It snowed yesterday; snowed and blowed and leaves were swirling in the wind.
And the cute little Juncos arrived yesterday, pecking at the grass looking for sunflower seeds. We only see them in the spring (usually still snow on the ground in places) and again this time of year. They look so soft. They are one of life's feathered pleasures (you were thinking along the lines of something different, right??? HA!)
But along with the fact that the Juncos are back is also the fact that we are no longer filling the feeders. I feel badly about that, but there is no sense us feeding the birds any longer since we won't be here through the winter to make sure they are fed and have fresh, warm water (heater in the bowl of water). The chickadees and nuthatches are scolding us, so we try not to sit near the picture window in the dining room...not till they've gone to bed anyway.
And only one other thing that I will feel badly about as far as being gone this winter is not having Thanksgiving with my daughter and her friend. It will be very strange not fixing a 20 pound turkey with all the trimmings and having my "little girl" here for 3 days.
So, today is the day we blow out the campground water lines. We considered doing it yesterday but the Weather Weanie assured us that it would "only" be down to 31 overnight. Yesterday a.m. it was 27. THIS morning it is 28 (and it always gets colder as it gets closer to daylight). We have prepared what few remaining campers we have that the water will be shut off to the campsites this afternoon and that cable TV will be turned off tomorrow. It is supposed to snow and rain again today so it will be a bitter, cold job standing out there with the air compressor hooked up to a water outlet, blowing the water back to the "plumbing pit". It takes about 30-40 minutes to do it properly, then we have to go around and make sure all the faucets are open, try to drain the water out of the vacuum breakers on each faucet, take the towers apart at the dump station. It is just a time consuming job...and that is with the hopes that with the cold temps again that nothing froze and broke over night.
A couple of days ago, we set up most of the picnic tables. We left a few down in case we get more campers...which we did get more campers....which was a surprise considering the weather!
Tuesday I take Bubba, the truck, in to get it detailed. Newberry Motors will have him for the day. They will have a loaner vehicle for me so I can get my normal Tuesday errands done. Kevin, the owner of Newberry Motors, is good about that. So a plug for Newberry Motors.
So many little details and little things I may forget...like yesterday, I saw a large rose colored button sealed in a little plastic bag. I recognized the button as being from my new polar fleece coat I got last fall. It made me think that maybe I better take that button with us, but what good would that button do me without my sewing box?? So I dug that out of the closet and put it with the growing pile of things to pack in the 5th wheel. I'm not a seamstress by any means; I staple and tape a lot.
And this time of day is really the only time I have where I can't do anything else to prepare to go! Dan is still sleeping and it is still dark (AND COLD!!) outside, so here I am trying to catch up with all of you. And I'm hoping someone can explain something to me...I have asked this question before...I only have 40 Yooper Yarn followers, at least those who are willing to admit they read my blog, BUT I have between 75-300 visitors per day..why are the rest of you so shy??? You don't have to provide a picture; you can remain a shadow. You don't have to give out personal information. DON'T BE SO DARN SHY...
Catch up with ya later!!!
- Cathy Clementz
- 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!