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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!

Friday, May 29, 2009


Our trees finally are getting full fledged leaves!! The dandelions are going to seed; oh joy of joys. The vibrant variation of green on the trees creates a severe contrast when the sky to the west looks dark and menacing.

This morning, that is what it looks like to the west. To the east the sky is breaking up and the sun is trying to appear. This casts its golden tones on the tops of the trees to the west….it is just beautiful…but it looks like it could rain at any moment.

As I mentioned in my previous post, Dan and I have been taking turns mowing. Our big mower, which is OLD, is like riding in a buckboard over a rutted trail. It bothers Dan’s back and his two artificial knees and it bothers my boobs and bladder. Yep, we make quite a mowing tag team.

And as I mentioned in my first paragraph of THIS post, the dandelions are going to seed…which means plenty of fuzzy things to blow around when ya mow over the tops of them. Last spring was a BUMPER crop of dandelions and we were not pleased. After they had gotten their fuzzy heads, the whole campground looked like it was unkempt. The GRASS did not need mowing, but those damn heads on their LONG stems gave the impression that we did not take care of the sites! We would mow those things off one day, heads and all, and the next morning, there they would be again! Standing tall and thumbing their fuzz at us! It was very frustrating and it has to be a Mother Nature phenomenon.

Finally the dandelions were done but then all the female poplar trees went into action! I swear most of our poplar trees HAVE to be female. There were areas in the campground that looked like piles of snow and it was just the fuzz (cotton) from these trees! AND YOU DO HAVE TO MOW THROUGH THIS STUFF. Even when you are NOT mowing, the fuzz is floating in the air.

So, ya keep up with the mowing. Ya put on your sunscreen, wait 10 minutes, put on the Deep Woods Off and head out to mow. Not only do you frequently have to blow the fuzz out of the air filter but you frequently have to scrape all that fuzzy stuff off from any exposed skin, from your glasses, out of your nose. Usually when I do get done with mowing through that stuff, I go into the shop, turn on the air compressor and blow the fuzz off my clothing and OUT of my bra. In order to get it out of my jeans, it is just easier to come inside, take everything off, shower and change clothes. Of course, wearing sunscreen and/or Off just makes the fuzz stick to ya that much more.

When it is Dan’s turn to mow through the poplar snowstorm, he looks like Santa when he is done. He already has a beard, but the stuff sticks in his beard and his bushy eyebrows. And of course, your shoes and socks are covered in it too.

The fuzz can be so bad that we’ve got an extra air filter that we keep on hand so whichever one of us is mowing can just quickly change the filter (after it cools down a bit) and head right back out to mow. The person who is NOT mowing can then clean the other filter with the air compressor so the filter is ready to go again.

It appears that we have 3 male and 3 female hummers and boy are they keeping each other busy! I’m so fortunate to have a feeder outside my office window so I can watch the little guys and gals. We also have one outside the living room window, the dining room window and one on the deck. The little gals have been quite gutsy in keeping the boys at bay. I wish I could get a photo of the females when they are being cantankerous; they remind me of a little BITTY eagle. They get all “hunched up”, point that long beak in the direction of the male and I swear they are FROWNING.

If it doesn’t rain today, we will be tag team mowing so I’ll catch up with ya later!!



  1. I don't envy you all that mowing! I would go into allergy seizures if I had to do that! (At least that's what i claim to the hubby so that he does all the mowing - ha,ha!) Lol on your feisty hummingbirds! I've only seen one at my feeder and still haven't been able to get a photo.

  2. I've been seeing 3 or 4 hummers lately visiting my feeders. They are hilarious. So busy! I've noticed on that chirps like crazy. I am bound and determined to get some pictures of them. May be a losing battle!

  3. Shellmo, I really don't mind it if the bugs aren't bad and when it isn't fuzzy.

    I can't get photos of these hummers now because the screens are finally in!

  4. DVM's wife, in a normal year, I can spend time on the deck while the hummers get use to my presence and then I can get some shots. This year, it has been too cold and windy to set out there. Hopefully that will change sometime before fall!

  5. I know those dandelions are a nuisance, but they are pretty up close.
    The mowing is a neverending job, I can't imagine having to do a whole campground!!


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