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Jessie Raymond: It's best to rely on the yard sale pros

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



A few weeks ago, I came home to find sitting on my porch a well-seasoned, 14-inch cast iron skillet and lid — just what I had been wanting for the wood cook stove this winter.

My friends Knick and Knack had scored again.

If you’ve ever held, or even been to, a yard sale in Addison County, no doubt you’ve seen them: two determined women with a budget, a list and an uncanny ability to find treasures among the trash, not just for themselves but for all their friends and family.

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Jessie Raymond: Stuck in the mud — gardening 2017

Posted on July 6, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



This year’s heavy rains have made my vegetable garden not only soggy, but downright dangerous.

Now, I’ve always had a healthy fear of the garden, but it’s been mostly regarding spiders — less in terms of venomous bites than in terms of my reaction: having one skitter up my arm, causing me to jump, step on the blade of a hoe and take the handle right between the eyes. It could happen.

But the rain poses its own threats. I know, because I’m a survivor.

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Jessie Raymond: Summertime and the living is busy

Posted on June 22, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



While golfing with my husband one evening last week, I hit an errant tee shot — and by “errant” I mean “normal,” for me — and nailed a squirrel. The poor thing had been frolicking with his buddies far from the fairway in what they surely thought was a safe zone.

They were wrong.

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Jessie Raymond: Time to show the garden who's boss

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



A good gardener isn’t someone who has luck getting things to grow. Things will grow whether you want them to or not. The real talent lies in taking charge of what grows and not letting the garden be the boss of you. You have to be ruthless.

I’m not.

Or, I wasn’t. After years of lamenting my lack of cruel streak, I have finally found my inner garden warrior.

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Jessie Raymond: It's very easy to get teed off at golf

Posted on May 11, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



For years, I’d been looking for a hobby with a steep learning curve that would make me feel like a failure over and over again.

Then last year, I discovered golf.

Don’t get me wrong: Golf isn’t just a discouraging pastime. It also makes me feel out of place.

I get the sense I’m not sophisticated enough to be allowed on the golf course. I’m unfamiliar with proper golf etiquette, and I’m too embarrassed to ask.

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Jessie Raymond: A rose by any other name hurts

Posted on April 27, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



Throughout history, poets and philosophers have acted like roses were the greatest flower ever. This baffles me. My garden features a large, unwieldy rambling rose, and I’m terrified of it.

Granted, it’s beautiful. While my other flowers generally give way to weeds as my interest in gardening wanes over the summer, this rose is unstoppable. It blooms prolifically late every June, putting forth a show of hundreds of hot pink flowers. It captivates passersby and distracts them from the wasteland that surrounds it.

But it’s trying to kill me.

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Jessie Raymond: Airport turnstiles present epic challenge for new 'business traveler'

Posted on April 13, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



A couple of weeks ago, I flew to Chicago for a work-related conference. For once, I got to swagger around the airports like an actual business traveler.

Unfortunately, the swagger only lasted until my colleague and I — yes, I said “colleague,” because business travelers talk that way — landed at O’Hare. While she carried a small bag, I had checked a bulky wheeled behemoth that fell just a few pounds short of needing to be registered with the DMV.

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Jessie Raymond: A truly rare experience at a movie

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last weekend, I went to the movies.

This may not sound like a big deal, but I haven’t seen a movie in a theater since summer 2011, when I watched “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” in 3-D.

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Jessie Raymond: Life would be better if stove worked

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



Two weeks ago, our new-to-us wood cook stove broke.

How does that even happen? It’s not like a regular kitchen range: It doesn’t have an igniter, or even any on/off knobs. It’s a big cast-iron tank with a firebox on one side, an oven on the other, and a giant griddle for a top. But the old firebrick inside the firebox had been repeatedly patched by the previous owner, and one day it just broke in half.

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Jessie Raymond: Lifelong grammar crusaders fight on!

Posted on March 2, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



I’ve always had a thing for grammar.

In kindergarten, I corrected Tracy Reynolds for splitting an infinitive during Show-and-Tell. I knew the difference between “disinterested” and “uninterested” before I was allowed to cross the street by myself. While other teenagers tacked up posters of Simon & Garfunkel or Hall & Oates on their bedroom walls, I put up a poster of Strunk & White.

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