Break the Ice, I can’t take Anymore

We had a brief break in the weather, allowing me to get in a little over 12 miles of walking, missing my goal by three miles. It was a busy week with Luke having three basketball games, Abby having a 2-dance performance night and Matt returning to school. Ann & I had our first full week of work in nearly a month. Dad got back to Florida safely but had a health scare later in the week. Ms. Phyllis had some complications herself but is now out of the hospital and into rehab. Get well soon so we can see you back at ball games!! Just when we thought global warming was going to limit this winter, Mother Earth reminded us that it was January with a second arctic blast later in the week…let’s just hope we can avoid any frozen sprinkler pipes at work now! Hello again and welcome back to the Scheu Family Blog.

The kids had a two-hour delay for school on Monday morning due to the extreme cold. Matt got up before us and worked the early shift at Aspen Place. I returned to work after two weeks off with Ann. It was a slow commute in the bitter cold. Poor Black Betty resented us starting her up that morning. After classes, Bu had Pirateers practice then went on to Dixon to work and then take class with Kuyhlia. It warmed enough for me to get out after work and walk 3 miles after a fast day back in the office. That evening, Matt joined Ann & I at GJHS to watch Luke & the 8th grade A basketball team face rival Batesville. The Bulldogs were much-improved and we were down our #2 scorer due to having surgery over Christmas break. Last year, we won by just a point or so as we were missing Luke. This year, we had a small lead at the half and the Bulldogs came to play in the 2nd half, making a game of it. It was a 1-point ballgame for all of the 3rd quarter. It didn’t help that Luke got into foul trouble in both halves and took himself out of the game with a couple of dumb fouls. We finally began to pull away in the latter half of the 4th quarter and won by about 10, 54-43. Luke started at center again but was limited in playing time due to the aforementioned fouls. Luke’s stats: 3 points on 1-3 from the floor and 1-2 from the line and a turnover. He also had a pair of rebounds and three tip-outs with a block and four fouls. After the game, Ann & I came home to watch the college football championship game with SEC rivals Georgia & Alabama while I uploaded the video to Hudl for the team. Meanwhile, the boys met Abby at ElRep for dinner. The football game was a classic that went into OT with ‘Bama winning another title.

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Tuesday was a warmer, foggy day. Abby had Pirateers then enjoyed a rare night off. Matt worked early then attended Luke’s basketball game again. Ann & I both enjoyed fast days at work again. Why is it that when you take a vacation that when you come back you have multiple Mondays?? I walked about 3 miles before picking up Ann and going to Luke’s ball game vs. Columbus Northside. Last year, Luke was sick for this game also and we barely won by a single point. This game was another tight one until the end when the boys finally pulled away and won 53-46. Luke got the start at center but was again plagued by foul trouble, limiting his time. He did enjoy matching up against his former travel-team teammate a few times. Still, he was more aggressive – which was good to see. Brendan missed the game again due to healing from sinus surgery – though he did warm-up with the team and played a minute or so just before the half. Luke’s stats: no points on 0-1 shooting and a pair of turnovers. He had 2 rebounds and a tip-out, forced 2 turnovers and 3 blocks and four fouls again. That night, Matt & I watched the #5 Boilers finally beat those darn Wolverines – the same team that bounced them from the Big 10 tourney last year. I didn’t realize it was the first time these seniors had beaten Michigan. Abby received another acceptance letter that night – Marian University, which is next door to Kimmy & Chuck. That could be dangerous…

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Abs & Matt got to sleep in on Wednesday – Matt had the day off from work while Bu didn’t have class until later in the morning. So, Ann & I took Luke to school on an even warmer day that reached into the 50s. It was yet another fast day for me but finally started to make a little headway and should be caught up tomorrow. I walked about three and a half miles and finally got my times back to normal. Those first couple days back to walking after taking two weeks off were brutal! Luke had basketball practice. Abby went shopping then Ann joined her at Dixon for dance jazz and tap classes. Matt went to Indy for the day then came home for dinner, where Ann had made chicken taco salad. Later that evening we got a call from Lynn who said that Dad was in the hospital in Florida due to some breathing difficulty. They ran tests all day and had him stay overnight for fluid on his lungs and some swelling in his legs. They are a little concerned with his heart as well, but need more testing. He says he feels ok, so we are hopeful that he will be fine. Here are some random pictures from our recent adventures.

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Thursday was an amazingly warm day that actually sixty degrees! Man, I could’ve got used to that…but it did rain on and off that day and then later rained again, bringing with it a cold front with much cooler temps that night. Matt worked 1st shift at Aspen Place again. Abby & Luke had school. I walked a little under 3 miles after work then headed to Lawrenceburg on a beautifully foggy night, which made the trip down and then back up Hwy 1 a really cool drive! Luke & the 8th grade Pirates A basketball team faced the Greendale Tigers that night. They were very tall and had some good talent but our boys persevered thanks to some halftime adjustments by Trevor, Ben & Chris. The young Pirates played very hard and it paid off in a back and forth contest as they wore down the bigger team. By the time the game reached the 4th quarter, we started to pull away and ended up winning by about 10 points, 57-48 to go 16-2 on the year. Luke started at center again and played considerable time. Brendan was back and had a big game. Luke’s stats: 3 points on 1-2 shooting from the floor and 1-2 from the charity stripe and a turnover. He also had 4 rebounds and a tip-out to go with 4 blocks and three fouls. Meanwhile, Matt, Ann, Mom & Sandy went to watch Abby and the Pirateers perform at the boys’ basketball game vs. Batesville. The girls performed their pregame routine, presented the colors before the varsity game and then had a pair of performances at halftime. The first was one they had done previously. Then they turned around (as they do every year) and did a new routine for the Batesville crowd. That new dance was really cool and was called, “Replay Remix.” Although they were not able to attend Luke’s game, they were able to watch it via Jamie’s Periscope feed – thx Jamie! I believe Ms. Phyllis was also watching from rehab. She had some health complications but is on the road to 0recovery and we can’t wait to see her back out at ball games soon! While Luke & I came home after the game to upload the video to Hudl, the others ended up at BWR for dinner and to work out some Pirateers drama.

