Papa’s World – The life we live over the years.

On one of our many trips with friends

We have explored and traveled the World together and with close friends.

Even today – where we have settled into our home – we take the offbeat paths –

exploring – looking – finding small visual treasures!

Family – Capital in the background in DC.

When in NVA – we lived close to the nation’s capital –

often taking the metro in with the grandkids.

Walking and exploring – visiting the museums.

Attending THE ELTON’S with Debby

Twice a year we travel either the East Coast or the West Coast for the national conference.

Seeing old friends and meeting new ones – TEAM GENERATIONS was born of this.

The iconic tree of PEBBLE BEACH California.

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Papa’s Word – when your kids finally buy the boat after sixteen years – BOAT – BOAT – we are coming home!

They have lived in a lake community for sixteen years and recently one of the boat slips

became available and their name came up to have it!

For years and years, they have wanted to have a boat but would have to tow it

down to the marina to launch.

Mike and the new boat.

So – they decided to go ahead and buy this boat and surprise the kids!

DREAMS do come true – keeping the FAITH! Debby!

With the two older girls in college playing soccer and one as a freshman in H.S.

It was time to take the leap – summer is going to be so fun!

Ella Mike Debby Sarah Maddy – the Myers family.

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Papa’s World – Mary and Fitz- Donna and Roger – my mom and dad – sister and brother.

Good day everyone – the beginnings of a new day.

I am guessing this picture I am about to show you were taken some 81 or 82 years ago!

My brother was some ten years older than I and my sister some fifteen years older.

I will soon be 73 years old!

In this picture are my mother Mary and my dad “Bob” Fitz.

Mary holding Roger with Donna standing in front of my dad Bob. He was over six feet tall.

Today if my brother had lived he would have been 83 years old

and my sister Donna would have been 88 years old.

My father passed when he was 59 years old and I was 19 years old.

He passed from lung cancer.

His full name was Clarence Russel Fitzsimmons –

everyone for some reason called him “Bob”!

FITZ was his nickname.

He was a supervisor for the South Penn Oil Company and many a time I remember him taking me to work with him.

Later after he retired from there he was part owner of the local Western Auto.

He actually graduated from H.S. when he was a Sophomore – but his father – who was a teacher –

made him take his junior and senior years over as he was too young to go find a job.

He played basketball and baseball and later would manage the local baseball town team.

He was an avid golfer and bowler – a mechanic and carpenter.

He loved fishing and would spend every summer two weeks –

deep into the far northern Canadian wilderness.

Mary my mother was Pa. Dutch from her mother’s side and Irish Catholic from her father’s side.

My dad was Irish Protestant and that made for quite the dynamics in the house.

There were many fun times in that house!

Dad’s ancestors came straight from County Tyrone in Ireland.

But mom ruled the house so to speak – she was not that big but she was a little spitfire.

She once thumped him on top of the head with a frying pan!

She taught me this.

She lived to be almost 98 years old and everyone loved her.

She would sit on her front porch on the main street in little Eldred, Pa.

Cars would go by and honk their horns and windows rolled down, “HELLO MARY”!

She baked pies – cakes – homemade and rolls and bread.

They both taught me this.

My sister was 15 years older than I and my brother 10 years older than I.

So when I came along it was more or less a second family for them.

Then my younger brother was four years later.

They are all gone now but not forgotten.

I am the last of that family – I have two sons to pass the name on.

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Papa’s World – Family Krohn on the beach!

Taylor Marcus Tammy Papa

Our family came to spend their spring break with us before Easter.

Cassidy and Bode – the one boy on the left.

We spent a lot of time between beaches – and it was a warm week for water and sand.

Shelling – walking – boogie boards – blowing sand – no rain – warm sun and family time.

Taylor – she is growing up so fast – she will be the tall one in the family.

Taylor excels in horseback riding and grooming – riding lessons once a week.

She is very tall for her age and will be taller than her MORMOR Sherry –

who is almost 5’10”.

Ella has already matched Sherry and Sarah will soon.

Bode and Cassidy are on their Boogie boards.

These two are so much alike that they should have been the twins.

Bode will end up also being very tall.

Cassidy is of normal height for her age and is a beauty.

Her warmth and caring – her love of her MORMOR whom she calls all the time.

Her use of YOUTUBE for art projects and drawings.

She is playing soccer as is Bode.
She is quick – fast and agile.

Sherry and Papa on the beach with the Krohn’s – April – 2022

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Papa’s World – North Myrtle Beach Saint Patrick’s day parade and festival.

The parade had been canceled due to weather – rain and strong winds.

Our granddaughter was leaving that afternoon to go back to the Unversity of Lynchburg, Va.

So we made an early trip to NMB with her to take in the parade and see some vendors.

Maddy with some of the spoils thrown from the participants from the parade.

Everyone was throwing candy – shirts – hats – beads!

Sherry coming back from a golf cart dispencing Margaritas!

It was a fun time – and lasted over an hour!

A Statue of Liberty and a hat were given away!
Bonding time with grandmother and granddaughter

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SAINT PATRICKS DAY PARADE – NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.
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Papa’s World – Everywhere I look – I see a story!

When I gaze at people – objects – pictures – I see something to write about.

I do not know if this is a common thing with others

but with me – when I write a blog – I have no idea what it will be until I look at a photo.

Then it just pops into my mind and I start.

