Papa’s World – Early morning sunrise around the lawn and house.

Stepping out the front door of our house in Cameron Woods to the morning sunrise!

We choose this lot because of the sunrise and sunset from our driveway!

You look right to the East and left to the West!

Looking out the front door to the West!

We have been here going on fifteen months – and have had numerous sunrise and sunset skies

that is absolutely beautiful!

This is us! No snow or ice!

View of the front and looking SW toward the ocean some 2 to 4 miles away!

We are in OIB but on the mainland side – six miles to Sunset Beach and four miles to OIB.

The sunrise from the backyard – all the tree line to the right is protected!

Our backyard borders a protected area – it can not be developed or cut down – the second reason we chose this lot to build our new home!

Looking out at the backyard and treeline.
As we progress into the future – we have carefully had the landscape done – replacing pine straw with stones and mulch – eventually going to all stones and borders.
We also wanted an open patio and a firepit – along with a place to grow our own organic veggies – which we have done now year round!

This is now our third harvest since early spring – and are going on our second harvest of cucumbers!

She finally talked me into purchasing a grill and we often grill out here – we have no gas and the house is all electric – and electric stove tops we have found are hard to keep clean – thus I grill! LOL

Our little flower garden next to the treeline – now if we can keep the deer from munching the leaves! LOL

Thanks for reading PAPA’S WORLD and SUNRISE FROM THE FRONT DRIVEWAY!

MY SITE: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog PAPA’S WORLD contact: fitztdf@aol.com

Welcome to PAPA’S WORLD

Papa’s World – OIB with wife and sister-in-law.

Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., and pier in the background.

My wife’s sister came to visit – she is moving here in a few months when her condo is finished.

She wanted to get the feel of how to get around and how to get to the beach which will be four miles away for her.

We have two close beaches – OIB which is four miles away and Sunset Beach which is six miles away.

In a few months, the SALT LIFE will become hers also.

OIB on the NE END!

BEACH LIFE

Thanks for reading PAPA’S WORLD my blog: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog fitztdf@aol.com

Sherry and her sister Debbie

BEACH LIFE ON OIB! PAPA’S WORLD!

Papa’s World – Last night and family dinner at Inlet View!

Family from NWPA – our final dinner together.

We went all the way to the third floor of Inlet View to eat and see the waterfront!
The bar area on the third floor.

It was Sherry and my first time being on the top floor and we said when we go back we will go up there!
We were told this is where all the locals come when they come here and also on the side is another deck they hang out on.

This is the view from that side deck – no one bothers them up there!

We had such a fun week with family and told them to FLY back and we would pick them up!

My youngest son Shawn and his wife Trisha.

Thank you for reading Papa’s World

PAPA’S WORLD – livinglifedoingitmyway.blog

Papa’s World – Boardwalk on the beach – through the eyes of Andrea!

Andrea – my oldest son’s partner.

I actually graduated with her aunt back in 1967!

She has a keen eye capturing the sights, while they were here for a week.

Andrea and Troy from NWPA!

Capturing Troy on his walk around Boardwalk on the beach.

Walking and shopping – taking in all the tourist stops.

I told them both – next time on a long weekend – fly down and we would pick them up – instead of driving fifteen plus hours!

She captured Troy!

I think she really liked it down here and was excited to see and do different things.

Andrea and Troy

They make for a good couple – a lot in common and seemed to get along well.

Thanks for reading PAPA’S WORLD – livinglifedoingitmyway.blog

BOARDWALK ON THE BEACH – THROUGH THE EYES OF ANDREA!

PAPA’S WORLD

TROY and ANDREA- the “EYES” say it all!

Papa’s World – PLANT FLOWERS IN YOUR LIFE!

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

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

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

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

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

Being friends – walking – laughing – sharing thoughts.

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

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

Thanks for reading Papa’s World! MY SITE: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog

SHERRY and PAPA “PAPA’S WORLD”

Papa’s World – bringing color to the back yard with Crepe Myrtles and Oleander bushes.

I wanted color back here – the builder planted white Crepe Myrtles out front – these are WATERMELLON!
We also replaced all the Pine Straw and moved it to the tree line where we had three Oleanders put in!

They are young plants and hoping they will take hold – watering them everyday – but next year they should bloom

a bright RED againest the back drop of the protected tree line.

The second Crepe Myrtle – all trees in the yard now have stone and brick or edging depending where they are. The ones next to the house are mulched in black and serve as a contrast to the light gray siding.

A quiet neighborhood – but already a man rang the doorbell trying to sell home securtiy!

We are slowly putting in flowers that will come back year to year – hoping to make this area wild but colorful!
This will be a on going work in progress – adding a little bit here and there!

Thank you for reading Papa’s World : livinglifedoingitmyway.blog fitztdf@aol.com click like & subscribe

SHERRY: CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH ssherrylynn49@aol.com http://www.sf.juiceplus.com networking
PAPA’S WORLD: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog

WHERE FRIENDS MEET THE FAMILY – FAMILY MEETS FRIENDS!

