…And She Turns her Little Radio on

This was the first full week of Fall and it was wonderful weather, being much cooler (my kind of weather!). It was still all about football this week as both boys had outstanding games, but unfortunately with mixed results this time. Abby had a health scare and we had vehicle issues again this week. I was thrilled to see that my favorite Cowboys player reached a milestone this past week. DeMarcus Ware (Dallas defensive end) is now the all-time sack leader for the team, passing Ed “Too Tall” Jones (106), Randy “The Manster” White (111), and Harvey “Too Mean” Martin (114) and now Ware with 115! We start off this week’s picture portion with last weekend’s horseback riding outing in Jackson County with Ann, Abby & Baker.

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On Monday, Ann was in early to work for meetings. Matt had football practice and then stayed late at school to catch the women’s volleyball game (but won’t tell us who he was there to see!) Luke & I had football practice until dark and Abby and Ann had jazz class at Dixon Studio.
It was Abby’s turn to have an early start on Tuesday as she attended Student Council. My company and I had our tri-annual JCAHO survey and spent all day with the inspector on the EOC/Life Safety tour. Luke attended Art Club after school and then had football practice. Matt also had football practice where he tweaked his wrist. He called me afterwards when he had a flat tire on the Crossfire. We tried to air it up but when it wouldn’t take any air, we knew the tire had bigger issues. So we limped it back to Mom & Gigi’s house and he got the privilege of driving the old truck again. Later, Metallica was on the Colbert Report (see the videos below). The kids’ school pictures all came in and they were fantastic (of course, I’m probably biased though…)!!

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We took the Pacifica in to have new strut installed again (these Decatur County streets are made for pickup trucks only, I swear!). The Crossfire went to Acra’s with two dry-rotted tires so Matt was stuck driving truck all week. It was the 2nd day of our big JCAHO survey and my chance to shine as the afternoon focused on my EOC/LSC/Emergency Mgmt book review / interview – and I aced it! My good friend Dennis came in to town to help get any last-minute issues resolved and he sat in on the interview session as my own personal advisor. I am very thankful for his presence and for Kevin, my boss, for allowing him to attend. Ann ran Abby to a doctor appointment to see what was going on with Abby’s numbness and facial twitches. The doctor promptly sent them to CRH for a stat MRI. They ended up spending all day dealing with this and had us worried as you might imagine. Thankfully, however, everything came back normal…but we’re still not sure what caused her issues so we’re back to step one. It was mow night and although I got to skip our front yard, the backyard and Mom/Gigi’s yards needed cut and trimmed. Ann got rid of a bunch more stuff in the garage! Unfortunately it was all donation, but still it is gone. We have so much room in the garage now. She even sold the piano! We only have a handful of items leftover from the sale now. Once removed and football season ends, I will start organizing the toys (we have Mt. Toymore out there right now! Several of our favorite shows had their season premiers this week, like the Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park, Bones, NCIS, Person of Interest, Hawaii Five-O, Revolution and a cool new show – The Blacklist and some others we’re not quite sure about yet like Hostages, Agents of Shield and Sleepy Hollow.
Thursday was the final day of our Joint Commission survey and we ended with our leadership session where all the senior managers sat in and discussed processes. We did very well again and the inspector left early in the afternoon after finding only 4 minor issues. Kevin called it the best survey he had ever been involved with, which says a lot for our facility. I took Philip and Dennis out for a congratulatory lunch at our new favorite burger joint in Columbus – Joe Willy’s before saying good-bye again to Dennis, who had to head back to Arizona. Matt, Luke & I had football and Abby had tap class. We have several new social media and miscellaneous pictures to share this week, including Ann’s friends attending the Colts game in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park (which is closing after this year); Abby with Baker; D-Ware!; Metallica on Colbert; my cousin Tammy; Bu with her rootbeer float; a classic Zep reference in the comic section of the newspaper this week; Metallica’s new 3-D concert film; Franklin football is wanting us to come see a game with Matt; Luke with Grayson; Jack & Lindsay’s wedding invite (cool custom stamps!); Matt’s DCMH ID (nice smile, dude); Matt’s (Luke’s future) football sign with newly added mums that Luke & Bu helped me plant for Ann); Abby’s poems and Luke’s random artwork.

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We came home early on Friday to do some tailgating but Ann was so busy all afternoon that we got off to a late start after – among many things – picking up the Pacifica, getting over 100 drinks bought and iced down for the kids after the game that night as well as getting haircuts. We headed over to Brookville to watch Matt and the varsity Pirates take on the Franklin County Wildcats. However, we got stuck in the I-74 parking lot after a nasty accident closed all four lanes of this busy thoroughfare. We got to the game just as they were playing the National Anthem and got to our seats during the opening series. Matt played the entire game at tackle on the offense and defense. Despite the continuous dirty play and numerous questionable calls (I apologize for what you might hear on the game tape below), the Pirates controlled the line of scrimmage all night. Matt was continually cut at the line illegally (engaged with one man while a second took him out at your knees). He was pretty beat up afterwards. Although beat and battered, he was called up to the booth with the coach after the game to be interviewed live on the radio! He was very articulate and several people have stopped me to say they heard him on the radio and were impressed with blend of honesty, openness and humor. I think he might have a future in the world of journalism… His outstanding work on the offensive line was one of the reasons we prevailed in this game. The offense ran behind him and his good friend Jake for much of the night. The surge the entire offensive line was getting with each play was very impressive. They were big and strong country boys, but our guys wanted it more and the Pirates won again easily, 47-26 and had over 550 yards of offense! It was arguably the best game of his career. He was aggressive and focused. He did have one bogus penalty called on him. In watching the tape below, you will see him hit a kid during the 1st punt where he laid out a Wildcat from the side – not the back. Matt has a nasty deep bruise on his left tricep, but he said it felt “good.” He also banged up his wrist again and of course his knee is aching. He will likely wear knee braces the rest of the year because of the threat. He finished with a few tackles, a tipped ball and one pancake! We stayed late to help feed the players and talk with the coaches.

