Papa’s World – Our patio – cool nights – relaxing with our Solo firepit – campfire on the patio.

In the world of camping – firepits – roasting marshmallows – I admit – I am not all that into it!

This was really my wifes idea – as she was growing up – camping – boating was what her family did.

I did all the normal young lad stuff – sleeping out under the stars( freezing in those NWPA nights.)

We sometimes had a campfire while on the hill sleeping out.

I was a scout and we did overnight camping in tents –

as a youth group counsler – we spent a week in the far northern Canadian Parks.

Canoeing and camping for a week with 14 young students – 7th – 12th. grade kids.

But it is not on my bucket list!

Sherry showed this picture to me – saying how would you like that on the new home patio?

It is called a SOLO STOVE – and once it gets going – smokeless!

It will burn more efficiently so it says – and is toasty warm to sit around with no smoke and sparks!

OKAY – I say – thinking there goes my couch – snacks and Netflix!

So now – we buy little bags of wood ( $$$$$$) and those little tiny firestarters!

I prefer those wrapped in paper logs that you light and they burn for like 4 hours! LOL

So now I am an official campfire sit-in back patio sort of guy!

I really did not expect this – and yes – once it starts – there is no smoke or sparks.

It does get toasty warm – so much so that sometimes you have to move back!

We have the perfect set up – almost sheltered on three sides – concrete slab – comfy chairs.

And when the family came – Marcus and Tammy and the three little ones ( I call them) we had a fire each night!

And they had SMORES!

We even went scaveger to find old dead wood in the woods behind and across the street!

Do you know when the tempature gets in the low 50’s – snakes become almost inactive?

Otherwise – that was a no-go for me!

I have been converted – I am a SOLO STOVE convert – basking by the firepit – no shoes – no socks and no problem!

Now – the patio concrete has been painted a slate gray ( I did that) two coats – and we have two small bags of wood to burn!

I still like the single wrapped in the paper log to burn for four hours which you can see here as a trial!

And – this SOLO STOVE is everything they say it was!

HHHHMMMMNNNN – ARE JELLO SHOTS NEXT?

I am now a firepit official starter –

” PASS THE MARSHMALLOWS HONEY –

PUT THE CHOCOLATE ON THE GRAHMCRACKERS ”

get ready for some warm toasty evenings –

BEDTIME IS STILL 8 PM. FOR ME!

SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE!

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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 – LIVING THE SALT LIFE!

People down on the borders of N.C. and S.C. call this “Living the Salt Life” as we are so close to fine beaches!

We live four and six miles from two of them – Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach!

However, we are thirty minutes to more than another three beaches.

Neither of us like the cold weather – ice and snow – much prefer the sun and sand this area has to offer!

THE SALT LIFE – ten minutes in a car away – we are on the beach yet we live in a no flood plain – back on the mainland!

We are so grateful that we are able to do this – retirement – living life to the plus!

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Papa’s World – Life in the Carolinas!

Tough choice – made easier by the drop back in 2020 for our 401K –

but also the increase in the value of the housing market!

We decided to sell – our daughter and family had moved – not far away – about thirty minutes on a good day of traffic!

But – before they were a mile away – we would pick up the little ones from school and have the youngest sometimes also.

It was an easy walk to their home and we spent a lot of time with them.

But it was the 401K – losing 30 plus % – yet the house gained more than that!

Another door had opened – an adventure awaited – we disclosed our plans – and we said we would be within an easy days drive

6 to 8 hours – but someplace warm and near a beach!

We also wanted to golf – for far less expensive than it was in NVA!

After a couple months of searching – we found our beaches – Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach – one four miles and the other six miles away – we wanted to stay on the mainland – and not in a flood zone – we found Cameron Woods Community.

We built our home – six to eight hours from our NVA families – they have come to visit numerous times and we have been back the same.

We live right across the street from four 18-hole golf courses and are within 30 minutes of another twenty-five!

We have new friends and neighbors – and are close to dear friends we have had for 35 years.

Our life had changed – we went through that door – it was not easy –

now we are in the twilight of our years – but every day brings new adventures and experiences.

A new day begins – another day to explore and live the Carolina life – thanks for reading PAPA’S WORLD – OUR LIFE!

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Papa’s World – Goodmorning from Cameron Woods Community, OIB, N.C.

On our walk back to the house from taking care of two cute dogs while owners are away – SUNRISE!
And once again – a look to the East on the same walk!

It is so peaceful and quiet on the road in our development before all the workers arrive in front of Sherry!

Sherry – in our driveway after walking back!

If you want peaceful settings in the country – yet only four miles to the beach and six miles to the other-

than Cameron Woods Community – OIB – just might be where you want to look!

But look fast as only 35 to 40 homesites remain.

When completed – some 150 homes will be here – along four ponds – a walking trail and a beautiful community center.

Two to four miles to Food Lion – Publix and Lowes and several gas stations and bars and grills.

Four golf courses right across the road and summer live concerts live 3 or 4 days a week within 8 miles!

Our home!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maddy Sarah Ella

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

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

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

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

My Whirlwind when she was little.

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

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

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

NUMBER 10 – this is ELLA!

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

Sarah today a Freshmen in H.S.

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

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

With her mother Debby

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

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

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Papa’s World – Our granddaughters – Maddy and Cassidy.

One is the oldest granddaughter while the second is the youngest granddaughter with her twin sister.

One is in her third year at University of Lynchburg – Enviromental Engineering major.

