So so so Cold…It’s Gonna be a Long Cold Winter

We started off this week with a landscape palette of white touches mixed with growing patches of green and brown…but that is definitely not how the week ended. The frigid weather returned to the area (it never really left, I guess). The boys mourned the first week after football. The wrestling team’s (with Matt now in the role of player/coach/manager) magical season continued. Luke had practice for three different sports this week ad did Abby. Matt continued to rehab his knee. And the Olympics began over in Russia.
On Monday I was feeling much better and actually made it in to work. I had no voice; in fact, as I type this today, my voice has only started to return. Matt returned to wrestling. Abby had dance. But Luke’s basketball practice was cancelled. I was back on the treadmill that night, still trying to lose all that extra weight I’ve packed on since Mom’s death. It was popcorn and movie night as we enjoyed Ann’s Fireworks popcorn and the first two Fast & Furious movies. Here we have a few odds & ends pictures: Abby’s dance last Friday along with her Honor Roll certificate, some of Luke’s latest works of art…and always the character – Luke says, “Howdy ma’am.” And the wrestling team was all over the paper and internet with their big Sectional win!

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They had been calling for snow on Tuesday and it did not disappoint. We had waited for it all day…and when we left from work, it finally came. And boy – did it come! It snowed and snowed and then sleeted and then snowed some more. It snowed all night long. It took us a good hour to get home. It was really slick and traffic was crawling. By the time it was all done next morning, we had close to 6” I would say. When the home phone rang, all the kids chanted nearly simultaneously at the top of their lungs, “School’s can – celled!!!” They were correct. They had already cancelled all of the after-school activities, including wrestling practice and the varsity basketball game.
So on Wednesday morning, the kids got to sleep in, as did Ann – who was working at her new office, here in town. That left me to get up early, shovel the driveway and head in to work through the frozen tundra. It took about an hour to get back over to Columbus and we spent all morning getting the facility ready for business. By noon, we had a really good handle on both the walks and the parking lot. By then we were all frozen to the bone as the temps started to take a nose dive. Abby ended up helping Ann at the office while the boys stayed home.
The kids had a two-hour delay for school on Thursday. Matt had wrestling. Luke’s basketball practice was cancelled due to Family Fun Night at the elementary school. However, he ended up going exercising at the YMCA with Drew & Angie. Abby and Ann went to dance practice later that evening. When they got back we watched American Idol. We have a bunch of new social media pictures to share with you, including Aunt Sharon with Nathan’s girls, Uncle Dan, Bu & I, Luke sleeping, Calvin & Hobbes (or should I say Calvin & Luke??); several of Barney and family, my cousin Wendy’s daughter, our friend Wayne & son, the Google Doodle that poked fun at Russia’s stance on gays, Arni and his famous pizzas, Led Zeppagin (the best Zep tribute band out there), the greatest QB’s birthday (Captain Comeback) was this week, Letterman w/ Macca & Ringo, Luke’s new school bus, and my new desktop background – I love this simple watercolor – Watterson is such a great artist.

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The kids again had a 2-hour delay from school on Friday. Ann & I shared a ride in to work. Matt and Luke both had wrestling. Yes, now Luke has decided he wants to wrestle again. So Matt picked him up from Grandma’s house and the two of them road in. I was able to get him in after sign-ups and on to Matt’s team. How cool is it that Matt (in his final year as a student-coach in the youth program) will be able to pass on some of his skills, secrets and tricks of the trade to his little brother.
Matt was up early and on his way with the wrestling team to Regionals in Jeffersonville on Saturday morning at some obscene hour. The Pirates continued to experience their magical season and they somehow sent on seven boys to Semi-State and placed 3rd overall in the Regionals tourney! WOW!! Luke had basketball practice as the junior high school. Ann had to go in to work in Columbus for most of the day before ending up at scrapbooking. Luke, Bu & I grabbed some sandwiches and took Luke to baseball practice at Bryan’s new building. Abby went with Megan to the varsity basketball game and later Luke, Ann & I had Pizza King pizzas (after learning Koch’s was closed). We watched several movies and took it easy that evening.

