Life, as I see it (10/04/2017)

My folks were so excited when they bought a little piece of ground outside of Grimes, CA, so many years ago. It helped provide homes for my grandparents, my aunt, and nieces. It was a great place to grow our southern family’s beloved okra. I have learned to wear long sleeves when you attempt to harvest the prickly plant; you should, too.

My granddad had a big garden on the property and always made a point to growing eggplant just for me, because he knew how much I loved it. still like it today, but somehow it doesn’t taste as good as it did when my mama fixed it.

In the past few months, I’ve spent some hours mowing that property. It gave me time to think about the folks, and even talk to them a bit.

It gave me time to remember not only my parents but the family members who once occupied that place.

My sister Ann and I were blessed with a big family that loved us unconditionally. We may not have had the “fancy” stuff some of our friends had, but we had what mattered. We were loved and we knew it. There was never a need to question.

The property is sold. It will move on to new hands.

Yesterday, I sold the little mower to a family in Woodland where it will help a young couple mow two-acres. The young man was so excited to get it. Up until now he had been mowing the 2 acre parcel by foot.

As luck would have it, as we were about to load it on the trailer, the mower ran out of gas. So my inner Wonder-woman side got to shine as I (little old lady that I am) helped push it up into the trailer. I guess those hours of lifting weights are paying off.

Life goes on.

It is hard to let memories go, but it feels good to pass the joy on to someone else.

This last weekend, I spent about three hours at the annual river clean. It was another great event of community volunteerism. It was wonderful to see volunteers from all walks of life, all ages, and all professions out there pitching it.

The event is co-sponsored by Premier Mushrooms Inc. and Central Valley Gas Storage (Southern Company Gas). These are two local companies here in Colusa County. I might add that they are two companies that are always ready to lend a hand. I’m proud to have been associated with them for many years.

This is the week! We’re off to Hawaii. Our reservations have been made, and we’re ready for all the tourist things we want to do. I am so excited as I’ve never been to Hawaii before, but I’m told it is magical and that we will love it for sure.

Life is definitely good today.

— Kathy Craigo-Harteis is a publicist, speaker, and life coach living in Lake County. Contact Kathy Craigo-Harteis at

Kathy Craigo is a publicist, speaker, and life coach. She owns Kathy Craigo Media Consulting in Colusa. Contact Kathy Craigo at