One is in the fifth grade – so caring she calls or zooms her grandmother almost every day.

One starts at the attack front position for the ranked lady soccer hornets soccer team.

And had played in 13 games as a freshmen – started her Sophomore year and again as a junior.

One moved to sit beside her older cousin at the soccer game.

Both are dear to our hearts!

Cassidy with MARLEY – the newest addition to her family!
Always smiling – always caring – always protective of her brother – just who she is. Cassidy
Maddy – a junior at the University of Lynchburg – Environmental Engineering – playing soccer and carrying above a 3.80 GPA! Next to Papa in the picture.
Number 13 – left front attacker – crossing a dribble with her left foot to get around a defender. On a top 25 team in the Division III national polls.

Granddaughters – oldest to youngest – youngest admires the oldest – both exceptional to us –

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Papa’s World – Friendships through the years!

Friendships through the years – memories of laughter – golfing – singing!

We are blessed to have friends we have known for almost our entire marriage.

Friends whom we still to this day get together – laugh – sing – golf and tour the world with.

Here are some of those friendships in Papa’s World.

Group gathering outside Va. Beach at a brewery.
Beaching it in Sandbridge, Va.

We try to get together 3 or 4 times a year at each other’s homes!

Even when Buck fell and broke his shoulder – we rallied around and visited him!
Surprise birthday party for Dottie!
Golfing with friends.
My buddy Jim – whom we played softball together in the mid ’70!

Our friends – our times together – priceless!

We have traveled the world with them and the country.

They all hold a special place in our hearts – blessed – years and years.

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FRIENDS FOR ALWAYS!
BUCK and PAPA
THE THREE AMIGOS OF PAPA’S WORLD!

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 – And our neighbors got a swimming pool delivered!

Welcome to our neighborhood!

Our neighbor across the street told us that they were going to put in an inground pool!

The only problem was no room to go between houses to put it in the backyard!

THEY HAD TO LIFT IT OVER TWO HOUSES TO PLACE IT IN THE BACKYARD!

The beginning of the lift as I stand on my front porch!

The house you see here is the one it had to be lifted up and over and placed in the backyard

of the house next door to the right!

On its way to going over the corner of the blue house to the backyard of the house to the right.
Moving toward the target and the guide rope is now between the houses.

Slowly moving to the back of the house.

Lowering the pool down to the backyard.
Going down in place!

From start to finish – 30 to 45 minutes!

And then they had all left and I got to see how they craned this very large pool into the backyard!

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Papa’s World – Cameron Woods Community – sunsets – turkeys – neighbors – a place we love.

Welcome to CAMERON WOODS – OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. 28469

Sitting off Old Georgetown road – just past the back entrance to Ocean Ridge Plantation –

sits a brand new community – about four years old.

Amongst the tall N.C. pine trees and the live oaks.

It is a gated community – and will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 homes when completed.

The last phase is set to be started with the roads and infrastructure have been completed in half of it.

Sunset in Cameron Woods from our back patio.

Beyond these woods will be the final construction – there are no roads in there yet except one access road – and a very large pond – although all the trees have been cleared.

To the right of this – that section has paved roads and infrastructure!

It is to the far right that the roads are in – and another beautiful sunset!

We are getting to know the neighbors – as they move in.

Our close friends Steve and Diane are actually from back in WNY and know our old stomping

grounds there.

We have abundant wildlife here – turkeys – deer – raccoons – gators – and some say a bobcat.
It is at the end of this street where the final phase of construction is!

If the sky is somewhat clear – and most times it is – we can see the sunset from the end of the driveway

to the back patio each night – and then do stargazing – as the view is clear.

View of the beginning of sunset over our home.

In the mornings from the opposite view here – we see the sunrises!

So we have the perfect sunrise and sunsets each day and night!

SUNSET FROM OUR FRONT EDGE OF THE DRIVEWAY!

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CAMERON WOODS – OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C.

Four plus miles to OIB and seven-plus miles to SUNSET BEACH!

SHALLOTTE seven miles away and CALABASH six miles away.

Right in the middle of over 20 golf courses.

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Papa’s World – Viewing the sunset at SUNSET BEACH – in the windy cold!

SUNSET BEACH, N.C.

Just a little over a month later from our New Years Eve beach gathering and toast to 2021

We once again were back to see the sunset – only it was windy and cold –

far from the 65 degrees of NYE!

The approaching sunset peeking through the trees!
Papa – Diane and Sherry

We first parked and walked to the end of the street – here the last of the end of the houses –

and this then begins Bird Island – marshland protected and wide-open beach.

Our neighbor Diane

The tide was going out!

Here you see the last of the houses on the marsh and bayside – with the tide going out – This is the end of Sunset Beach and the beginning of Bird Island.
Sun setting – time to go to the beach.
This is where we gathered for NYE and drank a toast to 2021!
The pier and people walking the beach.
Sherry – braving the wind chill – it was cold.

As we looked out on the ocean – to think we can do this every night if we want to –

and there still is Ocean Isle Beach – living our dream.

One final look before we returned home – Sunset at SUNSET BEACH, N.C.

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Papa’s World – Our first SNOW in Cameron Woods – Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. RARE!

SNOW! The week prior – ICE – IT IS FOLLOWING ME!

I seem to be the person if it is going to happen – it will happen to me.

This is very RARE here this close to the ocean so I am told.

And to be fair – within an hour or so – it was gone!

