You’re Gonna Need an Ocean…of Calamine Lotion

The signs of late summer are in the air, but it has a different look this year. Sure, the days are starting to get shorter, the sounds of cicadas and sites of lightning bugs fill our evenings and the kids are all preparing to go back to school… But instead of recovering from a week of battling traffic at the fairgrounds on our way home from work, hearing the sounds of dirt track racing and tractor pulling and enjoying fair food, last week they held a virtual 4-H fair with no booths, no midway and only bringing in individual animals for judging. One day it was cows and the next day it was pigs, etc. We didn’t even get to have a fair parade last week. I honestly don’t remember not attending the fair parade since we moved to town. The Governator decided that we all needed to wear masks whenever we went out, so we have stocked up on face masks. Sports has begun coming back – baseball started, basketball and hockey are beginning and football is just around the corner. But there are no fans in the stands. Concerts are beginning to come back but they’re ones where you sit in your car in the parking lot and watch it on a projected screen. It was announced this week that although school is currently on pace to return to school in about a week, they will be doing so with children and teachers wearing masks, one-way hallways, and no lockers. I was pleased to see the price of gas finally began to go down this week after going up each week for the last couple months. Ann was happy to see that the Coca-Cola was finally re-stocked in this region. We were at what she referred to as a crisis level of product – LOL! However, when I went to Walmart this week, I noticed that folks are starting to hoard toilet paper and paper towel again as the paper aisle was completely barren. On a brighter note, I am loving the new frisbee golf course at the park. I played eleven rounds this past week. However, I really hope they do something about the weeds on the boarders. You’re fine if you keep it on the fairway, but the rough is loaded with poison ivy. I have been continually re-infecting myself each time I play. Matt looked a little tired when we saw him this weekend as he continued working two jobs this week. He goes to summer camp at school during the day and then goes to the restaurant at night. Abby enjoyed splitting time between work, friends, and family. She is excited to work only one more week. She plans to take a couple weeks off before she heads back to the FC campus next month. Luke had a busy week of football practices and several hours of work while still finding time to hang out with his friends. Ann was discharged from physical therapy and is doing much better with her trigger finger as well as getting around almost normally on her knees…almost. I logged about 21 miles between walking after work and playing frisbee golf at the park – averaging about 12k steps each day. I lost my weekly weight loss challenge by one pound to Justin this week. I’m hoping to crush him this week though! This darn poison ivy has been incessant this week. I haven’t had it in decades but now I can’t seem to get rid of it – ugh! Hello again and welcome to the latest installment of the Scheu Family Blog.

Ann & I were up early and back to work on Monday morning. It came way too fast and I wasn’t at all thrilled about getting out of bed. Thankfully, we both enjoyed fast days in Columbus. My team & I worked on restoring systems that the lightning strike took down yesterday at the facility. Ann & I had haircuts with Jami that afternoon. We repaired both the fire alarm and the voicemail systems that morning and we diagnosed the CCTV issue that afternoon. We have a plan to fix it tomorrow. Later, Comcast came in and replaced the malfunctioning cable modem that we had identified that morning. All in all, it was a good day for a Monday. I did not get a chance to walk after work due to Comcast leaving so late. We ran past the supermarket so Ann could cook up some goodies for her pitch-in lunch tomorrow. To get in my daily exercise, I dropped her off at the house that evening and went to the park to play frisbee golf for an hour. I got in 3 rounds or 27 total holes. I shot a 28 on the first 9, followed by a 31 and then a personal best 25! I came home and showered – although it wasn’t as humid out there that day, it was still about 90° so the cool water felt really good. Ann made Fireworks popcorn for dinner and we watched a couple HBO shows – John Oliver and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. Abby enjoyed sleeping in that morning ahead of her dentist appointment before heading in to work 2nd shift at Wings. She said she had a really good check-up. Luke worked 1st shift at Arby’s that morning then went to football practice that evening. Afterward, he showered and returned to work that evening to close, trying to get as much $$ as he can while he can. Later, Ann & I binge-watched a few more episodes of The Ranch until bedtime. It rained a little throughout the day, but never really amounted to much… Here are random pictures from our recent adventures.

