Papa’s World – Early morning – then Lunch at Walhburgers

Early morning – breaking of dawn.

OUR VIEW EACH MORNING

from the top floor – on our lanai – condo!

We selected this condo purely by accident!

I had been searching for furnished places to lease

in Brunswick County – N.C.

when on the site – Zillow – I saw a place that said

EXPAND BOUNDARIES

And when I expanded the boundaries – this came up!

Every morning with clear skies we see this!

By accident I found this condo for lease

and we jumped on it right away.

At first for two months – then three months.

Finally we expanded it to FIVE MONTHS

before we even packed to come down!

And the bonus for all of this –

is one half mile walk – we are standing here on the beach!

We are in Ocean Keyes –

North Myrtle Beach

and had no idea this existed or that we would be here!

A number of years ago – we took a vacation to tour New England states

Mass. N.H. and Me.

Flying into Boston and renting a car with our friends the McBrides.

Our first Air bnb was in Dorchester Mass.

Home to the famous family THE WALHBURGS!

They had recently been on TV and we watched how they opened their store

You know them through New Kids On The Block

and movies and TV shows.

Well – we wanted yo try out their restaurant

But – a very bad storm of lightening – wind and down pouring rain

came through and it was getting dark

hard to see – so we bailed on it!

For a number of years – we regretted not going!

Then – while we were at Barefoot Landing

we came across this WALHBURGER’S!

What we missed out on back in Dorchester Mass.

We stumbled across here in Myrtle Beach S.C.

and of course we went in and had lunch.

Sherry had the impossible burger

and I had the salad with the burger on top!

We left saying we will come back – good service – good burgers

and a chance to redeem ourselves in not going sooner!

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EARLY MORNING – LUNCH AT WALHBURGERS!

WHERE FRIENDS MEET THE FAMILY

FAMILY MEETS FRIENDS!

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Papa’s World – lessons in life

Here we are – just a few days away from packing up

and leaving for our five month rental of a condo

in North Myrtle beach!

That has gone by so fast!

We have been living with our two daughters

and their family’s

going back and forth.

We have also been traveling and seeing friends.

Our lives from the past fourteen years

have changed in dramatic form!

We sold our home – most of the furniture

rented a storage unit for mostly personal things

and set our sights on going further South

To explore our options

NO MORTGAGE NO TAXES NO HOA FEES

In other words – we are vagabonds – not quite homeless

and searching for what we want to do next!

Grand children minus one in college

We will miss them – but – we are free to travel back and forth

and we will see them as often as we can.

We have purchased a new car – after seven years and 126,000 miles

So we made the change – pandemic and all.

It was time – the housing market had rebounded

We do not know what the future holds

But – now – at our age – is the right time.

Tammy and Debby

It will not be easy for them

as they both followed us here to NVA 21 years ago

But – we promise to be back often.

And now you will have a place to vacation to come to.

The Sun sets on this part of our lives

But begins with a Sunrise on the next part.

Remember the good times

and think of the memories we shall make in the future

We will once again begin new lessons in life

and those lessons will include all of you

with much love – Papa & MORMOR

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Papa’s World – beach house some memories of who was there.

We came together on a Sunday afternoon –

some family – some friends – some friends of friends!

Kathy and Kevin

We have known for years – they live not too far from our house we sold.

Dylan Ella Sarah Ryan the little ones with Megan and Abby
Zoey Kathy Cory Dottie Katie Adam Cody

I am hoping I get all the names correct

I am not good at names!

Nicky and Katie
Adam Dylan Ella Sarah and Megan
Kathy Nate walking Cody and Cory Kevin and Jim and Dottie

The house was large three complete floors

Nine bedrooms and seven 1/2 bathrooms.

Sherry Cody Jim Nicky
Adam and Dottie
Cody and Jim

Many years ago – Jim – Dottie – Sherry and I

with our families – would vacation together

at various beaches

and when they were young

I would help carry the little ones!

Katie – my little friend

Here is Katie – my little friend – as she said I was the only friend she had!

