Tag: Jeff Roubal

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 Jeff: Black Friday

At Home With Jeff: Black Friday

| November 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Like most other American families, the Roubals spend Thanksgiving Day cooking, cleaning, and preparing for the holiday – which we celebrate on the Friday after Thanksgiving. As it turns out, Friday is the best day for our family to gather. Our children, nieces and nephews have grown into adults. […]

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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 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 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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At Home With Vivian: We’re so lucky

At Home With Vivian: We’re so lucky

| June 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ola! Cheerio! Bonjour! Ciao! Yassou! Salve! Hello! Jeff and I just returned from a Mediterranean cruise. Wow. Totally awesome. Wow. What else do you say after actually seeing and doing things you only dreamed about? As my husband likes to say “We’re so lucky!” Cruising has changed dramatically during my lifetime. I remember going with […]

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At Home With Jeff: Best of plans

At Home With Jeff: Best of plans

| June 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist I have finished enough home improvement projects to understand that the final product is never one hundred percent what was initially envisioned. Colors look different after you get them home from the store. Dimensions must be compressed or stretched slightly to fit in with existing conditions that are almost […]

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At Home With Jeff: Interesting Times

At Home With Jeff: Interesting Times

| May 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Contributor “May you live in interesting times.” – A traditional Chinese curse One of my current projects is to build a fence between our neighbor’s house and ours. Our neighbor does not live in his house. Nobody does. The house is uninhabitable. There are holes in the roof. The gas […]

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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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Bike to work day

Bike to work day

| May 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez Gazette Contributor Tomorrow will be our 24th annual Bike to Work Day – a day for everyone to ride a bicycle to work, to school, to run errands, and to play. More than one million Bay Area residents live within five miles of their workplaces, an ideal distance for bicycling. Tens […]

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