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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!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009



" We're just about two weeks away now from the first day of summer though there will be no summer. In fact you may not be able to enjoy the summer and all that's because of an apparent link between thunderstorms and lower temperatures that could keep folks in the cold for the whole year.”

THAT is what a weather expert said on FOX News yesterday. He had a weather map that showed many states, including the plains, of not having a summer. Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio are in that map SHADED IN BLUE…TO REPRESENT COLD!! I believe Kentucky may have been included too.

So, in other words, according to this fellow, summer has been cancelled for many states!

AND to top it off, he says that (and I get mixed up here so bare/bear??? with me) that La Nina, or is it El Nino, or is it the Santa Maria or the Pinta…anyway, one of those is already “setting up’ to make a cold winter for states who normally don’t HAVE a cold winter. THAT INCLUDES NORTH CAROLINA WHERE WE ARE GOING WITH THE INTENTIONS OF ESCAPING WINTER!

I personally predict that at this rate, before we even head south I will have to buy more long underwear because they will be worn out from having been used for 11 months out of the year!

I guess the ONLY good thing with this “no summer” is that with the amount of rain that we have had the Great Lakes should be gaining what they have lost over the past several years AND IT HAS BEEN TOO DAMN COLD FOR MOSQUITOES TO BE MUCH OF A NUISANCE!

But I guess even that has a downside; with the economy in the toilet (remember, our government is now so desperate for money that they are going to tax farts), if people don’t have to purchase OFF by the barrel, that company could be laying off employees before you know it.

The following photos help explain how dandelions get from point A to point B...pretty soon there will be a tax on bird droppings.... Since we aren't expecting summer anytime soon, I just MAY remove some more screens so I can get better photos of the hummers at play!

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  1. I saw this report on the news and thought "oh well, I guess that means I won't be dripping in sweat this summer."

    I think you probably shouldn't have even put your long underwear away ;)

  2. I have been hearing this as well about not even having a summer. Are ya kiddin' me? Big sigh. I just hope we get some warm dry days so we can at least get our hay up and done.
    So much for global warming possibly.

  3. Well, well. Aren't you a big honkin' ray of sunshine.
    I know, don't kill the messanger.
    But my psyche can only take so much.
    I MUST have warmth!!!
    I may have to go and live with my daughter in Florida for the winter instead of for just a few weeks...
    although she said its been 97 degrees and HOT now (which would be too hot for me!) But cripes..at least it would be nice to get in the mid 70's for cryin' out loud!!

  4. Retired One...I'm with you. It is depressing.

    It wasn't too bad yesterday, Wed,. BUT the bugs were getting bothersome. I've got mosquito bites on my ears. I finally put my net on.


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