Papa’s World – SUNRISE at Cameron Woods Community, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

Good day everyone – my go-to when I arise and head for the front porch!

We live in a little community along the mainland of Ocean Isle Beach in N.C.

If you could walk to the beach straight East – it is two miles!

But since you can’t – driving is four miles and then over the causeway to OIB.

The causeway over the ICW to OIB.

But with my coffee pouring, I step out the back door and view the sky to the South East.

View to the S.E.

And then I turn slightly to the left toward the East – and this view I have almost every day!

The sun starting to rise in the East from our driveway!

It is so quiet and you hear the multitude of birds every morning calling and chirping.

It is this scene of my WHY for a front porch and a place to sit and sip my morning brew.

In PAPA’S WORLD – my perfect view!

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Papa’s World – Creamsickle sky and flower beds!

GOOD DAY HERE AT PAPA’S WORLD!

I love sunrises and sunsets – a good way to start and end your day!

Sunset at Cameron Woods Community, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

The sky slowly turned into a creamsicle color as the sunset!

A view West of the sky over the front lawn stone beds with flower pots!

We have finished all the landscaping and are presently putting in flowers leaving open spaces.

All our trees are edged with stones around them.

At night – they are all lit up with solar lights.

The beginning of the creamsicle sky in the west.
Part of the flower beds on the front side of the house. My favorite spot for morning coffee!

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Papa’s World – My grandma – tea – crackers and “COFFEE SOUP”!

My grandma and grandpa

Good day everyone – do you have secret memories of your grandma?

Her name was Nora and by the time I came along – she was a widow –

Grandpa David Aiken was a big man – I am told 6′ 3″ and a farmer through and through.

That is where I get my middle name and grandma was living with us at the time I was born.

She is what I remember the most from my early childhood and she was a dedicated, TEA DRINKER!

My grandma and my mother taught me this.

But she had “SECRET TREATS” for me – depression-era treats!

The first was a bowl of broken up saltine crackers –

and straight from the farm MILK,

sprinkle on a little sugar
and you had “CRACKERS AND MILK”!

I thought that was the best thing!

Grandma and my mother were the reason I was raised Catholic.

The second “LITTLE SECRET” was what she called “COFFEE SOUP”!

Now keep in mind – these were family meals during the Great Depression

when she raised ELEVEN kids on the farm.

She would take a think slice of homemade white bread – warm!

Put it on a plate and poured black coffee over it

add a little farm milk and some sugar and a side of thick bacon or ham!

Today – every time I have my morning coffee I think back to those times of growing up and I see in my mind the picture and the smells of COFFEE SOUP! One of my favorite “SECRET MEMORIES”!

I have not ever had either one of these since childhood again.

But the memory remains with me to this day – it was a “SPECIAL TREAT”

from my grandma “NORA” a kind and gentle lady – who for the first four years of my life raised me.

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GRANDMA gave me the “LITTLE SECRET MEMORIES” OF GROWING UP WITH HER!

Papa’s World – BEACH tome and FAMILY time with the LITTLE ONES!

Sherry Bode Cassidy and Taylor – gathering shells on the East end of Ocean Isle Beach

When the project of saving the beach from erosion on OIB on the East end came to a close –

not only was there a new 900-foot wide new beach –

but it was full of dredged up seashells and of course, the little ones went searching!

Good day everyone from Cameron Woods Community – Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

These three – esp Bode and Cassidy – you have to have something planned out to do every day!

Taylor Bode Cassidy and their MORMOR Sherry

MORMOR is Swede for MOTHERSMOTHER!

All three just love her – Cassidy calls her every week or texts her often.

This is Sherry and her influence on them
While Bode played with his cousins – we walked the beach and stopped in here for refreshments.
PAPA and BODE

This summer we will travel North to their home and bring them back for a week with us.

Taylor Bode and Cassidy in the shadow of MORMOR –

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PAPA’S WORLD – on the BEACH with the LITTLE ONES!
Good Evening from Cameron Woods Community – Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

Papa’s World – living our dream – beach and family and friends.

WELCOME TO PAPA’S WORLD

We moved farther south – all the way to the border of N.C and S.C.

We wanted it to be warm in the winter – four seasons without snow and ice.

We wanted to be close enough to the beach that we could drive and spend hours there or walk.

A place family and friends would visit – one floor – but enough room to have people stay.

We found our place in the sun in CAMERON WOODS COMMUNITY

It is a quiet place – room to walk –

friendly neighbors – we all are new here.

And we found our beaches – two of them – Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach

Our life has changed – we did like where we were – but times change – getting older

has a way of making those changes.

And now our families are starting to visit.

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Papa’s World – Great Smokey Mountains – health – team – bonding – Generations of Nutrition.

Sixteen gathered at a cabin located between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg –

They drove hours to get there – all up and down the East Coast.

You see – my wife Sherry is a Certified Health Coach –

and also a rep for The Juice Plus Company and has been for the last sixteen years.

My health is the reason I am here today and she has played a major role in that.

Every six months – a conference is held – one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast.

The title is JUICE PLUS + LIVE!

Living life to the PLUS – one day at a time.

What started as a part-time hobby – became a retirement fun job.

In those sixteen years – we have traveled the country – met so many fine people

who all have one major thing in common –

HEALTH and NUTRITION and in our case FAMILY GENERATIONS!

