All Alone on the Edge of Seventeen

It was another eventful week, here at the Scheu abode. Matt turned 17, the Greensburg Pirates won the basketball state championship in 3A ball and it was the first week of Spring Break for the kids.
It was another cold start to the week – from the time we got up on Monday morning to the time Luke & Abby went walking with me after work – burr! The kids stayed home for their first day of Spring Break. Matt ran Abby to track practice. The kids all got their chores done early and Luke had Alex over to play in the afternoon. Can you believe it – Luke got in trouble on the very first day! He wrote a naughty word on Abby’s night stand in pen. I thought Ann was going to kill him, but she kept her cool; he got about 90% of it cleaned off. I’ll get the rest. We had a family meeting that evening to discuss how important it is to tell the truth the first time. To his credit, Luke did tell the truth the first time and so his consequences were much more lenient than what Ann & I had discussed on our ride home. He had to clean the nightstand, apologize to Abby, write 50 sentences and lost Xbox privileges for 72 hours…sure enough about 2 sentences in, he was wanting to make a deal to stop writing sentences and lose Xbox for the entire Spring Break…but no deal! It was then that we knew it was a good consequence – one that he should remember for a while (we hope!). We got in a new batch of Fireworks popcorn finally (I had been slacking for a couple weeks and we ran out!) and so Ann treated us to a popcorn night. So we ate popcorn, watched TV and fell asleep on the couches – except for Luke who had to sit at the kitchen table and write sentences until bedtime – just like I remember having to do a few times myself when I was about his age…
It was cold again on Tuesday – and very windy. Abby again had track practice. Mom & Gigi came to Columbus for a doctor appointment and met with Ann for lunch at Arni’s. As we walked in the house that evening, Ann saw smoke rolling out of the family room and it smelled like wood was burning inside the house – a bad burning. Apparently Luke had been trying to vacuum and the device blew up. The motor had seized up but instead of shutting it off right away, he tried to keep going (he didn’t know any better) and blew the damned thing up. We had walked in only moments after it started smoking, so the smell got heavier and thicker those first few seconds after walking in. I took it outside, but we feared it had caught the house on fire. I turned it on from the back porch, but it is too far gone and too old to sink any money in to it to get it repaired. So it looks like we’re getting new vacuum for Easter! :0) Woo! Hoo! Later that evening, Maryann called Ann and told us some bad news – our family friend, Casey, is very sick and in the hospital. Our hearts go out to Susan and their families. A big thank you goes out to our friends Chad & Jean who got our tickets today at the high school for the basketball State Finals this weekend! Go Pirates! Apparently there were people out there, waiting in line at 6 am! The doors didn’t even open until 9…talk about a cold wait – I can’t even imagine. The school had sold 2500 of their 2700 allotted tickets by mid-afternoon (they would later sell out a total of 2800). Ann made some great cheeseburgers for dinner – one of our favorites! Lots of new Facebook photos this week, including Rosie; Phyllis & Dick; Nate & Steph; Sharon; Reese; Haley, Ryan & Parker; Kimmy (who turned 40!); Lindsay; Abby; Hot Wheels and Greensburg Pirate basketball. Also included is an invitation Ann & I received for alumni recruiting at FC (not sure if we will have time to attend this year); and finally, pictures of Mom & Gigi’s little puppy – Pixie. And Rush was FINALLY inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame that night. In my opinion they are the greatest rock and roll band, behind Zeppelin and the Beatles.

