Come on you Boy Child, you Winner and Loser

Things really picked up this week around here. Luke had three basketball games and a week full of practices. Abby had a pair of dance performances and practiced dance or worked every other day. Matt stayed up at school to focus on his studies and to work at the moving company this weekend. We look forward to seeing him next week for Thanksgiving. Ann finally started to get a hold on her new EMR despite her ailing knees. After a rough start, things finally began to calm down at my work as the week progressed, allowing me to get in about 18 ½ miles of walking. Matt stayed up at school again this week. Rob found work in in the northeast while Dad & Lynn were state hopping again this week. Mom O celebrated another birthday and Ms. Phyllis continued to recuperate at home. And the weather was all over the place again this week. Hello again and welcome back to the Scheu Family Blog.
We had a cold start to the week on Monday morning as we headed back to work and school. Abby had Pirateers practice afterwards then then went to work at the Dixon dance studio. Ann & I both had fast days. I walked 3+ miles before she and I headed to Rushville to watch Luke & the 8th grade Pirates’ opening basketball game of the year. Luke started at center but only played about half the game as this coach has a little different approach than we’ve been used to in the previous years. It seems he’s less interested in winning each game and more focused on giving everyone even playing time to get them ready for next year. It has been a little frustrating to the parents and players, I think. But it’s a different approach and I’m sure it will be fine…we just need to adjust to his style. The boys came out strong and never looked back, winning easily 64-40. Luke’s stats: he had 4 points 1-4 shooting from the floor & 2-2 from the charity stripe. He also had 8 rebounds, a steal, 2 blocks, a forced turnover and had 2 fouls. We got back at a decent time as the games flew by. Abby & Ann went to dance class with Kuyhlia that night. Bu dropped off Ann & picked up Luke to take him to dinner. I tried to figure out what to do with the Hudl account since the 8th grade doesn’t currently have one. I spoke with the 7th and 8th grade coaches and we might change the 7th grade one to a junior high one so we can put all four teams’ videos up there if we can get volunteers.

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It was another cold start to the day on Tuesday. Again, it was a fast day for Ann & I at work in Columbus. I got in another three miles of walking before Ann & I headed home early for more extracurricular activities. We had to divide and conquer as Luke had a basketball game at North Decatur and Abby had her first Pirateers dance at the varsity basketball game. Luke came off the bench this game for the first time in a couple years. He ended up playing about 2/3 of the game. The boys overpowered the Chargers and won going away, 54-16. Luke’s stats: 10 points on 5-6 shooting from the floor while being 0-1 from the stripe. He had 7 rebounds, a forced turnover, 3 blocks and a foul. I came home and set up the Hudl account so the 7th A and 8th A can now share the webpage this year. I can go in and set up the B teams as well, but no one has stepped forward to tape yet. I got both 8th grade games uploaded to the new Hudl page and setup a couple new player and coach accounts. After dance, the girls went out to dinner to discuss girl stuff.

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Wednesday was a cold, wet day. Luke had basketball practice after school. It was a long day at work then I had a cold, wet 3-mile trek in the drizzle. Ann struggled with her knees again today. Abby & Ann went to jazz and tap classes at DDS that evening. Abs received another acceptance letter – this time from IUPUI. She also received recruitment materials from DePauw University and the Marines. Here are some random pictures from our recent adventures.

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After the storms rolled through, it was a little warmer on Thursday, as we finally saw the 40s this week. It was Mom O’s 79th birthday. She said she didn’t feel a day over 78. 😊 I say she looks fabulous for almost 80! Thankfully, the day went fast for both Ann & I. Her knees continued to bother her, so she made another appointment with Dr. Guse to get her some relief. I walked a 5K into a cold, northerly wind that gave me rosy cheeks to go with my snowy beard. Abby had 4 hours of Pirateers practice and posed for her senior banner with Ms. Farren. Ann & I came home early to go to the Junior High school where we met up with Mom & Sandy. It was Luke’s 3rd game of the week and their home opener. There was a good crowd on-hand to welcome the boys back home to the friendly confines. They faced Jennings County. You may remember that last year the boys went 19-1 on the season. This was the “1” in that record from last year. The boys were off that night and started slowly. Luke started at center again. This team was big and physical. It should’ve been perfect for Luke, but he played less than half the game as all the kids on the team saw significate playing time. The parents were little disgruntled after the game and questioned why the starters didn’t play a vast majority of the game. But again, this year has a different approach and it is something we’re not used to seeing with this team. It was built to win games, not to play intermural style or everyone-gets-a-trophy-type of mentality. This team has always had the mentality that when you play tough opponents like this, you have to play your horses. Sure, North Decatur and Rushville you can play everyone but Jennings County, Batesville, Columbus, Lawrenceburg, East Central – you must go with your A team…if you want to win. Don’t get me wrong; the kids on the team are great kids. We like all of them. But this is competition time…I would hate to see their skills get dulled this year. They should continue to get better each year, not stay the same or slip a little…. Anyhow, when the starting squad was in, we played with them. When he played the backups, we eventually fell behind too far and couldn’t make it up, losing by 11, 31-42. Luke’s stats: 0 points – he didn’t take any shots this game. He did get his first assist, had a pair of turnovers, collected 6 boards, had a tip-out, forced a turnover and committed a pair of fouls. Luke was pretty discouraged that night and went straight to the bathroom and then stayed in his room until dinner. He ate dinner by himself in the family room and then went to bed early, in a foul mood.

