Life as I see it: 09/13/2017


Some people are bucket list people. I’ve kept an ongoing bucket list for many years. The idea is to write down those things you want to see, experience, and accomplish, and so on. Once you do something on your list, cross it off and add another.

I had to cross off something this week, not because I did it, but because I no longer can do it.

Country singer Don Williams passed away. I’ve admired his soft, soulful music and gentle manner for many years. I always thought that one day I would get to hear him sing in person. Now it is too late.

It makes me sad. God bless him and his family.

We’ve all been watching what is going on with Hurricane Irma in Florida. Many of us have friends or family in that area that could be in its path. We watch, we wait, and we pray for everyone there.

In just a few weeks, we will leave for our belated honeymoon to Hawaii. I’ve never been there (also on my bucket list), so I’m looking forward to going.

We are staying on Oahu, and we will visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona. I’m sure it will be something we remember.

It will for sure bring home the knowledge of what others have given to us.

Of course, we’ll do the typical tourist stuff like eat at a luau, listen to Island music, eat fresh pineapple, and drink fancy tropical drinks.

I’m getting pretty excited about the whole thing.

This week one of my high school friends came for a visit. We met in Clear Lake for a long lunch and great talk. It felt good to reconnect with her.

When you go to a small school, you tend to remain close to your classmates and schoolmates. Such is the case for those of us who attended Pierce Joint Union High School in Arbuckle.

We are all still friends. That is kind of big deal after as many years as it has been since we graduated.

One thing I’ve learned over the years is not to take for granted what we have or who we love.

Life is precious, and those people in our lives are even more valuable. Hang on, folks.

Next week our family will gather to bid farewell, wish a happy birthday, and send off to the U.S. Army our dear, sweet Tyler. Tyler is my great-nephew and a good young man.

We are proud of him, and we wish him good luck, strong character, and a safe adventure.

Life is good today.

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