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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!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


Dan and I have been trying to get to the Alamo for about a month now. Due to the varieties of weather there has been in the area, we haven’t made it yet…till NOW!!!

So, one way or another, come Thursday, we are taking off for a couple of days to go to San Antonio. The weather is supposed to be in the upper 70’s and NO RAIN FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK, NO SNOW, NO STRONG WINDS AND LOCALLY DAMAGING HAIL!! We’re leaving the 5th wheel here and going to “rough it” in a motel in a town by the name of New Braunfels, Texas. It is about 25 miles N. of San Antonio. So, EEEHHH HAAAAA!!! We’ll be tourists for a couple of days!

There are trees in blossom! Pretty white blossoms! We can’t get close enough to tell if they are cherry trees or not. People’s yards have flowers! Many daffodils but there are somethings growing all over the ground with delicate purple flowers on the plant. It reminds me of catnip but I don’t know for sure that is what it is. Leaves are almost ready to “burst forth”!

We’ve got a “potty problem” in the 5th wheel. Dan plans on attacking it today when he gets home from work. For those of you familiar with potties in RVs, you know how they operate; you push the lever at the bottom to get water and to flush. Ours is currently stuck in the open position. Fortunately, there isn’t water constantly running, but with it being stuck open…well, you RV’ers know how “pleasant” THAT can be! I think it just needs that ball thing cleaned and Dan thinks it is broken. With all the nasty water we have had (and remember the story about the anode rod and how eaten up IT was from nasty water), I think there is a lot of mineral deposits/build up on that thing. And I know Dan hasn’t taken the file to that apparatus in a LONG time (not a pleasant task either, but not one he trusts me to do). So, hopefully by using that file cleaner thingy and using some spray silicone that we purchased yesterday, he’ll have that thing sliding properly SOON! With it being warmer, having that thing stick open is not an option!

My mouth seems better, but my jaws still are stiff a lot of the time. Applying heat to my jaw area seems to eliminate that pain for a while. I still don’t plan on eating any peanuts or popcorn for a while! NOR ANY HARD FROZEN ITEMS!!!

It is 64 degrees outside and sunny, so what the hell am I doing in here at the computer????



  1. Anonymous2:06 PM

    We had toilet paper stuck in ours once. Made it stick open.

    Yes your pain could be associated with TMJ. Having your mouth open for a long time and prying with force and make it misserable too.

  2. wilson4:59 PM

    try throwing a little vegetable oil or mineral oil in the toilet to lube the ball...don't use liquid dish soap!!

  3. Anonymous,(Beth) I've thought about TMJ but still am hoping it was due to all the "trauma" to my jaw/mouth area. I wish it was a simple case of TP caught in our toilet!

    Wilson, Dan had a chance to work on it today and the "lubing" didn't do the trick. We've resorted to calling a repair man and hope that he shows up tomorrow. Dan can't get down in that little room with his artificial knees to try to work on tearing the pedal apparatus apart.

  4. Your trip sounds like a lot of fun..I will look forward to your photos.
    We will be going down to Mackinac City to meet Shelley (blogger) and her husband Greg...can't wait! I know what you mean about not being inside when the weather is nicer..we have had 4 days in a row of sun and in the 50's! and as you well know, in the U.P. that is one step short of being a National Holiday. ha We have been outside as much as possible during this freaky warm streak for us. glad your jaw is better, take care!

  5. sfeutz7:35 PM

    New Braunsfel is my very favorite town in Texas! We visited my nephew and his family there a couple of years ago. I hope you have fun. We found the people very friendly. They have some kind of German festival there once a year that is supose to be great fun. And there is a huge waterpark there that my sister raves about. It is a bit cold for that yet. Anyway hope you have a good time. We just returned from 2 days traveling the San Juan Skyway-in a snowstorm-long story. The snow was beautiful. . but I'm ready for spring. We did get great pictures for next year's FeVa Christmas cards. I will probably be posting some picture on the blog. Take care . . Sandy

  6. The Alamo!!!! That will be fun. I was there aobut 20 years ago. Thanks for the memory flash Cathy.

    Hope your jaw loosens up soon. The heat is a good idea.

    Safe travels and take lots of pictures!

  7. Retired One...LUCKY YOU!!! A trip to the big city to meet a fellow blogger!!! THAT sounds like a LOT of fun! Can't wait to hear about it!!! I hope to get some good shots while we are playing tourists! A lot of it will depend on the time of the day we "hit" things!

    Sandy, HEY! Thanks for the additional info about that little town!! We figured it'd be less expensive to stay a bit further away from San Antonio. Wish we'd brought out tent camping gear; we could do that instead! YOU purposely went into a snow storm??? I'm sure you got some good shots!!

    Joanna, We're excited about it but some people say it is more hype than anything; that all that is left is just a 'facade'. But part of the thrill for us is to stand where history took place.

  8. Anonymous10:19 PM

    If you read this in time... when you are in San Antonio, make sure you get to the Riverwalk downtown. It's beautiful down there. Try to get a ride on the boats that go up and down the river, it's the best way to see it.
    There's also the zoo with the Japanese sunken gardens. If you don't mind heights, take the gondolas up to the sunken gardens - otherwise, it's quite a hike up a hill.

  9. Anonymous, we plan on doing the river walk and hopefully before they dye it green this weekend! hadn't heard about the zoo with the gardens. May have to check that out! Thansk!


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