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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!

Monday, October 15, 2007


Many of you will recognize the name Trail Boss Bob. TBB is also now President Bob so he is wearing a couple of different hats in the Tahquamenon Area Snowmobile Association. This man lives and breaths TASA and our grooming equipment which is New Holland tractors “converted” by Sur-Trak to grooming equipment.

This past Saturday, his adult kids and his wife planned a surprise 60th birthday party for him. We were instructed to NOT bring gifts…well, maybe a gag gift.

The kids had made a black flag with BOB IS 60 spray painted on it and ran it up the flag pole. There was all kinds of food, a keg of beer and a huge bonfire (thank goodness because it was rather chilly).

Bob finally arrived and BOY was he surprised. He had all sorts of comments to make. You could tell he was very touched by the whole thing. I wish you knew Bob so you would get the “magnitude” of how he was touched. He can be such a cut up.

He got quite an assortment of gag gifts; everything from hair restorer, to men’s briefs with “HELP!! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” printed on the front.

Dan and I had spent a lot of time trying to think what we could get that would be unique and that Bob would “relate” to. I thought about trying to find him a toy New Holland groomer and drag but none seem to exist. What I DID find though was New Holland toilet paper! There was a blue NH tractor (with a cab..just like TASA’s 3) on the sheets! PERFECT! So I called the store instead of emailing. The place is located in Missouri and I felt like I was talking to Rhett Butler only with a heavy southern accent. WHAT a POLITE man! Long story short, they didn’t have any more but he would give me the phone number of the lady that supplies it to them. So I got in touch with her and she didn’t have any on hand (again, the very southern accent…from Mississippi) but would make one up for me. I told her I needed it within a week; she said it wouldn’t be a problem. I asked her if she wanted my credit card number. She doesn’t take cards, but I could send her a check when the package arrived. HOW TRUSTING!!! The package finally arrived on Friday. She had this roll of toilet paper wrapped with a clear crunchy type paper and tied at the top with blue ribbons that had been curled.

OK, now you’ve got the picture of what THAT looks like.

Dan and I “built” our gift around the fact that Bob really enjoyed our canned HOT peppers. He had four gifts from us all to be opened in a certain order. First there was a little box of Rol-Aids. Then there was the box with the canned peppers. Next, was a box with the TP. We had the clear, crunchy type wrapping paper and the pretty blue ribbons sticking up out of the box that we put it in (each package WAS wrapped). He said “Where in the hell did you get that?” I told him there was a story behind it. Someone else chimed in, “You know Cathy. She’ll find it on the net!” The last gift was a tube of hemorrhoid ointment. THOSE PEPPERS ARE FIREY HOT!

It seems we are having a party about every two weeks. September 29th was the TASA party, and then this past weekend was Bob’s big 60th. I know there is a birthday on the 27th. Two weeks after that we COULD celebrate the New Moon…there is always something going on someplace!

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