Thus the TEAM GENERATIONS was born – led by a mother and daughter –

Today it has grown and grown and the leaders now gather –

Gathering for JUICE PLUS + LIVE

For the last two years – the Pandemic has kept the gathering in one place down to a minimum

But in October – it will be back in full swing in Atlanta!

Eight thousand people, normally, we shall see, the Pandemic has kept them apart.

HEALTH and NUTRITION – SALAD IN A JAR!

This time – arrive on Thursday – leave on Sunday – fun – learning – games – all part of bonding.

Linda and Sherry – a little break time.

In October I’ll once again be going – driving Sherry and seeing old friends once again.

Education – seeing new sights and making new friends.

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Papa’s World – Walking the beach with MORMOR!

Hand in hands – walking with MORMOR – Taylor, and Cassidy.

As soon as we said we are going to take a walk – They both jumped up and off we went!

They love their MORMOR – Swede for MOTHERSMOTHER!

Sitting on a deck with MORMOR – sipping their SHIRLEY TEMPLES!

They are really close to her – Cassidy always calling – texting – face time or zoom calls – every week.

Taylor joining in “HI MORMOR”!

“MORMOR – guess what”?

“MORMOR – I got a new book”!

“MORMOR – only 10 days until we see you”!

And so it goes week to week – MORMOR and the TWINS!

Papa – Taylor – MORMOR – Cassidy – special times on the beach!

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Papa’s World – CASSIDY – spitfire – always in motion – athletic – but oh so caring!

In this case – she is the big brother.

She and her brother argue – fight – yell at one another – cry – but beware – she protects him

like a little mother would – she takes his hand in the surf – she is beside him always in the waves.

She is CASSIDY – SHE is the big protective sister who looks out for him –

and she also is the one who constantly texts or zooms or facetime her Grandmother(MORMOR)

Cassidy – athletic – caring – always making fantastic art – loves her MORMOR!

She and Bode should have been the twins – so alike – sound the same – always movin –

two peas in a pod – in fact, if I am not in the room and they talk –

I have a hard time telling the difference between who is who!

Together – brother and big sister – heading for the waves.

The two of them are inseparable on the beach and in the water.

When one comes out – the other follows.

If one is in the tidal pool – the other is right there.

She takes his hand when they wade out – they jump the waves together – they are as one.

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Papa’s World – Stuffed animals – granddaughter – life’s magical memories.

A child’s imagination – Priceless.

She is kind – quiet – studious – and constantly reading Harry Potter novels.

She loves horses and is becoming an accomplished equestrian at age of eleven.

She is tall and I think will surpass her grandma who is almost 5’10”.

When walking she grabs your hand or when standing next to you – lays her head on your arm.

She is TAYLOR!

She is the one her mother depends upon.

But – she has another side to her – a side that makes me smile.

She quietly – by herself – has an array of little stuffed animals she takes with her everywhere.

She treats them as her little family.

She has names for each and every one of them.

She smiles – she laughs – she is funny.

She is bright – reading at a Junior level.

She knows about brackish water – why there are tides –

She can explain climate change – she is beyond her years!

But she has that little secretive side to her –

The side that when she is not in the room – you see what she has done!

Left to ever watch over the bed – the little stuffed animals.

This is our Taylor Bear as Mommie calls her.

The quiet one – the reader and studier.

The one who grabs your hand to walk or lays her head on your shoulder.

THIS IS TAYLOR – one of our twin granddaughters.

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Papa’s World – Sunset Beach – “Old man walking – for the love of his life”!

“OLD MAN WALKING – For the love of his life”!

I first saw him – slowly walking the beach near the surf line –

at first glance, I thought of him to be homeless.

He was pulling what looked like a wagon – but it was a beach wagon.

And it was piled high with things I could not make out from a distance.

As I watched a family near him also watched him as he slowly passed them.

Then I realized he had a suit and tie on – very well dressed –

“WHERE WAS HE GOING I THOUGHT”?

Struggling – he was struggling to pull that beach wagon.

Then I walked over to him thinking I might help him a bit.

That is when he told me a short story – a story about “THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE”!

“OLD MAN, THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE”!

“Hello he said – it is a beautiful day isn’t it”?

He continued to talk – not stopping – but then I asked him where he was going and what was in the wagon.

“I am going to go way down there” he pointed – some two miles away!

“I just came from the pier” some 1/2 to 1 mile back –

“This is harder than I thought”! he said. “The tires are too small”!

“But – I am here and I am going to do this for THE LOVE OF MY LIFE”!

You see – he had brought her here years ago – by themselves and had walked this very beach

together hand in hand so he said.

He said, ” She told me it was the best thing she ever had done in her life”!

She loved that day – no other day in her whole life compared to it.

Then – ten years ago she passed away and he was in a car accident.

He slowly walked once again – and that day he was going back –

pulling that wagon – he continued talking-

I have a generator in there that weighs 60 pounds and speakers!

I have two chairs and a small table – it is very heavy – but I will take a chair out and rest.

I wish I had different tires he said – bigger ones.

I am going back to where she said it was the best day of her life.

“I am going to set up that generator and speakers – my two chairs – one for her and one for me”!

” I have my smartphone with a playlist of all her favorite songs – I am going to blast it out there”

he said pointing to the ocean.

“I AM GOING TO PLAY THOSE SONGS FOR THE LOVE OF MY LIFE”!

“Yes sir – that is what I am going to do in the place that was the best day of her life”!

OLD MAN WALKING FOR THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE

“Thank you for talking to me sir – God Bless you – I have to be on my way”! he said and turned away.

