And They can’t Wait for the Fifty-First to Roll Around

We endured a hectic week since we last touched base. The weather turned downright cold with temps plummeting below freezing. Matt had a long week with lots of good stories to tell, working at the middle school up in Zionsville. We got to spend a little time with him this weekend, which was cool. Abby had a full week of classes, up in Franklin College. We didn’t get to see her this week. It’s the first time that happened in several weeks – maybe months. I didn’t care for that much… Luke had a good week of high school classes and played in a big football game in the second round of Sectionals. He enjoyed doing things he likes this week – going to football and spending his evenings through the week and almost all his weekend running around with his buddies. He is still dead set on not playing basketball or wrestling. Instead, he put in an application at Rural King and wants to work. We’ve tried everything to talk him out of it, as he will have the rest of his life to work and make money. We really want him to just focus on school and sports for now and enjoy being a kid…but he is as stubborn as his mother. Speaking of which, Ann let her cane collect dust again this week and got around well. She looks to be getting stronger every week. In fact, we got to sit near the top of the stands in Batesville on Friday night (and they don’t have handrails)! She has even talked about getting rid of her tall toilet seat in order to get her heated one back on there that she got for Christmas last year. She enjoyed doing things she liked this weekend – spending time with friends and scrapbooking. Molly continues to do well and is taking medicine every day right now, to help keep that darn cancer away if we can…she came outside with me this weekend and “helped” me rake the front lawn. She had a lot of fun, digging through the leaves with her nose and sniffing around behind the bushes, discovering new forts and places to hide. As for me; I survived another trip around the sun, but my Cologuard screen came back positive so I’ll have to do the scope after all…happy birthday to me. Getting old sucks. All the weight I lost last week was quickly packed back on this week as I ate well but got in only a couple miles of walking due to our hectic schedule and the crappy weather conditions. I enjoyed doing the things I like this week as well – eating, spending time with friends, watching football and Hot Wheels hunting. All in all, it was a good week. Hello again and welcome back to the Scheu Family Blog.

It was a cold start to the week but eventually became a warm day with lots of sunshine on my fifty-first birthday. It was a typically long day with lots of drama and fires to put out. The best part of my day was Justin & Vic taking me out to lunch at Arni’s for a Senior salad & a meat lover’s pizza with the cheese on top – yum! I didn’t get out of work until late, so I only got in about two and a half miles of walking on a gorgeous afternoon. It would turn out to be the only exercise I would get this week. Ann & I stopped at Walmart to procure supplies for dinner that evening. It was the first time we used the Pickup Today option. It was so easy…in fact, the guy was pretty much there when we parked. Ann swears she is never stepping foot inside that store again and will always do her shopping online when she can! She made us a salad with her homemade Shallo’s ranch dressing and a keto-friendly pizza that was a-ma-zing! Luke said he had a good day at school and felt good about his Chemistry quiz. He said football practice was easy as they mostly watched tape. He came home to eat pizza and salad with Ann & I then went out to Cam & Oak’s houses to fish and walk around in the woods. I enjoyed taking it easy with the dogs on the couch that night, enjoying what I like to do: watching Star Wars on the big screen and staying up late to check in all my new Hot Wheels. Here are pictures of Luke’s football game last week vs. Franklin County in the first round of Sectionals.

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Tuesday was a cool, overcast day. It was a very busy day for me while Ann had Green Belt training at CRH all day. I didn’t get done with work in time before we left early when her meeting wrapped up and I came home and napped while she picked out pictures to go scrapbooking with this weekend. I spoke to Jerry, who said Luke’s car will be ready tomorrow after he puts new front brakes on it. We’ll hold off on the other stuff for now. Luke said he had a good day at school and football practice. After grabbing a quick bite to eat for dinner, he drove Barney out to Oak’s house to study chemistry…supposedly…LOL!

We endured a cool, rainy Wednesday. It was another busy day of more Win10 projects and EOC rounds. Ann attended her final day of Green Belt training – congrats, Annie! – at CRH. We left town early again so we could run to the vet to get more meds for Molly and I again did not have time to exercise. Luke had a good day of school then went to a wet, muddy football practice. He and Oakley picked me up and we drove to J&A Auto, where Jerry had his HRL ready to go. They were a stinky, dirty mess when they went out to Oak’s house to hang out for a couple hours…poor Leslie and Monte… Luke came home to shower and eat and then played Fortnight out in the family room while Ann & I watched game 7 of the World Series…well I watched it and napped while Ann played on her phone and went to bed early, bored from the baseball game. But it was a great ending to a cool series and the Nationals brought a title to the nation’s capital for the first time in nearly a century! Here are random pictures of our recent adventures.