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Abby missed softball practice in order to go to volleyball at St. Mary’s church. She and the girls won all three sets today! They quickly wrapped up here in town and headed north to join Luke & I. We were already up at the Chrysler Fieldhouse at New Castle High School. Luke’s basketball team was finally able to compete in their championship games after a month of weekly delays. First up, we faced the Eastern Hancock team, which also had only one loss on the year. After a slow start, we pulled away in the 2nd half and won beat the Royals, 43-29. Luke finally got some playing time in the 2nd half and we headed to the finals game against the New Castle Spartan team that was the only team to defeat us all year. It was time for some payback! We again started off slowly and the score remained very low at halftime – 12-4. The officiating was the worst we had seen all year. It was blatantly one-sided with the home team getting every single call. I had pointed this fact out in the opening game as well when New Castle won to make it to the finals game themselves. That game also reeked of shitty calls. The 2nd half left no doubt that these referees were not going to let anyone but the host team win this tournament. Trevor our coach was nearly ejected a handful of times. I know that several of the parents (myself included) were very vocal about the calls (or lack thereof) that bordered on ridiculousness. I won’t go into too many details, because it is starting to sound like sour grapes. They had a good team, no doubt. But you can’t make a call on one side of the court and not on the other. Anyhow, they ended up taking home the trophy after a 30-19 loss. They end their season with a 12-2 record, with a 2nd place in the league as well as the tourney. Afterwards, we went out for dinner at Los Amigos in New Castle. Ann & Bu drove on home while Luke & I did a little Hot Wheel hunting on our way back home. We are very proud of our little Pirates – what a phenomenal year it was!! Great job, boys!! And it was 50 years ago today that the Beatles took the stage for the very first time on the Ed Sullivan show…it was the night that changed the world. There was a broadcast of a week old all-star concert tonight on CBS with a tribute to the Beatles. What a great show. I’ll try to get some videos of it up next week.

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Next up is our Waybac section, which includes some great pictures of my Morgan family relatives, among others…we lead off this week with a couple crops of my Morgan ancestors, including my Great Grandfather on the far right (it would appear that he is either with his brothers and sisters or Mom & Dad and a brother & sister) from the early 1920’s; then the Morgan children in approximately 1937 with Connie, Norma & Keith (“Us kids and our cats”); A young child that might be Uncle Keith in the mid-forties; a great photo of my Grandmaw Brown, my Great Grandpa Brown, Uncle Timmie, Mom with Aunt Marilou in the front row, Grandmaw Brown, Great Grandma Brown with Peggy (my guess is that Aunt Dorothy is taking the picture), circa 1950; Connie and Keith around 1950 or so; Grandpaw Brown’s police picture from approx 1950; Grandpaw Brown with his fishing buddies in the ‘50s; Uncle Keith in about 1952; a wonderful picture of the early Spoor family – look at how young Ralph & Norma are…and those darling little ones, Brenda & Karen) in about 1952; Uncle Keith on the basketball team in about 1953; Grandpaw in the newspaper in June & October of ’56; Grandmaw & Grandpaw, Midge & hubby, Mom & Midge’s daughter in November of ’58; Norma & Ralph, Midge’s hubby and Connie & Midge in June of ’59; the Greensburg Centennial Celebration parade in 1959; Aunt Cathy in ’61 & ’64; Rob at Easter in Grandmaw & Grandpaw’s house in April of ’82; the end of an era with Mom, Rob & I, Grandmaw Connie and Great Grandma & Great Grandpa Morgan at the Elmwood Ave home in July of ’82; Owens family friends Dave & Jennie’s wedding in LaPorte in 1991; Matt & Luke and then Ann & Matt at Bryan family Christmas in Rossville in December of 2003; and finally Matt and then Luke on Christmas morning in Greensburg in December of 2006.

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Next up we have our video section, which includes one new family video and a ton of others from around the internet this week that I’ve been jamming to in my leisure time…

And that wraps up another episode of the Scheu Family Blog. We want to thank you for keeping up with us this time out and we’ll catch up with you again next time. Until then, have a good one. We miss ya, Mom.
Later, Scheu

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