There goes love – true love – OLD MAN WALKING – FOR THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE!

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Papa’s World – PLANT FLOWERS IN YOUR LIFE!

Papa’s World – a place of kindness – no politics – friendship – family & Friends.

I love flowers – planting and feeding them the water for life.

But – I also love making friendships – greeting people with a smile and a hello.

Life is too short – and we are now in the sunset of our own lives.

Our life is a mixture of planting gardens in others’ lives.

Being friends – walking – laughing – sharing thoughts.

The beauty of those plantings is it last and last through time.

One day and one flower at a time – FRIENDS – FAMILY – TOGETHER – making changes in the World.

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Papa’s World – The Path of life – John Muir.

On one of our trips across the World – we ventured to California.

Sherry and Papa

We found some very large Redwoods in a place called MUIR’S FOREST!

It was very foggy that day and we had no idea what we would see for it was a drive through hills

a road that went up and down and around – steep sides to fall thousands of feet.

And then we came to a parking lot that seemed out in the middle of nowhere.

Our paved road was no longer – it was sand and dirt.

And it proved to be after the fog lifted – near the Ocean.

Houses were there but first, we had to walk that dirt path through the woods.

Magnificant woods they were – Ancient trees hundreds of feet tall and big enough around

you could lock arms with a dozen people and not have enough to encircle the base.

WE WERE IN MUIR’S REDWOOD FOREST!

We were off the paved highway and onto the dirt path – sometimes to see the beauty

you have to get your feet dirty and experience the wonder of nature.

WISE WORDS FROM A WISE MAN.

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Papa’s World – retired – being healthy – a day in my life

What I do in a day of my life

I worked 47 1/2 years for the same company – prior to that – I started working when I was going into my Junior year of H.S.

I decided when I retired – almost 50 years of working – was enough !

Me – Sherry – Steve- Elaine – Cindy & Buck

It was important to maintain our friendships – stay in touch – here are four of our closest friends.

Buck and I – NWPA – golfing vacation

It was important for me to stay active and play golf.

Our six grand children – 5 grand daughters and then Bode .

Family is very important to me , when we moved to NVA – Sherry’s daughters followed us there . My two sons stayed in NWPA – we see them when we visit. In the 20 years – the Va.family has grown – and being there – we see them often if not daily. My family I grew up with is almost gone – I have a niece – great niece’s – brother’s daughter – great – great niece and 2 great – great nephews – everyone else including uncles -aunts are gone.

We have a little side business –

We live in a very expensive part of the country – in fact – this county has the highest income per household in the country. We moved here 20 years ago for work and then Sherry retired almost 7 years ago – and went full time into that business of health and nutrition. I followed one year later – and – we have been into this for almost sixteen years!

North Shore – Oahu

We travel – we play golf – we see the country – but we also maintain a healthy lifestyle – eating right – and continue to inspire people to do the same.

You have to remember – retirement means Social Security – if you have a pension plan – 401 K – and whatever else you have saved. PLAN ” B ” – if you want to maintain – you have to have a plan.

The three amigo’s for over 38 years.

Family life – friends – and maintaining health are important for us. All three – with church and God – are our mainstays of life. Giving – helping – praying and attending church – go hand in hand with our life. But – having fun – seeing friends – and watching the family grow – is to me what retirement is all about.

Cindy and Sherry

My wife is extraordinary – a natural born leader – a certified health coach – along as being a true friend to many. She is my crutch – the one I follow on health and nutrition and the reason I am still alive today.

A typical dinner meal for me

Eating healthy – sticking to the plan – and taking my nutrition supplement – and following what she says and does are my secrets to life.

The TOWER GARDEN – we grow inside and outside – year round.

We grow our own produce – April through October outside with two Tower Gardens – anything that does not grow on a tree! And then as you see above – we grow inside our garage from November through March. Always fresh and no pesticides – we know what we are eating and growing.

Team Generations

Our team has grown over the years – conference time is twice a year – all over the Country – as is the team – simply sharing by word of mouth. Families – children – helping each other – maintain that healthy lifestyle.

Sherry -Debby ( QMND – soon to be NMD )

Our goal of maintaining our lifestyle in retirement with a PLAN ” B” has been met and continues – growing year by year.

We would love to share it with you – it is not easy – life isn’t easy either – but you make it what you want it to be.

It is up to you – we supply the help – the guidance – we are there.

http://www.sf.juiceplus.com is where you contact Sherry – and look at all the different video’s – both on the health and business.

I am writing this blog today – my only regret is that SOMEONE out there did not share it with us 25 years ago – I wish they had – but we found it 16 years ago and our own PLAN” B” has worked.

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Papa’s World – retirement – loving life to the plus doing it my way.

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Papa’s World – Mary and Fitz- Donna and Roger – my mom and dad – sister and brother.

Good day everyone – the beginnings of a new day.

I am guessing this picture I am about to show you were taken some 81 or 82 years ago!

My brother was some ten years older than I and my sister some fifteen years older.

I will soon be 73 years old!

In this picture are my mother Mary and my dad “Bob” Fitz.

Mary holding Roger with Donna standing in front of my dad Bob. He was over six feet tall.

Today if my brother had lived he would have been 83 years old

and my sister Donna would have been 88 years old.

My father passed when he was 59 years old and I was 19 years old.

He passed from lung cancer.

His full name was Clarence Russel Fitzsimmons –

everyone for some reason called him “Bob”!

