Papa’s World – Fun times – old friends – get together.

Eating dinner after our four-hour boat ride on the ICW at OIB Fish Company – OIB

The four couples have been friends going on 35 years and some over 40 years.

We try to get together at least once or twice a year –

made more difficult because some still live in WNY and another couple in Va. Beach.

While Sherry and myself live 32 miles from the McBrides now.

A little humor to start your day!

Sherry and Papa steering the pontoon boat on the ICW from OIB to Holden Beach

We all rented a pontoon boat for four hours to cruise up and down the ICW from OIB – to Holden Beach and back to Sunset Beach – where we saw a lone Dolphin for over 15 minutes diving for food in 8 feet of water.

Jim Papa and Buck

It was really busy being labor day weekend – countless boats going both ways and creating waves!

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To be continued with more pictures of the ICW and friends.

Papa’s World – about to depart on the ICW with a young man getting us out of the crowded dock area.

PAPA’S WORLD – FUN TIMES – OLD FRIENDS – GETTING TOGETHER!

Papa’s World – Fun times with friends from WNY and WPA!

We all stay in touch – a group of friends from back in the days living in WNY and WPA!

All of us lived near each other or just across the Pa. line.

Slowly we all moved South – to now the N.C. region – Wilmington to OIB

with one couple in Va. Beach and the other couple still in WNY.

We golf together whenever we can – playing scramble guys vs gals – and one other couple – still lives back in WNY – sometimes they also make it down – this time they did not but they were here last year.

Jim – Buck – Papa – Mike

Mike and Carol still live back in WNY – own and operate a large painting business with crews traveling out to the midwest and everywhere in between – painting pipelines etc.

They have a lake house that we go up and stay with them.

The FOUR AMIGOS

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Papa’s World – our dream golfing – this time Oak Island with friends.

Buck – Cindy Sherry – our first time golfing on the island.

We had seen this course when we vacationed here about ten years ago –

and we both said “SOMEDAY”!

Well – that day came and we met our friends Buck and Cindy there –

however – we could look out to the ocean and see a storm – thunder and lightning and

we had some sprinkles!

So we decided to go into the bar & grill – have a drink and wait it out!

Which after some 35 minutes – it looked like it had passed and we began.

I had already hit from the tees father back – and this is number one – this course I like because it is open!
MY GENERATION!

My phone takes a picture and if you hold your finger on it – it actually goes through the swing – I wish you could hear the sound on this tee off by Sherry – SMACK – she connected straight down the fairway.

This one is also her second shot off the fairway – “SEE THE SOUND” as I have been told!

YEP – ME! LOL

It was a good day golfing – the rain did come back on the last two holes but was just a sprinkle –

It was a good first time golfing here and we both want to go back.

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OUR DREAM GOLFING – THIS TIME OAK ISLAND, N.C. WITH FRIENDS!

PAPA – SHERRY – CINDY – BUCK

Papa’s World – Golf outing – friends – Crow Creek!

Crow Creek – Calabash, N.C.

We had rain checks for nine holes of golf at Crow Creek – golf course – so – we and the McBrides booked a tee time!

Sherry Cindy Papa Buck

It was a beautiful day – however, the day before we had a downpour and so it was cart path only!

But – we made the most of it and we only played nine holes!

It is only a fifteen-minute drive from our home on RTE. 17.

There are birds everywhere!

We had a 3:00 pm. tee time – perfect as we were almost the last tee time!

It was hot – but a breeze –

And we almost had the course to ourselves!

Other than the ground being wet from the rain the day before – it was in excellent shape!

Playing cart path only – is tiring and I really do not like it!

But – – it was really wet and we would have gotten the cart stuck!

Buck and Papa in the cart – Sherry taking a selfie!

We finished around 5:30 pm. – loaded the cars and drove back to our home for dinner and drinks!

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CROW CREEK end of the day!

Papa’s World – From WPA to WNY – friends – still going strong!

Carol – Mike – Papa – Sherry – Cindy – Buck – Dottie – Jim – all friends for over 35 years!

Mike and Carol and Cindy and Buck were our neighbors in Pleasant Acres – Portville, N.Y.

Jim and Dottie lived just across the border in Eldred, Pa. where I grew up.

Then we all went our own ways – Buck and Cindy to Magnolia Greens – Leland, N.C.

Jim and Dottie to Va. Beach, Va.

Mike and Carol to Chautauqua Lake, Jamestown, N.Y.

Sherry and Papa to Cameron Woods Community – Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. via NVA!

We all still get together after all these years – FRIENDS!

Jim – Debbie ( Dotties close friend) Dottie – Cindy – Sherry – Buck – Papa

Out for a beer tasting in Va. Beach, area!

Sherry Cindy Buck Papa – on a boat cruising the ICW in N.C.
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FRIENDS – golfing at Smethport Golf Course in WPA!

Papa’s World – golfing buddies – friends forever – Cindy and Sherry.

With Cindy and Sherry – always a laugh.

They have been friends for going on 38 years or more –

one drives the cart – the other hangs on! LOL

They talk and talk and talk and then they laugh and laugh and laugh some more.

We – Buck and I – play them in golf and they give strokes!

They are tough to beat.

We have traveled the world together on adventure-filled vacations.
Fun times with great friends.

Talk of retirement for Cindy – golf – scrambles – laughter and shots – pars are shots! LOL

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Golfing buddies – friends forever – Sherry and Cindy!

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 – 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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Papa’s World – our memories from back in time!

We were married on June 25th. 1982 – yes – our forty-year anniversary is coming up!

Sherry and me.

We brought together two sets of children – her daughters and my sons.

Those were lean years – working and trying to stay ahead.

But we managed and survived.

In the late ’60s at the American Olean Tile Plant where I started on 6-5-67.

I worked for this company which later through transition became Dal-Tile.

We merged several times with other corporations and when I retired we were Mohawk.

After 47 1/2 years, I retired from a branch in Va.

As also did Sherry as she worked for them for 32 years!

I have no regrets as I worked many jobs in many locations in two states.

And that is where we met – all those years ago.

Sherry

Along the way, we have made many friends – but we have really close friends.

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Papa’s World – Friendships through the years!

Friendships through the years – memories of laughter – golfing – singing!

We are blessed to have friends we have known for almost our entire marriage.

Friends whom we still to this day get together – laugh – sing – golf and tour the world with.

Here are some of those friendships in Papa’s World.

