Papa’s World – growing up the grand daughters!

Sherry Ella Sarah

She had hoped they would choose to come with us!

The oldest – Maddy – decided to stay home and work.

She starts her second year of college

at the University of Lynchburg in August.

Sherry Ella Sarah

They have been a main part of our lives since they were born.

Maddy will soon turn twenty –

Ella just turned 17 and Sarah will be 14.

Ella Sarah Sherry

Sherry is tall at 5′ 9″ and Ella has nearly caught her!

Ella & Sherry

Ella now stands at 5′ 8 1/2 ”

and I do not know if she is done growing

it seems in the last year she has gained 4 inches!

Sarah

Now Sarah is growing fast – she already has reached her Mother’s height.

At 5′ 6 ” she I think will be as tall or taller than Ella!

Which means they both are almost Sherry’s Height!

Sherry Sarah Ella Papa

And then there is Taylor – one of the twin girls

for our other daughter Tammy.

Taylor looks to me that she will end up taller than all of them!

She loves horses and horse back riding and at 9 years old

Is already almost 5′ tall!

Sherry and Ella

But for now – it is Sherry and Ella.

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Papa’s World – Friends at the beach – Sand Bridge!

My buddy Jim for 44 years!

In our early years – our families would vacation together

mostly at the Outer Banks.

Then – we all got busy – did not really go to the beach for a while

Families grew up and moved out – married –

But we still maintained that friendship

Doing the friends get togther every 4 to 6 months.

Sherry Sarah Ella and Papa

Now there are grand kids –

and it seems that it will start all over again

only we vacation with the grand kids!

Jimmy and two of his grand daughters

Life gets busy – for children – grand kids and grand parents.

We have found in the last 4 or 5 years

It is fun to take one at a time or maybe two.

You get more quality time.

Our oldest – Maddy – leaves Saturday for her second year of college!

WHERE DID THAT TIME GO!

Sarah – just drawing at random

We are staying back and forth between Tammy and Debby’s houses.

Soon – at the end of September – we will head South for the Winter.

We have rented a furnished condo – top floor –

Three bedroom – two bath rooms – room for vistors –

Friends and family –

In North Myrtle Beach – 2 or 3 blocks to the beach.

Jim – we played softball together in the late ’70’s

Today – we are enjoying our new life as free from owning a home.

We are making plans to visit friends –

We already went back home

and spent time with my sons and daughter in law.

We got the chance to spend time with Ella and Sarah

Yesterday we met up with Mike and Debby –

who had Ella and Maddy with them –

they had just finished a hike and we wanted to say goodbye to Maddy

before she left Saturday for University of Lynchburg Va.

To continue her college 3.85 GPA and her playing soccer!

Papa and Jim

The time has gone by all too quickly

From playing softball and volleyball together

to now hitting the golf links

Still friends – one retired the other close in a few years.

Toes in the sand – drink in the hand – oh but life is grand!

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Papa’s World – golfing – my buddy & wife – years!

I have known Jim & Dottie since before they were married.

We played softball together and grew up in the same town.

Although I am older – we got along – and now after all these years

when ever we get together – we like to play golf!

Sherry Dottie Jim

I guess this goes back some 40 plus years – maybe even 45 years!

We were young then – he came to work at the same place I worked.

We got to know one another when we ended up on the same softball team.

When Sherry and I were married – they were there –

that was 38 years ago!

So – through all those years – we vacationed together

watched as their children grew up –

married and moved on.

They in turn watched ours do the same.

Dottie decided a couple years ago to take up golf.

Sherry has been golfing with me for the last 30 years.

We played organized volleyball in a league for years

until our early forty’s

We decided before we hurt ourselves – to switch to golf.

She has the perfect posture and swing for golf.

She is tall and straight – right extension on her arms

and most of the time right down the middle.

Dottie has come a long ways in the last year!

Jim has encouraged her and helped her.

They now play in a couples league

but found out after they started

it was mostly men!

GOOD FOR DOTTIE!

After a fine day of golf – the first time this year for us –

It was back to the beach house and relax by the pool!

Sherry did well for her first time this year – a 52!

My first time this year was a 49!

But – I must tell you – she can and does beat me!

Wouldn’t have it any other way after over 39 years together!

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Papa’s World – the beauty of the Sunrise – cloudy day!

I have always like the mornings – the dark becoming light!

Sipping my coffee – usually after I have checked emails

written my blog –

I watch for the breaking of dawn –

The birds chirping

Sunrise – the beginning of a new day!

On cloudy days such as this one – it still is warm –

and ahead for us that day – was a day of golf!

