Papa’s World – golfing buddies – friends forever – Cindy and Sherry.

With Cindy and Sherry – always a laugh.

They have been friends for going on 38 years or more –

one drives the cart – the other hangs on! LOL

They talk and talk and talk and then they laugh and laugh and laugh some more.

We – Buck and I – play them in golf and they give strokes!

They are tough to beat.

We have traveled the world together on adventure-filled vacations.
Fun times with great friends.

Talk of retirement for Cindy – golf – scrambles – laughter and shots – pars are shots! LOL

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

GIGI – Sherry’s mother – Barb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIGI is ever there watching over us.

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

The families we left behind.

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

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

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

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

MADDY SARAH ELLA

Maddy – today a Junior at the University of Lynchburg.

Sarah – A freshman in H.S.

Ella – today a Freshman at Randolph College

Both are older girls who play college soccer.

MEMORIES of past and present!

Sarah Mike Tammy Debby Ella Maddy Cassidy

MEMORIES of vacation times spent together.

Crossing the sound on a ferry boat!

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

MEMORIES of times in the past.

DEBBY and TAMMY

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

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

MOTHER AND DAUGHTERS BONDING – MEMORIES!

SHERRY

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

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

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

MEMORIES of families in transit!

SARAH and TAYLOR

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Papa’s World – Family vacations part two!

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

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

Today – Sarah and Bode!

The years have passed and she is growing up!

MEMORIES OF SARAH!

Maddy and Sherry

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

Maddy today – as a Junior – playing forward attacker

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

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

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

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

MEMORIES of when she was young!

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

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Papa’s World – Members of the Mermaid Club!

Cassidy Taylor Sarah

MEMORY – about nine years ago – while on vacation to the Outer Banks – the three of them formed a club

THE MERMAID CLUB!

They drew up a charter – ( Cassidy still has it on her wall) and whispers – giggling –

and chalk drawings on the driveway –

Three MERMAIDS – a secret club belonging to just these three!

MEMORIES of when they were small.

IF I COULD ONLY TURN BACK TIME!

They were inseparable – always together – always secret – always intently into their club!

Sherry Cassidy Taylor GIGI Sarah

MEMORY: I miss those times and with GIGI – Sherry’s mother – gone but not forgotten.

MEMORY: At our home in Brambleton, Va. the staircase

MEMORY: On their way upstairs – to plan their MERMAID CLUB!

MEMORY when they were young – now Sarah is in her first year of H.S. and the twins are in 5th. grade.

The years have gone by – whenever we do get together – these three still are together.

COUSINS

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Papa’s World – into our lives – FRIENDS!

Our volleyball team after I quit playing softball – Back row – next to me – Steve and in front of him next to Sherry – Elaine. This couple are some of our oldest friends – and we still stay in touch today.

We are blessed in that we have so many dear friends.

Some – for me – go back to childhood.

Sherry – Papa – PJ – and Bob!

We have been friends since first grade – Bob and I.

We played sports together – stayed at one anothers homes.

Ran the streets after dark – drank a few beers together

and still – to this day – meet up and share old memories.

They will stop in on their way back home to N.H. in May.

HUGS TO P.J. and Bob.

Fred and Lynda – Sherry!

Freddie and I go back to 7th. grade

Playing sports together – card games – there were four of us that paled around

Freddie – Bobby and Jon ( deceased)

Lynda and Fred are the oldest couple still together as our friends.

Sherry – Buck – Cindy and Papa.

We have traveled the World together –

Spain – Gibraltar – Morocco – Canada – and numerous states on the East coast and the West coast

and in between.

Always planning new adventures.

Friends as neighbors since 1987!

Papa Jim Sherry Dottie – they have been married 40 years – and I knew them both before that – Jimmy and I played softball together for two teams in the late ’70’s!

Jim – Dottie and I all grew up in the same town in Pa. called Eldred.

Jim -Sherry and I all worked together in Olean N.Y.

It has been a long and rewarding friendship all these years.

When all the kids were young – we would vacation together at the beach.

Carol and Mike John, neighbors for 12 1/2 years in WNY!

We were neighbors and they were Buck and Cindy’s friends.

We lived beside them for 12 1/2 years

We would race our ride mowers up and down the street! LOL

We would play jokes on each other.

It was a great time in our lives and the McBrides and us left the hood

shortly after they left and moved South.

