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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, May 03, 2009

ALMOST READY TO OPEN!!

Dan and I are getting too old to own a campground. At least we’re getting too old to enjoy it like we USE to! THIS IS A LOT OF WORK!!!

I’m not complaining; not after spending all winter being a houseplant. It is GOOD to be outside in the fresh air (which by the way had gusts up to 25 mph yesterday) and the sunshine…and to be doing something physical besides typing and changing channels!

But, I am so sore today that even the two hairs on my left leg hurt (I shaved without my glasses the other morning). I ache pretty much all over. I even have pain in my right pinky. But that might have something to do with it being in the wrong place at the wrong time (like between two pieces of wood that came together before I could remove all of my hand). Bed never sounded as good as it did last night. I was just too pooped to perambulate.

We managed to get the two remaining tree stumps out of the park and into the woods then we had a bunch of brush to pick up and holes to fill in where the trees had been. Then the raking commenced. I tried to wait till later in the day to sow grass seed but the wind just didn’t die down. Either we will have grass coming up where we wanted it or the areas to the south of it will be VERY lush. I trimmed up the young Nairobi Willows yesterday morning and there are smaller trees to be trimmed yet, so more brush to pick up. WE both hate that part.

Dan and I timed it so we managed to watch the Kentucky Derby yesterday. WHAT A SURPRISE THAT WAS!!! I don’t know if any of you watch it, but this fella with a shattered ankle brought his horse (all by himself) from New Mexico in a plain old horse trailer (nothing fancy) for the race. He had purchased this horse fro $9500!! AND IT WON THE DERBY!! Mine That Bird came all the way from the back of the pack along the inside rail to win by several lengths. I almost hated to watch the race before it even started because the track was so muddy. I hate to see horses get injured and that was what I was afraid of. But it was a good race!

Well, not sure what is on our schedule for today except more outside work. But in the meantime, I am going to post a poem for you that I wrote shortly after we purchased our park in 1992.

DA SECOND MONT OF OWNING A CAMPGROUND (written by C. Clementz)

(SUNG T O DA TUNE OF DA SECOND WEEK OF DEER CAMP BY DA YOOPERS )

It’s da second mont of being
A campground owner you see
We’ve lived here almost 2 monts
In da Great U.P.
Da only time we’re in da house
Is when we want to sleep
It’s da second mont of being
A campground owner you see.

We work real hard and mow da yard
And dig da fire pit ring
We transplant trees and kill big bees
And hope we don’t get sting
Da only time we’re in da house
Is when we want to sleep
It’s da second mont of living
In da Great U.P.

Dan, he is working in da sewer lagoon
He’s working cutting cattails
Morning, night and noon.
He’s wearing tigh high waders
And wading in da shit
Only 100 more yards to go
And he can call it quit

Me, I’ve been painting
And trimming up da trees
I feel like I’ve been working here
Since 1963
Da bears are eating our berries
And da fox are running free
It’s da second mont of living
In da Great U.P.

We haven’t had a chance to
Even look around
Anything we’ve seen is
Located on our ground
Da work is fun, we’ll work till it’s done
Den we’ll go to sleep
It’s da second mont of living
In da Great U.P.
(SUNG T O DA TUNE OF DA SECOND WEEK OF DEER CAMP BY DA YOOPERS. DA YOOPERS IS DA FAMOUS MUSICIANS FROM DA U.P. Please visit their official website at www.dayoopers.com

4 comments:

  1. I thought we were tired getting our house ready to sell but I have a few muscles not aching.

    Is all the snow gone and things dried out?

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  2. Thanks to my Sweetie's sharing her Yooper discs with me, the tune you parodied is one of my favorites (Nordern 'Sconsin ain't too far from Yooperland, ya know) and so I could sing along as I read your version. Good job!

    Like Sandy, I love your writing style. I'm slowly becoming addicted, too.

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  3. SBW, things are drying out but there are parts of the campground that are clay so we try to avoid those areas yet. They ARE grassy, but soft. Still a few lingering snowbanks in the park and still snow in the woods.

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  4. Tom and Sandy...THANKS to both of ya! Must be, Tom, you are from
    "Sconsin"?

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