Papa’s World – Returning home for Christmas and family time.

After two and one half months –

we journeyed back to our home base in NVA!

We wanted to spend the Holiday with the kids of both families.

And – we took the Covid19 test and were negative!

Our plan was to stay for three weeks and then come back to the Condo

at Ocean Keyes in North Myrtle Beach – S.C.

Papa Maddy Bode Ella Sherry Taylor Sarah Cassidy – our six grand kids whom all wanted us back for Christmas!

“All I want for Christmas is you grandma” says Sarah!

Our time there was both long and short –

long in that it was cold and I do not do cold very well!

We had their first snow – ice and wind for the year.

Short in that it went very fast and we miss them all ready!

A visit to a winery in the snow with a log campfire! BLEU FROG!!!!

We stayed back and forth until our family in Lake Holiday had to go into quarantine

due to coming in contact with a neighbor just by talking outdoors with her.

So – they were able to get the negative tests back and we went up Christmas Eve

to spend the night with them!

So – we got to spend quality time with both families

and then we all had dinner together.

MorMor Bode Taylor Cassidy Tammy

While the weather was cold – we did manage to stay inside – play games

put puzzles together – good dinners and the little ones loved it!

We made the most of the time together

We – had family time

We spent time together before we were to leave

and head back South!

We even got to watch and cheer on the Buffalo Bills football team!

A big part of our sports life before we moved TO NVA!

It was cold – there was snow – ice and wind.

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Winchester family – Debby – Sarah – Sherry – Maddy – Papa – Mike – Ella

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Papa’s World – COVID TEST – before we go back home! NEGATIVE!

Social distance – being careful – getting ready to go home for Christmas – keeping the faith we are doing this right!

We have been walking – staying away from groups of people –

social distancing – knowing that we wanted to spend Christmas with the family!

We went on line – Sherry is the tech one –

and through CVS – set up our information –

scheduling a test time!

It was not that hard – and the CVS was maybe 3 miles away!

We drove to the CVS test site – we were the only ones their at our scheduled time!

We pulled up to the window much as you would for a bank –

The lady spoke through the window and asked for our insurance – medicare and ID.

We passed them through and she typed in all the information

and in the window drawer – she gave us back each a brown paper bag

with our cards inside plus the material we needed to swab our own nose!

In case we did not understand the written instructions and pictures on what to do –

She explained step by step as we went through the procedure!

It was not difficult at all and we did our own samples.

Just put the swab up as far as you can go and rotate for fifthteen seconds

as she counts off in each nostril!

No fuss – no mess – easy – a cave man could do it!

After we were done – the swab went into a sealed vial with liquid it it.

And put back into a sealed plastic bag with our information in there.

I then got out and deposited the two bags into a medical box –

wiped down the box with a sanitizing wipe they provided and drove off!

It was that easy and covered by our insurance.

We were each provided with our own personal site – to see the results!

Our tests came back in just two days and were on our own personal web address!

This was a relief as now we could journey home –

see our family for the holidays

knowing that we were Covid19 free!

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Papa’s World – Sunrise – Windy beach – Full Moon – Charlie Brown Christmas!

NO IT DOES NOT GET OLD!
TWO AND ONE HALF MONTHS – WAKING UP TO THIS!

Every morning – the sunrise from our condo –

it paints a different sky each day.

I watch this as it develops each morning –

Sherry has the same view from our bedroom!

She has almost never seen the sunrise – but now she wakes up to this

and has almost trained herself to wake up to it!

Some days – we walk when we should of just stayed inside! LOL

Those days are mostly when the high winds are around.

One is because of the giant trees here!

They are high above our fourth floor condo!

And branches – even though small – come down!

We do not want to get hit by them!

The wind causing the sand to blow across the beach!
You can see that when it is windy – very few people venture forth! The sand is blown across all but wiping out the footprints!

Papa and MorMor – we tried as you can see –

but the wind was so strong –

and the sand was stinging our faces!

We decided not to for go a walk here

and instead walked the sidewalks where it was bearable!

We returned to the condo after getting in our three mile

beach less walk!

There are days such as this that we also do our errands!

Or go to a late lunch early dinner

when no one is around

keeping social distance!

Back at the condo – we await the late show

not on TV but outside

once again in the dark sky

the rising of not the sun

but the full moon!

Both sun rise and moon lit nights from our own private Lanai!

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FULL MOON FROM THE LANAI!
All our decorations are in storage – so Sherry put together our own CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

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Papa’s World – enjoying a sunny day at Tanger outlets

A day just shopping and watching – sitting in the sun – drinking a coffee – watching people!

