Life as I see it (01/24/2018)


I’m going to start my column as I end it. Life is good today.

We went to church this morning and the music (old time favorites from my Baptist days) had me feeling as if my daddy was right there with us. One after another they sang one of his favorite hymns. No matter, I’m sure that he is pleased that I am happy and have settled into a good life. He never wanted anything more for his girls.

We were lucky girls for sure.

The sermon was about being lifted up on eagles’ wings and the departing song “On Eagles’ Wings” has long been a favorite of mine. In fact, my final instructions are to have that song at my celebration of life.

I went away from the church and am continuing to feel blessed beyond my share.
It’s a cold day here on the hill in Northern California. But, in our home, it is warm and cozy. We had a great lunch (no carbs), and now we are going to settle in and watch a movie.

Ironically the movie we selected to watch is “Wooly Boys,” a film made in my beloved North Dakota. I got to see a portion of it filmed in Beach, and there are other parts that are shot in surrounding towns. It all looks like home to me. I can spot a few familiar faces there as well.

The highlight for me during its filming may have been that I got to meet Kris Kristofferson on the street in Beach, ND. He was a charming fellow.

Tom hasn’t seen the film before, so I’m looking forward to him seeing it. Now that he has visited there, I’m sure he’ll recognize a few things too.

The beauty of watching a DVD is that you can stop, rewind, and see it again.

It was kind of a hard week cleaning out the folks’ house. Alone in the morning, I decided to tackle the wash house. Unbelievable! I nearly finished it and the back room attached to it, but at one point I started to feel dizzy. That was the cue that I had breathed in enough dirt for one day.

Friend Sue arrived with pizza for lunch and sister Ann joined us too. It was an enjoyable visit.

We encouraged Sue to look around, and she found a few treasures. Much like me, her choices tended to be keepsakes. I have found a few things that remind me of my parents, things I remember well.

I have Mother’s covered glass dishes. They are square and oblong, different sizes. They are clear glass, decorated with fruit. Simple, but when I look at them, I see nestled in those dishes special gelatin salads she knew we liked. Who of us doesn’t love green gelatin salad with cottage cheese and pineapple, or red gelatin with fruit cocktail?

I also have her multi-colored serving dishes. I don’t remember eating a meal that something wasn’t served out of one of those bowls.

Simple things are the important things in my opinion.

We’ve all lost people in our lives. It is hard to take that loss. Each day we build our lives, growing in faith and our spirits. If we can honor those who went before us by being the kind of people they hoped we would be, all is well with our souls.

For today, I want to know that I too can rise up as if on eagles’ wings.
Life is good today.

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

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