STALEYK's SparkPeople Blog STALEYK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Extending stay <img src="">Daug <BR> hter battling mastitis second time. Went to dr and we decided to extend my time here to make sure she gets through this without another relapse. Hubby rescheduled flight home for sept 24 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:00:14 EST Two weeks til I head home Yes we're down to two weeks before I fly home. What an awesome time I've had. Camden is growing and changing daily. Going with son in law, daughter and grandson to dr appt today for son in laws Achilles' tendon. He's been in a boot for two weeks. Has tendinosis. Yes not tendinitis. Fraying if tendon . Baring no further complications from that or noting else happening. I have tickets booked for sept 12. It will be a hard parting for my daughter and son in law they like me cooking and keepi... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:28:25 EST Photo of daughter son in law and grandson <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">finally figured out how to post pictures from my phone. Pictures of my beautiful daughter, my son in law, my precious grandson Camden. And one of me walking on the beach at sunset carrying grandson in baby carrier Tue, 12 Aug 2014 06:44:07 EST Magnificent Monday Getting in some exercise each day. Enjoying time with new grandson Mon, 11 Aug 2014 05:01:22 EST Enjoying time in Florida Very busy but enjoying my time with grandson. Daughter doing very well. Try to get her out some and we all take a half hour stroller walk in the evenings when it cools down Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:05:28 EST Waiting Daughter having contractions the process has begin for the arrival of my grandson Camden Jay. Well see how long he takes before we load up for hospital😀 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:36:42 EST Today I am grateful for my husband because he allowed me to quit my job and fly to Florida to be with my daughter awaiting my grandson's birth Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:09:57 EST Sunday Made it safely to daughters in Florida . Now to awaits birth of grandson Camden. Walked Lido beach at sunset last night. Gorgeous! Sun, 6 Jul 2014 06:43:25 EST July 4 th So much going on but so thankful for the freedoms we still have in our country. <BR> <BR> Spent a busy week watching my grandson while Daddy and my hubby were working. He is the sweetest thing...but a two 1/2 year old. Kept me busy and I felt older and out of shape. Getting up and down on the floor takes some getting used to. <BR> <BR> Off to a July 4th parade with hubby at 8 am this morning. Then home and pick up Mom to head to Cincinnati for July 4th celebration with son, daughter in ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 05:48:04 EST Wacky wednesday Enjoying time with grandsin this week then off to Florida Saturday am Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:07:28 EST Fabulous Friday Been getting in more physical activity in the yard and around since I'm not stuck in a desk all day. <BR> <BR> Took daughter's old Prom and bridesmaid dresses and donated them for the Operation Princess. Been wanting to do that for a long time. Daughter said she won't be a 4 any longer and to donate them would be fine. They fix girls up for dances//Proms that can't afford all the costs. Something I've wanted to do for a long time and never got around to it. So put that on my agenda yest... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 06:57:27 EST Wacky Wednesday Off to all day training to add ce's for my license renewal Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:06:09 EST Day Two Why in the world would you EVER put off until “later” what you know you are supposed to do right now? <BR> <BR> And STOP with the excuses!!! No one has ever done anything significant because they sat around and made excuses. <BR> <BR> <BR> Well here is day two - trying to get into a new routine. Interesting the emotions and feelings going through my head. Much contemplation. <BR> <BR> Went to Master Gardener Tour over the weekend and loved seeing all the beautiful gardens. They were ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:09:48 EST Last day at this job Last day of working at this job. Have mixed emotions today . I leave a huge load on co-worker until they find a replacement I am sorry for that. We worked well as a team lifted each other up. She has a lot of issues in her life and I was there for her...praying she will make it through all the extra pressure and stress and strain. Yet I've stayed here for 4 years with this boss 11 years with these customers and with my 3rd owner. For me it's time to move on. Taking a step out in fai... