Tag: At Home with Vivian

At Home With Jeff: What’s my line?

At Home With Jeff: What’s my line?

| May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Contributor A friend at the American Legion asked me last week to update his telephone number on the membership list. He and his wife had just disconnected their home phone permanently. From now on, they will be using their cell phones exclusively while away and while at home. I was […]

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At Home With Vivian: How I Met Your Father

At Home With Vivian: How I Met Your Father

| May 16, 2018 | 1 Comment

My mother believed in fate. She’d often say, “It will happen when it’s supposed to happen but it wouldn’t hurt to help it along.” When something happened, good or bad, she’d say, “It was meant to be.” On one fateful day in 1973…. My college roommate, Katie, knew that a young man from the sixth […]

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At Home With Vivian: Internet party

At Home With Vivian: Internet party

| May 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Say, hey, good lookin’ Whatcha got cookin’? How’s about cookin’ somethin’ up with me? Hey, sweet baby Don’t you think maybe We could find us a brand new recipe? Can’t you just hear Hank Williams singing that song? Got the melody stuck you your head now? Well, I do. But I’m not hearing Hank. I’m […]

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At Home With Vivian: Bingo!

At Home With Vivian: Bingo!

| April 18, 2018 | 2 Comments

“How would you like to go out for dinner tonight?” my normally thrifty husband Jeff asked on Saturday afternoon. What? Jeff is actually willing to pay for dinner? You bet I’m going! Then I found out it was at St. Catherine of Sienna’s Bingo night. Three dollar hot dogs, four dollar hamburgers. I shouldn’t have […]

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At Home With Jeff: You’ve Got Mail!

At Home With Jeff: You’ve Got Mail!

| April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Special to the Gazette Everyone loves getting letters and packages in the mail. Mail is one way that Vivian and kept our family close over the years. Several of my assignments with the Air Force required extensive travel away from the family. One time, I was sent to Somalia for six months. […]

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At Home With Vivian: Always a smile

At Home With Vivian: Always a smile

| April 4, 2018 | 1 Comment

Every week I trek down to the Martinez News-Gazette office for extra copies of my column to mail off to my three adult children. I thoroughly enjoy a little chit chat with whoever is staffing the front desk. One lady in particular always has a smile and nothing but good words to say. Barbara Cetko […]

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At Home With Vivian: Patterns in time

At Home With Vivian: Patterns in time

| March 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

I said the Easter dress was purple. Johnette said it was white. I went through my mother’s old photo albums the other day looking for that certain picture to prove my kid sister wrong. Photo albums are my ‘external’ hard drive. That’s where I keep memories that my brain has no room to store. With […]

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At Home With Vivian: Hanami

At Home With Vivian: Hanami

| March 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Grammie, its time for you to go home!” Jeff and I teased his mother recently. Unfortunately, she did have to go back to Oregon. “Back to the rain and gloom,” Grammie sighed. Grammie moved to Oregon several years ago. The wet winters there finally got to her. Last year she came for a two week […]

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At Home With Vivian: Best Foot Forward

At Home With Vivian: Best Foot Forward

| March 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Woo hoo! I have once again returned from “The Biggest Sewing Party in America,” where women gaze in awe, squeal with delight and happily jostle their way through the crowded aisles of The Sewing and Stitchery Expo. Set in the beautiful Great Northwest, this four day event is a dream vacation for needle artists. Sewing, […]

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At Home With Jeff: Bring home the bacon

At Home With Jeff: Bring home the bacon

| March 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Guest Columnist Vivian and I were grocery shopping recently when I started grumbling about the price of bacon. “Stop complaining,” Vivian chided me, “Bacon does not grow on trees. It takes a lot of hard work.” Hearing her words, I was immediately transported back to my grandparents’ farm. My mother […]

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