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Wednesday was just a bitter cold day…first day of Spring, my ass! That wind was awful. It felt like it was near zero, wind chill. Luke managed to stay out of trouble. Matt got back home in time to take Bu back to track practice. He stayed up a little to late at Joel’s house – he said they got to bed around 4 this morning) and was wiped out all day. Ann found us a rental car for our fall trip to Florida with Bryan/Angie & Chad/Jean. Luke & I tried to walk around the neighborhood afterwards but gave up about half way and finished up on the treadmill. That wind cut right through us. Ann made another great dinner that evening as Luke and I walked. Ann felt like crap today, having had a nasty cough all week. She took some NiQuil last night, which really helped – but she had medicine head all day. Abby started feeling bad this afternoon and this evening ended up vomiting a couple times – poor thing. Turns out Purdue actually did make it to a post-season tournament. I’ve never heard of it before, but they are in the CBI (College Basketball Invitational). It is the first time they’ve accepted a bid for it and I believe the first Big Ten school to do such. They hosted Western Illinois at Mackey. The game was on AXS TV, which I’ve never heard of and of course although it was a channel listed on our cable roster, we somehow don’t have access to it – which is happening more and more with Comcast. So, I found it online and listened to the audio broadcast. This is a strange tourney. There are only 16 teams. With their 81-67 victory tonight, they now host Santa Clara in Lafayette on Monday. If they win that evening, they go to the Final Four. If they win their first game and make it to the finals, they have to win 2 out of 3 to win the championship – never heard of any tourney formatted like this. …very strange… Matt ended up going out again after retrieving the Crossfire, which Gigi had the oil changed in earlier today. He came home with his buddy Blake, who is moving back to G’burg after having lived the past two years in rival Rushville. I’m still waiting to hear from Acra’s about getting tires on the truck. Once we get new tires on the truck (the old ones have dry-rotted to the point where they are no longer safe), then we need to get the van back in. It is still screaming (belt/pulley issue?) or crying when it runs. Maryann said that Casey had made a miraculous rebound and now seems to be out of the woods. This comes right on the heels of them just asking to have the family assembled and at her bedside only 24 hours ago. We are so relieved that she is on the road to recovery.
We woke up to bone-chilling temps in the teens with a wind chill near zero and a light dusting of snow on Thursday. It was Matt’s 17th birthday!! Ann stayed home with the kids – mostly to do something fun with Matt, but also to keep an eye on Bu. She was fine but Matt didn’t want to do anything. Ann offered to take him somewhere but he declined. There just isn’t much he can do yet with that shoulder. He had his friend Blake over again. He is living with his mom, who lives in the neighborhood so I can see these two hanging out quite a bit in the future. Ann made him his b-day supper, which was again chicken fettuccini alfredo. It was amazing as usual and I totally blew my diet. Ann got him a little birthday pie that we enjoyed afterwards and we watched a bunch of college basketball games on the TV as the “Big Dance” began today. I hit the treadmill pretty hard afterwards to try and burn off some of that yummy supper. Afterwards, we let Matt open a bunch of presents. He got some new shoes, a cool new phone case that actually charges his phone, a new set of wrestling head gear, a wireless mouse, some cash and other things. In the pictures, you might notice Abby’s bowling shirt – this was from a couple weeks ago when I forgot to mention that she had donated her time to Bowling for Kids Sake fund raiser.

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It finally warmed up just a wee bit on Friday. We made Abby take the day off from track, even though she disagreed. No need to push her body too hard yet at this point – she has so much coming up very soon that there’s no need to rush in to things. Matt went over to Dee & Jamie’s house to watch basketball all afternoon. I picked up Koch’s on my way home for dinner and we had Family Night for the first time in several months. Matt even stuck around until late at night before going out with his buddies. After dinner, we played Yahtzee where Ann blew the rest of us away. The true battle was for 3rd place and unfortunately the birthday boy just barely got beat by his sister. Poor Lukey brought up the rear. Next we all settled in for a movie. We tried to watch the new animated story, “The Rise of the Guardians.” It started off kind of cute, but I think most of us fell asleep. We’ll have to try again later next week to finish watching it.
We slept in on Saturday – man that felt good. Matt ended up staying the night with Joel and went him for support to a wrestling tournament out of town. The rest of us hunkered down on the couches and chilled all until after lunch. Matt was supposed to be back by 3:30 so that we could meet up with our friends Bryan & Angie and Chad & Jean and carpool up to Indy for the State Finals game. However, he ended up getting in a wreck with Joel on their way back from the tourney as they came through Rushville. They were very late so that meant we got a late start heading up ourselves. Thankfully we made up a bunch of time on the road and we got to our seats moments before the game ceremonies began. While our older kids sat down in the cheer section (including Matt & Abby), we sat up in the nose-bleed section with our friends and our young boys. Poor Angie got stuck sitting a couple rows up with the boys while the rest of us enjoyed the game. She took one for the team and we owe her! And what a game it was!! The Pirates came out flat and looked a little intimidated by the whole scene. Here they were, playing ball in the biggest arena of their lives with the game being televised even! Nothing seemed to go right in the first half and even through most of the 3rd quarter. They had several turnovers, played crappy defense and couldn’t get a rebound to save their lives. Still, somehow they stuck around. They were down by 10 at halftime and down by as many as 13 in the 2nd half. To their credit, they kept making runs and getting a big play just when they needed it. Somehow they did not lead even once during regulation. They finally took the lead in overtime, though it still went back and forth to the very end. It was anybody’s game but the Pirates pulled it out. Some of the HUGE plays of the game were Ryan getting a rebound and their senior center fouled out. Another big play was Bryant’s 3-pointer and then another big play was Tyler’s steal at mid-court. The fact that they won with Sean fouled-out made it even sweeter. The Pirates won despite the referees making many questionable calls, making seem as though they wanted the Cadets from Ft Wayne Concordia. With the win, Greensburg wrapped up the 3A title and ended an amazing season at 27-1. We made the trek back to Greensburg and met up at Bryan & Angie’s for pizza and wings from Adamo’s and of course a few beers. We watched a replay of the game that Bryan had taped and enjoyed it just as much the 2nd time around, especially hearing the announcer’s ideas as the game progressed. We left at a decent hour as it was Bryan’s birthday at midnight…and he was hoping for a special present. 😉

