This is The End, Beautiful Friend…

It was a week of transitions as we saw fall sports come to an end this week. Matt stayed at school all week and ended up at IU to see his buddies. We finally got to see Abby dance again after a month-long hiatus. She also finished the regular season of her soccer career – now on to Sectionals! Luke played in the final football game of his junior high career – now on to high school! Ann spent most of her work week in meetings and not only struggled with headaches & knees again but also some nasty swelling in her ankle and foot. Despite an insanely busy week at work for me, I still managed to get in about 11 miles of walking, coming up a little short of my goal. We said goodbye to a couple high-profile celebrities – Hugh Hefner (Playboy CEO and one of the coolest guys around) and Joe Tiller (Purdue’s winningest football coach and one of the nicest guys around). Weather-wise, we had a couple of the hottest days of the year (setting a couple of area records) early-on and then some of the coldest weather since February as of late. Molly had to spend the night in the doggy hospital after a medical scare and we got to spend some much-needed time with our friends this weekend. Hello again and welcome back to the Scheu Family Blog.
Abby & Ann were both in early on Monday so I ran Luke to school. Ann had a day full of meetings again as her office continues to hurdle towards their new EMR program. Luke had football practice after school on a blazing hot day. Abby had soccer practice after school then went on to Pirateers and ended up teaching out at DDS and practiced her dance with Kuyhlia. Ann went out to dinner with Ms. Amy and enjoyed catching up with her. I was so pissed to find out I’d missed the Millrace Marathon this past weekend – this is the one that I’ve been working towards for a year! I have no idea how I missed it, though it was for the best I guess since we had Kuyhlia’s wedding. We had our annual state licensing inspection start today and will go through tomorrow. After they left, I got out and walked a 5K in 100-degree heat/humidity. Man, I was soaked in sweat from head to toe by the time I got home. I did nothing but take it easy in the A/C and get caught up on DVR’ed shows like South Park, Star Trek, John Oliver, Battlestar Galactica and Classic Albums that night…all shows Ann doesn’t care for – so it worked out that she didn’t get home till late.

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Tuesday was another hot/humid day. Ann had another long day of trainings and we finished up a successful State Licensing survey at my work. After they left, I walked a couple miles before leaving early to tape the junior high football game. Abby had soccer practice then drove over to Batesville to join Mom, Sandy, Ann, Jamie and the Drakes to root on Lukey one final time playing for the junior high football team. As it turns out, our game next week vs. Shelbyville has been forfeited so this would be his final junior high football game. It’s hard to believe that the next time we see him play this sport will be as a high school player. Some of you may remember that the last time we were in Batesville, Luke nearly started a riot. In case you haven’t been following us that long – during youth football (as a 6th grader), we were playing with a pair of 5th graders and a 4th grader on our team. As such, Luke made his first start at linebacker. During the 1st half, he made a vicious hit on their QB that knocked him out of the game, prompting the coach to become irate and eventually be ejected from the game. That then led to a father being tossed from the crowd and even one of the officials was relieved of his duty! He has played linebacker ever since! This game had much less of that drama as the Pirates took control early and never looked back, easily defeating their rivals 28-0. It was their 7th win of the season and if you couple that with next week’s forfeit by Shelbyville, that means the Pirates will end the season with a 8-2 record! Luke was again a captain, representing the team for the coin flip. He played fullback, outside linebacker, middle linebacker, kickoff return team and kicker. Luke’s stats: On offense he had 5 rushes for 45 yards, 6 points on a 16-yard TD and a nice pancake in front of Uncle Paul and even made eye contact with him during the play. Defensively, he was in on 12 tackles, including 1 tackle for loss. And on special teams, he had 5 kickoffs – 15 (onside), 12 (onside), 3 (failed onside), 30 & 21. Afterward, we signed Luke out and went to dinner with the Drakes (thanks to the Shack’s for helping us out) to LaRosa’s to celebrate a successful year of football! It was great to catch up with the Drakes and have a couple drinks while enjoying La Rosa’s pizza. We came back to upload the video to Hudl and Trevin came over to study with Abby. While we were gone, poor Molly bled all over the kitchen floor and it looked like a massacre had occurred that day. We’re not sure what is wrong with her, but she has us worried…

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Wednesday was a little cooler – filled with another busy day of trainings for Ann. It was another crazy busy day for me as well. Abby had soccer practice and Luke attended his final football practice to turn in his equipment. His final football event will be the annual chili supper next week and then there’ll be a fall sports banquet. He had Drew over for a while to “study” after practice. Ann made taco salad for dinner that night then she & Bu had dance classes at Dixon. Afterwards we watched AHS Cult. Earlier in the day, Gma ran Molly in to vet and they ran some tests and she ended up staying the night with them. Lola missed her more than we did, I think.
Abby was in early for Pirateers practice on Thursday. Lukey enjoyed a rare day off. Ann & I both had fast days at work then left early to travel to Connersville to watch Abby & the Lady Pirates face the Lady Spartans. It was a good game for 60 minutes, lost their minds for 5 minutes where they gave up 3 goals then played great for the final 15 minutes but lost 0-3. Abby had a couple fouls but no cards and no shots on goal. We signed her out and stopped at Big Boyz for dinner (a recommendation that Ann received). It did not disappoint. They had very good homemade ranch dressing that made our salads enjoyable and complimented their delicious pizza, which was so filling that we munched on leftovers through the weekend. We were thrilled to get Molly back home. She has some medicine as they assume she has some sort of UTI and maybe passed a kidney stone but really don’t know with 100% certainty. Big thanks to Gma for helping us with our fur baby!

