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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, April 04, 2011


How time flies when  you are trying to catch up with everyone. 

It seems like it should be the middle of the week instead of just Monday.  We have managed to see all 3 kids, all the grandkids, my mother, one of Dan's brothers and his wife, of course staying with my sister and her generous hubby, we are seeing them frequently.  The rest of the week is pretty much spoken for too.

We think that next year, if we still come back at the same time or thereabouts, that we are going to try to get all of our kids and grandkids together in one place for a small get together.  It seems that in order to see all 3 of the kids and grandkids we are running around trying to fit it all in in a couple of days.

Don't get me wrong.  It is worth the running around to see them.  But that usually means the oldest son and his family who live in Charlotte have to get up early so we can get there about 10 a.m. to spend time with them before we head off to our daughters for the afternoon (Athens).  She fixed us a wonderful supper of beer batter deep fried walleye, coleslaw, tator tots and for dessert the best home made carrot cake that either one of us has ever had...two types of rich frosting on it just for good measure.

Then Sunday afternoon, we went to the other son and grandkids (Shipshewana).  He and his significant other surprised us with the news that he finally proposed and put a ring on her finger (after 7 years)...no date set yet. Ben made beef and noodles, potatoes, corn and a b'day cake for Dan (March 19th was his b'day but we were gone).

This morning, we were at one of Dan's brothers and his wife (whom I went to school with).  Spent about 4 hours there before the brother had to go to work.

I THINK tomorrow is more or less a free day, but Wednesday we are back on the visiting scene.

We don't know if we are headed homeward (have to stop in Wixom and pick up Gracie, the 5th wheel) on Friday or Saturday.  I just called some people who live down the road from us and said they got about 4" of snow overnight and it was still snowing.

My sister's new hubby LOVES to cook.  The other night we were treated to Chicken cordon bleau, broasted potatoes, wonderful green beans and a fabulous gravy.  Sunday morning, he made fantastic omelots and fried potatoes with sausage.  We need to go home so we can stop eating!!!  Hit that wood pile and get rid of all this wonderful food!!

This morning when we left, it was about 56.  By the time we left my brother in law and sister in law it was down to 45 and windy.  I KNOW we are back in Michigan.  It is supposed to be in the low 30's here tonight!  I think it is expected to be warmer back home than here!

So, that is how it goes so far from Lower Michigan!  Hope all is well with you!!


  1. Gary H / Battle Creek5:24 PM

    TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS by STYX, weather warming back up by the time you get home.

  2. We are in Milwaukee tonight..drove down so we could fly to Florida tomorrow. Here, no snow and in the 40's. When we left home, we had about 2 inches of new snow, but it had stopped by 10a. It is supposed to be 40's and raining most of the week up there. Our hope is that when we come back on the 11th that the rain will have washed all that snow away.

  3. This post reminds me a lot of our trips to see the kids, they all live within 10 miles of each other but its still alot of running around for us. Whew ... you'll need a vacation from your vacation by the time you get home. lol
    'hugs from afar'


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