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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!

Saturday, March 07, 2009


Our trip to Iron Mountain was uneventful and nothing to take pix of. We DID see 3 eagles sitting in a tree, way out in the middle of a fog shrouded field. We probably wouldn’t have noticed them if it hadn’t been for the flock (do crows come in a flock??) of crows sitting on a dead deer alongside the highway. We were both surprised that the eagles were not the ones on the carcass. Or maybe they had their fill by then.

The snow is quickly disappearing the further west you go in da U.P. And the price of fuel is a lot cheaper the further west you go too. We managed to get 20.9 miles to the gallon with Bubba, the Dodge turbo diesel. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get that kind of MPG when we start pulling our 5th wheel??!! HA!

Dan and I both thought he had an appointment with the orthopedist at the VA hospital. Turns out it was just for knee, hip and back X-rays. The orthopedist appointment hadn’t even been set up yet! We went to that area of the hospital and managed to get an appointment on March 27th at 9:10 their time (8:10 ours). The order was there for the appointment, but they hadn’t had time to set it up.

We stopped at Wal-Mart Thursday night before we went to our motel. I hoped I might be able to get a winter coat. The zipper in my “groomer coat” (matches the color of our groomers and has an embroidered groomer on the front) needs to be replaced. Due to the type of stitching/facing or whatever (I DO NOT SEW. I staple and tape), it would cost more to tear out that zipper than the coat is worth. Anyway, the clerk at Wal-Mart said they had just had a coat sale; $5.00 per coat…and they were ALL gone. I do have another winter coat and I think I have told you about it. When I put it on, I look like a brown Michelin tire man. Seriously, it looks like someone has filled the coat up with air (and it is NOT down nor is it quilted). It is a warm coat, but lets face it women, none of us want to look larger than we really are! But I’m going to start using it I guess. Hopefully none of us will need a winter coat much longer!

And do you know how you can tell you've been married a long time? When you walk into your motel room and there are two queen size beds. You look at each other and say at the same time "Which one do you want?" I don't know why, but every once in a while it is NICE to be able to stretch OUT and not worry about kicking, punting or other wise bothering your bed mate! We do have a queen size bed, but as I said, every once in a while, it is nice to have your own space!

On our way back home, we stopped at the TASA barn. Dan turned in his key. He is done grooming and done with TASA entirely. I know that felt funny to him after all these years. His loyalties lie with Bob Brown, who till within the past couple of days was the TASA President and Trail Boss. I am more than ready to call it quits too. I actually have been counting the days till the election which was supposed to have been March 31, 2009. It has had to be rescheduled for April 14th, 2009. Please keep that in mind if you had planned on attending or running for an office or for one of the director positions.

It’s a gray, ugly looking day. Everything is iced over. Walking where we have plowed will require wearing our cleats. Most likely when our cabin guests check out today we will DRIVE out to the cabin to clean it instead of even trying to walk. The yard looks like a feed lot due to all the exposed bird feed on the snow. Between now and May when things start to green up is the worst time of year there is up here. That is why we normally try to be GONE for the month of April…or at least a good portion of it. That won’t happen this year because we will be gone starting in October, but we do plan on going downstate to visit family and friends for a week in latter April.

We call this our “tour of duty” because it is so hard to catch up with everyone and spend equal time with everyone so no one (meaning our three kids basically) feels left out or shadowed in some way. The kids all have jobs during the week so that means trying to catch them on the weekend. Our friends have jobs so that means trying to catch them hopefully after they get home from work. It kind of takes the fun out of it when ya try to get around spending time with everyone; it always seems someone doesn’t get equal time or maybe doesn’t even get a visit. We have told everyone the road goes both ways! And we don’t even know if we’ll be able to make the trip for sure; it depends on what the Dr’s say about Dan’s knee problem. If it will require surgery, then we need to get that done ASAP.

Anyway, that is the soap opera for us today! Catch ya later!!

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