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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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Jessie Raymond: Teleportation? Beam me up, Scotty

Posted on June 30, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



You heard the news, right? Last week the Russians announced that they would like to get serious about teleportation. That’s right: They want to make that old sci-fi standby a reality by 2025.

Finally.

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Jessie Raymond: Meet Master Overbuilder and Lazy J

Posted on June 16, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



I’ve got an idea: I’m going to write a children’s book.

I’m calling it “Master Overbuilder and Lazy J Work on the Garden,” a whimsical tale about a married couple and one of their many adventures. (It is purely fictional and not based on anything that happened at my house two weekends ago.)

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Jessie Raymond: Goats crossed the road, and the line

Posted on June 1, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



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It’s the end of an era at our little homestead, the Lazy J. For the first time in almost a decade, the property is goatless.We have sent our two goats, Jasper and Daphne, to live with a new family in Castleton.

Our decision to rehome them came this spring, after our eldest goat, Lucy, died. (It was harder on us than you might expect; I wore a black armband on my barn coat for weeks.) Suddenly, Jasper and Daphne decided they were not only free-range, but also free to leave the property.

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Jessie Raymond: Case of missing slippers haunting

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



A few days ago, my slippers disappeared.

I checked everywhere, even in the closet where they belonged (otherwise known as “the last place I’d ever put them”).

I looked in every room. I looked under the couches and under the beds. Twice. I checked the fridge, because you just never know. I tiptoed through the house, peeking around corners, in hopes of catching the slippers off guard.

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