Freezing…Can’t Move at All

It was the return of the Polar Vortex this week…and we have seen it all – snow, ice, wind and below zero temps – great times! The kids have enjoyed it though because it has impacted their school all week. Unfortunately, it also kept them from the things they love to do as well. Those harsh winter conditions were bookended by a pair of very mild days.
Monday was MLK day and our warmest day of the work week, getting up to around 30 degrees (it’s a heat wave!). What a great day it was; it didn’t hurt to be outside! For whatever reason the kids were on a two-hour delay from school…why; I don’t really know. Luke had a tooth extraction after school and then went to basketball. He probably should’ve stayed home and rested, but there’s not stopping this kid! Matt had wrestling practice and Abby had dance.
We had a winter storm warning overnight and all morning. There were many accidents up and down the state. I65 was closed in several spots around Greensburg. SR46 was closed outside Columbus and I94 was a parking lot outside LaPorte. Philip and I cleared snow at work for two hours once I got in with Ann. We took it easy but there were several idiots on the road going 20 mph. I think we passed 4 or 5 cars that morning. I would say we got about 4 or 5 inches of snow but it was tough to tell due to all the blowing & drifting. It was near-blizzard conditions for a couple hours. Matt had wrestling cancelled and school was closed. To top off the shitty day, there was a shooting at Purdue. A student shot a teacher’s aide and then turned himself in. …Very sad… The only thing that made the day bearable was the start of season 13 of American Idol. They have three judges that I can actually stand and they have chemistry and so it works.

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On Wednesday, the temps sank like a rock in a pond. The wind chills were about -15 to -20. There was a 2-hour delay for the kids’ school. Again; not sure why…It was -7 at 7 am and -3 at 9 am. Matt was sick and missed school. Thankfully he was much better in the evening and was able to make it to the Franklin County dual meet. The boys ended their phenomenal regular season with a 17-3 record!! Way to go, boys! What a dream season; I only wish Matt could’ve participated…
Guess what the kids had on Thursday morning – yep; a two-hour delay. It was cold and we had a wind chill advisory as well as a travel advisory. Matt had wrestling, Luke had basketball and Abby & Ann had an incoming Freshman meeting followed by dance class…however, I think they only made it to dance, since we had just been through all this a couple years ago with Matt.
The kids loved that they again had a 2-hour delay – it’s the best of both worlds…not only do they not have to make up a snow day, but they don’t have to go to a whole day of school either! Another travel advisory was in effect due to the blowing snow. There was another wind chill advisory with temps still under zero all day. Matt had wrestling and then took Abby to the varsity basketball game. The Pirates were rolling and apparently pissed away a twenty point lead and be forced in to OT. From there, they never could pull away and ended up losing by two. This was their 1st loss of the season. Their second loss in two years and their third loss in three years…no more perfect season unfortunately. Ann made popcorn for dinner – good popcorn. We got her some Fireworks popcorn for her birthday. When it came in, Luke opened his big fat mouth again and gave it away that we got in one of her presents and told Ann. So we went ahead and gave it to her as an early present and she rewarded us with a big batch of corn. It is so much better than anything else on the market!
We had a winter storm warning and received about 4 inches of snow on Saturday morning. Matt was supposed to go with the team to the EIAC tourney but it was postponed due to the weather. Luke didn’t have basketball practice and his baseball practice was also cancelled at Bryan’s new property because they put us in to a condition red travel status – meaning stay off the roads. It was the blowing snow that was creating all the issues. Again, there were wrecks everywhere. Ann and Abby went uptown to continue getting the new office ready. Matt picked up pizzas for us and we watched a movie and stayed warm. The varsity basketball games for the night have been cancelled due to the travel advisory and the neighbors were probably thrilled to see that we took down our Christmas tree and decorations finally. Ann made a roast and veggies for dinner and we watched the DVR’ed shows late into the night… We have several new social media pictures to share this time out: Barney’s granddaughter; Katie and her friends, including Dr. K; Brayton being nominated for homecoming king; Peyton is headed to the Super Bowl!; my favorite comic strip of all-time: Calvin & Hobbes; Barney; Kimmy & Lyndz; Nat’s kids; Metallica & Lang-Lang (Chinese classical pianist) practice “One” for Grammy night!! Purdue dealing with the active shooter incident; Dallas players going to the Pro Bowl; Pink Floyd’s landmark first single was 45 years ago this week; Pam Dawber (Mindy) will be a guest on one of the new episodes of Mork’s (one of my favorite comedians of all-time, Robin Williams) great new show with Sarah Michelle Gellar called “The Crazy Ones;” a good comic; one of my favorite scenes from the original Star Trek movie series – when Kirk & Spock are on the bus…; Abby dancing last year; Grammy folks – Metallica & Macca; and more classic Calvin & Hobbes…

