Get Your Motor Runnin’…

Another week is in the rearview mirror and what it week it was…we saw our first snowfall as temps dipped down below freezing; Scott Weiland died; Kobe announced his retirement (and maybe Tiger too?) and there was yet another mass shooting – this time it was out in San Bernardino – very close to where we lived back in the 70s. Of course, with it came more talk of gun control. I’m not sure where I stand on this issue anymore. Perhaps we should all carry weapons like the Old West…perhaps that would stop these sick people from taking innocent lives. Closer to home, it was much quieter: Matt studied for finals, Abby did not have any dance performances but studied hard as her semester comes to an end, Luke did not have any basketball games but worked hard around the house this week, Ann was still in pain and iced her knees daily and I was still fat & hairy and found it hard to be good with all the yummy holiday food around the house. Hello again and welcome back yet another installment of the Scheu Family Blog.
We actually had a warm start to the week on Monday with temps up in the 50s. We got the truck out of hibernation due to the van being down till we can get it in the shop. “Betty White” – as the old Chevy was dubbed years ago – did not take kindly to waking up. We eventually got her going and she did fine for us this week. Ann went in early to work and stayed late to get things caught up. She also came back to the ‘Burg to pickup Luke and take him to his annual physical in Columbus. He stayed with me and helped me finish up my monthly PM rounds. Abby went to Pirateers practice and then on to jazz class at Dixon – but not before we stopped at the convenience store for a “slugger.” Some of you old farts may know what that means…
Abby’s Pirateers practice was cancelled on Tuesday afternoon. I walked to Ann’s office after work on a cool evening. I didn’t make it the whole way and finished up on the treadmill when we got home. Abby made baked potatoes and had Cody over for dinner and homework. We have a bunch of new social media pictures to share this week: Abby & friends out shopping; Dad & Charlie; our Christmas tree; Nathan & Steph; Smith grandkids; Cathy & Tom in Mexico; Tammie; Missy & Mindy had birthdays this week – as did Uncle Timmie (who turned 92!!); Seth & Hannah; Aunt Sharon with Angie, Brian & girls; Emily & hubby; Brooke; recent Colts game; Lynz & Jack celebrated their 2-year anniversary; more Bu; more Cathy & Cookie; Angie & her ugly sweater; Bu getting her ears pierced; Stacy & Devon; Dynamite Dylan (Matt’s old wrestling partner and fellow semi-state qualifier back in 2012) won a recent local semi-pro wrestling title; Luke with the new Mustang this holiday season; Abby & beau; Weiland; and the undefeated Boilers – they should be ranked in the top ten by the time you read this…

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Abby had Pirateers practice on Wednesday afternoon and then worked at Dixon Dance Studio. I got back on the treadmill and finished up watching the Kurt Cobain biopic, “Montage of Heck.” I had forgotten how much I liked Nirvana and how much that loss hurt the music scene at the time. Between Cobain, Staley and now Weiland gone, many of the voices of my generation are now silent. Ann iced her knees as I got on the treadmill when we got home. We saw our first snowfall of the year. It wasn’t much at all, only leaving a dusting…but it was sure pretty and man did it get cold that night. I walked over to the station and picked up Abby’s new car (well new to her anyhow) and snuck it into the driveway late that night while Ann set up the diorama for the morning.
Abby woke up to her big surprise on a cold, windy and foggy Thursday morning. We were getting ready to leave for the day when she finally found her Elf on the Shelf out on the fire place mantle. That little stinker had her deer get in to a brand new bag of Jolly Ranchers (one of Bu’s faves) and was digging them out for her. When Abby removed the deer, he was found to have a sign around his neck that read, “Santa needed a new sleigh.” It took her a minute to figure it out but she eventually did and was genuinely surprised. I think she may have even smiled and later actually said good-bye when we dropped her off at school – two things we haven’t had in several years (she is not a morning person). Ann had another aquatic PT session (her second of the week) that afternoon. Britney came home with Bu that night. As Ann and the girls took Luke to basketball practice and got gas in Abby’s ’07 Ford Taurus, I nursed the minivan to Acra’s. With no belt, there was no recharging the battery nor cooling of the engine. By the time I limped on the lot, it was really hot – steaming drifting up from the radiator. Afterwards Abby’s car strangely took us to ElRep for dinner – and refused to move until we had eaten dinner…at least that was Bu’s story. I picked up Luke and the girls dropped off Britney and went on to Dixon for tap class. Later we talked to Dad & Lynn, who were off again – this time a cruise to Punta Cana in the Dominican with two other couples. Earlier in the week, we had spoken to Dad & Barb as well – both are doing fine. We hope to see them later this month but they had no word yet on the big Scheu family Christmas. And Rob & Sharon recently returned from a cruise of their own recently. And we were saddened to hear that one of the great voices of my generation and one of my favorites – Scott Weiland had passed away. His work with Stone Temple Pilots and later Velvet Revolver is some of the greatest rock & roll in the past couple decades. He had a long battle with drug abuse and although it has not been released yet, I would not be surprised that they somehow played a role in his demise. He was my age – such a waste…