Papa’s World – Mary’s Gone Wild – Chapter two!

Mary has made her life mission to feed hungry children!

Just one of the many rooms that Mary built to hold her Folkart!

The walls – ceilings and floors are all painted with Folkart and anything she can paint on!

But her interest is in glass – window frames – painted from the back mirror image to the front side – what you see here is painted on the back of the glass.

All are bright colors in the Folkart tradition.

Painted like stained glass to be hung so the light shines through them if you want!
Most are titled and signed and dated by Mary Paulsen.
She cuts out the glass – she has no training and says she was inspired by a vision from God.

Thank you for reading – next Chapter Three of Mary Gone Wild

Known for her Folkart – Mary has her art in every state of the union and worldwide.

She has donated money from her art to feed tens of thousands of children.

Papa’s World – Mary’s gone wild – Chapter two – next chapter three.

Mary’s Gone Wild – Folkart – 2431 Holden Beach Road SW Supply, N.C. 28462

Papa’s World – Belief in Humanity – Kindness – Family – Friends – Church and Country.

To share my life experience – good thoughts – humor – the purpose of my blogs.
The news of today is full of sorrow – come to my blog to refresh your thoughts.
The peace and tranquility of a morning walk on the beach – my wife Sherry.

Smile when walking past another person – make their day.

This is a happy place – thanks for reading.

My blog is dedicated to all that is family – love and to promoting the good things in life.

I share with you those things daily – my hope is you look forward each day to seeing and reading it.

PAPA’S WORLD – my site: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog

Papa’s World – Cameron Woods – OIB – another beautiful start to the day!

Morning sunrise – quiet – white clouds – sun peeking through.

We do have fantastic sunrises and sunsets here.

We go to the end of the driveway – look right to the sunrise and then left to the sunset!

Looking West during sunrise – a reflection of the clouds!

It is a quiet neighborhood in this direction at the end of the road – a new phase of construction has begun.

They have already framed and enclosed some sixteen houses –

they have cleared additional lots and put in two new ponds!

A total of seventy-six more homes will be built back there.

The total of Cameron Woods would then be 170 plus homes and about forty-eight attached condos

at the entrance across the street!

A look South East toward the ocean.

We are four miles to the OIB and seven miles to Sunset Beach.

Over twenty golf courses are within fifteen minutes –

many of them twenty-seven holes.

Two of the many reasons we decided to build and live here.

Thanks for reading PAPA’S WORLD – CAMERON WOODS – another start to a beautiful day!

For more blogs visit my site listed below or subscribe – it is free!

PAPA’S WORLD: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog

Papa’s World – Turkey family came to visit!

I just happen to look out the door of the enclosed patio and there they were – two adults and six young ones!
We have seen them all over the neighborhood – and last fall we saw about forty of them!

They do not stay long – just amble about while moving forward.

We also have seen deer – snakes – and lots of birds!

And just like that, they were out of sight!

Thanks for reading Papa’s World – the Turkey Family that came to visit!

PAPA’S WORLD

Papa’s World – LOVE – PEACE – HAPPINESS!

Welcome to Papa’s World

Love – family – happy – caring – together -bonding – are but a few words to describe our grandkids.

LOVE through the years!

Papa’s World tries to bring you each day – a little more happiness to your life.

A little relief from everyday negative news – sharing goodness – family and friends.

From Papa and Sherry – may your days be bright – your nights peaceful – may your journeys be safe and travels full of exploration and adventure –

THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF PAPA’S WORLD – a journey for all of us – and a day to remember!

SMILE – because you can and want to!

Papa’s World – this site – kindness – good thoughts – trying to make a difference.

Make a difference in people’s lives – share gratitude – be an example.

My daily life on social media is to bring smiles – happy thoughts – good deeds – sharing thoughts – being a good person.

The news is filled with sorrow – hate – negative words – death and destruction.

Political discourse – friend against a friend – family against family.

Split down the middle and agitated with a false narrative.

Actions from adults are mirrored by a child – words from adults are heard by children and repeated.

Our actions as adults form the life of a child – repeating endless history through time.

The world needs us as adults to be the eyes of a child.

We form our children – we protect them yet they see our actions and imitate them for the worse not the better.

I try with my blogs and with my social media each and every day to spread love- kindness – happy thoughts –

family – friends – church – smiles – and positivity toward the human race in general.

In the sunset of my life – seeing the good – and giving what we can.

This is PAPA’S WORLD and WELCOME – thanks for reading!

Papa’s World – A day to smile – from PAPA!

Start your day with a little smile!

The innocence of a child – brings a smile to your face!

Mine will be BEER TASTING!

WISE THOUGHTS! SMILE!

Keep a loved one close!
Laugh a little each and every morning and throughout the day!

KEEP A SENSE OF HUMOR!

Look for the fun things in life – it helps to keep you young!

