And I Know that Time is a Region(al) to be Passed…

We’ve had such a long week since we last touched base. Matt had a full week of teaching and coaching in Zionsville. He went 1-1 on the week, losing his first meet of the year (his team is now 7-1 on the year). We were hoping to go see him coach next week. With COVID, we haven’t been able to make it up there yet as his county is in the red. We’ll see how it goes, because we’d love to watch the Battle for the Nest again. We enjoyed seeing him for a few hours this weekend, which was nice. He said his meeting with Cathy went really well, so we’ll see where it leads… Abby endured her first full week of school, as she began the second semester of her junior year. She was a little homesick at first, but once she got into the groove with her friends, sorority sisters and boyfriend she was fine. She did end up coming home this weekend, which was cool. I know the dogs loved it as much as we did! It was a long week for the puppers. It had been several weeks since they were alone all day. Luke had a good week of school. He had a modified week of wrestling practices since there were only four of them still in the state tourney. He still managed to find time to see friends and even worked a little this week. Ann and I had full work weeks. She is getting around so good now. If you didn’t know, you couldn’t even tell she had bionic knees. I continued working out with Bryan at his home gym this week, getting together over there twice. I was hoping to bump it up a day this week, but that didn’t quite turn out the way I was hoping. I only walked two days this week as well, managing a measly four and a half miles of exercise at the mall due to the busy week. I looked forward all week to the big football game this weekend, especially with all the hype around the Mahomes vs. Brady matchup. The Super Bowl had the potential to be a great matchup and there was a lot of anticipation leading up to it this week…it did not live up to the hype. The weather continued to dump a ton of precip on us. What was different this week was that it got colder and colder as the days passed. And by the time I finished writing this entry on Sunday night, it was some of the coldest air we’d had in a long while. Hello and welcome to the latest version of the Scheu Family Blog.

We were awakened early on Monday by the home phone ringing. Due to everything freezing and the fact that it snowed all night, they decided to make it an e-learning day for school. Luke was thrilled and pretty much laid in his bed all day, doing school on his phone since he couldn’t find his laptop’s power cord. Abby began her first day of the second semester of her junior year. She had a little homesickness as she returned to a full slate of classes. She came home briefly that afternoon, following her toe doctor appointment. She got to see her dogs, which was her chicken soup for her soul and just the thing she needed before heading back to school. Matt had a two-hour delay with his class then had wrestling practice. We weren’t sure if Luke would have practice, but coach texted us later that day and said the kids would have practice for a couple hours that afternoon. Ann and I had long, exhausting days. I got out late and didn’t have a chance to go walking that afternoon. When we got home, all I wanted to do was nap on the couch. After culling pix and vids from my sources for this week’s blog, I grabbed a plate of leftovers and finally got that nap I was longing for. I also got to watch a couple more episodes of Star Trek Voyager while editing this week’s video. Luke pretty much kept to himself, playing online videos all evening. He did come out and talk to us for about five minutes while making food runs to the kitchen. He said we could have six tickets per kid, so Ann made plans to take Matt & Taylor and Gary & Gail this weekend to Richmond to watch Luke wrestle in the Regionals tourney. I eventually got tired of napping on the couch and turned in early, hoping to catch up on the sleep I lost last night. Here are pictures from Luke’s matches at last weekend’s Sectional tourney. Here are pictures from Luke’s Sectional wrestling tourney in South Dearborn last weekend.

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We had a cold start to Tuesday with temps in the teens as we drove into work that AM. It was Groundhog Day. Although all the festivities were cancelled due to COVID, all the pomp and circumstance was still carried out and Phil saw his shadow. That means that we have six more weeks of winter. Damn you, Phil!! It was a fast day for both Ann & I. Before I realized it, it was time to leave and I was headed to the mall to go walking. I got in two miles before I picked up Ann and headed home. I dropped her off and headed on to the Sunken Boat Gym to work out with Bryan and Mike. Luke had a two-hour delay that morning then had a fast day of school and a shortened wrestling practice. There are only four boys left in the state tourney after last weekend. Luke & Ann were greeted with quite a mess in the kitchen from Itchy & Twitchy. It will be an even longer day for them tomorrow. We talked for a while as Angie finished up in the gym before we took our turn. It was an arm and abs day. I couldn’t keep up with their pace at the weight they were using so I was dismissed to the kids table with a set of barbells and kettle bells and leave the heavy lifting to the big boys. When they went to the sauna afterwards, I came on home and grabbed something to eat. Ann & I watched a couple of our favorite TV shows we had DVR’d on the big screen and fell asleep on the couch.