Group gathering outside Va. Beach at a brewery.
Beaching it in Sandbridge, Va.

We try to get together 3 or 4 times a year at each other’s homes!

Even when Buck fell and broke his shoulder – we rallied around and visited him!
Surprise birthday party for Dottie!
Golfing with friends.
My buddy Jim – whom we played softball together in the mid ’70!

Our friends – our times together – priceless!

We have traveled the world with them and the country.

They all hold a special place in our hearts – blessed – years and years.

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FRIENDS FOR ALWAYS!
BUCK and PAPA
THE THREE AMIGOS OF PAPA’S WORLD!

Papa’s World – My world growing up and living in a little town in Pa. called Eldred!

Northwestern Pa.

In the midst of the Alleghany hills – amongst the green and lush valleys – sits a little community-

Population – around 800 souls – and back then – I knew almost every one of them!

Eldred Pa.

The town sits on the Alleghany river which eventually flowed into Pittsburg – but – it flowed North first!

Yes – it left Pa. and flowed into NYS before flowing once again South through Pa.

It ends up in Pittsburg some three-plus hours away.

We would be considered the snow belt – some 80 miles south of Lake Erie and Buffalo N.Y.

I helped a friend of mine growing up with his paper route – his name was Brent – and we hung out.

He bought a go-cart with his money and he would let me ride on it.

He was two years older than I and eventually married my cousin.

Funny how that worked out – he graduated and I lost track of him.

The town nestled in the hills.

I would ride my bike everywhere – I had to be home each night for dinner and before the street

lights came on. Every night at 10 o’clock sharp – the siren from the firehouse would blow-

You could hear it all over the town – that was “CURFEW” for the streets –

I think no one under 18 could be out and about!

My first friend I can remember is the girl next door – her name was Sharon – and she had a big brother whom everyone called Sonny “KING” – and he dressed in a black leather motorcycle jacket and slicked his hair back like Elvis!

Sharon and I were like brother and sister – we would watch Lassie together – play on the front porch –

sneak a corncob pipe and gather silk from the corn and smoke –

puff it – in the big red barn behind the house.

We would walk to school together – and our route always was behind the main street along the tracks.

Behind the Eldred Garage and then on the tracks themselves.

Just before the creek – Lynches lived and behind their house was a tree –

like a little island raised up on a piece of land.

We would sit there and play our Kazoo’s together –

“THREE BLIND MICE”

That was all I knew how to play! LOL

She moved away and my sister and her husband moved in right next door!

Bill Luce – on the left – my brother-in-law.

Over his shoulder is the greenhouse I grew up in – my bedroom was the two windows on the second floor –

after my older brother Roger left for college.

Every morning I would wake up to the birds singing in the tree outside that window –

the Sunlight would come streaming in –

There was the main street – highway right out front –

and I would sleep and hear the sound of cars – trucks rolling by –

and then – the accidents that happen right there –

crashes would hit the cars parked there.

Some – I sept right through – others – would jolt me right out of bed.

That curb was where my best friend and I were sitting one early morning after midnight –

he was sleeping over and my parents had gone somewhere –

we got into the hootch under the sink.

My sister came out and grilled us –

“ARE YOU GUYS DRUNK”?

No I said and right at that time a car came

and the lights showed right on my friend – and he got sick –

and threw up all over the place!

” HE IS,” I said! LOL,

my sister always laughed at that and would tell the story many times over and over!

My friend and drinking buddy – lower right-hand corner!

We have reconnected about fifteen years ago at a class reunion –

he spent about a week here last October –

and we played golf once again – after some 55 years have gone by since we last played together!

My brother Roger and Sherry – a few years before he passed away – gone but not forgotten.

He was my hero growing up – ten years older than I –

named WHOS WHO in American colleges

OFFICERS TRAINING SCHOOL and a Lt. in the navy.

His bedroom became mine – when he came back I would sleep on the floor.

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Papa’s World – Viewing the sunset at SUNSET BEACH – in the windy cold!

SUNSET BEACH, N.C.

Just a little over a month later from our New Years Eve beach gathering and toast to 2021

We once again were back to see the sunset – only it was windy and cold –

far from the 65 degrees of NYE!

The approaching sunset peeking through the trees!
Papa – Diane and Sherry

We first parked and walked to the end of the street – here the last of the end of the houses –

and this then begins Bird Island – marshland protected and wide-open beach.

Our neighbor Diane

The tide was going out!

Here you see the last of the houses on the marsh and bayside – with the tide going out – This is the end of Sunset Beach and the beginning of Bird Island.
Sun setting – time to go to the beach.
This is where we gathered for NYE and drank a toast to 2021!
The pier and people walking the beach.
Sherry – braving the wind chill – it was cold.

As we looked out on the ocean – to think we can do this every night if we want to –

and there still is Ocean Isle Beach – living our dream.

One final look before we returned home – Sunset at SUNSET BEACH, N.C.

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Papa’s World – through the years – pictures for memories – family and friends.

Our life is in pictures and memories.

We have been so blessed in having so many friends along with our close-knit family.

This summer will be our 40th wedding anniversary – time has gone by so fast!

Dottie Jimmy Sherry Cindy Papa Buck

They have been a part of our lives for almost the entire 40 years.

Vacations – travel – sports – golfing – singing – laughing – spending quality moments together.

It has been a journey that I wish would go on for another 40 years.

Yes – we have been blessed to have friends such as these.

Maddy Ella Mike Debby Sarah Papa Sherry Tammy Cassidy Bode Marcus Taylor

We have been there for the entire time of them grwoing up – two going to college.

Seeing the first boy being born –

Vacations and holidays – over night sleep overs – horse back riding – hiking – campfires –

lakes – kayaks – boats – spending quality times together –

Mother and daughters working together to bring healthy living to family and friends.

Forty years – memories – pictures – great times – living life to the plus.

Our wedding day – June 25th. 1982

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Papa’s World – past memories – friends and family.

Two of my oldest friends – Bob and Jim

Bob and I went to grade school together – Jim and I played softball together in the mid to late ’70s

We have stayed friends all these years and got together to play golf!

Papa and Cindy

We have traveled the world with Cindy and Buck – always an adventure – always laughter – salute!

One half of my youngest son’s company

He runs a company that makes elderly peoples homes more energy efficient through state grants

and grants from power companies.

The other half is audits of homes for people to apply for grants.

He works seven days a week / covering the whole western side of Pa.