Looking out the lanai at the snow on the ground and swirling in the air.

Now – really – I could care less if I ever see snow again – some people think that is nuts –

but I just do not like the snow-ice and cold – and I lived in WNY & NWPA for 50 years!

So I know all about blizzards – running my van up and down the driveway to pack it down –

Shoveling – chipping ice – burning 21 cords of wood hand carried inside and to the basement for the woodstove – that stove kept us warm through one week without electricity – and power –

that plus the living room fireplace –

going to work at 5am. through unplowed roads and a foot of fresh snow and another foot on the way.

The Tower Garden all covered up and survived all the ice – snow and cold.

I think it is so pretty coming down – covering in white – but that is my extent of liking it.

Back North – we would go cross-country skiing – in the Alleghany National Park on groomed trails.

As a kid, we were always outside sledding – building forts and snowball fights.

My memories are in the past – my present is NO SNOW! LOL
Lonely birdfeeder with no birds in the snow.

As I said – it was over in an hour – sunshine and no snow anywhere – the WHY we moved South.

The Sun is back – the air still cool – the roads dry – NO ICE – NO SNOW!

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Diane – Sherry, and Papa – walking after the snow – in the sunshine and cool air!

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 – our very first RARE winter ICE STORM – Cameron Woods – OIB – N.C.

One-quarter inch of ICE over everything!

Moving South to the border of N.C. and S.C. – we must have brought winter weather with us!

This is a very rare event in this part of the country and we were here to experience it!

It started raining the day before and by nightfall – the temps had dropped to freezing!

By morning it had gone down to 26 degrees!

that is cold down here!

Everything is covered in a coat of ice.

We knew it was coming and were prepared not to go out on that black ice!

We had flashlights and our generator if needed – but I did not want to go that far!

We were told to be careful with the garage door being ice shut!

DON’T WORRY – BE HAPPY!

We lost the electricity three times for short periods – the news the night before showed the electric

company bringing in some 200 personnel from the midwest to help out – and they were terrific!

Ice everywhere – the trees were coated!

Our Oleander plants – three of them – were bent right over – they survived!

Thank goodness we did not have the wind – no big trees came down or branches.

We dodged a bullet and when the sun came out – the ice melting on the trees

created a drizzle of steady raindrops.

The bushes and mulch are covered in ice.

We have had a cold wave that extends all the way South deep into Florida!

We were worried about our TOWER GARDEN – so I dug out our protective look like metal covering!

We had used this back in NVA but not with ICE!

The back patio – to the right – the covered TOWER GARDEN!

Our experiment to grow twelve months of the year continues!

This protective covering kept the plants – green leafy – safe – the pump kept running on a timer –

and we continue to grow our vegetables even through mid-twenty degrees and ICE!

The covering is perforated – absorbed the sun in the daytime and protects the veggies

during the low temps at night and the freezing rain.

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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 – 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 – Cameron Woods – walking to the new pond and cleared area.

Coming to the entrance of Cameron Woods – OIB!

After walking through the paved road area where the infrastructure is already installed –

We decided to walk the access road beyond the huge mound of dirt to the pond.

Diane Sherry and Betsey waiting for me to come down off the mound of dirt.
We now are on the access road – through the cleared area walking to the large pond!
Sherry and Diane walking the road with a huge drainage ditch on the left –
I call this the “GATOR HIGHWAY”

Yes – we have seen a small gator in this pond – but as Sherry says – “WHERE’S THE MOTHER”?

This is the old access road that they put in to make the pond and clear the land.

This old access road runs right behind our house – the tree line here is protected –

That is the back of our home in the picture – these woods will not be cut or cleared and this old road is blocked off – where another new home has been built.

I hope they make this part of the already trail system we have that goes around the other pond.

This now seems to be where they dump and storm drains – pipes, etc.

This area will be the last to be done in the next phase – suppose to be according to map site plans

A third pond somewhere to the right of this picture eventually.

The second pond – looks to be as big as the other one or larger.

We have seen many tracks of deer around here as well as other tracks.

People have said they have seen Bobcat tracks and coming home one night –

I saw something bigger than a normal cat on the main highway – ?????

I took this picture a couple months ago – right behind the new community center.
Betsey – Diane and Sherry – heading back up the road away from the pond.

There are five houses to be completed in our phase – and then they are done there- I was told the construction will commence here in the finished area with paved roads sometime in March.

They are selling the lots now – LENNAR is the builder now – new designs and new elevations will be the difference from what we had to choose from.

We shall see what this all looks like a year from now as aI think it is a two-year build-out or more.

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CAMERON WOODS – off Old Georgetown Road – Ocean Isle Beach – across from the back entrance to Ocean Ridge Plantation – home of the BIG CATS golf courses.

Papa’s World – “WE HAVE FRIENDS IN ALL PLACES”

Sherry Elaine Steve Papa

We watched their children grow up – we played league volleyball with them – we golfed with them –

we vacationed with them and they have visited us in our new home.

We have stayed in touch – we play cards and games –

WERE BESTIES!

Western New York –

Portville N.Y.

Steve and Elaine Starks – for the past 35 plus years.

Fred and Lynda

Before Sherry and I were married – Lynda and Fred were my friends – Fred and I graduated together –

our friendship started in Jr. High School all those years ago.

Today – it has been some 54 years and Lynda some 48 t0 50 years.

They now live in Melbourne Florida on the Indian River.

We met up the last time just before the Pandemic.

Little Palm Bay – Florida.

