Constant Chill Deep Inside

It has been an unusual week. We have been stricken with another cold spell that brought with it snow and ice and cancelling nearly everything in its wake. On Monday, we received Matthew’s official diagnosis as shingles. The doctor could not pinpoint the cause and he did not need anything different in terms of medication. In fact, as I type this today at week’s end – it is entirely cleared up. He has felt much better after giving us a little scare last week. Monday turned out to be about the only normal day we had this week. Abby went to jazz dance practice after school, just before the all the trouble started. By the time Ann & I got home on Monday night, the weather was starting to turn. It started as freezing rain and sleet but then turned in to full blast ice. When we woke up on Tuesday morning, ice covered everything. To top it off, the wind was atrocious. Sustained winds were about 35 mph while gusts were up to 60 mph. We had several limbs down and travel restrictions for the area. School was cancelled and Ann closed her office for the day as well. The ice storm hit again later in the day. I stayed a little too late that night, but got home just as the roads were becoming too slick. The ice covered everything; the trees were beautiful. But the wind was the real culprit. It howled all night. I had to turn off the Purdue basketball game, as Wisconsin beat the #10-ranked Boilers by seven points. I did see where JaJuan Johnson, the Boilermakers’ center was the leading scorer in the Big Ten! Because the kids were stuck inside, we decided to get out the old train and track system (GeoTrax). It completely covered the playroom floor, much to the kids’ liking. They had me to design a new layout and then they all played with it in varying degrees. I have to admit that I also enjoyed playing with it as well…

On Wednesday morning, the wind was still pretty strong. It was wild to see that the wind was so strong that it actually blew the ice off of the trees in hunks and was now stuck and re-frozen on the ground. Again, school was cancelled and Ann stayed home as well. The ice storm continued, which made travel a little tough. It took about an hour to get to work. I saw even more downed trees and power lines that morning. I called Ann who then called in to Sandy at WTRE about a tree blocking Park Rd. by the golf course. There were several large branches and another tree down at the golf course, including the power lines that run parallel with the road. There was much debris to navigate through that morning. I was thankful to have Ann’s Pacifica; it made driving a breeze…That night, I left a little early not only because I had gone in early but also due the snow storm that developed in the late afternoon. We eventually received about an inch, which doesn’t sound like much. But when coupled with the ice and wind, it made it pretty nasty out there…

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On Thursday, Ann was ready to go back to work. The main roads were clear and dry. The side streets and county roads were another story however. That meant that they called school again. This time we took the two little ones to Mom & Sandy’s house for the day. They had rescheduled several things for that night, but they all got cancelled as well, including for Luke – basketball practice and for Abby – basketball practice, dance practice and Family Fun Night, where we get to see the Science Fair results. Abby received a sneak peek and found out that she did not win Grand Champion this time, but she did receive a first place ribbon. On Friday, the kids finally went back to school. Ann went out with a couple of old college friends, Stacy & Paul up in Greenwood for the night. She had a great time catching up with them and said they laughed the entire time. They spent most of their time holed-up at the Cheesecake Factory. Meanwhile, I took the kids out for dinner at Wings & Rings, per their request. We saw a bunch of people we knew out there, including Sandy’s niece Allie and her daughter – along with her mom and dad, Kenny & Becky. Kenny looks great after going through a couple rounds of chemo; he looks healthy again and it’s great to see him up and about. Luke ended up back in his bedroom due to his little attitude and so Abby & I watched the Disney movie, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

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On Saturday, Lukey went to his basketball game at the YMCA. They played the red team sponsored by DCMH. Lukey and the Pussycats played very well, despite the lack of a formal practice this week. Luke played outstanding defense!! If you choose to watch the video highlights of his game below, you’ll see that it got a little intense at times as he totally shut down the guy he was guarding! Luke went 3 for 4 from the floor, had 2 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 forced turnover. They blew out the other team by about 30 points…but then again, they don’t really keep score… Abby had two dance practices for the all-star troops (formerly known as Star Steppers). So now she will be in four dances this year. While she was dancing, Luke and I had the car and van serviced. They were both overdue for oil changes, fluid refills and air in the tires. It was also a good day for Hot Wheel hunting around town. It had been too long and we finally had a little bit of extra $ since we received both of our tax checks back already!! The best part was that we no longer have to trade price for expediency as the federal tax return is free on TurboTax’s website (not just the short form, but even the 1040 and 1040a long forms) and the Indiana state website has a free edition of the IT-40 and both are free to e-file over the internet as well. It’s the best of both worlds! Lukey spent the entire afternoon and evening in his room, sleeping. He had been such a grouch! Abby picked up the playroom in his absence and as a thanks, I took her to get ice cream at Dairy Point.