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Tuesday was another hot day. Like yesterday, it sprinkled a couple times but we never got much in terms of quantity. Ann and I had fast days at work again. While Ann had a pitch-in that didn’t exactly go the way she thought it would, Justin & I went to Arni’s for lunch. I walked about three miles after work that afternoon. Abby wasn’t feeling well and got a coworker to cover for her at work. Thankfully, after resting all day, she was feeling better by the time we got home. She went with me to the park to play 18 holes of frisbee golf. Abs threw a 67 (36 and 31) while I had a 56 (29 and 27). On my very first throw of the evening, I threw my brand-new black disc into the center of the pond! It is way out there and will require a boat to get it out, unfortunately. ☹ Instead of borrowing a kayak from Bryan and getting in that nasty water, I just ordered a new one on Amazon that evening (dammit!). We stopped at the Parkside Sweet Shoppe for a cold treat on our way home. That evening, Abby ordered Pizza Hut for dinner and we played Super Mario Bros on the big screen via her Switch. Ann went to dinner with Shawna that night. Luke had a doctor appointment to address his poison ivy earlier that day. I am in the same boat as he is and am broke out now in several spots. I forgot how awful this crap is! He had football practice that evening then went to Oakley’s house to spend the night. Megan stopped by for a few minutes that evening to visit the girls. Once Megan left, we had a couple cocktails on Tequila Tuesday. We enjoyed a round of Chapalas and then a round of Cadillac Margaritas. In lieu of porch time, we stayed in the A/C, kicked back, and binge-watched more of the Ranch until we fell asleep in the living room. When we got up, I let Molly out but Lola ran out as well after she heard some thunder as it was raining fairly hard. She promptly went over by the gate and proceeded to begin barking in the rain and jumping in the mud. She refused to come in so I left her out and brought Molly in and got her dried off. I had every intention of leaving her out there until we got up for work in a few hours. About that time, Lola came running in, covered in mud. She wasn’t even white any longer! So, I gave her a bath in the sink and dried her off the best I could. She was still wet and smelly so I threw down a blanket for her, locked her in the kitchen and went on to bed. At some point in the middle of the night, Ann woke me up and was not happy that I had left her in the kitchen as she was now barking incessantly. Although I couldn’t hear her, Ann did and now neither of us was sleeping. When she let her out of the kitchen, she ran to Abby’s room and refused to come out. Abby had just washed her sheets, so she didn’t let her stay in there. But when Ann picked her up to remove her, she bit her. Bad idea, Lola…bad idea… I’m not sure what happened next but I heard some cussing, a couple dog yelps and then some skittling of nails quickly down the hallway. Eventually, everything settled down and we got in a little sleep that morning. It continued raining all night, which helped me sleep like a baby…and we heard the cicadas for the first time that evening.

It was still raining on Wednesday morning when we drove into work. It was a noticeably cooler start to the day with temps actually in the 60s! It was a nice reprieve but it wouldn’t last long. We both had fast, busy days again. As Ann said, “At least I didn’t get cussed-out like yesterday!” I was happy to not be cussed-out as well – it’s a threat to happen to either of us on any given day, after all! LOL 😊 I began the arduous task of compiling all of our responses to the Coronavirus pandemic and writing it up as our first of two emergency exercises for the Joint Commission this year. We’ll likely perform an earthquake drill later in the year as our other one when the nation joins in the Great American Shakeout. I was a little late getting out of work that afternoon and only managed to get in a little under three miles of exercise on a hot, sweaty day. After the sun came out following all the rain, it was no wonder that it was so sticky & humid that afternoon. In fact, when we got home it was even too nasty outside for me to go play frisbee golf. So, we came in and while Ann began preparing a wonderful smelling meal of mozzarella chicken, I chilled on the couch and worked on editing pictures and videos for this week’s blog entry. Luke was gone by the time we got home and was working 2nd shift at Arby’s that evening. Meanwhile, Abby had the day off and Gary came down to visit her. They were at Walmart when we got home. She was shopping for a new TV and also picked up a few things for Ann to cook dinner that night. The cicadas were really loud that evening! We enjoyed a couple Stone Sours and watched the cult classic movie Heavy Metal from 1981 on the big screen. I hadn’t seen that movie in decades. Abby stayed up and seemed to enjoy it but Gary fell asleep during the showing. Gary spent the night as they played Switch games on Abby’s new jumbotron in her room. Here are pictures of some recent additions to my Hot Wheels collection.

