Papa’s World – looking forward – vagabonds!

This move has gone easier than I thought it would!

We had to go back to the old house to pick up mail

that somehow did not get forwarded.

A long time ago in Williamsburg Va.

Sherry asked me “Do you miss it”?

No – I said – we spent 14 years here –

and the thing I miss the most is the yard

and all the trees and bushes I planted.

And the other thing is the walking trails!

We had almost 18 miles of walking trails!

Those I miss as I look around driving through the neighborhood.

The thousands of times we walked that sidewalk or that road

to get to the paths.

To walk we never needed to drive anywhere!

Or to ride our bikes!

It was all there!

At a conference for The Juice Plus Company

We always traveled out of state –

we have many friends across the nation.

So – now we have no ties to a home!

And we have plans – five months in North Myrtle Beach

WHY?

Because we want to explore our options

just to see if we like that area!

We also want to check out the Va. Beach area and into N.C.

I am waiting to see how the packages will work

at our new address! LOL!!!!

We will meet up with our oldest friends –

We will explore their area.

But for now – like the song says

“NO SHOES – NO SHIRT – NO WORRIES”!

“NO MORTGAGE – NO TAXES – NO HOA”!

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Papa’s World – looking back – time and memories.

GIGI Maddy Sarah Ella Cassidy Taylor
GIGI WHERE IT ALL STARTED
Sherry’s mother

We have always been family – getting together –

That comes from the close bond Sherry had with her parents.

Even though she left to go to college

and never moving back home

she always made it a point and time to go back.

Sherry Bonnie Debby
Barb Bill
Back row Tammy Kristie Natalia Nathan
front row Debby Barb Nigel Bill Bethany
Debby and Tammy

And she passed that thought onto her daughters – my step daughters

and almost 39 years later – they have passed it onto their children.

Barb ( GIGI) Debby (L) Tammy (R) and Sherry

When we moved to NVA 21 years ago – it was not long before both girls and their family followed and settled near us.

Debby’s Sarah Ella Maddy

Mike and Debby eventually settled in Lake Holiday – North of Winchester.

Cassidy and Taylor the twins of Tammy and Marcus

Tammy and Marcus have always lived within a few miles of us

Marcus has a residential and commercial carpet cleaning business.

Cassidy BODE Taylor

Now there is BODE – the only boy with five girls.

Sarah and her best friend Justin who lives next door to them
Maddy and Ella

Maddy is now in her second year at the University of Lynchburg

An Academic All American in her freshman year –

she plays college soccer.

Ella is now a senior – plays soccer on the Blue ridge travel team

and on the High School team of James Wood.

Maddy earned MVP on her HS team and in the same year

Ella was named MVP on her team.

Taylor now rides horses
Taylor loves horses
Cassidy and Ella and Sarah are our artists Ella now stands 5′ 8 1/2 ” almost as tall as Sherry and Sarah is catching up – Taylor will also and Bode!
BODE is all boy – trucks – bikes – balls – running
Taylor Maddy Cassidy

Cassidy just drew a picture of Maddy in her soccer uniform

and wrote her a letter to send to her in college

such a sweet thoughtful little girl

and she is our gymnastic and tennis player

Sarah is our dancer and going to NYC girl!

Ella is a extremely good artist and plans on playing soccer in college.

She has plans to become a PHYS ED teacher just like her father.

Taylor at one year old & her horses
Family has always been important to all of us
Maddy graduating from 6th. grade
Taylor Maddy Debby Cassidy
Cassidy and Taylor our favorite place to get together THE BEACH!

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GIGI WHERE IT ALL STARTED with little Cassidy

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Papa’s World – The first time I met Bill – Sherry’s father.

We had been dating for a couple months – and now it was time

she told me – to meet her parents!

I had a 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix and this was 1981.

It was a burgundy red with a half white leather top.

All leather inside to match the burgundy and bucket seats!

My thought was maybe he would like the car

and then like me! LOL

So goes a nervous mind of a 31 year old!

Bill was a man – and a vet of WWII.

Serving in the war and told me a few stories.

Sherry told me he had been in a motorcycle accident some years before.

And had been injured really bad

to the point he almost died.

He was a master carpenter and did all the remodeling

on their home – building additions

and was currently building a chimney

and facing it with bricks as we drove up and parked.

She told me just be normal – but he was imposing – 6′ 2″

Sherry got her height from him and his personality

I was later to find out.

She reminds me so much of him.

We got out of the car

and he later told me he thought I was a State Trooper

because I looked like a State Trooper friend of his named Carl.

Sherry Debby Bonnie standing just to the right of the front porch he had put on and was facing the chimney with bricks

He stopped as we walked up and she introduced me and we shook hands.

It was a firm grip – a grip of a Vet and father if you know what I mean.

He had Three daughters – Sherry being the oldest.

We both had been married before

and man I was nervous.

Debby Sherry Bonnie

But – after a few words he made me feel at home

and ever since that day – he became a second father to me.

Teaching me all about construction –

I still can not master it but at least I know some things!