My oldest son runs the insulation half of the business –

and is taking state courses and exams to start auditing.

Jim and Sherry singing Karaoke

The three couples have been friends for 40 years – Dottie and Jim – Buck and Cindy.

When we all moved away from WNY and WPA – we stayed in touch and took turns hosting.

And we always sang songs – laughed and golfed!

Dotttie and Jim – Sherry and Papa – Cindy and Buck

Now we live in N.C. some 32 miles away from Buck and Cindy –

we try to golf once a week

and we all still get together – after all these years. FRIENDS FOR LIFE!

Taylor – Tammy and Marley

Family is such a big part of our lives – once or twice a week – zoom calls with the little ones & Marley!

Tammy is like her mother – she owns her own business – 529KidsConsignmentsLoudoun –

and she also has two internet businesses while raising three little ones and the new puppy!

Sherry – Certified Health Coach – owner http://www.sf.juiceplus.com

Now retired some NINE YEARS – my inspiration and my coach on living healthy

The REASON I am alive today!

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Papa’s World – “WHEN YOU WISH UPON A SHELL”

Vereen Gardens just inside the S.C. border

We have been here a half dozen times since we first came down to S.C. – North Myrtle Beach.

We have taken company here also.

It is a park – nature – walk out across the march along the ICW.

Walkways over the marshes.

We did not know what it was so one day we just turned into the entrance and drove a mile or so toward the ICW – and came to a parking lot-bathroom area – park – with swings and gazebos.

A view over the marsh to the ICW

The ICW is full of boat traffic and the two big Casino boats in Little River come right past here.

Ella Sarah Sherry walking across the marsh on the boardwalk.

You can hike miles in here – a map shows all the trails.

The trail map – other trails cross back and forth – but this is the main trail
The hiking trail through the woods

While there – you come to a MAKE A WISH section!

Thousands of seashells hang from trees and bushes
You find a seashell – bring a marker and string – make a wish – write down your name
And then you find a spot and tie your shell to a branch – take a picture so you remember!

It is a little magical place – a place to sit and just gaze out over the ICW – maybe see an eagle.

Our grandchildren have done this.

We go back – sometimes we find the shells – storms seem to take them out.

But – when we do find them – memories of times spent with family and friends return.

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Papa’s World – “WE HAVE FRIENDS IN ALL PLACES”

Sherry Elaine Steve Papa

We watched their children grow up – we played league volleyball with them – we golfed with them –

we vacationed with them and they have visited us in our new home.

We have stayed in touch – we play cards and games –

WERE BESTIES!

Western New York –

Portville N.Y.

Steve and Elaine Starks – for the past 35 plus years.

Fred and Lynda

Before Sherry and I were married – Lynda and Fred were my friends – Fred and I graduated together –

our friendship started in Jr. High School all those years ago.

Today – it has been some 54 years and Lynda some 48 t0 50 years.

They now live in Melbourne Florida on the Indian River.

We met up the last time just before the Pandemic.

Little Palm Bay – Florida.

John and Nancy

We first met them at Community Lutheran Church in Sterling Va.

Sherry and Nancy were part of a group of ladies who called themselves THE HENS!

They would meet once a week for lunch and a movie.

John is an opera singer and leader in whatever church over the years they have attended.

They moved to Charleston S.C before we moved and we have stopped and spent time with them.

They have visited us when we were in the condo and we have gotten together a couple times

halfway between Charleston and Ocean Isle Beach. John and Nancy Standbridge White.

Point Pleasant, S.C.

Sherry Papa Cindy Buck

We were neighbors back in Pleasant Acres Drive in Portville N.Y.

We moved in next door to them in 1987.

We had known them before that.

We saw their family grow up as they also watched ours.

We would visit them in their home in Magnolia Greens – Leland – Wilmington N.C.

We always dreamed of moving South and they are one of the main reasons we did.

We play golf weekly or try to.

They would visit us in NVA – Karaoke – golf – a few drinks and tours of DC.

Now – almost 40 years and still great friends!

Wilmington N.C.

Jim and Claudia Martin

Claudia was part of the HENS lady group with Sherry – and we got to know Jim – who has developed Data centers ( the first) in Ireland.

Claudia is a beautiful singer and her and her sons would sing in the Irish pubs and inns.

Jim has been a top executive in many known companies and today is nearing retirement.

We plan on them to visit us in the future and look forward to it.

They have lost over 150 combined lbs. following Sherry’s shreds of sugar and eating healthy.

We had dinner with them over the Christmas Holiday.

Claudia and Jim Martin

From Reston Va.

Jason and Ginger

Ginger is another member of the Hens lady group and her hubby works from home.

We golfed together in NVA and visited each other – took excursions – and after we moved –

They sold their home in Reston Town center, Va.

They purchased a cottage in the far North of Maine –

and Ginger inherited a condo in Sarasota Florida.

Today they spend Summers in Maine and Winters in Sarasota.

We will go to Florida in February to spend a few days

They are in negotiations to build a home outside of Leland N.C. a short distance from Buck and Cindy.

We have already introduced them to each other and plan on future golf outings!

Jason and Ginger Priti Childs from Maine and Florida.

Mike and Carol

We moved in right beside them in 1988.

Pleasant acres drive in Portville N.Y.

Twelve and one-half years we were neighbors!

Many fun times – playing pranks on each other – parties – talking across the fence – they also were close friends to Buck and Cindy.

Racing power ride mowers up and down the street.

Today they are owners of a National Painting Company –

Called Mike John Painting.

We still get together – seeing them in the old neighborhood or visiting them at their second home on Lake Chautauqua in WNY.

We still laugh at all the old times – and are trying to get them to visit us here.

Maybe after all the Pandemic – time will tell.

Mike and Carol John – Portville N.Y.

Sherry Jo and Paul

Sherry and Paul graduated together from Smethport, Pa. H.S.

While Jo was a year behind me at Otto-Eldred H.S.

We did not know the connection until about ten years ago – we attended Sherry’s H.S. reunion

and she introduce me to Paul who in turn introduced Jo to us.

Since that time we have met up in Tucson Az. where they live and also they came for a week to our home in NVA and we toured the DC area!

They took us all over Tucson – Sedona – and Az. in a three-day trip ending up at their home in Tucson.

We get together at their reunion in Smethport Pa.

Paul and Jo Peterson – Tucson Az.

Cindy Sherry Dottie

Dottie I knew first some 45 years ago – she and Jim are some of our oldest friends

These three together – many – many good times –

We watched their kids grow up – we vacationed together and Dottie is from Eldred where I grew up.

