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Hello all! We’ve had a very busy last few months, so I apologize for not posting too often. However, lucky for you we have our annual Groundhog Day card and letter for you to read to get you all caught up on our adventures.


Happy Groundhog Day everyone!

It’s that time of year again when giant rodents all over America come out of hibernation and predict the change of seasons for all of us based on the sighting of their own shadow. That also means it’s time for us to reflect on the last twelve months, which have had some ups and downs and big changes in our lives.

Shortly after our last Groundhog Day card, Stacy’s father, Gene Schacherer passed away on February 4. We came home for the funeral and to be with all of our family. There were a lot of sad and happy moments as we reflected on his 69 years of life. There was a very large turnout for the visitation and funeral – a testament to how much of an impact Gene had on everyone who knew him.

In June we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. You can see Stacy with her anniversary flower bouquet on our Groundhog Day card. Also in June we went back to Iowa to celebrate Colby’s brother, Matt’s wedding. Matt and his bride, Amber were married in Altoona, Iowa, Amber’s home town. It was a fun wedding, and a great opportunity to see all of our family again. You can see Colby and his brothers all dressed for the wedding in the top-right picture on the card.

In late June Stacy’s mom, Carmen, and Stacy’s brother, LeRoy and his family came to North Carolina to visit us. We showed them around Raleigh and explored NC State’s campus, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and tried out some great Carolina-style barbecue. We then took a day trip to Wilmington, NC to tour the USS North Carolina battleship and hang out on the beach. We also took a trip to Beaufort, NC to see a different part of the coast. The surf was up while we were there, so we didn’t get to go in the water. However we still got to walk the beach for shells, see some dolphins, tour the Maritime Museum, and tour Fort Macon–a Civil War fort that guarded the Beaufort inlet. When it started to rain we toured the North Carolina Aquarium. It was a busy weekend, but everyone had fun.

In August Stacy returned to Iowa for the centennial celebration of her home town of Wallingford, Iowa. She was home for a week and was happy to see all of the Schacherer clan. Colby stayed in Raleigh so he could continue working on his dissertation. He finished it during the fall semester and successfully defended his dissertation on December 18. Everything is now complete for his PhD except for the official commencement ceremony, which will be held in May 2014. His dissertation is entitled “Dynamics of Phosphorus Release from Wetlands Restored on Agricultural Land”. If you have insomnia and would like to read all 232 pages, let Colby know and he’ll email a link to where you can download it.

In December we packed up our apartment in Raleigh and started our move to Seattle, Washington (more on that in a second). Stacy’s mom and Colby’s dad came down to Raleigh and were incredibly helpful in getting us ready for the move. They stayed for almost a week to help box up our stuff and get our apartment in ship shape (so we could get our deposit back). While they were here, Adam and Marissa Howard very kindly hosted a going away party for us. It was a lot of fun, and made for a great send-off from all of our close friends we’ve made in Raleigh over the last five and a half years. We later shipped our stuff to Seattle in a “U-Pack Relocube”. We had to shed a bunch of our larger items (gas grill, couch, bed, etc.), but we got most of the rest of our stuff in the container. We sold Stacy’s car and drove Colby’s loaded-down Ford Fusion back to the Midwest for the holidays. We stopped in Illinois to celebrate Christmas with Colby’s Mom and her husband, Buck. We then moved on to Estherville to celebrate the holidays with the rest of our families. After the New Year we started the second half of our 2,800 mile drive. We stayed on I90 for two and a half days. It was a beautiful drive, and despite a lot of wind the weather was favorable.

On January 6 Colby started his new position as a “postdoctoral researcher” at the University of Washington Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is still doing soil and root research, but has switched from studying phosphorus to studying methane-a potent greenhouse gas. He has also switched from Carolina bay wetlands to Alaskan bogs and fens. Colby will be headed up to Fairbanks, Alaska for most of the growing season (June-September) to study methane at a “Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) station”. He is working on some laboratory experiments on campus in Seattle in the meantime. The picture of both of us on the center of the card is on UW’s campus near Colby’s new building.

Seattle is beautiful so far. It’s is actually as warm as or warmer than Raleigh in the winter, and isn’t nearly as rainy as everyone says. It is surprisingly hilly though. We haven’t explored the area too much yet, but we’re working on it. Our new mailing address is 6189 Radford Drive, Apt. 1911, Seattle, WA 98115. We’ll keep our current cell phone numbers and email addresses.

