Papa’s World – OLD ? Maybe – but still thinking !

Good morning World – ever think out loud ?

Ever nod off around 2:00 PM. ?

Ever get up and it takes a moment to take that first step ?

Good morning everyone !

Getting “OLDER” is a fact of life – feeling it is also !

But – you also have to have the right frame of mind !

When younger – couldn’t wait

Now – in my before retirement life –

for my lunch hour ( because I did not know what else to do )

I would eat my lunch –

kick the seat back ( Buicks are made for comfort)

And take what I called a POWER 20 minute nap !

In the shade – warm breeze

I would leave the windows down – park in the shade –

And fall right to sleep!

Now- since retirement- it seems like that years & years habit –

Followed me – each afternoon – I feel it coming on !

Me on most nights

Thing is – now every day I go and pick up my 8 year old grand daughters –

I actually get there in line early – like a hour –

and there is a method to my madness !

I take a small couch pillow with me – kick the seat back –

Tune the radio into my favorite SPORTS show –

And slowly drift off for my 20 minute power nap !

I do this all the time

A lot of times I will just sit and think – using silence to sort out thoughts !

Over the years – I have quietly trained my mind to recall –

I picture events – that way it is easier for me to remember .

So true

But there are times when I just stop – and think – what was I going to do ?

I am a creature of habit – I have a place for most things –

I find that it makes it easier for me to remember !

I also concentrate on what I am doing or am going to say.

Concentration for me is my way to remember things !

Have done this

Now – I am also not one who measures every thing I do –

I learned from my Mother to cook from scrap –

She often would bake every day – pies – cakes – bread and rolls.

She did a lot of it with memory – and I am the same way.

Music soothes the soul

I love music – most all kinds –

” ALEXIA – PLAY JIMMY BUFFET ” !

I try not to limit my listening – on long trips –

I will listen to Country – Classic’s – Rock – Easy listening – Bluegrass –

It is my way to reconnect to past events !

My wife says I have a hearing problem

Hearing – I have found as I get older – I hear things – but –

A lot of what I hear SOUNDS like something else !

I think that as you get older – at least for me – that happens !

Still the same

My little thoughts for today on getting older –

But some things never get old – they just get better !

This month – 6-25-82 – will be 37 years –

I can still walk – I can still think –

I can do just about anything I want – only slower!

I am getting OLDER –

Together

BUT – I also am living –

ONE DAY AT A TIME !

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Papa’s World – first round of golf – some good – some bad !

Last week – I said to Sherry –

why not use Monday morning –

And go to the Par three course at Sterling Golf Course !

GOOD MORNING !!!!

We did not have to go early

as she had a video conference at 9:00 AM.

And I had some things to do –

retirement has a way of being busy –

Wondering

” HOW DID WE EVER WORK ” !

Even though we belong – we do not rest !

10:15 AM. We headed out –

I had loaded the clubs –

it was going to be a beautiful day –

HIGH 74 – Sunny – blue skies – white clouds

Sandra and Sherry

Sherry knows the owner –

Sandra through her net working

and GIRL BOSS !

She met us at the desk –

the course was open on the front nine –

The STORM

( hail and high winds and downpour )

that came through Sunday

Had brought down some trees on the back nine –

they were cutting them up

and removing them !

First hole

No problem – we only wanted to do nine as we were walking –

and it was our first time out !

Sherry first hole

No rust for Sherry –

she BIRDED THE FIRST HOLE !!!!

That is why when we play a scramble with

” GIRLS VS. GUYS “

NO STROKES GIVEN –

this goes out to my good friends

” JIM – STEVE – BUCK ” !

And Sherry’s playing partners

” ELAINE – CINDY and DOTTIE ” !

Tom

There are some long holes that if you tee off on the back tee –

you can use driver !

The course was in good shape

We had no one in front of us –

and one guy behind us –

So – we just played and walked –

A really nice breeze –

sometimes hitting into it –

and – I NEVER LOST A BALL !

Came close but I found it –

and it was playable.

The course – is good to practice your short game –

Most greens are hit able – with obstacles –

You have to FLY this one

All in all – we had a very nice round –

walking – pulling the cart –

would go back in a heart beat –

This is the second time we have played this.

Being together

” HOW DID WE EVER FIND TIME TO WORK ” ?

When you have a hobby to share –

When you are with your best friend –

When you do not care who wins –

( SHE DID BEAT ME )

Then – you know – you are in your best place !

Tom & Sherry

I hope you enjoyed our little trip –

Just another day in my life –

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Papa’s World – Lutheran’s can Jazz it up !

Sunday – we had a surprise – we knew our little grand kids were going to sing –

but we didn’t know it would be with a drum and brass – guitars and the entire adult choir !

Music is essential in my opinion

We had searched for 7 years after we moved South –

for a church –

And we found one in Community Lutheran Church of Sterling Va.

Music has become a very big part of our two services each Sunday.

Our three little grand children have become a part of that music –

Even four year old Bode who can not read –

will memorize the words!

Community Lutheran Church of Sterling

Our choir director Jennifer Quoines –

leads all aspects of the music department .

Under her direction – we have been blessed each and every Sunday –

And these are just normal every day folks –

who she has managed to get to sing in English –

Russian and other languages !

We are a congregation that welcomes many to come through our doors –

COMMUNITY is the place of worship for the community –

And a place of comfort – safety –

Many out side groups use our space –

When we found Community – we found HOME –

When our grand kids were born – they also found a home.

So – on Sunday – we sat and listened – not once but twice – for both services

It was that inspiring – and the kids also sang for both services –

I hope you enjoy the video and song as much as we did –

It is a little long but oh so well done.