Wednesday was a fast day. Luke had to go to school on time that morning. The roads were clear enough for us to go the back way that morning. The boys and I went to China Buff for lunch after a busy morning. The afternoon was a little slower, which allowed me to get caught up on several tasks that had been pushed to the back for a week or two. I had just started off on my walk when Ann texted me and reminded me, she needed picked up early. I had completely forgotten! I was so excited to finally walk outdoors in the bright sunshine that it completely slipped my mind that I supposed to have picked her up ten minutes ago! So, I hustled back to work and quickly made my way over to her office and we were on our way. I got her home just in time for her to change and Shawna was there to pick her up. The girls all went out to Millhousen for dinner at Stones. Ann said she would bring back a chicken for Luke and I that evening, which sounded amazing. Luke got home from school and wrestling practice while I was repairing the van’s broken visor clip (the 2nd of 2 in the last few months). He was cleaning up a pair of shoes he was selling that evening. Ann spoke to Matt & Abby earlier. Abby had a better day at school and is finally starting to settle down and realize that the best place for her is on campus. Matt and the Eagles lost their first meet and are now 6-1 on the year – still pretty darn good! I got changed and ran out to the Sunken Boat Gym to work out with Bryan and Mike as the sun was setting on the town. It was supposed to be a stretch day (that’s what they told me) but instead it was another tough workout. I came home and waited with Luke for Ann to return from her evening out. She brought us a chicken and a side of livers – yum! I edited pictures that evening, in between naps. I watched the #24-ranked Boilers face off with Maryland and should’ve won the game. Instead, they lost by a single point, 60-61. Ann left me sleeping on the couch again that night… Here are random pictures from our recent adventures.

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Thursday was a long day. We were awakened early by Lola incessantly barking at 4 am. I finally got up about 430 and put her outside and hopped in the shower and stared my day. It allowed me to have a little extra time that morning to write out all the bills and even get a jump on editing blog pix. It was all gray skies as we drove into work that morning. I swear it looked like it could start snowing at any minute. Justin worked from home, which meant I got a ton of stuff done that morning in the office. Vic and I decided we didn’t want to eat “American” tacos for lunch, so instead we went to the mall and had authentic tacos at Riviera Maya. They made me grilled shrimp tacos on corn tortillas with onion, cilantro and their homemade “muy caliente” hot sauce. 😊 They were delicious! About an hour and a half after we got back, it started sleeting before it eventually turned into rain. I walked about two miles in the mall before picking up Annie and heading home. It was raining pretty good and as I feared, we had vehicle issues. Old Barney is definitely a tank and will withstand about anything we throw at it. But it does have a kryptonite – rain. Thankfully, I stayed on 46 just in case something happened…and just as we crossed over 9, I knew something had gone horribly wrong. My power steering was gone, the radio got quiet, the lights dimmed, the wipers went in slow motion and the heater started throwing cold air – that darned serpentine belt had come off again. We quickly looked around and found our good friend Pat’s old business (the old McGwire International building) that looked abandoned. I still carry the special wrench in the van for just such an emergency. I tried fussing with it for about 5 minutes in the rain when an older gentleman pulled up and asked if we needed help. I replied yes and told him what had happened. He must’ve been the new business owner because he said he had guy for that. Within two minutes, a truck pulled in and a very large man got out and asked what the trouble was. He said he could get it back on for us and proceeded to fuss with it. After about 20 minutes out in what had now turned to sleet and snow, he finally got it back on – thankfully. We tried several times to give him some cash for his time and trouble but he refused each time, saying this is what he does – help others – and asked me to give the money to the kids or pay the good deed forward. I believe I will do both this weekend! 😊 We were so afraid that the belt would slip off again as it continued to precipitate. So, we limped down the highway on the shoulder, going about 35 mph with the flasher on – trying to stay out of everyone’s way. By the grace of God, we made it home. I was never so relieved to pull into that driveway and shut off a vehicle before. It took us about 90 minutes to drive home and I swear. I missed my workout at the Sunken Boat Gym and didn’t want to leave the house to go play poker, so we curled up with the dogs in the living room, Luke ran to the store for us and Ann made a batch of Fireworks popcorn and various cheese cubes and she read while I edited pictures for this week’s blog. There are a lot of them, thanks to Abby at Luke’s wrestling tourney – thanks Bu! She got some really good ones… That night, the wind really picked up. We took down Ann’s door decoration that we think was the reason for Lola barking this morning (it knocks against the door in the breeze). It doesn’t bother me, but that’s probably because Mom always had wind chimes of all different sorts – metal, wood, bamboo – that always made noise of some sort. As the wind howled outside, the temps dropped rapidly and all that wet froze…

