Life, as I see it :  Almost time…

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It’s only two weeks now until we head out for North Dakota. We continue to sort, pack, toss and load. 

The Jeep is getting pretty full, but yet we keep finding things that we might need during our stay in North Dakota. We shift and re-pack and make yet one more little nook or cranny in which to shove a must-take treasure.

We did come to the conclusion that it is in our best interest to add a day to the trip. Our first two days out will now be rest and relaxation on the coast before we hit it for long driving days ahead.

I find that I am sleeping more these days. It’s been years since I’ve taken afternoon naps, but here lately it has become the norm for this old girl.

The good news is; we think we have a serious candidate to take over our lease at the Blue Lake campsite.

That frees us up from the monthly payment we would otherwise have to continue to make until the first of the year and the end of our lease agreement. 

We have had a lot of God-has-taken-care-of-it moments through this whole process.

Last week I had my final time for a while with my gal-pals, Sue, Deb and Connie.  As we have all moved in different directions; our times together will be fewer and further apart.

I have come to rely on these wonderful women for my go-to, sounding boards and people I know I can trust. 

Although we won’t be together as often as we once were, we have all vowed not to lose contact. We will ‘make’ it happen that we continue to have at least an annual get together.

Since we all have been together since high school already, we have to have faith that we won’t fail now.

High school for us was a very long time ago. It is a blessing in itself that we still have one another and we still care for one another.

This has been a quiet Memorial Day weekend for us. Unlike past years, we have just stayed home. We have not had memorial services or picnics to attend.  It just seems quaint. We even noticed yesterday that there was only one boat out on the lake. Usually, from our home’s hilltop vantage point we can see lots of boats on the lake.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United State for remembering and honoring people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Sadly it has often been observed merely as a three-day weekend and a time for the start of summer fun.

Tom went to the grocery store yesterday evening and when he came back he said it was full of bathing suit-clad folks and many somewhat inebriated people looking to restock their supplies.  That seems a little sad to me.

Although the holiday is meant to observe the passing of military dead, it is also a personal time for me and my kids. We lost my late husband and their dad David on May 29. We always remember.

Just as we know he would like us to do, we have kept on going, built our lives and continue to stand as a family.

Life is good today.

— Kathy Craigo-Harteis is a former Colusa County resident. Contact Kathy at kcraigo66@hotmail.com or PO Box 838, Beach, ND 58621.