Papa’s World – another beautiful sunrise and then a cool day of golf!

Waking up to this every morning – at the end of June – nine months of this – memories for a lifetime!
Golfing with our close friends at a golf course way out in the country of N.C.

We awoke to a beautiful sunrise – a bit chiily –

But the forecast called for low 50’s but Sunny!

It makes a big difference with hardly any wind!

As the Sun continues to rise – clouds form but are suppose to clear away!

I have come to accept here in S.C. – that the day changes dramatically

the higher the Sun gets in the sky!

So – you prepare for the day – getting a mental image in your mind

dress in layers – drink your coffee or tea

and know that the day – will turn out okay!

Another painted canvas by nature!

So it goes – sunrise – sunshine – cool but no wind – warmth.

A fine day to be alive and a fine day to golf with friends!

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Papa’s World – Papa – when are we going on a hike? PAPA? PAPA?

Our young grandson – five granddaughters and then Bode!

From the very moment they pulled in – he asked that question –

PAPA – CAN WE GO ON YOUR HIKE?

To him – a hike is like back home – rocks – hills forest – streams!

I tried to explain to him it is different here –

But PAPA – That is not a hike – we have to go to the mountains!

Bode – entering the forest for our hike – along the ICW and the marsh land – no gators – at least we saw none!
“FOLLOW ME GUYS”!

He is a leader – and always out in front!

This is him to a tee – always staying ahead of the game – his own mind.

We walked a good mile and one half through the woods –

although he was out in front of me or alongside of me –

he never sought to run off –

staying close to me!

There were many intersections going in different directions – which way do we go PAPA he would ask – I had a map so I could tell him – he always listened to what I would say!
The twins – Taylor and Cassidy stayed close to their MORMOR ( Sherry)

We spent the better part of a hour walking the marsh and the woods

I want to come back here in the Summer so we can see more wild life!

Cassidy MORMOR Taylor Tammy Bode

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The day we went on our hike –

Bode now understands a hike can be different

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At the end of the hike – snacks and a swing – life is good and feeling blessed!

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Imagine – meeting old friends – memories – laughter and good times! review blessings

There are times in you r life this happens – but there are times in your life that this is a cherished memory!

We are blessed – we have a lot of friends – some older than the others –

And when you managed to meet up –

That makes a memory that you look back on and smile!

PAPA & SHERRY

During our trip to Florida last Feb. we made a date to meet up with a couple of the oldest friends I have.

Freddie and Lynda and I go back to the ’70’s –

Fred and I graduated together so I guess that puts us back to the ’60’s!

Freddie Sherry Lynda

When I introduced Sherry to them – they hit it off and you can tell

they still do!

Fred was one of my three best friends in H.S.

CAN YOU IMAGINE – all these years and still laughing

even if years go by and not seeing each other!

Music is top of the list with these friends – singing – tipping a few drinks – and shots! LOL

We have a core group of friends – those that we try to get together with several times a year.

We all lived near each other before we all moved South.

Except Mike and Carol who still live in the old hood!

Cindy – Buck – Dottie – Mike – Sherry – Carol – Jim

Mike and Carol bought a house on the lake Chatauqua in Western New York

and invited us all for a long weekend.

They have extended the invitation once again for next Summer!

Boating – boating and more boating in their beautiful new boat

that fits all of us plus room to spare!

Cindy PAPA Sherry

Old friends – new memories – fun – laugh – CAN YOU IMAGINE!

Sherry PAPA Pam ( PJ) Bob

Bob is one of my three best friends from H.S. – he stayed at my house and me at his.

He ate dinner with us and I ate dinner with him.

We played sports together – and then – lost contact as he moved to N.H.

Later in life he remarried and we connected once more.

Now Sherry and Pam talk on the phone and we make plans of meeting up!

Which before we came South- we met up in Berkley Springs.

Pam had a misstep and injured her achilles

causing her to have surgery

So as right now – we do not know when we shall once again see them.

But friendships exist through time and miles – memories created –

CAN YOU IMAGINE!

