Whispered Warnings in the Wind…Saying Soon come the Dancing Snowflakes

We enjoyed a little bit of a slowdown this past week. We received more snow and ice and continued to endure below-freezing weather each day. That has kept the snow around which has been a nice change from the last several years where we would receive snowfall but then it would be gone a few days later. And…as I write this, we have been issued yet another winter storm warning for tonight through Tuesday morning – with the promise of at least another six additional inches of snow accumulation! Of course, with that comes the panic of the local yokels which caused shortages of food and supplies as well as made people act like asses in the stores and on the roads. I am beginning to understand the allure of moving out to the country… With the deep freeze (and many would argue the change in our government leadership) has come a rise in gas prices. In town, we are up to $2.50. That’s a level we haven’t seen since Obama was in office. One thing we look forward to each year (not) is filing our taxes – something I finally had time to complete this weekend. Although we missed it, Matt had a big week of wrestling as he continued to teach and coach at Z West. Abby enjoyed a good week of school as she continues to get back into the swing of things on campus. COVID is still taking a toll on their social lives – especially the Greek Life activities. We were pleased to welcome her home for about 24 hours this weekend. Luke had his final week of wrestling practice and continues to declare that he does not want to play baseball – even though his close friends are playing. Instead, he insists he wants to focus on just football & wrestling and getting stronger before his senior season. I hate to hear that, as I love to watch him play baseball but understand he needs to forge his own path. I just hope he doesn’t regret it… Ann and I had good weeks at work, working through challenges and still finding humor in our daily activities. My labs came back and oh my…I have got to make some serious changes in my diet and exercise routines. I think I’m on the right path as far as exercise… I worked out three days this week at the gym and walked three days for about seven miles. It’s difficult to get outside when there’s snow on the ground and it’s only the tens and twenties. …But those darned eating habits of mine will be the death of me eventually, I’m afraid… Hi there; welcome to the latest installment of the Scheu Family Blog.

It was back to work and school on Monday morning. It was sure a chilly start to the week. I got my blood drawn at Ann’s office before heading on to my work that day. It was quite productive as I got caught up from being gone for three days, which took me pretty much all morning. I took the boys out for lunch at Snappy Pizza and worked on reports that afternoon. I wasn’t paying attention to the time and before I knew it, it was past time to get to the mall to walk. So, I called Ann and we just came on home. I was so tired, all I wanted to do was get home, put on my comfy clothes and watch it snow…which is just what we did. I put on one of my favorite movies to veg-out to (The original Matrix) while I backed-up last week’s files and procured all of this week’s blog pix and vids. It snowed pretty good that evening. Luke had to go out driving in it and had a little fun before we made him come home. Delilah loved it even more that Lukey! She ran and galloped and I swear I saw her skipping at one point! She ran so hard there were powder clouds behind her! The poor thing would come in with snow matted to her fur, especially around her mouth and under her paws. She loves to eat the snowballs and ice off her feet. We wound up with a winter weather advisory and had over four-five inches. Luke was all excited because he just knew school would be cancelled the next day. We had a find-your-own night for dinner and I turned in early that night to try and catch up on some the sleep I lost over the weekend… Here are pictures from Luke’s Regional wrestling tourney last weekend.

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I was awakened early on Tuesday morning. I think the snowfall was on my mind plus I had to pee, the dogs were barking and wouldn’t you know it…Luke got his wish – we received the call that morning that school had been moved to e-learning. It’s not exactly a snow day, but it’s close. I got up and let the dogs out. Delilah thought she was at Disney World! The other dogs couldn’t get back in soon enough. I think DJ went in and out probably four times before we left for work that morning. I shoveled and salted the front so Ann wouldn’t bust her ass. It was a little hard to tell how much we got due to the drifting. The snow was light and very fine, so it was a breeze to shovel. We might have gotten 5…maybe 6 inches? Ann worked in her downtown office that day. So, we ran through Dunkin and I dropped her off before setting sail for Columbus. The roads were clear – kudos to the DOT for doing a great job…almost too good. Sure, they had melted all the snow and ice, but it was wet like it had just poured rain. I was so concerned that I would throw that belt again that I only went 40 mph even though I could’ve easily gone 60. I wound up turning off at Hartsville, relieved to be back on ice / snow-covered roads! It was at that point that I actually felt relaxed enough to finally eat the breakfast wraps that I picked up that morning. I can’t wait until Friday to get that new belt and pulley system installed! I had another fast day at work. Justin & I held orientation in the Penthouse that morning and I worked on reports in the afternoon. I walked about two and a half miles at the mall because it was freezing (literally) outside. The roads were dry as a bone on the way home, thankfully. When I got back there, I did a few things around the house before changing and heading over to the Sunken Boat Gym to workout with Bryan and Mike. My back was sure sore that evening and Advil was my friend. Annie made Fireworks popcorn and cheese for dinner (as I was hoping) from her new 15# bucket that came in the mail today. 😊 We watched one of our DVR’d shows (well she did; I fell asleep shortly after finishing my dinner). I woke up just as it ended and went on to bed. God I’m old…. Meanwhile, Ann had a quiet day at work. Luke did e-learning then picked up Ann to go to lunch at Chili’s. He lifted weights with the football team then went to wrestling practice that evening and picked up Ann for me. She had an After-Prom meeting that got switched to Zoom and went really well. They are still planning to do something for the kids, but it will look a little different – but at least they should have something this year (unlike 2020). Luke worked out at the Y that evening then went out to Oak’s house until late. We received notification early that evening – while I was at the gym – that school would be on a 2-hr delay in the morning which meant Lukey could stay out a little later. 😊 Here are random pictures from our recent adventures.

