You’ll be Older Too…and if you Say the Word, I Could Stay with You

Another crazy week as blurred past us…starting on Monday, I had to call Ann back from Columbus when the van wouldn’t start. It’s been having an electrical issue and is getting worse each week. I will lose my instrument panels and the ABS light comes on. It usually lasts for a few minutes then goes back to normal. My friend JT thinks it might be the alternator…so we’ll have to get that looked at…but the bad part is that Ann got all the way back to pick us up and when I went to get the keys from the ignition, the damn thing started. IDK man… Ann is getting around a little better as her heel continues to get better. She still hobbles around a little, but gone now are the crutches and the big boot, which she got off on Tuesday when she was upgraded to the coveted “tennis shoe” status. (Yeah!) So she is doing better but it still aches. Speaking of hurting…poor Matt had his wrestling season cut short yet again. This time, it is due to a skin issue. He says it hurts pretty badly. Although he has a high pain tolerance, it looks just awful…poor kid. …and the unfortunate part is that he is not the first one this year to have a skin issue. It is too early to tell what the cause of it is, but I fear it is from wrestling. So I don’t know who’s in charge of infection control at that the school, but obviously the housekeeping department at the high school needs to step it up a little with cleaning the mats more regularly, if that is found to be the culprit. Matt was diagnosed by Dr. Mom with impetigo – which will essentially end his season. Abby went to jazz and basketball practice that night. On Tuesday we had the feds (CMS) come in to perform a survey at my work, just a day after our last survey by the Joint Commission. This entity comes in about every 5 years, but we weren’t expecting them…in fact no one remembered we were due until they showed up today, but we were ready just the same. They ended up staying for three days with a very scrutinizing survey. Meanwhile, Abby had her first basketball game, held at the high school. They have four girl teams this year and they had them playing simultaneously on the same court, playing short-court (side to side). I call it a basketball game, but it turned out to be more of a track meet, running back and forth more than passing or shooting. Abby went 0-2 from the field with an assist, a steal and a turnover. We quipped that she was too polite on the court and prompted her to act more like herself when she plays basketball. LOL Her team has an outstanding player that scored 26 points in the 32-8 victory. Yeah; she’s that good. When Bu’s game ended, I took Luke and Abby to the YMCA where Luke finished up the second part of his basketball practice and Abby & I played a game of 21 instead of walking. While we were at the Y, Matt was at wrestling practice for a while and then went to the junior high school to watch their last home meet of the year. He said it was cool to be one of the high schoolers coming back to watch. Meanwhile, Ann was able to watch about half of Abby’s game before leaving to attend a high school registration meeting in the high school auditorium. Although informative, it was a bit lengthy and could’ve accomplished the same goals in roughly a quarter of the delivery time. That night Matt & watched in horror as Purdue was thoroughly flogged by Ohio St. We turned it off about 5 minutes in to the second half and they ended up losing by about 25. They dropped in ranking from #8 to #12 in the standings. The Buckeyes looked like the top-ranked team in the nation and would’ve given an NBA team a good game…

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On Wednesday, Abby tried out for Spell Bowl and was quite nervous about it last night. While we were dealing with the CMS (federal) survey at work, in walks the state of Indiana. The State Board of Health did a 1-day survey, but I don’t know that we’ve had simultaneous inspections before, but it was intense! I guess the upside is that we got them both knocked out quickly. The other good side is that the state only hit us once on the EOC. It was something that we were already aware of and are in the process of addressing, so at least I was thankful for that. Altogether the state survey was very successful. On Thursday, the federal survey would up with an EOC tour that yielded no hits!! I was very proud of my folks for doing such a great job during these past two weeks of surveys and hope that we’re done for awhile, but who knows what next week will bring… Thursday was also Ann’s birthday. I won’t say hold she is, but I can tell you that she went to Vegas last year for her 40th!!! Ha! Ha! Gigi had the kids and I do a special announcement for her to broadcast during her morning show for Ann. We had an idea of what we were going to do, but at the last minute we changed it for whatever reason so that idea will have to wait until next year. Matt was very sick that morning and we were concerned that his skin issue was getting in to his bloodstream so Ann took him to walk-ins over at the pediatrician’s office in Columbus. We won’t get the results of all of today’s tests until Monday, so check back next week for an update on his status. He did get started on a couple of topical meds and some sort of pill. He seems better already, but we’re still anxious to see what the blood tests say. Also, it would’ve been Granny’s 94th birthday. We all miss her… Here is Ann’s special message:

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That night, we had a gift and a homemade card ready for her when she got home. On Friday, I attended a CPR trainer conference in Indy for all the new American Heart Association’s new guidelines. Wow; there is a major change in how it is taught. We have some interim training materials, but we have to roll out the new info now and then in March all the new materials will be ready, so it’ll be a bit confusing for a couple months. That reminds me, I still need to take my instructor course on their website yet. They’ve had several issues with it, as all of their trainers have to take this online class and I don’t think their server was ready for the response they received. Matt returned to school after being off the day before. The wrestling coach gave him shit about coming to EVERY practice this year until there were 3 practices left in the year and then he missed – losing out on an attendance award for the sport! Bummer… Abby spend the night with her buddy Emma Hellmich and they decided (against our wishes) to create a Facebook with Abby’s first name and Emma’s last…what goofballs. We had another gift bag and a special card from her hubby waiting on the birthday girl when she got home. On Saturday, we were up early to get Matt to the school to catch a bus to East Central, who was hosting the wrestling sectionals. Greensburg placed 7th of 10 and sent 3 wrestlers to Regionals…unlike LaPorte when we would pretty much sweep the Sectional and then take our beating in the Regionals. Matt was gone for nearly 14 hours that day. Luke had his first basketball game of the second session at the YMCA. He is on a team of nearly all girls. There is one other boy, but he wasn’t present for today’s game. Poor Lukey was out there will all girls. He loved every minute of it though! LOL I felt sorry for him when he received his game shirts today…they’re purple! He was mortified and didn’t want to wear it at first. He got over it though. During the game, he drew the toughest opponent each time. They only had 7 active players, so everyone got to play quite a bit. There was another player, but she really didn’t want to be there and Mom had to hold her hand on the court and then had to walk up and down the sidelines while she was out there. …if the child doesn’t want to play, I don’t thing you should force them to play. Why the mother didn’t go to the opposite sideline to walk up and down instead of right in front of everyone (including my camera…grrrrr…) – I don’t know, perhaps I’m expecting too much from Greensburg… Luke had a pretty good game. He played excellent defense, which will get lost in these words, but you will see if you choose to view the videos of his game below. He pretty much shut down their best player the whole game. His final stats looked like this: 1-9 from the field, 8 rebounds (!), 4 steals, 1 blocked shot and a turnover. Pretty good for it being Lukey and the Pussycats out there! LOL