FITZ was his nickname.

He was a supervisor for the South Penn Oil Company and many a time I remember him taking me to work with him.

Later after he retired from there he was part owner of the local Western Auto.

He actually graduated from H.S. when he was a Sophomore – but his father – who was a teacher –

made him take his junior and senior years over as he was too young to go find a job.

He played basketball and baseball and later would manage the local baseball town team.

He was an avid golfer and bowler – a mechanic and carpenter.

He loved fishing and would spend every summer two weeks –

deep into the far northern Canadian wilderness.

Mary my mother was Pa. Dutch from her mother’s side and Irish Catholic from her father’s side.

My dad was Irish Protestant and that made for quite the dynamics in the house.

There were many fun times in that house!

Dad’s ancestors came straight from County Tyrone in Ireland.

But mom ruled the house so to speak – she was not that big but she was a little spitfire.

She once thumped him on top of the head with a frying pan!

She taught me this.

She lived to be almost 98 years old and everyone loved her.

She would sit on her front porch on the main street in little Eldred, Pa.

Cars would go by and honk their horns and windows rolled down, “HELLO MARY”!

She baked pies – cakes – homemade and rolls and bread.

They both taught me this.

My sister was 15 years older than I and my brother 10 years older than I.

So when I came along it was more or less a second family for them.

Then my younger brother was four years later.

They are all gone now but not forgotten.

I am the last of that family – I have two sons to pass the name on.

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Papa’s World – Family Krohn on the beach!

Taylor Marcus Tammy Papa

Our family came to spend their spring break with us before Easter.

Cassidy and Bode – the one boy on the left.

We spent a lot of time between beaches – and it was a warm week for water and sand.

Shelling – walking – boogie boards – blowing sand – no rain – warm sun and family time.

Taylor – she is growing up so fast – she will be the tall one in the family.

Taylor excels in horseback riding and grooming – riding lessons once a week.

She is very tall for her age and will be taller than her MORMOR Sherry –

who is almost 5’10”.

Ella has already matched Sherry and Sarah will soon.

Bode and Cassidy are on their Boogie boards.

These two are so much alike that they should have been the twins.

Bode will end up also being very tall.

Cassidy is of normal height for her age and is a beauty.

Her warmth and caring – her love of her MORMOR whom she calls all the time.

Her use of YOUTUBE for art projects and drawings.

She is playing soccer as is Bode.
She is quick – fast and agile.

Sherry and Papa on the beach with the Krohn’s – April – 2022

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Papa’s World – my maternal grandparents from my mother’s side – Nora and David Aiken.

During my early youth – my grandma raised me as my parents both worked.

I remember sitting on her lap and asking when I could go to school to see a first grader

walking down the street – who was two years older than I!

I think this puts me at about four years old!

She was everything to me and I am sad that my memories are not more there about her.

Nora and David Aiken

These were my mother’s parents and he passed away before I was born – my middle name is after him.

Granma was 85 years old when she passed away and had 11 children!

She was PA. DUTCH – Maiden name of Schick,

and followed the lumber camps around –

cooking meals for all the lumberjacks in Pa.

She met my grandfather during that time.

He was Irish and English – a big man – some say 6’3″ –

They were both what we called down homers in Pa.

The Brookville – Corsica area below Dubois.

My grandfather was a farmer and produced his own flower – pork – beef – milk and vegetables.

It was said during the Great Depression – he would walk and carry food to the neighbors

to keep them from starving – never asking for anything in return –

as they had 11 children of their own to feed.

He passed from a heart attack as he was pulling a hog up to butcher.

I think he was much this way.

Just a little family history to pass on to my kids – as there is not many left of my generation.

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Papa’s World – Boating the ICW with Diane and Steve!

We are now neighbors and more important – FRIENDS!

Not only do we live near each other – but we have bonds that go back to WNY!

They also lived back in NYS and know many of the places we know!

They purchased a boat a few months ago – mainly for fishing The ICW!
Sherry and Diane as we slowly go from Bricklanding boat ramp all the way to the Little River!
Causeway over to Sunset Beach.

They had invited us to go boating on their second trip out after they had tried it out on their first outing.

We had traveled the length of Ocean Isle Beach – Sunset Beach – Bird Island and finally onto the Little River!

It was a warm day off the water but the wind on THE ICW made it a bit chilly

and long sleeves were welcomed!

We got to LITTLE RIVER just as the CASINO BOAT was returning to the port.
It is really a very large boat that goes out to the ocean where they can legally gamble!
We had no idea we would see this and it was a neat adventure!
Sherry and Diane

We spent almost four hours traveling down to Little River – just cruising slowly and returning!

PAPA and STEVE

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Papa’s World – Our new enclosure for the Lanai – is finished after almost nine months of waiting!

The company that we purchased the enclosure from.

In early August of last year, we signed the contract for the materials – it had to be manufactured –

and because of the Pandemic – everything was delayed!

The previous screened in Lanai was taken out and the process began to enclose it once again.
Materials needed to start and a worker measuring and making cuts!
Putting up the heavy gauged framework.
Beginning to take shape.
Installation of the new heavy lock and key door!
Setting in the pre-fab screens and windows.

They worked steadily – efficiently and seemed in no time they were almost done.

Everything was made to order and just what we wanted.

All windows and doors are in -screwing in additional screws to tighten them in.
The windows and walls and the door are complete.