I hope this brings a little smile to you today – a beginning of a good day and perhaps an up moment to a bad day.

PAPA’S WORLD BLOG is about the good in people and a way to make people happy!

Join me every day by subscribing at the end – it costs nothing and hoping it makes “YOUR DAY”!

PAPA’S WORLD – livinglifedoinitmyway.blog

Papa’s World – Cameron Woods – sunrise – sunset – storm clouds in between!

Sunrise with clouds forming in Cameron Woods Community – OIB, N.C.

The storms were out there – but also clearing skies – we seem to get all these clouds every day from the ocean!

The blue sky was soon covered with a storm cloud!

This storm rolled in from the NE – from the ocean.

It got very still and hardly any wind – the rain would come.

Soon the western sky caught up and it started to rain.
Then toward the east – it started to break up – the rain had stopped for a few hours – it was drying up!

And then the sunset over Cameron Woods Community – another day – another beautiful cloudy sky.
Thanks for reading Papa’s World – my site: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog

THE SKIES OF CAMERON WOODS COMMUNITY – OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA – LIVING THE SALT LIFE!

Papa’s World – And on the twelfth day – the parents picked them up!

Bode – Cassidy – Taylor and their MorMor – on the waterfront at Oyster Rock.

TWELVE DAYS of non-stop activity – crossing off all that was on the list plus whatever we added!

Ferry rides – Fort Fisher – aquarium – scavenger hunt – arts and crafts at the park – Wonder Works in Boardwalk on the Beach – Lulu’s and playground at Barefoot Landing – Plus Bullys for lunch –

Then there were go-carts – mini golf – beach time – tidal pool – fireworks – golf cart parade – walking and riding bikes – crafts at home – IPAD time –

There was more – twelve days worth – and yes we were exhausted – but even now we miss them.

Marcus – Taylor – Cassidy – Tammy and Bode – were happy to see them.

The parents came for overnight and then headed to Topsail Beach for vacation with Marcus’s family.

The kids were excited as they would see their cousins and grandparents.

Taylor and her MorMor( Sherry) yes – she is tall – eleven years old – and we have two more who are taller than Sherry – her cousins Ella and Sarah!

It was a full twelve days of non-stop going – playing – creating – laughing – and they were so good!

Taylor – Bode – Cassidy – so long – until next summer – but we will see them often in the next 12 months!

Thanks for reading Papa’s World – MY SITE: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog fitztdf@aol.com

PAPA’S WORLD

Papa’s World – the parents are on their way – last morning with the grandkids – THE PIER!

A painting at the entrance to Sunset Beach Pier.

This was drawn and painted by one of the employees who work at the pier!

The morning – first a beach walk – then two mazes for the kids to work their way out –

and then to the pier to have ice cream before their parents get there from NVA!

View from the pier and in the middle is the MAZE with people walking through it!

Day twelve of having grandkids staying with us!

We were so busy – ferry rides – mazes – aquarium – Boardwalk on the Beach – Barefoot Landing –

Mini golf – beach days – go- carts – music festival – arts and crafts – playgrounds – scavenger hunt –

Fourth of July golf cart parade – fireworks – eating out for lunch and dinners!

Walking – bikes – hoverboards – monopoly (Brunswick)- games – drawing –

Huge tidal pool – riding the waves – sunset slushes and more.

Showing them to be grateful – showing them sharing – just showing them life with MORMOR and PAPA!

Twelfth day – ice cream on Sunset Beach Pier – Cassidy – Bode – MORMOR and Taylor!

THANKS FOR READING PAPA’S WORLD livinglifedoingitmyway.blog

The end of twelve days with the grandkids – Sunset Beach Pier – until next summer!

Papa’s World – Through the eyes of children – INNOCENCE!

And also our children!

They show no prodigious – they share – they love and they sometimes cry but hug afterward.

They are children and we as adults are responsible for their eys in the future!

It is this that makes their world a wonder.

Our time here on earth is short – but our influence goes generation to generation –

Our historical presence is passed forward

If only we could overcome those thoughts and ideas and actions.

Sad but so true.

Look for the goodness of people – share love and gratitude – have compassion.

Thank you for reading Papa’s World: my site: livinglifedoinitmyway.blog

PAPA’S WORLD: ” THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD – INNOCENCE”

Papa’s World – Grandkids list – busy times!

No need for this with these three – they are always busy!

When they are home – it is outside they go – playing with friends – riding bikes!

So – before they came to visit for twelve days – we asked them to think about what they wanted to do!

And they came up with a list for each one to do and day by day we crossed those items off –

somedays more than one!

Beach days were our sort of down days – and usually in afternoons – here we are in a tidal pool on OIB – the water was warm and they loved it!
THE LIST!!!!!

I still can not believe we did all of this – each day we added and crossed off – one by one.

And yes – by the end we were exhausted – but it was a good feeling and now –

They are gone and I wish they were back.

