And This is what It Said…Get on Back to School

It was a big week for us, here at the Scheu abode. The weather was really nice all week. We still got a little rain but enjoyed a ton of sunshine which allowed us to get back outside and enjoy it. Matt wrapped up summer camp at Z-West and got his classroom all set up. He continued working at the restaurant in Carmel but will probably need to roll that back a little as I believe his school starts next week. Unfortunately, with him working all the time now, we didn’t see him this week again. I think I mentioned it here before but if there was a silver lining to everything being shut down, it was the fact that we were able to spend a lot more time with all the kids. It was actually a nice slow down – in that aspect. Abby enjoyed her first post-work week by doing as little as possible and getting caught up on her rest. She enjoyed spending time with the dogs and played frisbee golf with me as well as spend time with Gary. Franklin College and all of the HCAC has decided to push the football season to the spring…not sure how that’s going to work, exactly. Did all of the NCAA D3 make this change? She did a lot of shopping as she has begun planning her move back to campus in a couple weeks. I believe it’s the same day as the Indy 500 – which they decided to hold without any spectators for the first time ever. In the midst of all the weirdness and uncertainty in this 2020 world, we finally took a big step forward as Luke officially returned to school and sports this week. He did a good job of getting up on time for classes. Practice really whooped his butt – but is anyone surprised? I’d have to assume that 95% of all the kids are out of shape due to no sports for the past six months. We are excited to FINALLY watch a game next week! Ann & I had asked that he not be scheduled to work through the week and only Saturday night / Sunday morning. However, after being scheduled incorrectly this week and again next week…and then being so tired on Saturday from all the activity – it was just time for change. Ann got to spend a little time with her friends as well as go cheese hunting this week- LOL! I got in about twenty-four miles of walking this week. I played 11 rounds of frisbee golf or 99 holes…and I still wanted to play more! Ann said Gigi might come out with Abs and I next week to see if she likes it. She could be my next partner when Abs returns to college! The scenery during our daily commutes continues to change as farmers are starting to reap some of the crops while others continue growing taller and taller – like the feed corn – changing the landscape. We didn’t hear any cicadas nor see any lightning bugs this week. We waited each day to receive our updates from Lynn, regarding Dad’s health. Thankfully, he is doing better as I write this and is on the road to recovery now… Hello again and welcome to the latest installment of the Scheu Family Blog.

It was back to work and school, bright and early on Monday morning. It was Luke’s first day of school for his junior year of high school. He said it was fine but weird because the hallways were now one-way only, he wasn’t able to use his locker and he had to wear a mask all day. He had to carry a water bottle because the water fountains were off limits as well. Afterwards, he attended his first official football practice of the year, although it was pretty much a wash. It stormed hard and drove them inside due to lightning. He said they’re still trying to figure it all out so it was a little weird. Ann & I both had fast and furious – aka typical Monday – workdays. Although I lost seven pounds during my weigh-in, Justin blew me out of the water with an incredible ten-pound loss! Way to go, J! Due to the rain, I walked two and a half miles in the re-opened mall after work. It was kind of sad in that a couple more businesses had closed. Only eight stores and one kiosk were open. There were only three walkers and about twelve customers the hour I was in the mall. Most were in one spot -the new sandwich / burger shop called Lucas Bros. Abby spent most of the day at Gary’s house before driving home. She picked-up Molly’s meds for us then came home to nap in hopes of relieving her headache. She was asleep by the time we got home so I dropped off Ann at the house and went out to the park by myself to play frisbee golf. I wound up playing three rounds but didn’t throw particularly well. After a couple rounds throwing from the long tees and only score a pair of 30s, I moved up to the short tees. By that time, it was raining again and I was sweaty…and on top of that, my arm was tired. Unfortunately, it didn’t help much but I did mange to get a two-under 25 from the short tees. My tee shots were awful, as the wet disc kept slipping out of my hands. Thankfully, my mid-range game was pretty good and I hit a few long putts or my scores would’ve been worse. I logged another three miles that evening to give me over five for the day. Meanwhile, Ann made parmesan-stuffed meatballs with pasta, sauce & garlic bread. I passed on the carbs and made a meatball roll-up. Luke came home and showered and then promptly went out to ElRep for dinner with Brayden. He sat and chatted for a while when he got home then retreated to his room to play some PS4 before calling it an early night. Dad B had back surgery that day in New York. He & Lynn drove into the city where he endured an 8-hour procedure that didn’t wrap up until after 10 pm. He & Lynn were both troopers on that really long day. Due to the COVID pandemic, Ms. Lynn wasn’t able to even see him afterwards but instead will have to wait until the morning. She was really good about sending us updates on Dad’s progression. That evening we watched a few shows on the DVR and then turned in a little early. Here are random pictures from our recent adventures.