Little CASSIDY – here perhaps 3 years old – today 11 years old.

She was a little spitfire – always running – but when smaller – if she wanted down –

she would start squirming in your arms and you get the feeling you would drop her.

Today – she is fast – and very talented – she makes things from watching YOUTUBE!

But here I see the kind heart – the one who calls her MORMOR to talk.

The one who knows exactly when you will arrive and when you will leave.

I see stories to be told about her – in my mind –

PAPA and SHERRY

My greatest inspiration to write – was my wife – who encouraged me to write it all down.

So – today – you read what I write –

A journal of our lives – daily – so that those coming in the future know what and who we were.

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Papa’s World – oldest granddaughter – Spring Break visit!

She chooses to spend her Spring Break with us –

this will be the first time she has been to our new home in N.C.

Maddy Sherry Papa

She is 21 years old and a Junior at the University of Lynchburg – in Va.

Her major is Engineering Science.

GPA of almost 4.0.

She excels in soccer and has played all three years in college.

She has been selected to be a captain in her senior year.

As a Sophomore, she was third-team all-conference –

As a Junior this year she was selected to the second-team all-conference.

This is her – very smart – great judgment.

This summer she will travel to Costa Rico to do humane work –

along with playing in three scrimmages with her team

against the Costa Rico National – World cup – Olympic team!

For a young lady who in H.S. for three years – in order to play better competition

Drove herself 65 miles each way for practice three days a week into

Loudoun County Va. just outside Washington DC.

She was recruited and ended up at the University of Lynchburg.

Maddy and Papa

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Papa’s World – Family memories of back home!

Madison Margo Myers – our oldest granddaughter – today she is 21 years old.

Maddy as we call her – has been with us all week for her Spring break –

this makes me smile as she chooses to spend it with us.

She has been named one of four captains for the fall soccer season

at the University of Lynchburg in Va.

She will be a senior and made the all-conference third team as a Sophomore

and second-team all-conference as a Junior.

This summer she will travel to Costa Rico with her team to play three scrimmages

one of which is against the National Olimpic – World cup team!

She was about ten years old in this picture –

today she carries a 3.80 GPA in Engineering Science!

Tammy – Marcus – Cassidy and Taylor before Bode.

We stayed with them for three months after we sold our home and moved to N.C. – S.C.

They are twins – not identical – and born early – three-plus pounds each!

Today they are 11 years old – and Taylor has shot up – almost as tall as her mother.

Cassidy plays soccer as does Bode – Taylor rides horses!

Cassidy makes things – really great things by watching UTUBE!

Taylor reads tons of books and her favorite is Harry Potter – she is at the 11th. grade reading level.

Tammy Taylor Cassidy and the witch for the Halloween party.

The innocence of youth in this picture!

They will all be coming down next month ( April) for Spring break

and trying to find a way for them to spend a week here in the summer.

It will all work out as they did last summer and they had such a good time!

Marcus Tammy and Sherry and I at a Jason Aldean concert a short distance from where we lived

We do miss these times but more than makeup for it when they come to visit.

Family is and has always been important to us.

As they all come to visit – smiles and hugs make the distance shorter.

Daughters Debby – Tammy and mother Sherry

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Papa’s World – through time – family pictures.

We have at times had group family pictures – not often – but a few!
The family is outside a fence in our yard in Brambleton, Va.

This one was taken right after our little Bode was born – the first grandson on this side of the family.

It was also the same time I got a haircut – scalping from a lady – before I could stop her – she just started to lop it off.

I had not had my haircut that short since my father cut it while I was young!

This one was taken at Debby and Mikes’s house at Lake Holiday – Cross Junction, Va.

It was a themed red dress-up for Christmas – we always spend Christmas together at one or another’s home.

And that still is the case even though we are far away – we travel back to their homes.

Living life to the plus – family – always tight – always sharing memories.

FAMILY

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Papa’s World – New home – the build begins – living our dreams.

As the day begins at the condo – the build of our new home begins some six-teen miles away – in Cameron Woods at Ocean Isle Beach – N.C. We searched and searched – but all in vain as the cost to buy was equal or more than to build what we wanted!

Our view here I shall always remember – in all we will be here for nine months!

I captured this shot as a flock of geese were coming right at me before

rising up over the lanai and roof.

We decided to build – that way we would have everything we wanted

A single story – no stairs – covered front porch – screened in covered lanai.

Close to the beach ( four miles) in the country!

Close to golfing ( over 20 courses near by)

And with in 6 1/2 hours to travel back home

or family to travel here!

Materials for the new home – ground is ready – all utilities in and inspected – waiting for pour of concrete!
Forms and moisture barrier
Some view in one direction of neighborhood – I think in total maybe fifty homes will be here.
When done – a two car garage with pull down stairs and finished storage overhead.

We will have around 1900 sf. of heated space –

in addition to a 140 sf covered and screened in lanai

and a open 10 x 14 concrete patio.

There will be a covered front porch

and views of the neighborhood.

The back will be woods with no one building there

as it will be a conservation area.

We will be four miles to Ocean Isle Beach and six miles to Sunset Beach

A thirty minute drive back to North Myrtle Beach

and a fifthteen minute drive to Calabash

and a fifthteen minute drive to Shallotte.

All this in the middle of some twenty golf courses we will be playing!

The concrete is poured – and rain is now slowing up everything!

But – all the inspections have been completed

and our contractor calls us every Monday to give updates

and answer any questions!

