Life as I see it: July 27, 2017


If you read this column, you know how I love to have my kids around. Chicks in the nest, round two, starts on Tuesday when I pick up daughter Velvet and “adopted” daughter Jodi at the Sacramento airport.

We’re off from there for an overnight girls’ trip to Reno before coming back to our home in Nice.

Velvet and I have traveled a lot together, and every time that we do, it’s an adventure. Those are times we remember and times that we (especially her mom) appreciates.

I’m pretty excited the girls are visiting. It’s kind of bittersweet though.

Velvet bought my little Camry and will be driving it away to North Dakota.

I bought the little silver beauty with all the bells and whistles, and I have enjoyed every bit of it. We’ve traveled many miles together. We’ve had a few adventures together. Overall, it has been a great little car. I paid it off in June, so I have driven it car payment-free for a month at least.

As I have written before, it has been a year of change.

I’ll miss my little car, but I will still be driving a Camry, only it’s newer than the silver one.

It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles the old one has, but I have a pretty great husband who has added a few things to it so that I’ll still have the conveniences.

Just as a matter of praise for Tom, I’ll add that he spent seven hours one day last week detailing the car for Velvet. It looks better than it ever did when I drove it.

When you write a column like this, you sometimes get letters from readers. I’ve had my share of letters, both good and let’s say terrible, in response to some things I have written.

This past week, it was a good one. We received a wedding congratulations card from one of my readers in South Dakota. It was much appreciated, and I felt much honored to read the kind words she had to say about me, my faith, the way I write, and the fact that I always give God credit for what I do.

Bottom line folks, if I didn’t live my life that way and in that mindset, I wouldn’t have gotten very far.

As for the letter, I appreciated it. We all need to have an occasional well done.

I completed my second week at the gym. Believe it or not, I’m looking forward to going back in the morning. Like anything else we do, it gets easier with practice. They say if you do something three times in a row, it becomes a habit. I’m hoping that is true with this endeavor.

I do feel better. I can’t see any dramatic changes in the old girl’s body just yet, but I will someday.

Life is good today, and it will get better yet as soon as I get those chicks in the nest.

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