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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!

Thursday, December 04, 2008


A Christmas Story for people having a bad day:

When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.

Then Mrs Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.

Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.

Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum.. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drank all the cider and hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor.
He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang, and irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.

The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to put it?'

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

(I realize this story isn't PC meantioning Christmas and Angels so I hope no one is offended.)


  1. Anonymous8:57 AM

    Have read this before, still think it is very funny. Personally, I'm more than a little tired of people trying to take Christ out of Christmas. I'd get real mad if somebody tried to rescind my birthday too. Have a wonderful day, I enjoy your blog.

  2. Gary, What is the weather like down there today? My daughter drives from Athens to the VA in BC for her job...mom always worries!

    Glad you enjoy the blog! And ya never know who you might offend so I try hard to be very careful!

  3. Anonymous12:36 AM

    Light snow tonight, 21 degrees at 12:30 a.m. with 12 mph wind. Only a couple of inches of white stuff on ground. I used to be a housekeeper at that V.A. from 1979-85.....small world.

  4. Thanks for the weather report! I won't worry so much about my "kid".

    Jo has a job in the fee base area (writes up the OK's for vets to be able to get their treatment someplace other than the VA if conditions neccesitate).


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