All the good times we have had together – singing – WINE – the three of them!

Sherry and Jimmy

I have known Jimmy before Sherry and I was married – some 45 years ago.

Jim and I played softball together in the mid to late ’70s.

He also grew up in Eldred Pa.

We worked together at the American Olean Tile Company and I attended their wedding.

Today – we all are best friends with Buck and Cindy – they knew them from before we knew them.

When we get together it is Karaoke – games – fun and laughter and Golfing – beaching!

Much as you see in this picture on Sunset Beach.

Dottie and Jim Brown – Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Steve and Diane

Our newest friends – our neighbors in Cameron Woods Community – Ocean Isle Beach – N.C.

Although we have been friends for the least amount of time – we have already introduced them

to Buck and Cindy and Dottie and Jim.

We walk together in the mornings – watch sports at Chubby Budda –

Have dinner out and have taken them to Fat Harolds in NMB.

Spent time at the beach and at each other’s homes as they are here part-time in the winter.

We also have one thing in common – they are from WNY and have a cottage on Rushford Lake.

They know Olean and Portville and the golf courses back there.

Many of the places to eat and are BILLS fans and BONAS fans.

So we have a lot in common!

Daine and Steve Zimmerman – from Rushford Lake – WNY and Cameron Woods – OIB, N.C.

Sherry Papa Pam ( PJ) Bobby

My oldest true friend – going back to the first grade – 66 years ago!

We played sports – sleepouts – running the streets after curfew –

drinking buddies ( some legal – most not)

Gone through marriages – divorces and new marriages.

Vacationed together – he is the godfather to my first son.

Today – Pam and Bob – we have reconnected through our class reunion some 15 years ago.

We have met up at different locations – they stayed with us in NVA.

They have stayed with us in OIB and Cameron Woods – Pam has gone with Sherry –

for a girl’s retreat in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

We now are golfing together as they have taken it up.

They now are RVING it during the Winter months.

Bob and Pam(PJ) Goodman – from Exter N.H.

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Papa’s World – Golfing with friends New Years Day at Meadowlands golf course – N.C.

Cindy – Sherry, and Dottie are in the cart – waiting to tee it up on the first hole.

We moved to Ocean Isle Beach for the weather – while it does get cold – so far no snow or ice!

At night it has gotten down into the high twenties and low thirties.

But the rest of the South – Florida included – has also gotten that cold wave.

I look outside and I see GREEN!

Buck and Jim as we wait for the ladies to tee off.

It was a calm 75 degrees on New Years Day!

We were once again doing a scramble – guys vs. gals.

It was decided they would get two strokes per side.

Our view down the dogleg left on number one fairway after the ladies turned the corner.

We tied the front nine with them – 40 to 42 – and while the front nine was longer – the back nine was shorter and harder.

The ladies up ahead for their approach shot to the green.

The second nine we shot a 42 – and they did not do as well – we ended up beating them.

But – the weather was great – the course lush and green – the greens were fantastic.

Golfing with best friends on New Years Day just 6 miles from our home at Meadowlands.

We moved South – 6 to 8 hours away – just enough for warmer winters – golfing year-round –

Family can visit only a day’s ride away.

And our best friends are near here.

Jimmy and Buck – two of my oldest friends.

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Papa’s World – Singing the new year in! Karaoke – friends – NEW YEARS EVE – 2022.

Party waiting to happen!

We had seen the sunset on the beach – had a fire in the Solo Stove – a putting and chipping contest.

Snacks – food – some drinks and now the TV was tuned into Karaoke with music and the words.

LET THE PARTY BEGIN!

Starting off as always – Cindy and Jim.
And along came Steve – our neighbor.

The night was young – over three hours to midnight – a lot of Karaoke ahead!

Cindy – Sherry, and Jim are about to sing!
To break the ice a group sing along!

That broke the ice and then the songs came – one by one!

Diane – our next-door neighbor – found her song!
Sherry – taking a drink and Diane singing.
Cindy – Dottie and Sherry singing.

It was a fun time – new friends and neighbors with our oldest friends.

Cindy – Sherry, and Jim

It was a happy night – full of friendship – fun and song.

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The chairman of the board – STEVE -singing “NEW YORK – NEW YORK”
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Papa’s World – singing – laughing – welcoming in the New Year!

The sunroom – party hats – let the celebration begin.

After toasting the sunset on Sunset Beach – putting competition on the patio – and fire in the firepit

We moved inside – snacks – refreshment – and some Karaoke!

Cindy – Sherry, and Jim set everything up.
Sherry and Diane

We went from the machine to the TV where we discovered we had Karaoke on the menu.

And could actually have playlists with the words.

Sherry setting it all up – as the group waits.
A little break after Sherry set up the TV before the singing begins.

It took a while to get everything set up – but then all we had to do was type in requests –

and the songs appeared with the words and music.

We used the microphones from the Karaoke machine.

The beginning of the singing for the next three hours!

The next blog will be the actual singing from everyone.

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The follow-up in the next blog – SINGING IN THE NEW YEAR – 2022 – friends.

Papa’s World – New Year’s Eve – continued on Sunset Beach, N.C.

Papa – Buck – Jim – all together – over 100 years of friendship.

We gathered on Sunset beach – to one see the sunset and two to drink a toast to a new year!

These are my oldest friends – we have been together for a very long time –

Jim and I played softball together around 1978.

Sherry and I were neighbors with Buck and Cindy in 1988! But knew them from before.

Meeting our neighbors on Sunset Beach

Kathy – our next-door neighbor who gathers up our packages while we are gone –

Diane and Steve – who live three houses from us are from back in WNY where we lived!

We decided to do something as a group as our other friends came to stay for a long weekend.

The reason for the name “SUNSET BEACH”!

When we got there – people had been in the water – too cold for me – but it still was around 65 degrees out!

Diane and Steve – who live three doors up from us – were the very first people we met in building.

We found we had in common where we had lived prior to 1999!

They were from WNY as we were and now had their winter home in Cameron Woods –

and a summer cottage on Rushford lake – just a few miles from where we lived!

So we four have become friends in our new community –

walking in the mornings and watching the Buffalo Bills games together as they are big fans.

Kathy is our next-door neighbor – single and whenever we are away – and packages arrive – will keep them for us until we return.
Good question! LOL
About to celebrate the sunset and a new year!
Sherry and Jimmy

It was a fun time – friends and neighbors – new friends and old friends.