The John’s own a painting corp that travels the USA

painting various structures and energy companies pipe lines.

We will spend a long weekend with them at the lake house in WNY!

The Browns and McBrides also.

Jo Paul Peterson and Sherry

Jo graduated one year behind me

Paul graduated with Sherry from Smethport.

We got to know one another through reunions

and have traveled to their home in Phoenix and them to ours before the pandemic.

We have maintained that friendship for the last ten years or so.

Here we are at the WALL in DC.

Reflections of the soul I call this.

Gerhard and Jennie – our son in laws parents

For the last 14 years or more – we have bonded with his parents.

Always visiting them when we lived in NVA.

They have come down to visit us in North Myrtle Beach.

In laws and friends – FAMILY!

Our little group get together to golf.

There are times we try to bring us all together to golf.

Wish it would happen more often.

But when it does – it is fun and guys vs. gals!

If we are not on our game – they will beat us! LOL

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Papa’s World – back home now is Ocean Keyes – beach – S.C.

Papa – walking the beach – after spending Christmas in NVA!

When we moved 21 years ago – from Western New York –

to Northern Va. my thought was we are now in the South!

We actually picked up another four to six weeks of better weather

on either side of winter!

We liked the area – going into Washington DC on a regular basis.

We purchase three homes while there – two that we actually built.

We had most of our family follow us there.

But – it still got cold and three times –

an accumulation of snow greater than in all the 50 years we lived in the snow belt!

You can change your looks – but mother nature does what it wants to do!
Although I am not going into the water – 2 days before New Years eve – people in the water on North Myrtle Beach!

Now – we are calling this home until our home we are building if finished

some time in the next 4 to 6 months!

The first thing we did the next day after returning HOME – was do our walk on the beach!

Home has a different meaning now – and we have become comfortable now here.

Enough that when you have that yearning to go back home

visions of what awaits you run through your mind!

We both have always been drawn to the surf – beach – water and sand.

While dating almost 40 years ago – we spent a week in the outer banks

with my brother and some of his friends.

That is when our bond for the ocean became a fixed state in our minds.

Our Vacations revolved around different trips with our children

to beaches up and down the East coast!

It was a fun time in our early life together – the kids remember and have carried on the tradition of beach vacations!
Sherry – walking while running her internet – network marketing business – http://www.sf.juiceplus.com

Home is where the heart is – and while we could not find a home here –

we are building one close – 14 miles away at another beach address –

OCEAN ISLE BEACH in North Carolina!

It is a 30 minute drive North of here – so we can often come back to walk!

There are two beaches there within 4 to 6 miles –

Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach!

Home is where your heart is – and now our hearts are in the deeper South!

Where warm is Sun – no snow – ice – and 50 plus degrees every day!

The call of the beach – our hearts are here!

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Papa’s World – Living with kids before we left – vagabonds – traveling!

Here we are – in our early ’70’s – homeless – living with daughters –

until we pack up and head South

to North Myrtle Beach S.C.

First thing we do as vagabonds – is play some golf!

We made it a point – have fun – play golf – and enjoy the warm weather while we can!

Here we played one of our favorite courses in NVA!

Deer are everywhere – and are so tame – even when you hit toward them

they do not move!

You have to be pretty good to hit them and we are not good! LOL

Our view from youngest daughter and husbands home!

We would have almost three months to wait before we left –

pack up and go –

to a place we had never been and found by accident

OCEAN KEYES – North Myrtle Beach

every day a 1/2 mile walk to the sand and water of the beach.

First – we had to downsize – made dozen of trips to the Salvation Army – sold almost 95% of our household furniture with the house ! And got ourselves a storage unit – one big enough to walk in and through all our “STUFF”!

I thought I would MISS STUFF but I don’t!

I have moved on – just as we were about to do!

But first saying our goodbyes – these are what I will miss – FAMILY!

You never get use to that – WHEN YOU THROW IT AWAY – REMEMBER THERE IS NO AWAY!

That is why we are back home for the Christmas time – for three weeks!

And we will come back again in late Feb. and early March.

They will come down to visit –

And our life will go on!

We will walk once again with them – we will share laughs – and in Jan. hope will bring them to us!
We will meet up once again with old friends – laughing – exploring –
And true to form – PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING! LOL!
ICE CREAM and a SMILE!
This one texts or calls everyday her MORMOR & PAPA!