John and Nancy

We first met them at Community Lutheran Church in Sterling Va.

Sherry and Nancy were part of a group of ladies who called themselves THE HENS!

They would meet once a week for lunch and a movie.

John is an opera singer and leader in whatever church over the years they have attended.

They moved to Charleston S.C before we moved and we have stopped and spent time with them.

They have visited us when we were in the condo and we have gotten together a couple times

halfway between Charleston and Ocean Isle Beach. John and Nancy Standbridge White.

Point Pleasant, S.C.

Sherry Papa Cindy Buck

We were neighbors back in Pleasant Acres Drive in Portville N.Y.

We moved in next door to them in 1987.

We had known them before that.

We saw their family grow up as they also watched ours.

We would visit them in their home in Magnolia Greens – Leland – Wilmington N.C.

We always dreamed of moving South and they are one of the main reasons we did.

We play golf weekly or try to.

They would visit us in NVA – Karaoke – golf – a few drinks and tours of DC.

Now – almost 40 years and still great friends!

Wilmington N.C.

Jim and Claudia Martin

Claudia was part of the HENS lady group with Sherry – and we got to know Jim – who has developed Data centers ( the first) in Ireland.

Claudia is a beautiful singer and her and her sons would sing in the Irish pubs and inns.

Jim has been a top executive in many known companies and today is nearing retirement.

We plan on them to visit us in the future and look forward to it.

They have lost over 150 combined lbs. following Sherry’s shreds of sugar and eating healthy.

We had dinner with them over the Christmas Holiday.

Claudia and Jim Martin

From Reston Va.

Jason and Ginger

Ginger is another member of the Hens lady group and her hubby works from home.

We golfed together in NVA and visited each other – took excursions – and after we moved –

They sold their home in Reston Town center, Va.

They purchased a cottage in the far North of Maine –

and Ginger inherited a condo in Sarasota Florida.

Today they spend Summers in Maine and Winters in Sarasota.

We will go to Florida in February to spend a few days

They are in negotiations to build a home outside of Leland N.C. a short distance from Buck and Cindy.

We have already introduced them to each other and plan on future golf outings!

Jason and Ginger Priti Childs from Maine and Florida.

Mike and Carol

We moved in right beside them in 1988.

Pleasant acres drive in Portville N.Y.

Twelve and one-half years we were neighbors!

Many fun times – playing pranks on each other – parties – talking across the fence – they also were close friends to Buck and Cindy.

Racing power ride mowers up and down the street.

Today they are owners of a National Painting Company –

Called Mike John Painting.

We still get together – seeing them in the old neighborhood or visiting them at their second home on Lake Chautauqua in WNY.

We still laugh at all the old times – and are trying to get them to visit us here.

Maybe after all the Pandemic – time will tell.

Mike and Carol John – Portville N.Y.

Sherry Jo and Paul

Sherry and Paul graduated together from Smethport, Pa. H.S.

While Jo was a year behind me at Otto-Eldred H.S.

We did not know the connection until about ten years ago – we attended Sherry’s H.S. reunion

and she introduce me to Paul who in turn introduced Jo to us.

Since that time we have met up in Tucson Az. where they live and also they came for a week to our home in NVA and we toured the DC area!

They took us all over Tucson – Sedona – and Az. in a three-day trip ending up at their home in Tucson.

We get together at their reunion in Smethport Pa.

Paul and Jo Peterson – Tucson Az.

Cindy Sherry Dottie

Dottie I knew first some 45 years ago – she and Jim are some of our oldest friends

These three together – many – many good times –

We watched their kids grow up – we vacationed together and Dottie is from Eldred where I grew up.

All the good times we have had together – singing – WINE – the three of them!

Sherry and Jimmy

I have known Jimmy before Sherry and I was married – some 45 years ago.

Jim and I played softball together in the mid to late ’70s.

He also grew up in Eldred Pa.

We worked together at the American Olean Tile Company and I attended their wedding.

Today – we all are best friends with Buck and Cindy – they knew them from before we knew them.

When we get together it is Karaoke – games – fun and laughter and Golfing – beaching!

Much as you see in this picture on Sunset Beach.

Dottie and Jim Brown – Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Steve and Diane

Our newest friends – our neighbors in Cameron Woods Community – Ocean Isle Beach – N.C.

Although we have been friends for the least amount of time – we have already introduced them

to Buck and Cindy and Dottie and Jim.

We walk together in the mornings – watch sports at Chubby Budda –

Have dinner out and have taken them to Fat Harolds in NMB.

Spent time at the beach and at each other’s homes as they are here part-time in the winter.

We also have one thing in common – they are from WNY and have a cottage on Rushford Lake.

They know Olean and Portville and the golf courses back there.

Many of the places to eat and are BILLS fans and BONAS fans.

So we have a lot in common!

Daine and Steve Zimmerman – from Rushford Lake – WNY and Cameron Woods – OIB, N.C.

Sherry Papa Pam ( PJ) Bobby

My oldest true friend – going back to the first grade – 66 years ago!

We played sports – sleepouts – running the streets after curfew –

drinking buddies ( some legal – most not)

Gone through marriages – divorces and new marriages.

Vacationed together – he is the godfather to my first son.

Today – Pam and Bob – we have reconnected through our class reunion some 15 years ago.

We have met up at different locations – they stayed with us in NVA.

They have stayed with us in OIB and Cameron Woods – Pam has gone with Sherry –

for a girl’s retreat in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

We now are golfing together as they have taken it up.

