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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!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Dan took me out for breakfast on Mother’s Day.

Normally we would go to Timber Charlie’s but since that IS normally what we would do (on the rare occasions we DO go out to eat) I asked Dan if we could try someplace else…and I did not mean McDonalds’.

For those of you who have been to our neck of da woods, you know there isn’t a LOT of local choices. But we decided to go to the Triangle Restaurant which is between Newberry, Curtis and McMillan (hence the name I guess!).

We arrived about 8:45 and it wasn’t busy so it was an easy job of finding a place to sit. We more or less took the 2nd vacant table we came too. After placing our order, I noticed there was an ashtray on our table. Dan and I do NOT smoke and the thought of the smell of cigarette smoke makes my throat constrict and makes me cough. Then I noticed it appeared all the other tables also had ash trays so it wouldn’t have mattered where we sat. However, NO ONE WAS SMOKING!!! YES!!!!

Every once in a while more people would arrive and still no smokers!! A bit later, some people took the table to our left and the first thing one of the men did was light up. However, the smoke traveled the other way so it wasn’t that noticeable. A bit later (and our food hadn’t arrived yet), two men and a blue haired elderly lady arrived and took the table to our right.

“How sweet”, I whispered to Dan, “they are taking their Mom out for Mother’s Day”. This sweet little old, wrinkled lady with the blue hair was all dolled up. I think she still had a can of Aqua Net hairspray from the 60’s because her hair was coiffed up to the point of having the appearance of a tower and looked like it had been erected with the use of cement forms. AND THE SMELL OF THE HAIR SPRAY WAS OVER POWERING.

I tried to remain composed when all 3 of these people lit up a smoke….it wasn’t so much the initial smell and the after effects that I was concerned about, but I was afraid the vapors from her Aqua Net hair spray would coalesce with the lighting of the cigarette in her mouth and would generate a flare-up about her head. Fortunately, that did not happen…but what did happen was the swirling smoke all came our way. Our meal could not arrive quickly enough so we could choke and hack our way through it and leave.

On another note; yesterday a.m. it was 23⁰. I had brought in one hummer feeder the night before in case it DID get below freezing. I put it outside about 6 a.m….I was late in doing so. I brought in the other feeders one by one to try to thaw them out and get them put back. I don’t know how many people might have seen me outside in my “horse blanket” robe and slippers…and I didn’t really care. But what I DO care about is, it appears we have gone from two male and one female hummer down to just one male hummer. I’m really upset about that.

I brought in one feeder last night because it was expected to be in the 20’s again. I made myself get up about 5 a.m. to check temp and feeders. It was 30⁰ and the other feeders hadn’t frozen so I only had to make one trip outside and that was to hang up the feeder I had brought in last night. And the one and only hummer is at the feeders this morning.

How are the spring/summer birds in your area??


  1. Oh no! Too bad you didn't get to fully enjoy your meal.

    Spring is finally springing in our area. Although like up by you, the past two mornings have been very chilly. The birds are starting to come out and their music they make sounds wonderful.

  2. Ashley, we DID enjoy our meal...through the purple haze and blue do!

  3. I LOVE you now for sure. I so get what you meant about the smoking in restuarants!!! We have moved, and even left places when I realize smoking is allowed. It absolutely ruins any meal for me if they smoke anywhere in the restaurant. It tightens my throat, makes me cough and the food tastes for it. ICK! I give you credit for sticking it out...I would have left.
    Now, when we go somewhere it is the first thing we check and we leave if it isn't smoke free.

    I hate this frickin cold. When on earth are we going to get spring? My poor tulips are up but of course are slow to bloom and are shorter than usual.
    I did see two rose breasted Grosbeaks today so at least that was a high point.
    YOu are so devoted to haul your hummingbird feeders in and out like that!!
    Would love to have driven by to see that robe scene though....too funny!

  4. Retired One..the smokers are the reason Dan and I don't "go out" anymore. We use to love to go out and dance up a storm...not anymore. Although Dan's two fake knees do have something to do with that!

    We're back up to two males and one female hummer. Hopefully more will arrive!


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