Being retired – when Sherry asks – “Do you want to go shopping”?

I jump up and say “WHEN & WHERE”!

I know I am going to like just waiting and watching people!

Shoes – shorts – shirt – no problems!

We drove about 20 minutes down rte. 17 – to Tanger Outlets!

Every store imaginable – my favorite shoe store – Sketchers!

And a Starbucks – for a sipping coffee!

Who would of known one year ago – I would be sitting outside

in November – sun – warmth – 75 degrees –

Palm trees and Christmas decorations!

Christmas tree decorated among the Palms!

For your information – I love warm weather

I am not a fan of ice – and snow and cold!

I gave my snow shovel away!

Red bows – garlands – lights – and Christmas songs playing – this is my type of holiday!

Someday I would like to share this with our family – holidays in the Sun!

Palm tree= warm sunshine – Christmas tree – red bows – people watching – Holidays in the South!

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Sherry – Christmas music playing

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Papa’s World – It’s Christmas when friends visit!

The THREE – when they get together – laughs – cheers and fun!

Sherry – Dottie – Cindy – seems like friends for most of their adult lives!

Well – since 1982 for Dottie when Sherry and I married –

and maybe four years later when we moved next door to Cindy!

I mean this was it! Around that time! LOL!

We decided to all get together – after practicing social distancing –

No exposure to Covid -19 –

and they would all stay with us at our new residence

in the condo we were renting!

Cindy Jim Buck Dottie Sherry & Papa

The plan was cards – golf – a few drinks and eat out!

Now – I did do this when I was young – but that was a long time ago – not ever getting on something that has wheels beneath my feet again!

We made tee times twice at different courses.

And – once again it would be a scramble

guys vs gals and handicapped!

After golf – a dinner at Local on the Water

alongside the ICW in North Myrtle Beach!

Results of day one golf – guys by one stroke!

Of course we have fun – play ground swings and all!

The TREE MUSKETEERS!

This was on Saturday – after golfing The Valley at Eastport

in North Myrtle Beach!

Sunday was not a day of rest – for we had a game to watch!

The BUFFALO BILLS!

We would go to Barefoot Landing –

to WILD WINGS – and they put the game on two TV’S

so we could watch from both sides of the table!

Of couse – we watched the whole game and three of the employees

were from the little town we lived in – Portville N.Y. !

It is indeed a small world!

We walked the beach every day – showing them the gated community

and then main street of North Myrtle Beach!

They even beat us on the swings – 2 to 1!

Then it was the dawning of the third day –

our final golf contest at Oyster Bay!

One couple would leave after dinner

the other in the morning

final score – gals by one after the handicap!

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Papa’s World – Counting our blessings – a year in review – family – friends!

Christmas 2019 – the start of the year in review!

All the grand kids and their parents with Sherry and myself.

When this picture was taken – the only thing we had planned

was for her 16th. birthday – we would take Ella to Florida with us for a week.

She would go to Hollywood studios to see Star Wars!

When each grand child turns 16 – we do something special with them.

Maddy wanted to swim with the Manatee’s and we did that!

Growing up in the ’60’s – we never imagined taking trips with grandparents – mine were all gone by the time I was 16!

As the year progressed – plans were made and soon – we would leave for one month in Florida.

But first – quality time with the young ones.

I will for the rest of life see this as MORMOR and Taylor – walking hand in hand to church!

Although now she is only ten years old – she comes up to just under Sherry’s chin.

She is going to be very tall and loves horse back riding!

2019 was also the year we had friends from AZ. come to visit – and accomplished crossing off everything on their bucket list to see in DC. This is a reflection of Sherry among the ghosts of the Korean War.

Many friends visited over the 21 years we lived outside D.C.

We acted as tour guides – and in the year past – we toured almost every facility

there was to visit including the Capital Building which was a first for us!

The year in review – blessings will continue in the next blog!

We also venture to outside Raleigh – N.C. to visit her sister.

Here – we went to a farm that had what are called BELTED COWS – GOATS & CHICKENS!

They are white with a black belt around the middle!

Never heard of this and never saw this before!

Standing outside the pen with the goats – chickens and cows at the BELTED FARM!

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Papa,s World – Brook Green – Night of 1000 candles – near Pawley’s Island-S.C.

The night before we came back home to N.VA. – we drove 45 minutes South

Near Pawley’s Island S.C

to “BROOK GREEN”!

( and we will go back in warmer weather – to see it again in daylight!)

Huge Oak trees – with hanging lights – almost from the top!
Reflections in the water of lights!