They now are RVING it during the Winter months.

Bob and Pam(PJ) Goodman – from Exter N.H.

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Papa’s World – Memories from the past – part Seven!

Historical Mt. Nebo Lutheran Church

In North-Western Pa. in the midst of the very ancient Alleghany Moutains –

Sits a village known as Mount Jewett.

A town was built and settled by Swedish Emigrants.

Sherry’s mother and her mother were Swedes – her grandmother was born in Sweden.

Memories of past generations.

Historical Mt. Nebo Lutheran Church

Built in 1885 by the Swedish men – this is a replicate of an actual EIGHT-SIDED church still existing in Sweden. This church was built for them and services were held there regularly through out the 1900s until the early ’60s.

When a new church was constructed by the ancestors of the Swedes of the 1800’s!

Memories of generations!

Today it is on the Historical resgister

It is completely surrounded by graves of those early settlers and this view is almost from the graves of Sherry’s parents and family members.

The interior of the church is a Octogon and consists of two levels.

The mural behind the altar was painted by a traveling artist and signed in the early 1900s.

All the original altar – organ – pews and communion vessels remain.

Memories of a congregation of immigrants.

Nearby is the historic Kinzua railroad bridge – the highest bridge built at the time in the 1800s.

A tornado came through and took down half the bridge – today it is a tourist area and a state park.

It also was the location for the TV series ” FINDING BIGFOOT”!

Memories of a long-gone dream of transit railroad through the mountains.

The little Swedish coffee shop

KAFFE SOL – Swedish for coffee shop – sits in the heart of the town of Mount Jewett.

If you like homemade cooking and great tasting treats of cinnamon rolls etc.

Then this is a must to stop and eat.

But it closes in mid-afternoon so they can go home and start that homemade cooking all over again.

Memories of sights and smells of the past in NWPA!

The center of town and their little town square.

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Papa’s World – Memories from the past – part five!

Sherry – speaking at a health conference

For the past sixteen years – she has promoted health – nutrition – speaking before groups

of health-conscious people!

Memories – a daily commitment to health and nutrition.

She has brought Debby and Tammy into the health-nutrition world.

She has taken courses and has a certification in being a CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH –

From Doctors William Sears and Pam Popper.

Dr. Sears has written over thirty books on childhood pediartics.

The memory of bonding with mother and daughters!

Healthy living – living in health – aging healthy!

The years have passed – but the road remains straight – promoting health for loved ones –

and the incorporation of children – at early ages to adapt habits of healthy eating!

MEMORIES continuing to this day!

CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH – SSC for THE JUICE PLUS COMPANY

SHERRY CONTACT: ssherrylynn49@aol.com

SHERRY’S SITE: http://www.sf.juiceplus.com

NOTE: CHILDREN between ages 4 and 19 – FREE with sponsoring adult.

CHILDREN between ages 19 to 23 – in COLLEGE – FREE with sponsoring adult.

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MEMORIES OF THE PAST SIXTEEN-PLUS YEARS!

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Papa’s World – Memories from the past Part Three!

Ella and Debby

While she has played soccer it seems since she was old enough to walk –

Ella has graduated from H.S. and completed her first soccer season in college!

As a Freshman, she played every game at midfield and only came out for a couple minutes each half!

She is enrolled at Randolph College in Lynchburg Va.

Memories are cherished – never forgotten.

Ella on Winchester United travels soccer.

Two years during her playing time while growing up – she suffered a broken bone in each foot-

resulting in her missing two years of playing.

One was from a teammate who stepped on the top of her foot with her cleats.

The second came when she twisted it during a scrum for the ball.

Some memories are good – others you just chalk up to experience and learn from them!

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Tom ( Papa) Ella Sherry – celebrating first place in a tournament
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Papa’s World – memories from the past – part one.

Next to the last time, I visited him for the Winter – my older brother Roger and Sherry.

Rog was ten years older than me – my sister Donna was fifteen years older.

Toward his last years of life – we would spend six weeks with him – end of January to mid-March.

We were retired then as he was by himself – his wife had passed away.

He lived in The Villages and really wanted us to move in with him.

But – we could not just leave all the grandchildren.

Those last five years were memories I shall cherish – golfing – riding the golf cart trails –

Happy hours with him – just hanging out.

Yep – I know all about this! LOL
Sherry and the twins – Taylor and little Cassidy sound asleep!

Before we moved and ten years’ worth of bonding – we were there for them as they grew up.

Fraternal twins – Taylor will be exceptionally tall – like Sherry her MORMOR –

Swedish for MOTHERSMOTHER!

Cassidy is normal for her age group.

She is the one who ZOOMS her MORMOR weekly or calls her.

She knows what days we will be home and how long.

Taylor is our budding horse rider – and has been for four years!

Cherished memories are always with us.

Tammy and Sherry after running their 5K.

They both are runners as is Debby! They have all run the Washington DC. Cherry Blossom

ten milers! Finishing crossing the line hand in hand – all three of them!

Memories of mother and daughters bonding!

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Papa’s World – our very first Christmas Holidays in the new house – lights – and tree.

View from the street – just a few wreathes – garland and small lighted- decorated tree on the front porch.

Sherry wanted to keep it simple this year – I have all the decorations stored over the garage.

So – she climbed up there for the very first time ( she is not good with heights or ladders)

And was surprised how I had organized all the big plastic tubs of decorations.