Papa Sherry Elaine Steve

We played volleyball in a league with them during the mid ’80’s!

We golfed with them all the time!

We watched their children grow up and they ours!

We went on vacations to North Myrtle Beach together!

And they are alwys in our minds – planning to get together.

They were the first to come to D.C. to explore!

CAN YOU IMAGINE!

These are our oldest friends – we have made new friends – life is memories made and memories to be made!
CAN YOU IMAGINE!

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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 – Things in my life – memories

I wonder where these people think they are right!

There are so many inconsiderate people out there driving.

They pass you on the right in turn lanes –

They pass you on the left and then cut in front of you

to take the exit!

They tail gate – they constantly blow their horns at other people

This scares you if you do not know what is going on!

Just a pet peeve with me!

Let food be your medicine – let medicine be your food!

Finally – after almost 40 years –

I started eating healthy!

My wife – Sherry – started me on the road to health.

She and I had gone to NBC for your health –

at the Washington DC convention center.

There she found what was to become our staple

Juice Plus – over 30 fruits – vegetables and berries JUICED!

All the nutrients after drying in a patented formula

put into capsules or gummy’s.

The next best thing to real food

and you take them every day!

Being nice – being friendly – being polite – being helpful!

I post every day on social media and I write a blog everyday.

Three things I post everyday.

Good thoughts – smiles and laughter – positive thoughts!

I try to not post political – really hard not too!

My thought on that is my VOTE!

Making changes that way and peaceful protest –

writing letters and postcards.

But – my motto so to speak is above –

IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE NICE!

I LOVE MY WIFE – ALL THE DIFFERENT PERSONALITY’S!

At the falls!

Just a few of the things in my life – memories!

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Papa’s World – I write a blog – livinglifedoingitmyway.blog

Papa and Sherry

My inspiration to write-

“YOU HAVE TO PUT THESE SOMEWHERE THAT WE CAN FIND THEM”!

Thus was born my blog.

And as of today – around 340 blogs are stored there!

THIS IS MY WHY!

I have always wanted to write – even though I can not spell!

And I struggle with English Comp.

But – I find just putting my thoughts into words

and posting pictures – a way for future generations

to read and see what our life was like.

I wish my parents had been able to do this.

I write about family – journeys – friends –

past memories from childhood ( before they are lost forever)

about daily happenings – a diary of sorts.

My late brother Roger and Sherry

He was also my friend – close – and my boyhood hero.

The person in my life I love the most.

We have been together for over 39 years – married 38 years.

Writing a bolg is simple and easy for me.

I love to tell the story.

Last year we hosted the movie and – TV and stage star Ronny Cox

best known for the movie Deliverance.

His songs are stories – some made up – other true

and some a little bit of both.

He told me ” I AM A STORY TELLER”!

And so am I!

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Papa’s World – A little bit of this & that – a piece of me!

We have bought and sold FIVE houses in our 38 years of marriage.

And – each one I have left behind a little bit of myself!

Our first house was in the country – EAST WINDFALL ROAD –

outside Olean New York – but Portville N.Y. school district.

The driveway was a 1/10 th. of a mile long.

Great for sled riding in Winter but also getting stuck in the snow!

At that house – Sherry’s father and I built large butchers block –

multiple colors of wood – glued together – light and dark and oiled.

It was large and took up the full counter to the right of the stove.

It replaced that counter top.

It was really something and he taught me so much

as he was a master carpenter.

Our second house was Pleasant acres drive – Portville N.Y.

At that house I left a tiled floor in both the laundry room and the half bath.

As well as nearly 50 % of the basement.

My very first tile work.

I also replaced all the molding and door frames with the help of her father.

And we installed chair molding in the dining room.

But the secret was the finish – he taught me just how to get that high finish.

Tricks he used using cheese cloth to strain the stain – steel wool it –

and apply coat after coat until it almost was like a mirror!

Our third house was Fountain side lane in Fairfax Va.

Here I painted the entire ceiling and walls of the garage –

having to close the garage door and it got really hot in there.