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Luke had a two-hour delay for school on Humpday but he accidentally overslept and went in a little later than planned. Ann & I made it safely to work, staying on 46 all the way into town. It made me realize why we go through the country because people are stupid. Among other things, I near got hit twice at the 46 / 31 intersection – first by a guy blowing through a red light then immediately after, a gal turned into my lane and cut me off to get into the Burger King parking lot – grrrr… I took Ann to her cardiologist appointment where she had a very good checkup – so good that she doesn’t have to go back for another year. At least one of us got good news. My labs came back and as anticipated, and they were less than stellar. I really need to work on my diet badly…. I had a fast day at work. Victor brought me a salad from Arni’s for lunch, which was really nice. I walked about a mile and a half at the mall. It took me about ten minutes to drive there because the roads were a mess after snowing all day long again. I’d say we had a total of about an inch or two of snow. I picked up Ann and tried to make it out of town but I turned out of her work like we were going the back way. So, we turned and tried to head back to 46 down the next road and wouldn’t you know it, the traffic was suddenly stopped and like four police cars and two fire trucks just appeared out of nowhere and blocked the street. So, we turned around again and went down to the next street (Marr) and the damn thing was closed for repairs. At that point I said screw it and just went the back way. We didn’t get home that night until about 630 that night. I quickly got changed and went out to the Sunken Boat Gym to work out with Bryan. I got back about an hour later and grabbed something to eat and sat down to watch the NASCAR race from last night. It was the Busch Clash and it was exciting as they did it on the ‘roval’ track at Daytona. It went right down to the last turn of the last lap where there was a crash and Kyle Busch wound up winning from the third position after the front two took each other out. We watched another show while I edited pictures for this week’s blog. Luke went to wrestling practice after school to help Alex prep for semi-state this weekend then worked out at the Y again for a couple hours with Brayden that night. He is insistent that he does not want to play baseball this year. I am still not giving up on him yet because we love watching him play baseball…and we enjoy spending time with Bryan & Angie in the outfield.

I drove into work solo on Thursday morning. Luke & Ann left shortly afterward to head to Columbus. I wound up going the back way during my commute where I saw a slide off. I stopped to help but the lady was on the phone and said she was fine so I went on. The road was dry as a bone until I got up near the T on Marr. I slowed way down before hitting the snow-covered portion of the road, where it had blown back overnight. The guy behind me waited way too long and when he tried to stop, his rear end came around and he did a big fishtail for a couple seconds before correcting it and getting stopped before he hit me, thankfully. Luke went to an allergist appointment where they checked him for peanuts and tree nuts. The good news was that he did not react to tree nuts…but he was at a 4+ for peanuts, which is the highest reaction he can have to it. ☹ The doc has a program that can help Luke’s system be a little less sensitive to the allergy, so Ann is going to do some research to see if it is a good fit for him. They got coffee afterward then Luke dropped her off at work and headed on to school. He had wrestling practice that night then worked out at the YMCA again. He is going to drive to semi-state in New Castle this weekend to go watch Alex and Tristan compete because they won’t let him ride on the bus, which is sorta shitty. He is expected to come to practice to help prepare Alex but they won’t take him to the tourney with the team? That doesn’t sound right to me… I had a good day at work then walked a 5K at the mall. Ann & I had a safe ride home then I grabbed a change of clothes, ordered takeout and headed to Wings & Rings. We had poker that night, so I took a big batch of boneless wings. I was PO’ed when I got stopped on the bypass by a stopped train at Honda. We need an overpass! I eventually got my food picked up and headed out to the Sunken Boat Gym where I worked out with Bryan and Mike again. Afterward, I went next door to the Bewley B&B Bar. Shawn had smoked a big batch of ribs that were a smash hit – Bryan easily ate 30 of them! To his defense, they were delicious. We had a good crowd with Bryan, Rick, Shawn, Alan, Bob, Mark and I all showing up. We had a ton of food, a fully stocked bar and a few hours of cards – perfect! I loved hearing all the stories (that I can’t repeat here!) and we laughed and laughed… We have lots of social media pictures to share this week.