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We started at the freezing mark on Friday morning when we started the vehicles for work and school. There was a strong, sustained wind all day. Luke had basketball practice then had Luke H over to stay the night. After school, Abby worked at BWR. I had a long day then walked 5+ miles that took me well into the night. It was pitch black when I got done. It was good to talk to Dad and Rob that night. I met Ann and the boys out at Wings & Rings for a cocktail and dinner. It was their tenth anniversary and they even had their mascot out that night. The boys ran around the neighborhood until late while Ann & I fell asleep watching our DVR’ed shows.
Ann got up and went scrapping in Burney with Shawna on Saturday morning. Abby worked day shift at Buffalo Wings & Rings. I took Luke to basketball practice then went grocery shopping to kill time. After I picked him up and we grabbed drive-thru for lunch and came back and watched The Black Tower on the big screen and took a nap. We lounged around the house on a stormy afternoon and evening, watching Purdue win a big game vs. Iowa. They need a win in the Old Oaken Bucket game next week and they will actually be bowl eligible. But since it’s IU, you know it’s not going to be easy. Abby came home with Mary and Jenna. They got ready for their dance Pirateers performance in Abby’s room for about an hour. What in the world do they do in there for that long?? Ann came home and we went out to the girls’ varsity game to Abby and crew. I was excited to see her dance on the basketball court for the first time this season. They did not do pregame…apparently they don’t do it for the girls for some reason. I think that’s a shame. She did present the colors for the Anthem then had a very short performance at the half. We split at halftime and came back to grab a quick bite to eat and watch sports on TV. Of course, when I say we – that really means I watched sports and Ann slept. Abs went out with friends for a while but called it an early night. I watched the Purdue basketball game, which was a blow-out, the NASCAR truck & Xfinity championship races & the UFC Fight Night bouts. We were saddened to hear Malcolm Young (AC/DC founding member, rhythm guitarist and song writer) passed away earlier in the day. We have lots of social media pictures to share this week.

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We enjoyed sleeping in on Sunday morning. We slowly got up and did our household chores. Ann cleaned out the fridge for the first time in a long time. Abby went to Lawrenceburg for a school project. Luke went shopping with Ann then ran around with his neighborhood buddies. I enjoyed NFL RedZone on a sunny afternoon. It was our first Sunday in over a month where we got to see the sun. There were several really good games today. Ann made dinner for Mom O’s birthday party. She had spasagna, spaghetti, 7-layer salad and garlic bread – yum! We had Ann & I, Luke, Abby & Megan, Mom & Sandy and Dee, Jamie & Gracie. The boys watched the NASCAR championship race and were happy to see Truex win. It was the last race for Danica and Dale Jr. After dinner, we sang the Birthday Song to Mom, enjoyed some cake & ice cream and she opened her gifts. After we said good-bye to everyone, I watched the Cowboys face one of the league’s best teams – the division rival Eagles. This is always a tough game and this year they have some great players. Coupled with us missing so many key players, it didn’t look good. At halftime, I turned on The Walking Dead and then flipped back to the game to watch the second half. It was a long week so I have to be honest; we’re looking forward to the short week coming and the long, holiday weekend that comes with it…
Next up is our Waybac section, which continues to feature the next few photo albums which shows our young family in our new home in the Ryle Addition. We lead off this week with a picture of the cover of Mom or Dad O’s yearbook in 1955; next we fast-forward to June of 2001 where we find Abby going through potty-training; then we head up to LaPorte and find Matt & I tubing on Pine Lake in August 2001; next is Abby’s 2nd birthday in September 2001; then we see Abby hanging out at home during our annual Christmas vacation in December 2001; the annual Scheu family Christmas / family reunion – this time at the Parkside Deli in December 2001; Matt’s 6th birthday in March 2002; 4th of July at Gma & Gigi’s in 2002; Matt & Abby fooling around in the Ryle home in August 2002; Abby’s 3rd birthday at Gma & Gigi’s in September 2002.

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We end with a slew of videos, including ten new home movies from this week as well as several from around the internet.

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

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