FAMILY – fun times and memories made –

FUN TIMES and memories to be made!

NEW ADVENTURES AWAIT FOR THESE TWO – as we a\have traveled the World together and now they live only 40 miles from us!

Our friends of many years – Buck and Cindy – have lived down in N.C. for years

and now – we golf every week together.

Family is back home – friends are here!

Yes – the Sun set of a family home – the night before we left – rain shower cleaning the roadway – vagabonds!

We are blessed to have these places to stay –

and now – we have begun our new home build

and once again – it will become a FAMILY HOME!

Once again in the South – we will be together – family – as always – you never throw that away!

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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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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 – smile a little smile for me!

The smile of the innocence!

Smiling – brings joy to all

Joy – brings happiness

Happiness brings laughter!

Dottie Cindy Sherry

Laughter brings Friends

Friends bring being together!

Together brings good times!

Good times brings cheers-

Cheers brings antics –

Antics brings friendship

Along with friends – antics and laughter

This all brings families together

Sandy ( Cindy & Buck) Debby & Tammy ( Sherry & Tom) Katie ( Dottie & Jim)

First are the daughters

generations and then their family

The circle of families

Smile a little smile for me

Laugh a little

A picture is worth a thousand words

Smiles are forever.

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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 – continued Sand bridge – beach!

Each group was separated on the beach – our group is the middle one.

Sherry back at the beach house

Sherry is tall at 5′ 9″ –

But the first of the grand children to match her is Ella!

It seems in the last year she has grown 6 inches!

And at 13 Sarah is catching up at 5′ 6″!

And we have another one younger at 9 years old

is Taylor whom I think will be the tallest including Sherry!

Sarah at 13!

We have five grand daughters and one grand son from Debby and Tammy!

Ages 19 – 17 – 13 – 9 (twins) and the boy 5!

The little ones loved Sarah and Ella.

Our group space on the beach.

As you can see – we set up and no one came close to being beside us.

The beach here is very wide and we were just outside the local beach.

When I walked up the beach – they also were social distancing.

Nicky – Sherry & Nate.

Being three floors and a outside pool area – we were never crowded.

And we would tend to have part of the people head to the beach

others staying at the pool or going golfing – walking.

I never saw anyone not with a mask on by the shops or in them.

Grand mother and grand daughter
An almost empty beach

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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 – 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.

Thank you for reading Papa’ World

The week continues in the next blog!

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Papa’s World – homeless and when friends meet!

Dottie Sherry Cindy Buck Jim

Dottie & Jim and I go way back – I was there when they got married.

Jim & I worked together and played softball together in the mid 70’s.

We met Buck and Cindy through them and ended up moving

into their neighborhood next to them and Mike & Carol.

Everyone smile – Cindy – down – smile – Cindy down – look this way!

Believe it or not – this picture was not easy to get –

They all were doing something other than looking! Lol

Now tradition demands a little Fireball –

And Cindy and Sherry are in charge of that –

Calling the “SHOTS” so to speak!

Jimmy is the organizer –

placing them the perfect way! Lol

Now – a couple of us – Cindy – Mike and I –

like to cut it with Rum Chata !

I am not much for wine or the hard stuff

but I can do the shots this way!

Now Captain Mike told his son –

“THESE GUYS CAN DRINK” !

BUT – we were on the boat for a total of 8 hours –

and I could not even sip my beer –

The boat would make you chip your tooth!

Cindy Sherry Me Carol

We really did not have that much!

A lot of water –

some beer

and everyone laughing!

Sherry & Cindy

The boat was beautiful – powerful and lots of room.

A 300 HP. V8!

You would have to get it up to 15 MPH just to have it plane out!

Mike said the fastest he had ever gone

was somewhere South of 50!

I think at one time Jimmy got it up to 35 MPH!

And that my friends was as fast as I wanted to go!

Thank you Carol and Mike for the weekend
Thank you to our friends for being our friends
A lot of years here – friends!
“The Johns – Lake Chautauqua – established 2019 “
What friends mean
Dottie Cindy Sherry Carol “TURN THE MUSIC UP”!
Captain and first mate!

