On the Street Where You Live…Part 10

6 Oct


Judy Wills

Our next Air Force assignment sent us to Panama City, Florida, to Tyndall AFB.  Fred had lived there in the 1950’s with his family, as his Dad was a Base Chaplain, so this was familiar territory for him.

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The base didn’t have any place for us to move into when we first arrived.  We actually began looking for a house off-base, but the prices were just out of our range. That turned out to be a blessing, as later, when Fred became the weather unit’s commander, he would have been required to move into base housing!

We stayed in a roach-infested motel room for a couple of weeks before we moved into our government quarters.  It was a duplex, which was rather nice – only one other family as neighbors!

1976 – Our half of the duplex – Tyndall AFB, Florida

The living room/dining room was just one long, large room, with bricks along one outer wall.  There was also a door to the outside/backyard in that room, opposite the front door.  We had that big, 110″ long couch, remember, and I used that as a divider between the living room and the dining room.

1978 – The big blue couch.  A friend of Janet’s at her birthday party

1978 – Janet’s birthday party.  The brick wall with the piano

We had the piano against the brick wall, and the TV and bookcases (with our stereo system) along the other wall.

1975 – The girls in front of the bookcase/stereo

The hallway led to the one bathroom, that had the requisite tub/shower (gray tile), toilet and sink. 

The bathroom was next to our large bedroom. Down the hallway were the other two bedrooms.  There was a fairly narrow wall before heading into the other bedrooms, and we placed our pachinko machine there.  It was a great way to spend some time just relaxing and playing a game.  Fred was familiar with the game, as he had seen them when he lived in Japan with his family.

The entire unit had blood-red vinyl tile flooring with – what we called built-in heel marks.  So we purchased a roll of white vinyl flooring and covered the dining room and kitchen with it.  Then we completely covered the rest of the apartment with shag carpet – celery green mostly throughout.

1974 – Fred and Karen.  Notice the celery green carpet.

The kitchen was off from the dining room.  It was rather small and crowded, especially since the washing machine and dryer were in there.

1974 – Janet in a basket in the kitchen.  Washer/dryer on left, refrigerator on right, back door

1974 – The kitchen.  Mother came for a visit

There was another door from there out to a small patio, and a storage building.  We eventually purchased a portable dishwasher, and added it to the kitchen, making the room even smaller.  Some people we knew had removed one of the cabinets and placed the dishwasher there, pulling it over to the sink whenever they needed to run the machine.  We didn’t do that – we needed the cabinet space! There was a window over the sink, looking out over the carport, and down the street.

There was no garage there, only a carport.  But that was okay – unless it was raining, then one of us got wet, since we had two cars by that time!

We were quite comfortable there, which was a good thing, because we lived in that duplex for five years!  I told Fred that we really needed to move, because I was beginning to put down “roots” in a government duplex!

God saw to move us the next year, so that was good.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

One Response to “On the Street Where You Live…Part 10”

  1. Onisha Ellis October 7, 2019 at 9:28 pm #

    Judy, you had an amazing talent to be content and make a loving home, wherever the military sent you.


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