Perfect in that the sun is not beating down on you!

On the beach – the sky is turning a light blue!

It was going to be a grand day!

As we departed a hour or so after the sunrise

All I could think of was just how much I enjoy life!

I guess I am a little bit sentimental

A little bit on the warm and fuzzy side.

But every time I see the breaking of a new day

I know in my heart that this is me –

always looking forward

always with a idea and plan in my mind.

Seeing the day – living the life – doing it my way.

For that is the only way I know how to live.

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Papa’s World – The house and quiet solitude!

The first sun rise of a new day!
Our room King bed
Ella and Sarah’s room
Our bathroom we shared with the grand kids!

We were on the bottom floor – no climbing stairs with bags!

A small kitchen and game room on this floor and one other master bedroom
This floor went right out to the pool and bar!
The pool was large with the deep part right in the middle!

Our floor was so that we could walk right out to the pool or beach.

We also were a five minute slow walk to the stores

and places to eat!

The beach looking North toward Va. Beach
The beach looking South toward N.C.

There were hardly any people at where we were at.

The local beach was sevral blocks North of us-

And even there – people set up 15 to 20 feet from each other.

I saw a few masks but the breeze and open air

we were and felt safe.

The nearest people set up to us!

This for the time being – will be our vacation life

as we continue into the pandemic.

Selecting spots that are quiet – social distance

and friends and family who also took safe measures before coming.

Storm brewing!

Toes in the sand – drink in hand – life is grand!

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Papa’s World – homeless – beach vacation – part two.

Sherry Sarah Ella Tom

Our first full beach day was on a Monday!

The whole week would end up warm – hot – a few showers

and fantastic lightening and thunder shows over the ocean

and behind the house!

From the beach a view of our house in the middle

We were just South of the public beach access –

and when I walked up there – groups and families were spread out.

As it was where we set up – everyone seemed to have marked

off their own space 15 to 25 feet from anyone else.

Our little space on this expanded beach

We walked both ways – and people respected your space.

No need as far as we were concerned to wear masks on the beach.

It was wide open – we were not near anyone

and the wind was always blowing.

Besides – everyone in our house had quarantined before coming.

Everyone worked from home or had tests.

As you can see – not that many people around.

Unless you were by the water – you needed foot wear for the sand

which was very hot!

Sarah looking for shells

It was in the low to high 90’s all week.

With one day over 100 and heat index of 104!

It would sprinkle a little then go away

at night we would have lightening shows out over the ocean!

Ella going in the ocean

There was a problem of Jelly Fish

but from what I have read

it is all the way up and down the Carolina’s and Va. coasts

Ella did get stung twice as did Sarah.

I went to the lifeguard and they sent a EMT over.

He applied a heat pack and told us to get her to a hot shower

or a hot tub which we did.

That seemed to cure it.

Several other people also got stung!

Ella 17 Sarah almost 14 Sherry

Sherry is 5′ 9″ and the girls have or are catching up!

This Navy ship was there for several days
Sarah Ella Papa

All in all – the beginning of the vacation week –

was more or less worry free.

We had met those we did not know

All had social distanced

and we were confident going forward we had made the right choice.

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Th adventure of the homeless vagabonds continue.

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Papa’s World – homeless – our next adventure!

We had some apprehension – we were social distancing.

But – we also knew everyone else was also.

Sandbridge Va.

We were going to the beach with our life long friends

and their family.

What had started out long before the Covid 19

was a vacation planned by cousins

then the travel restrictions and pandemic.

But our friends daughter had put down a big deposit

and they were not letting her back out unless they rented it!

Word went out to close friends – can we help her out by renting a room?

Everyone was a friend of a friend –

and had been social distancing –

that was the start and we decided to go and take our two grand daughters

who had been wanting to go to the beach!

Across the street from the beach – we had arrived.

We knew a lot of the people – some we did not know.

But – what was a hard thought process

turned into a wonderful week.

We settled in – and a agenda had been thought up ahead of time.

We knew exactly when it would be our turn for dinner.

And what we were going to fix –

Jim and Dottie were our partners for dinner on Thursday!

But our first night there with a late check in was Sunday!

PIZZA order was on the menu for the first night

and less than 2 blocks away was a pizza shop!

Two blocks or less in this direction sat the pizza place.

The road you see here is the pathway to and from the beach.

No sidewalks on this beach road and the entrance to the beach

two houses in either direction!

So – everyone walked – ran – biked or drove this road.

Sometimes on both sides!

When driving this road – you would go slow and stop

giving the people the right of way ! LOVED IT!!!