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Luke & I up early on Saturday to take the Pacifica in to get oil changed and car washed. Then it was off to football where Luke and the 4th grade Pirates took on the best team in the conference – East Central Bright. They have been together for 4 seasons now and have won their division the last two years in a row. It looks like this will be a third straight for them. They got the ball first and scored on the very first play – a 60+ run. They followed that up with an easy 2-point PAT to go up 8-0. We turned the ball over with a 3-and-out punt. They came out and scored on the very next play – a 50-yard run…and easy 2-point conversion. We finally put together a couple of first downs before turning it over on downs. The defense actually held for a few plays, but they gradually moved it down the field and put it in the endzone on us. They ran a great misdirection offense that makes it very difficult to track the ball. Even I lost site of it a couple times. We held them on the PAT attempt and it was 22-0 at halftime. I spoke with the coaches and devised an adjustment that would fortify the ends, the A-gaps and the C-gaps which is where they were going. We had to devise a whole new defense. We run a basic 5-2 and 4-3. We put together a 4-4 for last week’s game. This week, I met with the defense at halftime and threw together a 5-3, which his something we’ve never even practiced before. We ran it the rest of the game and we shut them out the second half. The offense never got on track but did manage to score on a busted play where Drew ran for a 50-yard touchdown. We suffered our first loss of the year with a 22-6 loss. Luke had a monster game on defense with 10 tackles, 3 of them for loss and one of those a QB sack as well as a tipped pass. He also played kicker and tackle on the offense. We suffered our first loss of the year, 22-6. I was proud our boys played for pride in the 2nd half and never gave up. After the game, Luke went with his friend Grayson to spend the night after the game. The rest of us met up with Abby’s friend Megan for lunch at El Reparo where we drowned our sorrows. While Matt & I went home and napped, Abby & Ann went shopping in Greenwood.
We finally got a chance to sleep in on Sunday. It was dark, humid and rainy all day. Abby’s softball practice was cancelled due to the weather but Luke still had basketball practice. Abby went over to Baker’s house for dinner and Matt FINALLY began filling out his college applications! :0)

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Next up is our video section, including six new family videos and a few from around the internet.

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Next up is our Waybac section. We lead off with a rare photo of Great Grandpa Brown in June of 1937 (not sure what the Brown Jug is but I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere…); downtown Lafayette all dug up in about the ‘40s; Aunt Marilou in March of ’44; the Brown family car in ’44; Dad O’s friends in Las Vegas in about ’51; Mom with Grandmaw Brown and what appears to be the Atha’s in 1953; Mom with friends (Atha’s again?) in ’54; Mom in July of ’56; the Morgan farm house (?) in September of ’56; Grandpaw Brown’s car in ’56 (funny how you see nothing but field where Market Square is now located!); Mom with a scary doll in March of ’57; Aunt Midge at the lake cottage and then a picture of the lake itself (Schaeffer Lake?) in September of ’58; Grandpaw Brown, Great Grandma Brown, Aunt Midge and her first husband (probably playing Euchre) in April of ’60; Uncle Keith (Morgan) with his son in April of 1960; then a couple of Rob at Grandmaw & Grandpaw Brown’s house in April of 1981; a great picture of their latter years: Great Grandpa Morgan with his two daughters, Connie & Norma in July of 1982; Rob & I at Schaeffer Lake (Big Chief Lodge, to be exact) – next door to Indiana Beach – where we spent our summer vacation with the Crum’s in August of 1982; a couple crops of a King’s Island key ring (where you look through one end and point the other end towards a light source) with Ann & Amy in 1984; Grandmaw & Grandpaw’s 40th anniversary in August of ’86 with Aunt Norma, Grandmaw, Grandpaw and Uncle Ralph; Mom & Dad B with the happy couple; Mom in her favorite recliner in LaPorte in December of 1987; Peanut on Dad’s recliner at the same time frame; Ann at a pledge function for Tri Delta in approximately October, 1988; then a couple crops of another Kings Island key chain we found in the garage during the sale – this one is approximately from 1992; Ann with sorority in 1991; Austin (Marilou & Kenny’s grandson) in December of ’94; and then a couple we found out in the garage when prepping for the big sale – Matt & Abby in December, 1999 and again in March of 2000; Abby solo for a couple of photos in 2002 that would be used to create her My Twin doll; Dad with newborn Luke in June of 2003; Matt’s 2nd grade name tag in 2004; me helping Matt’s Pirates baseball team in June of 2007; and finally Matt’s birthday button from Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL in March of 2008.

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And that does it for this week’s edition of the Scheu Family Blog. Thanks for keeping up with us this week and we’ll catch up with you next time out. Until then, have a good one. We miss ya Mom.
Later, Scheu

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