Tag: At Home with Vivian

At Home With Vivian: 50 years of homes

At Home With Vivian: 50 years of homes

| October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

I am one of those walkers you might see out and about early in the morning. I’ve made friends with many dogs out walking their owners. I wave at the regulars at Starbucks and Barrelista on Main Street as I pass by. I live near downtown Martinez so I meander through the old neighborhoods. I […]

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At Home With Vivian: Unexpected entertainment

At Home With Vivian: Unexpected entertainment

| October 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Last Sunday at St. Catherine’s was a lot more fun than usual. While Deacon Albert’s sermon was as interesting and thought provoking as usual, the entertainment in the pews was unexpectedly delightful. I was surrounded by little people. A little boy, about six years old, sat directly in front of me. His mother, and an […]

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At Home With Jeff: Crop Swap tonight

At Home With Jeff: Crop Swap tonight

| September 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist From time to time, Vivian and I end up with an excess of produce. I have written in past columns about our sudden abundance of apricots, peaches, artichokes, lemons, and walnuts. One never knows when a windfall of something delicious will blow one’s way. When I was growing up […]

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At Home With Vivian: I love a parade

At Home With Vivian: I love a parade

| September 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Homecoming parade in the mid 1990s. We had a little rain and a dip in temperature this week. Autumn is starting to show its colors -blue and gold. Go Bulldogs! I was talking to my young neighbor, Leah, the other day. She informed me that she’s been having fun after school helping to build the […]

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At Home With Vivian: Figs

At Home With Vivian: Figs

| September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Have some figs! My trees are loaded” my friend Gloria Morales offered during “donuts and coffee” after mass at St. Catherine’s last week. I never turn down a fresh fig and hers were delicious. She said she planted a fig tree and the squirrels helped her plant two more. With three fig trees, Gloria was […]

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At Home With Jeff: Landmarks

At Home With Jeff: Landmarks

| September 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Vivian and I like to travel. Every place that we visit seems to have a special landmark. That got me thinking about landmarks. Webster’s defines a landmark as “an object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognized from a distance, especially one that […]

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At Home With Vivian: After Labor Day

At Home With Vivian: After Labor Day

| August 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Does it seem quieter to you this week? The little city park next to our home has been emptied of joy. Not one child has laughed with glee from the top of the swing’s arc or screamed in fright as they careened down the slide. No balls have bounced on the pavement or swished through […]

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At Home With Jeff: Walnuts

At Home With Jeff: Walnuts

| August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Life is always exciting for us retirees. Yesterday morning after breakfast I went to the garage to put the pliers away and got sucked into a project that took up most of my morning. I cracked walnuts! Vivian bought them in Galt last week and left them in the […]

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At Home With Jeff: A moving experience

At Home With Jeff: A moving experience

| August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist I was walking around my neighborhood yesterday and noticed three different families moving. One house had a Pods container in the driveway. People were carrying boxes from the house to the container like ants carrying food to their nest. Four doors down I saw a house with a 26 […]

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At Home With Jeff: Fruit of our labors

At Home With Jeff: Fruit of our labors

| July 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Still in my pajamas, savoring a first cup of coffee, I surveyed our backyard out the kitchen window. It was only 7 a.m. but the sun was already bright. Because of the wet winter, our plants are going crazy this year, especially the flowers. Gladiolas, verbena, lavender, and roses […]

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