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On Thursday, we had a cold, wet, windy and later snowy Halloween. It was another long day at work for both Ann and I. I finished up my EOC rounds and rolled out the final Win 10 computers. Justin & I went out for a quick lunch at China Buff just to get away from the chaos at work for a few moments. Ann & I left early from work to get home in time for Trick-or-Treaters so I again missed out on exercising. However, by the time we got home it was 34 degrees with wind gusts about 45 mph and to top it off…it was freaking snowing! We only had about 30 trick-or-treaters and they were being driven around by their parents. We were surprised there weren’t more but now it looks like we’re gonna have lots of candy for us! 😊 Luke & I kept our streak alive of playing catch with the football out in the front yard…though it wasn’t for long. After about five minutes, we decided to call it quits. Hopefully it will be warmer on Thanksgiving Day when we try to keep that streak going next! Ann made spicy sausage dip for me to take to the Sunken Boat Bar that evening for card night. It was Bryan and I along with Bob, Alan and Rick. We enjoyed a great night of football on the big screen, a ton of delicious keto-friendly food and plenty of cold libations. We needed a night like that as we all had shitty days and long, grinding weeks. It was good to cut loose for a few hours with my buddies…and I even won a couple bucks! Here are pictures of recent additions to my Hot Wheels collection.

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We had a cold start to Linda Elkins Day on Friday. It was in the 20s – brrr… Thankfully, it was a fast day at work for Ann & I and then we left shortly after noon when her office ended. That meant that I did not exercise again. Instead, we stopped for lunch at ElRep where we enjoyed a cocktail and a quick meal. We ran to Walmart to get pictures for scrapbooking tomorrow and then came home to take naps and sleep off the tequila. Meanwhile, Luke got up early that morning and went to breakfast with friends before school. After a fast day of school, he and his buddies ran to Wendy’s for a snack. They helped an elderly lady cross the busy parking lot and up the curb…and in return, she bought their food. How nice! They eventually headed back to the high school and got ready for their big football game that evening. When Ann & I woke up from our naps, we got dressed and ready for a cold night of football in Batesville, where the Pirates were facing the rival Bulldogs for the second time this season. This was the second-round matchup in Sectional 31. There was a good crowd on-hand in Batesville despite the conditions. I was happy to see all the parents and a decent cheer block in the visitor stands that night. Although it was cold, it was thankfully still and dry – which made it bearable. Granted, we had coats and hats and blankets, but we were good! Matt joined us that evening, driving down from Zionsville after work. We were also pleased to see Paul and even Jamie brave the weather to support our youngest child. It was a good game through the first half with both teams scoring a pair of touchdowns and the kickers missing all four extra points – leaving us with a 12-12 score at the break. The Pirates didn’t have a heated locker room and so the parents – led by Alan – created an area they could use at halftime to defrost. They brought in a few generators and heaters then placed them inside a shelter house behind the visitor stands and shrink-wrapped it to keep the heat in. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked great! In addition, Oakley’s dad brought a generator and powered a pair of heaters on the sidelines. However, its funny how warm you stay when you’re winning. The coaches made some key adjustments at halftime on the Greensburg side and not only scored 24 points in the second half, but also shutout the Bulldogs. The boys looked good that night and won going away, 36-12, to move on to the sectional finals next week! They will host Lawrenceburg at Shriver Field. The last time the Pirates hosted the Sectional final was when Matt was playing…a game which they won. Let’s hope a little of that magic can happen again in a week’s time! Luke started on special teams again – kickoff return, punt return, punt and field goal/PAT teams. He also played significant minutes on the offensive side of the ball at snifferback and fullback. He made many nice blocks and even recorded a pair of pancakes! He was much more aggressive with his blocking, which was fun to watch. He regularly drove his guy well out of the play and blocked multiple players a few times. We enjoyed rooting on the Pirates to victory and stuck around afterward to talk to Luke. As you might expect, he was very excited about the team’s play and success, including his own. We congratulated him, snapped off a few pictures then let him go celebrate with his teammates. He ended up going over to Dray’s house, where he spent the night. Meanwhile, Matt, Ann & I drove to Lil’ Charlie’s Brewery where we met up with Paul & Dayla for dinner and some brews. The boys all enjoyed the Bulldog burger, which was delicious. I really liked their Rear-View Blonde Ale microbrew. We had fun catching up with them but their kids called saying that Connor was sick and so we had to cut it short. We said out good-byes to the Drakes as well as Matt and made our way home. We weren’t up very long before we called it a night and headed on to bed. We have lots of social media pictures to share this week.

