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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!

Saturday, December 05, 2009


Something about the best laid plans of mice and men???

Cindy had put SO much thought and heart into the float for the Manteo Christmas parade which was to have been this morning. And as I told you, Dan had even agreed to wear a stuffed fish on his head while driving the truck that pulled the float (which was a BIG thing for him to agree to, the fish I mean, not driving the truck, but Cindy is a card and Dan and I feel we "click" with her so she convinced him!), but the weather did not cooperate. It has been another windy, rainy day. I feel that for every 2 days of "good" weather we have 5 days of rainy weather.

And it is getting depressing. Dan doesn't deal well being stuck inside and he doesn't deal well with gloomy days to begin with. I sure hope that the weather changes pretty soon!!! This isn't exactly what we'd expected and everyone here says that this is the wettest season they can remember in a LONG time. Heck, even Dallas (where we will be heading towards at the end of January) had snow!!

Dan is watching a show on the PBS type station about snowmobiling! Hmmmm...do ya think he's gonna miss grooming??? I KNOW he will for a while and I KNOW he will miss plowing all that snow at our business...especially since he is so tired of rain.

Not much more than that for now!

Any readers in Grand Rapids, Michigan...enjoy all that snow you got!!


  1. The snow came so fast and hard here in southwest Michigan. It was a rude awakening to winter. We had planned on heading to the Soo for the weekend but decided to stay put for right now. My school was not closed for the day and I had a white knuckle ride there that took twice as long as usual. But the roads have cleared off now but there is talk of an even bigger storm mid-week. We are paying for just a warm fall.

  2. It has been chilly and rainy here in Florida too...today though we have sun and at least it is up near 70...a lot better than the TEENs and snow that the U.P. is having. However....we would like to go to the beach so we are waiting anxiously for the sun to warm Florida up at the end of the week so we have a few good days before we have to head back!!

  3. Speaking of mice. Aren't these cute?! Maybe you and Dan could make some of these while you are stuck inside. Sent this to your email also. Couldn't copy picture of them here.

    Christmas Mice Cookies

    “These whimsical little mice taste like truffles and have been a family favorite for 15 years. We so enjoy the smiles and laughs they always get! Every Christmas, we make sure to have enough for friends, neighbors and get-togethers.”

    2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs (about 40 wafers), divided
    1/3 cup sour cream
    36 red nonpareils
    1/4 cup sliced almonds
    18 pieces black shoestring licorice (2 inches each)

    In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Stir in 1cup crumbs and sour cream. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

    For each mouse, roll about 1 tablespoon chocolate mixture into a ball, tapering one end to resemble a mouse. Roll in remaining chocolate crumbs to coat. Position nonpareils for eyes, almond slices for ears and licorice pieces for tails.

    Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

    Nutrition Facts: 1 cookie equals 135 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 89 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

  4. Anonymous11:19 AM

    Cathy, I was stationed in Norfolk, VA and in Bermuda (which is due east of you) while in the Navy. You can expect cool, rainy weather the rest of your stay. I was always colder in that cold rain than I've ever been in snow. Sorry I couldn't give you better news, but it is what I experienced.

  5. It was a fun day in the snow with the Big Rig.Got to plow with the 1948 Ford 8n tractor for the first time and everything went well.Tell Dan he can come up here and work on tractors for something to do.

  6. sbw, I bet a LOT of people were surprised! Hey, it had to happen sooner or later!!! Be careful out there!!

    Retired One, it was 38 degrees this a.m. and hasn't gotten above 45 yet!! Hope you get some sunshine before you head back to reality!

    Dixie Yooper, thanks for sharing that! And sending it with the picture to my email. They look too cute to eat!! Do you want our addresss???? HAAA!!

    Anonymous...thanks a lot! HA! last year when I was corresponding with the refuge about working here THIS year, the temps were in the
    60's and sunny!! If it snows, they will blame us!

    Tractor Guy, Dan said he might have to take you up on it! I sure hope OUR weather changes soon!!

  7. Too bad about the weather for the parade. I would have loved to see you two in a stuffed fish head costume :-)


  8. sfeutz7:48 PM

    Rainy weather can be a drag! But remember, you don't have to shovel it! We are getting a good blast of winter right now with snow coming down all day. But the snow was beautiful when I took Scooby Doo on her end of day walk. The winters here aren't as severe as the UP and the sunny days much more plentiful. So it was a great day to stay inside and bake (Tom does that) and make soup(that's me!) Hope the weather gets better for you. Maybe Dan needs one of those "sun lamp thingeys?" Or just a shipment of snow to play in!


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