Life as I see it: 08/09/2017


We stepped back into the past this last weekend when we spent the night at the historic Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley Ca.

From the chandeliered lobby into the filigree iron walled elevator, down the vintage photograph-lined hallway to our room was like stepping back into the past. The room itself was furnished is antique furniture, and the bath was a deep old claw foot tub.

I loved it. Tom cooperated because he loves me, but admitted he missed high-speed WIFI and a flat screen television with at least cable.

Each room is named after an area character of the past. We were in the Lola Mendez room. The story on the wall next to her photograph stated that she was an actress that was once insulted by what an editor wrote about her in the local newspaper. She took the matter up with the editor in the saloon of the hotel when she attempted to horse whip him.

I guess the guy overpowered her and took her whip, but you have got to give the girl credit for trying.

Funny thing is; my friend Ben calls my strong-willed sometimes riled up personality (alter ego) “Lola” and always jokes that he hopes Lola doesn’t show up.

Dinner in the dining room was delicious and the staff from check in, to wait staff to housekeeping were the best we’ve ever experience.

This treasure nestled in the historic town in the hills is rumored to be a haunted hotel. We didn’t hear any bumps in the night, and we both slept sounder and longer than we normally do.

It was a unique and fun stay. We would recommend it and as my daughter Velvet would say; “It was an adventure.”

Earlier in the day, I joined my friends Jennifer and her mom for the annual Roots and Wings event at Wildwood Lake.  This event benefits area schools and is hosted in part by the homeowners on the lake.

My former client John Ashbaugh (Premier Mushrooms Inc.) is one of the hosts and was kind enough to include us this year.

Guests cruise the lake on chauffeured boats and visit homes along the way. At each home, they are served a variety of wines from area wineries and foods from area restaurants.

It’s a great day, and we appreciated being included.

I’m looking forward to this coming weekend when my high school gal pals will visit.

Bless Tom; he will move to the lake place, and we will have the house for our annual girls’ weekend.

Sue, Debbie, Connie and I have been friends for more years than we care to admit. Time together has become a precious commodity as we have all made some life changes in the last few years. We are blessed to still have the friendship, and we know it.

My best advice is to hang on to the people you love, treat them well and don’t take for granted the time you can have together.

Life is good today.

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