We continue with projects around the house… some landscaping changes to accommodate the increasingly shady area in front and sunny in the back (trees are growing and coming down, respectively). This project has however, created a very special spot in the shade just right for Lynda’s relaxation … ahhh! Extending the front garden to the street is onging. Less mowing and water, more color! We’ve decided this is where we will retire so might as well make it the way we like it.
Conner started at Central Washington in their Aviation program in 2016. But deciding to transfer to Big Bend Aviation in Moses Lake was a great move for him. About an hour further away from Yakima on the map but a much better fit for his piloting goals. He is enjoying life, girlfriend Kylie, school and working part time at the area’s FBO (Fixed Base Operator) facility. It’s similar work to what he did in Yakima but not as much small airplane activity.
He also has started Podcast recordings with some fellow pilots — Unsterilecockpit.com –Cockpit Banter for the masses below 10,000 feet.
We welcome Mia Simone to the Otey family with a beautiful wedding celebration to start their life as one in October 2017. Kennon and Mia Simone, now Mia Otey, still live in the Boston area with hopes to find their way back to the Pacific Northwest eventually. Kennon works in Research & Development for NETA (New England Treatment Access, a medical cannabis distributor). Mia is a district sales manager for Dr. Pepper Snapple. They share their home with Eevee and Minnie, their two rescue dogs.
In April 2014, Zoey was adopted into the Otey family from the SPCA. She is a Brindle Boxer mix (50%), and 12.5% each of Chinese Shar-pei, shorthaired Daschund, Miniature Poodle, and Chihuahua. What a mix! Very high energy but smart. Now, if we can just stop her from so easily climbing that 6′ fence – that would be great. We said “Good-bye” to Frances in September 2015 when she crossed over the Rainbow bridge. It was a difficult time for all the Otey’s — she was such a large part of our family. Gone but not forgotten.
And because we are ‘Dog people’ we volunteer with Wags to Riches Animal Santuary. It has been a great experience for Zoey, Robin and Lynda and our fosters, all finding great “furever” homes. So far Bruce, Lacey, Tucker, Fancy, Chevy (the 3 legged wonder dog), Jango, Bella, Mindi, Odie, Mosaic, Kirby, and Sadie. Jenny, Carley, Chevy, Cinder & Rusty are close by and we love Dog reunions!
But after 4 years and 18 foster dogs, we couldn’t let Shyla go. Epic “Foster Fail.” Shyla is now Charlotte and a permanent part of the Otey family.