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Friday was a much colder day – we had a winter storm warning that saw freezing rain, ice, a couple inches of snow and of course the return of arctic air. Fun! Ann & I drove together and it took us about an hour to get to work due to the icy road conditions. Matt went to work at Aspen early that morning. Luke & Abby’s school was cancelled due to the weather and will now have to go to school on Monday, which will be MLK Day. Abby ended up getting called in to work at Wings & Rings. Matt came home, then went to Gma & Gigi’s before heading back up to school. It was hard to see him go. I remember being in his shoes. It was always great to come home…but it was also nice to get back to school as well. So we said our good-byes and wished him luck driving under the “yellow-level” road conditions with I-74 being closed for 2 hours due to so many wrecks and slide-offs. We were so relieved when he texted us to say that he made it safely. Luke went to stay the night with his friend Corbin so that left Ann & I by ourselves. We decided to make it date night and went to ElRep for dinner, came home and watched a couple TV shows and fell fast asleep! How exciting is that? Damn, we’re old… I decided to go ahead and go to bed but it wasn’t long before work had issues and was calling for help. I ended up staying up well past midnight to help coordinate the response to their needs. Big thanks to my crew for going above and beyond that night. I talked to Dad and he said he had a condition called A-fib, which is an irregular heart rhythm. They are going to do some tests and if all goes well, they will stop his heart and then re-start it to put it back to normal. I wasn’t real thrilled with that course of action, but he assured me they did this regularly for this condition. We have lots of social media pictures to share this week.

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I didn’t sleep well and ended up getting up early on Saturday morning and enjoyed some quiet time while finishing up my Game of Thrones binge-watch. I am all caught up through Season 7 and am ready for season 8. But when I looked it up, it said it won’t be on for another two years and that it will be the final season – bummer. ☹ Abby worked a double shift at BWR that day. Matt’s school function (the reason he went back so early yesterday) was cancelled due to the weather and so he enjoyed an easy weekend before classes resume next week. Ann & I took the Xmas tree and decorations down that morning. It was so much easier this year with our new bins. Luke came home in time to help me put everything back into the garage on a bitterly cold day. We watched #5 Purdue win again, this time beating Minnesota. I got in a quick nap then went over and set up Memaw’s new computer. I visited with Mom & Sandy for about an hour or so then went to the Sunken Boat Bar to give Bryan his Christmas bourbon, watch some football and have a couple cocktails. Ann made salmon patties for dinner and Luke & I watched the football game in the family room. It was a good night to stay under our blankets, watch TV and take naps – something all three of us did! Speed Racer made it home safely – though she did miss her curfew again. We were thrilled to hear that Dad was out of hospital and back at home resting! What a week for that poor guy. They said his condition was caused by his sleep apnea, so he has to go back on the C-pap.

We finally enjoyed sleeping in a little on a chilly Sunday morning. We finally saw the sun, but it was misleading as the highs were only in the teens. We slowly got up and did our weekly household chores, pay bills and work on the blog. Abby worked another double at Wings & Rings. Ann couldn’t reach Matt all day, which worried her. We stayed huddled under blankets most of the day, watching the NFL playoff games and some DVR’ed shows; taking it easy before we gear up for another busy week tomorrow. What an amazing finish to in that Saints / Vikings game! And we were saddened to hear of the death of racing legend Dan Gurney.

Next up is our Waybac section, which continues to feature our young family from the turn of the century. We lead off with Easter pictures of Matt back in April 1997; then Matt on Main St with Ann’s friend’s son in 1998; Matt in May 2001; Matt & I at t-ball at the new YMCA field in Juley 2001; Abby’s 2nd birthday party in September 2001 (if you look closely, you can see Mom in one of those pix); Matt & I at the old Noble Roman’s pizza for a team dinner after our final soccer game in September 2001; Matt & Abby in trick-or-treating in their Halloween costumes in October 2001; Matt and his pre-school class at the Y in October 2001; Matt & Abby with Christmas greetings for Uncle Robby in December 2001; Megan’s baptism in LaPorte in May 2002; Kimmy & Chuck’s wedding in Lafayette in September 2002; Abby chilling in the playroom in September 2002; and Matt playing basketball with the McDole triplets at the YMCA in December 2002.

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And we end with our video section, which includes 10 new family home movies as well as several from around the internet.

Well that puts the kibosh on yet another episode of the Scheu Family Blog. Thanks 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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