FFF (friends and family Friday). If that's not a thing already then I'm glad I'm starting it. Last week I got to race to support one of my favorite places; Santa Rosa. It's hard to capture the essence of the event but there was this dynamic where Santa Rosa wanted to show how strong it was despite all the tragedy with the sonoma fires and the athletes wanted to show how much we love this city and the surrounding area. Check out @race_team_triumph posts to get a glimpse... ____________________________________________
For me, the race was an excuse to see my friends, people I consider family. If you don't know them, let me describe them briefly. They will open their home and heart to you. They're giving and generous in every way. This last weekend there literally was a revolving door of people in and out of their home for over 72 hrs and they were always welcoming others in. Their kids relished in the activity and gave up many of their creature comforts for all of us. I started triathlon because of them and have been connected with the triathlon family. @triserg @janaedixon @fitnaticstyle @jevidence @cmw_in_the_360 @ginnylovestri24 @diceman79
I'm truly blessed @d_stillwater and @shellyflipntri are part of my life... even more thankful they are survivors, fighters, and all around good people. Thank you guys. We may be ironman but more importantly you have hearts of gold!
#sonomastrong#SR70 .3 #ironmansantarosa#howestrong#triathlete#triathlon#swimbikerun#antiquit#sonomafire
In love with this kitchen design... I find I’ve become more observant about residential architecture and interior design the past few months. My family has started the long, difficult process of rebuilding on our beloved land in Calistoga after the Tubbs Fire destroyed the buildings (and 102 acres of wilderness) last fall. While our immediate tasks focus more on basic needs like drilling a new well and getting an electricity meter so we can have running water and power, I can’t help but dream of what the new building will look like... A large open kitchen, a sprawling dining table, a cozy living space, a deck with beautiful views of Mt Saint Helena, all with environmental sustainability and fire resistant design elements at the forefront. I fantasize about the gatherings we’ll host, the meals we’ll cook together, the friends old and new who will experience the space and foster the community there. It’s a ways away, and so far getting there has been tough, but we’re inching our way there, and these dreams keep me moving forward.
I’m hosting the next Calistoga Camp Out this weekend at the ranch. We’ll work on projects early/late in the day and chill on the lake during the heat of the day. Let me know if you’d like to join, all are welcome! If you’re unavailable but interested in future dates, comment below and I’ll keep you in the loop for future trips. 🧡
Earlier this month we took a short trip with our families to Sonoma and discovered this beautiful winery & park. The manager shared the stories about how close the #sonomafire last fall was to buring down the entire property and how the community rallied to help in the evacuation.
Last October, Woodhouse BBQ, along with many selfless Pitmasters and volunteers, fed over 34,000 people in 12 days. It was a humbling experience that left our hearts full from the love and generosity displayed from our amazing local community. Thank you @opbbqrelief for your help and being recognized for our efforts. We didn’t do it for the pat on the back, but it sure feels good!
#tubbsfire#napavalley#bbq#sonomafire @woodhousechocolate @stickybusinessbbq @bigpoppasmokers @aowinery @simsbbq @slapyodaddybbq @smoakville @kindersbbq @delmontemeatco @harrisranchbeef @michaelajoyphotography @ashandoakfloral @pain_and_glory_cellars @amieedmaris @camomiosteria @ateliernapa
As of yesterday and throughout next week, schools across Sonoma County will be releasing students for summer break. Congratulations for getting through what proved to be a difficult school year in our community—especially for so many who experienced extreme disruption in their homes and educational settings as a result of the North Bay fires. Thank you to teachers, administrators, and other school staff for being there when our young people needed you most. We applaud the educational community for its resilience and wish everyone a happy and relaxing summer. #SonomaStrong
It’s so easy to forget. So much tragic news happening hourly. The fires in Sonoma County are a distant memory for many. Not those who are still rebuilding. Or hoping to rebuild. #sonomafire#neverforget#sonomastrong 🔥
“That is just about better than anything, to feel that human connection.”
Wondering how best to respond to people who have experienced trauma in the fires? Dr. Alisa Liguori shared some ideas with us yesterday when we were filming in Coffey Park about our Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative.
Today we’re filming in Coffey Park about the Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative. Thanks to Dr. Alisa Liguori, psychologist and fire survivor, for sharing her perspective! We will get to see the final video at Wine Women and Shoes next month! 📸 by @bgrasses
A Zigzagging Rainbow
One of my best friends lost her home in the Sonoma fires last year. She and her husband got out with the kids, four backpacks, and two cars. They lost everything. Including baby quilts I had made for my nieces.
I spoke to her about twenty-four hours after it happened and after hanging up the phone, I called my mom to tell her to punch a hole in her quilting schedule because we needed to make some quilts.
My mom is a master quilter and owns a longarm (quilting) business. She taught me to quilt when I was in Girl Scouts (@girlscouts)... I estimate I’ve made about thirty baby quilts in addition to one king-sized quilt and one queen-sized quilt, plus the quilting projects I’ve done with Mom. Mom does all of my white work/quilting (the stitching that goes all the way through the “finished” quilt) because it kills my back.
This is the fabric for quilt no. 1, this time a twin. I’m still trying to figure out what moron at @inthebeginningfabrics decided a pinking cut (try measuring accurately with a 1/8-inch zigzags) was a brilliant idea for their jelly rolls, but the fabrics are gorgeous. They have just enough whimsy for a little girl, and just enough seriousness to get her to college. Her older sister is getting a remarkably different pattern, but I’ll use some of these fabrics to link them...
Anyway, if you want to know where I’ll be on Saturday, I’ll be sewing a plethora of 1/4” seams.
Yesterday was a perfect example why I love this job. I started the day at Oakland Raiders training camp and ended up in Napa meeting people who've lost their homes due to the #winecountryfires . You never know where the day is going to take you. I've been to Napa & Sonoma every day this week, but this is the first time I've met people that lost their homes. In some areas the devastation is widespread, but in this neighborhood it very random. One house would burn and leave the home next to it untouched. Most people here were generally kind and welcoming, but we did have one neighbor threaten to rip my friend @2hip4tv throat out if we didn't leave. #sonomafire#sonoma#photoglife#thankyoucalfire#thankyoufirefighters