I had put down a rug and lined everything stacked up all around it!

Easy to get to and open up!

My favorite spot to sit and sip my first cup of coffee for the day!

Keeping it simple – all the lights are on timers and batteries!

They run for six hours and shut off!

It has been too chilly to sit out here in the mornings – in the high 20’s and low 30’s!

Unusual for down here.

But – it warms up in the sunshine and we also get days in the high 60’s to mid-’70s!

The three Swedish horses were made by our three oldest granddaughters – MADDY – ELLA and SARAH

We decided some four or five years ago to forego these big bulky green trees!

They were big and bulky and went into a big zippered bag – that as I was getting older –

too heavy and bulky to lift up and place on the shelf.

So – we bought our bare-brown colored what I call our “CHARLIE BROWN TREE”!

It all comes apart -folds inward and into a long slender cardboard box!

It is not heavy and stores easily!

We also went to the WOODLAND ornaments – winter furry little things and people!

There are many sentimental ornaments that have meaning for us on there!

Just keeping everything simple for this first year in the new home.

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Happy Holidays – from PAPA and SHERRY!

Papa’s World – Our first Thanksgiving Turkey – walk-trot in Cameron Woods Community!

Good day mates!

In Cameron Woods Community – Ocean Isle Beach – N.C. – there will be a lot of firsts!

COCKTAILS in the driveway – lunch at Riversedge golf course – picnic at the park.

The new book readers club and in the future the free book exchange library!

And now a new developer!

We have been sold to LENNAR – the number two developer in the country!

Things have changed and they are known for building spec homes – you get limited choices!

Different elevations – and one price has it all!

Whereas we were able to select almost everything! ( we are happy to have already built!)

We are hoping by Easter the community center is done! At least the main building!
Our new community center – slowly being built – the curbs have just been laid – pickleball courts are paved – and the pool has been in the ground for months – waiting to be finished!

It will be here that we will all come together as a community of neighbors – meetings – lunches and dinners. The free book library will be out front by the road somewhere I presume for access to exchange the books. We can walk to this easily! A workout room and kitchen and bathrooms.

And this year for the very first time – three families got together on Thanksgiving day – to walk!

8:30 AM. = we all met at the intersection of Waterway and Lindley – it was cool but bright sunshine –

led to a warm 3.7-mile walk!

The very first TURKEY TROT WALK-RUN!

A big thank you to Rob – who organized it by simply announcing it on the Community Facebook page!

And YES – the picture of the TURKEYS are from the neighborhood – on the cul-de-sac behind the

new community center -taken a few days before by Sherry!

The Zimmermans – the Sopers – and Fitzsimmons families!

We have heard from others who were away and could not join us in the first neighborhood

THANKSGIVING TURKEY TROT!

But – will walk next year!

We are a transit community – many people have this as a second home awaiting retirement.

A lot of people are here but working from home.

And a few of us old-timers ( us) are retired!

I think Sherry and myself are more the Grandma and Grandpa of the neighborhood! LOL

It is a community of many FIRSTS – waiting to be completed in a couple years.

CAMERON WOODS COMMUNITY – OCEAN ISLE BEACH – come and join us – either if you already own here or want to build in the new Phase Three!

Cocktails in the driveway – picnic at the park – lunch meet and greet at the golf course

and now the first TURKEY-TROT-WALK!

Chrismas caroling is in the works and who knows what else is being talked about!

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Papa’s World – first-time visit to Fat Harolds for neighbors and sister-in-law!

In North Myrtle Beach is a club called Fat Harolds – and this is the third location in the last 80 years!

It all started in the early ’40’s – on the beach – a Pavillion – where the beach music scene started.

The original club was taken out in the ’50s by a hurricane.

The music was started in the Carolinas and became a nationwide dance – called the SHAG!

Until the pandemic – they held national and international competitions here at Fat Harolds.

It is a combination of some Jitterbug – Swing – Boogie – and I think either six or eight steps!

You never lose contact with your partner and the intricate steps are fascinating to watch.

On Wednesday nights the crowd swells – to where there is no room on the dance floor!

This is now our generation coming here to dance – and man are they ever good!

You can tell by the shoes – men and women wear special dancing shoes!

But I see younger people also here – the next generation is now coming –

after all – it now is 80 years and still going strong.

There is a radio station right on the beachside of Ocean Drive – 94.9 THE SURF

They play all the beach songs – and classics – but there is music and songs dedicated to this era –

and some national bands that play nothing but beach music as it is called here.

Every six months – Spring and Fall – they have a 7 to the 10-day festival – here in NMB –

All the clubs take part – live music in all of them and live music on the beach in the square.

Thousands of people come here to stay and dance.

The Pandemic cut it back but now it is back after a year off.

And Wednesday nights they broadcast live from Fat Harolds – playing all the beach sounds.

Shagging – once again!

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Our neighbors – Steve and Diane – Sherry’s sister Debbie – Sherry and Papa.

Their first visit and experience at FAT HAROLDS on the BLVD SHAGGING! North Myrtle Beach – S.C.

Papa’s World – Planted mums – arrange the patio and – fire in the Solo Stove fire pit.

This area is protected – conservation and wetland.

We selected this lot because of the wooded area and these woods will not be cleared out!

So – we have tried to go natural – planting Oleanders – and flowers that come back each year.

Bird feeder – and more plants to be added as we see how it goes.

The Solo Stove fire pit on the open patio.