All that was left was for them to caulk everything inside and outside –

Which when done made it look all sealed and neat and clean lines.

A view of the enclosed Lanai with the windows pulled all the way down.

The windows slide all the way down or all the way up – or we can take them out.

The door is thick and locks – the windows go all the way up or down!
No more rain and everything getting wet – and NO MORE YELLOW POLLEN!

We waited a long time to do this and finally, it is done.

It will be dry and warm – in the winter we have a small heater if we are sitting out here.

A very wise investment and it looks really great!

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Papa’s World – we signed the contract in early August – 8 1/2 months later – out with old – in with the new!

We moved all the furniture out of the screened-in Lanai – and I washed it all down!

Our lanai was great – but did not keep out the rain or the yellow pollen!

So – we inclosed it with screens and windows – so that it became a four-season room for us!

The only thing was because of Covid – it would take 30 to 40 weeks to have it all here in materials.

We decided to go this route as it is 60 % cheaper and just as effective as we wanted.

We got the call – the materials were in – they would start the next day!

It took them all of 20 minutes to dismantle the old lanai!
They were fast and efficient.
Completely ripped out and ready to install the enclosed lanai!

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Papa’s World – we try to walk three miles every day – here we are walking Cameron Woods.

Here is our home as we head West and then North.
Sherry walking East and at the truck is where Diane lives.
After Diane joins us – we turn North and walk up the street.

The community center – pickleball courts and pool will be on our left at the top of the hill and our mailboxes will be on the right-hand side in a small cul-de-sac.

The unfinished Community Center building – slowly progressing – almost a year behind schedule!
What it is supposed to look like!

Inspections – material shortages – labor – One developer sold to another – numerous delays!

But when completed we can walk easily to it and it will be so nice –

the inside has been drywalled and painted in 80 % of the building –

the area to the right in the pictures has yet to be drywalled.

I have no idea why it was not done all the way through – but the drywall is sitting in there.

Inside are bathrooms – kitchen, meeting room, fireplace, workout area, lounging area, etc.

Behind us is the main road going north to the main gate.
Before the main gate in the upper right – we head to Waterway Woods – a cul-de-sac.
Here we will walk again West around a loop of this cul-de-sac.

The main entrance – gated – is to the right.

Walking a cul-de-sac – one of many that have no houses on them.
Now we have walked Waterway Woods cul-de-sac and are heading back toward the community center.
On the Waterway Cul-de-sac.

Once back on Waterway road – it is straight back to the house –

or you can choose to do five other cul-de-sacs – some with houses most are vacant.

Or walk the road to the pond – to the end of the cul-de-sac or go to the new construction area and walk.

If you choose to walk everything in Cameron Woods plus the garden homes –

it would be close to seven or eight miles!

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SHERRY Betsie Diane – heading the last one half mile South on Waterway road, Cameron Woods Community!
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Papa’s World – Meet up with old friends at Inlet View.

We had old friends who checked into Waterway Family campground – we called the McBrides and we all met at Inlet View bar and grill.
INLET VIEW – on the ICW – outside of Shallott – N.C.

Paul and Janet Brown are from Eldred Pa. and I have known them

as we all graduated from the same H.S. – Otto-Eldred.

Paul – Sherry and I and his brother Jim all worked for American Olean Tile in Olean, N.Y.

Paul – Jim and I all played softball together in the mid-’70s.

Conversing in the parking lot – Paul and Buck – Cindy and Janet and Sherry.

Paul and Janet have known Cindy and Buck McBride for years and years – we all are old friends.

Trying to get a group picture while looking directly into the sun was not working out!

After dinner – we found a place to take a group photo –

but the bright sun was brutal!

Finally – a very nice lady who was standing on the top deck –

said she would come down and take the picture.

She walked all the way down from the third floor – bless her!

Paul – Janet – Cindy – Sherry – Papa – Buck

We have a core group of friends that go back to the late ’70s –

We try to get together over the years – now we live only 35 minutes from Buck and Cindy

and we try to play golf once a week with them.

Jim and Dottie are in Va. Beach and Paul and Janet are still in Eldred

but now are retired and RV in Florida.

They were kind to find a place nearby and camp for two nights

allowing us all to get together – we miss you, Jim, and Dottie!

Not saying goodbye – but until we meet again – old friends – retired – enjoying life to the plus.

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Papa’s World – saying not goodbye – but until we meet again!

It is always sad when the family leaves!

This time it is Debby and Ella – the spring break is almost over –

and Debby has to drop her off on her way home at Randolph College in Lynchburg Va.

But we had a fantastic six whole days with them!

At the beginning of the day they had to leave.

The weather was cool here the entire time as it was all up and down the East coast.

And the day they left it got almost to 80 degrees!

But – we had days and days of walking the beaches and Ella even went in one day!

Debby Ella Sherry – discussing the trip back to college and the future trip back in June.
All packed up and ready to load the car!

Tears of joy in that we were able to spend the time together –

the laughs and new places to explore.

Not saying goodbye – but until we meet again.

Next time their whole family will be here – and it will be warmer.

The surf and sand beckon – that is our WHY in moving down here.

Ella and Debby

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Papa’s World – Sunset on SUNSET BEACH, N.C.

While visiting us – our daughter and granddaughter went with us to Sunset Beach

to view its renowned sunset.

Here Ella, Sherry, and Debby stand gazing across the marsh to the West.

It seems everyone heads to this location –

as I dropped them off and had to drive a couple blocks to park.

