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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, June 26, 2009


GOT THE NEW FRIDGE!! Spending money is not something that I do willingly. As a friend has said “Cathy can pinch a buffalo nickel till it sh---“!! Yep, that’s me…we all have to be known for something! I even got us another $40 off the price because I noticed a SLIGHT blemish on the side.

I long ago gave up waiting for Ed McMann to show up (rest his soul, Farrahs soul and now Michael’s soul). Dan is still waiting for Publisher’s Clearing House…going on 40 years he has been waiting. The $$ he has spent on postage would have made him a millionaire by now! Even the old WELCOME PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE door mat is worn and faded.

I digresss…

We have had a side x side fridge for about 25 years so going to one that was a freezer on top and fridge on the bottom will take some getting used to. After I picked out the fridge, I had to rush home so we could get all the “stuff” out of the old fridge in order to move it and get rid of it. Fortunately, we have paying guests who will be staying in the Little Lodge this weekend and I had the fridge all ready for them. (The Little Lodge is one of our rental accommodations). Of course, this was all happening about 90 minutes before noon….which meant our lunch stuff was in a different place from us….which meant our supper stuff would also be in a different place from us. Rather inconvenient. It is suggested to let a new fridge operate EMPTY for 24 hours before putting anything in it. We managed to let it operate for 5 hours before stocking it. It really did get cold quickly so it wasn’t a problem on our food. The first thing I brought over was the frozen ice trays and the container of “spare ice”.

There was plenty of ice to go around yesterday…not just because of the new fridge, but because we finally got some rain! And with it came HAIL!!! MORE ICE!!! And it was about the size of a penny. And it seemed like it made more noise on the truck than anything else. Friends of ours that live about a mile north of us got the rain, but no hail!

Anyway, the computer arrived and I’m still tweaking it back to the way I THINK I had it. VISTA apparently already had some fancy new updates that hadn’t come with the version I received 6 weeks ago because the task bar at the bottom is REALLY different! Everything takes some getting use to. And here I go again….



  1. Sounds like you are 'blessed' to have been selected for the hail. We didn't even get any rain here in the Soo. Tom said it clouded up around noon but cleared out shortly after that with no rain.

    There was some rain 'up the line' (which is what Sooites call going up M-28). Driving from Houghton to Ironwood we had some rain but it was really black off to the east.

    Are you gearing up for the 4th? Is that a busy time for the campground?

  2. Congrats on the new refrigerator (and the bargains!).
    It is so fun to get new appliances..when we built our house we got everything new...it was like Christmas!

  3. SBW, I was surprised the hail didn't knock all the petals off the poppies!

    4th is looking pretty good; we have a few sites left yet. And I remembered to put my sign in the lobby about NO FIREWORKS, NO EXPLOSIVES, NO CHERRY BOMBS, NOTHING THAT GOES BOOM, BANG OR SPARKLES ALLOWED.

    Retired One... I just hate spending money though!!! But it is a nice unit and I think it'll be a lot easier to clean than the old model was. It had those shelves with ribs ...know what I mean?? Hard to clean. These are smooth glass shelves.


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