We have been buying small bags of wood at various stores – plus picking up dead tree limbs.

Now – we tried burning pine combs – of which there is an abundance all around the community.

We generally start the fire in the early evening – still light out.

By 8:00 pm. we are done and I let it just burn out with the red coals.

Mums along with pine straw.

We have not seen anything in the woods other than a squirrel.

But I have been told to watch out for snakes!

We do have Copperheads in the area – and down the road, by the pond, we saw a large Black Snake!

I am ever watchful – always looking around – wild turkey and deer are also around.

To the right is the covered – enclosed Lanai – with the open patio in the center.

Our lawn is not large – normal size – and we did not want a large lawn to take care of!

Being we both are retired – and we sold all our lawn equipment – I have the lawn mowed every two weeks!

I have also had the landscaping done – and in the Spring will have fresh mulch!

The Solo Stove flames – a couple comfortable seats and a few beverages – an evening on the patio.

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We are located here from NVA – loving the weather – no snow – no ice – mostly blue skies – and sunshine.

Tower Garden – flowers – chairs – Solo Stove and Sherry.
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Papa’s World – BALD HEAD ISLAND – part THREE!

BEACH ACCESS – one of the dozens across the island.
Diane and Sherry after walking up the dune of the beach access.
Sherry – Diane and Steve – the sound of the surf is the only sound.

We found every place we stopped and walked onto the beach to be like these pictures!

Hardly anyone around to be seen!

We could see a dozen fishing ships and Dolphins from the beach.

The island is full of these beach access’s with places to park your golf cart.

BALD HEAD ISLAND also has a marsh side and a boat launch!

We stopped many times to wander and sightsee!

Plenty of time to sit and reflect on our blessing of life!

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Papa’s World – Bald Head Island – part two.

The streets on cul-de-sacs – palm trees and each house have a small little cottage over the golf cart garage!

The streets are two-way – most of them – through the housing – the houses are a mixture of cape-cod and craftsman style. Two stories and little cottages in the front. Most have elevated views of the ocean and many are beachfront.

The ladies – Diane and Sherry – explore the path to the beach and water.
While Steve goes over the map – get a map or you end up in dead ends!

We had the car for about five hours – and also a map to get around. Here we can see where we want to go – but it is on the other side of the channel – we had to retrace our way back to the main road.

The island has a main road that goes all the way around – and many roads into neighborhoods!

They can be dead ends or through a maze of roads cut through to the other side.

So it is best to have the map.

There also is a 18 hole golf course here – we caught glimpses of it through the trees.

One of the many beach access with a place to park the golf cart!

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Diane and Sherry walking from the beach access to the beach and ocean.

TOURING BALD HEAD ISLAND BY GOLF CART – to be continued in the next PAPA’S WORLD BLOG!

Papa’s World – exploring Bald Head Island, N.C.

Leaving the Ferry Terminal at Southport, N.C.

Our neighbors – Diane and Steve – went with us for the day to explore Bald Head Island –

the only way to the island is by boat – with a very large terminal building.

No automobiles are allowed on the island.

Once there – you can take a tram to your rental or if an owner to your home.

The transportation is by walking – biking or golf carts!

Rental areas are by the departure terminal on Bald Head Island.

On our way to Bald Head Island, N.C.
Our entered the docking area for the ferry at Bald Head Island
Diane standing next to our transportation for the next five hours.

Rentals are easy – use your phone – pay by credit card – five minutes and we were on our way!

OLD BALDY LIGHTHOUSE
While we did not go inside – it was built in 1817!

The island is all set up for golf carts – but there are maintenance trucks here –

I think different companies store them in a parking lot here.

Plumbing – electrical and building companies.

Utilities and machines for road repairs.

I think this is the small house for the lighthouse keeper!
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Papa’s World – Watching football on Sunday afternoon at Chubby Buddha!

Watching the BILLS play!

One and one-half miles from our house sits this unique little bar – right along the airstrip –

of Ocean Isle Beach airport.

CHUBBY BUDDHA is the name – I have no idea why it is called that!

In N.C. if you do not sell food – you are considered a private bar –

so, therefore – when you come in – there is a terminal – you put your information in –

get a coded password( your telephone number) and pay the grand sum of ONE DOLLAR-

and you are a member for the year!

It is what I call a “LOCALS” bar – some people show up to watch the game – others to play the state KENO GAMES on a wide screened TV on the wall.

Most beers are $3.00 – except the IPA which we do not drink nor do I drink the draft there.

Those all cost more.

But it is a fun little hangout – no one bothers you – and you can ask for what game you want to watch

on one of the many TVs on the walls.

The bar itself is U-shaped – there are two rooms and big outdoor seating – some of it covered.

We go with neighborhood friends – mainly because it is only a short distance from the house.

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Papa’s World – A round of golf – nine holes at Oyster Bay – and we saw many – many GATORS!

They are on the banks in the sun – when it gets colder – they do not move much.
We always are on the lookout for Gators and Snakes – I have not seen any snakes so far – but they are around.
Now – Oyster Bay – Sunset Beach – N.C. is one fine golf course – love playing here – and people live along the fairways and ponds – 14 – 15 and 16 are full of gators!
Sherry in the cart and behind her to the left while we wait for the fairway to clear – GATORS – four of them!

Needless to say – you do not wander around – we do not get close – and they seem to just stay there. Hundreds of golfers play this course and do not go to the water to find your ball – same for high grass and weeds!

