STALEYK's SparkPeople Blog STALEYK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Enjoying time with my boys <img src=""> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:37:10 EST Thanksgiving So much to be thankful for. Daughter in laws father passed away yesterday. Daughter son in law and grandson coming in at midnight tonight. So much family time together on both sides this season. So thankful for family and times together Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:54:25 EST Back from Florida Back to work today. Enjoyed my time lovin on Camden <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 05:16:56 EST Sunday got in 2 mile walk with daughter and grandson yesterday. Got in lots of walking. Felt good Sun, 20 Sep 2015 05:19:44 EST Off to Florida heading to airport to spend three weeks with daughter son in law and 13 month old grandson. Looking forward to my flight Fri, 18 Sep 2015 03:17:57 EST Awesome time at The Wilds <img src=""> <BR> Hubby and grandson Aiden Sat, 5 Sep 2015 20:55:20 EST Saturday off to The Wilds with grandson today. We're going on an open air safari to see animals. He gets to stay the night for the first time without his parents. What a wonderful time were having Sat, 5 Sep 2015 10:44:30 EST 40th class reunion emjoying a short weekend with my 40th class reunion from high school Sat, 1 Aug 2015 07:05:06 EST Grandson's future ride <img src=""> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 06:22:21 EST Terrific Tuesday So much has been going on. Enjoyed a wonderful holiday with family and grandchildren Started a new job with Edward Jones Financial and mother in law fell-no broken bones-but after hospital stay and caring for her 24/7 she is now in nursing home in memory unit and doing well. Trying to get back on work out schedule. <BR> Our computer is so slow... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 05:28:42 EST Aidan and Mamaw at the Boonshoft museum <img src=""> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 14:47:03 EST Countdown to holidays Camden's 4 month picture <img src=""> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 14:44:02 EST Thankful Thursday Slowly getting into a routine. Go to ladies Bible Study at church on Wednesday mornings and then take Mom out wherever she wants to go or do. Always dread it as she is so negative and critical....and we had a bad evening the night before taking her grocery shopping and my purse had tapped her on the back while I was wheeling her around the stores in a wheelchair and she moaned the rest of the time and complained her back was severely hurt. Called her yesterday morning and she said she hadn... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:25:06 EST Playing in the leaves with my grandson Aiden <img src="">never want to get too old to play with my grand children! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:50:50 EST Terrific Tuesday Trying to focus on physical self. Worked in the yard over the weekend. Realizing what a toll it takes on my body. What I used to enjoy doing I am dreading because I pay for it for several days. Had a company come and take down 20 trees in our back yard....due to the dreaded Elm disease. So much for living in the woods. But they were dead and you can't bring them back to life. Hubby and I had started cleaning out the flower beds...raking and cleaning out the dead flowers. Then a man wh... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:55:18 EST Terrific Tuesday Trying to get into a routine. Every day seems to be challenging to get into a routine. Going to meet up with former co-worker and another former co-worker. It will be good to see them. Haven't seen Pam since I resigned in June. So much has happened.... <BR> <BR> Son in law having surgery today. Had hoped to be there when he went through it...but the process was slower and they finally got answers from insurance after I left. They will get through it. Just be a tough couple of weeks. ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:59:27 EST Thursday Morning Wow! Still trying to get into a schedule. Everything is so out of routine right now. Son, daughter in law and grandson left for Florida this morning to see baby Camden and visit for a week. Aiden is so excited. Therefore we are watching their two dogs Reece and Marshellow-- Cairn and Westie while they are gone. They are ready to go in the morning 100 miles an hour. Helps me get into a good morning walk. <BR> <BR> Yesterday just felt kinda lost...don't know what project to start, kinda... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:47:37 EST Saturday Home safe and sound and gradually recovering. Daughter is doing OK. Finally found son-in-law will have surgery on his ankle. Was hoping we would find out while I was there but it is what it is. Daughter will handle it She is doing better each day. Was hard for her to see me leave...but she is getting busy and forgetting to be sad. They will be home in 11 weeks for Christmas anyway. Our son and daughter in law and grandson go down to visit for a week this coming weekend...So she will s... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:30:02 EST Heading home Wednesday What a blessing this time has been. I have enjoyed being with my daughter son in law and grandson! It has been time to relax, recharge and feel needed. It's been a good break after resigning from my job where I didn't feel valued. Have enjoyed these precious moments here in Florida but they can handle it on their own now. Time for me to head home and see where God is leading me. <img src=""> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:08:15 EST 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