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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!

Monday, May 18, 2009


I'm getting a little tired of getting up at 4 a.m. to check the temperature. It was 27 this a.m.

I'm getting a little tired of getting up again at 5 a.m. to put the hummer feeder back outside that I brought INSIDE the night before.

I'm getting a little tired of bringing in, one by one, the other 3 hummer feeders and thawing them out.

I will be totally surprised if ANY of our Yooper birds have babies this season. The swallows will probably leave for "Capistrano" (or wherever tree swallows go) before the 2nd week of July (which is usually when we find they are gone).

So far this a.m. I've only seen one female hummer; no males and there had been 3 of them.

The only GOOD thing for us humans is there is no bugs; bad news for birds, especially hummers since there are no flowers!

I mowed for a while yesterday. I had my long underwear and heavy socks on under my clothing. I had a scarf wrapped around my neck which I put on under my coat. I had my heavy knit stocking cap on and of course gloves. I still broke out in hives. The wind wasn't as bad yesterday as the day before but it was still darn cold.

For the past 3 nights, Dan has had to drain the towers at the dump station in hopes of them not freezing. I'm afraid to go out and check all the faucets and back flow preventers in the campsites. So far, none of the guests have complained but we only have 3 campers this a.m. Hopefully the faucets, etc are fine.

And MAYBE we will be able to shut the furnace off before we have to get fuel oil again!


  1. I just got back from a very cold run this morning. This is not what a May morning is supposed to be like. But I do love the earlier sunrise. We're moving north next week. I can't wait but there is so much to be done before then. Right now I can't remember what I left at the cabin and what I brought home.

  2. I don't think I remember May being this cold for this long! Maybe I have a bad memory - after all this is Michigan and it could still snow in june! (But hope not!!)

  3. SBW and Shellmo; I really thought this spring I could get out and get some exercise but with the cold resulting in hives for me, I'm still a houseplant basically. It won't be long and I'll be tethered to the office/phone and it will be hard for me to get outside and enjoy it.

  4. It has been a cold month! I think this weekend is calling for some really nice weather all over the state. Hopefully the bugs will keep away!
    Are you guys expecting a busy camping weekend?

  5. DVM's wife...We've only got about 8 reservations for the weekend, which is about the norm for this time of year anyway. No cabins rented which is NOT the norm. My daughter and her sign. other will be here this weekend so looking forward to that.

    You still coming up?? Stop by and introduce yourselves if ya do!

  6. I feel your pain! At least today here it is supposed to hit (or close to) 70 degrees! I will believe it when I see it!!!!
    I think it will be one of those deals up here where we go straight from winter to summer, with no spring.
    My neice is getting married on May 30 in Marquette, so I am praying we get our really warm first weekend then if not before!!! That Lake Superior cold wind would be nasty for her to go out to Presque Isle for her wedding party pictures. Plus, my grandkids will be here (yippee!!) and my other daughter will be flying up from Florida...hate for her to go into shock. ha
    Hang in there, I am sure this week will be a LOT warmer than last week.
    PS we saw 2 hummingbirds fly right next to our windows and look inside. I swear they were looking for a warmer place. I don't have my feeders up....I better get moving. What bigger hint from them do I need?

  7. I'm also tired of the cold, damp weather. Is "Global Warming" a real threat? Someone forgot to tell Mother Nature. Come on Mother Nature, where are the flowers that April Showers brought? Anyone know that the record date of the last snow of the season is for the UP?

  8. Retired one; enjoy the wedding and the 70 degree temps. I was finally able to take off the long unawares today; it is 60 with 30 mph winds again. Keeps the bugs away. Taking down a cherry tree, so gotta run!

  9. Jan...FLOWERS??? ha!!! Last snow?? Two days ago!! near white out conditions! How ridiculous!!!

  10. We're heading up to our cabin this weekend...I'll try and remember to bring some Spring with us.

  11. es, THAT would be great!!! BRING IT ON!! Have a safe trip!


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