I was surprised that Luke didn’t have a two-hour delay on Friday morning as all the rain had frozen. Thankfully, I think the wind had dried much of the precip before it froze too much and we found the roads strangely clear. Luke got to sleep in a little since they start school a little later on Friday mornings. I ran through Dunkin before dropping Ann off at her downtown office and went to visit with Mom O for a little while. I was called away to come help with a plumbing issue at Ann’s office but returned quickly and had a nice visit. I returned home a little while later and got to work on my laptop that morning. After a few hours, Ann texted and said she was ready. We went out to Wings & Rings for lunch and to see Ms. Kristin. We saw a couple other familiar faces as well and enjoyed chatting and catching up with Abby’s co-workers. Ann had sent me a recipe for a drink and I asked Kristin to make it. It’s called a Michelada and it was good – I’d order it again, for sure. It paired nicely with my boneless, grilled, dry-rub wings. I had a side of atomic sauce and a ton of bleu cheese and celery and that hit the spot! We came home and I went back to work in the family room for several hours while Ann relaxed and tried to take a nap with Delilah. Abby texted and said she would be home that evening. When she and Gary got to the house that afternoon, I wrapped up work and we ran some errands around town. We came home and the girls cooked cheeseburgers for dinner. In an effort to inspire Luke, we put on the quintessential 80s wrestling movie – Vision Quest. It was every bit as good as I remembered it being when we watched it in the movie theater in LaPorte, back in the day… Here are pictures of some of the new additions to my Hot Wheels collection.

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We were up before the butt-crack of dawn on Saturday morning. Poor Luke was already at the high school by the time I got up and started getting ready. We stopped at the gas station and Dunkin on our way out of town. It was a smooth drive and the roads were all clear despite the temps being in the low teens. Abby & Gary joined us that morning and Matt met us up at the meet. We had four wrestlers representing Greensburg at Richmond, including Luke & Alex (who are practice partners as well as very old and dear friends). Alex and Luke were both #4 seeds facing #1 seeds from the other feeder Sectional tourney. Alex faced an opponent that was the #1 seed in the whole tourney in that weight class and had only lost one time all year. After meeting Alex, he had lost two as Dance knocked him off! It was a huge win and likely the biggest upset of the day. Next up was Luke’s turn. Unfortunately, it did not turn out as well for him. He ran into a buzz saw and was pinned in the first period with only one second left. It was heartbreaking for him but we assured him we were proud of him making it this far. Tristan made it through to semi-state with Alex. Preston lost in the first round along with Luke, meaning their season is now over. Alex then proceeded to win his next match and wrestled in the final. As it turned out, he went on to win the whole darn thing! We were so excited for him and his family! Megan and Heather were there to cheer him on as well. We went crazy when he knocked the guy out! It was a little scary for a moment but he came around soon afterward and we could again celebrate the victory! It was the second time there was a medical emergency that day. Earlier, a boy broke his leg and had to be taken to the hospital on a stretcher from the mat. Afterward, we went out for lunch at Firehouse BBQ and Blues in downtown Richmond. We sat next to the stage but unfortunately at that time of the day there was no live music. The music they were playing over the speaker system and the stuff on the walls, though, intrigued me – straight blues. The food was very good as well. Ann got the Smokin’ Hog while I went with the Sparky. Both were smoked sausage with pulled pork – mine was just spicy. We were joined by the other Pirate families – the Smiths and Dances. I think we had something like twelve people in our party. We had a good time celebrating with everyone. Luke, however, wasn’t able to join us as he had to ride the bus back home with the coaches, managers and Preston because he had to work that night at Hibbett’s. We said our goodbyes to everyone, including Matthew and headed home. As we pulled away from the restaurant, we saw a record store down the alley next door and turned around so Abby & I could go in and check it out. It was pretty cool. I could’ve spent several hours in there but soon Ann was calling and said she was ready to go (she stayed out in the car with Gary). The store was called Block Head Records. We found a couple of cheap, used LPs and also picked up a CD from a local band called Wolftooth. Their record was put out on the Ripple Music label, which is an indie label I had heard of previously, so I gave it a try. We had a good drive back to town and when we got home, Luke was there. Seems that they had taken him off the schedule and neglected to tell him. Abby, Luke and Gary gassed up the car and returned it to Sandy and swapped out for Tonya. They visited for a bit then came back so Garrett could drive back to campus that night before it got too dark. Luke wound up going out with Brayden and I think they went shopping in Columbus. Abby & I had a round of drinks while watching TV with Ann. She made us a drink called the Man-o-war which included some Jack Daniels rye, sweet Vermouth and Cointreau. Luke wound up with some girls in Columbus and supposedly lost track of time. By the time they got the girls home, the bitter cold weather turned and it began to snow. On the untreated roads, they were quite slick. As a result, Luke did not meet his curfew – not even close. Although I nodded off a few times, I stayed up until he made it home safely. But by then I was wired. So, I watched a couple more episodes of Star Trek: Discovery until I finally wound down and forced myself to go to bed. When I let Molly out one last time to potty, I noticed that it was still snowing… We have lots of social media pictures to share this week.