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I hit snooze about eight times on Friday morning. Ann & I grabbed drive thru at Dunkin then I dropped her off at the downtown office and took Barney to see Jerry at J&A Auto to get a new belt and pulley system installed as well as an oil change. I sat in their lobby and worked on my phone, completing all my Facility Dude PMs online. I came home after Jerry got done and worked on several small things as well as made some more progress on my annual report. Abby decided to come home this weekend, so I stopped working about noon and watched the Duals at Daytona (from last night) while waiting on her to get home. Once she arrived, we went to El Reparo to grab a late lunch and a margarita. We brought Ann home so she could nap while Abby & I ran errands around town. We got home just ahead of Luke (how does he always get out of unloading the car??). After we got everything put away, I checked fluids in the vehicles then got settled down with comfy clothes and we watched several DVR’d shows. I got all the pictures and videos edited that night for this week’s blog entry. Abby split time between playing games with Luke, playing online games with Matthew and hanging out with us. Ann made us Fireworks popcorn and cheese for dinner. And to no one’s surprise, I fell asleep on the couch and went on to bed.

We were up early on Saturday morning. Luke was the first out the door as he met up with the team at the high school and traveled up to New Castle to watch the semi-state tournament, following the bus in the Hot Rod Lincoln. Unfortunately, both Alex and Tristan lost in the first round and were eliminated. Luke drove to Oakley’s house afterward and then came home to change and go workout with his buddies. Luke wound up spending the night out at Oakley’s house that night. The girls got up and made their way to St. Paul to pickup goodies at Wild Flour Bakery. They brought me my pastries and then went to Mom & Sandy’s house to deliver their goodies and visit for a couple hours. Meanwhile, I got up and moved to my desk to work on taxes for the whole family. It took me about seven hours. I knocked-out the kids’ returns and then did ours. I was shocked when Turbo Tax wanted $80 to e-file this year! Hell, at this rate I should’ve just taken them to H&R Block and saved a days’ worth of work! Anyhow, we got them knocked-out and by the time I finished, the girls had returned and made fish tacos for linner. We said good-bye to Abby, who headed back up to school after getting her laundry done, her belly full and a couple bags of supplies. 😊 That left Ann & I alone to have a quiet night. So, we snuggled up with the dogs and tried to keep warm while watching the weekly SVU marathon on Ion TV and had leftovers for dinner. I logged my newest Hot Wheels from the past couple weeks and uploaded the new spreadsheet to our website. I fell asleep and eventually I just gave up and went to bed early. God…I’ve become my parents…. Here are pictures of recent additions to my Hot Wheels collection.

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I’m glad I went to bed early because it allowed me to get up with Lola when she started barking and scratching at our door, early on Valentine’s Day morning. Annie got to sleep in a couple hours but couldn’t fall back to sleep. Once she moved to the living room to sleep, I slowly got around to doing the weekly household chores while catching up on my DVR’d shows like Oak Island, Ancient Aliens, Purdue basketball (I can’t believe that travelling call at the end of that Minnesota game) and the Xfinity NASCAR race. I napped during the race and took it easy that afternoon, waiting for the Daytona 500 to start. I love all the pre-game for the race…but not as much as the Indy 500. There’s nothing like the lead up to the start of that race! It was exciting to see Michael Jordan’s new race team with the #23 car. Unfortunately, there was an early wreck and then bad weather moved in and they never got the race restarted. Luke came home briefly from Oak’s house to change and headed back out to work at Hibbett’s. After work, he ran to the store for Ann, who made a yummy keto dinner for me with meatballs, cheesy cauliflower rice and cheesy broccoli. After eating, Luke went out with friends to the YMCA to work out again that evening. Finally, later that night, they resumed the race after something like six hours of rain delay. Luke wanted to stay the night with friends, but with the threat of all that snow coming tonight we asked him to come home. We stayed warm with the dogs again (the temps were only in the teens) that night, watched the race and waited for the snow to come. It was a relaxing way to wind down the weekend and put the kibosh on another week before we start it all again tomorrow. The snow should make for some interesting commutes to and from work in the snow the next couple days…

Next up is our Waybac section which continues to feature two collections – both from Ann’s family. One is on her Uncle Red’s side and is from Dee’s first digital camera. We lead off in the 1930s – a newspaper clipping, Aunt Lindy’s social security card and Ruth Howe in July 1938; then 1991: Red & Lindy’s marriage license (originally in April ’65) reprint, a picture of the two of them as well as a pic of Ann’s Uncle Weldon and Aunt Lillian; then we move on to 2004: April – Easter Day; May – Dixon Dance Revue; June – Luke’s birthday; July – 4th of July fun downtown, at Mom & Sandys and then on to our home as well as the Fair Parade and last night of the fair as well as Grace’s birthday; August – Minnie & Charlie; September – Abby’s birthday; October – Matt’s broken arm surgery; November – Mom O’s birthday and Thanksgiving Day; December – Christmas fun: Day, Eve and the day of the Parade.

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Next up we have our video segment which includes one new family movie this week as well as several 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 and we’ll catch up to you next time. Until then, have a good one and stay safe out there. We miss ya, Mom.
Later, Scheu

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