The forms are out – concrete is in – framing will be next!
View of the garage and the woods behind the new build.

We drive over every Sunday – no one is working!

That way – if it is not raining – we can get out and look it over!

This will be our third house together building.

All three were unique and we have input on all of them.

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Papa’s World – Memory of GIGI and family vacations.

GIGI – Sherry’s mother – Barb

Many times when her father was alive – we would go on vacation with them –

then when he passed away – we continued taking GIGI with us where ever we went.

The grandchildren all loved their GIGI – and today – the grandkids call Sherry – MORMOR – Swede for MOTHERS – MOTHER

You see GIGI ( Barb) was Swede through and through – her mother was born in Sweden.

In Mount Jewett where they lived – was an early Swedish settlement from immigrants.

The men in 1886 built a replicant of an eight-sided Swedish church – and the one in Sweden still stands as does the one called Mount Nebo in Mount Jewett – in NWPA!

Every year in that little town in NWPA – a Swedish festival is held.

Both Barb and Bill at one time were the king and queen of that festival.

GIGI – holding Taylor – Maddy holding Cassidy – Sarah and Ella

Memories of GIGI for the grandkids was she was always laughing – smiling – red cheeks –

Holding her hand as they walked or climbing up and sitting beside her.

Learning how to sing a song in Swedish and singing it to her.

Those are memories not lost – but retained in our minds.

GIGI is ever there watching over us.

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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 – Memories from a tight-knit family!

A word of wisdom I follow above – enjoy Papa’s World!

We are and have been a tight-knit family – mother and daughters – admiration – close – loving.

Tammy Sherry Debby

Both daughters follow in their mother’s footsteps in Health and Nutrition –

Tammy has her own consignment business for children in name brands only.

She also runs two internets at home businesses –

Debby is a leader and Certified Health Coach and has her own internet stay-at-home business.

She is a QMND for the Juice Plus Company and a leader in Team Generations.

Sherry and Papa with the kids of Tammy and Debby – our grandkids.

The family concept is born from Sherry and her parents whom she was very close to.

She is much like her dad in his dreams of having his own businesses throughout the years.

She has his smile and tall thin build – she has her mothers youthfulness –

and growing up – they looked like each other when she was young.

Sherry – her mother Barb and her father Bill – her sister Debbie next to me and her uncle Rusty.

The girls were small – Tammy was just five and Debby ten-

second marriage for us both.

Here Tammy second from the left and Debby holding her nephew, Cousins Kristie, and Bethany & Natalia.

Aunt Ceil on the end.

We were married on June 25th. 1982

being engaged for one year.

A family to this day very – very close.

They all are!

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Paps’ World – Tight family memory pictures!

GOOD DAY TO YOU ALL – WELCOME TO PAPA’S WORLD!

This blog is dedicated to memories that I have of family – friends and our life in general!

Here you will find positive – friendly – and good thoughts – the World needs that!

If you look beyond this blog and into my site – you will find almost 800 blogs!

498 members – all over the USA and the World!

This is me – keeping a daily journal for future generations to look back on and see and read.

This is who we are – a TIGHT FAMILY!

Mother and daughters and five of the grandkids! Sherry!

We now reside in N.C. close to the border of S.C – about 30 minutes to North Myrtle Beach!

We moved from NVA where we all lived in the area.

Sherry with five granddaughters and one grandson.

Our family is very close and they stay in contact.

The two older granddaughters are in college and both start on their college soccer teams.

One is a Freshman in H.S. and aspires to dance and the arts.

The twins are close – one rides horses(bareback) and wants to go to Equestrian school –

The younger can make anything off of Youtube and is very artistic and also into gymnastics.

The only grandson – no socks – no shoes – no shirt – no problem – all boy –

soccer – baseball – sports – golf – all-around athlete.

All life – all humans – love is happiness in Papa’s World.
The grandkids and Papa and Sherry.

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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 – Part two – When you push pause – MEMORIES come alive!

This is part two – when we pause the TV – all of a sudden the screen saver becomes MEMORIES –

Pictures start rolling through of the past and we find ourselves just watching them!

Fourteen years ago – the Myers family.

Today they are grown up – two in college – one in H.S. “MEMORIES”!

Today the Myers family – “MEMORIES” to be made.

Today – college for two – H.S. for the other – camping – hiking – sunrises – sunsets and campfires.

Seven years ago – Christmas past – all six grandkids
Today Christmas present with all six grandchildren.

Time has passed – memories and now new memories.

LOVE THIS!

So many memories – so many great times – so many thoughts – so much love – so much family!

Ten years ago – Tammy and the twins
Eight years ago – the twins
Six years ago – the twins
And now this past Christmas – the twins and Bode.

Past memories – present memories in the making – PUSH PAUSE – and sit back and watch!

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Papa’s World – Push Pause – MEMORIES COME ALIVE!

My late brother – Roger and Sherry

Whenever we push pause on the TV – in a second pictures start circulating – ones we have forgotten!

It seems somehow it is tied into the cloud – and MEMORIES start a procession across the screen!

Taylor and Cassidy

At first, I just sat there and watched them roll by – then I grabbed my phone and started taking pictures.

You see – most of these have been deleted from my phone or are so far back it takes a long time –

to find them!

Today – this is Taylor!

Since I am not a “TECHIE” so to speak – Sherry explained where they were coming from!

