Your bike rides this week

Monday January 23.

Tuesday January 24. Brenda and Rachel:

Jane, Dani, and Cheryl:

Wednesday January 25. Tony and Maria:

This picture was taken by The Shadow (Minerva). Me, Rachel, and Brenda:

Thursday January 26. Dani and Cheryl, picture taken by Jonathan:

Friday January 27. Determined to get 200 miles this month – Brenda:

Jonathan and Cheryl:

Arlete and Brenda (picture taken by the shadow):

Saturday Bike Party organized by Coletha. Shelf-stable food was donated to Joey’s Food Locker serving families in N Natomas. Ozzie came to pick up the donations and tell us a bit about the program.

Thanks for riding today: Brenda, Minerva, Yingce, Rachel, Jim, and Carol for riding today. After the main ride, a few of us rode over to the E Levee Rd to check out the flooding from Steelhead Creek and see the Hansen Ranch Park site. Picture taken by the shadow.

Projects completed

Previously I shared the completion of the t-shirt quilt

and a very good Sunday watching football and finishing Sophia’s Christmas gift. *Note the blue fabric in the background.

In between, I finished an embroidered pillow for Adrienne – a thank you gift for all the Joe Pickett books and inviting me to Hawaii last fall –

and a blouse, which turned out (grrr) not to fit me, however it fit Terri just fine. And she liked the print and material.

Then it was time to finish project #5, a blouse that Phyl and I had cut out in January 2022 – ONE year ago – the blue material in the above picture. And nothing went right, I spent several hours trying to figure things out and finally called Phyl in frustration. Her advice was to set it aside and think about it. Whew! So, while I ponder a solution, I think I’ll adjust the blouse pattern and keep working on another little embroidery project. No idle hands in this house!

Your bike rides this week

Tuesday January 17. A break in the rain = 8 people, 4 rides, 197 miles. Tony and Maria:

Jonathan took this picture of Cheryl, Kathy, and Barbara:

Paul, Maria (ride #2 of the day), Rachel:

I took this picture of Barbara, Nathan and Andrea:

Thursday January 19. Jonathan took this picture of Cheryl, Kathy, and Dani:

Saturday January 21. Brenda and Paul:

Sunday January 23. Discovery Park, still flooded. Barbara, Rachel, me, Brenda:

Ride Ready Repair

by SABA at Fr Kenny School. This was a school fair also at the other end of the playground with exhibits from neighborhood services, a dj, dance performances.

Robert rounded up all the mechanics for a pre-event meeting.

Terri came with me, we manned the intake table. Diana was also a part of our team but she was also able to create some social media content for SABA. Diana is SABA’s communications director.

The team of mechanics began working on a set of bikes from the Bike Kitchen, three of which would be raffled off later in the afternoon. This bike never was chosen for repair. One of the mechanics said, “All it needs is .. everything.”

There were a few heart-warming stories. One boy rolled up, somewhat frantic, saying the chain came off and he had to be home by 4:30. One of the mechanics, Bill, was nearby and overheard. He immediately went to work on the boy’s bike and quickly solved the problem. The boy was so relieved and asked Bill, “Can I give you a hug?”

Another favorite moment. Two brothers, Gabriel and Charles, came up early in the day and asked if there were any bikes being given away. In fact, there were. They each tried out a couple and found the bike they wanted the most, they were so happy. We met their dad and found out he had no way to get the bikes back to where they lived in Rancho Cordova. No problem, said one of the mechanics, Dennis. “If you give me your address I’ll bring them to you.” More happiness all around.

Special thanks to Terri and Sudanne from Mai Vang’s office at the intake table. You made the whole intake process so efficient today.

A perfect Sunday

Today started by not going to Carson’s flag football game which happened “rain or shine.” Rain as it turned out. Next Avery’s basketball game. He scored:


The rest of the day. Starbucks mocha, NFL playoffs, and two sewing projects ready to go.

By the time the Cincinnati Bengals won their game, one project was finished – a Christmas gift request from Sophia, who chose the fabric.