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It was noticeably cooler on Tuesday morning, starting out in the 60s with a little fog during our commute into work. I had a busy day of ordering supplies for the facility. The pandemic continues to play havoc with our supply chain. Normally I can get all our stuff ordered in a few hours but it took me all day. Justin, Vic & I tried to go to the Chi-Buff, but it was closed so we wound up at the mall. We were going to grab a burger at the new sandwich shop but accidentally walked into Riviera Maya. Good choice: it was delicious AND it was Taco Tuesday! I was a little late getting out of work that evening and only walked a little over two weeks miles before it was time to pickup Ann and head home. I dropped her off at the house and Abby hopped in Black Betty to join me out at the park for a couple rounds of frisbee golf. I threw a par from the back tees and 3-under par from the front ones. Bu had a 33 & 35 from the fronts. In all, I had a little over four miles of exercise that day. Unfortunately, Abs donated her beloved pink frisbee to the pond. She tried to go pull it out but sank to her knees after like three steps in and decided better of it. That evening, I ordered a 10’ grabber-nabber that is due to be in next week which could help us in our future endeavors. What I really want to get, though, is a 16’ pond skimmer – I wish we still had our old pool skimmer pole. So now I’ll be on the lookout for a used extending pole while we’re out junking. Luke got up and went back to school and football again. He said practice was really hard because they did so much conditioning. He wasn’t in the mood to go with us that evening. Abs wanted to celebrate Taco Tuesday so we went to ElRep for dinner. I had the eggs and sausage burritos, which were really good – especially with a margarita – which was on special that evening. We came back and had Tequila Sunrises on the back porch. It was nice outside, but when we started getting bug bites, we cut it short and came inside. We watched a couple shows on the DVR and fell asleep pretty quickly. We wall turned-in early that evening… We heard from Lynn, who said Dad had a complication from the surgery and was in the ICU, but he’s otherwise doing OK…

Wednesday was even cooler than yesterday with temps in the 50s when we left for work. I loved it and opened up the house before we left. It warmed up nicely that afternoon. Luke had a little trouble getting up that morning. His tire is now having to be aired-up every day. I suggested he go buy a can of fix-a-flat for a quick and temporary fix for now. I only left my office once to meet with my boss but otherwise spent eight hours in the penthouse, working through the process to get our water softener system replaced, as it went kaput last week. I forgot I needed to leave early for Ann and so I only got in about two a half miles of walking around the airport property on a gorgeous afternoon. I dropped off Annie at home and she went out with her scrapbooking friends to Little Charlie’s in Batesville for dinner. Meanwhile, Bu & I went back out to the park to play frisbee golf and get in another couple miles of walking. I ended the day with a little over 4 ½ miles of exercise on the day and over 16K steps. I needed it after all chips & cheese yesterday! I started off a little rough with a 29 from the back tees but then threw another 24 from the front ones. Abs also struggled at first with a 36 but then redeemed herself with a 31 on the 2nd half. Luke had a good day at school and practice – especially since it was the first one with pads. He said he had fun laying out a few people! That’s my boy… 😊 The kids decided we needed dinner from Wings & Rings because it was Tender Night. So, after Luke showered (Abby’s prerequisite), they ran out to BWR and picked up dinner for us. That evening, we watched a couple of scary movies called Relic (weird; a real dud) and You Should Have Left (a little out there at times but a cool ending). We had a round of Amaretto Sours to wind down the evening that night. Lynn said Dad looked a lot better that day as some color had returned to his face. He actually got up and sat in a chair, which was a big step. Here are a few pictures of recent additions to my Hot Wheels collection.

