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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 31, 2009


IT IS A FREEKING 29⁰ THIS MORNING!! And tomorrow is the first of June, right?

The hummers were so busy at the feeders last night around dusk that I just KNEW it was going to be a cold night. Of course the fact that the Weather Weenie said 27-32⁰ had something to do with my “all knowing”, but I was sure hoping he was wrong.

So, we brought in one hummer feeder and left the other 3 outside hoping it wouldn’t freeze.

I got up at 4:45 to check the temp and check the 3 feeders that were still outside. One has to be careful on a frosty deck with slippery slippers (WHY do you think they are called slippers anyway??? DUH!). I brought in the 3 feeders, one at a time and sat them in warm water till they thawed. It was still dark and I wasn’t seeing any hummers. I sat on the couch watching the time, the temps and the windows for hummers. Finally about 5:15 I saw one so I started putting the feeders back outside. It is still 29 but the feeders haven’t re-frozen yet and the little guys are busy.

I think Dan has given up on planting a garden this summer; SUMMER??? WHAT THE HELL IS SUMMER? It has been so long since I have experienced summer, I had to look up the definition (as follows):

The usually warmest season of the year (HA!!) , occurring between spring and autumn and constituting June (OH!!! THERE IS THE RUB!!! IT ISN'T JUNE YET!! SO TOMORROW IT WILL BE WARMER??!! ), July, and August in the Northern Hemisphere, or, as calculated astronomically, extending from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox.

So tomorrow, June 1st, we can look forward to the real summer. But I still don't think there will be a garden this year. Gardening is Dan's piece of mind during the summer months...it is the "retired" farmer in him. But, as I told him, we won't be here from fall to spring to enjoy the bounty of the garden. We freeze everything (not can). Everything, at this rate, would be FROZEN before we wanted it to be.

Enjoy the last few hours of May, 2009!!


  1. We were thankful for a gentle breeze during the outdoor wedding yesterday afternoon about 30 miles north of Spokane, WA ... the temperature was in the high 80s!

  2. Wow - can't believe its still that cold up there! Seems crazy! I hope warmer temps are headed your way!

  3. Tom and Sandy...sounds wonderful!

    OUR outdoor wedding Oct 19th, 1985 found me with long underwear on under my wedding dress!

  4. Shellmo..WE HOPE SO TOO!!! This getting up at 4:45 a.m. to check the hummer feeders is literally FOR THE BIRDS!!

  5. We didn't expect wind chill to be a factor when we moved up here on Friday. It is so cold and the wind so stiff that it really feels like winter. I saw someone mowing their lawn today with winter clothing and I thought of you.

  6. SBW, Hasn't this weather been something??!!! Hopefully JUNE WILL BE IN THE 70's!!! And no bugs!!!

    HA! I'm not the only one in winter garb yet!

  7. Cathie1:11 PM

    A group of us were camping up there on year and I was told to bring winter coats. I brought them for the kids and not for us. With the wind whipping accross the lake, we had people sitting around the campfire in their winter coats. I wished I would of brought some for us. After that we always packed for two seasons. Winter and summer!

  8. Cathie...ya never know what to expect do ya? Makes packing a bit difficult at times!

  9. I hear your disgust about the weather and I raise you two!!!

    My niece got married on Saturday in Marquette and they went out to Presque Isle to take pics. Oh God, the wind was just brutal! I bet it didn't go over 45 degrees with a cold wind. I just can't believe how consistently cold it has been. My daughter is here from Florida for the wedding and flies back home Tuesday morning...I want to hide in her luggage!


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