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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, May 07, 2009


No, that isn’t the name of a species of bird. This is a guessing game. I’m going to give you a group of sounds, attributes and phrases and you have to guess what these things have in common.


Any ideas yet? No? Well, let’s try some more….

$%&^!!! Holy #$%!!! You $%^ #(*% #$%)^Y!! Just sit there and %$^* you goll darn (^*%&$% ^&%^!!

How about now? No?? Hmmm…. On to the sound portion…


Have you guessed it yet?? IF YOU GUESSED FEAR OR SURPRISE (BUT MAINLY FEAR) you are right!! You win!!

If you guessed fear of spiders you have won a free night camp site!

I HATE going to the mailbox, pulling out the mail and finding even a little bitty spider sitting on the top of the pile of mail. But I can handle that. What I cannot handle is pulling the mail out and finding the mother of all wolf spiders crawling towards my hand. JEEZZZ, gives me shivers just thinking about it.

After I got done with all of the above sounds, phrases and what I can only call attributes (because nothing else comes to mind), I had to go collect the mail from various parts of the highway and yard.

I was bitten by one of those things a long time ago and didn’t realize it till the next morning when I found it curled up and dead in the bed. Actually, I didn’t even realize I’d been bitten till I was getting dressed. I put my head down to hold my shirt out of the way so I could zip my jeans and something went “POP”. Then I felt this wet stuff running down my neck. I looked in the mirror and I had burst a HUGE blister on my neck when I put my head down. The skin that was covering it was about the size of a golf ball. I had a perfectly round, red, SORE hickey on my neck for about 2 weeks. It BURNED like heck! I found the spider later that morning when I was making the bed.

Anyway, off to other adventures….

We finally received a good rain yesterday afternoon!!! Dan and I have been reconstructing picnic tables the past couple of days and we were just finishing up with one when it started to rain. That was good timing!

One of my other pet peeves is guests who move picnic tables from site to site and do NOT put them back. All of our sites DO have tables, but some are newer and nicer than others but they are ALL safe tables. Or people who think they should have two tables per site. It doesn’t work that way (at least not in our park). IF we are not heavily occupied, we don’t say too much about it…but they NEVER PUT OTHER SITES TABLE BACK!

There are a couple of tables that we had to rebuild that I don’t think anyone will be trying to move TOO far. One of them required all new boards (people also like to carve on tables with their knives). The lumber is treated and is still wet…and that table is extremely heavy. It was all I could do to get it loaded in the loader bucket so I could deliver it to the campsite.

Today I finally planned on painting the floor in the men’s room. I’ve got my paint, my paint pan, etc all ready to head out there…and it is raining. WE NEED THE RAIN so I am NOT complaining!

The worst part of painting in the bathhouse is the part where I have to get down on my knees so I can get up close and personal with the toilets. I have to paint behind them and around them, THEN I can go to using the paint roller on a long stick. It goes pretty fast then.

This isn’t good drying weather but we’ve got a group of 17 RV’ers (a caravan) coming in on May 16th so I’d like to have it done, cured and ready for foot traffic by then. Most likely these RV’ers won’t even use the bathhouse but I like to be prepared. Currently the women’s room is co-ed and will be until this paint job is finished and cured.

If it continues to rain today, maybe I can catch up with some of my blogs I’ve been missing! Oh, and still only seeing one lonely male hummer!



  1. Anonymous8:57 AM

    What is a wolf spider? Just in the U.p?

  2. At first I thought you were going to say a snake or rat..then maybe a spider. Yuck.

    I will be interested in hearing your campground stories.
    My other pet peeve is that when we were camping and had wood beside our camper, we would come back and other campers would have STOLEN our wood!
    Maybe you need to have a pamphlet made that you hand out to each camper with "camper etiquette" expectations/instructions. It may help...just add that they should put back tables or not to take 2 tables...?

  3. Anonymous, I put a special post just for you!

  4. Retired One...campers get our "usage guidelines" (AKA RULES) when they check in and even sign a form that states they know they are responsible for reading and abiding by the "usage guidelines". One of the rules is You are allowed one picnic table per site. Please do not switch tables.

    Oh, I'm sure you'll hear more about camping issues from the standpoint of an owner! HA!


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