The whole place – hundreds of acres – is dressed up in colored themes –

and over 1000 candles lit by hand!

Bronze statues are everywhere!

Some of the 1000 candles lit by hand!
Candles and lights – everywhere we went – a different theme – and colorful lights!
There were food trucks and a tent set up with drinks – hot chocolate – coffee and tea as well as water – soft drinks and beer!
So many different areas lit up – hard to capture them all!
You had to stay on the paths – and after dark – you could easily get lost in the maze of light!
Hanging moss lit up!
Paper lanterns lit in red and white colors!
Like fire flies in the sunset!
Sculptures with light reflecting on the water!

There must be a lot of volunteers to do all of this!

And – we only saw part of the park –

there also is a zoo here but was closed!

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Papa’s World – making memories – cookies – with the oldest grand daughters!

First you gather the ingredients – then you gather the grand daughters and their mother!
Mother ( Debby) Ella Sarah Sherry ( grand ma) Maddy

Memories are made each year during the holidays –

making Christmas cookies is one of them!

Sherry has done this for years – and they all love it!

They laugh and laugh at her and with her!
The results – or a small fraction of the results – all decorated by each of the grand daughters!

She teaches them her heritage and is passed down generation to generation.

Sherry is Swedish – her grand mother was born in Sweden.

She is 5 ‘ 9″ tall – and Ella is almost as tall – Sarah will be that also and Taylor at 10 years old

comes up to her chin!

The temptations are there – YUMMY!
She is a educator – teaching them to be themselves – honor – compassion and self worth!

Respect is what they have for her.

Admiration – and laughing – both at her and with her.

Going shopping with Grandma!

MEMORIES for a lifetime!

Ella Sarah Sherry

We will come up once more and spend a couple days and Christmas eve.

Then we will go back to Tammy’s for Christmas day!

The little ones are so excited and she made cookies with them also!

To them she is not grand ma – but MORMOR – mother’s mother in Swedish!

After Christmas we will once again head back to S.C.

Knowing that Memories were once again made

and captured into this blog

for future reading – seeing !

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My little contribution to the cookie making!
ELLA will be on a soccer team in college – and will play against her sister Maddy at the University of Lynchburg!

But that is another blog in the works!

Papa’s World – out of pop tarts – ginger bread houses – baking cookies!

Tis the season! We are back home in NVA!

And Sherry and the little ones are baking cookies!

Bode – Taylor – Cassidy – made these Ginger – Bread houses out of POP TARTS!

They followed Sherry’s instructions –

Then it was time to bake cookies!

Bode – Taylor – Cassidy – followed MORMOR’S instructions – and each decorated their own.

They each rolled out the cookie dough –

and each one cut out the cookies.

They then decorated the ones they made!

They love baking with their MorMor – in Swedish – mother’s mother!

And – as she does every year and their favorite

CHEX MIX!

All the grand kids love this when she makes it!
TIS THE SEASON

We are spending three weeks back and forth between the two daughters houses.

And as with the young grand children

She also baked cookies with the older ones!

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OUT OF POP TARTS – GINGERBREAD HOUSES – BAKING COOKIES!

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Papa’s World – ten years living life – looking ahead

Living life – doing it my way – the name of my blog –

And that is how our life together has gone.

Phoenix TEN years ago
Juice Plus Conference

The years have passed – but we still maintain a healthy lifestyle

Traveling – helping other people –

To this day – we love our life

When you come close to passing away

at least for me

there was no flashes of my past

no profound moments

but there was a inner peace

one that just ” LIVE FOR THE MOMENT”

and be grateful for what I lived.

Summer of 2019
Napa Valley
wine country

We could not do this without each other

Sherry – Certified Health Coach

Her health business

and my number one cheerleader

The one who keeps me healthy

11-23-19
Raleigh North Carolina
75th. Christmas Parade

Today – we gather our belongings

pack up and head home

but first a trip to the Farmers Market

then the highway.

Our next long awaited trip

in February with our second oldest grand child

a trip for her 16th. birthday

One month in the warmth of Florida

and one week for her and a trip to

Star Wars theme park.

She is a huge fan !

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Papa’s World – colors – lights – our yard – Fall – Christmas

The trees – both in front and along the side –

Full of reds – yellow – orange and rust colors.

I love this time – except the cold !

Tree in front yard

For as far as I can see up and down the streets – colors!

I still mow the grass – the irrigation has been blown out –

and turned off – leaves are falling –

The Tower Gardens are all down – cleaned and packed away.

Except we now have the one inside up and running.

