Papas World -meet up with old friends- birds & gator's

We have been friends since the early 70’s

having graduated a few years apart.

So – we planned this meet up well in advance

And we made the trip to Winter Garden

to a campground where they stay for a month

each Winter – before they relocate to another one!

Sherry and Paul
it wasn’t until we were half way
back to Winter Haven
that I realized I had not taken
a picture of Janet
or the four of us!

We spent hours talking at their fifth wheel camper

34 feet long and really nice

with a large awning and a comfortable seating

beneath the large old Oak trees!

They then took us on a tour of Winter Garden

a new upscale section of stores – shops

and places to eat!

It was here that I saw the beauty

Lake Apopka – a very large lake perserve

for hundreds of birds – and a nursery for baby gators!

Small gators
do not know
where the mother gator was!
Big birds
small birds
ducks and turtles abound

The birds were loud – almost to the point it was hard to listen

to each other talk

but I loved it!

The beauty of the foliage
and this was full of birds
and ducks!
Looking for gators
and we found three!
It is in these reeds
where the gators reside
small ones that we could see
A view of the water front
and a trail that follows the shore!

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Papas World – some say I am not normal – & I know that!

Ever since I can remember –

the first bird chirping –

My bedroom as I got older after my older brother

left for college –

Was right in the front of the house –

Facing East and those first rays of the Sun.


I have always awoken either before those first rays

or shortly after!

I am up early each and every day –

first cup of coffee

BEFORE the morning paper hits the pavement!

And it is that way even if I force myself

To stay up and watch the BALL DROP for NEW YEARS!

My wife and I just had this conversation

About how over the years – we use to party –


And – I am good with 7 to 71/2 hours of sleep –

BUT – it has to be when I am tired ( 8 to 8:30 PM. )

If I go to bed then – I SLEEP – solid –

seems in my later years –

I always wake up once to go to the bathroom! LOL

But – if I stay up –

I wake up the same time each day –

and then I feel terrible the rest of the day!

It’s like I have a internal clock

( I do not use a alarm clock)

If you tell me you want up at a certain time

I WILL WAKE YOU UP with NO alarm clock!

I do not know how that works – but it does for me!


My wife is opposite ( we do attract each other)

She likes to stay up later – somewhere around 10 to 11:30 PM.

She will wake up from 5 to 6 am. and read her phone –

I think it is her phone –

She is the lead in our book club from church

and she reads the books on line –

BUT – after a half hour or so – SOUND ASLEEP AGAIN! LOL

7:30 to 8:00 AM. she is up and ready to go-

Me – I have done all my face book – email – and my writing

read the entire paper front to back

and had two cups of coffee & ready for shower!

Morning Sunrise
I get to see this
each and every morning

Life has it’s own schedule for everyone

mine happens to be EARLY

And I can remember those mornings back to my childhood

That bedroom not only faced East – but had huge maple trees

with lots of birds – all chirping with the first rays of Sunshine.

There was the main highway as we lived on the main street of a small town


In the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains

I could hear the trucks going by –

and behind the house the railway tracks

The ” Click – Click ” as the wheels of the train as it passes

Lulled me to sleep each night!

Opposites attract

Yes – I am up at the crack of dawn –

The dawn gets lighter

That is just who I am –

I like my morning solitude

My quiet time – my time to write – think and read.

Thank you for reading Papa’s World

Where friends meet the family!

Your day is just starting – mine is hours old –

So Sunday mornings – I get dressed and head to church –

8:15 AM. service

By that time – my day is well on it’s way –


Thank you!