The grandkids – Taylor – Cassidy and Bode – “PAPA – WHAT ARE WE DOING NEXT”?
PAPA’S WORLD – livinglifedoingitmyway.blog

Papa’s World – North Myrtle Beach – Cherry Grove – old neighborhood!

At Cherry Grove looking South toward the tall buildings of North Myrtle Beach.

Here is where we took the grandkids for lunch after mini-golf – to SNOOKY’S.

This was the area we lived in for nine months at Ocean Keyes while the house was being built.

We would walk this beach every day for our three-mile walk.

This area here is where you ride the jet skies – paraglide and the big banana boats!

A great family beach!

Walk to main street and shopping.

The grandkids wading and looking for shells and sharks’ teeth!

SNOOKY’S is our favorite beach bar and grill in NMB!

We have taken most family and friends here.

Also – the water was very warm and great for swimming and wading.

A lot of people also were shell hunting!
Bode and Taylor in the surf.

What a good day – mini golf which is all Bode talked about and he picked out the mini golf course.

Lunch at Snooky’s and then some time hunting shells in the surf of Cherry Grove.

If you are interested in making the Myrtle Beach area your vacation spot – I recommend this area

as it is a great place for families and the beach are fantastic.

Sherry Cassidy Taylor and Bode in the surf at Cherry Grove, S.C.

Thanks for reading PAPA’S WORLD livinglifedoingitmyway.blog

Papa’s World – Giant tidal pool and flying kites on Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

East end of Ocean Isle Beach – as low tide forms – giant tidal pool – one to two feet deep!
The water in June is really warm , and here Taylor- Bode – Cassidy and I wade around the pool. It was huge and a sand bar formed as the tide went lower.

The Ocean Isle Beach tidal pool is on the east end of the island is near the new groin break wall.

The grandkids played in her for a couple hours and a group of teens just laid on their stomachs in the warm water.

The area does not have many people come to it as you have to walk from your car to get to it!

But – the beach here is so peaceful and quiet.

The tidal pool makes it easy to not have to watch the little ones all the time!

You can see the new groin break wall in the background!

Taylor decided it was time to fly a kite while the other two continued to run and play in the tidal pool.

What was nice was she did not have to worry about other people on the beach as we were in a spot with no one within fifty yards of where we sat.

East end of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

She spent a good one-half hour with the kite in the air!

You can see in the pictures just how many people were around – a great spot to spend some quiet time!

Our three youngest grandkids – Taylor – Cassidy and Bode.

Thanks for reading Papa’s World! MY SITE: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog my contact: fitztdf@aol.com

PAPA’S WORLD

Papa’s World – Downtime with the grandkids and their own sleeping spaces!

The little ones are like this!

We had them all to ourselves for twelve days! It was a busy time with a list that we completed!

And downtime scheduled in for time to relax!

One of our many things on the list – Is a boardwalk on the Beach.
Downtime scheduled – Bode on the couch.

We had to have downtime – for us and for them! LOL!

We planned events every day – and played during beach time –

But also crafts that all three did!

All three are talented!

A multitude of crafts they completed!
Each had its own space for sleeping – here is the pull-out single bed in our bedroom for Bode!

Cassidy had her own room – everything had its place!
Taylor loved her own pull-out Queen bed in the sunroom!

In her downtime – this was her go-to – headphones and reading her books or watching movies.

They had their own creative space to do whatever they wanted for a couple hours!

Each in their own way is an artist and creates excellent crafts.

Thanks for reading PAPA’S WORLD – my site: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog fitztdf@aol.com

DOWNTIME WITH THE GRANDKIDS AND THEIR OWN SLEEPING SPACES IN PAPA’S WORLD!

Painted rocks are now part of our front flower bed from each of them!

Papa’s World – Ocean Isle Beach fireworks with grandkids.

The moon shining over OIB before the start of fireworks.

It was a warm evening – and the kids were excited – we made our way onto the island and found a spot to park right across the street from the pier – we carried our chairs to a grassy area next to the roadway – we were about to have front row seats!

To our left is the traffic circle and it seemed like hundreds of cars and golf carts were still streaming in and around the circle – most going past in front of us.

Papa and the crew – this was in the other direction from the circle – and there was a constant stream of cars – I have no idea where they went because that end is the end of the island some three miles away.
The opening of the fireworks continued for a one-half hour!
The view – palm trees – and parking lot of the pier – and then the ocean.
Thanks, for reading Papa’s World – my site: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog

Ocean Isle Beach fireworks with the grandkids!

Papa’s World – Spending time with the little ones!

These three are like this at home – they are outside all day long!
Taylor – Bode, and Cassidy – are our youngest grandchildren.

You should see the LIST – things that they wanted to do and wrote down!

We have one more to do – tomorrow – MINI GOLF!

Bode has wanted to play mini-golf on this one course in North Myrtle Beach

since we have been down here for two years!

The one that has the Airplane and Helicoper!

Bode Cassidy Taylor
It has been a busy TEN DAYS, to say the least! LOL

And the crafts they have done and completed – hours and hours of doing them!