With grow lights –

A view up the street

The leaves will be a problem – usually 15 to 20 bags!

As the landscape changes – the air cooler – darker at night –

we turn on the fireplace –

The glow – the extra blanket on the couch

Winter is peeking in!

The patio and the trees
looking over

Soon – there will be snow flakes –

The wind will blow –

our walking will be inside at the mall

And once again my mind will turn to sunny days

warm winds and sometimes gentle rain

But for now – it LIGHTS!

The color of trees and the
glow of Christmas lights
our home

Yes – SIX WEEKS and I put up the lights

set up the tree ( no decorations as of now)

The spirit of Christmas is upon me.

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Papa’s World – What Community means in Community – church

Sherry and Taylor
walking to Community
Lutheran Church

I sat in the Narthex – waiting for a young man –

Who would speak to the congregation on how our church

has impacted his young life.

I greeted him as he passed through and went outside

as if he was not sure quite what to do – the first service had started

In a email I had told his person of contact

He would speak at the end of the first service

and the beginning of the second service.

Community Lutheran Church
Sterling Va.

We went inside and found seats in the back –

Then it was time for him to speak –

He had told me that 2 or 3 minutes – the time he was to speak –

Was not nearly enough time – he could go on for hours !

You see – our church is a outreach church –

In the Community – in the area and beyond – Rwanda.

The young man spoke from his heart – no notes –

How when he walks through these doors twice a week –

He is safe – he is home – he is with people who love him.

Our lighted tree
in the circular drive
for Christmas

The young man described his lows and highs –

In the Granger room where they meet

and in the fellowship hall where they gather.

All in Community Lutheran Church – his safe place.

He has been sober for over a year – he is once again felt wanted.

MAR THOMA
India
In English
Saint Thomas
one of the Twelve

The outreach also goes to another Christian denomination

A congregation who had no home –

A congregation who holds services each Sunday afternoon

And also during the week.

They also call this home.

Mar Thoma service

A place where God gathers all his children

A place that is safe – a place of solitude –

Outreach has its many forms –

Taking place each and everyday within these walls.

All Gods children are welcomed –

Open arms- open doors – open hearts – where it is safe.

Community Lutheran Preschool

The classrooms are full – all 7 or 8 of them –

each school day – full of children

not only from the congregation

but from the Community

A safe place – a outreach – a Community .

There are Icon classes – every Tuesday night.

Book club every first Tuesday of the month.

Two groups of quilters – one from Community

and one from the Community.

There are Boy Scouts -once a month.

Youth group – Choir groups – Wednesday choir for the youth

and Dinner for the congregation –

Once a month – during the above – Green Meadows –

A group with disabilities for dinner and sing along’s after.

Bible study and adult education each Sunday.

Numerous committees meeting weekly or monthly.

Sunday school and nursery

Sherry ( MorMor) Bode Taylor and Cassidy

For years our outreach knows no borders –

We support a school in Rwanda –

each year sending two students through school until they graduate

paying all their costs – and then two more are selected.

Donating money for buildings –

Water – necessities of life – watching the campus grow

watching the increase in students

where genocide wiped out almost all adults.

Pastor Annabelle

And then each Sunday – the collection of LOOSE CHANGE

by the children from the Congregation

into the bucket –

allowing for Community Lutheran Church

to write a check last week

THE NOISY OFFERING as it is called

For BACKPACK BUDDIES

A program for children to have food on weekends

Where as the only meal they get are school meals

The September and October offering results of this children’s gathering

resulted in a check for $1655.25 for food for low income children

to take home on weekends.

Taylor Sherry ( MorMor) Bode during service

Prior to that -the offering went to WGB –

WOMEN GIVING BACK – a non profit in Sterling ( Community’s neighbors)

Helping Women and children in crisis

by distributing clothing at no cost.

The outreach goes on –

Link food pantry where the first Sunday of every month

is brought in on both services and taken to the food pantry

Low income family’s bags of food delivered by our volunteers

to people in need.

Coffee and conversation between services

New – THE WELL – once every 1st. and 3rd Wednesday evening –

to gather to pray for the community – neighborhood and the World.

The mitten tree -where toys are distributed for families in need.

Gifts for Hope – Sweats for Vets –

There are many more –

A festival
this December
for the Community
at Community
another outreach

A Festival to benefit MOBILE HOPE –

For children who have no home who live in tents

in the woods –

some have no parents or guardians

They are provided with coats – jackets – toilet articles -hygine

They have been deserted

left alone to fend for themselves

Cassidy and Taylor

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