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Jessie Raymond: Comfort trumps style in recliner wars

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last November, Mark and I bought new living room furniture. The purchase reignited a longstanding marital dispute.

About his recliner.

Here’s the thing: Mark is a contractor. He works hard, sometimes six or seven days a week, frequently outside, and often in extreme weather. After a long day of physical labor, he likes to spend the evening relaxing in his recliner. (For “relaxing,” read “falling asleep within five minutes of putting his feet up.”)

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Jessie Raymond: A relaxing trip ... to the dentist?

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last Monday at the dentist’s office, I learned something about myself: I’m an unusual patient.

I don’t have a third set of teeth, and I can’t tune in talk radio on my fillings or anything. But, according to my dental hygienist, I’m odd because — confession time — I kind of like getting my teeth cleaned.

No, really.

I don’t mean that I adore it. I don’t count down the days, giddily anticipating my time in the chair. And of course I worry that the exam will reveal an expensive problem.

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Jessie Raymond: Cozy winter meal fails to satisfy

Posted on January 18, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



When I made soup on a recent frigid Sunday, I wasn’t just making dinner. I was turning the kitchen into a beckoning space of warmth and flavor, a treat for all the senses, to fend off the bitterly cold weather.

I take my food pretty seriously.

I started by setting a cast iron Dutch oven on the top of our wood cook stove. I could have used the Kenmore range, but I maintain that nothing combats winter like a hearty meal simmering over a wood fire, even if people do call me Ma Ingalls behind my back.

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Jessie Raymond: 'Twas the season for slacking off

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



Well, I did it again.

For the second year in a row, I’ve had the week off between Christmas and New Year’s, and, also for the second year in a row, I got nothing done.

The difference is that last year I thought I’d use the extra down time to catch up on projects around the house and to focus on my health and fitness.

Neither happened.

This year I had no such expectations. And I did not let myself down.

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Jessie Raymond: Baking experience takes the cake

Posted on December 21, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



For a while now, I’ve needed a break from reality. Obsessed with the news, I find my moods swinging between “disgruntled” and “despairing for the future of our democracy.”

I found my escape Saturday, when I baked my grandson’s birthday cake, an annual tradition.

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Jessie Raymond: Of marriage and coffee tables

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last weekend I decided to refinish our old, banged-up coffee table.

Mark objected.

“You’re not going to do a great job,” he said. This was true. He’s seen me tackle all kinds of projects, only to lose interest in the process and, in the end, fudge them.

“I don’t have to do a great job,” I said. “I just have to make it better than it was.” I reminded him of an old saying: “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.”

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Jessie Raymond: Seasonal treat a tough nut to crack

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



Remember this number: 4927.

It’s not a lottery pick. It’s not how many times I’ve misplaced my phone this year. I recently learned it’s the SKU code for chestnuts — a number cashiers can never find on their laminated produce sheets.

It isn’t their fault. As far as I can tell, only two people in Addison County ever buy chestnuts, and I’m one of them.

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Jessie Raymond: Cupholder, engine, wheels ... check

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



“Do you drive a lot?” he asked.

“About four miles a day,” I said.

“Great! Well, this model has cruise control, so that’ll come in handy.”

I sighed.

I hate car shopping.

That was two weeks ago, and in the end, I drove away from the lot in a new (used) car. I forget which kind.

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Jessie Raymond: 'Friendly skies' tough on stomach

Posted on October 26, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



During a layover in the Newark airport on the way back to Burlington Monday, I had one thought: “Stop the world, I wanna get off.”

I didn’t mean it in a metaphorical sense. I meant the world before me was literally spinning, the result of several consecutive days of carsickness, capped off by a rambunctious flight during which the attendants spent most of the time strapped into their jump seats, praying.

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Jessie Raymond, Around the Bend: Parental warnings have big impact

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



Every time I make toast, a memory comes back to me: that of my father saying, “If your bread gets stuck in the toaster, never try to pry it out with a fork. You’ll get electrocuted.”

My toast usually pops up unassisted, thus giving me no cause to go fishing around in the toaster slot with any metal utensils. But the fork-in-the-toaster warning made an impression that has dogged me, perhaps more than any other parental declaration, my entire life. Even now, I freak out if my bagel won’t eject properly.

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