A time to get together – laugh and count our blessings.

A time to throw out the old and bring in the new.

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Papa’s World – On SUNSET BEACH for NEW YEARS EVE!

FRIENDS for all these years !

Dottie – Jim – Sherry – Cindy – Papa and Buck – we decided to take our chairs – champaign – glasses

aNd celebrate watching the sunset before going back to the house for a Solo Fire outside –

Food and snacks – some more friends – and Karaoke!

Our next-door neighbor Kathy.
Our other close neighbors – Diane and Steve soon joined us.

We choose Sunset Beach just beci=ause as the name suggests – great SUNSETS!

And we were not disappointed!

The beginning of the last Sunset of 2021!

A lot of people were on the beach and some even had been swimming!

Saying hello to 2022!

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Papa’s World – saying goodbye to my HS friend Bob and then playing the second match with – Jim – Cindy and Buck

bThey had stored the RV in a campground four miles from the house – and for a week stayed with us.

Bob and Pam came to visit – we had planned these months in advance.

Pam went with Sherry to Tenn. for a health retreat while Bob stayed and then my friend Jim came-

we played golf – talked and they became friends.

Here we are saying goodbye as he prepares to pull out and meet Sherry and Pam.

It was a good week rekindling old memories.

Now it was show time in the second match scramble Cindy and I vs. Jim and Buck.

We played the previous day at Thistle – where after 18 holes they held a two-stroke advantage.

Tieing the front nine and they won the second nine 38 to 40.

Jim and Buck waiting for the green to clear.

This time we moved the scramble to Sandpiper – which is right next to Thisltle.

27 holes here and we played 18.

Cindy watched the ball when Buck and Jim hit.

We managed to tie the match up after the front nine – Cindy and I.

I had strained the tendon in my right arm ( it later turned all black and blue ) But I was still able to putt and hit selected shots.

If she hit a good shot – then we just played hers – if not – then I hit and if it was good we played mine.

BEEN THERE – DONE THAT! LOL
Jimmy – waiting for fairway to clear.
The second nine we not only had made up the two strokes from the day before – but we went ahead!
They saw that cart – we were on a roll!

It ended up with Cindy and I making up the two shots and winning the two-day scramble.

We missed Sherry and Pam – next time we will do a scramble with all the friends.

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Papa’s World – Playing Scottish Links course THISTLE with friends – Buck – Cindy and Jim.

THISTLE is one of the premier courses in our area – everyone wants to play – 27 holes!
Cindy teeing off on a par three.

It is a links course molded into deep sand traps and mounds with long seagrass.

The clubhouse is full of antique items straight from Scotland.

Even has one of OLD TOM MORRIS clubs in a display case.

We gathered together the four of us – Cindy and I vs. Jim and Buck!

They beat us by two strokes over 18 holes.

The second match is the next day at Sandpiper- another course next to THISTLE!

All of the cart paths on the THISTLE are wide concrete paths.

Buck teeing off.

It was an enjoyable afternoon with a lot of bantering going back and forth between Cindy and Jim!

Many stops at the bathrooms along the way!

Jimmy after hitting his shot.

The course is very challenging – water and sand traps – long seagrass.

Cindy checking yardage with Jim looking on!

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Papa’s World – My oldest friend – my next to the oldest friend – they had never met – now they are friends!

I would say all three of us need to do this! LOL

Bobby and I go back to grade school in the mid-’50s and then onto graduation.

Jimmy and I go back to the very early ’70s and the start of playing softball for ten years or more.

Both have been in my majority of life although separately – never meeting one another.

That all changed when they both came to visit and now today they are also friends.

Bobby hitting first across the water to the green – Jimmy watching and will hit next – we played a scramble.

Bob’s wife Pam and my wife Sherry – went away for an extended weekend to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tenn.

To Gatlinburg and a health conference with 12 other ladies!

We decided to do this and play some golf.

We went across the street from Cameron Woods – Ocean Isle Beach where we live and play one of the BIG CAT COURSES!

There are four of them over there and this one is called Panther’s Run.

Jimmy putting it on the green with the second shot

They hit it off right away – Jimmy is about eight years younger than us – Bob knew his family but was long gone from Eldred when Jim and I started playing softball together.

Bobby laughed at something Jimmy said.
Jimmy after making the approach shot to the green.
Time to contact the wife!
Another approach shot on the green.
Nothing but the truth here! LOL
And of course, we headed to a Tiki Bar at Jinks Creek to have a drink and dinner!

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Papa’s World – taking our friends out to dinner at the BOUNDRY HOUSE in CALABASH, N.C.

Pam and Bob

We have rekindled our friendship of long – long ago – grade school and H.S. buddies.

Bob and I grew up together – playing sports – sleepovers and sleep outsides-

Countless adventures while growing up in a little town in North West Pa. called ELDRED!

Now – like Mayberry – everyone knew your name –

and like Stand by me – we had a group of friends –

it was just that way.

Inside the main dining area of the BOUNDRY HOUSE!

This place is in high demand – so mush so they built a brand new sitting area covered outside!

It is part of a group of restaurants – Clarks in Little River – and Oyster Rock also in Calabash.

Each one is hard to get into – reservations are the way EXCEPT-

Sherry walked in and found that the bar tables are first to come and first served!

Even though there were 20 plus people in line!

Just a hint on how to get seating – we did not know!

Looking around – this was our age group! LOL
Sherry was admiring the metal hangings and decided she has to have one for the wall in the foyer!

Boundry house is a destination to take friends – good food – good atmosphere and good company!

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Papa’s World – Bob and PJ – Leopards Chase – golfing and seeing Gators!!

Pam ( PJ) and Sherry – Leopards Chase Golf Course – Ocean Ridge Plantation – Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

Before they came to visit – we told them we would take them to the beach and also golfing!

They were excited at that – they both had gone to a driving range – and had their clubs.

Across the street from us sits four courses called THE BIG CATS golf courses in Ocean Ridge.

I made tee times at Leopards Chase.

We saw this medium gator on the bank across from the tee box.
And then a few holes later at another tee box – I happened to look over the bank and saw this BIG GATOR!

I had told them we most likely would see a gator or two!

Pam teeing off with Sherry watching.
Bathroom break and letting a twosome play through – we never saw another person again!
It was that type of day – quiet – no one around – just four friends meeting up once again.
Bobby teeing off with Sherry watching.

