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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, June 25, 2009


I don’t know what became of the “no summer” weather we were expecting, but the past 3 days (seems like 3 weeks) have been in the upper 80’s to low 90’s.

I know, I should NOT grumble after all the grumbling I did about being cold and covered in hives all winter and this spring, but it has been so hot that I purchased one of those water bras. It wasn’t that I needed the “added extra”, but I froze it in hopes of keeping “the girls” a little more comfy. However, due to all the heat, my frozen water bra melted and yep, you guessed it…my cups runneth over. (I AM pulling your leg. I may be a Yooper woman, but even I know that it was cheaper just to put crushed ice in my bra)

And, the heat has brought the deer flies out IN FORCE. They haven’t been biting, but just being pesky. If you simply use Deep Woods Off as your perfume and after shave you should be fine. The mosquitoes can be bad in the early morning while the grass is still wet and again towards evening, but most times even they have been tolerable.

However, not everyone feels that way….

One of our guests and his wife (from the south) has this cutest little camper. I’ve never seen another one like it. They checked in yesterday for just one night. Part of our cancellation policy is that we do not give refunds for the discomforts of Mother Nature which includes black flies, mosquitoes, etc. And lately I have been telling people who come in without reservations that the bugs can be bad and I want them to know that before they check in because there are no refunds for bugs. So far everyone has understood (and usually has been prepared with Off in some form).

Anyway, back to the guests with the little camper; they got their campsite set up, unhooked and went to the Falls (DEFINITELY needed the serious Deep Woods Off up there!). When they came back, the hubby was directing his wife how to back the truck up to the camper. Most couples have a system worked out what certain hand signals mean, such as if the person standing behind the vehicle makes a counterclockwise motion with one of their hands, that means to turn your wheels in that direction, clockwise, turn the wheels in that direction, a thumb jerked to the left means go that a-way, a thumb to the right, go that a-way, a flat hand outwards, means to stop…or sometimes you see someone use the signal of a “slit across the throat” to stop. You get the idea.

So the gal was backing up the truck to the camper and the man was giving her the hand signals…and at the same time swatting bugs. If a baseball team manager had been at the wheel, HE or SHE would have been totally confused by all the hand signals and gestures…which simply the guy was trying to shed himself of insects. I guess it was one of those “ya had to be there” moments, but it was funny. I don’t think they had the Off on.

I THINK my computer will be back today. I’m to the point I’m not counting on anything. I am so far behind on so many things due to the absence of the laptop. There will be a lot of catching up to do on our books and things I do for the Tourism and Chamber.

I have the “joy” of picking out a new fridge this a.m. Ours still works, but not very well. The other day, something went wrong with one of the hinges so you have to make sure you have pushed the door shut tight. THAT isn’t a big deal, but when something went wrong with the hinge, it adjusted the door so there is not a tight seal. If the fridge was not pushing the heck out of 25 years of age, we would fix it, but instead we are getting a different fridge. Just something plain and simple. I almost bought one that was sitting in the Amana/JC Penney catalog store yesterday, but was informed they had more coming in last night and one of them was $200 less than the one I was looking at….so yep, I’m gonna check them out this a.m.

Well, if you don’t hear from me for a couple of days, it is because I’m elbow deep in getting things back on track with the other computer…or mowing buckhorn!


  1. Hi Cathy-- I've been traveling and not had much access to the Internet. Sorry I've been missing in action!

    The water bras totally cracked me up! There are days during Los Angeles summers when I just surrender and stand in front of the freeze with the door wide open!

    I can't believe you STILL don't have your computer back! Oy. Hopefully it'll be fixed today-- fingers crossed

    Stay cool xo

  2. That water/ice bra would make one NIPPY. ha
    The deer flies just came out here today...they bite me HARD. I get BIG welts from them.
    We've had high temps and even higher humidity here too...thank goodness for breezes.
    I was wondering if you were getting more campers with the warm weather finally here.
    Do you have your campground sprayed for bugs?

  3. Joanna, welcome back!!! And I'm on my "new" computer. Long story but lots to do to tweak it back into shape!!

    Retired One..hopefully we're on our last leg of those deer flies. THEY are horrible! Horseflies will soon prevail up at Whitefish.

  4. I sympathize w/ all the bugs! I personally think the mosquitoes have it out for me! Ugh!! Good luck w/ new fridge too!


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