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It looked like it had rained overnight again as there were raindrops on the vehicles on Thursday morning. It was overcast and Black Betty’s lights stayed on during my ride into work. I noticed that although the days are still pretty long, they are indeed getting shorter. Ann slept in and then went with Amy on the junkin’ trail that day. She brought home a few goodies and has a couple leads on antique furniture we can transform into a liquor cabinet. Abby worked first shift but had someone take her evening shift so she wouldn’t have to work a double. Gary went home when she went into work. I had a good day, wrapping up loose ends before I start my EOC rounds next week. Justin & I went to Sirloin Stockade for lunch. They are still serving cafeteria style rather than allowing grazing on your own. We got our new file server installed and ironed out a few little bugs throughout the day. The afternoon flew by and before I knew it, I was out walking three miles in the hot sunshine. There was a good breeze and when the sun went behind the clouds, it was actually nice. But when I was in full sun, the sweat just oozed out of my pours and really made my poison ivy skin super itchy! I came home and surprised the girls at Needlers (I checked to see where Abby was on Life 360 and found them both at the grocery store). I wanted to fill up Black Betty anyhow, so it was on my way. The girls were kind enough to make me buffalo chicken-stuffed jalapeno poppers that were out of this world! But with the ghost pepper sauce on top, it went to another level. I took them with me out to the Sunken Boat Bar for card night with the boys. When the girls got done prepping the dish, Abs & I went out to the park for a round of frisbee golf. The conditions were just perfect. I shot a par 27 while Bu was 3 above with a 30. We came home afterward and got cleaned-up before I headed out to play some cards with my merry band of brothers. Unfortunately, Bob & Pat couldn’t make it but Bryan, Shawn, Rick, Alan & I enjoyed an evening of great food, plenty of spirits and good company. It was nice to finally watch some baseball as that evening was FINALLY opening day for the MLB. …Now we just need some damn football!!

I was off on Friday and enjoyed sleeping in a little. I wound up getting up when Ann went to work. Abs took them through Dunkin before dropping off her momma at the downtown office and headed into work at Wings & Rings. I got up and did some chores around the house and paid bills before picking up Ann around noon. I brought her home so she could meet up with Angie for boobies & beer (annual mammograms). 😊 I went out to see Abs at Wings for lunch and swung by Mom & Sandy’s house to see if it needed mowed. It wasn’t bad but had definitely grown after this last big rain yesterday. So, I pulled over and used their electric mower to quickly service the lawn and got out of there before Maryann even knew I was there! Afterward, I came home and watched the NASCAR race from last night and napped. Ann came home and joined me and the dogs for a siesta as well. Luke woke up and said his boss wanted him to come in early so he took off and ended up working about eight hours. When Abby got home, we went out to the park for another quick round of frisbee golf. Neither of us threw particularly well as we sort of rushed through the course. There were a lot of people in the park that day – a few of them were real weirdos. I threw a 4-over par 31 and Abs had a 36. I dropped her off at home so she could clean up and drive up north to stay the night with her boyfriend. Meanwhile, I ran to CVS to get Luke’s anti-Poison Ivy medicine (I may have wound up using a little of it that night) and then went back out to the park to play some more disc golf. I put in my headphones and enjoyed some quiet time for about an hour while I got in about three more miles of exercise. I ended up with over 4 miles of walking that day. I played three more rounds for a total of 36 rounds that day and got better with each round: 28, 27 and a very good 26 with a trio of birdies. If I hadn’t screwed up my putts on 5 and 9, I might’ve pulled off a 24. When I got home, Ann had made a yummy pasta dish for dinner that we both enjoyed seconds of… We watched a Law & Order marathon that evening and took it easy. I had some Advil for my aching muscles and tried not to itch and spread my poison ivy any further than I already have this past week… I think that topical ointment of Luke’s may already be helping to dry it up. There’s plenty of it, so I’ll probably keep using a little of it here and there to see if it helps. This calamine lotion (Ivarest) is OK but I’m still digging at my skin till I bleed right now… We have lots of social media pictures to share this week.

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Ann & I got up early on Saturday morning to load up Black Betty with scrapbooking supplies and head to St. Paul to pickup our weekly goodies at Wildflour bakery. It was a nice morning for a drive. Next, we drove to Burney where we unloaded a wagon’s worth of supplies at the church and Ann enjoyed scrapping with her friends all day. I stopped at Mom & Sandy’s house on my way into town to drop off their pastries and chatted for a bit. I tried to play off the fact that I had mowed yesterday but she wasn’t buying what I was selling. Afterward I went to Walmart to get supplies for the house. I donned my mask again (I wore it into the bakery that morning as well). On my way home, I went through the Dunkin’ drive-thru to get stuff for Luke, who cannot have pastries from the bakery due to his allergies. After putting everything away, I ate my breakfast on the back porch with the dogs. Delilah got her “zoomies” out, as Abby calls it when she runs around like a lunatic. I did a few things around the house (cleaning up) and checked fluids in the vehicles with Molly out front. It was already hot outside as I was sweating profusely and wasn’t even doing anything physical. Luke came out for a while to visit and talk cars. He played on his PS4 while I watched some tube on the big screen. Abby surprised us by coming home early from Newcastle. We took Delilah out to Rural King where she picked-out food, treats and a toy. We came home and swapped Delilah for Luke and went junking. We wound up picking Megan on our way, who parked at the Corner Store and rode uptown with us. Although the new state law doesn’t go into effect until Monday, we wore our masks as we went through the downtown shops. First, we went through Pickers where the girls found stuff then we went over to Square Deals where I successfully did some Hot Wheels hunting. I dropped off Megan at her car and then dumped the other two kids at the house. Luke got cleaned up and went into work at Arby’s until after midnight while Abby & Megan wound up going to Columbus to continue shopping. I picked up Annie out in Burney and brought her home. She began cooking for Gigi’s birthday meal tomorrow while I worked on the blog’s html code and watched DVR’d NASCAR races on the big screen, keeping cool in the A/C. When Bu finally got home, we went to Chili’s for dinner. We hadn’t been out there in ages. We came home and had a couple Amaretto Sours while we watched the new Scooby Doo origin movie called simply, “Scoob.” Luke came home only briefly after work before heading out to spend the night at Kam’s house.

