
 2210 Robinwood Avenue Toledo, Wisconsin
It is located in the Old West End of Toledo, Ohio
I shopped and shopped and then...I found their lovely shop.  They have
the cutest collage frames, in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors, even 
unpainted, so that you can finish however you would like.  It worked 
for me and solved all my problems with different sized paintings!

He was born 100 years ago - quite the FlashBack!  Now, what do I know about 
Ralph Hermann?  Why would I know anything about Ralph Hermann?  What 
did he do?  Do you know what he was famous for?   Well, let me tell you...

I just want some peace and quiet and a soft place to land.  I don't want to deal with all 
nonsense and arguments...and all the difficulties.  It's too hard.  I just want it to end.  
It isn't good for my health.

Welcome Friends to my etsy shoppe sharing decorative design painting, vintage accents and hand created decor. My name is Celestina Marie, friends call me Celeste. My boutique is located here on Etsy and I have been a designer for over 30 years.
Two big trees...and lots of other pretty things.  I even decorated our Bedroom and Den 
(no pictures) with trees and wreaths and pretty things.  I even decorated the front 
porch and yard...in 2007.  

Have a Blessed Week...

Monday, December 31, 2018

Sawyer, My Grandson

Merry Christmas Sawyer!!  You're such a good and happy little boy.  Those dimples of yours are just adorable!  I can't believe that you were born over 9 months ago already.  I still lived in Michigan when you arrived and I was so anxious to meet you!  My first grand baby!  Grandma loves you so much.

You look like you're really enjoying getting to know Mickey.  You'll spend lots of hours playing with him and learning just who he is.  Have fun.

I wish I knew what you were thinking in this photo...your package unwrapped and that incredible dimpled grin!  You got alot of really nice toys and things that will keep you busy!

I can't wait to see you again!!  Maybe when daddy brings my present, you and mommy can come along!

Hugs to all of you...and Happy New Year!!

Mom, Grandma, Jan, Kittie ♥♥♥

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

I Know I Am 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!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

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....

Thursday, June 7, 2018

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!!


Sunday, May 13, 2018

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]

Sunday, March 4, 2018

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, February 13th.  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 heart 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.