I also went into the woods there and followed a small stream

and collected all sizes and colors of limestone rocks.

I used them by the eaves spouts for when it rained

and let the water gush over them like a stream.

I installed dimmer light switches for the dining room

and pained rooms.

Our next house was Ridgetop Commons – just a few blocks from the last one.

Both houses were about 2 miles from the NRA headquarters

and George Mason University.

At this house I put down sand and gravel a

and installed blocks for our patio under the deck

I also installed a small swing for our grand daughters

During that time when we first moved in –

the water drain backed up – we had to vacate –

They had to come in and dig up the driveway and to the middle of the road.

When they built the place –

someone broke the main drainage line

connecting to the main sewage line in the middle of the road.

Here we had a 15 foot hole in our driveway & to the middle of the street.

They put us up at the Hyatt in Reston until they fixed it!

But – I wrote my full name and date in the cement of that driveway!

I also built and installed a platform in that garage for storage.

In our last house on Minerva drive in Brambleton Va,

This was our dream home – thinking we would be here –

never moving again.

I built this patio out the back door

and moved

and took out all the bushes on the whole yard.

I planted all the bushes and trees by hand – mostly on my knees

as the ground is full of rocks and I dug them out with a garden trough.

I planted everything and it comes back each year.
Every tree and bush I planted
I moved these from the front yard
The last things I planted were these bushes and the Swedish Roses – given to us from our close friends in memory of Sherry’s mother Barb ( GIGI)

I have often thought in my mind to return and see if it all is still there

after 38 years have gone by!

Yes – I have left a little bit of this and that where ever we have lived!

I somehow remember them all!

There is a piece of me all over –

but for the most part I am the only one who knows.

Except my name – set in cement with the date

On Timber Meadows Drive- Fairfax Va.

And by the way – I also installed a ceiling fan there

in the Master Bedroom – and while up on my metal step ladder

a storm blew in just as I was connecting it up –

And rain poured and lightening flashed –

Thunder roared and scared me – here I was – standing on that ladder

But my name is engraved on that driveway- and the date.

I will always remember that fan! LOL

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Papas World – In the fading light of life- writing!

I have lived my life – 70 plus years –

I guess I am allowed to make that choice above

But at my age – I choose not too!

But – in my youth – a glass of cold milk

and oreo cookies

That was so good!

I think about this often

I know that my years left are waning

So – in my mind I make my bucket lists

and I WRITE – for I want to leave a legacy of memories.

If you text me or phone me at this time of night

I will return it on my time – 5 am. !

I am not a evening person

I am a morning person

and at my age –

I am not going to change

a life time of habit.

For whatever reason – I can not spell!

I think it goes back to grade school

They changed how we were taught

from the standard sounding out words

to memory – I use both now

and I am a terrible speller!

After a couple years – they went back to sounding out words

I wonder if I am right?

If my age group is like this?

I do not think about writing –

I do it for myself!

I do it to leave my thoughts and happenings

to the generations coming

a diary of sorts with pictures

a book not published – but memories stored

Urged on by my wife to put it down

where it can be found and not lost in the Cloud!

The memories are mine -as I remember them

Today kids are on phones and Ipads

I wonder what the future holds

What inventions will come forth

This is a exciting time to be alive – to see

To live it and be a part of it!

The kids learn from the phones and Ipads

at least our grand kids do

They now are doing Minecroft

creating Worlds

And I am still trying to learn how to spell! LOL

I post every day on face book

something funny – to laugh

I post something good – to be positive

And I post a combination of the above

To make a positive feeling to start the day!

This is but who I am and why I write

I do not know most of you

my 183 followers

some of you I know

I have a little time left I think

and I plan to make the most of it

see places spend time with family

and write about it.

after all – in my family I grew up with

I am almost the last

My mother was almost 98 when she left us.

And she would often tell me

Of all the people she knew –

she was the last – no one was left

and I wondered about that

and how she felt –

I am beginning to understand her!

Sherry and Tom
MORMOR & PAPA

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