However, it happens – I am thrilled to see them all once again.

Maddy – today she is a Junior in college.
Maddy – today she is a starter at the University of Lynchburg Women’s Soccer team
Ella – when she had her hair cut and donated.
Ella – today a Freshman at Randolph College and a starter on the Lady soccer team.

PUSH PAUSE and see the MEMORIES come forth.

I will continue in my next blog.

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Papa’s World – COLUMBARIUM – we have chosen to rest here.

It is a more difficult discussion for the family than it is for us. But it is a reality we all face.

Sherry and I have made a choice together – just where we will have our final resting place.

For years we have had those plots in Mount Nebo back in Mt. Jewett, Pa.

But now that is almost 800 miles away from our home in OIB, N.C.

When we joined Saint Lukes Lutheran Church – we were told about the COLUMBARIUM!

I did not know what the pastor was talking about – so he took us deep outback of the church property.

And passing the pond we came to a group of trees and there it was.

At the end of the parking lot, they walk past the pond to the group of trees – The COLUMBARIUM.

We were told this is for members only of the church – and the spaces are few left –

We found out later that they plan to build onto the existing Columbarium in the near future.

THE COLUMBARIUM

It is a quiet and peaceful spot – four miles from our home.

Most of the spots are sold and a few left.

We decided to have this as our final resting spot as we both want to be cremated.

Here – it is close for whoever is left to visit.

So – we purchased one of the last available spots left – and they will construct more walls in the future.

Our lots back in Pa. we will try to sell as that also is running out of space.

Looking back toward Saint Lukes Lutheran Church in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

As I said before – it was more difficult explaining to the family than it was for us to decide-

But in your years of autumn – putting things in place and taking the stress out of our lives –

is a comfort for both of us – to be as near to each other as when in life.

Sherry walked back to Saint Luke’s Church with our paperwork.

Not something that anyone wants to talk about – but we are at peace with it.

This is our home now and our church –

This is where we want to be –

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Papa’s World – Past memories – making new ones.

Side by side – over 40 years – making memories together.

The time has rushed by – youth to middle age to now autumn years – together as one.

Here we are today – but we were there 40 years ago – starting a journey – bound by love – together in spirit.
Spending time with family in those early years – continues today – although they are gone – memories still exist of the good times – the fun times and the love of each other. Sherry’s mother and father – Bill and Barb.
Today we have become what her parents were to our children and now us to their children.
All of the grandchildren – Christmas at our home in Brambleton, Va.

Past memories – past family gatherings – looking to the present and future of family times to come.

The present – doing what we love – golfing together.
Just the two of us during the week – afternoons – we are right in the middle of 20 plus golf courses.
The present also brings us to a small bar 1 1/2 miles from the house – watching the BILLS with friends.
A step outside of this small bar – to observe the sunset next to the small airport of OIB.

We are here now in OIB – making new friends – members of a church – exploring the area –

doctors are here now – life is going on – making new memories – but never forgetting the past ones.

We have managed to be 6 to 8 hours away from the family – but we have room for all of them.

Beaches – golfing – hiking – entertainments – venues – shopping – we are excited to share all of that.

Inviting fire on a chilly night

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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 – Why I write my blog – livinglifedoingitmyway.blog – the creation

PAPA – Tom

I have always been a history buff – ancient history – but also family history.

My sister and brother were fifteen and ten years older than me.

So when I came along I had missed the family fishing trips to Canada each year.

And my sister became the family photo taker and camera buff.

All the family history was passed down to my sister’s daughter and then suddenly she passed away.

Unknown to me – a friend of their family cleaned out everything and threw it away.

Everything was gone except the few pictures I had and my brother had.

I decided that what happened there would not happen for me and my family.

So – by being encouraged by my wife Sherry – we set up this blog – where all the family history and pictures can be in one place for all to see and read.

Sherry and Papa ( Tom)

She has encouraged me to write it down along with pictures for future generations to look back on.

Our family before Bode

I have two sons from a previous marriage – Troy and Shawn who still live back in NWPA.

Shawn runs an energy company contracting out to the state and large power companies.

Running state audits and working through state grants to insulate senior citizens’ homes from the harsh winters.

He covers the entire western part of Pa.

Troy – built homes from the ground up – anything you wanted he could do.

After years of doing this ( he was in high demand) Shawn talked him into coming to work for him –

His business has grown to almost seven days a week.

Troy runs the insulation and energy side while Shawn concentrates on the Audit side.

Troy is learning that side and taking tests and courses to also step in and help.

I am very proud of both these boys and trying to talk them into taking a break and coming down for a visit.

Shawn and Trisha ( our daughter-in-law)

Winterizing homes in Eastern USA for the elderly has become big business – conserving energy

on the power grid for major corporations in order to provide heat and electricity –

He has tapped into a business that for him is seven days a week.

He constantly is looking to hire people and train as auditors.

Troy started working for him a couple years ago.

If anyone is looking for a career out there – contact me – fitztdf@aol.com and I will put you in contact with him – he travels the whole western part of Pa. North to South.

Shawn ( young one ) and Troy – my sons back in NWPA!

For them I write – post pictures and give them memories that I still have in my head.

Ryan – our oldest grandson

Ryan lives in Tenn. and we have stayed in touch with him – he manages a hotel

and recently opened a bar – restaurant business with two other partners.

We attended his wedding a few years ago in Nashville, Tenn.