Bode and Cassidy – once in the water they are still there hours later!

We have been going to the beach every other day, mostly in late afternoons or early evenings.

That way – they will not get sunburned and they are now so tanned!

The sun sets on another adventure day.

Having them here has been a joy – it will be twelve days total and their parents will pick them up.

Excitement – laughter – and some groans – but all in all – they have been very good.

Cassidy – Taylor and Bode

Last year it was one week – this year twelve days – and we have done a lot in those times!

“PAPA – MORMOR – WHAT ARE WE DOING NEXT”?

I am going to miss them when they leave but will see them in a couple weeks –

they are going with their parents for an additional week on the beach at Topsail, N.C.

Then home and for two weeks will practice with a professional crew from California

in the musical LION KING!

We are going home to watch them.

Papa’s World – livinglifedoingitmyway.blog thanks for reading!

Papa’s World – The amazing MAZE on Sunset Beach!

Sherry – Cassidy – Taylor and Bode trying to solve the MAZE on the beach on the 12th. street beach access!

Almost every day weather permitting – for the last 8 to 10 years – a man ( I do not know his name)

appears on the beach with just a shovel and draws these amazing MAZES!

There have been numerous newspaper articles – Facebook and other social pages and stories

of his unique style of PUZZLES on the beach at low tide.

Sherry is about to enter the MAZE and right below to the left is a diagram on how to SOLVE the MAZE!

The diagram also has instructions on how to TURN at each intersection –

you can not just walk straight through – you must turn in any direction.

The instructions are written in the sand – all done by freehand – and with just a shovel!

The articles I have read – he does this as a hobby and for years for his wife until she passed away.

He decided to continue in her memory each day – she would accompany him and test out the MAZE!

I would like to meet him and talk to him!

While we were there for 45 minutes – at least a hundred people stopped and tried to solve the MAZE!

If you are ever on SUNSET BEACH – go to the 12th. street beach access – either drive or walk the beach- and you most likely will come across a lot of people walking THE MAZE – and it is different each day. He says he starts in the middle and just works his way to the outside and they come in straight lines – curves and other forms of drawings!
Thanks for reading PAPA’S WORLD my site: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog
PAPA’S WORLD ” THE AMAZING MAZE ON SUNSET BEACH, N.C.”

Nature in our backyard – Snakes and Turkey!

The open patio in the backyard with the protected tree line.

We have an enclosed lanai along with an open patio with a fire pit.

It does get really hot in the sun out in the open – but mornings are shaded and so are early evenings.

Papa sitting outback watching for snakes!
And I spotted the first of two that I have seen!

Needless to say – we are not happy with this – I spread snake-be-gone around and mow the grass short.

But – it is a protected area in the woods – and since I put down the snake-be-gone –

we have not seen anymore – but I warn the grandkids to watch what they are doing!

This one I later found out was not poisonous and as soon as I took the picture-

it turned around and very fast went back into the woods.

Then a few days after – two large turkeys and little ones crossed the yard as I sat out there!
I was sipping my coffee and all of a sudden they came from between the houses.

We have also seen them down by the pond!

At night – deer will set off our motion light in the backyard as I will look out and see them.

We are only four miles from the beach – but it is real country.

One of the reasons we picked this area.

Thanks for reading Papa’s World – my site: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog
PAPA’S WORLD

Papa’s World – Through the years – our life!

June 25th. 1982 – our wedding day – Papa and Sherry

We dated a little over a year before we got engaged and then a year later married.

We both were married before – she had two daughters – I had two sons – and we had each other.

We lived way out in the country – the driveway was 1/10th of a mile long –

great in winter to sled ride.

That first year I mowed everything by hand – it took five days!

And then – rest for two and start over again – we bought a riding mower!

On marriage was based on the Church on the rock-solid!

Those early years were lean years – combining two sets of kids –

running back and forth – very little extra money –

but we survived and to this day look back fondly on all those times.

We always traveled by van – all of us.

We would pack breakfast – lunch, and dinners – take adventures –

the kids loved it.

Camping – in tents – visiting friends.

Then the kids started leaving one by one.

Marriages – moving – college – our family was just the two of us.

We started to travel – the country and the world

The kids were gone – we had moved from the country and into town.

Now – the house was empty and we had the opportunity to transfer to NVA.

We went to NVA and the daughters and family followed us.

We bought and sold three houses in NVA.

My sons stayed in Pa.

But – it seemed like the extended family all moved to NVA.

Retirement came – and once again – we thought of selling and moving farther south.
We made the move in 2020 – and today we are in OIB, Cameron Woods, N.C.

The family stayed in Pa. and Va. – her sister is building a small condo near us.

The family has visited us many times – my sons are coming end of summer.

Forty years have passed since that wedding day – and we still are one and going strong.
Thanks for reading Papa’s World – through the years – livinglifedoingitmyway.blog
Papa’s World

Papa’s World – our grandson Bode – whacky dress-up day for school!