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We had another cool start to the day on Thursday with temps again in the 50s. Like yesterday, it warmed nicely and was another gorgeous day. Ann & I had busy days that absolutely flew by. I put away our monthly supplies and had to scramble to find a few things that were backordered. We are seeing things in short supply that have never been that way before…damn COVID! Justin & Vic ran with me to Lowe’s to get a few things we were short on so that we could get through the weekend. We stopped for lunch at the Chi-Buff on our way. I got out of work a little late again and only recorded a little over two miles. So when we got home, I swapped Ann for Abby and we went back out to the park for another 18 holes of frisbee golf. We did NOT lose any discs that evening! We actually threw pretty well. We started at the front tees where Abs threw a 32 while I had a 4-under 23, which I believe ties my PB. I moved to the back tees for the second round and had a 1-over 28 while Abs thew a 33 but threw much better than that, having three shots rim-out of the goal. We ran out to Walmart to do our weekly supply run. Ann made Fireworks popcorn with a wide selection of cheeses to go with it. I loved the horseradish cheese. Abs met up with her roommates in Greenwood earlier that day and went shopping for stuff for their dorm room. Among other things, they bought a big chair and have it stored out in the family room until move-in day. Luke had school and football practice. Afterwards, he ran around with Brayden until after dark. Lynn said that Dad was up and walking that day – way to go, Pop! That night, we binge-watched a few more episodes of Yellowstone until bedtime.

I was able to sleep in a little on Friday as Abby got up and drove Ann to Dunkin and then on to work at the downtown office. When she got home, we loaded up Betty White and drove to the high school to swap out vehicles and take the Hot Rod Lincoln to Five Points for a new tire. Abs decided to bring Molly, who was so excited to go with us on another adventure! The place was swamped, so we decided to come back later. We picked up the truck and went to Mom & Sandy’s so I could mow and trim while the girls visited on the front porch. She had some extra stuff she needed done in her flowerbeds. She had every intention of getting out this spring/summer and pulling weeds but her body never let her get to it. So, I took the Stihl weed eater to them and cleared the flowerbeds out. Afterward, we came home and while Abs took care of the dogs, I mowed and trimmed the front yard. As Abby and I relaxed on the back porch afterward with the dogs for a few minutes, Annie texted saying she was ready. We picked her up and went out for lunch. Black Betty drove us to ElRep for mas tequila and tacos. They both went down smooth. I dropped off the girls and took Luke’s car and got a new tire put on her. Abby met me at Five Points and then we dropped the Hot Rod Lincoln off at the school and drove to Batesville. We went to Liberty Park to play 18 holes of frisbee golf. We were confused at first because in the week since we last played the course, they completely redesigned it! We eventually figured it out and like it better than the old one. We shot pretty good even thought we hadn’t been on it before. Abs experimented with an actual golf disc that we found earlier this week. She had a 36 and then a 33 once she started to get the hang of it. As for me, I threw a one-under 26 on both rounds. I very nearly had a hole-in-one on #7. We did a little Hot Wheels hunting on our way home and had some success. When we came home, Abs turned right around and ran Ann to Columbus to do some momma/daughter shopping and bonding. That allowed me to chill-out with the pups, take some Advil and rest my weary body while rocking out to Sammy Hagar’s 70th birthday bash on AXS TV. I’d love to go down there with Ann to Cabo and visit his bar sometime! Afterward I enjoyed a couple guilty pleasures on the DVR – Cannonball and Robot Chicken. 😊 Luke came home from football practice after school. He only said a couple words, showered and then headed right back out the door to go work at Arby’s. That evening, Abby retreated to her bedroom while Ann & I binge-watched several more episodes of Yellowstone. Lynn texted us that night saying Dad had a really good day. We have lots of social media pictures to share this week.