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Friday was a cooler day which brought about yet another long day of meetings for Ann. It was a tiring day of monthly rounds for me then I walked a little over 5 miles as I waited to hear from Annie to go pick her up over at the tech center (which is right around the corner from my work). Abby had soccer practice then Pirateers. That night, Ann & I took Luke to watch Bu perform at the homecoming football game. She had three events that evening – the pregame routine where they danced to the band playing the fight song. Next, she held the American flag as they presented the colors during the band’s rendition of the National Anthem. At halftime, they danced to the band’s rendition of the Rush song “Fly by Night.” Luke stayed to hang with his friends while Ann & I decided to leave. As Cammy Jones won Homecoming Queen. Luke ended up going home and staying the night with the Hellmich’s. Abby stayed to watch the Pirates lose to Batesville then headed up the Homecoming dance as part of Student Council. She said it was a horrible experience as only 30 or so people even showed up for it. She had to stay and clean-up afterwards then went to Trevin’s house until late. Ann & I enjoyed a quiet night at home, falling asleep watching a movie on the big screen.

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Ann was up and out the door early on Saturday with Shawna and their scrapbooking friends. They enjoyed a day of road-tripping around the state, visiting the last few scrapbooking stores that are still open in our general area. I met up with Abby in Fairland to watch the Lady Pirates in their final regular season soccer game square off with the Triton Central Tigers. They have really built up their little campus and have a nice little setup out there. Abby started at forward / midfield and had a lot of playing time with a couple of takedowns and a foul but still no yellow card! She headed the ball away from the goal in the 1st half and had a headache for the rest of the weekend! She also turned her ankle on the artificial turf in the 2nd half and her ankle hurt all weekend as well. I signed her out and on the way home we stopped in Shelbyville at Augustin’s Mexican grill for lunch then (the taco salad was so small it could fit inside my XL margarita! We stopped at a creepy little antique store out in the boondocks where we found an old Redline Hot Wheel (and a stage coach – it was huge!) then came back and took naps for a couple hours. It was noticeably cooler all day – this is what fall is supposed to feel like! We brought the Lukes back here and they ran around the neighborhood with the other boys then wound up in the woods at their fort until well after dark. Abby went out with her girlfriends to celebrate Mary’s birthday in Columbus and then went to Trevin’s house until late. Here are random pictures from our recent adventures.

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We enjoyed sleeping in on Sunday. It was another chilly morning – this time in the 40s. It was the first day of October. We slowly got up to do our weekly household chores. Abby & I went over to Mom & Sandy’s house to work on their computer. I think it needs a new AC cord, so I ordered one off eBay and hope it works. We watched football and took naps all day on a lazy afternoon. It was another gorgeous day. The boys played out in the woods all day then Luke H went home in the early evening. Ann made buffalo chicken dip to take over to the Messers that night where we planned to attend their annual Colts tailgate party at the Sunken Boat Bar. Bryan had the huge, inflatable TV screen set up in the side yard, which is an awesome way to watch the game! However, at last minute we decided to go visit Matt, up at college. He was nursing a broken heart and we feel we needed to go do a well-check and take him out to dinner. He was upset, but he’ll be okay in time. We went out to Shallos for dinner and a long talk. I think he was glad to see us and I’m glad we went up there to see him. We’ve all been in his shoes, but this is a first for him; poor kid. We eventually had to say good bye and come back home, where we watched the end of the Colts game, the recorded NASCAR race from earlier and Fear the Walking Dead / Talking Dead to wind down the evening. We have lots of social media pictures to share this week…

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Next up is our Waybac section, which continues to feature our young family at the turn of the century with pictures from our next batch of photo album pictures as well as a couple goodies from Gma & Gigi. We lead off this time with a few crops of a year book picture for Dad O from 1955; then fast-forward to August 2001 for some tubing up on Pine Lake in LaPorte; then Matt’s first day of school in September 2001; New Year’s Eve fun with Gma & Gigi at the Ryle home in December 2001; more pictures of Matt’s birthday party at Parkside Lanes in March 2002; Abby supporting Matt at his soccer game at Washington Fields in September 2002; Matt & Abby playing in the Ryle living room in September 2002; and Sandy on the front page of the newspaper during her mayoral run in April 2007.

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As always, we end with our video section which features seven new home movies from this week as well as a few 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. We miss ya, Mom.
Later, Scheu

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