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At Home With Vivian: Chicken scratch

At Home With Vivian: Chicken scratch

| March 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Woo hoo! I have once again returned from the “Sewing & Stitchery Expo” where men and women gaze in awe, squeal with delight, and happily jostle their way through crowded aisles of the exhibition halls. Set in the beautiful Great Northwest, this four-day event is an annual dream vacation for needle artists. Sewing, knitting, embroidery, […]

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At Home With Vivian: The right tool

At Home With Vivian: The right tool

| February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

After my father passed away, my mother kept his hammer, a pair of pliers and two screwdrivers – a flat and a Philips- in the kitchen junk drawer. We could fix anything with those tools. Growing up with a single mother, I learned to make do with what I had. I think it made me […]

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At Home With Vivian: Lots of love

At Home With Vivian: Lots of love

| February 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day! “I love you a bushel and a peck, a kiss on the cheek and a hug around the neck” was written by Frank Loesser and sung by Doris Day. That song was sung loudly and off key by my mother to wake my kid sister and I up in the mornings. She […]

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At Home With Vivian: Sawasdee!

At Home With Vivian: Sawasdee!

| February 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sawasdee! (Hello in Thai). It’s good to be home in cool and rainy Martinez. Jeff and I have returned from a cruise to Southeast Asia where the flowers were in full bloom, trees and grasses were lush and green, and the humidity was high. Ever get out of a hot shower and the room is […]

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At Home With Vivian: Have scarf, will ski

At Home With Vivian: Have scarf, will ski

| January 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

I was a Recreation major in college. I took the necessary recreation business and management classes but always looked forward to the courses highlighting different recreation possibilities. I studied scuba diving, synchronized swimming, nature crafts, archery, and many more fun classes. My mother used to laugh saying I was the only person she knew who […]

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Grandma’s Peach Pudding

Grandma’s Peach Pudding

| January 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Martinez Historical Society is embarking on a delicious and fun project! Kathy O’Connell and Mary Goodman are compiling a Martinez family cookbook. One of the elements that will make this cookbook special is that they are requesting that a short anecdote accompany each recipe. The instructions can either be specific and measured or they […]

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At Home With Vivian: Hello Kitty

At Home With Vivian: Hello Kitty

| January 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Meow!” my chocolate-striped grandcat Tina complained when I opened the door to the guest room this evening. It was five minutes after her usual dinner time and she was not happy that I was late. “It’s only five minutes late!” I said with exasperation. She stared me down with her big green eyes until I […]

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At Home With Vivian: Googly eyes and styrofoam

At Home With Vivian: Googly eyes and styrofoam

| January 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Today my sister in Spokane posted a picture of her car blanketed in snow. My husband Jeff responded with a photo of himself picking mandarin oranges from a tree in our sunny front yard! After a month of listening to “Let it Snow”, “White Christmas”, and “Frosty the Snowman”, I’m ready for a little of […]

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At Home With Vivian: A Walk in Winter

At Home With Vivian: A Walk in Winter

| December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s been many years since I’ve spent time with a toddler. I used to remark that watching children at play was a thousand times more entertaining than any television show. It’s good to know that I’m still right. Jeff, our daughter Marion and I and took our eighteen month old granddaughter Betsy out for a […]

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At Home With Vivian: Marathon man

At Home With Vivian: Marathon man

| December 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Before dawn on a Sunday morning, two weeks ago, the Roubal family drove through the cool darkness to the old town of Folsom. As early as it was, no one slept; too much excitement and adrenaline filled the air. My husband Jeff and our son Eddy hopped out of the car when we reached the […]

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