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We all enjoyed sleeping in on Saturday morning. I got up and mowed / trimmed in the backyard with the dogs while Luke went to football practice. The girls made their weekly trek to St. Paul for pastries from Wildflour bakery. After another delicious breakfast, Abs packed up her stuff and headed north in Tonya to stay with Gary for the weekend. Luke came home from football sore and tired. He was really dreading going into work. Ann & I were concerned about him not having time to recover as well as keep up with his schoolwork and encouraged him to ask his boss for a hiatus until after sports concludes – which may be next summer. He wasn’t sure what to do; so, we made his mind up for him. To cheer him up after texting his boss, we took him to Ohio to go shopping at Jungle Jim’s. I had never been there before. Luke said he’d been there once and Ann has been there a handful of times. Man was it huge! We enjoyed perusing all the cool stuff. We brought home lots of goodies…but mainly cheese, jerky, booze, and chocolate – what else do you need?? Hell, we even had a couple beers while we were there! Why can’t we drink beer every time we go to the store while we’re shopping??? On our way home, Luke got in the wrong lane and wound up having to turn around. While looking for the route home, we decided to stop for dinner and googled places near us. We kicked around a couple ideas and Luke had jokingly said he wanted to try lobster. Low and behold, although we selected the Spaghetti Factory, when we pulled in…there was a Red Lobster! So, he got to enjoy his first surf & turf with some steak and lobster. It had been a while since I was there, but I still love those cheddar biscuits! I had hopes of playing some frisbee golf when we got home, but it was already dark by the time we got everything in and put away. Besides, we were all pretty worn-out from our day’s adventure and I already got in my daily step goal. Dad called me and we spoke for a couple minutes. He sounded like he’d been through the ringer but was keeping a positive attitude. We wound down the evening binge-watching a few more episodes of Yellowstone.

Lola must’ve been missing Abby overnight because she was up at 2:30, barking. Thankfully, I was able to shush her back to sleep for a few hours before she was right back at it again. I put her outside for the morning and saw that the dogs had left me a couple of presents. By the time I got it cleaned-up, I was wide awake so even though I only had a few hours’ sleep, I went ahead and stayed up. I sat outside with the dogs for a little while then came in and paid bills. Once everyone got up, we got to our weekly household chores. Molly & I checked fluids in the vehicles out front and then I watched the NASCAR races while Ann napped that afternoon and into the evening. Luke ran around with Brayden that afternoon. At one point, they grabbed Delilah and hopped in Betty White to go get drive thru for lunch. She loved it! Gigi came over to visit, early that evening to visit and pickup newspapers. Abby stayed at Gary’s again that evening. Lynn said Dad got moved out of the ICU and is in a regular room now, which was great to hear! We wound down the weekend by lounging with the dogs and watching several more episodes of Yellowstone on the big screen. It was a relaxing way to wrap up another week before we start it all over again tomorrow…

Next up is our Waybac section which features another batch of Uncle Goon pix from his funeral as well as another batch of pix from Dee in 2003. We lead off with Uncle Chuck: 1940s – baby pix with Granny; 1950s – baseball and school pix; 1960s – with Aunt Judy, at Aunt Sue’s wedding, playing bball for Jeff and with Pug and Cathy in ’64; 1970s – stylin’ at home; 1980s – golfing with buddies; 2000s – with different family; then on to 2003: June – Luke’s birth; July – 4th of July activities and Gigi’s bday; November – Danny’s 50th bday and Thanxmas; December – Owens family Christmas Eve; and then Uncle Goon pix in 2010s with lots and lots of Scheu family folks…

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Next up is our video section which includes one short home movie this week as well as several from around the internet.

And that does it for this week’s entry into the Scheu Family Blog. Thanks for keeping up with us this time out and we’ll catch up to you next time. Until then, stay safe have a good one. We miss ya, Mom.
Later, Scheu

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