A day of golfing with friends – playing a scramble – we shot an 83 – not bad for us hackers – if only we had made those putts!

Of course a drink afterward.
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Papa’s World – When friends visit – PJ and BOB!

TO THE BEACH!

When we selected this home to be built – it would be a home to welcome FAMILY and FRIEND!

A home with places to lay your head down – rest – relax and enjoy with us!

For that is who we are – we love our FAMILY and FRIENDS!

My oldest friend from grade school – Bobby.

We grew up together – played sports – stayed at each other’s homes – slept outside – roamed the streets –

grew up together in a very little town in NWPA called Eldred-

a place you could say MAYBERRY and STAND BY ME in the same breath and both would be right!

That would be the both of us! I have long-term memory – Bobby – not so much until I bring it up!

But that friendship still exists all these years later.

As in this picture – we both are in our Autumn years – living each day to the best we can.

Nature – God, and Country – being blessed in our lives – traveling and seeing friends family, and new adventures.

Look back and see the memories – look to the present and see blessings – look to the future of meetings yet to come!
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Papa’s World – meet up at The GEORGE on the Cape Fear river with friends.

With our friends Cindy – Buck – Ginger and Jason.

Ginger and Jason were on there way back to Florida – and stopped off just outside Magnolia Greens –

Where our friends the McBrides live.

They are looking to buy and build in Brunswick Forest right acroos rte 17 there.

So – we decided to invite the four of them together so they could meet!

We are longtime friends of both couples and we all like to golf.

THE GEORGE sits right on the Cape Fear river in historic Wilmington N.C.

Altough we have been friends for a long while with both couples –

they have never met!

And the future holds promise of many golfing dates together after they finish their build some 14 to 16 months from now!

When that happens – Ginger and Jason will sell their condo in Florida and move to the Leland N.C. area.

They had sold their previous home in Reston Va. is where we knew them.

They have been searching for a place to settle since they sold their home.

A very big cruiser passes us while we are eating on the Cape Fear river.
BRINGING FRIENDS TOGETHER

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Papa’s World – Walking with friends – Sunset on Sunset Beach – water was 82 degrees!

The pier and setting sun on Sunset Beach – N.C.

We decided to go to the beach early evening – late afternoon – to walk the surf!

Our friends – Steve and Elaine – came to visit for the week.

They are from back in WNY where we lived before moving to NVA!

The very first thing we saw was a young man making this sculpture

And it looked just like a cement mound with seashells in it!

I asked him why and he said the next day was his three year anniversary and he made it for his wife!

He said he had never done anything like this before and in the middle was a heart made out of black shells!

He had placed it just above the high tide line – hoping it would stay!

He did a really good job and I wondered who had collected all the shells for him?

We continued on our way – and the water temp was a warm 82 degrees!

Sherry – Steve and Elaine

We go back to the mid to late ’80’s when we lived in Portville NY.

We were there when they had the first of two children – a boy and later a girl. Josh and Brianne.

We first met them when we were rounding out our co-ed volleyball team – 16 teams in the league.

And it was not your average back yard volleyball.

If not being very watchful – you could get a broken nose!

It was competive and several teams played in weekend tournaments!

They came to visit for the week and their son and wife will also come down from Lynchburg , Va.

We are playing golf Friday afternoon with the McBrides as they know them from our neighbors in Portville!

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Papa’s World – random pictures of days in our life – HOME – FAMILY and FRIENDS!

Cassidy – Taylor – puppy Marley – Sherry – CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH for over 15 years.

The smallest granddaughters – twins – age 11 – and the puppy – MARLEY – age six months!

Sherry who for going on 16 years – has run her own on line business dealing in Health & Nutrition.

In doing this she took multiple courses and became certified – from two different doctors.

She is very successful and it allowed her to retire early eight years ago.

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A view from inside to outside from our newly built house – our covered and closed in Lanai. Our Tower Garden – in less than five weeks – lush green with tomatoes and cucumbers coming – fresh lettuce’s and herbs – no pesticides and all grown here in dirtless – weedless enviorment with nutrients and natural minerals from the earth developed into a tonic. Just add water and tonic.

We sold our home in Va. when the stock market took a huge dive.

Our 401K went down – but two things also happened –

Her on line business stayed the same – providing income along with SS and the 401K and pensions –

and the home values shot up in our neighborhood – it was time to SELL!

In just 19 days we sold – completly moved out and had enough to finace this new house in N.C.

We came South after almost three months living with our daughters and their families.

For nine months in searching – and then committing – we built our new home.

Now – I must say – we took a big hit on the 401K ( it since has almost come all the way back)

But – our partime on-line business continued – and we just moved it from Va. to SC to NC –

never missing a beat – and in the process – when we sold the house – we also sold 98% of the furnishings!

WE WERE STARTING A NEW LIFE ALL TOGETHER IN THE SOUTH!

eWe left behind families – but these three – instead of a camp – both parents work – thir parents bought them plane tickets – Sherry flew up and came back with them for a week with us!

We have three older granddaughters – two now in college and both starting on their college soccer teams.

The third is a freshman in HS –

we want to get them and their parents down for a visit –

but schedules have to be cordinated.

Our daughter of this family – also is a CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH

and has surpassed her mother in the same on line business from her home .

Achieving QMD in the company – working together with her mother.

Next month – 8 or 9 team members will travel to the Smokey Mountains to a cabin in the mountains –

for a retreat to once again reconnect –

which has the pandemic keeping them apart.

Although everything is on line -they miss being social and miss seing one another.

Keeping in touch – zoom meetings – calls – life goes on – friends – partners – phones – voxes – business as usual.
We do have friends here in N.C. and have for the last 35 years.

We have been visiting them for 25 years after they left our neighborhood in NYS!

We came to really like the area and made it a place to look –

but then along came NMB –

and then Ocean Isle Beach –

so we choose to settle there.

We still are 40 to 45 minutes away – but they play golf in our area –

and have for years and years.

We try to see and play golf once a week –

and we all are fans of the Bills ( we also like Washington)

There are many theaters and concerts we attend together –

FRIENDS –

A new life with old friends – and making other friends along the way.

There is a rainbow for us after relocating!

While it is hard to say goodbyes –

it also is so rewarding to hug and say hello when they visit!

We have been fortunate – a passive income –

a family that understands –

and friends for years.

Moving South has been a new adventure –

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Papa’s World is a continuation of my life seen through my own eyes daily.

