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May 06/12/18
By John Schmit
Cheryl and I needed some time away and what better place than Olallie State park. She played with her camera and I played with mine. We put together a short video to enjoy.
On the 16th, Cheryl was home to catch the workers come and plant the tree in front of the house. That was an interesting process. John took her videos, edited them and created some music to go with them. Enjoy the Street Tree Planting video.
Mom finished up at rehab and went home by the 18th, but had to go back to the hospital at the end of the month.
Around the house we've been decorating the yard with a variety of plants. Spring rains have slowed so we setup the sprinklers, and now it's once a week cut the grass.
Looking forward to planned visits from family in June.
 
Street Tree Planting 05/16/18
By John Schmit
They finally came and planted the street trees along part of our street. We got one in front of our house. Cheryl was home to catch the planting by the crew on video. It was quite the process.
Click here to enjoy the video.
 
Olallie State Park and Snoqualmie Pass 05/14/18
By John Schmit
We took some time out to relax and enjoy one of our favorite parks. The Olallie State park is a little east of North Bend on Interstate 90. It was a warm day with almost no clouds. The cool shade of the trees and the sounds of the Snoqaulmie River were relaxing and fun to get pictures of. Just a couple of hours to do something different.
Click here to enjoy the video.
 
April 05/07/18
By John Schmit
A big month for vacations in April. Cheryl took a week and went to visit with Heidi and the kids in North Augusta, South Carolina. Later in the month, Wendy came and stayed with us while she visited with Barb in rehab. Wendy also went to Oregon for a few days to visit Ron and Colleen.
With these two trips, the month was active with preparations. Mixed into the preparations were many trips to the rehab to visit Barbara and plan for her eventual release. But the trip to Heidi's was top of the list. Cheryl and Heidi spent a lot of time planning and prepping. They were going to do a major overhaul of the master bedroom closet.
When Cheryl first arrived, she spent lots of time playing with Michael and Rachel. Eventually they went to daycare and Cheryl and Heidi got to work. In a couple of days the closet was transformed and everyone was happy. It was good, quality time with Heidi and the kids.
After Cheryl's return we began prepping the guest bedroom for our first guest. Wendy was full of energy and wanted to do and see a lot. But her priority was visiting Barb. Cheryl and her chatted up a storm and caught up on everything they could. Wendy brought some pictures for Cheryl to scan and add to the genealogy records.
There was a short break while Wendy went to visit Ron. She also stopped to see the Multnomah Falls on the Columbia river. After she returned we caught up on the latest news and Wendy left in the same whirlwind as she arrived. It was wonderful for Cheryl to be able to spend time with her.
What a month! Looking forward to more fun things in May.
 
March 04/08/18
By John Schmit
Planning for our upcoming vacation trip was in full swing as my cellphone decided its life was over. Just one more thing to take care of. Switching phones is a boring, time consuming chore.
Of course the planning and preparation for the trip is fun. Cheryl had most of the work to do making reservations and setting the travel schedule. All of this came to a screeching halt by Sunday, the 11th. Barbara had become ill and entered the hospital on Friday with her condition getting worse by Sunday.
After visiting with Barb on Sunday and Monday it became clear that all traveling would have to be cancelled. Calls were made to Heidi, Doug and Daryl that we felt we needed to be here for Mom. Everyone agreed. Needing to be at the hospital put all other activities aside.
Lisa came to be with Barb and helped with a continuing bedside presence. Barb recovered well enough to be moved to Rehab in Federal Way. Now she is moving about more and has an energetic attitude looking forward to returning home soon.
During my time at home Cheryl and I decided to revamp the look of the website. As you can see, the changes give the site a fresh and clean look. You can easily find the important information on the home screen.
I have returned to work at Metro after the vacation and began driving the new routes for the Spring shake-up.
 
February 03/05/18
By John Schmit
February always starts with the fun of singing Happy Birthday to Heidi. It's always good to hear her voice and let her know we are thinking of her.
On Monday the 5th our Highlander went into the shop to repair damage to the right rear door caused by a parking lot hit and run. They did an awesome job but we didn't expect it to take almost two weeks. Really didn't care for the hybrid rental they gave us.
I had been real concerned about the Metro pick on the 6th of February as so much of the work had been changed. While I could continue to drive the same routes that I had been for the last year, I was able to pick work that gave me the overtime I was looking for. That was most important.
Of course we watched plenty of the Olympic games. We really enjoyed the tension and drama of the Curling contests. It was great to see the USA men win the Gold. Cheryl also enjoyed the ice skating activities.
A Pacific storm brought lots of moisture to the area on the 21st. Snow started in the early afternoon and continuing until midnight, there was about two inches of accumulation. Most of the snow fell at higher elevations ans in the southern part of the area. Going home from work was a white knuckle ride as I crept along the icy road. See the Snow Drive story below.
On Saturday, the 24th we had dramatic clouds moving through all day. Check the Wild Cloud Drama story below.
 
Wild Cloud Drama 02/24/18
By John Schmit
Saturday the 24th had some wildly changing cloudy skies. I checked the south view cam and though the images would make a great timelapse video. Check it out for yourself.
Click here to see the video.
 
Snow Drive 02/21/18
By John Schmit
The drive home after work was real interesting. It began snowing in the early afternoon and by the time I got off work a good layer of snow had been compacted to ice on the roads. Most of this occured in the 'outlying areas' which I had to go through. Check out this narrated video of the ride home.
Click here to see the video.
 
January 02/05/18
By John Schmit
We started out with a good birthday party for me. That's always good. We went to the Pacific Science Center and saw the latest Star Wars movie, “The Last Jedi” in Imax and 3D. On the way home we picked up an ice cream cake from DQ to enjoy.
Our big thing for the month of January was moving out of the storage rooms. On my mid-month vacation, we loaded my car for several trips back and forth. At the end of the week Cheryl got us a big truck and we emptied both storage units. It was a lot of work without you. Got lots of exercise and didn’t climb one hill. Now everything is in the garage, but it's at the house. We put up lots of racks in the garage for shelving. Not much is on them yet but we will be filling them soon. Most of the boxes that were for the kitchen have been emptied.
We have been working on a few little things around the house. It was a chore just getting all of the computer stuff working. Got the security cams up and operating. You should try and check out the webcam home cams that we have now on the website. We really have a good view to the west. On the 26th we got the last shipment of furniture delivered. There were two chairs and an ottoman for the Piano room, a chair and pillows for the living room, and a large sofa/hide-a-bed for the library.
 
Christmas 12/25/17
By John & Cheryl Schmit
Christmas was a lot of fun in the new house. Nana and Allen came over and we had a delicious meal. Afterwards we open cards and gifts. A great time with family.
Click here to see the pictures.
 
Birthday Party 12/17/17
By John & Cheryl Schmit
We celebtated Nana's birthday at her apartment this year. Allen joined us for pizza and great conversation. We had so much fun we forgot to take even one picture. Oops!
 

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