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We were up early on Saturday morning, thanks to the dogs who did not do well overnight with all the kids out of the house. Well, Molly did fine…it was Lola who acted like she was on crack. Ann got picked up before the dawn by her friend Rhonda and they headed off to get Shawna and go scrapbooking for the day near Lawrenceburg. I slowly got around to running errands and doing some stuff around the house. I paid bills, tried to get my shingles and tetanus shots (couldn’t do it at CVS or DCMH), fixed Luke’s car door and checked fluids in the vehicles, put the truck into hibernation mode (changed water back to antifreeze, charged the battery and unhooked the battery for the winter) and raked leaves in the front yard. Luke came back from Shack’s house and got a shower before going with me to the hospital and then we made a run to the border for a quick lunch. He ended up going out to Cam’s house to go fishing shortly after we got home. I managed to get in some Hot Wheels hunting as well that morning. Game Stop had a special Collector’s Day event, like what K-Mart used to do years ago. I was thrilled to find they had one case that I could go through and the guy even threw in the E-Sheet promo flier for free, which was cool. Luke & I stopped in downtown at Square Deals where I picked up a couple more cars, including a couple new Treasure Hunts. With everyone out of the house, I was able to enjoy a quiet afternoon and watch some DVR’d shows while taking naps on the couch with the dogs. Ann came home late from scrapbooking down south and said she had a blast with her buddies. Luke ended up staying the night at Cam’s house. Ann & I watched a few shows on the big screen and fell asleep with the dogs, trying to keep warm on a chilly night. Here are pictures from my birthday party last weekend.

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We finally got to sleep in a bit on Sunday, when we “fell back” – observing the time change of Daylight Savings Time. We were thankful to gain an hour. It always seems our body rhythms agree with this time change. The dogs were a little better overnight, but still needy. Ann ended up getting up with the girls a little early then the three of them napped all day. I eventually got up and got to our weekly household chores and watched some Star Trek, the NASCAR race from last night and then flipped between RedZone and the Colts game. The Colts should’ve won, but Captain Clutch missed a last-second field goal that would’ve won the game. There were lots of exciting finishes to the games today. Luke came home after dark…but that was only like 6:00 pm due to the time change. That evening, Ann made us homemade pizzas for dinner. Mine was keto-friendly and blazing hot from the bottle of ghost pepper hot sauce she coated it with! I was definitely hurting there for a little while – LOL! But I had a couple popsicles and I was good to go. We took it easy the rest of the night, watching a few of our favorite DVR’d shows like Will & Grace, SVU, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods and the Walking Dead. It was a relaxing way to wind down a busy week.

Next up is our Waybac segment, which features some odd ball stuff I’ve had setting around for a while plus some stuff that Aunt Sharon shared with me last weekend. We lead off this week with Dad & Rob in Temple City in October 1979; then we see Rob, Nathan & I in Kokomo for our birthday in October 1981; then we have the same crowd in the same place but a year later…plus Katie in October 1982; then Rob & I in LaPorte in October 1983; Rob going trick-or-treating in LaPorte in October 1984; Rob (with Mom in the background) in Kokomo in October 1987; Rob & Nathan in LaPorte in October 1988; then a few long-hair pix of me – Indy in May 1989, LaPorte in January 1990, with Paul & gang in Madison in July 1991, Ann & I for our wedding announcement pic in July 1995; then a bunch of old pictures from work – Omelet Day in Columbus in May 2003; community lunch in Seymour in June 2003; Halloween costume contest in October 2003; Employee of the month ceremony in January 2004; another community lunch in Seymour – this time in June 2004; Cookout Day and then me working on the Win 2K > Win XP upgrade project in October 2004; and our work garage sale in November 2004.

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Next up is our video section which has one new family movie as well as several from around the internet.

Jimmi Hendrix Experience – 51st Anniversary from Kiko Issa on Vimeo.

And that does it for this week’s 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, Momma.
Later, Scheu

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