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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: Mt. Rainier

At Home With Vivian: Mt. Rainier

| August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Wow! Look! You can see the mountain today!” my daughter exclaimed as we drove on Highway 5 north of Seattle. We were heading to Camano Island to celebrate my sister Johnette’s 60th birthday. Mt. Rainier, coated in white snow, it’s 25 glaciers sparkling in the sun, loomed majestically off in the distance. Mt. Rainier is […]

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At Home With Vivian: The good dishes

At Home With Vivian: The good dishes

| June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

As I walked through the dining room near my china cabinet today, sun beams settled on a rather thick layer of dust gathering on the good china. Having nothing more fun to do, I started dusting. The plates, Noritake Temptation, are white with a platinum ring around the edges. There is a delicate white and […]

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At Home With Vivian: On the road again

At Home With Vivian: On the road again

| June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

My mother and father often said they were going to buy a little camper and travel across the country after my two older sisters grew up and left home. My parents dreamed of driving clear across the our homeland some day and then right back again, taking the nation’s highways and byways. Dad said he […]

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At Home With Vivian: A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll

At Home With Vivian: A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll

| May 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

“How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E! I’m jest so proud to be here!” Can you guess where I was last weekend? Yup. I was at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Minnie Pearl was in evidence everywhere! Our mini vacation was a whirlwind of new and old, and filled with heaps of pride and nostalgia. My husband Jeff, son […]

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At Home With Jeff: Rainbow Bag

At Home With Jeff: Rainbow Bag

| April 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Vivian and I are long-time members of the Martinez Senior Center. Our April newsletter, announced that there would be a presentation on Friday, April 26th at 10:00 am. Travel experts from Premier World Discovery will discuss upcoming 2019-2020 trips to locations around the world. This brought back memories of […]

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At Home With Vivian: Lots of love

At Home With Vivian: Lots of love

| February 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day! “I love you a bushel and a peck, a kiss on the cheek and a hug around the neck” was written by Frank Loesser and sung by Doris Day. That song was sung loudly and off key by my mother to wake my kid sister and I up in the mornings. She […]

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At Home With Vivian: Sawasdee!

At Home With Vivian: Sawasdee!

| February 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sawasdee! (Hello in Thai). It’s good to be home in cool and rainy Martinez. Jeff and I have returned from a cruise to Southeast Asia where the flowers were in full bloom, trees and grasses were lush and green, and the humidity was high. Ever get out of a hot shower and the room is […]

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World Book

World Book

| January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By JEFF ROUBAL Martinez News-Gazette Columnist Last summer, we sailed on a Mediterranean cruise to celebrate our 40th anniversary. It was a glorious three week vacation spent visiting exotic ports from Barcelona in the west to Athens in the east. Our favorite city on the cruise was Florence, Italy.  Vivian and I had visited once […]

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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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