Near the end of each school year – elementary children have different themed days!

Our grandson – Bode – put together an outfit for this particular day!

BODE in his WHACKY outfit!

He selected everything here and his mother helped him attach the Star Wars figure on his shoulder.

Papa with his hands on BODE’S shoulders
Quite the imagination this young man has.

Thanks for reading Papa’s World my site: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog fitztdf@aol.com

PAPA’S WORLD

Papa’s World – And just like that – granddaughters graduate from Elementary school!

I can see it like it was yesterday – taking them to pre-school – singing a song!

Twins – dressed alike and their little HELLO KITTY backpacks!

They are different – Taylor was the bigger – in fact, the reason they were brought into this world early!

Cassidy at 3 lbs and Taylor at almost 4 lbs.

For some reason, she was getting all the nutrients and growing – so at 32 weeks plus a day or two

the doctors decided it was time – and it also was their mother’s birthday!

So now we celebrate birthdays in threes!

First day – Taylor and Cassidy.

Cassidy is the one who calls every week to talk to her MORMOR ( mothersmother) Swedish.

While she looks short – she is of average height – Taylor is going to be tall like her MORMOR!

Cassidy does soccer while Taylor has ridden horses since she barely walked.

Today they are both alike and different.

Taylor and Cassidy

Taylor would spend all her time riding and carrying for horses.

Cassidy – searching YouTube for projects to make – she is really good at that.

And just like that – going into Middle School!

Our little ones with the HELLO KITTY backpacks –

So grown up and doing their own things.

Thanks for reading Papa’s World

MY SITE: PAPA’S WORLD MY BLOG: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog contact: fitztdf@aol.com

PAPA’S WORLD

Papa’s World – When did they grow up?

It seems like only yesterday they were little ones running around!

Today they are grown up – two in college – one in H.S.

Where did that time go?

They still are full of laughing – smiles and giggles.

ELLA MADDY SARAH

Sarah came along unexpected – and was always running around – clinging to her sisters.

All three are athletic – Sarah in track and the other two in soccer.

Walking the beach – Sarah – Maddy and Ella

The growing up – in college – and now young adults – and coming to our home – loving the beach.

They are these women

Thank you for reading PAPA’S WORLD – livinglifedoingitmyway.blog – fitztdf@aol.com

PAPA’S WORLD – When did they grow up?

SARAH – MADDY – and ELLA – the Myers girls!

Papa’s Worl – Go-cart racing – OIB Fish Company – Family fun times.

Sherry – Sarah – Maddy – Debby – Mike – Ella

It was family time – a little bit of competition – racing GO-CARTS!

I sat this one out as I had a little kink in my back!

But – they all had a blast – round and round!

We found out later that the next day they were completing shooting a movie right there!

We had passed huge white tents being set up and there were flashing road signs – saying the movie set filming would be the next day.

Then I read in the news that they had already filmed at the track and were coming back to wrap it up!

The OIB FISH COMPANY restaurant – docks and boat landing.

Before the go-carts, we went to OIB FISH COMPANY to the top Tiki deck to have lunch!

And then down the stairs to the open-air bar to watch the boats coming and going.

Family fun time at the bar watching the boats and the ICW!

We packed as much exploring time along with the beach as we could.

Being this was not a whole week as the older girls – who are college students-

had to return for work.

But – we did do the beach every day – we took them all into North Myrtle Beach

Leaving so many things to do when they come back.

Thanks for reading Papa’s World and our family time with the Myers.
PAPA’S WORLD – livinglifedoingitmyway.blog

Papa’s World – walking the surf of Sunset Beach-Bird Island to the Kindred Spirit mailbox.

Papa – Mike – Debby

Our family from Lake Holiday in Va. visited and we took them on a four-mile walk in the surf –

To the KINDRED SPIRIT MAILBOX and back!

This mailbox has been there for over 40 plus years.

Put there by a hippie and his girlfriend all those years ago.

Today – thousands of people every year walk to it – take out a journal and write their thoughts.

Those journals have been collected as historical and some are in a museum.

There are benches there and a driftwood piece with a plaque with his name on it.

One bench also has a plaque with a lady’s name and it calls her the KINDRED SPIRIT!

Sarah – Maddy and Ella – our granddaughters sitting on one of the benches while their father writes in the journal.

Looking back on Sunset Beach from the start of Bird Island.

Sarah Maddy Ella 15 21 18 our oldest granddaughters.
Papa and son-in-law Mike

Our family from Lake Holiday in NVA!

Thanks for reading PAPA’S WORLD my site: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog fitztdf@aol.com

PAPA’S WORLD

Papa’s World – oldest granddaughters and parents visited.

The Myers family – Debby – Mike – Maddy – Ella and Sarah – from Lake Holiday – Winchester, Va.

They came for a short visit – the first time for Mike and Sarah.

Sarah is the youngest at 15 years old.