On Sunday, we cleaned up around the house and prepared for a small Super Bowl party. We know Mom O is feeling under the weather and won’t be joining us tonight, but the rest of the family should be over early to play euchre and enjoy some of the 8 hours of pre-game today…I remember when 3 hours was a lot!! I loved the part of the pre-game when Troy & Moose were talking with Michael, Jimmy and Jerry and they were reminiscing about their run in the 90’s…which brought back a flood of memories for me personally and it was really cool to see them all up there getting along so well and talking about the good old times. Ann & I jumped out to a big lead 6-0 lead only to have Dee & Jamie come back and go up 9-6…only to see Ann & I come back and win 10-9… We had a lot of good laughs that night with them over. The kids all played well together. Ann finally cut loose a little and even fell out of her chair while watching the game in the living room!! 😉 Thankfully she wasn’t hurt, at least nothing more than her pride anyhow, and we all had a good laugh. Jamie had us draw numbers for a pool (although he was kind enough to put out the prizes). I won the halftime and got two lottery tickets (both duds) and then Matt ended up winning the final. He’s excited to see what Jamie has in store for him tomorrow. We had food out the wazoo! Ann and Abby cooked all day long and had, let’s see if I can remember it all…chili, polish mistakes, spinach and artichoke dip, cheesy corn dip, crunchy bread and cheese dip, toquitos & queso and chocolate chip dip w/ nilla wafers. Add to that the stuff that Jamie & Dee brought – chips & cheese, chili dogs and a large bottle of Bacardi…
The game was pretty good as it was close right until the end; although the Packers led from start to finish. I was impressed with the play of Aaron Rogers and thought he deserved the MVP trophy he won. We laughed when Christina Aguilera botched the National Anthem when it seemed she was more focused on changing the melody than trying to just keep it simple. Luke, Abby and Gracie loved the halftime show with the Black Eyed Peas – of course my favorite part was the duet with Slash’s guitar and Fergie’s hips & best Axl-ish vocals and dance moves on Sweet Child o’ Mine… I’m an NFC guy myself, so although the Cowboys, Colts and Bears couldn’t win it, I guess I am satisfied that the game was close and the national conference won the title. All in all, it was a fun game and of course we loved the commercials…although we really didn’t see anything that REALLY stood out as in years past. There were a few good ones, like the Go Daddy ones and the new Camaro one, but overall nothing that was super memorable – I don’t know, maybe I missed some good ones? Of course, America loves an underdog and really it was pretty cool that the #6 seed won the Super Bowl. A couple of meaningless stats – the NFC has won that last 14 coin tosses and did you know that the stadium in Dallas holds 110,000 people and the entire town of Green Bay has a population of about 101,000…

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Let’s move on to the video section of this week’s entry.

Gatchaman Trailer from paul wang on Vimeo.

Next up is our Waybac feature. Leading off this time, we have an old one of the Biddinger children from the ‘50s; Ann’s Grandpa Townsend at Sandy’s house in the late 80’s; two from the annual birthday party in 1990 in LaPorte with Katie, Sharon & Dan; followed by a slew from the summer vacation in Wisconsin in about 1990: Rob & Dad with the fishing booty of the day; Rob boating on the lake; Kenny & Marilou coming back in from catching fish and a buzz!

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Here is Allie’s graduation picture with her Daddy, Kenny; next is Sandy’s mom, Mo in Westville; then Keith’s wedding in February of ’93 (I believe) in LaPorte; then four of Matt and his wagon on the 4th of July, including on his Uncle Chad’s shoulders for the fire works display; then a bunch of Matt, Ann & I visiting Mom & Dad in LaPorte and going boating in Pine Lake in Aquaholic, which was a sweet-ass boat!

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We continue in 1988 in September with a Brown family reunion in Rossville with Dad B, Uncle Kenny, Matt, Austin & Leila; the Bryan elders at Nate & Steph’s wedding in Indy about ’98; Rob’s homecoming in about October of ’98 (I think?); and Christmas morning in ’98 on Main St.; Abby in about July of 2000, walking(!); Matt & Bu in the 4th of July parade in 2K; swinging on the swing set in late spring of 2001 in our backyard; playing at the city park in about June of 2001 with Bu; Abby’s 2nd birthday party just after moving in to our new house in 2001, including our friend Beth Drew; and finally Abby’s 4th birthday party in 2003 with Uncle Chad, Gracie and Pace.

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

4 comments to Constant Chill Deep Inside

  • Mom.

    Heard your weather has been pretty cold. I loved the basketball game and Luke really played a great defensive game!! He cracksed me up in his guarding of the boy. Also I noticed he had a I thought yellow wrist band on at first and then I saw a dark one. Was I imagining that??? He is something else!! He does look like you at that age and it cracks me up. Even Karen said that she thought Luke looked alot like you. I really did enjoy the Robert Plant videos too. The Beateles one made me smile also. Dad looked so funny in some of those pictures didn’t he?? And yes, I believe that Kenny and Marilou might have had a “glow” on in that picture of them in the boat. We did some fishing and some beer drinking in those days!! What fun we had though!!! Love you lots and thanks again for the pics, blog and videos…..XXXOOO’s

  • Additions from Facebook:
    Sharon Bryan Smith says, Great blog, but the picture of the Bryan elders was at your wedding Tom, in Greensburg.
    Sandra Bryan says, I thought so also Sharon, glad you confirmed that for me. You go girl!! Great memory sis!!!
    Tom Scheumann says, ‎…I don’t remember that day very well…but it was in 1995! 🙂

  • Yeah; that week was a bit nippley…but this week is downright freakin’ cold! It is 9 this morning…yikes! It’s supposed to be even colder the next couple days. Yeah; his defense was amazing for his first year! He did change wrist bands through the game, depending on what the best player was wearing during that 4 minute session. …and yes, we also think Luke crawled out of my butt crack. He is definitely athletic as I always was. …and Dad always looks funny in pictures…he he! Glad you like the videos too. We love you guys. Have a good day,
    – Tom

  • Uncle Robby

    Hey guys I have been trying to keep up, but it has been hard I have switched back over to nights again:( so it has been rough. You guys have been getting pounded by old man winter this year. We have had a long one too but before we know it it will be Spring. well gonna keep this short for now oh ya got a really cool new phone now I can view and access blog from it
    Love you guys!!

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