Our view from the deck right off the kitchen dining and living rooms

There were nine bedrooms with Seven masters!

Ten bathrooms and three levels and a in ground pool.

The beach is very wide here and almost all of this is residential!

The sand was hot during the day – because we had a very hot week!

One day was over 100 with heat index of 104!

There were kids – little ones – mid size ones

& our grand daughters 14 and 17 being the oldest!

So they pretty much did what they wanted with our permission

always asking – polite – and everyone loved them.

Our first sun rise Monday morning from the deck

I have been and always am a early riser!

I am up before the sun !

But – sitting here waiting with a cup of coffee

and capturing my first sunrise –

Was well worth the rise and shine of the day!

Sarah Maddy Ella

Maddy – who leaves again for college this weekend

choose to work but Sarah and Ella – choose to come along

and I am so happy they did.

The first day of our vagabond vacation with the grand daughters.

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Papa’s World – birthday party – SURPRISE ! Va. Beach !

A surprise birthday party for our good friend DOTTIE !

GOOD MORNING

We have been friends with DOTTIE for 37 years !

Along with Dottie –

Sherry is also friends with Cindy !

Almost the same number of years !

Dottie Cindy Sherry

This picture was taken just before we went on a wine tasting tour –

Now – I do not have the picture of the “RESULTS “

Of that said wine tasting –

But all three ended

up in the back row seat of the SUV !

LOL

Cindy – Dottie – Sherry

So – they decided to recreate that picture at the birthday party –

which was held on the beach at Sandbridge – Va.Beach .

Of course they did not drink as much wine –

Too many family and friends around –

But – they still managed a great time.

The three amigo’s
Tom – Jim – Buck

And of course we also got into the act –

A few years later

There were over 75 people from five different states !

And it was a complete surprise –

All put together by her daughter Katie

and Dottie’s husband Jim –

Katie devoted days and days to this !

A house on the beach – all those people –

Places to stay –

Food – wine – beer – water – games – she did it all !

SURPRISE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOTTIE – family – friends – co workers –

On the beach at Sandbridge
Va. Beach

Just another day in our life with friends –

Buck and Cindy had dropped in at our house for a couple days –

and then we drove down for the party.

FRIENDS
Jim – Debbie – Dottie – Cindy – Sherry – Buck – Tom

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Papas World – golfing- staying in touch – 38 yrs.

We played softball together in the mid ’70’s

and continued until I turned 40.

Then I played volleyball –

sometimes we played together

when I turned 48 –

I was getting too old – I turned to golf

and today – we still get together

drink a few beers and swing away

me more often than him! LOL

My buddy Jim

I am 9 years older – but we first met on the softball field

I went to his wedding

and we have been friends ever since.

We worked together before we moved

and along the way he introduced me to his friend Buck!

Buck Tom Jim
the three Amigo’s
as my wife Sherry says!

We ended up living right across the street from Buck and Cindy.

And we all would meet up-

and to this day some 35 plus years later – we still do!

Sherry Buck Cindy Dottie

Every 4 to 6 months we try to do this –

going from one house to the other

Buck and Cindy live just South of Wilmington N.C. now.

Jim and Dottie now live in Va. Beach area.

And of course we live SW of DC.

Our journey from back home – NWPA and SWNY has evolved

But we still stay in touch!

Sherry Dottie Cindy

These three together laugh and laugh –

and they sneak the fireball!

Esp. when we golf – it almost always is guys vs. the gals.

And let me tell you – NO STROKES !

Jim wants to give strokes -and they will whip us!

We have played for years and years even up

and most often it comes down to one stroke difference!

Jim and Sherry

We all were Bills fans – we kind of adopted the Redskins

only because when we moved -no one carried the Bills.

We tried for three years – there were two Sports bars

but it took a long time to get to them in DC traffic.

So – we still followed the Bills and watched the skins.

Cindy Jim Sherry Dottie

But Cindy and Buck – Dottie and Jim have remained die hard Bills Fans!

We got together this season in Wilmington

and all went to a Sports bar called the Lazy Pirate –

where we watched the Bills win!

Cindy Buck Sherry Tom

On our trip to Northern California – at a Sports bar –

in old town Sacramento!

We have been trying to get Jim and Dottie to come along

with us on one of our trips.

Maybe this year they will!

Sherry Dottie Buck
Cindy Tom Jim

It will happen one of these times

Maybe Nashville – or Gatlinburg or Oregon!

Who know where it will be next!

This is us

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We are blessed to have friends such as these

TOM BUCK JIM
the three AMIGO’S
Buck and Cindy’s house
is in the background