My motto remains the same –

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Papa’s World – riding the waves – first time – cross off the bucket list – Tube Riding!

Cindy and I riding the wake on the tube!

Once – in my teens – I waterskied – I managed to get up and if I stayed behind the boat – I was okay!

Well – that ended as the person pulling me decided to throw me out wide – and it was all over!

This was our second tube ride – the first was quiet and slow – so we decided to step it up a little!

The first ride was before the rain storm – and we talked it over and decided we could go a little faster –

We had gotten up to 10 MPH and while it was okay – it was just being pulled behind a boat ride!

We are about to go outside the wake – and ended up going 20 MPH! That was fast!

At one point we went wide left and were even alongside the boat!

I have now achieved my goal of tubing and can cross it off my bucketlist.

I have water skied – cross country skied and now tubed – no down hill sking for me.

There are several videos – one where we flew out to the left and were racing side by side with the boat.

But – I do not know how to get them on here so can not show them!

I decided after

that I did it

and now I was done.

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About to come to a close – tubing on Lake Chautauqua – WNY – bucketlist made.

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TUBING 20 MPH us SENIORS MADE THE CUT!

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Papa’s World – in the boat – on the lake – taking shelter during a quick rainstorm.

We had just made our first slow loop around the cove on the tube – Cindy and I.

The sky turned gray – and we could see the rain coming – so we got back on the boat – pulled the tube up on the rear walkway – and headed into the covered dock area.

I had tried tubing – even if it were a slow trip around – and I was ready to go back out again and speed things up!

It was a quick rain shower and we drove onto the boat lift which is covered.
There was no lightening – just a steady rain.

We talked and decided to once again go tubing – this time a little bit faster – as the first time was sort of boring!

The rain continued for about a half hour – and we could watch it from under the canopy. We had some munchies and drinks – and were dry – the boat has a really good radio so we listened to music and talked.
Cindy and I – life jackets on – the rain almost stopped – for the time being – we were dry!

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Papa’s World – at the lake house on Lake Chautauqua – W.N.Y.

Our neighbors from 30 plus years ago in Pleasant Acres Drive.

The Johns now have a lake house on Lake Chautauqua in W.N.Y. A large natural lake some 30 miles long.

For the second year in a row – we have gathered there at the invitation of Carol and Mike –

for a long weekend of telling stories – catching up and boating!

Early morning view from the enclosed porch overlooking the deck – dock and lake with the sunrise.
Buck – Mike – Carol sitting and just relaxing on the porch.
They have accomplished this in this home away from home.
They are here most weekends.
Mike Carol Sherry Cindy(hidden) Buck

We boated for hours and went tubing twice ( yes I did) and loved it!

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Mike doing the fixings for drinks
The lake house – sunrise – firepit and dock and boat.

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Papa’s World – Part two – inside the new house – almost done – furniture arrived!

The guest bathroom – off the front hall but between both bedrooms.

Still thinking this one through – the rug we are trying out – she might just keep this one! LOL

Front bedroom – carring on the light gray and yellow theme. It is in here that drawings form Ella and Cassidy are hung.

This room also has the Swedish heritage items – as Sherry is Swede – her grandmother came ferom Sweden.

A drawing of a little girl in the rain with umbrella by Cassidy when she was nine.

This to me is like a HALLMARK card – so simple yet so carefully drawn of a little girl by a little girl.

This was drawn by Ella when she was 17 years old

A picture of our front porch in Brambleton where I sat everyday until the sun got too hot!

She captured it perfectly right down to the flowers and Swedish horses!

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Papa’s World – Tigers Eye – Ocean Ridge Plantation N.C. – golfing with friends.

Sherry and Cindy – we do a scramble – husbands vs. wives – and we can not beat them!

Try as hard as we can – we can stay even – first nine we lost by one – we pared and they birdied –

they never get into trouble – if one does – the other is in the middle – just consistent –

they are almost always putting for par and when they are on with the putts –

they will beat you!

This is Ocean Ridge Plantation – right across the road from our new home.

There are four courses in here and this one – TIGERS EYE is the second one we have golfed on.

This is called the bIG CATS courses – all named after the big cats of the world.

LIONS PAW – PANTHERS RUN – LEOPARDS CHASE and this one TIGERS EYE!

We have what is called the FIRST TEE CARD – all four of us – and we can play 32 different courses on it at almost half the going rate for the course.
Sherry just hitting the ball and right down the middle!
Cindy hitting off the tee – she hits about 150 to 175 every time!

We have fun first – laugh a lot and plan our shots – but – hey – they are tough to beat!

They play the ladies tees as does Buck – I play the senior tees.

The courses here in NC and SC are mostly all like this – except if they have a special theme.
Very challenging with lots of water and sand traps which the sand I found off my drive on every hole!
There is wildlife and water fowl all over and most courses here have “Gators”!

You just are careful – looking always for them and watch for snakes in deep grass or wooded area.

My buddy for 35 years – BUCK!

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Papa’s World – Magnolia Greens – golfing again with friends – a place to stay when lease ended.

Our condo lease was up – our closing did not happen – so they took us in once again to their home –

on Magnolia Greens golf course just outside Leland, N.C.

Buck and Cindy are our friends – before we all moved – we were neighbors back in WNY.

We moved into a house next to them some 36 1/2 years ago and we knew them before that.

Sherry and Cindy
William ( Buck) McBride

I have always known him as BUCK – never called him Bill.

About 15 years ago – he developed non essential tremors – and had a brain operation – where electric probes were implanted – with out them and the control under his skin on his chest – he would not have any control on his right side – arm and leg. The downside to having this implanted – is with it turned on – he loses his clarity on speech –

and has problems with balance. But – he still can golf and handle himself well – I drive – watch his ball –

and we get a handicap flag that allows us to get near his ball so he does not get so tired out.

He is one of my two best friends – the other Jimmy who I played softball with back in the mid ’70’s.

We all are close friends and Dottie – Jim’s wife – I have known as long as Jim.

The three of us grew up in the same small town of Eldred Pa.

Cindy and Buck grew up in Portville N.Y. just across the border and Sherry grew up in Mount Jewett Pa. aboput 35 miles away.

Sherry spotting Cindy’s drive – Buck waiting – let me tell you – both ladies seldom get out of bounds or in the rough.

They are right down the middle and anywhere from 130 to 175 yards!

It makes them tough to beat – I golf from the senior tees – and when I get a good drive – it still is about even with them

as they have a advantage from the ladies tees.

