Tag: At Home with Vivian

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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At Home With Jeff: Good bugs & bad bugs

| December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL I have always loved bugs. As a child, I would watch them and play with them for hours. My mother believed that children should be indoors only as long as they were occupied doing something useful, otherwise they should be outside. My brothers and I spent a lot of time outdoors, much […]

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At Home With Vivian: A new season

At Home With Vivian: A new season

| November 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

It feels wonderful to finally have a chill in the air. Winter is on the way. The seasons are changing once again. I love this time of year. The air is cleaner, the stars brighter. We don’t have to mow the lawn, and, if we’ve been good, we can look forward to Santa coming. Jeff […]

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A Pointed Explanation

A Pointed Explanation

| November 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

I made an origami market bag last week just for fun. My friends Cathy and Jann came over to my house and we had a lovely time sewing together. Cathy found the bag at a craft fair and wanted to duplicate it. “The lady selling the bags told me how to make them.” Cathy explained. […]

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At Home With Vivian: Veterans Day

At Home With Vivian: Veterans Day

| November 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

One hundred years. History was one of my favorite classes when I was a school girl. Unlike a math or science book, a history text is filled with stories of adventure and intrigue. Some events happened so long ago, that they don’t seem real, such as the adventures of King Richard the Lionhearted during the […]

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Happy Birthday Mickey!

Happy Birthday Mickey!

| October 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Can you believe it? Mickey Mouse is going to be 90 years old on November 18th. Most of us have never lived in a world without Mickey. I asked my older sister Brenda what she remembered about Mickey Mouse when she was a youngster growing up in West Pittsburg back in the 1940s. “There were […]

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At Home With Jeff: “Pockets”

At Home With Jeff: “Pockets”

| October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist One of my favorite games to play when our kids were little was “What is in your pockets?” We played this while waiting somewhere or killing time. We would sit on a curb and everyone would empty his or her pockets. Next, we would see what we could make […]

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At Home With Vivian: Pumpkins!

| October 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dear Great Pumpkin, I am looking forward to your arrival on Halloween night. I hope you will bring me lots of presents. – Linus van Pelt I have to confess – I bought my pumpkins already. I couldn’t resist. Autumn is in the air. I smell pumpkin spice everywhere I go. I went to the […]

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At Home With Vivian: Home Tour Plus

At Home With Vivian: Home Tour Plus

| October 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mark your calendars for the 12th annual Martinez Home Tour coming this Saturday, October 13th from 10am to 4pm. Go early and check out the fun raffle prizes! My husband Jeff and I enjoy home tours. We’ve been to luxury estates in the Caribbean, stately mansions in New York, royal castles in Europe, and beach […]

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At Home With Vivian: Past tents

At Home With Vivian: Past tents

| October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Why can’t you run through a campground? You have to “ran” because it’s past tents. It was a simple memorial service. We reminisced about our good times together. We gave our humble thanks for more than twenty-five years of faithful service. Saying farewell to a tried and true comrade was hard, but it was time. […]

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