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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!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


I'll be surprised if anyone even visits my blog anymore since I've been so bad about posting this summer!!!  I HOPE you are still there!!!

Dan's brother, Rodger and his wife Connie, arrived on Friday and are staying a couple of weeks in their pop up.  It is so very good to have them here!!  Connie and I haven't had quality time like this in a very long time.  She's been doing most of the supper cooking and I've been making desserts, so it all works out very well!  Connie is an excellent cook and I don't know if I have ever seen her actually follow a recipe.  A lot of her "concoctions" are things she's come up with.  I'm not that imaginative.

Today I have to drop Bubba, the truck, off at the dealer in town.  Last week we had trouble with him; he would not start at ALL.  Just a click, click.  Had to have him hauled into town, got two new batteries and had them do an oil change and filters while he was there.  While they were working on him, they noticed a little hole in something to do with the exhaust (I don't understand all of this; I just nod and pretend I do when Dan tries to explain it to me).  So, that is why Bubba is going back today; to get that new part on...and put the fuel filter on that they didn't put on last week.

Do you realize a month from tomorrow, we will be closing for the season?  YEAH!!!!  We most likely won't be leaving here to head south until October 25th, unless Dan gets to the point he cannot wait another minute!  We got Gracie, the 5th wheel, home this past weekend so he can FIND THE TIME AND ENERGY to wash and wax her and wash the roof.  My job in Gracie won't start for about a month yet!

Next Wednesday is my bone marrow test.  I'm not so bothered by that now since I found out that they WILL be putting me out.  First time I had it done, I was awake.  Even with the "numbing shots" in the butt, it still was very uncomfortable.

We had some guests check in a couple of days ago; two big motor homes traveling together.  The one guy (these were older guys) was so arrogant and looked down his nose at me, I could just tell there would be issues.  When I got to the part about "do you have boards or something to put under your stabilizers?"  He said "NO!  I've never needed them and won't use them!"  Dan was standing around the corner of the office and he made his presence known and said "You WILL use them here."  Then the guy said "You should provide them for your guests!"  SURPRISE YOU LITTLE JERK!!!  WE DO!!!  The other man didn't have any either but wasn't creating a stir about any of it.

I told them Dan would go out and get our specially cut boards for them to use and to please return them when they were done.  The Little Jerk gave me a "Hmmpph."

Dan had the boards sitting by each motor home and the Little Jerk said "Aren't you going to bring them out to us??"  (The other man had already put his in his tow vehicle).  Dan said "No, don't you have compartments under your motor home?"  Little Jerk "Yes, but I'm NOT putting those damn boards in there!"  And it escalated from there.  It ended up with Dan telling him that he could arrange for the Little Jerk to go out of here faster than he came in (the other guy was just being quiet and observing) and if he didn't change his attitude he would be escorted OUT!  Dan further went on to say "And if you have ANY problems with anything here, DO NOT go to the office...you come see ME and I will set you straight!"  The LJ said it was a bunch of bullshit to which Dan said that he was about 5 seconds from having him leave. 

The LJ mumbled something as he was walking away and it almost sounded like he said he was sorry.  Dan and I both think he has buffaloed people and never had anyone confront him before.  THEN the LJ couldn't even get parked on his big pull thru site; he had to go around again!  I think he finally took  his toad (tow car) off before trying the 2nd time to pull in on his site.

Dan stewed about that all night long and even woke up thinking about him.  DO YOU THINK WE'RE READY TO LEAVE??!!!!

I think that is all for this time!!!  Hope you are still OUT THERE!


  1. Anonymous10:12 AM


    Isn't worth it.......would've sent him down road ASAP. Hope the rest of his stay is uneventful........


    1. Thankfully he didn't cause any more problems and actually DID return the boards! Dan was very polite and said "Thank you sir!" And the LJ just gave Dan an over the shoulder wave.

      The OTHER guy, the one who didn't seem to have an issue, did NOT bring his boards back, so Dan had to go out to the campsite and get them...and while he was there, he found a nice little corner table, like something you'd find in the living room. Finders keepers???

  2. Anonymous8:31 AM

    Hi Cathy, I'm still here reading your blog. Wished Dan would of kicked the LJ out. There's no need to be so rude.


  3. We both think this "man" has bullied his way thru life and didn't like it when Dan backed him down. I'm sure he'll be all over the internet on RVparkreviews.com and other ones telling his side of the story, etc. There are just times when the customer is NOT right...and this was one of them.

  4. Anonymous12:58 AM

    Hi Cathy,

    I'm still here, too. Enjoy reading of your adventures. Take care and Rock On!



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