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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, July 20, 2007


I know I’ve been “away” from Yooper Yarns for a couple of days, but there really hasn’t been that much going on. I’m not sure if that is good or bad!

We Yoopers are getting all excited about the upcoming Mighty Mac show on the Discovery channel…but then, when ya live in da U.P. you tend to get excited over little things…like when the shipment of Troll brand bratwurst arrives at the store, or you have more than 2 bars on a cell phone. Anyway, I digress. Our neighbor “kids” (anyone younger than us is a kid, right??) are coming down for the evening with the Dirty Job/ Mighty Mac show is on. Any excuse for a Yooper get together!

You know how much I like spiders….NOT. Well, after reading THIS story, I don’t know if I’ll be buying any more grapes right away! I try to eat healthy, but I really don't think that I would have to worry about finding a spider in a bag of chocolate stars. If I have to choose between spider surprises and calories...guess what wins out??

Woman finds black widow spider in grapes
Judy Reardon found something unexpected in the four-pound box of grapes she brought home from Costco in Coon Rapids last week. Something dangerous. As she washed off the grapes and put them in plastic bags last week, she saw something move - a spider. With the help of her husband, she captured it alive in a jar.
"I wanted to destroy her but my husband has been keeping her - cause I don't know why," Reardon said.
The Reardons thought the spider was a black widow but they weren't sure. They let WCCO-TV take it to the University of Minnesota's insect museum.
"There's red markings on the underside of the abdomen," professor Phil Clausen said as he confirmed it was indeed a black widow.
Reardon said she contacted the supplier of the grapes in California, and was told this happens about once a year with its grapes. But Clausen said there's a chance the spider got into the carton in Minnesota because the climate is getting warmer and black widows are turning up here more often.
"This is a very, very abnormal situation," Craig Wilson, assistant vice president for food safety for Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco Wholesale Corp., told the station. "You could use more dangerous pesticides but that causes bigger problems."
Reardon returned the grapes. She said she has no interest in suing Costco - she just wants everyone to be careful when they bring grapes home, wash them well and check them over.
The spider's new home will be at the university's insect museum.
The black widow got its name because the females eat the males right after they mate. A black widow bite can cause people severe pain, cramping and illness, but deaths are relatively rare.

Information from: Esme Murphy/WCCO-TV, http://www.wcco.com

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