Sunday, July 25, 2021


Life, as I see it : Keep your word.

When I tell someone I’ll do something, I do it. When I make a bargain, I keep it. 

I don’t understand people who make bargains or promises and then think it’s OK to just not do it. They give no apology or no explanation.

We are now immersed in the frustrating world of selling and giving away items we no longer need. As we plan our departure from Northern California, and will be in North Dakota through summer, we no longer need our campsite, 5th Wheel, golf cart, and other items.

We have a 4-wheel scooter designed for disabled mobility. We are giving it away. So far we have had a long line of people who could “really use it” and will come to get it. We are now onto the second on the list of people, and are still waiting for folks who said they’ll pick it up to do so.

There seems to be an opinion out there that you can say you want what is offered free, but if you change your mind you can just bail without telling the giver.

We sold the golf cart too, but as of a few minutes ago (at the designated time of pick up) the message came that the buyer had changed his mind. 

The boat and the 5th wheel are sold, but again, today, the buyer bailed on the pick up schedule. I’m hoping they actually follow through on the deal.

This isn’t my first rodeo when it comes to dealing with people who shop on the online sites.

While clearing out my folks’ place and my farm, I had numerous would-be-buyers who just didn’t show up.

Back in the day when I was a freelance writer, people somehow seemed to feel like my time wasn’t valuable because I worked from home. I didn’t have anything else to do except wait for them and it was always OK to cancel appointments with me.

If I sound irritable, it is because I am irritable.

We were brought up to keep our word and to show others respect. Times have changed, I guess.

On a brighter note, I had a great weekend. I had two days with my forever friend, Sue. It was time for a girl’s weekend. Although we just stayed at her house, we did venture out for a great lunch and trekking around Old Folsom, exploring the shops. Mainly it was time for relaxing, visiting, and decompressing. 

Sue is a doll collector. I have a large (3-year-old sized) doll I’ve carted around since I was 12 years old, and this weekend I gifted it to Sue. The doll has been moved from California to Oregon, to Washington, to North Dakota and back to California. I think she has found her forever home now with Sue, in Antelope. I knew she was in good hands when this morning I saw she had been dressed by Sue in a new outfit, shoes, and hat.

I swear the doll even looked happier.

I guess if I’d been lying on my face in the top of a closet for two years, I’d look happier standing up in new clothes too.

I also combined my visit to include a pampering facial with my friend, Yvonne. Felt great, and this old girl really needed it.

While in the city fighting traffic, I did have the moments of gratitude. Once again, I’m reminded why I’m happy to live the rural life.

Life is good today.

— Kathy Craigo-Harteis is a former Colusa County resident. Contact Kathy at or PO Box 406, Nice, Ca 95454. 

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