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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, April 16, 2010


We've been home since Sunday afternoon and already we are counting the days till our next adventure.  If you've been following Yarns, you know that we will be spending next fall/winter/spring working north of Atlanta, Georgia....and yes, we are counting the days.

Oh, I know...I kept telling you we were looking forward to our own bed and our own water, but ya know what?  WE'VE BEEN SO BUSY SINCE WE RETURNED HOME THAT WE ARE TOO TIRED TO ENJOY THE COMFORT OF OUR OWN BED!  Our own water has been nice but we did have 5 gallons of bottled water to finish up anyway.

Yesterday was a very trying day for Dan (well, both of us actually).  My kitchen sink wasn't draining properly since we returned home and of course we tried the drain cleaner remedies and that didn't work.  It was to the point that I didn't dare do dishes unless I wanted to wait a very long time for the water to go down.

Dan made time to look into the situation yesterday.  He has such a difficult time getting down on the floor due to his artificial knees and his back and shoulder problems.  There was a mess of plumbing for Dan to deal with.  The drain assembly in the sink needed to be replaced and the trap had a hairline crack in it.  NONE of these things have been taken apart in YEARS.  Dan got out every tool he owned that pertained to plumbing and a bunch of them that did NOT pertain to plumbing.  He used his inside voice, but the words he was using were ones that a person stranded on a remote island all by him or herself would have probably not used NOR thought of.  Remember the saying "Swears like a sailor"??  Not sure where it came from but it fit Dan yesterday.

After 3 trips to town, several more trips to the pole barn for various tools and SEVERAL hours later he finally had the problem solved.  But I couldn't see how any of this was going to solve the slow drain issue, so he got out the snake and tried to go in through the drain line.  He didn't have much luck and the snake ended up thrown out in the grass (I think eventually it ended up in the dumpster).

By 6:45 p.m. he had everything back together and we could test the sink.  There were no leaks but it still wasn't draining properly, so he got the plunger out and plunged the drains to the point that I could see the neighbors house being sucked up and down...and the house is a good distance from us.  THEN THE DRAIN WORKED!!!  (Maybe the neighbor had an eruption in HIS sink by this time).

We finally got all the tools picked up, the sinks cleaned and neither one of us felt like eating supper (thank GOD; I didn't feel like cooking anyway).  I had a bunch of dishes to do but even those didn't get done till this morning.

Today Dan is trying to get the plumbing put back together in the cabins and the Little Lodge, making sure there are no leaks, etc.  I've spent the morning on the phone or waiting for AT&T.  We couldn't figure out why we weren't having any messages on the answering machine.  We've been in and out SO much (mainly OUT) and couldn't imagine people were not calling in our absence from the office (since getting it reopened on Monday).  I finally found out why there haven't been any messages; the rollover feature that we pay for wasn't rolling over to the 2nd line (which is where the answering machine is)!  It's a long story but finally after over 2 hours with AT&T it is supposedly fixed...but I can't test it for 2-4  hours.

Our home was immaculate when we arrived; just the way we left it 6 months ago.  Right now it looks like a cyclone of papers and other stuff has been through here.  I HATE being so disorganized.  I will be happy when I can find my kitchen counters and the dining room table again.  AND we've still got a few more things to get out of the 5th wheel before we can thoroughly clean it and get it ready to sell.

Which reminds me, I need to find out who got kicked off Survivor last night.  Dan set the TV back up in the 5th wheel hoping that he'd be able to see Survivor (using the antenna) but could only get one station in Canada.  I kept telling him what we tell our camping guests; there is no TV reception except for possibly a Canadian station and MAYBE Marquette and that is why we offer cable TV hook ups at most of the campsites.  (We aren't turning the cable on till May 20th.  Charter won't turn on just our home; it is all or nothing and we aren't giving them $200+ just so we can watch a few shows.  Seems like they would be happy to have the little bit of money they would get for just having our house turned on, but they won't budge).

TONIGHT WE ARE TAKING A BREAK!!!  Some friends have taken pity on us and have invited us over for the evening. 

I will eventually have the information on Yarns for our 2008 Keystone Cougar, Model 276 RLS and some photos, but I can tell you that we are asking $21,800.  Book value has it priced quite a bit above our asking price.  In the meantime, if you are interested, you know how to reach me!!



  1. Welcome back, Cathy. I have enjoyed following your blog while you were away and look forward to reading more now you are home.

    Take care.

  2. "oh there's no place like home, no place like home" ~ until the tornado hits the kitchen sink!! Sorry to hear of your plumbing woes but truly enjoyed your post. Hoping Dan finds no more problems and that the two of you find some comfort in your own bed tonight!

  3. wilson12:04 PM

    georgia on my mind...isn't that ray charles

  4. Anonymous12:41 PM

    you can watch episodes of survivor at cbs.com.

    welcome home!

  5. So sorry your time home has been so hectic and that you can't enjoy the fact of being back with all the problems! Maybe you'll luck out and someone will put a bid on the campground so you can sell and enjoy the rest of your summer! Did that Canadian person ever get thru any of the red tape to make it a possibility?

  6. Cathy, I feel your pain. We returned from our trip to Branson on Monday and I went right back to work on Tuesday. Our house is a series of piles of clothes, mail, supplies for my work and many other things. We had a slow drain problem in our fifth wheel but when we had a repair man stop by, he quickly determined that we had a 3rd holding tank we didn't know existed. Tom said it was the easiest money he made all day. We had many trials with our debut to RVing. If you are interested, I blogged about it at brendabenedict.com.

    By the way-Ray Charles for Georgia on My Mind?

  7. Courtney went last night. Next week is the merge. Russell needs to go next. Welcome home.

  8. Thanks everyone for the well wishes, the Survivor info (and yes Russell HAS to go!!! What fools for believing him!), and yep, Georgia on my Mind sung by Ray Charles


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