I would carry her through the sand dunes

only to get to the beach and discover one of her little shoes was missing!

All these years we kid each other on being the only friends

either one of us had!

My – how the years have gone by – she is still in my heart

“MY LITTLE FRIEND”!

Sherry my beautiful partner
Cody Cory ( lifetime friends) Zoey and Nate
Sherry Cody Jim Nicky

I hope I was able to get everyone and their names correct

Jim and Sherry we have been friends for 44 years
Papa and Jim

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Papa’s World – A little game called MASH BALL!

Starting the week – I had no idea what it was –

sort of a small version of Beer Pong!

At first they played it on the cement pad around the pool

which got really hot!

Then they found some “NOODLES”

that had been thrown away by the previous guests in the garbage

and rigged it up to float!

That was a game saver!


Everyone took their turn – if you won – you played on!

Hours and hours in the shallow end

just dip down in the water to cool off!

You kept one hand on the floating game board to keep it steady

and there were ten open cups

When you put a ball in the open cup

you placed a red dish in it –

when you filled all ten red cups

you won the game!

Mash Ball on one end – then the deep part – and then shallow again
After Mash Ball was over then nap time was over and the little ones came out to play
Little ones with parents and grand parents
Kathy and Katie
Sherry with Sarah and Ella

Pool time became more and more as it got really hot on the beach.

A couple guys would go and set up on the beach

but with little kids – it was easier by the pool

the sand was so hot – even with sandal’s on

It would burn your toes!

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Papa’s World – I suggest when you rent a beach house you must have a pool!

When the beach is so hot – and the waves huge –

And tons of jelly fish – then retreat to the pool!

We had little ones with us and they could not cope with the waves.

So a lot of time was spent right here poolside!

Of course when it is NAP TIME –

the adults come out to play!

And SHADE – you must have chairs and SHADE

and a little TIKI HUT with fridge!

Of course a game of MASH rigged up to float

at the far end of the pool

kept everyone occupied and cooled off!

And bring your grand children to the beach

to create the memories of their childhood.

And of course your favorite brew of choice!

Sherry

Make sure you have comfortable seats

to rest your kindle on!

And a big pool for everyone to enjoy!

Papa

Yes – when you book a beach house

make sure it has a pool

you most likely will spend more time there

as Sharks start feeding in the twilight

and the pool always has entertainment

Be music from a speaker – shade from the sun –

drinks from the fridge

or just good people to hang out with!

And of course in the rarly mornings –

you must also have a deck

to see the sunrise from

and a cup of coffee to enjoy those first rays of light!

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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 – 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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Papas World – Day# 39 – sheltering in place – we manage – 39 years!

It was almost 39 years ago – where did the time go!

We were married June 25th. 1982!

Together one year prior to that.

39 years!

And today – I would not shelter in place with anyone else.

As beautiful today
as she was those years ago
Sherry – our honeymoon
in the Dominican Republic

We were each married before – each had two children

but our world then as it is today

revolved around the fact we found each other.

Today as it was then
has not changed

The years have been blessed for us –

but it all seems to be going so fast.

From loading our big country van

and piling the kids in

leaving at 11:00 pm.

to drive 10 hours to the beach for vacation.

The kids asleep – breakfast and lunch packed

we could not afford to stop and eat

but we would find a place- a rest stop – beside a river

and they were happy and we were happy.

The excitement of staying at the beach

or our very first vacation

a cottage on Lake Erie

We scraped and saved

But we did it!

Today – we all are sheltering in place

Catching up by phone – messenger – face book – zoom.

We are blessed and sheltering in place

but I still dream – I still think back to that time

almost 39 years ago

“GIVE ME THE BEAT BOYS AND FREE MY SOUL “

As beautiful today as she was then

SHELTERING IN PLACE DAY # 39.

” I WANT TO GET LOST IN YOUR ROCK AND ROLL”

Day # 39
Sheltering in place
39 years of being together

“AND DRIFT AWAY”

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