My own father passed when I was 19 and the last years of his life

he spent in a battle with lung cancer.

Bill loved to cook – as did Barb – but I remember him standing

in the kichen at the stove watching over the fry pan

making breakfast – smiling that crooked grin he had.

Sherry Bonnie Debbie Barb Bill

That first day back then started a friendship

that lasted some 18 or 19 years until he passed away.

He told me many a story – both about the War

and his early life growing up in Ludlow

where my brother in law Bill grew up.

Cindy Tom ( Papa) Sherry

We have been together 39 1/2 years Married 38 years

and every time I look at her

I see Bill – certain little things I notice.

And a lot of people tell her that I look like her father

some who did not know us asked if I were his son.

Tom ( Papa) Sherry

Yep – that day in 1981 I drove my car up the driveway

and by the way – he liked that car!

Just another day of memories

and one that I cherish to this day-

THE DAY I MET BILL!

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Papa’s World – my life – memories – for my family.

All my life I have chosen to listen – to observe –

and take it all in – trying to see all sides.

My sister was a master at this!

My older brother often would listen

then in a very thoughtful way – comment.

I have tried to emulate both.

My mother Mary

Small in stature she was – but ruled with a iron will!

She was almost 98 years old when she passed away.

She had outlived her husband and second husband –

One of my brothers and my sister and brother in law

whom both lived right next door and took care of her.

She was a excellent cook as was my dad.

She was known for her baking bread – rolls and pies

all over town.

Often sending them to the doctor or other people in town.

My father every Friday night – we were Catholic –

No meat – would fry at the table on a electric grill –

Salmon patties – pan cakes and his favorite –

oyster soup! ( NOT MINE)

My father was a hunter – fisherman – sportsman.

He also graduated from High School in his Sophomore year

But My grandfather – who taught school for over 50 years

made him take his junior and senior years over again.

Saying he was too young to continue on!

They instilled in me what you read here.

I was like a second family to come along.

My sister was 15 years older and my brother 10 years old

when I was born.

Then along came my younger brother some 4 1/2 years later.

My dad passed at age 59.

But what I remember was that she was quiet – smiling –

but he always listened to her

and I most certainly did also.

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Papa’s World – the skies of a storm coming – beautiful!

I walked outside – we are staying with Tammy and Marcus.

They were on vacation – Sherry & I were alone.

Everywhere I looked to the sky –

was just awesome!

OUT FRONT FROM THE PORCH!

Sherry told me that she had a weather alert!

That is when I walked out onto the front porch.

I turned to the left and saw this after looking straight to the West.

Our new car parked alongside the road

as they were sealing the driveway the next day!

Then I walked to the edn of the porch and snapped this picture.

It was different in every direction!

I then went back inside and out the back door –

Again it was different!

There was yellow – orange – purple – blue – white – gray

and some deep pink!

The storm was suppose to start around 9 PM.

Flash flood alerts –

Stay off the roads –

High winds and take shelter!

The calm and beauty before the storm.

Later that night it hit –

Lightening – thunder and lots of rain.

I love a storm – and it will drum me to sleep!

And this one did!

Midnight – Sherry thought to wake me up and move the car.

The next day we were suppose to have the driveway sealed.

So – I had parked by the road and ditch.

She was worried the ditch would fill –

So – after trying to wake me up to no success

Off she went in the rain and moved the car back to the driveway!

She is a angel – me – for some reason I would not wake up!

We had FIVE INCHES OF RAIN IN THREE HOURS!

She had 18 alerts on road closings –

wash outs and rescues being taken – nine people!

I slept right through it!

The calm before the storm got me!

Always loved a good storm –

Next time I vow to be more alert!

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Papa’s World – beach house some memories of who was there.

We came together on a Sunday afternoon –

some family – some friends – some friends of friends!

Kathy and Kevin

We have known for years – they live not too far from our house we sold.

Dylan Ella Sarah Ryan the little ones with Megan and Abby
Zoey Kathy Cory Dottie Katie Adam Cody

I am hoping I get all the names correct

I am not good at names!

Nicky and Katie
Adam Dylan Ella Sarah and Megan
Kathy Nate walking Cody and Cory Kevin and Jim and Dottie

The house was large three complete floors

Nine bedrooms and seven 1/2 bathrooms.

Sherry Cody Jim Nicky
Adam and Dottie
Cody and Jim

Many years ago – Jim – Dottie – Sherry and I

with our families – would vacation together

at various beaches

and when they were young

I would help carry the little ones!

Katie – my little friend

Here is Katie – my little friend – as she said I was the only friend she had!

I would carry her through the sand dunes

only to get to the beach and discover one of her little shoes was missing!

All these years we kid each other on being the only friends

either one of us had!

My – how the years have gone by – she is still in my heart

“MY LITTLE FRIEND”!

Sherry my beautiful partner
Cody Cory ( lifetime friends) Zoey and Nate
Sherry Cody Jim Nicky

I hope I was able to get everyone and their names correct

Jim and Sherry we have been friends for 44 years
Papa and Jim

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Papa’s World – A little game called MASH BALL!