Other wildlife and birds – a beautiful setting – and across the road is the ICW!
Sherry on the cart path between two lakes – and yes there are gators in there!
Now – if you ever get the chance – make a tee time here – it is beautiful – a challenge for golf – tough holes -located by Sunset Beach – N.C. OYSTER BAY GOLF COURSE!

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The tee box for across the pond and up the hill to the green!
And this is just the back nine!
PAPA’S WORLD – OYSTER BAY GOLF COURSE – SUNSET BEACH, N.C.

Papa’s World – Sherry and I golfing at Sea Trails and Oyster Bay golf courses – warm afternoon days!

Papa was about to tee off – we were paired up with two gentlemen we did not know.

We only signed up to play nine holes – we were the last group to tee off at the BIRYD gold course at Sea Trails.

We were paired with two retired fellows who live there.

An Osprey resting on a dead tree.

It was a warm day – almost 70 degrees and blue skies and sunshine.

The next day – was also nice and we made a tee time at 1:45 pm. at Oyster Bay for nine holes.

Wildlife is abundant on this course.
Oyster Bay is one of our favorite courses here – we have played it several times over the years.
Beautiful scenery here – and we were able to play alone – but there was a backup on every hole.
Sherry standing on the cart path between two lakes full of GATORS!

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Papa’s World – Building a new home – crossing off home improvements – one at a time!

When we decided to build a new home – we made our selections – but there were things we wanted that had to come after the build – they – the builders did not offer them!

We had a list of things – small – and we had to either hire them done – or do them ourselves / some had to do with landscaping!

Those we hired to be done – involving planting trees – taking out pine straw – replacing with stones and rocks.

And putting in yards of mulch.

Having already removed everything from the outdoor patio – I put down two coats of outdoor concrete paint!

This we had wanted to do from the start – along with doing the same to the enclosed covered lanai.

Here – Sherry and I placed all the furniture from inside outside so I could prep and paint!

When you get old – crawling around on concrete does a number on your knees and feet!

So – I folded up old towels – four of them and would spread them out – so I could move along and paint the trim areas.

But – being old – I still needed to stand up after reaching the end of the four towels – just to stretch those muscles!

The enclosed lanai – working my way from that end to the door that opened up on the patio.
The final stretch – the open door!

It took me two days but I did it! Cross this off the list – and now to put it all back together again.

The end product – inside the lanai!
Inside looking outside to the outdoor patio.
At last, we are done with this project – cross it off the list!

Being old does not mean you can not accomplish a planned project – I know my limitations –

The feeling when done – is worth all those aches and pains!

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PAPA’S WORLD – crossing off home improvements one at a time!

Papa’s World – Tammy and Marcus and three little ones – surprise visit and birthday cake for Bode!

A surprise visit – Sherry(MorMor)- Bode-Taylor-Marcus Tammy – Papa- Cassidy – family!

They called – a zoom call – the night before they left – we are going to surprise you tomorrow!

We had asked them to come down after they had stopped overnight back in August when they were passing through

for Marcus’s family vacation.

It was his mother and father and brother and sister and families.

We visited them at their beach house in Surfside – South Myrtle Beach.

So – this made us very happy to have four days with them this time!

Sherry and Tammy – she is the youngest daughter
I took Marcus and Bode golfing – while the girls went shopping with MorMor ( Swede for mothers mother)
This would be me with no birdies!
Although his birthday would be after they returned home – we celebrated while they were here!
Taylor – MorMor ( what they call her) and Cassidy singing happy birthday to Bode!
Taylor and Bode – they both are going to be really tall – taking after Sherry who is 5’9″.

It was a special four days – playing golf – shopping -walking two beaches – showing them Clarks in Little River –

Calabash shopping – and having cake and presents for Bode’s coming birthday.

Four days is not enough – and plans for Spring break are in the making.

Christmas – for 10 or more days – we will travel back to NVA and spend time with them and our other daughter and her husband and the older granddaughters.

Looking forward to our next gathering as a family.

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MORMOR and BODE – PAPA’S WORLD

WHERE FAMILY MEETS OUR FRIENDS – FRIENDS MEET OUR FAMILY

Papa’s World – Taking my son-in-law and grandson golfing at Panthers Run – Ocean Ridge Plantation.

Bode – who turned seven and Marcus – my son-in-law

It was a fun golf outing – and Bode someday will be a very good golfer.

You can just tell he has the form and Marcus is going to get him private lessons.
A father-son discussion!
This is me without even the birdie!
Proud father taking a video to show him his swing.

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Father and son golfing at Leopards Chase – it was a good day – Papa’s World

Papa’s World – Family time on Sunset Beach – N.C.

Bode leading the way to the South end of Sunset Beach!

Marcus and Tammy made a surprise visit with the little ones for a four-day stay!

Along the long walkway to the beach – this end of Sunset Beach has no houses and is the beginning of Bird Island.
People make wishes and hang shells on the tree along the 1/4 mile walkway over and through the sand dunes!
Sherry at the end of the walkway and if you turn to her left – nothing but sand – beach and ocean.

This is the start of the 1.4-mile walk to the Kindred Spirit mailbox –

No more homes – dunes with nature walks among them.

A place of solitude – walking in the surf – birds – sand – sea turtles.
Cassidy and Bode – two peas in a pod!
Marcus – Taylor – Bode and Cassidy.
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TAYLOR and BODE – SUNSET BEACH, N.C. NOVEMBER ’21.