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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, September 16, 2007


31° this morning! You know what that means??!!! IT MEANS IT IS TIME FOR THE REST OF YOU TO GET OUT YOUR LONG UNDERWEAR!! Actually, what it probably means is our butternut squash in the garden is history.

It wasn’t supposed to get that cold last night. BUT, there was a freeze advisory for the WESTERN U.P. 3 or 4 nights ago, we were supposed to get frost so we got out 4 big tarps and covered up the remaining part of the garden (which includes LOTS of squash). It didn’t frost that night. We’ve been faithfully watching the weather report and the Wizards did not tell me this event would occur last night. AND WE LOVE BUTTERNUT SQUASH!!! I’m sure it will make good deer food…as will the green tomatoes….and the rest of the pickles.

The skunks are still a problem which makes Nick want to go out in the dog yard VERY early (4:15 this morning) in the morning. I wish I could fall back to sleep like Dan can. He can get up, let the dogs out, wait patiently for them to “get done” and come back to bed and go right to sleep. He is even able to do this when it is 31° and Nick does not want to come in but wants to patrol his dog pen. And Dan is standing there in my Arapaho blanket/robe trying to politely tell Nick to come in and what will happen to him if he doesn’t. Dan can still go back to sleep after all of that. It obviously wakes me up and there isn’t any way I can go back to sleep. I have never been able to do that. Two minutes after Dan’s head hits the pillow, he is doing bird calls. So, I get tired very early and when it is dark (which is about 8:20 p.m. now) as far as I am concerned it is time for bed.

Nick is 12 and Chewy is 13 and they can’t “go as long” through the night as they use to. Once we don’t have to worry about skunks, we can just leave Nick outside in the dog yard. But we can’t do that with Chewy. She must look like a rabbit to a big owl and we can’t take the chance. So we have to wait for her to make her way around the pen (she follows the fence because she can’t see very well). When it isn’t cold, she feels the need to smell every blade of grass. When it IS cold it doesn’t take her long and she’ll be right back in. There are times when she appears to be “lost” and can’t find her way back (we do have a light that shines in their dog yard), so occasionally we have to go out and point her in the right direction. Dan made a handicap ramp for her when we added on to our home 3 years ago so she uses the ramp to come in but sometimes uses the steps when she goes out.

We have had 3 successful bear hunters. The young man in the wheel chair got a 250 pound bear, another fellow got a 225 pound bear and I don’t know the weight of the 3rd one. A couple of the guys here still have tags and about 2 more days before they have to head home.

Dan and I are once again “fighting” to keep OUR snowmobile trail….the one we refer to as the 4 Mile Corner trail. The DNR required us to have another gate built, which we had planned on installing before now but hasn’t happened due to the other circumstances. The gate was $250.00. We are in the process of getting the one lease holder’s permission to cross 20’ of his property and he wants $300.00. The permit from the DNR this year is $350.00. It use to be $75.00. THIS one really burns us. I’m not gonna get into the politics of it but you know we all pay taxes and State land is supposed to be for use by the public, etc. This story will be continued….maybe we need to pass around a collection bucket.

Hope you had a great weekend! Catch up with ya later!

By the way, in case I hadn’t mentioned it recently….THE FIRE IS OUT. We are still getting a lot of phone calls inquiring about the safety of being in the area. ALL IS WELL. COME ON UP.

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