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The serene thought of the snow falling softly on the house and lawn allowed me to fall asleep quickly and sleep quite soundly overnight. Although it was an ideal situation to sleep in, it was not to be. Only a handful of hours after going to bed earlier that morning, I was awakened by the combination of work calling and the dogs barking. It had stopped snowing, but the temperatures had fallen throughout the night and it was in the single digits when I let the dogs out. I talked with our sprinkler vendor and Vic, my maintenance guy to come up with a plan of action as to why our sprinkler system was throwing up alarms that morning. I watched the classic SNL (1993) and Star Trek (1968) episodes that recorded last night until Ann got up and we got to our weekly household chores. Ann made biscuits and gravy after Abby ran to the store to get milk for the gravy as well as a few back-to-school supplies. After breakfast, Luke went to work at Hibbett’s. Meanwhile, I watched the still-#24 Purdue host Northwestern at Mackie Arena. There are still no fans allowed – except for parents / family. I can’t wait until the Paint Crew returns and the house can get back to rockin’! The Boilers welcomed Stefanovic back from COVID protocol. Williams was in foul trouble all game and so he was a non-factor, watching from the sideline most of the game. Thankfully, Ivey had a big game and helped the Boilers win after leading wire-to-wire. Abby headed back up to FC, early that afternoon, leaving Ann & I alone to nap with the dogs. I wrote out the blog and wrapped up watching season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery. Sandy called that afternoon and asked if I would help move a piece of furniture from Ann’s uncle’s house. I was happy to oblige. We got it moved easily and when I returned home, Ann was cooking a big pot of chili to take with us out to the Sunken Boat Bar to watch the Super Bowl with our friends. We met up with the Messers, Lowes, Wolters, and Shawn. We laughed and told stories and watched Brady and the Tampa defense dominate both sides of the ball. I actually nodded off a couple times in the second half. …And don’t get me started about that halftime show. It was even worse than I thought it would be. The highlights of the night were definitely the food and the commercials! After the game was official, the party broke up and we came home. Luke was supposed to meet us over there but he was a no-show. When we got back to the house, we found the dogs on their own and Luke sound asleep. We got our comfy clothes on, hung out with the dogs and did our normal stuff – Ann read while I worked on the blog. We weren’t up too long before we called it a night and put the kibosh on another week…

Next up is our Waybac section which continues to feature two collections – one from Ann’s Uncle Red’s family and one from Deanna’s digital camera in 2004. We lead off in 1929 with Malinda Thompson in New Point, Ind; then the 1930s we have the Howes – first 2-year-old Paul and then 8-year-old Charles Jr. and 6-yr-old Ruth – from Dry Ridge, KY; Irene Serviss & Malinda Thompson in Jan 1938 in New Point, Ind as a couple other photos, circa late 1930s – first an unlabeled big family picture and then an unidentified Mom and her son under a tree; then on to 2004: April – Easter fun uptown; May – Dixon Dance Revue at the high school auditorium; June – Luke’s bday party at our home; July – 4th of July fun uptown, at Mom & Sandy’s and then back to our home, the Fair Parade near Washington school and then out at the fairgrounds that evening, Grace’s bday party at her first home and Sandy’s bday at the Main St home; August – Minnie & Charlie; September – Abby’s bday party; November – Thanksgiving Day at Mom & Sandy’s house; and December – Christmas Eve & Day festivities.

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And finally, we end with our video segment which features one new home movie this week as well as a ton of others from around the internet.

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 and stay safe out there. We miss ya, Mom.
Later, Scheu

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