We had to leave our foster dog, Forrester with the Triangle Beagle Rescue when we left Raleigh. We had him for almost two years, and he was featured in our Groundhog Day card/letter last year. We’re missing him, but hopefully he finds a permanent home soon. Our beagle, Maisie is doing well. She handled the road trip to Seattle well (with the help of some meds from the vet). She’s adjusted well to Seattle, and is happy that there is a dog park across the street. The park goes all the way down to a beach on Lake Washington, as shown on the card.

In other news, both of Colby’s grandmas are now in the Good Samaritan nursing home in Estherville, IA. They both have Alzheimer’s, but seemed stable and happy while we were home over the holidays. They both have great men taking care of them too, so they’re in good hands.

That’s it for our news since the last Groundhog Day. If you are interested in visiting Seattle, give us a heads-up. We hope you and yours all the best.

Happy Groundhog Day!

Stacy, Colby, and Maisie

That concludes our Groundhog Day 2014 letter. Now that we’re caught up we’ll try to post more frequently with pictures and stories from our adventures in Washington and Alaska. Thanks for stopping by!


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Hello everyone,

Source: Wikipedia
(c) University of Washington

As all of our friends and family know, I’ve been working on my PhD in soil science at NC State for a while now. I’ll be finishing up in December, so I’ve been in the midst a thorough job search over the summer and the beginning of the fall semester. That job search is officially over now as I have accepted a position as a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Washington Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. I will be working with Dr. Rebecca “Becca” Neumann. I will be working on a project studying methane oxidation in the rhizosphere of wetland plants.

Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 20 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than CO2. Methane is produced in wetland soils. Plants can act as both a route for methane to move from the soil into the atmosphere, and as a way for oxygen to enter the soil and oxidize the methane in the rhizosphere (the zone of soil immediately surrounding roots). The objective is to put a number on the percentage of methane that’s oxidized in order to refine climate change models. We also want to predict how that number changes with different plant communities, and how those communities might change as the climate warms. The field site is about 40 minutes west of Fairbanks, Alaska. The field site has two types of wetlands – a bog and a fen. It is called the Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Station. I’ll be in Alaska for their growing season (June-September), and in Seattle the rest of the time working on laboratory experiments.

I’ve been told the UW campus is really nice. Here’s a flyover I found on YouTube. It’s looking good so far!

My start date is January 6, 2014. The current plan is for me to defend my dissertation in December. We’ll ship our stuff from Raleigh to Seattle via a U’Haul “pod”. We will drive from North Carolina to Iowa for Christmas, then drive from Iowa to Washington after the holidays. My official graduation date will be May 10, 2014, and we will be back in Raleigh for the commencement and hooding ceremony. All of our friends and family will be welcome to attend. There’s a lot to do between now and my start date in January, but in the mean time Stacy is making plans for the move, and I’m working on finishing my dissertation on time.

Stacy is starting her job search now. The company for which she currently works has two hospitals in the Seattle area. She’s looking into transferring within that company for now. I know some of her family was a little sad we weren’t moving back to within driving distance of Wallingford, Iowa. On the bright side though, this is a temporary position that is renewable, so I should be able to work in Seattle for a few years until the perfect position close to home opens up.

The position is exactly the type of postdoctoral research position I was looking for in my job search, so I’m really happy I got it. Stacy and I are both excited to see what the West Coast is like, and we now have an excuse to visit Alaska. I think my brothers are already planning big game hunting trips in Alaska, and Stacy’s siblings are already planning road trips to Seattle. I’ll try to post here a few times between now and the move, but we’re really busy so we’ll see.

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We made some Christmas cookies the other day. We actually made cookies two nights in a row but this day was the decorated cookies day. Here is Stacy (right) hard at work. We also busted out the “Charlie Brown Christmas tree” which is surrounded by a pile of gifts, most of which is on  a UPS truck on the way to Iowa right now.