Then Ella at 18 years old and Maddy at 21 years old.

Here they are under the pier at OIB.

Sarah – how she has grwon – almost 5’10 – funny – laughing and full of unbounded energy.
Sarah and Maddy – on OIB beach- all the girls are sports-minded – Sarah is in track and field.
Sarah, who had years of dance.

Ella also is 5’10” and will start her Sophomore year at Randolph College –

where, as a Freshman, she started and played soccer at mid-field.

Maddy – will be a senior and three-year starter at the University of Lynchburg, in soccer.

She is co-captain this coming year –

Proud parents – Debby and Mike Myers

The time here is going so fast but they will be back in the future.

It is hard to get everyone together as college- H.S. – breaks all differ and Mike is a teacher and his breaks are different.

But we found out the two oldest will play against each other in September as they did last year.

A trip up to Va. is in the future to watch them.

The sky at night from our front yard.

A very good day bonding and gathering on the beaches –

family time together –

The Myers from Lake Holiday, Va.

PAPA’S WORLD – livinglifedoingitmyway.blog

Papa’s World – Backyard – SNAKE watching!

Sitting on my open-air patio – I have seen two snakes on the lawn in a couple days!

This has been the first time I have seen snakes in the backyard!

I knew they were around – I was sitting out here and saw my first one

about twenty feet away.

I am respectful of snakes as long as they keep their distance.

This one was coming through the grass straight at me!

I first saw it right over the top of the solo stove in the shade to the right of the palm tree.

When I got up and took a step toward it – it stopped and raised its head.

It was not afraid of me and just stayed where it was at.

I managed to get a picture of it and later identified it as non-poisnous

But it was long – and extensive around – a water snake someone said.

Now – we are in a drought and very dry.

The woods is where it came from and there is a pond about a quarter-mile away.

But no water back there.

The woods line the entire backyard and are protected and will stay there.

I know snakes are in there but we do not go near them and always are watching and looking down.

The next day I saw a small black snake – in the same place!

Both snakes – as soon as I turned away – reversed their direction and very quickly went back into the woods.

Since then I have made sure the grass is cut low – they like long grass –

and we bought SNAKE-BE-GONE and MOTH BALLS!

I spread it all along the tree line – so far have not seen anymore.

But – our neighbors down the street – had a timber rattler in their yard that bit their dog!

They rushed it to the vet and was saved and took a picture of the snake,

So – we are careful when out in the yard or walking the streets and paths.

We are investigating other methods of snake control –

we have several species of dangerous snakes in this state.

I respect nature but also want to protect ourselves and our company.

It is all part of living in the south.

Thanks for reading PAPA’S WORLD

MY BLOG SITE: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog BACKYARD – SNAKE WATCHING fitztdf@aol.com

Papa’s World – stop at CROOKED HAMMOCK then onto the PELICANS baseball game!

At the Pelicans baseball park in Myrtle Beach.

We decided at the spur of the moment to buy tickets – got great seats just to the right behind home plate

and take in a minor league ball game.

When we lived in NVA – we often went and saw the Nationals play in D.C.

Now – I normally do not watch baseball on TV unless it is my team I follow.

But – minor league to me is different – full of little games between innings.

The cold beer and peanuts – a slice of pizza or a hot dog.

At Crooked Hammock in Barefoot Landing before the game.

But first, we stopped at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach –

at one of our favorite places – CROOKED HAMMOCK!

This is a brand new brewery – perhaps opening a little over a year ago.

They sold beer out of a little RV trailer while consturction was going on to complete the brewery.

We like it here and stop in every so often – this time to buy a hat for our son-in-law

who requested one.

He had bought one when they visited us and wanted a new one.

So – we left early and stopped before the game.

The mascot for the Pelicans.

The divisions and teams in this minor league system.
View from our seats – $20.00 got us great seats.

Just a little time out and away from home – worth the money and a good time for a few hours.

Thanks for reading Papa’s World – my site: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog fitztdf@aol.com

PAPA’S WORLD

Papa’s World – The solitude of morning coffee!

I arise early – earlier than most – this perhaps is my favorite time of the day!

The solitude of the morning from our front porch

This is my vantage point – sitting sipping my cup of coffee – it is 6:00 am.

No one is out and about – we have a multitude of birds –

Purple Martins flying and diving about catching the bugs!

Birds chirping – in the distance a woodpecker

A crow chasing a squirrel across the lawn and then onto the street.

That I have never seen before.

The coffee is hot – I put the cup down – and a very large white bird flies across the sky – silence!

My seat on the front porch – my solitude for early morning coffee.

It is a quiet time except for nature – but also a time to reflect – a time to think.

Guess I had better either get a refill or get ready for the day!

Thanks for reading Papa’s World – livinglifedoingitmyway.blog fitztdf@aol.com

PAPA’S WORLD

Papa’s World – Our granddaughters – ELLA and SARAH!

Maddy Sarah Ella

Today I write on the two younger granddaughters – having written about Maddy in a previous blog.