We were up early on Sunday morning as Ann prepped a birthday breakfast for the family. It was Sandy’s 63rd birthday. It’s hard to believe that Mom was 63 when she passed away, as was her mother. Abs was already up and working when we got up that morning. She was doing laundry and had folded all the towels in the dryer (thanks, Bu!). She was just getting out of the shower when I got up with Ann and started our weekly household chores. I sat on the back porch with the dogs for a while. It is really peaceful out there in the morning time. It was a lot better back when there was nothing behind us and we had our big 8-foot privacy fence, pool, and trees. It used to be our little oasis. Now it looks like we’re smack-dab in the middle of town with all the houses so closely packed-in behind us. Still, at that time of day there was no one out so it was quiet…except for me because you know I was jamming on some Rush – even if it was just barely after sunrise! I love my JBL Charge 4…the neighbors, not so much. 😊 Matt drove down and met us at Mom & Sandy’s house that morning. Luke just walked across the street from Kam’s. Dee, Jamie & Grace also came over to celebrate our Gigi’s big day! Ann brought three dishes of quiche and a huge batch of biscuits & gravy for the bday breakfast. Mom & Dee made hash browns and fruit salad. We decided to do an early get-together so that Abby could join us. It was a good call because the food was amazing. After the festivities, Abs went on to work for a double shift at BWR. After breakfast, we sang the birthday song to Gigi. It was not the normal, awful death-march style this time. At Abby’s urging we instead switched gears and created a lovely opera version of the old classic. It was especially bad – LOL! Abby said we may have hit an all-time low!! After Abs went into work and Luke walked back over to Cam’s house, I installed a new router for Mom & Sandy and got it all up and working. We said our good-byes and came home to flop on the couches and catch-up with Matthew for a couple hours. He went up to meet Taylor at a going away party for a friend that afternoon before he had to go on to work at the restaurant in Carmel that evening. Luke came home that afternoon to get cleaned-up and headed back into work at Arby’s. That allowed Ann & I to have a quiet afternoon to nap while she read and I watched my DVR’d shows with the dogs. That evening, Ann made Fireworks popcorn for dinner and we binge-watched several more episodes of The Ranch. It was a relaxing way to wind down the weekend and put a cap on another week before we start all over again tomorrow…

Next up is our Waybac section. We continue to feature pictures from three batches: Uncle Chuck’s funeral from all throughout his lifetime, the final round from the pix Aunt Sally gave Dad at the funeral from the 80s & 90s and a ton more of the huge batch Dee & Chad gave us from 2003. We lead off with Uncle Good pix: from the 50s – several of the Scheu fam on Highland Ave and a newspaper clipping; Chuck’s sports pix from the 60s; a pair of classics from the 70s and 80s; a couple miscellaneous ones, Ann & I’s wedding and Dad’s 50th bday from the 90s; various pix of Uncle Goon in the new century; and then we move on to 2003: June has Luke’s birth and Mom & Sandy taking the kids for us while we stay with our little newborn; July has the 4th of July, Gigi’s bday and a couple of Dee & Grace; October has Bu & Grace trick-or-treating at Mom & Sandy’s house; November sees Danny’s 50th bday, Maryann’s bday party and Thanxmas at our house; December has Christmas eve; and finally we have a great Uncle Goon picture with some of the fam at Benihanas in 2014.

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To wrap up this week’s entry, we have our video section which includes one new family movie this week as well as several from around the internet.

And that does it for 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 and stay safe out there. We miss ya, Mom.
Later, Scheu

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