Starting the week – I had no idea what it was –

sort of a small version of Beer Pong!

At first they played it on the cement pad around the pool

which got really hot!

Then they found some “NOODLES”

that had been thrown away by the previous guests in the garbage

and rigged it up to float!

That was a game saver!


Everyone took their turn – if you won – you played on!

Hours and hours in the shallow end

just dip down in the water to cool off!

You kept one hand on the floating game board to keep it steady

and there were ten open cups

When you put a ball in the open cup

you placed a red dish in it –

when you filled all ten red cups

you won the game!

Mash Ball on one end – then the deep part – and then shallow again
After Mash Ball was over then nap time was over and the little ones came out to play
Little ones with parents and grand parents
Kathy and Katie
Sherry with Sarah and Ella

Pool time became more and more as it got really hot on the beach.

A couple guys would go and set up on the beach

but with little kids – it was easier by the pool

the sand was so hot – even with sandal’s on

It would burn your toes!

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Papa’s World – I suggest when you rent a beach house you must have a pool!

When the beach is so hot – and the waves huge –

And tons of jelly fish – then retreat to the pool!

We had little ones with us and they could not cope with the waves.

So a lot of time was spent right here poolside!

Of course when it is NAP TIME –

the adults come out to play!

And SHADE – you must have chairs and SHADE

and a little TIKI HUT with fridge!

Of course a game of MASH rigged up to float

at the far end of the pool

kept everyone occupied and cooled off!

And bring your grand children to the beach

to create the memories of their childhood.

And of course your favorite brew of choice!

Sherry

Make sure you have comfortable seats

to rest your kindle on!

And a big pool for everyone to enjoy!

Papa

Yes – when you book a beach house

make sure it has a pool

you most likely will spend more time there

as Sharks start feeding in the twilight

and the pool always has entertainment

Be music from a speaker – shade from the sun –

drinks from the fridge

or just good people to hang out with!

And of course in the rarly mornings –

you must also have a deck

to see the sunrise from

and a cup of coffee to enjoy those first rays of light!

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Papa’s World – growing up the grand daughters!

Sherry Ella Sarah

She had hoped they would choose to come with us!

The oldest – Maddy – decided to stay home and work.

She starts her second year of college

at the University of Lynchburg in August.

Sherry Ella Sarah

They have been a main part of our lives since they were born.

Maddy will soon turn twenty –

Ella just turned 17 and Sarah will be 14.

Ella Sarah Sherry

Sherry is tall at 5′ 9″ and Ella has nearly caught her!

Ella & Sherry

Ella now stands at 5′ 8 1/2 ”

and I do not know if she is done growing

it seems in the last year she has gained 4 inches!

Sarah

Now Sarah is growing fast – she already has reached her Mother’s height.

At 5′ 6 ” she I think will be as tall or taller than Ella!

Which means they both are almost Sherry’s Height!

Sherry Sarah Ella Papa

And then there is Taylor – one of the twin girls

for our other daughter Tammy.

Taylor looks to me that she will end up taller than all of them!

She loves horses and horse back riding and at 9 years old

Is already almost 5′ tall!

Sherry and Ella

But for now – it is Sherry and Ella.

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Papa’s World – Friends at the beach – Sand Bridge!

My buddy Jim for 44 years!

In our early years – our families would vacation together

mostly at the Outer Banks.

Then – we all got busy – did not really go to the beach for a while

Families grew up and moved out – married –

But we still maintained that friendship

Doing the friends get togther every 4 to 6 months.

Sherry Sarah Ella and Papa

Now there are grand kids –

and it seems that it will start all over again

only we vacation with the grand kids!

Jimmy and two of his grand daughters

Life gets busy – for children – grand kids and grand parents.

We have found in the last 4 or 5 years

It is fun to take one at a time or maybe two.

You get more quality time.

Our oldest – Maddy – leaves Saturday for her second year of college!

WHERE DID THAT TIME GO!

Sarah – just drawing at random

We are staying back and forth between Tammy and Debby’s houses.

Soon – at the end of September – we will head South for the Winter.

We have rented a furnished condo – top floor –

Three bedroom – two bath rooms – room for vistors –

Friends and family –

In North Myrtle Beach – 2 or 3 blocks to the beach.

Jim – we played softball together in the late ’70’s

Today – we are enjoying our new life as free from owning a home.

We are making plans to visit friends –

We already went back home

and spent time with my sons and daughter in law.

We got the chance to spend time with Ella and Sarah

Yesterday we met up with Mike and Debby –

who had Ella and Maddy with them –

they had just finished a hike and we wanted to say goodbye to Maddy

before she left Saturday for University of Lynchburg Va.

To continue her college 3.85 GPA and her playing soccer!

Papa and Jim

The time has gone by all too quickly

From playing softball and volleyball together

to now hitting the golf links

Still friends – one retired the other close in a few years.

Toes in the sand – drink in the hand – oh but life is grand!

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