He has visited us once a few years ago – he served his country

and is like his father(Shawn) making his own way in the business world.

Dylan Shawns youngest son

He just spent four years in the service and is now out – living with his mother or in that area.

He reminds me so much of Shawn.

While we do not often get to see either one – both are in our memories and hearts.

Hoping they can come and stay with us in the future.

Bode – the youngest grandchild from Tammy – is the only boy with five granddaughters.

He is all boy – cars – trucks – bikes – and always without shoes and socks – even in winter! LOL

Bode’s parents and sisters and their puppy Marley.
Debby and Mike and their three daughters – Ella – Sarah and Maddy

This is my “WHY” for writing this blog – my memories put forth in words and pictures for all these grandkids and our children to read in the future.

Life in pictures in words – memories – past – present and future to come.

I want to thank my wife who is the driving force behind this blog.

SMILES – LAUGHTER – PEACE – HARMONY and POSITIVE THOUGHTS!

That is WHAT PAPA’S WORLD is all about.

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Papa’s World – FAMILY Christmas 2021 memories.

Youngest daughter Tammy – her daughter Cassidy and Sherry – MORMOR – MOTHERS MOTHER! SWEDISH.

We traveled back to NVA for two weeks to spend time with family.

Little Cassidy would zoom often and give her MORMOR the countdown in days and sleeps!

All SIX on Christmas day in Lake Holiday – Cross Junction – Va.

We gathered the day of Christmas to all celebrate together – dinner – presents – games.

Christmas eve at the Krohn’s in Leesburg Va.

A celebration with Marcus’s family – dinner and gift opening – white elephant gift!

Debby Tammy Ella

I thought two weeks would be a long time – but it went by really quick – family time!

The manger scene in Tammy and Marcus house – made by Sherry’s father Bill – is always with us.

Her father made one for family members – we also have one at our house.

We brought the pine combs with us picking them off the ground in Cameron Woods –

the three little ones decorated them into small Christmas trees!

What we always do – family hikes – warm Christmas day. Sherry – patriarch of the family.

Our family is into health – nutrition – exercising – walking running – for the past sixteen years!

A Christmas time celebration family-style – here’s to you!

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Papa’s World – Family past and present!

WE ARE HERE!

Family is and has been our lives. Tight family ties – long distance now – but just a ZOOM away!

The twins when they stayed a year with us with their parents. MEMORY I cherish!

There was a time between houses that they stayed with us in Brambleton, Va.

Tight families do that.

Today – with their cousins Sarah and Ella and their little brother Bode – the twins!

They now are eleven years old – one taller – one who cares for her baby brother –

One who loves riding and grooming horses and reading –

one who is so artistic – making things like her MorMor –

One who is so gentle with the puppy and training her-

One that is in constant contact with us.

TWINS WHO ARE GROWING UP IN SEPARATE WAYS!

Family and Marley – who knows where Bode is off to! LOL
BODE and his MAMA
BODE – the golfer – soccer player and brother to his sisters.
Bode – the only grandson among the five granddaughters.

Today – they all are growing up so fast – where has the time gone?

Today – we are far away – but yet so close with zoom and calls.

Trips are made both ways – family bond – family tight – family!

FAMILY – THE KROHNS – another Christmas – family bond!

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Papa’s World – family past to the present.

Mike and Debby – competing in the Spartan race – one of three they did.

They run – work out – be healthy – eat good nutrition – compete and bring their girls up that way.

Debby and Shawna

Making new friends – exercising – running every day – working out.

Debby and Mike

To this day – the family hikes the mountains – sometimes to see the sunrise – other times the sunset.

Debby – working for The Juice Plus Company – as a QMND

For the past 15 years going on 16 – health and nutrition – healthy lifestyles – children eating healthy.

Debby Sherry Papa – working together for health and nutrition

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Debby and Mike and their three daughters – health and nutrition – healthy lifestyles.
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Papa’s World – family – past, and present.

Our first granddaughter – Maddy and Piggy!
Papa – Sarah – MADDY TODAY – Ella and Sherry

From that little one to an adult and a junior in college. Maddy was the first and now there are six.

TAYLOR and Papa.
Cassidy – TAYLOR – Bode

TAYLOR – today – who is going to be taller than all the rest – no longer my LITTLE ONE!

ELLA ( tiny) and Maddy
ELLA ( tiny) now a Freshman at Randolph College

We called her the nickname from her father – she always had a soccer ball or basketball in her hands.

Today – she is the starting midfielder for the college – playing almost every minute of the games.

Tiny now is taller than Sherry who is 5′ 9″.

CASSIDY and Taylor
CASSIDY – the caring little mother to Bode.

Today she is the smaller of the twins – with the biggest heart – always protecting Bode when not arguing with him! LOL, They should have been the twins they are so much alike!

She is the one who counts the days down to when she can see us – who zoom calls every week.

A little fireball with the biggest heart of them all.

SARAH and Ella
SARAH – Bode – Cassidy – Taylor and Ella.

Today – Sarah is almost as tall as Ella who is 5’10” – the fashion girl who wants to go to NYC!

The twins adore her and whenever we get together – they are three peas in a pod.

She is only a Freshman in H.S. – already was a contender for prom queen.

She is her own self – funny – outgoing – and just might have been a very good soccer player like her sisters.

