Life as I see it (11/22/2017)


Tom and I had an enjoyable weekend, back in Colusa County with old friends and attending the annual Family Water Alliance dinner on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, we stopped at the Colusa Holiday Faire where we visited Santa. This Santa, in my mind and heart, is the “real” Santa, though he sometimes masquerades as a guy named Dave.

He looks like Santa for sure, but the truth is that he has the essence of Santa. If that means he gives of himself and his heart, then Santa who sometimes portrays Dave is the real deal. I’m proud to be his friend and grateful he has become family.

My time in Colusa County has brought an abundance of friendships, so it is always my pleasure to rekindle those friendships.

The Family Water Alliance is a non-profit group focused on protecting water rights, so it is a good cause. I’m impressed with the number of people who attend the dinner, but most of all at the number of people who volunteer in time and resources to make it happen. Meanwhile, it’s a good time, a delicious meal, and great fellowship.

I can’t say we had any luck at the event’s raffles this year. We didn’t win one raffle prize, and we were outbid on everything we thought about buying. My friend Ben won one of the commodity baskets, filled with local products; he was kind enough to share a bottle of the olive oil.

Overall a great weekend, and one we enjoyed, but for now its good to be home.
Thanksgiving this year will be a bit different. Instead of staying home and cooking for the multitudes, as I have done for 40 plus years, it will be just Tom and me.

We rented a cottage up in the hills, where we will pick up a ready-made turkey at the deli and settle in for a couple of days.

We plan to take books and movies and enjoy the quiet of it all. On the final evening of our stay, we will attend a local Cornish Christmas celebration. Its a delightfully old-fashioned street fair with lots of vendors, carolers, and displays. Tom has never gone before so it will be a treat for him.

In two weeks I will be officially retired. My contract with my last client will come to an end. I will pass onto the capable hands of Felecia Roe at Central Valley Gas Storage. She’ll do a great job.

Central Valley Gas Storage was one of my first clients, and they have been a mainstay of my businesses for 11 plus years. I appreciate these folks for how they have trusted me, and supported my business.

As a bonus, when I first began my association with them, they were just coming into Colusa County. My contact was a man named Jim Kiefer. Jim and his wife Kyle have become dear friends of mine, and I will be forever thankful for the circumstances that lead to that friendship.

Life changes, life goes on for a time. I’ve had an incredible run as a publicist for many people. Now it is time to change gears. It is time to take a look at who I am now, and who I want to be tomorrow.

Because I can do that, it is just one more reason why life is good today.

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