Ella – caring – always does what you ask with no questions.

Warm – friendly – my LITTLE TINY as I called her.

Sarah – outgoing – fashion – arts – glamor – Broadway – big cities.

My Whirlwind when she was little.

ELLA – today a picture of health – playing college soccer and starting as a Freshmen.

While she may be a little homesick – she is thriving at college.

Stable – understanding – polite – team – not an “I” in her vocabulary!

NUMBER 10 – this is ELLA!

She is who she is – kind – smart – always giving – understanding and an idol to Bode as she is to many little ones.

Sarah today a Freshmen in H.S.

Try as I might to keep them little once again – she has grown these last years –

soon to be 5′ 9″ and beyond like her grandmother Sherry – as is Ella.

With her mother Debby

” GO FORTH – THE WORLD IS YOURS” is what I think when I see Sarah.

Today – Sarah – Ella – Maddy
Ella number 10 in the white
Sarah homecoming – representing the Freshmen class with her lifetime friend and neighbor Justin
GO FORTH THE WORLD IS YOURS
A memory of times past – Sarah
The grandaughters in Papa’s World

THANKS FOR READING PAPA’S WORLD – WHERE FRIENDS MEET FAMILY – FAMILY MEETS FRIENDS

MY SITE: PAPA’S WORLD MY BLOG: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog MY EMAIL: fittdf@aol.com

Papa’s World – celebrating our forty years with family – our anniversary.

Family – they all came to celebrate our anniversary of forty years.

Since we have moved to the border of S.C. and N.C. – we are 400 to 500 miles away from the family back in NVA!

We told them we were coming back for graduation and they made plans for a winery –

that we all could meet at for an afternoon including Marley – the Goldendoodle.

Marley was a hit – our son-in-law Mike is allergic to cats and dogs – but out in the open, he was okay.
The grandchildren and finally a boy – BODE!
The winery had big open spaces and we pretty much had this space to ourselves.
Mother and daughters.
Taylor Cassidy Tammy Marcus Bode & Marley
Sarah Debby Mike Ella Maddy
Thanks for reading Papa’s World – livinglifedoingitmyway.blog
PAPA’S WORLD – celebrating our forty years anniversary
Salute – from PAPA’S WORLD

Papa’s World – Continued – the GARDENS OF JAMES WOOD – Winchester, Va.

The estate was formed in the mid – the too-late 1700s.

The walls I believe came from rocks on the property as there still are large natural rock outcroppings!

Natural nature has been blended in with the springs!
There even is a bamboo section of forest with paths through them.
Ella is inside a small hut made from bamboo.
There are many gardens and themes inside the estate.
Sculptures are all over and these are from a famous artist who makes them out of paper!
It is very quiet and peaceful in the gardens.

Thank you for reading my blog – PAPA’S WORLD – livinglifedoingitmyway.blog

The gardens are located here in Winchester, Va.
Enjoy your time here!
Ella in one of the many natural stone walls – note the stone steps incorporated to the top.
PAPA’S WPRLD – THE GARDENS OF JAMES WOOD – WINCHESTER, VA.

Papa’s World – MORMOR – BODE – TAYLOR ( BEAR)

Sherry ( MORMOR) walking with Taylor ( bear) as mommy calls her.

She is eleven years old in this picture – she is going to be very tall – as Sherry is 5′ 9″!

Everytime – she will reach for her hand – to hold as they walk.

Quiet – always does what you ask – sweet – caring – until she gets upset – then it is TAYLOR BEAR!

Taylor and her mommy – Tammy.

She is the one who takes care of the new puppy MARLEY –

She also loves to ride horses and takes lessons once a week for the last 4 or 5 years!

And then there is Bode – who adores Ella and when he watches her play –

you can hear him all over the stadium!

BODE – sitting all by himself – cheering her on!

She is his idol – and he is following in her footsteps playing soccer.

Someday his time to shine will come!

And when it does – I hope Ella is there to see it and then Cheer him on!

Thanks for reading PAPA’S WORLD

MY SITE: livinglifedoingitmyway.blog MY EMAIL: fitztdf@aol.com PAPA’S WORLD

Papa’s World – Wishing my wife – Sherry – a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

She is looked up to by so many peers – loved by many and respected by most.
Co-founder along with her daughter of TEAM GENERATIONS

For sixteen years she has strived for helping many – many people in health and nutrition.

Founding the Tean Generations for friends – family and others –

she has encapsulated her Certified Health Coach into an East Coast team

of like individuals – all striving to help adults and children into a healthy lifestyle.

Her daughters and granddaughters adore her and look up to her.
Her grandson Bode – loves his MORMOR ( Swede for MOTHERSMOTHER)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHERRY – with all my love.

“SHERRY – SHERRY BABY – why don’t you come out tonight”
Here’s to many – many more sunsets together – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
SHERRY and PAPA’S WORLD – livinglifedoingitmyway.blog