Buck – because of his condition – golfs from the same tees as the ladies –

so a lot of the time we use his ball on the scramble –

He can still hit it almost as far as they can.

Buck teeing off and if you look close – right over his head in the tree line is his ball – going down the middle!
Sherry hitting another ball down the middle while Cindy watches.

We play even up – no strokes – and this time out – after 18 holes – Buck and I lost by one stroke!

Their second shots are like the drives – and close to the green – a chip and one putt for par or worse two putt.

Sherry and I just love to play – get out – fresh air – and a lot of laughs.

Cindy has a traveling shot bar!

If we make a birdie – it is shot time – since we make few of them – she switched it to pars! LOL

Playing Sherry’s drive from the last picture! Cindy was a little behind her on this hole.

They pared – we boggied – missed putt – and that was the difference in the 18 hole match!

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Papa’s World – Friends – then the rain came – golf inside – walk in the rain – finally beach!

Our well laid plans for a day of golf went out the window as the storm moved in and stayed all day!

We had planned this for over a month – we would golf on Sunday – at 1:00 PM. but – it was still raining at that time –

So – we did the next best thing – we had a putting contest – in the condo!

We laid out a nine hole course – even a dog leg left – short putts and long putts!

We used clear plastic cups as holes – all you had to do was hit the cup –

and even one hole went from carpet – to regular floor – and if you missed – you rolled way past to the front door!

Dottie – on hole number seven before the carpet – over regular floor – to front door hole number 8!

It came down to Jim and Cindy – tied at end of nine and still tied after extra hole playoff!

Then it was closest to the cup with out going past it.

Jim won by just a couple inches!

The rain slacked off – enough that we decided to go outside and walk to the beach!

Jim – Papa Cindy and Dottie and a surfer dude carrying his board!

The surf was up and large waves!

It was not raining hard and soon let up!

The beach and surf – hardly anyone there!
Okay – rain stopped – Jim and Cindy checking out the water with their umbrellas!
We went back to the condo – picked up our chairs and drove back to the beach.

Jim – after a while – went for a swim – it was warm and so was the water – well – a little chilly!

We stayed for over a hour – and hardly anyone was there!
Time to go back to the condo – fix dinner – relax – play games – even though golf was a wash out –

we had a fun day – putting – walking in the rain and then enjoying the beach by ourselves!

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Papa’s World – our granddaughter – Ella Myers – senior night soccer – honored!

We made the trip back to NVA to see Ella play soccer for her senior recognition night and picked up the three little ones so they could cheer her on! Taylor – Cassidy and Bode.

Ella will continue on in college playing soccer for Randolph College in Lynchburg Va.

She lost two years with injuries to her feet breaking a bone in each one.

But – she was determined and it paid off.

Her team is now 8 – 0 – 2 and headed to states.

They have five players continuing onto the college level!

Ella number nine – entering the field to play final game of regular season at James Wood H.S. Winchester Va.
Olivia holding the picture of Ella as a little one – have gown up together as neighbors and best friends.
Proud parents – Mike and Debby
Being escorted by her parents and honored on the field.
All family – friends and neighbors who came out to support Ella and her being honored pregame.
The only boy in the grandchildren with Ella’s Sister Maddy – they will compete against each other in college soccer!

They ended up in a double overtime tie for the game – 0 to 0!

They moved onto the districts –

But we were able to come home and watch four games.

Papa – Ella – Sherry proud grandparents – TINY as we called her – has grown up!

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Papa’s World – Friends – last day – golf at The Valley – East port – dinner – SNOOKY’S – ocean

Sherry and Pam – about to start our golf adventure – Pam could not golf – still recovering from a achilles surgery

On their last full day – Bob wanted to play golf – we last played together I would guess 1965 or 1966!

A very long time ago – and he had their clubs in the RV but had not used them all winter.

Pam – who was still recovering from surgery on her heel – would do the driving and Bob rode with me.

Bob and I went to school together from grade one to grade twelve.

They have wintered the last two seasons in their RV – this time it was in Florida.

They made it a point to stop here on their way to family in Nashville before heading home in N.H.

Sherry and Pam
Waiting to tee off – we like this course which sits right on Rte. 17 in Little River – S.C. It is a short course but fun to play. Sherry and I have golfed here alone and with friends.
Now – she hits it on the fairway most times – and every once in a while – will hit it just right and bingo – it goes a long ways – here is a 298 yard hole for her – and this is her drive!

When you play a scramble and her and Cindy hit from the women’s tees – it is good to have them both on your team!

After a good day of golf – we scrambled to a 44 on both nines – we took them to Cherry Grove to one of our favorite places to eat – “SNOOKY’S” on the Beach.

This has become our go to place to take visitors – food is good – and you sit ocean front just yards off the sand.

We have many – many memories of growing up together in a small town in NWPA – called Eldred.

Many adventures of sleeping out under the stars – roaming the streets after curfew at 10:00 PM.

Nothing bad – raid a garden or two – sneak some beer – campfire – canoe trips down the river –

playing sports together – proms – dances – joining the exployer’s together-

driving – family – both his and mine.

Bob and Sherry checking out the beach where we walk every day!
Pam and I a selfie while they discuss the beach!
Ending our day together – walking to the cars. Pam and Bob!

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Papa’s World – friends – the pier – Barefoot Landing – Crooked Hammock Brewery!

Next to last day – Papa Bob Pam Sherry – near their campground and RV. A visit to Apache Pier!

We had so much to pack in so little time – touring – seeing the house – Mother’s day – catching up – FRIENDS!

Their RV and campground was down the beach about a mile and one half.

They could see this pier from their beach so we decided to drive to it and just take a look around.

Just beyond these tall buildings – 21 to 25 years ago – Sherry and I spent I think three different vacations here!

We would walk up the beach and past this pier to the campground.

So we knew what was here and have many fond memories of her parents – sister and my sister and brother in law here. We also spent vacation time here with friends Steve and Elaine. Our friends from back home in WNY!

Bob and Pam – Bob and I went to grade school – middle school and high school together – life long friends – and got back in touch after one of our H.S. reunions – he had moved to New Hampshire away from Pa. and NYS. Keeping in touch is like normal best buddies do when life comes along – only seeing them at special times – a lot of years in between but memories and laughs renewed!

Here we are at The Crooked Hammock Brewery in Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.

We have come to really like this place and Sherry actually likes some of the beer!

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