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That night, Mom & Sandy came over to watch the kids and allow me to take my lovely wife out for her birthday on an actual date! We went to Greenwood and caught the new Ashton Kutcher / Natalie Portman movie, “No Strings Attached.” It is a romantic comedy that we would recommend. We both enjoyed it. Afterwards, we had planned to go to the Outback for dinner. We tried this once before for Valentine’s Day, years ago but had to leave due to a two hour wait…and history repeated itself. We even tried to sit at the bar; but the place was absolutely packed. Again, they estimated a two-hour wait, so off we went. We ended up in Southport at O’Charley’s. Ann had the steak and shrimp and I had the new Western Burger – quite tasty. She made fun of me, as I wanted a Sammy Hagar Cabo Wabo drink and the only one was saw was one called a Cabo San Grita. It sounded good to me, but it was rather froo-frooey, as it was an iridescent blue with green salt – very girlie, but it was really good! We went to Target afterwards to walk off some of the meal, but we were so stuffed on the ride back! I want to say a special thank you to Mom & Gigi for coming over to allow us to go out, it was very kind. Luke is such a little stinker; when Gigi asked him several times if it was safe for him to eat cheeseburgers from McDonald’s and he reassured her each time that they were safe (which they are). He took one bite of his burger and then acted like it was choking him, really freaking out Sandy. He then started giggling and then he said he was just tricking her…what a little shit. On Sunday, we capped off the love fest for Annie by having a small party with just us family members (Mom & Sandy, Dee & Jamie and us). Mom made chocolate cake and cupcakes, along with a chocolate fountain. Gigi made lunch; including French bread pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, boneless chicken wings, cheesy meatballs and we all ate way too much again (I’m still miserable as I type this!). Afterwards, I installed Mom’s under-the-counter radio/CD player we had gotten her for Christmas, Dee Dee cut my hair (and was supposed to do Matt & Lukey’s…) and then I installed a new wireless router for Dee & Jamie. We got back home and took it easy the rest of the afternoon, doing a few chores around the house and watching the Pro Bowl.

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Here are a few videos from this week…

Now let’s move on to the Waybac section of this week’s entry. Leading off, we have an old picture of Grandpaw Brown in Europe during World War II. I am unsure who gave this to him, but the inscription is unsigned on the back and reads, “You look just like a top Sarge ‘ed sumpin. ”; a couple of old post cards from Great Grandma Brown to Grandmaw & Grandpaw in December of 1957; a copy of Mom’s birth certificate, o rat least the back of it from 1970; three of Grandpaw Brown at his favorite hang out with his buddies (the Forty & Eight) in approximately 1990 (my best guess); and Rob in some really long johns in about ’92-ish shortly before the move from LP to Rossville.

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Next we move to 1997 for a couple in March from Dad B’s birthday party in Kokomo then the next day with Nathan & Katie in Kokomo for Easter festivities; and then the Bryan Family Christmas party in Rossville and the last one if from Rob’s Welcome Home party; all from ’97:

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Next up are a bunch from the 1998 Bryan Family Christmas at Vird & Belinda’s home in Indy:

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We close this week’s entry with a slew of pix from ’99 and a few from 2001: Matt’s birthday party on Main St. in March, Matt & Mom on the jet to Florida in May, us going to the Wilderness Lodge for Dinner with Pooh & Friends, including Eeyore & Tigger; Then we have us at the Magic Kingdom on Main St., then Matt with Grandmaw back at the pool at the Sand Pebble; Ann with Matt in CRH giving birth to Abby in September; then Grandmaw with Matt & Bu in our living room on Main St. for Thanksgiving in November (some of those photos are just darling and are some my all-time faves); and then we wrap up in September of 2003 for Abby’s 4th birthday in September on Russell Dr.

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Well that wraps up another episode of the Scheu Family Blog. Thanks for keeping up with us this time out and we’ll catch up with ya next time. Until then, have a good one.
Later, Scheu

1 comment to You’ll be Older Too…and if you Say the Word, I Could Stay with You

  • Mom.

    Great Happy Birthday message you guys. That was cute at the end. Bet you were surprised huh Ann? Way to go #5 and #9. Some good plays by both of you. Hope your head is better Matt. So sorry you had to get this and know it wasn’t fun. Thank goodness school was called huh? Good video of the birthday party for Ann. It was good to see Mary Ann also. She looks good. Great old pictures too. The picture of Rob with the big long underwear was Rob wearing Dad’s longjohns. His were wet from shoveling and playing in the snow and he wanted to go back out so….he put Dad’s on. I laughed and laughed when I saw them!!! Too cute!!! Also cute was the pics of Matt when he was little in the blue shorts. How adorable was that!! He was such a cutie pie!! He still is but don’t tell him Grandma thinks so…..he’ll be embarrassed. Well, take care and hope the snow lets up on you guys or at least the ice. Love you always and it good talking with you last night. By the way…the game stunk at the end. Boo Hoo!!

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