But – it was worth the walk back in time to capture the mother and daughter doing a selfie!

Debby and Ella, just as the sun is setting over the marsh.
Three generations – Grandma – Mother and Daughter.

The trip was worth it and while no clouds for reflection – the marsh provides that quiet feeling!

Debby and Ella at Sunset Beach for the Sunset over the Marsh.

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Papa’s World – exploring the East end of Sunset Beach!

Sunset beach on the East end opens up to a wide expanse of beach before the channel that separates this beach from Ocean Isle Beach.

It is very wide here and at low tide – you feel you almost could walk across the cove to the other island.

There were only us and a few other people out there this day.

Here are Debby – Sherry, and Ella – a few others were walking – but the gusts of wind made it cold.

Our granddaughter Ella – loves her beach time.

The tidal pools were warm – the air cold and the wind gusting – but the sun was warm – which made it bearable to spend an hour or so exploring this part of the beach.

If ever on Sunset Beach – go to the East end and explore – this must be what it was like hundreds of years ago!

Wide-open and almost deserted beach – tide going out and exposing even more beach.

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Papa’s World – a trip to Broadway on the beach and the Carolina Opry!

Debby Ella Sherry

We drove down to Myrtle Beach to Broadway on the beach – taking Ella and Debby.

Ella was on Spring break from college and her mother drove her down to see us.

While not busy as summer – it was getting there!

Sometimes – just to walk and do a day trip – we drive some forty minutes down here

and use this as our three-mile walk!

In winter – it is like a ghost town!

We had a late lunch – dinner while here before leaving and driving over to Carolina Opry

To see “Time Warp” a musical revue of classic songs from the 60-70 and ’80s!

We are hoping in June this entire family will come for a week!

Not knowing what to expect – they both loved the music and performers.

We had very good seats and the acts were also good.

Ella Debby Sherry on the stairwell of Carolina Opry

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Papa’s World – our private backyard – nature abounds.

Faces in the trees look back at you as you sip a drink or coffee.
I have added these to the trees – there is no purpose other than my own enjoyment.

In these trees are countless birds and sounds that I can not identify.

I smile when I look at them – and to me, that is all that counts!

But we have so much more back there.

PAPA granddaughter ELLA SHERRY

We have SUNSETS that are to die for!

Reflection of SUNSETS in the trees to the EAST!

Soon we will add two more Palm trees back here!

ELLA and daughter DEBBY

All the family tends to end up on the back patio and lanai – with seating and a SOLO STOVE firepit.

Our SOLO STOVE firepit on the back patio.

We look for dead wood and pine combs to burn along with purchasing wood from the stores.

Once the fire gets going it is almost smokeless!

DEBBY and ELLA – hoping in June the whole family can visit!

We choose this lot because of the woods and how it would be situated for SUNRISES and SUNSETS!

It does not disappoint!

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SUNSETS and SOLO STOVES in the BACKYARD!

Papa’s World – North Myrtle Beach Saint Patrick’s day parade and festival.

The parade had been canceled due to weather – rain and strong winds.

Our granddaughter was leaving that afternoon to go back to the Unversity of Lynchburg, Va.

So we made an early trip to NMB with her to take in the parade and see some vendors.

Maddy with some of the spoils thrown from the participants from the parade.

Everyone was throwing candy – shirts – hats – beads!

Sherry coming back from a golf cart dispencing Margaritas!

It was a fun time – and lasted over an hour!

A Statue of Liberty and a hat were given away!
Bonding time with grandmother and granddaughter

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Papa’s World – the second granddaughter comes for spring break with her mother.

Our daughter Debby and her daughter Ella

They drove down from Lake Holiday – Cross Junction – Winchester Va.

Ella had come home from Randolph College in Lynchburg Va.

at the start of her spring break.

Whereas a Freshman – she started on the college soccer team at midfield.

Three generations – Granddaughter Ella Mother Debby Grandmother Sherry

We were excited as it would be the first time for them in the new house.

Debby’s youngest – Sarah – fifteen years old –

stayed home with her father – Mike – as she was not yet on spring break.

They as a family are planning on coming down in June after all are out of school.

While the weather was not real warm – we managed beach time – numerous times.
We showed them Boardwalk on the Beach
And spent an evening at a show at The Carolina Opry!

While visits seem to go by so fast – just not enough time to show them everything.

The upside is they loved where we live and will return.

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Papa’s World – Penny – my first dog.

She was brown and black – a mutt – but she was my mutt!

She was not a house dog – why I do not know – from my first memory of her –

she was on a chain in the back yard with her own dog house – full of hay and straw.

The chain was about twenty feet long so she had a wide area to run around in.

The dog house sat by the corner of the very old red barn next to the railroad tracks.

My father had at one time dug out the foundation to jack it up and put supports under it.

He had found a very old sword in the ground – still in its sheath and that was all pitted and rusted away.

We guessed it had fallen off a train and was maybe the Spanish American War or Civil War.

Penny was the only dog we had as I was growing up – funny – I do not remember her passing on.

But I do remember her always wagging her whole body when I came down to see her.

She was never loose as they said she would run and would not obey –

they were afraid she would get hit by a car on the main street in front of the house.

I never had another dog while living at home but my sister who lived next door did.

Pedro was my favorite – small – blonde – and he was a house dog.

I had dogs after that when I was on my own.

After I left and my dad passed away my mom got a very little dog named Sparky.

He was a house dog and very small.