For the Holidays, Stacy ended up having to work at the hospital Christmas eve and Christmas. She did get New Years off though. We are flying home to Iowa via MSP on the 29th of December. We will be in Iowa for New Years, and for the ISU Insight Bowl game against Minnesota. The Moorberg family will be celebrating X-mas on the 1st, and the Schacherers will be celebrating X-mas on the 2nd. Our parents said they got around 18 inches of snow recently in a blizzard so it should be interesting weather while we’re home. Stacy got her wish of snow for our trip home, and then some. We will be heading back to Raleigh on the 4th. It should be a fun trip. It’s too bad we couldn’t be home for Christmas day, but, ya got to work I guess. And since the 25th is historically an arbitrary day anyway, it’s no big deal. We’ll celebrate it as soon as we can.

Several months ago, I mentioned that we have moved. As I was getting pictures of our tree, I thought we better post some pictures of our townhouse now that we are all moved in and settled. Here is the “virtual tour”:

Our Townhouse (ours is the right half of the building)

On the front half we have the patio. Here is the grill we keep on the patio.

The living room and front door

The living room, entertainment center, and bottom of the staircase

The kitchen and dining room area

You’ll notice Maisie at her “observing” spot next to the table. Our bikes are in the back and our fridge is covered with pictures of our nephews, friend’s kids, and wedding invitations/thank yous.

The kitchen (stove and fridge)

The kitchen (the sink, cookbooks, and drying rack)

Now, moving up the stairs:

The stairway (from the top)

The bedroom

The desk in the bedroom

The bedroom (the cedar chest, Maisie’s crate, and the bathroom door in the corner)

The bathroom sink

The “Cy cabinet” above the John

The shower room with the door open to the walk-in closet (the closet opens to the bedroom too)

Through the walk-in closet is the laundry room with a stacked clothes washer and dryer.

The deck

Through the bedroom, there is a door outside leading to this deck. This is the view off the porch facing north.

The deck.

This is the view off of the same deck facing east.

That’s pretty much it for a virtual tour. Our home is “cozy”. It’s a good size for us though. It’s just big enough that we have room, but it’s just small enough that we won’t accumulate stuff for a future move once I’m done with school (around 2013 for now). It is in Hedingham, a golf course development. We rent our place. However, some of our rent does go towards equity should we want to buy a place from the management company that runs Hedingham. It is a nice and quiet community. It is patrolled at night by a security agency and there seems to be a police officer that lives on each block. There is also dog poo stations everywhere since it is a very dog-friendly community. There is also a tennis court, athletic center, indoor BBall court, two swimming pools, and a golf course that we can use for no additional fee. One of the NCSU soil science grad students and her husband also live about eight blocks from us. She and I carpool to work together almost every workday. They are the couple that we went to the Blue Ridge Parkway with that you can read about here.

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Just a quick post for the night. We have been packing for the last week, especially yesterday and today. We signed a lease with our new management company today. We’re moving tomorrow in the afternoon with some help with some friends. The U-Haul is lined up, lease is signed, utilities set up, and most everything is packed. We won’t have internet until early next week once the Time Warner Cable guy comes to line up our Road Runner internet connection. We’ll post some pictures of the new place, the move, etc. We’ll probably save a virtual tour of the new neighborhood for another post later in the week.

Colby also started twittering. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/colby_cheese. You don’t have to sign up, just go to the link and see whats been posted. The verdict on Twitter is still up in the air; expect a post on our blog by Colby on Twitter in the near future. Good weekend to everyone.

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So the last few weeks we’ve been remarkably busy. In addition to that, our apartment complex lost the internet for a week. Here is an update on what we’ve been up to:

Our 1st Anniversary

On June 14th, we celebrated our one year anniversary. We went out to dinner at 515 West, an Italian restaurant in downtown Raleigh. Colby’s food was really good. It was some sort of shrimp pasta in a cream sauce. Stacy didn’t quite like her chicken Parmesan. Afterward we spent the night drinking a bottle of Chardonnay that was given to us for a wedding gift from Colby’s cousin. We also had some champagne and cheese and crackers then we settled into a movie for the rest of the night.

Before we went out to dinner on Sunday we spent the afternoon at the home of some friends fixing Stacy’s car. The wheel sensor had gone bad and is part of the wheel bearing/wheel hub assembly. We had to replace the whole thing. The car also was switched from regular to full synthetic oil. This will helped get our Pontiac ready for the 2,500 mile trip home (see below).

Here are some pictures from our wedding. Check out our previous in the Archive for more pics and stories.