Cassidy BODE Taylor
Taylor BODE Cassidy

So much like Cassidy that they should have been the twins – yet – he is growing –

and someday I think will be taller than Taylor who he is built just like at seven years old.

Full of energy – always on the go – wear no socks or shoes most of the time.

Or a jacket or gloves!

Out of the six grandchildren – the only boy.

Bode Ella Cassidy Taylor Maddy and Sarah

Here today at Christmas day for presents – memories from the past to the present.

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Papa’s World – Christmas Holidays – 2021 part 5

Debby Ella Sherry Tammy

Blessed to be able and healthy to spend time with family.

Always adventures with the little ones!

Full of energy – laughter and just hanging with them.

Family is in the heart.
Maddy Sarah Ella three oldest granddaughters

The years have gone by – they have grown up – yet the memories are still there as they are.

Cassidy Taylor Bode Christmas eve – BARE FOOTING!

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Tammy Sherry Debby – mother and daughters

Family is very important to us – both back in Pa. and Va.

Holidays with the grandkids.

Memories of many holidays years – laughing – “GRANDMA and MORMOR” ring out.

Debby Ella Sherry Tammy

Shopping – walking – laughing – spending quality time together.

Cassidy Taylor Bode

Baking and frosting Christmas cookies with the little ones.

FAMILY MEMORIES
The MYERS family
The KROHN FAMILY

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Papa’s World – Family growing up – THE KROHN’S.

CASSIDY baby BODE TAYLOR

The twins – came early – the doctor said it was a time a little past 32 weeks!

Taylor was the bigger – she was taking all the nutrients –

both were three pounds – Taylor 13 ozs. more!

So tiny – but healthy – and that was the birthday of their mother that they were born on!

Not planned – but by the doctor’s orders.

Bode came along four years later – today they are 11 and 7 years old!

MAMA and BODE and CASSIDY and TAYLOR at the KINZUA BRIDGE

Bode was the first boy out of six grandchildren – the girls MADDY ELLA SARAH TAYLOR CASSIDY.

Of course, the older ones all adore him and he adores them – esp. ELLA – whom he follows everywhere.

CASSIDY BODE TAYLOR six years ago!

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Papa’s World – family growing up MYERS!

MADDY ( now 21) SARAH ( now 15) ELLA (now 18)

The first of the grandbabies – all girls – at Christmas time they would be the first to get up-

And would sit at the top of the stairs waiting – for their parents to awake.

Giggling – so excited as their stockings always hung from the rails at the bottom of the stairs.

MADDY ELLA SARAH

Today – MADDY is a Junior at the University of Lynchburg – in Va.

Excellent in a school with an above 3.80 GPA!

Her mayor – Environmental Engineering

and a minor in Photography.

She plays soccer and was third-team all-conference as a Sophomore

And as a Junior second-team all-conference.

They were invited to Division III NCAA playoffs where they lost a heartbreaker 3-2 in the final minute of play.

Today – Ella is a Freshman at Randolph College in Lynchburg Va.

Where she also started and played college soccer.

She started at midfield and played almost every minute of every game.

a bright future awaits her.

Sarah is now a freshman in High School – having been selected to represent her class for prom queen.

All three love their GRANDMA and tease her as she teases them!

Sarah and Ella

WHEN THEY WERE LITTLE – MEMORIES OF THE FAMILY MYERS!

We spent a lot of time with them while they were growing up.

Sleepovers – hiking – soccer games – birthdays – holidays – vacations.

Today THE MYERS FAMILY

ELLA – mother DEBBY – father MIKE – SARAH – MADDY – all love the outdoors – Androndacks N.Y.

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Papa’s World – MEMORIES OAK ISLAND VACATION

Mike Tammy Debby Sherry Taylor Cassidy Ella Maddy

MEMORIES of our week on Oak Island, N.C.

We stayed close to the beach for one week.

The kids were small ( the twins) and the tidal pools were great!

View from our deck as Debby and Tammy return from a run!
Taylor watching her mommy return from a run.

We had a great view of a huge open lot and then one house at the beachfront!

It was a direct walk to the beach entrance.

MEMORIES of OAK ISLAND!

DADDY MARCUS
Ella holding Taylor – Sherry, and Sarah!

We had a perfect week with weather – sunshine and blue skies.

Sarah today with Bode who was not born yet for the vacation on Oak Island.

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TODAY ELLA MIKE DEBBY SARAH MADDY
TODAY CASSIDY TAMMY BODE TAYLOR MARCUS
OAK ISLAND VACATION ELLA TAYLOR MADDY CASSIDY SARAH – MEMORIES!

Papa’s World – Family memories – vacations and life in general!

The families we left behind.

Life is full of memories – past experiences – vacations – get-togethers – sharing fun times!

We told them all that we would only be 6 or 7 hours away and we have done that!

And that we would come back often and we have done that also!

They have visited numerous times and Spring and Summer are ahead to make more MEMORIES!

MADDY SARAH ELLA

Maddy – today a Junior at the University of Lynchburg.

Sarah – A freshman in H.S.

Ella – today a Freshman at Randolph College

Both are older girls who play college soccer.

MEMORIES of past and present!

Sarah Mike Tammy Debby Ella Maddy Cassidy

MEMORIES of vacation times spent together.

Crossing the sound on a ferry boat!

Many a year we spent together as families – in the sun – water and sand!

MEMORIES of times in the past.