Today I share our HOME away from home –

Just another day in my life – “PAPA’S WORLD “

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Papas World – family – sharing a holiday.

We all live within 1 1/2 hours drive –

we try to share time together during the Holidays

Usually a overnight –

a campfire – a dinner – games and music.

Welcome to Papa’s World

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Two daughters – their husbands
five grand daughters
and one grand son

A lot of planning goes into this as they also spend time with in laws.

But we find a way – and this time we all met at the Krohns

Tammy and Marcus’s house for a Christmas day and sleep over.

Mother and two daughters
Debby – Sherry – Tammy

Sleeping arrangements done – campfire going in fire pit outside

some drinks – music – and great traditional food.

Opening of presents –

laughter – toys – games

and putting together puzzles.

Sarah – Ella – Taylor – Maddy – Bode – Cassidy

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Papa’s World – geraniums – potato’s – Tower Gardens

It has been just a little over one month –

since we replanted the Geraniums-

that are now 4 or 5 years old !

For the first time – we have planted Potato’s !

Today – Sunday – 6-2-19

We also have for the second year –

a flower called –

THE EVENING PRIMROSE !

What is unique about that –

is it ONLY BLOOMS AT NIGHT !

EVENING PRIMROSE

The Tower Gardens are now in production for almost 5 weeks.

We have been eating lettuce since the end of week two.

Tower Garden number ONE
Tower Garden Number TWO

It will not be long as we have flowers for Tomato’s – Squash and Cucumbers

And Egg plant – herbs – other greens.

A first for us – Potato’s!

We have a total of 8 Potato plants –

this is the first time we have ever planted them !

Just saying !

We never had Green Thumbs

until we bought our first Tower Garden eight years ago !

And – really – it is so easy –

just make sure it has WATER & NUTRIENTS!

A very wise thought !

Now – I have learned – these are her babies –

she is known as the –

TOWER GARDEN QUEEN !

She has quite the following !

And – you can tell by the results –

I in turn – make sure they have WATER –

They have NUTRIENTS and the vines have a place to climb !

Geraniums – over five years old.
Geraniums over five years old.
Geraniums over five years old

Our Geraniums – I pull up in the Fall –

shake the dirt off –

Stick them right side up in a five gallon pail –

and hang them from ceiling in our unheated garage !

In the Spring – we pull them out –

clean the dead leaves off –

And pot them – water them and just watch them come back.

A good thought

I am in charge of the lawn outside – that is my time to just relax –

I rather like mowing – making it look nice and neat !

My side yard

We had a irrigation system put in two years ago –

and finally – this year –

It has recovered and grown in nice and green !

I have a lawn service and have lime spread in the Fall.

Tomato Plant

All in all – growing vegetables – seeing the colors of our flowers –

Is a form of stress relief for me.

The two Tower Gardens – all the Geraniums and Potato Plants

If you have any questions on the growing system

or bringing back the Geraniums from year to year –

Feel free to ask.

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Papas World – Looking back on the year 2019

Many things transpired in 2019 – here is a look.

Unknown to us – this Castle would become a controversy at one of the debates!

When we were in Northern California with our friends –

we visited Napa Valley – and choose two wineries to visit-

This is the Castle we picked over google –

and it also is where a Democratic runner for the ticket

had a pay per plate for a chance to be with the canidate.

Little did we know that this place is very famous for such events!

In the famous WINE CAVE!

We traveled – we hosted friends – we lived life in 2019.

We visited the Capital building
in Washington DC.
In front of the statue
of famous women of USA
with a part unfinished
saved for the first
WOMAN PRESIDENT!

We live 30 some miles from Washington DC.

and have made trips into the city

but had never toured the Capital building.

Paul and Jo
friends from Tucson
With them we went to Congress!

We went to their Congress women’s office

and were taken on a tour of the Capital

and got to see Congress!

17 mile road
to Pebble Beach

We got to see Pebble Beach – have a drink overlooking #18.

And a picture in front of one of the most famous pine trees!

The signature LONE PINE of Pebble Beach!

HS buddy and wife
stopped in for a couple nights
we go back 60 plus years!

Friends from the past – memories shared – catching up for 52 plus years.

Watching our oldest grand daughter
play her first year in college
of soccer at the
University of Lynchburg
Our friends for 38 years
celebrating the Bills win
Jim and I go back 42 years
playing softball together

Our life is full – friends – family -adventures –

crossing of the bucket list!

The team
celebrating health and nutrition
in Austin Texas
Sherry back row middle
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Our life continues – helping people eat right –

making a difference in the lives of all we can

and seeing how it has the effect it does on children!

Sharing life with friends for over 38 years
Hosted a Movie star ( over 150 films & Tv. )
and a World known
acordian and piano player

We had no idea we would be doing this

but opportunity knocked and we answered

Got to sit and talk about their careers

IT WAS AWESOME!

FIVE grand daughters
ONE grand son!

We are blessed to have the grand kids nearby.

And of course the one boy is loved- esp. Ella & him

He adores her and she him! Ella far left.

Where we started this blog
At the Castle
outside the “WINE CAVE”

I could go on and on – 2019 has been a great year-

full of friends- family – adventure and sharing.

Thank you for reading Papa’s World

WHERE FRIENDS MEET THE FAMILY

and I live life to the fullest

doing it my way

ONE DAY AT A TIME!

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Papas World – praying for peace –

Praying for peace –

hoping War does not come

As I write this – a attack on our Military base in Iraq.

I do not know how this will turn out –

But we are dangerously close.

Perhaps – just maybe – it is time to really TALK!

Save face – promote healing – sit down – TALK!

As it stands right now –

TIT for TAT – now TALK!

Writing this now on the morning after the strike.

Praying it ends –

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