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Jessie Raymond: Holiday baking not cookie-cutter work

Posted on November 23, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



These days I’m feeling, like much of the rest of the country, Decidedly On Edge. Luckily, we’re moving swiftly toward the holidays, when emotional comfort comes in several forms, a vital one being cookies.

I find making cookies kind of a drag; it’s a lot of creaming of butter, beating of eggs and routinely forgetting to take the final batch out of the oven until the smoke alarm goes off. You know how it is.

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Jessie Raymond: Clean closet, healthy mind ... briefly

Posted on November 10, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



What with the drama surrounding this year’s presidential election, the past week or so has had many of us on edge. But I’ve got it worse than you: Due to the Addy Indy print deadline, I’m writing this before Election Day.

You, at least, know how things turned out.

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Jessie Raymond: October: Folks, we have a winner!

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



An open letter to Vermont’s Best Month of the Year Award Committee:

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to nominate October for Best Month.

I know I should defend my birth month instead: “March is great. There’s nothing as uplifting as a heavy, wet snowstorm just when it seemed like spring was coming. And all that mud! When I wake up on a blustery March day, it feels good just to be alive.” But I just can’t.

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Jessie Raymond: Frightening message in a bottle

Posted on October 13, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



I learned something about myself last week: Water — or, more specifically, my glass water bottle — means a lot to me. Growing older is just one self-discovery after another, isn’t it?

I wasn’t always a big water drinker. But a decade or two ago, when certain corporations figured out that gullible consumers would pay for free water if it were sold in plastic bottles, I was like, “Hey, I’m a gullible consumer. Here’s my money.” I was hooked.

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Jessie Raymond: Painting proves to be a job with no end

Posted on September 29, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



It wasn’t supposed to be this complicated.

My husband has been working on our house, and it was time for me to do my part: the painting. It’s not because I’m the better painter; it’s because I hate painting slightly less than he does, and because it’s the only renovation-related work I can help with.

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Jessie Raymond: Aging appliance applying the heat

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



Our dishwasher has been acting up lately. One day, it works fine. The next day, about halfway through doing whatever it does (all the while making a sound like a 737 taking off), it goes silent, offering nothing by way of explanation beyond the “clean” light flashing endlessly off and on.

I know nothing about dishwashers, but I do know about the Internet. And the Internet said the flashing light means the dishwasher thinks the water isn’t hot enough. So it quits.

The water is plenty hot. The dishwasher is being a diva.

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Jessie Raymond: Daily life spawns personal Olympics

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



I always wanted to compete in the Olympics. A few things, however, worked against me, such as my family not having the money to send me to an elite training facility when I was younger. That and having no athletic ability beyond doing the Macarena are the two biggies.

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Jessie Raymond: Summer cooking puts stove on Ice

Posted on August 11, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



What a summer we’ve been having: a seemingly endless run of long days, sunshine and warm temperatures.

Man, I can’t wait for it to be over.

Well, not exactly. It’s just that I miss my favorite pastimes — knitting, cooking and struggling to keep warm. Summer’s all about staying cool and sleeping naked under a sheet. I’d rather be cozy.

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Jessie Raymond: It's tough to get into the swing of golf

Posted on July 28, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



It happened. After two years of resisting my husband’s pleas, I gave in: I started golfing with him.

The things we do for love.

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Jessie Raymond: 'Golf' weekend was a losing battle

Posted on July 14, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



Marriage is not a competition. But if it were, my husband Mark would be winning.

You might get the impression, from reading this column, or perhaps from knowing us personally, that Mark is a taciturn old grouch, while I am sweetness and light pretty much all the time, bestowing upon him laughter, engaging conversation and tasty home-cooked meals.

All of that is true, of course. But when it comes to thoughtfulness, the grouch is way ahead.

I hate him for that.

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