DEBBY and TAMMY

They are close with each other and with their mother Sherry –

All three ran the ten-mile Cherry Blossom race – crossing the finish line holding hands.

MOTHER AND DAUGHTERS BONDING – MEMORIES!

SHERRY

When a person comes into your life and you share 40 years together forming MEMORIES!

Today – we are by ourselves in N.C. while the families remain in Va.

Although distance separates us – memories – love and ZOOM – keep us all together!

MEMORIES of families in transit!

SARAH and TAYLOR

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Papa’s World – Family vacations part two!

Our little fashion girl – SARAH who now is a Freshman in H.S.

She is the fashion queen amongst all the grandkids – and is almost as tall as Sherry!

Today – Sarah and Bode!

The years have passed and she is growing up!

MEMORIES OF SARAH!

Maddy and Sherry

The oldest when she was little – the memory of then!

Maddy today – as a Junior – playing forward attacker

She is playing soccer for the Unversity of Lynchburg – and has played since she was a Freshman.

As a Sophomore, she was third-team all-conference and as a Junior – second-team all-conference!

So proud of this young lady who pursued a college soccer career.

They went to Division III NCAA 64 team playoffs where they lost in the last 2 minutes 3 to 2!

MEMORIES of when she was young!

Today – ELLA MIKE DEBBY SARAH MADDY
FAMILY VACATION Sarah Cassidy Ella Taylor Maddy

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Papa’s World – MEMORIES – family vacations.

Sarah Mike Maddy Ella Debby – the MYERS FAMILY!

So many times we all went on vacation together – this one is 9 years ago!

We tried to do a different beach each time – from Oak Island to the Outer Banks.

MEMORIES of family times!

Sarah Debby Maddy Cassidy Ella

Stopping on our way to Fort Fisher ferry.

Cassidy loved Ella!

MEMORY OF COUSINS!

Maddy Debby Sarah

From a prehistoric great white shark!

Memories of fun family adventures!

ELLA and MADDY

We have had many fun times at the beach – hoping we can duplicate it once again in Ocean Isle Beach!

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Papa’s World – Birthday at Great Country Farm.

Uncle Mike with Taylor.

The birthday was their 2nd. Two years old – fraternal twins.

MEMORIES with uncle Mike.

Amy and Oliva – close neighbors to Mike and Debby in Lake Holiday.

MEMORIES of close friends.

Cousin Maddy and friend Oliva – Grannie talking to friend Justin.

MEMORIES of family and friends.

Cassidy and Taylor with Aunt Joanne and cousins.

The party was for their second birthday party.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS – MEMORIES of so many years ago as they now are 11 going on 12!

FAMILY and FRIENDS!

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Papa’s World – Memories of Great Country Farm and twins birthday!

Tayor “BEAR” as mommy calls her.
“Little” Cassidy as we call her.

Two years old – my how time has passed and their next birthday they will be twelve!

Two blond hair – blue eyed fraternal twins.

MEMORIES of them running around – each with one another – always huddling together.

Where one went – the other followed!

Aunt and cousins and Tammy – family.

MEMORIES of all their cousins from both sides of the family.

Friends and family celebrating!

MEMORIES of aunt and uncle and friends!

Family and friends on a hayride!

To be continued in the next blog – friends and family celebrating.

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Papa’s World – memories of a birthday party for the twins – long ago!

The time seems to be moving along oh so fast!

Now – they are eleven years old and Bode is seven!

MEMORIES slipping past – making new ones – loving the present.

Over nine years ago!

MEMORIES OF THAT DAY!

BIRTHDAY CAKE

At the Great Country Farm – Bluemont, Va.

Taylor and Cassidy are being held by Oliva and Ella and Maddy. Peyton looking on and Granma Jenny.

They were just two years old – family and friends gathered at the Great Country Farm in Bluemont Va.

MEMORIES of a time gone past!

The party was for family and friends of the family – celebrating the fraternal twins Taylor and Cassidy.

They were born early at I think 32 weeks – just so tiny – Taylor the bigger by a number of ozs.

The doctor told Tammy it was time because Taylor was getting all the nutrients.

SO TINY – both just over 3 lbs. MEMORIES!

Maddy and Taylor
Cousin Sarah
Cousin Ella

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Papa’s World – Thanksgiving day walk on Sunset Beach – N.C.

Sherry and her sister Debbie

Auntie as we call her – came to spend four days with us over Thanksgiving – we kept her busy!

Fat Harolds – Carolina Opry – beach – shopping – Boundry House to eat – Christmas boat flotilla –

Ocean Isle Beach golf cart parade – more shopping and exploring the upper end of OIB.

It was a good four days – tired but got a lot in.

Beach access and Sunset Beach pier.
That would be me and Sherry!
For Thanksgiving day – there were quite a few people on the beach and a couple in the water!

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Papa’s World – Memory of early family vacation!

Cassidy Maddy Sarah Ella and Taylor

Some were big – some were small – others were barely walking and two were tall!

Oak Island – family times – family vacation.

MEMORIES as I recall – all in one location – joy for all!

Taylor and cousin Ella

The sweetness of youth – the bonding of cousins.

MEMORIES of the little ones and memories of the bigger ones!

Cassidy going to the beach

MEMORIES of innocence – laughter – funny looks!

Taylor – take the glasses off – time to eat!

MEMORIES of crawling – then unsteady steps – walking and running!

Cassidy – peeking in at Maddy.

