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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!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

HOME IN THE SNOW (sung to the tune of Home on the Range)
Oh give me a place
Where the snow hits my face
And the shovels are used every hour

Where you always do hear
Snowmobiles drawing near
And the groomers are out in full power

Home, Home in the snow
Where the groomers are always on trail
Where you always will hear
Snowmobiles drawing near
And trail reports are never stale
Written by Cathy Clementz


You can probably guess from my little ditty that there isn’t much new to write about. I DO believe that I could be as accurate as any one of the 105 weather reports for the U.P--after all, ONE of them HAS to be correct!! Had I written my ditty differently, I would have included “Where there has been heard, discouraging words”.

There is snow in our forecast for the next several days, but no storms in the making. I think we need to find an ancient Seneca Indian and see if he can do a proper Native American snow dance for us, because I think the rest of us have forgotten the steps. White Precipitus doesn’t seem to be anywhere around and her evil cousin, Atmospheric Vapor has ruled for the past couple of days. She must be weak from LOC (lack of chocolate).

Everyone, on the count of three, click your heels together three times and say “there’s nothing like snow, there’s nothing like snow, there’s nothing like snow.”

This is very discouraging. I’ve gotten so I don’t even look out the window when I get up in the morning. Even Bismark N.D. is having problems. They have an annual snow angel contest and they too are lacking in snow; In 2002, Bismarck successfully entered the Guinness Book of Records for most simultaneous snow angels with 1,291. But in 2005, students at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., shattered the record with 3,784 simultaneous angels. Snyder said she'd hoped to have more than 4,000 at this year's event.

I guess the only good thing is I can now put the Christmas cookie recipes away for another year. I don’t think I told you about using my new stand mixer that I purchased last month when I sold my rifle! It is a Sunbeam and I got it at Wal-Mart for $99.00. I had a Sunbeam stand mixer before and was very satisfied with it. I attempted to make cinnamon oatmeal cookies, which is rather stiff dough, and the mixer couldn’t “handle it”. I had to keep scraping the sides of the bowl as it was mixing and actually TURNING the bowl as well. The mixer is supposed to turn the bowl by itself, right? I thought maybe it was a fluke so when I made my Amish sugar cookie recipe, I put the dough hooks on because that dough IS VERY STIFF. It wouldn’t spin much at all! I ended up mixing all that flour in by hand.

I went online to the Sunbeam site and looked up this particular mixer (which by the way they sell for $149.99). I couldn’t see anything that would indicate I was doing something wrong so I emailed them letting them know how disappointed I was. I explained that I purchased the mixer at Wal-Mart, gave the date, the price, the model, the whole 9 yards. I really didn’t expect to hear back from them, or if I did that it would be a “Gee, we’re sorry”. A couple of days later I received an email from Sunbeam apologizing for the defective product and that I would receive a new mixer in two to three weeks and was there anything else they could help me with?? Boy, was I surprised! I emailed back and thanked them for standing behind their product and explained I no longer had the box that the defective mixer came in and would there be directions as to how to return it. Sunbeam emailed back that they didn’t expect me to return the defective mixer.

It pays to send in your warranty registration ASAP. And isn’t it good to know that major companies STILL stand behind their product! I just hope the 2nd one isn’t defective!

Anyway, for those of you who celebrate Christmas, Dan and I hope that you have a very wonderful holiday and wish you peace, good health and loving families.

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