But penny was the first dog I remembered – I liked her –

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Papa’s World – Saint Patrick days parade – NMB!

Maddy wanted to walk the beach and see the ocean one last time before she went back to college.

The parade had been canceled the previous week because of the strong wind and rain.

So – this time our granddaughter Maddy was here but she had to leave in the afternoon –

So we drove to North Myrtle Beach so she could enjoy a few hours of just plain fun –

and take her last walk and see the ocean before she left.

Here Shery and Maddy walk out to the ocean at the main street entrance to NMB.

Walking the main street in North Myrtle Beach before the parade.

Hundreds of vendors were set up – food – drink – items for sale.

We were there early – around 8:30 am.

Coffee for our early morning walks around town viewing the vendors before the thousands of people show up.

Sherry and Maddy sitting on a towel on the curb of Ocean Blvd.

We did not carry chairs – and we had front row seats sitting on a towel on the curb.

The parade lasted one hour – and was quite colorful in green and white and orange!

Papa and Maddy – time for some green beer!
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It was a great four-plus hour spending time with our granddaughter before driving back to the house.

Sad to pack her up to leave in the early afternoon – but we had her entire spring break with us.

Saint Patrick’s day parade in North Myrtle Beach

Papa’s World – Lunch at INLET VIEW!

Along the water sets a bar & grill – INLET VIEW!

We took Maddy – our granddaughter out for a late lunch – early dinner – all the while watching the boats!

This is one of our favorite places to take visitors!

Inlet View is a three-story bar and grill which in summer has live music.

This sits on the backside of Eastern Ocean Isle Beach – and to the left is Holen Beach.

One of the gems we have found exploring the N.C. coastline.

Since Maddy has turned twenty-one last year – she now can order a drink with us.

Drinks with that southern comfort food – HUSH PUPPIES!

Everyone seems to serve these like in the North – you get rolls!

INLET VIEW – just near Bricklanding – Shallotte – I highly recommend you try it out!

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Papa’s World – bonding with Maddy – our oldest granddaughter.

We took her to Vareen Gardens where she made a wish on a seashell and hung it from a tree!

This sits right on the river which the big casino boats use to go out onto the ocean.

There are thousands of shells hanging from all the trees and bushes.

We have taken all the grandkids here and they all have hung shells.

Maddy is one with nature – always hiking – climbing – up before dawn to see the sunrise.

While here – she was out the door by 6:00 am. to go to SUNSET BEACH –

spread her towel out and get some fantastic pictures of the sunrise and the high tide.

And then – for her training for college soccer – ran four miles on the beach!

She then set up her camera and video-taped herself taking an icy plunge into the surf!

Love her spirit!

Bonding with grandma – Sherry – making an Easter wreath along with Diane – our neighbor.

She chooses to spend her week-long Spring Break with us –

And was quite happy not to go off with friends.

BONDING WITH MADDY!

She spent hours looking for shells and found a sand dollar

She – like her grandma – is drawn to the surf and ocean.

Environmental Science is her major with a minor in Photography.

She has an eye for taking nature photos!

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Papa’s World – The Pond -The Gator and The Solo Stove.

When Maddy arrived – the next day we took her on one of our walks.

Diane – our neighbor went with us and it had just rained.

Sherry Maddy Betsy and Diane

We walked our three-plus miles – showing where she could run her four miles

that she runs to keep in shape for soccer.

It was a beautiful day – after the downpour and the sun came out.

Maddy was anxious to see the gator in the pond!

We had told her we had a couple gators in our pond –

although we have only ever seen one at a time.

Here you can see the pond and the gator swimming away!

We were standing along the trail and looking for the gator – after the rain, the water level was up.

The gator usually is in the middle on a raise of land and weeds.

We could not see it and all of a sudden in a very quiet voice –

MADDY says “It’s right there” pointing down the bank and to the water!

I zoomed in on it – and sure enough – it was laying just below us some 20 feet away.

We had never seen it anyplace other than the middle!

As soon as I took the picture – it flipped over and into the water and started swimming away.

We were all surprised and jumped as it flipped into the water.

Maddy had her first sighting of a gator here in N.C. and a close one at that!

Now we know to look everywhere for Mr. gator!

After our walk was over – we went home and on the back patio, I started a fire in the SOLO STOVE!

Maddy and her family always do campfires.

The Solo Stove on the patio – waiting for Sherry and Maddy to join me.

We have been picking up dead branches and pine combs to burn –

while also buying firewood bundles.

There is also a lot of throw-away construction pieces that we have gathered.

I only burn it on special occasions and this was one.

When granddaughter comes to visit

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Papa’s World – Everywhere I look – I see a story!

When I gaze at people – objects – pictures – I see something to write about.

I do not know if this is a common thing with others

but with me – when I write a blog – I have no idea what it will be until I look at a photo.

Then it just pops into my mind and I start.

Little CASSIDY – here perhaps 3 years old – today 11 years old.

She was a little spitfire – always running – but when smaller – if she wanted down –

she would start squirming in your arms and you get the feeling you would drop her.

Today – she is fast – and very talented – she makes things from watching YOUTUBE!

But here I see the kind heart – the one who calls her MORMOR to talk.

The one who knows exactly when you will arrive and when you will leave.

I see stories to be told about her – in my mind –

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My greatest inspiration to write – was my wife – who encouraged me to write it all down.

So – today – you read what I write –

A journal of our lives – daily – so that those coming in the future know what and who we were.