MEMORIES of playing with the older cousins – timeless pictures – cuteness in diapers.

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Papa’s World – I choose to be me – #livinglifetotheplus –

Now that I am 70 years old ( young ) – time to reflect -just how did I get here and where am I going down that long ( sometimes) journey of life !

My niece Terri and my brother Mike – with me in the middle

When I was born – I already had a brother ten years old at the time and a sister fifth teen years old . So – I was like the second family – and it stayed that way until I was four plus ten months – and then Mike came – shortly before that – my sister – who had married – gave birth to Terri.

My early childhood – was spent with my Grand Ma – who lived with us at that time – she was in her late 70’s and early 80’s. She was Penn. Dutch – and they had twelve children. They lived on a farm and grand pa – was a big man. The story goes during the depression – he would carry meat and flour to the neighbors to help them out. There was no money – but he had a kind heart. I never knew him as he passed before I was born in ’49 – he was hoisting a pig up to the barn rafters and suffered a heart attack. There is a family history of heart attacks on this side – all his sons suffered the same .

David and Nora Aiken – my grand parents -who lived ” Down Home ” in Pa.Corsica.

She cared for me while my parents worked – my Mom at Alcas – now known as Cutco – in Olean N.Y. and my dad as a supervisor in the oil fields for South Penn oil company , known as Penns. oil.

Tom at around age 2 or 3.

It was at this time my mother would not let me take my shirt off outside – she said ” People will think I am starving you ” ! You could count every vein and bone on my chest ! Today – well – you would be hard pressed to find either ! Where did that go !!

My great – great grand father and grand mother – Frank Schick and Sara.

I do not know much about them – other then when young – my grandmother Nora – left home and followed the lumber camps through out Pa. cooking meals and that is where she met my grand father David. But – I am told that they were Pa. Dutch .

My father – Clarence Russel Fitzsimmons

My father – he would take me to work with him when I was young- to the oil fields – I still remember the smells and the sounds. The chill air and all the big bull dozers. The tool houses that they pulled around and me riding in the seat next to Pat Murphy. Then there was Junior Greenman – and a host of other colorful men – the mud and Earth chewed up by the tracks of the dozer. My dad passed early in my life – when I had just turned 19. His family came from Ireland – County Tyrone – so I was told. A tale of FIVE brothers who came here in the mid 19th. century. Seeking fame and fortune, only to find that IMMIGRANTS such as they were – looked down on – and treated very badly – in that aspect – not much has changed – will we ever learn ?

My mother – Mary Aiken Fitzsimmons who lived to be almost 98 !

Mary – as most people called her – MOM to me – she was small but feisty – she ruled – talked soft – but I listened to her – we all did. She outlived my younger brother and my older sister. She wore a ball cap that said – ” I’M THE BOSS ” ! But she also could bake – pies – buns – cakes and home made bread ! She was known all over for that. And she also was known to a LOT of people. She would sit on her front porch – and all day long – as cars went past – horns would honk- windows come down and a big ” HELLO MARY” would come forth. If I were there – I would ask her who that was -she would just say ” OH , SOMEONE , THEY ALL DO IT ” !!!!

My brother in law Bill and my sister Donna & me.

My sister Donna – she also helped to raise me – my Mom would walk my brother and me down the street at 5:45 am. We would walk the long steps up to their apartment – and lie down in the little room set aside with a couch. Here we would sleep another hour until she would wake us up to eat and then off to school. Bill – my brother in law – was the town Police chief – but also drove all over the East coast delivering meat for White Hawk Meat Company. One time up near Boston – he was at a truck stop – and in came a crew from a radio station. Looking for a human interest story. They interviewed him – as he was both a Police chief and a truck driver – and that show aired on the radio – he got a copy of it – Larry King did the interview ! My mother outlived both of them.

My brother Roger and me.

Growing up – I had one hero in life – my brother Roger, I looked up to him and tried my best to be just like him. He was my idol and ten years older. He went away to college and became a national ” WHO’S WHO” – from all over the USA. He went into the Navy in OCS- and was a LT. during the ‘NAM war. He never came back to our home town to live – I moved into his bedroom after he left for college. I still remember all the things he left behind – on the walls – the club room he and his friends had in our basement. In his later years – after his wife passed – we would spend our Winters with him in The Villages in Florida – where this picture was taken. Hero’s and idols – I had one – and it was him.

1967 – senior picture – Tom Fitzsimmons

My life as I know it – I am writing this now because I am the last one living. All have now gone before me. I needed to get it down for my sons – grand children – great nieces and great great nephew. My brothers children and their children. A history of growing up in a little town called Eldred in NWPA. In the mountains so lush and green.

I am in the autumn of my own life – and the main purpose of this blog is to record the memories I have. As I have been writing daily for the past 8 years – only to have them somewhere in face book land.

Tom & Sherry Fitzsimmons

I owe this all to my wife – Sherry – who encourages me to write it down as she often says. So – with that being said – going back to the beginning –

“Where does it say we have to “ACT” our age ?”

As long as it makes me happy and I’m not hurting anyone –

” I WILL ACT WHATEVER AGE I WANT TO ” !

Besides – I learned a long time ago – when you are married –

” IT’S NOT FOR ME TO QUESTION WHY – BUT FOR ME TO DO OR DIE ” !!! LOL

Enjoy and remember #livinglifetotheplus

#homeagain #just #HGD #JP