Trip Home

Last weekend we went home for a couple of reasons. We went to Stacy’s cousin’s wedding (Krisha) in St. Peter, Minnesota. We had a two night stopover in Estherville/Wallingford, Iowa to see our families. We visited Stacy’s father Gene who was in the hospital at the time. He is in the middle of his treatment for lung cancer and, long story short, couldn’t swallow food or drink. He is home now and is apparently back on normal food. He was pretty miserable there for a while.

We took Maisie with us. The Schacherer and Moorberg families both enjoyed seeing her for the first time. Maisie ate up all of the attention, and the constant supply of treats. Colby’s mom’s beagle, Boji, was pretty jealous of Maisie. Ruth was giving Maisie all of the attention and Boji gave her the death stare the whole time.

We left Saturday morning from Estherville up to St. Peter. The wedding was in the afternoon. The church was really pretty and the reception was well attended. Colby broke out the dance moves to get the party started with the encouragement of the bride’s father Doug Miller. He broke out the worm during some of the hip hop songs and did some swing with Stacy. Here are some pictures from the trip.

Maisie In Her Riding Position - the crate

Maisie In Her Riding Position - the crate

Maisie rode in the crate for pretty much all of the trip. She spends most of her time in it when we are at work or sleeping so she didn’t mind much. We thought she’d be more safe in the crate for such a long trip.

Grandma Moorberg and Colby

Grandma Moorberg and Colby

We stopped by Colby’s grandma’s house to visit with her for a while. She’s doing well. She recently just celebrated her 80th birthday.

Dylan Giving Maisie Treats

Dylan Giving Maisie Treats

When we were at Stacy’s family home her sister Brenda brought her kids over so see our dog. This is Dylan the youngest giving her treats. He was trying to make her stand on her hind legs but she was tall enough to reach his raised hand without standing up.

The Wedding Ceremony

The Wedding Ceremony

This is a picture of the wedding ceremony. Stacy’s cousin Krisha Miller married Jim Ekenstedt in St. Peter Minnesota.

Stacy's Family

Stacy's Family

This is a picture of some of Stacy’s family at the reception . Judy is the silly one. Her sister Corrie is behind her (can’t see her face). Stacy’s mom Carmen is in the center. Then it is her grandma Grace and uncle Gary.

Colby and His Nephew Dylan "Pickles" Harris

Colby and His Nephew Dylan "Pickles" Harris

Here is Colby dancing with Dylan “Pickles”. He is two years old.

The Losers in the Corner

The Losers in the Corner

These two are the antisocial losers (the older Harris brothers). They’re actually not antisocial losers but there wasn’t any kids there age to play or dance with at the reception so they kept to their Gameboys. Weston is on the left and Hunter is on the right.


Last Thursday we went to a Mudcats game again. Some friends had lined up a big group outing. It was Thirsty Thursday (i.e. dollar beers). It was a fun game despite the Jacksonville Suns winning the game in the 10th with a walk off home run. Here are some pictures from that game.

Soil Guys with Muddy the Mudcat Visors

Soil Guys with Muddy the Mudcat Visors

Upcoming Events

We have some upcoming events that we will be blogging about in the future. In mid July Colby has the SWCS annual conference in Dearborn, Michigan. On August 1st we will be moving from our apartment in Sylvan Park Apartments to a much nicer townehome in Hedingham.

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Hello everyone,

Since we haven’t put up too many posts on our website lately we thought we would do a summary just to bring everyone up to speed.

Stacy’s Job

Stacy was offered a job at Holly Hill Hospital in Raleigh. She will be doing a job very similar to what she did in Des Moines, only this time she will be in a hospital setting. She starts on October 6th and is really excited about it. She has been staying busy lately by doing lots of scrapbooking and writing up some activities for the kids to do at work.

Colby’s Research

Colby has been busy with classes and research. He had two tests this last week and had a field trip Saturday. His research project is going to be focusing on changes in soil around roots when the soil is saturated with water (like in a wetland). It will be used to answer some questions about what happens on a large scale basis when farmland is converted to wetlands. Most of the research will be done in a greenhouse by growing some trees in ant farm-like boxes.


We have been interested in adopting a dog for a while. We have been looking at websites for shelters in the area for a couple of weeks now. We saw one dog, named Elvis, who seemed like he would do well for us. We went to visit him a couple of times. On Friday we picked him up from the lady who has been watching him for the last six months. We will keep him for a week or two to try him out and make sure he is a good match for us before we finalize his adoption. Sue, the “foster mom” for him made a blog for Elvis at http://www.elvisthefosterdog.blogspot.com/.

