Sunday, October 8th, 2017…

…an impossible post to write.

Red Dog has survived the firestorm. We stayed after mandatory evacuations; some would say that was crazy on our part, others who know Tom and I will understand that we did not take this decision lightly. Nor did we make it alone. A few other neighbors also stayed and we worked together to patrol our area, protect what structures we could, and work out our exit strategies if need be. I cannot even come close to recounting the stories that you have probably already read in the papers and on social media. The network news has also shown their viewers a peek into the depth of the tragedy that unfolded in the very late hours of Sunday, October 8th.

I will say that when we went to bed on Sunday night, it was peaceful. Several hours later the wind was shaking the house and moments after that we smelled the smoke and rose to see that the sky was orange in three directions. And so began a week of ups and downs that left us exhausted but grateful. PTSD is a very real thing; I can feel it even though I am standing on property that remained unscathed. I cannot even fathom how people who lost everything are feeling this stress.

So, rather than creating a week-long scenario on this blog, I am posting some pictures from the firestorm in no particular order or theme. They just moved me…



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View from the next door neighbors


Rancho Adobe Firefighters came for coffee



Historic Barn lost




First Engine that arrived in our subdivision



Fire at neighbor’s vineyard


Firefighters at camp




The rebuilding of the Santa Rosa area will be slow and painstaking…keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Love, Tom, Deb, and Honey



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10 responses to “Sunday, October 8th, 2017…

  1. Constance Grizzell

    I thought of you often and hoped your beautiful sanctuary was saved. So glad you are all okay. Gratitudes. Hugs.

  2. Jennifer Schunemann

    You are all so very brave. Thank you for sharing these pictures. Wow!

    My heart breaks for your neighbors who weren’t so lucky. Please let us know how we can help.

    Hugs from Boston

  3. peter gorman

    I can tell you I have thought about your beautiful sanctuary every day of the catastrophe and hoping, hoping you would come through safe. It makes me happy to hear you all survived.
    Peter Gorman

  4. So glad you fought the good fight and won

    Best regards

  5. Jennie

    I am so glad you guys came out safe. I don’t have very many cousins and I want keep the ones I have.

  6. Thomas Engel

    Beautifully said Hon

  7. Kris

    I got chills reading this. Thanks for this great recap of your harrowing past week and 1/2. I’m very happy you are physically unscathed but sad that the psyche is not.

  8. Bill

    Tom, Deb & Honey. Glad you are all ok. The ongoing stories are moving. Hope to see you in SF in the upcoming months. Bill & Ineke

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