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Friday was officially two weeks away from the release of the new Star Wars movie!! It was again bone-chilling cold and man was it foggy all day. We found out that the van will remain in the shop over the weekend as they order and receive the needed parts. Abby had her friend Vanessa over to bake cookies and help watch Luke while Ann & I attended her work Christmas party at Dr Davis’ house. We had a great time and several attendees got in to the hot tub later. Dan’s margaritas were very strong! I was the DD and even took a nap at one point. It wouldn’t be an office party without someone overindulging and getting emotional. It was all good and had a blast with the white elephant gift exchange. We brought home some really bad wine, homemade coasters and a couple of other winner gifts.
Ann & Abby were up and out of the house early on Saturday morning. They headed back to Columbus again (we made 9 trips to Columbus by my account) for the annual Cookies/Donuts with Santa event – sponsored by Ann’s office. Luke had basketball practice that morning at the Fieldhouse. While the girls were out shopping all day (and somehow managed to drag Noah with them), Luke & I ran errands until mid-afternoon. After setting up the insurance, we got in Abby’s car and ran to the BMV to get the title transferred and get plates/registration on it. Afterwards we went to the Ford dealership and got a couple of new keys cut (of course the key HAD to have a chip so we couldn’t just go to the hardware store to have it cut. Next we grabbed the truck and got an oil change and then replaced one of the headlights and charged the battery. We grabbed takeout and headed home to eat and watch the undefeated #11 Boilers play in Mackie & win to go 8-0 for only the 4th time in school history! Afterwards, Luke & I napped until the girls came home then they proceeded to nap while Luke & I watched Michigan State win an exciting Big 10 championship football game.
We finally got to sleep in on Sunday morning. Luke’s two basketball games were cancelled due to a big choir concert. We were supposed to travel to the Connersville Spartan Bowl to face a pair of great teams – New Castle & East Central. Not sure if we will make up those games or not. The schedule is pretty packed so we’ll see. Since our plans changed, we all went different directions – Abby went out with Noah to spend time at home with his family until dark. Luke went with Ann to go Christmas shopping all day and got back in the early evening. Meanwhile I did my weekly household chores and watched football in peace all day. It was sweet… Later, Abby took me out driving and worked on getting her driver’s ed completed. And congrats go out to Noah, who won the Most Valuable Defensive Back at the football banquet that night. Here we have some miscellaneous Christmas pictures from the last week or so: Chex Mix!; Matt & Luke; the boys’ Christmas tree; Lynn’s card; that darn Elf; Donuts w/ Santa; and Dan & George’s party.

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Next up is our Waybac section which continues to feature photo albums from the mid-nineties. We lead off this week with a couple of pictures of Mom and the family when Matt came home in March of ’96; then on to October Memaw’s house for my birthday (love the Calvin & Hobbes cake!!) and also Matt & I in the basement of the Dream House – all in October ’96; next we stay at Gma & Gigi’s house for Easter in April ’97; then our Main St home, riding Lightning in the living room & checking out Gma’s 2nd tree in her family room in Ryle – all in November ’97; next we head up to Indy for Matt’s first Sesame Street Live event at the Murat Temple (I think?) in March ’98; and finally out to Brown County for Rich & Beth’s annual party (Allen looks snazzy in that sweet sweater!) in September ’98.

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Although we had already turned off the camera, Luke had another funny this week. In the wake of Abby figuring out that she had just received a car, Luke was also all about it and as he figured it out as well. As we headed back out to leave for school, he was still pretty hyped and he squealed, “We got a new car…well I mean Abby got the key but really it’s really for us.”
Finally, we have this week’s videos. We only have 1 short family movie but several from around the internet.

And that does it for this week’s edition of the Scheu Family Blog. Thanks for keeping up with us this time out and we’ll catch up with you again time. Until then, have a good one. We sure miss ya Mom.
Later, Scheu

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