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They cancelled Luke’s Sunday basketball games on Saturday afternoon, so the only thing left was Abby’s sports on Sunday. It was a lovely day where the snow actually melted and all that loose, dry fluffy stuff was now great packing snow, ready for snowballs and snowmen. Luke’s championship basketball games are now scheduled for Super Bowl Sunday – swell…. Abby had volleyball games but her softball practice was cancelled. Matt came home from spending the night out with the boys – namely Jake & Andy. We all got cleaned up a little and headed over to Mom & Sandy’s house for cake & ice cream while celebrating Ann’s 44th birthday with family. We sang the death march version of the Birthday Song for our beloved Ann and she thanked us with a priceless photograph for the ages. Maryann had two cakes and two kinds of ice cream for us! The kids wrapped up her presents, but we left them at home for tomorrow night when we will have a private party for her on her actual birthday. We visited for about an hour and some us took a cat nap before heading out to St Mary’s school for Bu’s volleyball games. Oldbenburg was first up but they didn’t show, so we won by forfeit. I ran back to the house to do some more weekly household chores, since they decided to let another team play. I hurried back to catch Abby and the “Oreos” (that is what they call themselves – they were the Dreamsicles last year, you might recall). They played the St Peter’s team and swept them in three straight games, 21-16, 21-16 & 21-17 to raise their record to 4-0 to start the year! That evening, the NFL held its all-star event, the Pro Bowl. However we were more interested in the 56th annual Grammy Awards, which featured performances by Metallica, Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr, Queens of the Stone Age and Chicago. Metallica not only performed but was up for Best Recording Package for “Through the Never” film/soundtrack. The Beatles finally received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Led Zeppelin was up for best Rock Performance (“Kashmir – live”) – and I have to admit it is one of the best versions of the song that I have heard – and Best Rock Album (“Celebration Day”). They are going up against Neil Young’s “Psychedelic Pill” and Black Sabbath’s “13.” Sabbath is also up for Best Rock Song (and Best Metal Performance) on “God is Dead?” and are up against the Stones “Doom & Gloom” and my fave “Cut Me Some Slack” by the Sound City Players (McCartney with the remaining members of Nirvana). Macca was up for several other awards as well: Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media (“Sound City: Real to Reel”), Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package (“Wings over America – Deluxe Edition”) and Best Music Film (“Live Kisses”). Favorite moments for me included Chicago playing a medley with the dude from the Blurred Lines video; Black Sabbath introducing Ringo Starr; Ringo’s performance of “Photograph”; Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr performing together on Paul’s new song; the Country Outlaws doing a medley of tunes; Metallica w/ Lang-Lang playing “One”; the big marriage ceremony during a Madonna song; the Everly Brother tribute with Melissa Lambert & Billie Joe Armstrong; and finally – the big super group grand finale number – Dave Homme and his hard rock band Queens of the Stone Age took the stage with Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Trent Reznor and his alt-rock band Nine Inch Nails together with Foo Fighters/Nirvana’s Dave Grohl playing a medley of songs I wasn’t familiar with. I’m not sure who did the sound for this show, but personally I thought it was awful all night long. At least the mix that came through the CBS Hi Def channel 1142 on Comcast was pitiful. I especially thought it was dreadful on this final number and the Metallica performance. Then to top it off, they cut off the final super group finale and ran ads over it – I realize they were 15 minutes late at the time, but that was pitiful man…you were already late, what’s another 5 minutes at that point? I will have to watch for it online; but it really ground my gears at the time… The Grammys ran right in to the late, local news and the lead story was that the cold winter weather was returning to the area, calling for negative degree temperatures, 50 mph gusts of wind and more blowing and drifting snow by morning….ahh you gotta love the Indiana weather…and if you don’t – just wait a few days, it’ll change. I’ll have to make sure I take my ibuprofen tomorrow before I leave for work – sounds like we’ll be clearing more of that white stuff…wonder if the kids will have another 2 hour delay???

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Next up is our Waybac section, featuring classic photos from Mom’s collection, including 5 new pictures of Mom. Up first we have a lovely young Connie Joan Morgan in what I would estimate to be her mid-to-late teens, so we’ll say circa 1941 with her tennis racquet – shortly before she met Grandpaw, I think. I would say it is likely that she is somewhere outside of Attica; then we have Grandpaw’s old car with the big rear end in about ’44; Great Grandma Brown at her home outside Rossville in the mid 1940s by herself, with Aunt Dorothy, and with her husband Elmer; then an unknown picture that may be Great Grandpa Brown at the Lafayette Brewing Company in 1945; then another crop of Ann’s Morrison-side grandparents and then two crops of Ann’s Owens-side grandparents – both in the early to mid 1950’s; them Aunt Lou and Grandma at the Lafayette pool in Columbia Park in March of ’55; Mom with her pup Rusty (I think) – also in March of ’55; then an unknown girl in July of ’56 (possibly Aunt Midge’s daughter?); my Morgan grandparents in September of ’56 by their car and their farm house where Mom, Aunt Brenda & Aunt Karen used to hang out as kids, in the countryside between Lafayette and Attica; then the Morgans with an unknown lady – it is dated too late to be either of their mothers, so my money is on being one of their older sisters in January 1957; Grandpaw’s police “mug shot” in the early 60s; Grandpaw in a parade in downtown Lafayette in the early 60s – he is holding the Indiana flag; Grandpaw being promoted to Asst. Police Chief in April ’63; Grandmaw and Grandpaw at Christmas in 1980; Dad & Robby at Easter in 1982 – all four of those pictures are at Mom’s childhood home on Elmwood Ave; my Great Grandma Brown at her home in July of 1982; our vacation spot with the Crums and the Browns – this is at the Big Chief Lodge, outside Indiana Beach in Monticello in August of 1982; Mom & Danny in March of 2003 at Matt’s 8th birthday, here in Greensburg; the kids and Mom up at the 2nd home in Rossville at the home on the hill at the Bryan family Christmas in December of 2003; and finally Abby playing softball (1st base from the look of it) in September of 2007.

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For the Shit that Luke Says, we have the following, “Croissant!!” :0) You will see what I mean in the video section…it actually didn’t capture the best parts but only the back half of the French speak.

Next up is our video section which includes one family video and a ton from around the internet.

And that does it for this week’s episode of the Scheu Family Blog. As always, thanks for keeping up with us this time out and we’ll keep up with you next time. Until then, have a good one. We miss ya, Mom.
Later, Scheu

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