A end to a very nice long weekend –

HOMELESS AND WHERE FRIENDS MEET

Thank you for reading Papa’s World

WHERE FRIENDS MEET THE FAMILY

AND FAMILY MEET OUR FRIENDS!

Thank you Carol and Mike

The lake house established 2019

THE JOHNS!

Papa’s World – going on another road trip – friends

One of our adventures- Sherry Fitzsimmons – Cindy North McBride – William McBride and Tom Fitzsimmons on the inter coastal water way off North Carolina.


For the last 12 years – we have taken trips together – every other year in most cases.

We have been to Spain – Gibraltar – Morocco – we have toured N.H. – Mass. and Maine. We have been to the Niagara Falls , Ontario Canada wine region – tasting wine and brews !

We have revisited our roots back in NWPA and SWNY – playing a week of golf on the courses we played years and years ago. You see – we were neighbors and friends 37 years ago ! Then they moved South to N.C. and later we transferred South to NVA – all the while staying in close contact – visiting on vacations.

On Turtle Bay Oahu

We have visited Oahu together- covering the whole island in 10 days.

Playing golf in the mountains close to where they filmed Jurassic Park. We have stayed at their house in N.C. and played the courses around them.

Buck ( William ) and Tom riding the inter
coastal water way.

We are planing and talking future trips – ( IRELAND ) back to our ancestors. Maybe a trip to Nashville – and my thoughts on Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Tenn. with a log cabin in the mountains !

Buck and Cindy in Oahu .

Now – we have committed to a trip out West – the far West as in Northern California – a drive and stay trip for 7 or 8 days ! Making our list pf places to see and when we get together – piecing all the information down – getting excited !

On the beach in North Shore Oahu.


We have now been retired for 7 years ( Sherry ) 6 years me. Sherry had a sales job ( outside ) – all of NVA – for the company she worked for for 32 years. The traffic and day to day stress was more than enough – so she started a part time job through The Juice Plus Company. When it grew – she decided at which point it was large enough to retire. At age 63 – she did it !

Today – we are able to both be retired – and will be celebrating – in the next two months – our birthdays – the big 70 !!!!

Back in NWPA- Sherry’s home – the Knizua via duct – bridge.


Red woods – Napa valley – Reno – Lake Tahoe – Sequoia’s – San Francisco – Alcatraz – Yosemite – Sonoma – Berkley – Glamping –

Just some of the things on our list – we shall see and compare. Close friends through all these years – still trying to get our other close friends to take a trip with us.

At Vanish Brewery near our home in NVA – October fest !

Where ever we go – when ever we go – there are laughs – there are adventures and sometimes golf ( we give no strokes as they are too good )

Sherry and Cindy – always something with their phones!

These two will always laugh and make us laugh – that is why we get along so well. Later this Summer – another road trip – to Northern California. A trip worth waiting for – another adventure in the making.

Stay tuned – waiting – excited – and NO STROKES – they should give us strokes! LOL

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Papa’s World – MERMAID CLUB – DO NOT ENTER

You see – they have this club – the little ones that is –

called “THE MERMAIDS” – you must believe in order to enter !

The CLUB rules

It’s a rare club – only those ( the girls ) are allowed in – but little Bode – is a guest – but not a Mermaid !

Bode – a guest – just how can you keep him out !!!

The club was formed a few years ago – there was a planning session – at a Soccer game ( Maddy’s) and they convened – making it hush – hush !

Looking up club rules for the MERMAID CLUB

RULE # ONE – you must believe – you must recite the chant – and like water!

Maddy and Ella

Even though you like water – you can not belong if you do not believe – just ask Maddy and Ella – who were left out !

THE CLUB

The club ‘ s picture was drawn just before we checked out on the turn around – declaring the member’s.

The main three

As the years go by – and they continue to grow up –

“THE MERMAID CLUB ” will always be a part of it –

imagination – the remembering their youth – innocence –

three little girls and one boy.

ON THE BEACH – ALL SIX GRAND KIDS

My memory shall be not only the MERMAID CLUB –

but sharing a week – smiling – watching – seeing them come together –

and one little boy in awe of his sisters and cousins – looking at them !

Tom & Sherry – PAPA & MORMOR

This blog is about family memories –

a time that I have put down in writing – and photo’s –

to share but foremost –

a place to look back on and reflect on just another day in my life.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do –

memories are a test of time

Having a place to read and see them is priceless !

Thank you !

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