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:00:09 EST Three days left of work It is interesting how closing down this part of my life for the last 11 years is. Both offices and my boss took me out to lunch on Monday (as he is gone the rest of the week) and gave me a very nice going away gift...river boat cruise for 2 and dinner gift cards. I was touched. My boss has talked to me more in the last couple of days than the last month. <BR> <BR> I feel at peace about it all but not sleeping good...trying to work with excellence to the end has been challenging. My mind ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:42:59 EST Fabulous Friday Woke up early - had broiled asparagus in the oven and maybe too much for my digestion last night...cleaned me out bright and early and couldn't get back to sleep so decided at 4 to get up and start the day and put in a load of laundry. <BR> <BR> A lot of thoughts going through my mind. Closing down 11 years of working in the insurance industry...sorting through my desk and clearing out what needs throwing away and what to take home and what to leave...a sense of calm has come over me,,,but ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 05:18:18 EST Thankful Thursday This week I'm alone at work as co-worker is at camp with Jr High as chaperone. Some emotions run through me as I say so long to some of my customers that have become like work friends...but emotions don't is more relief. Some sadness but relief. Tuesday was rainy and the cranky people called in...grmping about their bills and yelling at me. Kept my calm and thought I will NOT miss this. <BR> <BR> Trying to wrap up things I've been working on...finish things up. Scanning some p... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 05:34:36 EST Magnificient Monday Been a busy 3 weeks for me. BFF came and visited and we had a blast. Then daughter came home for two weeks and we had a baby shower for her. Only about 6 more weeks until Camden Jay comes into our lives. We saw him on 4D sonograms and you see him as he is...a real little baby boy. <BR> <BR> Enjoyed time with Grandson Aiden.... <BR> <BR> Went to Strawberry festival... <BR> <BR> AND Countdown to last days of work. June 20, 2014. Been a long haul but not regreting my decision to resign... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:00:25 EST Meeting with Boss first thing this morning! Well the day has finally arrived. After reschedules, office flooding, reschedule appointment the morning is finally here for the meeting with my boss. <BR> <BR> Feeling a little nervous...but I have practised what I want to tell him over and over and thought about it and prayed about it and had numerous friends praying for me and I am ready. <BR> <BR> May be the greatest talk of my life or one of the most important ones. <BR> <BR> I have done a lot of soul searching, praying and thought a... Thu, 29 May 2014 05:22:02 EST Wacky Wednesday Been busy...have both my adult children under the roof. What a blessing! <BR> <BR> Going with my daughter to her 4-D Ultrasound to see our Grandson who's due around July 31. <BR> <BR> Had to reschedule time to meet my boss for our "talk" as he suggested noon today. <BR> <BR> I am patient...the right time will come <BR> <BR> Been working on my talk and I feel nervous...,..for the meeting but at peace with the outcome. <BR> <BR> Off to seize the day! Wed, 28 May 2014 06:15:39 EST Terrific Tuesday A lot has been going on...noticing that I've slacked off morning exercising and need to refocus on it. <BR> <BR> Daughter is home 7 months pregnant to spend 2 weeks with us. What a wonderful time to get to meet Camden (our soon to be Grandson) and see the physical and emotional changes in our daughter. <BR> <BR> Making some important decisions with work and feeling a huge relief. Been practicing my talk with my boss until I have it pretty well outlined in my head. We were to talk last Th... Tue, 27 May 2014 05:10:27 EST Terrific tuesday Feeling a sense of peace and calm. <BR> <BR> Our house is crazy hubby and son came in at 9 pm for dinner. Told them kitchen was closed...but fixed them a light supper anyway. