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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 30, 2012


The President was in the Oval Office when his telephone rang.

"Hello, Mr. President?" a heavily accented Yooper voice said. "This is Sven, up here at Ole's Bar and Steak House in Bruce Crossing, Michigan .

I am callin' to tell ya'll dat we are officially declaring war on ya!"

"Well Sven," The President replied, "this is indeed important news!
How big is your army?"

"Right now," said Sven, after a moments calculation, "there is myself, my cousin Lars, my next-door-neighbor Randy, and the whole dart team from Pine's Bar. That makes eight!"

The President paused. "I must tell you Sven that I have one million men in my army waiting to move on my command." 

"Wow," said Sven. "I'll have to call ya back !"

Sure enough, the next day, Sven called again. "Mr. President, da war is still on! We have managed to acquire some infantry equipment!"

"And what equipment would that be Sven?" The President asked.

"Well sir, we have two 4-wheelers, a snowmobile, and Harry's trail grooming machine."  

The President sighed. "I have to tell you Sven, that I have 16,000 tanks and 14,000 armored personnel carriers. Also, I've increased my army to one and a half million since we last spoke"

"Lord above", said Sven. "I'll be getting back to ya."

Sure enough, Sven rang again the next day. "Mr. President, da war is still on! We have managed to git ourselves airborne! We up an' modified Ole's ultra-light wid a couple of shotguns in da cockpit, and four boys from da coffee shop have joined us as well!"

The President was silent for a minute then cleared his throat. "I must tell you, Sven, that I have 10,000 bombers and 20,000 fighter planes.  My military complex is surrounded by laser-guided, surface-to-air missile sites. And since we last spoke, I've increased my army to TWO MILLION!"

"Oh Lord," said Sven. "I'll have to call you back."

Sure enough, Sven called again the next day. "Mr.President! I am sorry to have to tell you dat we have had to call off dis here war.."

"I'm sorry to hear that" said The President. "Why the sudden change of heart?"

Well, sir," said Sven, "we've all sat ourselves down and had a long chat over a few beers and come to realize that deres just no way  dat we can feed two million prisoners.."

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