Our Apartment

We are pretty well moved into our apartment. We recently got a coffee table and some endtables for our living room. Here are some pictures of our apartment. Below are a bunch of pictures of our apartment.

Our living room

Our Entryway and Entertainment Center

The couch, hallway, and living room shelf

Our dining room with the table made by Gene Schacherer

 Our kitchen

Elvis on his living room blanket

The hallway with the office bike rack

The office (Derf’s Room)

The bedroom

Our apartment (our door is the top right one)

That is our apartment. It is located about a half mile away from the NCSU campus and just over a mile from the building Colby works in (Williams Hall).


Also, for those of you that are interested, Colby recently posted a video of his corn snake Derf on youtube. The address for that is http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=EX7wgXMVgRA. Don’t watch it if you don’t like snakes or are grossed out by Derf. It shows Derf eating a small rat (live) and is put to “snake related” music.


That is all for now. We will try to do posts more often to keep all of you, our friends and family, informed. Talk to you soon,
Stacy and Colby

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As many of you know, I will be attending North Carolina State University beginning August 20th to pursue a Master’s degree in Soil Science. I will be studying phosphorus movement in wetland soils. Stacy and I moved to Raleigh on August 11th. We left Ames on August 9th. My parents Brian and Ruth Moorberg and my brother Matt helped move us to North Carolina. We loaded all of our belongings in Matt’s covered trailer on August 8th late in the night and then left the next morning. There was a hold up though. Stacy was run off the road Friday night coming home from work. She was pushed into a curb which ended up bending her left front wheel. We spent a while Saturday morning tracking down a suitable replacement wheel and a new set of front tires. The car got fixed and we took off around 11am.

We drove east to Ohio on I-80. Saturday night we spent the night at Dale and Fran Whitaker’s home in Canton Ohio (they are my dad’s Uncle and Aunt). We spent Sunday there and just kind of hung out, and petted Angel, the dog to the left. Dale and Fran were very gracious and made us feel very welcome. A big thanks goes out to them.  

On Monday we took off at 7am from the Whitaker’s and headed south. We had a beautiful drive going through the Appalachian Mountains of Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. It was interesting to listen to the change in dialect the farther south we went. The mountains and trees along the way were magnificent.

We arrived in Raleigh around 4pm on Monday just in time for Stacy and me to sign all of the papers with Sylvan Apartments (the apartment complex we are at). We worked like worker ants and moved our trailer full of stuff into the apartment.

We spent the next couple of days unpacking, shopping, and getting things settled. Wednesday we found a great deal on a couch that my parents kindly got for Stacy and I (thanks mom and dad). On Thursday my parents, brother, Stacy, and I went to the Ocean near Wilmington. It was a beautiful day and was the first time seeing the ocean for my Dad, Stacy, and I. The power of the waves and the saltiness of the ocean water were very impressive. It was definitely a beautiful area and was amazing to see the vastness of the sea. Raleigh is about two hours from the nearest beach (for all of those interested in visiting us).

On Friday, my parents and brother headed home but not before stopping at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and the Roushe-Fenway Racing headquarters. They stayed overnight at the Whitaker’s that night and arrived in Estherville late Saturday night.

A BIG thanks goes out to Brian, Ruth, and Matt Moorberg, especially Matt for the use of his truck/trailer. We couldn’t have done the move without all three of them. It was also nice for Stacy and me to have some time with them since we won’t be seeing them for a couple of months.

Stacy is currently looking for a job in the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill). I started my first day at school getting settled in my office, signing paperwork, and so on. Monday I go in for grad student orientation and will start school on Wednesday.

On our agenda for the next couple of days/weeks is to find a job for Stacy, find some nightstands for the bed, buy a coffee table, find a bike shop, and figure out a safe route for a bike workout on my road bike. I have been told about a professor in the Soil Science Department that is big into cycling. I think I will be talking to him to get some info soon.

If you would like our mailing address, email me at cmoorberg@gmail.com. We will be using our cell phones as our normal phone (no land line).

For those interested, we will be getting our wedding thank yous soon from the wedding photographer. We will work on those as soon as we get them and send them out to all of our friends and family very soon.

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