Tag: At Home with Vivian

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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At Home With Jeff: Artichokes

At Home With Jeff: Artichokes

| September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist My father was born and raised near Omaha. When he moved to California, Dad became somewhat of a celebrity in his hometown. His relatives and former neighbors described “LIttle Eddie” as all grown up and living a glamorous life with beaches, freeways, movie stars, and palm trees. During the […]

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At Home With Jeff: Dogs I have known

At Home With Jeff: Dogs I have known

| September 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBEL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx When I was growing up, we always had a dog in the family. The first dog that I distinctly remember was brought home by my mother […]

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At Home With Vivian: In the News

| September 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Change is inevitable and it’s usually for the best. Can you imagine driving a car without seatbelts or air conditioning? But sometimes I don’t like change and it makes me cranky. My parents and older sisters made me the avid reader I am today. I can’t remember a time in my life where I wasn’t […]

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At Home With Vivian: Just a Routine

| September 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Labor Day has come and gone. The kids are back in school. Summer (even though the autumnal equinox isn’t until September 23) is over. Summers are fun and exciting, but there’s something about getting back to a predictable routine that’s comforting, especially to kids. Kids thrive on routine. I know. I was one of those […]

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At Home With Vivian: Twins!

At Home With Vivian: Twins!

| August 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

“I’m going to Connecticut?” I asked in disbelief when my mother gave me the news on an afternoon late in June 1968. I had just walked in the door after riding my bike home from the Antioch High swimming pool where I taught Red Cross swimming lessons in the mornings. I was wet and hungry […]

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At Home With Jeff: Soup’s on

At Home With Jeff: Soup’s on

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist While Vivian and I were camping in Kings Canyon a couple weeks ago, we made beef stew for dinner. It was the most delicious stew that I’ve had in a long time. (I suspect part of the secret seasoning may have been kerosene fumes from the camp stove.) As […]

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At Home With Vivian: Take a hike

At Home With Vivian: Take a hike

| August 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

By VIVIAN ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist A hike is a long walk with snacks – Ranger Marion Roubal I was raised in a family that appreciated nature. In fact, I can’t remember a time when we didn’t spend most sunlit days outdoors. We camped every summer; Lake Tahoe, Mt. Shasta, the Redwoods, Guerneville, the Russian […]

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At Home With Jeff: Things You Never Expect

At Home With Jeff: Things You Never Expect

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Things sometimes turn out as you never expected — usually to the better!  In 1983, Vivian and I were living in Hayward. We were a young couple, married five years with three children all under the age of four. We rented a small, three-bedroom house on Sunset Boulevard. Sunset was a main […]

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