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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!

Monday, July 12, 2010


I hope I am about done being a OPPP…One Person Pity Party. There still isn’t any wind in my sails but hopefully there will be soon.

This “cold” has really drained me and my ear still being plugged up is depressing (plus Dan is getting tired of having to repeat everything he says to me). The particular antibiotic I’ve been on (two more pills to go) has a lot of side effects…one of which IS depression! So I’m blaming my UNusual self on that! I haven’t been a very fun person to be around for a very long time now…in fact, to me, it feels like since mid May. I may have to go see an ear, nose, throat specialist about this ear thing; havent’ decided yet. I AM going to buy a balloon or a bag of balloons and try blowing them up in an effort to pop my ear!

We DO have something to look forward to though! Our daughter plans on being here Thursday and actually being able to stay till Wednesday! Normally they are only here for maybe 2 nights. We all hope the weather cooperates because she and her boyfriend would like to do some kayaking or canoeing. And she hasn’t been feeling well either and has put her vacation off till now because of it.

Sometimes I share things with you that have happened to our guests, or I share things that our guests may have said or did. You notice that I don’t give out names or where the person is from because I never know who will be reading my blog (remember the CEO from N.Y. and the incident with the shower curtains I wanted to return and I found out HE was a reader!). So with that said, no one will be the wiser when I share this with you. I WON’T EVEN TELL YA IF IT IS A HE OR A SHE!

This guest called me along the road and the conversation went something like this:

SUBJECT: I’m on M-28 and I’m trying to find you. How much further do I have to go?

ME: I don’t know how much further you have to go because I don’t know where you are on M-28. Can you give me any other info?

SUBJECT: I see a road sign that says BADJO.

ME: Sorry, that doesn’t ring any bells. Any landmarks?

SUBJECT: I see a sign that says Binkley.

ME: Could it possibly say BRIMLEY?

SUBJECT: YES! That’s what it says!

So I told the person that they still had quite a ways to come and explained how to get here.

About 90 minutes later the person arrived. The first words were “You have to help me with this map! On the map it shows you are only THIS far (at this point the person held up a thumb and index finger to show about one inch of space) from Sault Ste. Marie. You are a LOT further than this far (again with the finger/thumb measurement).”

Sometimes we can’t help but wonder how people get from point A to point B, especially when traveling ALONE.


  1. Hilarous! So you are only supposed to be a "tip of a finger" away from the Soo, huh? Good God, this person may need a map to put his/her pants on,too. ha
    Oh, and I remember the shower curtain fiasco...and I still think they should have ACCEPTED your return without any hassles!!!!!! and given your money back immediately. :0}

  2. I have a friend that is like that too, in fact if getting to point B requires her to change expressways, she will not drive...it's hilarious and somewhat scary to be with her on the road....i used to drive to West Virginia after working an 8 hour shift at a nursing home (i was an aide) to see an ex boyfriend at times, and you had to know where you were going to get to his house...there were no road signs, just landmarks....

  3. sfeutz9:56 AM

    Long overdue get well note to you. It is hard to run a business and be ill at the same time so you should pat yourself on the back! I have been fighting a virus ever since my trip south to my reunion and I think as you get older being ill just adds about 30 years to how old you feel! Or it does that to me anyway. Hope you are all well soon and able to enjoy the rest of your summer. As far as your lost people on the road, I can relate! We have done so much better since we got our little electronic device that so accurately tells us where to go, what lane to get into for the next turn and time and mileage to our destination. It's amazing! And even more amazing that us oldies love it! Get well, girl! Life's too short to be feeling crummy!(I'm repeating that 3 times a day to myself!) Hugs, Sandy

  4. Anonymous10:47 AM


    All walks out there.........3 little letters.....GPS.

    I would have showed him/her the the whole finger...just kidding. Take care.


  5. Gary H.3:43 PM

    I learned to read maps while in grade school...geography and math classes taught it.

  6. To all of ya, We hear all kinds of things and a lot of it I DON'T post but some of it is just to good to keep to myself!

  7. Hey Cathy, Sorry to hear you're still under the weather. It's been a long haul and I'd be depressed too. I hope the last few pills knock things out and you're back to your usual happy self soon.

    I'm hoping for good weather for your daughter and fun times for you together.

    As for the map reader-- You know what they say... A mind is a terrible thing to waste :-)

    xo jj


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