Papa’s World – Jennie and Gerhard – Locals On The Water

Our son in laws parents Jennie and Gerhard

We started our day sitting on the lanai at our condo.

The plan was to go to lunch – at a place we found called

Local On The Water!

We had discovered it with a prior visit with her sister.

Local on the water

We would have lunch while watching the boats

on the ICW!

ICW

After lunch the plan was to go back to the condo

gather together our chairs

drinks and sun tan lotion

and head out for the beach!

Where for a couple of hours

we would watch LOCALS ON THE WATER!

Just a great lunch – talking and then listening to the surf!

The tide had gone out – the weather was warm

and also the water was warm.

Jennie testing the warm water

This part of the beach at low tide is very wide.

What was nice is it is not very crowded!

Gerhard wading – he does not like to be out in the sun!

After a fine afternoon of watching

LOCALS ON THE WATER

And a great lunch watching boats on the ICW

at LOCAL ON THE WATER

We managed to combine a morning sunrise on the lanai

lunch and then beach time

into a memorable day!

Gerhard Jennie Sherry walking the beach

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Papa’s World – on the beach Jennie and Gerhard

Papa Gerhard Jennie

Our son in laws parents came to visit us!

And – they love the beach – well Jennie does! LOL

First they saw the breaking of day from the lanai!
As the sky lightened up – you can still see I think Mars!
Then the SUNRISE as we sipped coffee – it would be a fine beach day!

We talked and talked and finally drove down the 1/2 mile and parked

we did not want to carry all the chairs and coolers

Gerhard walking the beach
Jennie – who loves the beach – mesmerized by the waves.

We spent a couple hours – sitting – walking – sipping some drinks

The weather was warm – 78 degrees – the water 75 degrees!

Castles in the sand left by someone
Hundreds of birds

This is North Myrtle Beach – S.C.

and is really wide when the tide goes out!

It got a wee bit cloudy – enough to cut the sun bearing down on you!

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Papa’s World – sister – beach –

Sherry’s sister Debbie – came for a visit – 5 days four nights.

Debbie

We will be here a total of five months –

Ocean Keyes – North Myrtle Beach

and she would be our first visitor.

We spent three days either sitting – walking or both

on the beach!

Watching fishermen catching sand shark and two rays!
One of the two rays caught
This fisherman would wade through the surf – going way out and then casting his line!
The beach is very wide here even during high tide!

We would go to the beach around 3 PM. and stay a couple hours.

Walking in the surf and watching all the locals.

The water was around 74 degrees.

And the weather beautiful at 82 degrees!

Sometimes we would walk down –

if we had no chairs –

other times we would drive down and park

carrying everything in the trunk

There are

Jhonny on the spots

And showers to wash off the sand at almost every parking lot!

Sherry doing her network business from the beach!

In all – we really like this beach here – it is quiet – wide and clean.

Debbie had a great time – walking – sitting and just relaxing.

Papa and Sherry – ” Beaching it”!

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Papa’s World – Toes in the water – beach life!

Finally we have made it to our dream –

We always vacationed at the beach

up and down the EAST COAST!

Today – until the end of February

we will be next to it!

Sherry and I sold our house and rented a condo

one half mile from the beach

in North Myrtle Beach – S.C.

We did this because I just happen to come upon

this rental – and the view of this small lake

from the top floor lanai!

OUR VIEW EVERY DAY!

And the bonus – during our three mile plus walk everyday

half of that walk is on the beach!

Of course said walk comes after my morning cup of coffee!

Why for five months?

Because we do not know where we want to live

only that it will fall someplace

from here to the northern border of N.C.

We have always talked of this

But where ever we go – the criteria is twofold

We will try to stay within 7 hours of our families

in NVA.

And a place that is warm – no snow – and lots of golf!

We did not know at the time just how much Sherry would come to love this place!

Being here – it is warmer than where we lived in the winter

and we walk everyday –

hardly any traffic as we walk within a gated community –

until we cross a road to the beach.

And then after a 1/2 mile walk – we have this!

I LISTEN TO HER THOUGHTS!

She has leaned over to me and said

” I REALLY LOVE THIS WALK AND PLACE”!

A QUIET PLACE TO WORK ON HER PHONE!
TOES IN THE SAND for me!
WE HAVE SAVED – we have worked all our lives.
We have found our quiet place – our love – and a place for family to enjoy.

We are close to the over seven hours for our trip back to NVA!

The family is now a long weekend away.

We still are searching!

Oh – you can ride golf carts here!

TOES IN THE WATER – OUR HAPPY PLACE!

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Papa’s World – even the days of overcast are beautiful

The ever changing days – sun – clouds overcast!

Living life one day at a time!

The morning view from the lanai!

Ever changing the days at the beach.

The stillness on the water reflections of calmness

Each day has been different –

some wind – on the beach – but calmness here at the condo.

We walk every day if it is not raining

so far in almost a week – no rain!

The sky is moody – gray with white streaks

storms are out there somewhere

But blue sky peeking through

surf coming in or already going out!

Time has come to leave the beach

still gray – still a storm way out there

Reflected sand looking like sky!

Now – the beach walk is over

we continue on our way back to the condo.

EVEN THE DAYS OF OVERCAST ARE BEAUTIFUL!

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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 – 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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Papa’s World – continued Sand bridge – beach!

Each group was separated on the beach – our group is the middle one.

Sherry back at the beach house

Sherry is tall at 5′ 9″ –

But the first of the grand children to match her is Ella!

It seems in the last year she has grown 6 inches!

And at 13 Sarah is catching up at 5′ 6″!

And we have another one younger at 9 years old

is Taylor whom I think will be the tallest including Sherry!

Sarah at 13!

We have five grand daughters and one grand son from Debby and Tammy!

Ages 19 – 17 – 13 – 9 (twins) and the boy 5!

The little ones loved Sarah and Ella.

Our group space on the beach.

As you can see – we set up and no one came close to being beside us.

The beach here is very wide and we were just outside the local beach.

When I walked up the beach – they also were social distancing.

Nicky – Sherry & Nate.

Being three floors and a outside pool area – we were never crowded.

And we would tend to have part of the people head to the beach

others staying at the pool or going golfing – walking.

I never saw anyone not with a mask on by the shops or in them.

Grand mother and grand daughter
An almost empty beach

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

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