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow's my birthday. Son, daughter in law, hubby, and best of all Grandson....are going to fix dinner. Yipee! That's a first...I peeked into the frig and saw Salmon on the cedar plank...yummy yummy! <BR> <BR> Things in my world seem to be coming into the right place. Not sure where I'll end up but Go... Tue, 13 May 2014 06:11:27 EST Magnificient Monday and processing decisions to be made Had a wonderful weekend! Went to Car Show with hubby. Over 500 Corvettes from all over. It was a nice day. <BR> <BR> Had a fabulous Mother's Day! Took Mom to church (hubby was out of town for the day) and then to breakfast, then shopping (she doesn't have any clothes) and we found 7 outfits for her. (I'll scream to myself next week when she doesn't have any clothes - people come in and steal them from her) and then we spent the day celebrating my daughter in law's first Mother's Day. ... Mon, 12 May 2014 05:59:31 EST Wacky Wednesday - contemplation Been busy and haven't blogged for awhile. So much going on. Hubby and son's business is almost up and running...been a slow process getting the machine up and going after finally getting it here. <BR> <BR> Really struggling with work - again. Boss made some changes....I guess our office but neglected to tell me....let co-worker tell me she is now my boss. She is already getting into this power thing. We've been good co-workers working as a team but now it seems the dynamics have ... Wed, 7 May 2014 04:44:04 EST Terrific Tuesday Enjoying the beautiful weather these last few days. Getting a lunchtime walk in. <BR> <BR> May will be crazy. Garage sale the first part of May, BFF coming out May 18 for a long weekend with her hubby and my daughter is coming home May 24 for two weeks and we're having a baby shower for her. Fun! Fun! Fun! Have to get to working on the house. <BR> <BR> Had a wonderful Easter. Mom was a little difficult. Weather was so nice and she sat in the house with her coat on the whole time. But... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:07:21 EST Easter Jesus has risen Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:49:58 EST Fabulous Friday Took Mom to Ankle and foot Dr. They trimmed her toe nails and are sending her to get a specially made brace for her ankle. Think she may have tendon damage. She was all confused as to how it happened. Said something exploded on her kitchen table and that's what caused it. Didn't remember the two x-rays we've had on it. Just had to speak up and tell the story. Of course she got angry...but it is what it is. <BR> <BR> Also dropped off resume to city building for the water department. Th... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:06:38 EST "Terrific Tuesday" Woke UP to SNOW on the April Fool's....hopefully our last. <BR> <BR> Enjoyed beautiful weather over the weekend and was outside most of the weekend. <BR> <BR> Preparing another resume to get out. As my son says there is no chance without submitting it and see where God takes it. <BR> <BR> Aunt called last night and had talked with her sister in law (my mother in law) and hadn't realized how much worse she has become. By the end of the conversation she di... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:02:13 EST Magnificient Monday Worked out in the yard Saturday. Started out cleaning up the yard and ended up putting two truck loads of mulch down. We worked about 7.5 hours and I could hardly walk. Guess after the winter I am out of shape. Hubby could keep going and I was down for the count. So glad it is done but in the future we have to find another way to do it. My body needs a break in there. Hubby gets that way he gets so focused and doesn't stop. My how our lives have changed over the years. <BR> <BR> Beau... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:35:32 EST Terrific Thursday Been a crazy busy time it seems. Took a ride in our "Baby" last night and the night before. Enjoying the sunshine and countryside. <BR> <BR> Didn't make it to exercise last night but did get in a lunchtime walk! <BR> <BR> Have a Women's night sponsored by some of our vendors....from 5:30 to 9:00 pm. So will make for a long night but hopefully it will be fun. <BR> <BR> Mom's been a pistol recently - very demanding and laying the guilt on heavy. I allowed her to put me in a down mood yes... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:35:17 EST Thankful Thursday I am appreciating my Yoga class. Makes me realize how out of shape I really am...or how weak my Core has become - even though I ride the bike, work out on the tread mill and walk. My flexibility has tightened up and my core needs work. I am amazed at what I can do but more aware of how I've tightened up and can't do. <BR> <BR> New experiences and challenges....the adventure continues! