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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Friday, November 03, 2006


A good friend of ours was out west hunting last month. Everyone in the group got an antelope so he gladly shared some of the antelope burger and steaks with us.

He said his wife had fixed a package of steaks but she didn’t like them; said they were tough and dry. We KNOW his wife is an excellent cook so this surprised us. I figured when we do the steaks we’ll use the crockpot and see if that helps.

Today I used some of the burger and made stewp (that is what Dan calls it; a cross between soup and stew) and homemade dumplings for in the stewp. WE EACH HAD 3 BOWLS OF THAT STUFF!!! It is so good!

Dan is not always a good listener; for example I told him “That stewp is hotter than hell, so be careful.” He blew two good breaths on it and put it in his mouth. I think the spoon fried fast to the roof of his mouth and the stem on the spoon adhered to his lips. When he was finally able to get the spoon out of his mouth and his hand around his glass of water, he said “Wa dnt you ta me da wa so ha??” Translation, “Why didn’t you tell me that was so hot?” Dan is a quick study but I’ll be darn if he didn’t do it again with the 2nd spoonful. I think he must’ve been pretty darn hungry tonight.

Since the stewp was so good, we can’t wait to try the steaks!

Rifle season for hunting deer begins in Michigan November 15th. With my shoulder problems, I've had to give up hunting with either my rifle or my bow, but Dan has high hopes of "bagging his buck". It is ironic that as much time as he spends in our woods checking things out and looking for "sign", the deer are all crossing through the campground! We haven't seen them, just their tracks! And no, he wouldn't shoot a deer that was in our campground.

Our “big” snow storm dropped about 6 inches on our immediate area. I’ve heard they received more north of us. You can tell even the snowplow truck drivers are getting in the winter mode; I noticed two out of sorts mailboxes on my way to town this morning…meaning, the blade got TOO close to the post! (REMEMBER THE PREVIOUS POST OF ‘DEAR DIARY’??? SOME OF IT IS TRUE!!!) The main roads were clear but the side roads looked like a mess. The parking areas in town were pretty slick. Everyone was walking with their knees bent and their toes curled. Come to think of it, most of those that were walking that way were headed to physical therapy so maybe it had nothing to do with the condition of the parking lots. Hmmm….

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