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We slept in again on Sunday. We gradually got up and did our weekly chores around the house and watched our DVR’ed shows until basketball came on again. I love this time of year when there are like 10 games on day and they’re on four different channels back to back to back – very cool! We had a more formal birthday party for Matt with close friends and family joining us for cake & ice cream. He got a laptop cooler and a pocket full of money. Maryann & Gigi came over along with Dee & Jamie and Phyllis & Dick. We watched basketball and racing all day and evening. Ann made one my favorites for dinner – biscuits and gravy! We kept warm as it got colder and colder as the precipitation moved in. It started as a drizzle then turned to snow. Matt ran the Crossfire under the awning at WTRE as the snow got wetter and heavier. It should make things interesting for the drive in to work tomorrow as we are slated to be on the hook for several inches and possibly record-setting amounts!

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Next up is our video segment, which includes three new home videos as well as dozens from around the net this week.

And finally we have our Waybac section. Leading off this week, we have Great Grandpa Morgan (Robert) circa early 20’s and again with Grandma (Connie) along with Great Grandma with Connie as well; next is Grandpa Brown with his buddies Evert & Hilas in the service at Fort Benjamin Harrison, circa 1942; then a photo of a young lady who looks a little like Aunt Sharon Morgan, circa late 60s; then a pic of me from mid-1969; Dad at his buddy Steve’s house in Cali in ’79; then a couple of photos from the Kenwood home in LaPorte in January of ’81 – Rob on our old couch and then the backyard; Rob & I in our “pool” in the backyard of our new home on Rockwood in LP in July of ’81; me at our group birthday party in October of ’81; Easter 1982 in Lafayette at Grandpaw Brown’s house with Rob, Dad, Gramps and I (I love this picture); Great Grandpa Morgan w/ Rob at Grandmaw & Grandpaw’s house in July of ’82; Rob w/ Vicki Crum in Monticello on Lake Schaeffer in August of ’82; Thanksgiving on Elmwood Ave in ’82; Rob on Christmas in ’82 in LP; Mom, Dad, Lou, Grandmaw & Grandpaw at their 40th anniversary surprise party put on by Mom & Dad in Lafayette; in August of ’86; 2 pictures of Tammy’s boy, Austin in ‘95/’96; Luke’s birth at CRH in June of 2003; Abby in the 4th of July parade in 2003; the Fair parade in July of 2003; the kids at Christmas in Rossville in 2003; Matt on his birthday in March of 2003; Abby’s birthday cake in September of 2004; Christmas at Mom & Gigi’s house in 2004; Mom with her best friends from high school (they stayed in touch through all the years right up to the very end) in October of 2006; Dad at their 2nd home in Rossville (up on the hill) in December of 2006; the kids on Christmas morning in 2006; Week 19 at the Sand Pebble in May of 2007; Mom & Dad’s visit to Rob & Sharon’s house in the hills of Tennessee in August of 2007; and finally Abby performing at halftime of a varsity football game after attending a cheer camp in September of 2007. If I remember correctly, Matt also played at halftime in a blue/white scrimmage in youth football. This was a fun bunch of pictures. It is going to be a fun year, sharing all these great new photos. There are some absolute classic pictures after pictures in this newest batch I have scanned. I am so excited to

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That wraps up yet another edition of the Scheu Family Blog. Thanks for taking time to keep up with us this time out. We’ll catch up with you again next time. Until then, have a good one. We miss ya dearly, Mom…
Later, Scheu

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