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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!

Sunday, June 20, 2010


I would like to get outside and walk around. Being “cooped” up inside is beginning to be depressing. But on the other hand, it does mean business is good….or at least much improved over the past several years.

And it isn’t just the phone ringing and checking in guests that are keeping me inside. It is my knee. I will be slower to recover than most people due to my white blood count being at 1.2. There isn’t any infection and that is about normal for MY blood count but because it IS so low, it takes me a lot longer to recover from most anything. AND I DON’T HANDLE BEING UNABLE TO WORK OUTSIDE. My leg still feels like it is made out of rubber and I’m tired of using a walking stick to be steadier on my feet.

I still have quite a bit of swelling so it makes my knee very tight. I set with my foot elevated as much as possible and I use ice several times a day but it seems like this is taking forever. When I start to get depressed I tend to misplace my sense of humor and become a bit of a grump (poor Dan). So bear with me while I am a grump for a while! I will not be offended at being called gimpy or grumpy.

Among the guests we had check in yesterday were two fellows, traveling together, but each with their own little Scamper trailer. One is from the state of Washington and the other is from Saskatchewan. They are headed to Newfoundland. WHAT AN ADVENTURE THEY WILL HAVE! Doesn’t that sound like a lot of fun? We’ve been as far as Nova Scotia and LOVED it. But what makes their trip even more interesting is these Scamper trailers have to be two of the first ones off the assembly line (and they still look in very good shape) AND they are pulling them with classic, old cars. One was a faded yellow Dodge Dart and the other was a Pontiac, it looked like it was a LeMans. And THESE are in good shape too. I bet they attract a lot of attention going down the road!

Dan has spent the past couple of days mowing, mowing and more mowing. I know he would prefer to mow than to be in the office, but I really wish I could trade him places for a while at least to give him some relief. I think he plans on “taking it easy” today. He only has plans of doing some weedwhacking and replacing picnic table boards on a couple of tables. Hey, it IS Father’s Day, right? So, with that said, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO MY READERS!! Well, the ones who are fathers!

This coming weekend is the Lumberjack Breakfast at the Logging Museum starting at 7 a.m. and going till noon. You will NOT go away hungry! They are also adding some other festivities to the weekend event so if you are going to be in the area, you need to plan on having breakfast there! And if you are looking for a place to camp, we still have openings for this coming weekend.

Enjoy the rest of this weekend!


  1. sfeutz1:44 PM

    Dear Grumpy, You're allowed and we understand. Tom having gone through knee replacement and me whatever it was with my knee, you have our empathy. My knee had not bothered me for weeks so for the second time I cancelled the followup check up and the next day it started aching. Go figure! It takes weeks to get into my specialist so guess I will do the wait and see thing. Tom is doing well with his artificial knee but still cannot stand for long periods-like hours- without it bothering him. Hope you are un-gimped and un-grumped soon. Neither is much fun! Hugs, Sandy

  2. Sandy, I'm not a grumpy person normally so even the fact that I KNOW I'm grumpy makes me grumpy! HA! Just no pleasing me!! I hope I never have to have a knee replaced; Dan had both of his done and he was a trooper through both but has issues with sitting for periods of time and standing on hard surfaces. And even one leg is now shorter than the other!

  3. Everyone is allowed grump time! You must meet so many interesting people over the years - those 2 guys sound like they'll have a great adventure! I've told my hubby I hope one day we can travel cross country in a little RV!

  4. Gary H.3:57 PM

    So which is worse, a gimpy grump or a grumpy gimp ? Hope all is going well. I just may make it UP there to Taquamenon yet this year, if wife gets her disability from Soc. Sec..

  5. Shelley, we have been fortunate to have met a lot of interesting people and from many different parts of the world. Sometimes the language barrier is a difference, but we find a smile says it all on both sides!

    Gary, I think I better let Dan answer that question since he's kind of on the receiving end...maybe that is why he's making himself more scarce!! Hope you get to make it up!

  6. You? Grumpy? No WAY!!
    I know that you prefer to be active though, and it must be killing you not to be free and able to move around more.
    I hope the tourist season is good to you guys..sure is up here...seems like the campgrounds are more full than ever this year!
    Now if it will just stop raining here!


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