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Papa’s World – The power of belief – DREAMS!

We both have strong beliefs – in God – Church – Family and together we can make dreams!

I have found throughout my life – to one step at a time – take care of the little things in life –

and that in turn will mostly take care of the bigger things in life – at least partially.

LIVE YOUR LIFE – and DREAM – big and small.

To me DREAMS become goals of life – GOALS ACHIEVED become life as you live it.

Bring as much GOOD into your life – you then become the person you yourself respect the most.

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Papa’s World – Spring break with Maddy!

As the sunset in Sunset Beach – Sherry and Maddy take it all in on a cool evening.

She drove herself five hours from Lynchburg Va. – her University – to spend her break with us!

So we took her to the beach in the early evening after she arrived.

She had a test in the morning of the day she started out – but she and Sherry wanted to see the beach.

It was cool out – a cold front had come in from Florida all the way North to N.E.

And the wind made for a chilly walk in the blowing sand.

Here you can see a deserted beach and how the sand blows across it – stinging your eyes.

Grandma and granddaughter – the same – they love the surf and the sand.

It was worth the time to take her to both beaches – to relax after her five-hour drive –

the crazy world of college and tests – maintaining an almost 4.0!

And grandma had her eldest granddaughter once again in her home!

The long walk back from the beach – grandmother and granddaughter

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Papa’s World – oldest granddaughter – Spring Break visit!

She chooses to spend her Spring Break with us –

this will be the first time she has been to our new home in N.C.

Maddy Sherry Papa

She is 21 years old and a Junior at the University of Lynchburg – in Va.

Her major is Engineering Science.

GPA of almost 4.0.

She excels in soccer and has played all three years in college.

She has been selected to be a captain in her senior year.

As a Sophomore, she was third-team all-conference –

As a Junior this year she was selected to the second-team all-conference.

This is her – very smart – great judgment.

This summer she will travel to Costa Rico to do humane work –

along with playing in three scrimmages with her team

against the Costa Rico National – World cup – Olympic team!

For a young lady who in H.S. for three years – in order to play better competition

Drove herself 65 miles each way for practice three days a week into

Loudoun County Va. just outside Washington DC.

She was recruited and ended up at the University of Lynchburg.

Maddy and Papa

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Papa’s World – Our granddaughter choose to spend her spring break with us!

Maddy Myers when she was little.

She is the firstborn granddaughter – now twenty-one years old – a Junior at the University of Lynchburg, Va.

She is going for a degree in Engineering Science – carrying a 3.80 GPA.

And of course, we are excited – she will be here a little over one week.

Sherry and Maddy – the smiles say it all.
Maddy and Papa

I remember picking her up after my work at the babysitter –

and we would sing Old McDonald had a farm.

Or the time when she just started to walk –

I had placed a blanket in the front yard –

and she would not go off the blanket because the grass was strange on her tiny feet.

This has been a perfect week with her – love it!

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Papa’s World – Family memories of back home!

Madison Margo Myers – our oldest granddaughter – today she is 21 years old.

Maddy as we call her – has been with us all week for her Spring break –

this makes me smile as she chooses to spend it with us.

She has been named one of four captains for the fall soccer season

at the University of Lynchburg in Va.

She will be a senior and made the all-conference third team as a Sophomore

and second-team all-conference as a Junior.

This summer she will travel to Costa Rico with her team to play three scrimmages

one of which is against the National Olimpic – World cup team!

She was about ten years old in this picture –

today she carries a 3.80 GPA in Engineering Science!

Tammy – Marcus – Cassidy and Taylor before Bode.

We stayed with them for three months after we sold our home and moved to N.C. – S.C.

They are twins – not identical – and born early – three-plus pounds each!

Today they are 11 years old – and Taylor has shot up – almost as tall as her mother.

Cassidy plays soccer as does Bode – Taylor rides horses!

Cassidy makes things – really great things by watching UTUBE!

Taylor reads tons of books and her favorite is Harry Potter – she is at the 11th. grade reading level.

Tammy Taylor Cassidy and the witch for the Halloween party.

The innocence of youth in this picture!

They will all be coming down next month ( April) for Spring break

and trying to find a way for them to spend a week here in the summer.

It will all work out as they did last summer and they had such a good time!

Marcus Tammy and Sherry and I at a Jason Aldean concert a short distance from where we lived

We do miss these times but more than makeup for it when they come to visit.

Family is and has always been important to us.

As they all come to visit – smiles and hugs make the distance shorter.

Daughters Debby – Tammy and mother Sherry

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Papa’s World – Besties over the years.

Cindy and Papa

We became neighbors back in 1988 – but we knew them before that!

Cindy and Buck lived right across the street from us –

They were the first to move South – to the Wilmington – Leland area in N.C.

We would visit on vacations

and that is when we started to think in the future we would move to the area.

Sherry and Cindy

Today we live some 32 miles away from them –

we often get together to golf – see concerts or theaters.

A Sunday watching the bills

Boating or going out to dinner.

We have for years traveled the World together on vacations.

Papa and Dottie

I have known both Jim and Dottie for 40 plus years.

They moved to Va. Beach

and we have celebrated birthdays and good times there with them.

Jimmy and I played softball together in the late ’70s

We are golfing buddies

and Jim – Sherry and I all worked for American Olean Tile – Dal-Tile

and Jim still works for them.

Hoping to retire soon.

Sherry and Papa

We have been blessed to have them all in our BESTIES circle – a very long time!

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