Been a Long Lonely, Lonely, Lonely, Lonely, Lonely Time

What a year it’s been since we said good-bye to Mom. Has it really only been one year? It seems so much longer… We had another long week at the Scheu abode. So much for an early autumn; this past week had drier, warmer air – in fact, it was the hottest of the year so far! Heat indexes were continually above 100º. Despite all the rain we got earlier in the year, it has been so long now since we’ve seen any precipitation that we are now officially in a drought. Man, we are really missing our old pool now – especially with all the nasty humidity. What an awful week for the A/C to go bad in the Pacifica again! Ugh!
On Monday, Matt had football practice as did Luke & I. It was a hot, humid, dry and sweaty practice. Abby had jazz dance practice. Abby & Ann made Student Council signs late in to the night as Bu runs for office again this year. I met up with Chad, Alan and Bryan for a coaches meeting and some quality dock time.
We dropped the car off at Acra’s yet again on Tuesday to get the A/C fixed. Matt continued with his job shadowing and got his detention misunderstanding all cleared up. Again, Matt, Luke & I had football practice in the afternoon heat. It was even more intensely hot on the practice field. We had several boys (and both girls) that did not do well in the heat. We kept them well-hydrated but probably ran them too hard early as they did not do as well in a scrimmage with the 5th graders. Luke & I watered the blue spruce tree which is looking pretty shabby out back. Matt had his best buddy Andy over for a fantasy football draft. And it was Alex Lifeson’s (Rush guitarist) 60th birthday. And Mom & Gigi drove out to New York to visit Keith, Rosie & Megan for the week.
Wednesday was just play nasty. The sun was absolute murder. It was mow night so I picked up the kids at Memaw’s house after mowing/trimming. The grass wasn’t really in need of cutting, but the weeds needed knocked down (as MaryAnn put it). Her grass is pretty much still alive with only a few dead patches. That’s more than I could say for our lawn. Although it had grown and was in need of mowing, there were patches of grass still alive and green in the back yard, but much of it was brown. Our front yard is half and half. Most of our neighbors’ yards however are completely brown and dead. We are one of only a few that are still mowing at this point. So we came back afterwards and mowed most of the lawn at home. It was too warm for Luke to help. I was a sweaty mess afterwards. The kids stayed inside in the A/C. Thank God for the man who created air conditioning!! Matt said it was the hottest football practice he can remember. Meanwhile, Ann attended a parents meeting for the 8th grade Washington DC trip and then met up at El Reparo for a coaches wives meeting. We have lots of new social media pictures, including Abby with Baker and her other friends; Luke at football last week; June and a couple of her grandsons (Kimmy’s boys); Jason & Erica’s 2 littlest ones; John & June’s great-granddaughter; Ann & Bu at football last week; Dan & Sharon’s grandkids; Allen on some firefighter obstacle course; Brayton’s banner and with his folks; Alex Lifeson and his bandmates in Rush; the Franklin Victory Bell; the Columbian Park helicoptors; Choc-Cola; Futurama’s announcement that they are discontinuing the show after 7 seasons (and being cancelled twice) – apparently Matt Groening (creator of not only Futurama, but the Simpsons of course) decided he was done with it; and the newest artwork to feature the Simpsons and Family Guy for the upcoming seasons.

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Matt returned to DCMH for job shadowing on Thursday. He had football practice afterwards and then went on to the team dinner. Luke & Abby had an eye appointment they nearly missed due to Ann getting a flat tire in the Grand Caravan. I was in the middle of meetings at work when her first few texts came through. Thank God for Philip who really saved the day for us. It was another day of extreme heat so after I mounted Ann’s tire back on the van, I headed back home and took Luke to his football practice. He and his teammates wore only their helmets (well, we let them wear shorts and t-shirts too – LOL) because it was simply too hot. They did great…now if we could only get the whole team to show up for practice, we would be doing good!
On Friday, the Pacifica was still in the shop…in fact, the correct parts won’t be in until next Tuesday or so. I have to say though, it’s been kind of cool to drive the ol’ truck again this week. It was good that I had her today since we borrowed tables from Philip for our upcoming yard sale next weekend. He did us up by stacking the bed full. Matt had breakfast with his senior teammates at BK before school and then travelled to his next varsity game at Jennings County in North Vernon. Abby stayed the night with Emma over at a friend’s house with some other girls. Ann, Luke & I went down to the game early to tailgate at the high school with other parents. It was pretty cool. We kept it simple and were good boys and girls. We had banners done for Matt and the other seniors. They were on display at the tailgate party and will make their way to the home games as well. I’ll get a picture next week. Also there was the Pirate Truck with the great sound system, providing a loud soundtrack to our evening. We grilled out dogs and had plenty of sides and cold drinks. Matt lead the team in their pre-game chant before they took the field and he also got to carry in one of the pirate flags and plant it on the sideline! Matt again was given the nod at starting DT/OT again. He played about 90% of the game. He didn’t have a perfect game, but continues to improve on both sides of the ball. The same can be said of the entire team. It was better – zero turnovers on offense and contained the right side of the defense – but still have many areas to improve upon (especially pass coverage on defense). It was definitely a step in the right direction though. The Pirates were in a close contest in the first half but pulled away after halftime and easily won going away, 38-13. Matt came home briefly, nursing his other, non-surgically repaired shoulder that he had hurt earlier during the game. It was sore all weekend, but we don’t think he did any permanent damage. He ended up leaving late and spent the night at Jake’s house so he could get in the hot tub to soothe his aching muscles…