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 06:07:49 EST Magnificient Monday Busy crazy weekend but enjoyed it. Went to Extraordinary Women Christian Women's conference in Kentucky. Got to see Miss K off Ducky Dynasty speak, Tim Tebow's Mom, Chonda Pierce made us roll in the aisles, Karen Kingsbury made is tear from memories of the last time our child hoped into our laps and gave us sloppy hold on and treasure those memories. Many others who encouraged and motivated us We had a nice time. It was good motivation. Made it home Saturday night to anothe... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:09:07 EST Extraordinary women conference Enjoying the conference Sat, 29 Mar 2014 05:58:39 EST Fabulous Friday Off to work and then co-worker and i are heading to Extraordinary Women's Conference iN Cincinnati. Looking forward to motivation....and encouragement...and time away. <BR> <BR> Then back home Saturday night and then off to Cincinnati Sunday for church with our kids and then breakfast and then back to church for our Grandson's Parent/kids dedication at church. <BR> Then off to daughter in law's Grandma's for a cookout. <BR> <BR> Busy weekend but looking forward to time with kids and Gra... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:47:21 EST Terrific Thursday Had a good workout day yesterday and ate within calorie range....I am finding that Yoga shows me how inflexible I have become. I know I can't do all the poses you see posted...but even the ones we do in class I feel my balance and core wobbly and feel my inflexibility in certain poses. I am enjoying the slower pace than aerobics and the stretching. Been having alot of trouble with my neck and shoulders from sitting hunched over a keyboard all day and we really stretch out those areas. <BR... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:51:38 EST Wacky Wednesday Getting back on track. Trying to get back into the habit of making Curves a habit after work. I can do it....I'm back at it...there is no excuses....I think it will help strengthen my neck and shoulders some. Having trouble sitting at a computer all day long. I try to get up and the next thing I know it's been 3-4 hours and I've sat in one place. <BR> <BR> Did not like looking out the window at work and seeing the white outs from snow yesterday or last night after work looking out the wi... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:59:55 EST Terrific Tuesday Meeting up with former co-worker for lunch. Be nice to catch up with her. Weather getting nice out and looking forward to lunchtime walks. <BR> <BR> Life has been crazy busy recently. <BR> <BR> Heading to Extraordinary Women's Retreat Friday night and Saturday with co-worker. Decided we wanted to do something different this year and decided to do a Christian Women's retreat. Looking forward to the motivation. Then heading home and back to Cincinnati for church with our kids and grandso... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 05:35:57 EST Thankful Thursday Today I'm thank I did it. Worked out in the morning.....made myself go to Curves after work...and you know it went smoothly - saw people I know and chatted through it and thought...why have I been putting it off. Just Do It. Then came home and decided to go to the Yoga class I've been wanting to try and putting it off. I really enjoyed it although I know I need a lot of work on my core and flexibility...but it was calming and all the stretching felt good on my neck from sitting... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:10:19 EST Wacky Wednesday Ate healthy until I stopped by chocolate shop and picked up box of buckeyes....OoOOh they are tasty...but full of calories.... <BR> <BR> BUT>>>>>I made myself go to CURVES after work and workout went well. Been awhile but need to just get into the habit. <BR> <BR> Now I'm going to try a YOGA class tonight. Hubby and son still at work and told me to go I'm going to try it. <BR> <BR> Off to Yoga class Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:38:25 EST Sunday Legs a little stiff and sire from all the hiking Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:30:20 EST Being heAlthy means Being able to physically live life to the fullest with few limitations <BR> <BR> Off to a fun day of hiking and adventures with son daughter in law and grandson Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:29:35 EST Terrific Tuesday Booked our cabin last night! Worked on menu for our trip. Son and I will get groceries tonight and be ready to leave Thursday after work. Hoping the weather is nice...but we'll see...whatever we're gonna be out in nature enjoying the outdoors. Looking forward to getting away - out into nature...and of course spending time with my grandson. Love that little guy. He brings such joy to my life. <BR> <BR> Went to women's retreat Friday night and Saturday at the church. Enjoyed myself. Ha... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:55:09 EST Magnificient Monday Hubby heading to Sebring Florida Wednesday with "the guys" to watch Corvette racing. <BR> <BR> Son, daughter in law and grandson and I are heading to Hocking HIlls Ohio Thursday night and staying in a cabin and doing some hiking over the weekend. They have lovely trails and we're gonna get out and walk and exercise. Looking forward to getting out and exercising some. Been stuck in a rut this winter and getting out of it. <BR> <BR> Going back to Curves after work today. Tired of procrast... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 05:59:25 EST It's a Boy! Daughter and Son in Law had the Baby Reveal party Saturday night. They pulled the cake knife out...and it was blue. <BR> <BR> Daughter is a little stunned...she just knew it was a girl. So did most people...boy aren't they surprised! We were on FaceTime from Ohio. <BR> <BR> I tried to upload the video...but will have to keep working on getting it uploaded. It is cute. <BR> <BR> So another Grandson! <BR> <BR> Had a quiet weekend with more SNOW. <BR> <BR> Off to seize the Mon, 3 Mar 2014 05:55:45 EST Saturday Not going to be there but daughter is having a Gener Reveal party this evening. Hopefully I can get the pictures uploaded. They had an ultrasound Friday and the Dr put the picture with what the baby an envelope and sealed it. They took it to a bakery and they made a cake with blue and pink on the outside with ???? marks and pink or blue inside. So no one knows until they cut open the cake. My son in law started this all and it has been awesome for my daughter. Got her up and goi... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:40:15 EST Magnificient Monday Was down sick with a sick headache all day saturday but finally eased at night time. Hate those...not sure what causes them...but don't like them. <BR> <BR> Co-worker vacationing in Florida this week. Praying she has a fun time of rest and relaxation. <BR> <BR> Got the machine delivered for hubby and son's business. Came in damaged but they have been repairing it and hope to put power to it this week. <BR> <BR> Holding myself accountable to get to Curves after work this week. I put it ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 06:13:51 EST Terrific Thursday Truck picks up printer today and heads from New Jersey to Ohio. Big day for the business...they are ready...the drop ceiling is in except for a few tiles. <BR> <BR> Wonder where God will take us with this business? <BR> <BR> Work goes is leaving at noon tomorrow for a week's vacation. She needs to get away and they are flying to Florida...hoping they have a wonderful trip and relax and don't think about work. <BR> <BR> Off to seize the day! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 05:53:44 EST Wacky Wednesday Yesterday went better! <BR> <BR> Had dinner out with two long time dear friends. Interesting that we are all in the same place right now...probably why we met up for dinner. Been pondering why the three of us are in the same place...I'm thinking that we feel/know something to be definitely wrong in our work situations and can do nothing to correct it and feel frustrated. Interesting! <BR> <BR> Gave me some things to ponder today... <BR> <BR> Weather still looking good to transport hub... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 06:12:08 EST Devotion today that hit me right in the face! My mom talks in details. If you meet her, she probably won’t just tell you she purchased fabric for her latest quilt. Instead, she’ll tell you why she purchased the fabric, who she was with at the store, when she did it, and how much it cost. <BR> <BR> She might say something like, “You know Mary? She’s my neighbor who is married to the plumber and she has a schnauzer. Anyway, I went shopping with her today for two hours and I purchased some fabric from the store around the corner from Judy’... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 09:27:42 EST Terrific Tuesday Feeling discouraged about work. I just want to walk away. I think I came in with confidence and now I feel run over run down. Maybe its new changes...always some problem at work....just feeling discouraged. But as only money maker in the family right now I keep trudging on. <BR> <BR> Got a call from two good friends to meet up for dinner tonight. How did they know I needed that? <BR> <BR> God has me where I am for a reason. Would walking away be an escape when I need to stay and wor... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 06:01:50 EST