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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, December 26, 2010


The northern part of the State of Georgia can thank us for making this their first white Christmas in several years. In fact some are saying it is a Christmas miracle since it has been over 136 years since they had a white Christmas.

It started out by sleeting here and it has turned to big fluffy flakes of snow. The mountains expect to see a couple of inches to 4” of snow. Seems no matter where we go to get away from the cold and snow, it follows us.

I titled this post Bagel Butter and What Nots because I couldn’t come up with anything else (what with the snow being a distraction).

Bagel butter…it could almost be a tongue teaser for some people. But it is a lot easier to say bagel butter 3 times fast than it is to say Toy Boat 3 times fast…go ahead, I’ll wait….oh, go on, you know you want to give it a shot… did toy boat go something like this: toy boat, toy boit, and didn’t get to the 3rd try??

What has any of this have to do with that???

Dan and I were grocery shopping the other day in Wal-Mart. A man who was “manning” a “food booth” approached us with a paper plate full of little chunks of a bagel and each one was covered in some kind of yummy looking spread. Dan took one of the pink ones, which turned out to be strawberry bagel butter. I took the other which turned out to be brown sugar/cinnamon bagel butter. That little bite was ADDICTING.

Dan does not like bagels, but he wanted to give it a shot for a breakfast item. So we purchased a package of raisin cinnamon bagels and decided on a container of the brown sugar flavored bagel butter.

After looking at the calorie content and the fat content, I almost put it right back. But, we try hard to watch what we eat (as I’ve stated before, we watch every bite as we put it in our mouth) and figured we could have a bagel once a week and not spread this stuff on very thick. It tastes very good with a cuppa coffee.

And yes, I AM drinking coffee again. BUT I only drink one cup and maybe only every other day. You may recall that coffee gave me great pains last fall/winter and I gave it up. So, far, so good…and it does taste so good with that bagel!

Another day has passed since I started writing this post.

This is what Dan and I did for Christmas. Christmas Eve morning we went to Shoney’s for the breakfast buffet. After we managed to get in the truck we unzipped our jeans and drove the 4 miles home. After we managed to navigate the steps to get into the 5th wheel, we just chilled in our chairs for a while.

Later, we went for a ride to see where the new road they opened on December 9 would take us. We were hoping to get on a road where Dan could drive Bubba at least 55mph without having to slow down for little towns (we were trying to avoid I-75 due to all the holiday traffic). Well, that didn’t work. About every 7 miles there was a sign of 45 mph. The reason we wanted to let Bubba let it all hang out is because of the turbo diesel. Every once in a while, if you haven’t driven it much or gone very fast on the short trips, they advise you to go out and drive at least 55 for about 45 minutes.

After that we went to Wal-Marts because I wanted to get some premade taco bean dip or if they didn’t have any this time premade I would buy the ingredients to make it. They had one pan left. Then, and this is the really exciting part, we went to the Dollar Store and purchased a new LAUNDRY BASKET!!! WHOO-HOO!! Actually the old one was getting hard to carry because it’s handles had cracked. The new one is a round, tall one so it fits better in the closet anyway. OH, and we got Dan another word search puzzle book.

Then later we went to Papa John’s pizza and got their 6 cheese Tuscan pizza. I don’t think we’ll ever get it again. It was good, but one of the cheese’s that was on it really stunk!

We did get our laundry and groceries out of the way on the 23rd. We had the whole Laundromat to ourselves. And as much as we were dreading flipping the bed, washing the flannel sheets and watching them dry, the bed REALLY did feel cozy with nice, clean sheets.

Isn’t this about the most exciting post of mine you’ve read in a while??? HA!

Christmas morning we awoke to the sound of sleet. That turned to rain and then it turned to snow. Dan was going to do ribs on the grill but by afternoon, the weather was nasty enough (and the patio was getting slippery in places) so we did them inside.

We did talk with the kids and grandkids on Christmas day. Hard to believe they are so grown up (the g’kids I mean). I think that has been the extent of our 2010 Christmas!

Hope yours was a safe and happy one!


  1. sfeutz2:14 PM

    I have been checking and was about to send search and rescue for you two as there had been no post for a few days. You holiday schedule almost gave me courage to post about ours! We too were here without family and so it was a very quiet celebration! Christmas Eve we had a bowl of chowder at the historic Buckhorn Saloon and retired early. We try to eat healthy but have OD on sweets the last few days! But I guess you can't be good all the time! Christmas was a quiet but enjoyable time, I fixed a ham and a few trimmings but not a big meal and we exchanged gifts and went on a little photo safari. It looks like a beautiful area you have for the winter. Am so enjoying your photography. Hope the weather gets better for you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Enjoy! Hugs!

  2. Sandy, we sure lead exciting lives!! Actually we are more or less use to our Christmas's being quiet and nothing going on. Although someone in the neighborhood must've gotten a semi auto for Christmas because he/she cut loose with it about 2 a.m! Happy New Year to you and Tom too!

  3. So sorry you are getting bad weather..we had those big fat slow falling snowflakes off and on all Xmas day here...just like a post card, it was gorgeous.
    We plan on heading south to Florida sometime in January and ending up in Orlando area the last week to meet up with both daughters and families for a few days at Disneyworld..which should be fun. We will drive over to Ashville NC and down the east coast to Savannah first and then down to east coast of FL. to visit some friends and over to Tampa area to visit our youngest daughter and then up to Orlando to meet up with my eldest daughter...first time we will all be together in over 5 years in one place! We didn't have them home for Xmas so we are looking forward to that very much. So hurry up and get it warm for us by then, oK? hahaa
    Hope you have a fantastic New Year!

  4. Good to hear you survived Christmas...lol...as the person before me stated, I was wondering about you!...we had a hectic one with our family and this year...maybe you can grill those ribs on New Years Day, it is "supposed" to be in the 40's all weekend here in lower Michigan...raaar!


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