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We were up and at it on Saturday. Matt had football practice and then went out to lunch with his senior teammates at El Reparo. Luke did not have a football game this weekend, due to the Labor Day holiday. Instead, he helped me clean out the shed. It was so incredibly hot out there in the blazing sun. We finished in the early afternoon and started in on the garage. We got about 1/3 of the garage cleaned out and organized in to keep/sell/pitch. We got KFC for lunch but were bummed out that they were out of mac and cheese again. That’s like the 3rd or 4th time in a row that they have been out – what’s up with that? Abby had Baker over – who was a big help, since Matt ended up taking a long nap. His little brother looks and acts so much like Luke that it’s funny. We really like Baker’s mom as well. We visited with her and the boys later that afternoon. I went through three shirts that day. We got cold showers and enjoyed popcorn as we flopped on the couch and rested our weary bodies. Advil was our friend that night! After all the dry, hot air we’ve had for several weeks (maybe two straight months with virtually no rain), guess what it did that night – rained like hell!! We got most everything in or at least covered with tarps, but many things were soaked overnight. I can’t believe it still…
Luke did not have travel-team basketball practice on Sunday, since it was a holiday weekend. We were back out in the heat, working on the garage again. This time, we got out Grandpa Owens’ tools and all our holiday decorations – or about a 1/3 of the garage. Again, we got it all sorted out in to keep/sell/pitch. Ann even got things cleaned up and priced as we went. Abby had Megan and then Kenzi over. Eventually the girls would both spend the night with us. Alex came over and played with Luke for a while. However, Luke’s mouth got him in trouble and Alex had to go home a little earlier than planned. We hated to miss the Scheu family party at Uncle Chuck/Aunt Cindy’s house in Indy. Believe me, we would MUCH rather be up there with family than out in that heat, screwing with all the crap in the garage! Again we finished in the early evening and had the best shower of our lives! 😉 Matt grabbed pizza for everybody and we spent the rest of the night on the couch, watching movies…except for the girls who decided to give Ann and themselves a makeover with some lovely make-up.
Monday was not only Labor Day but also the one year anniversary of Mom’s death. I swear it’s been longer than 12 months. Surely it’s been a decade, right? I still have a couple voice mails of Mom in her final months on Earth that she left me. I played them back today and had a good cry. Rob and Sharon took Dad to the Sand Pebble to help get their minds off of things. Ann & I had the day off but Matt had football practice. In Mom’s honor, we again worked in the garage all day and sweated our butts off, trying to get that thing cleaned up. There is just so much stuff. I am starting to doubt that we can get it all cleaned out by next Saturday. I still have to work all week with State back in-house to do our annual licensing survey. Abby had not only her two girl friends over but Baker also came over for a while this afternoon as well. We definitely made progress today, but there is just so much that it’s hard to see the progress. We finished up in the early evening with sore feet and achy muscles. We did a few weekly chores around the house and watched the races we had taped from the weekend. We found an old slot-car track and did some racing on the living room floor until bedtime. It was a good way to keep my mind off of the significance of today and not dwell on things…

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Next up is our video section which includes three new family videos and several from around the internet this week.

Next up is the Shit that Luke Says segment. This week as I was flipping through our DVR’ed shows, he excitedly exclaimed, “I wanna watch Fujamyia!” “I wanna watch Fujamyia!” :0) That is pronounced Foo-juh-my-ya, according to Luke. After we got done laughing, we finally figured out he wanted to watch Futurama – more specifically, the 2nd to last episode of Futurama, as it is going off the air again (for the 3rd time). It is the end of an era.

Our final segment is our weekly Waybac section. Again, it features a few of Mom from her early years all the way to her latter years. We are about halfway through the batch from the final box of photos that she gave me before her passing. Leading off this week, we go back to the 30s for one of Grandpaw’s friends – love that old delivery truck! Luke made a delivery truck of Legos this week that looked just like it. Then we have a very rare picture of my Great-grandpa Brown in June of 1937. For whatever reason, there just aren’t many pictures of him that I have come across. Perhaps one of my cousins have them all. Next are unknown folks from about the ‘50s (perhaps Mom’s neighbors?); then more pictures at the beach in August of ’54 with Grandmaw Brown; Mom’s First Communion in June of ’57; Mom and Aunt Midge dancing in the kitchen in March of ’59; Grandpaw in the newspaper in September of ’59; Grandpaw in the paper in May of ’68; Grandpaw’s police roll call photo in ’68; Easter at Grandmaw & Grandpaw’s house in Lafayette in April of ’82 with Mark & Vicki Crum and myself; Rob in our LaPorte living room in both November of ’83 and October of ’86; Grandpaw’s last professional photo in September of ’89; Matt’s 7th birthday party in Greensburg with Mike, Dad and Curtis in March of ’03; Daddy with newborn Lukey in Columbus in June of ’03; Abby as a big sissy for the first time in G’burg in June of ’03; and Abby & Grace in Memaw & Gigi’s kitchen in December of ’03. Then we have a photo I threw in at the last moment tonight of a great picture of Mom and our family in December of 2003. I cropped it as a family picture but thought it was such a good photo that I also cropped it into three others that I thought were equally good. And finally we have Bob, Jackie & George at the Sand Pebble in Treasure Island, FL for Week 19 in May of ’07 and Dad & Robby in the hills of Tennessee in September of ’09.

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And that does it for this week’s blog entry. Thanks again for keeping up with us this time out and we’ll catch up with you again next time out. Until then, have a good one. We miss you Mom. I can’t believe you’ve been gone a year. It seems like ten…We love you sweetie…and think of you daily.
Later, Scheu

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