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Jessie Raymond: Partnering on paint color is painful

Posted on October 11, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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“What do you think?” I ask Mark, tossing a pile of paint chips on the table. “I might do the cupboards in a pale neutral. You know, something lighter than taupe but darker than bone, cooler than ivory but warmer than gray. Are you OK with that?”

He shrugs. “What the hell is ‘taupe’?”

Mark’s been no help whatsoever on this walk-in pantry renovation.

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Jessie Raymond: It's cooking 'or' cleaning, not 'and'

Posted on September 27, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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Ah, the first weekend of fall.

My neighbor, whom I will call “Cathy,” as that is her name, marked the occasion by washing her windows. I, on the other hand, spent two days making a dazzling — bordering on disturbing — array of apple-based, cinnamon-spiced foods and beverages.

Cathy and I live across the street from each other, but we’re worlds apart.

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Jessie Raymond: Gardening: Survival of the fittest

Posted on September 13, 2018 |
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It’s that time of year when I look at my vegetable garden and wonder how it all got away from me.

Every summer, I fall into the same cycle: initial anticipation that turns to endless watering and weeding, giving way to despair and, ultimately, a sense of failure.

I never learn.

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Jessie Raymond: Pantry building, step by (slow) step

Posted on August 30, 2018 |
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In May of 2017, Mark started building me a pantry — the old-school walk-in pantry I’ve been dreaming of for years — pledging that I would have a finished space by November.

Thanksgiving came and went, and my pantry did not get done. Mark, always the card, says he never specified which November. He also insists that he’s not the one who’s been holding up the schedule.

He hasn’t wanted to pressure me, he claims, but in fact he’s been dying to start framing the cabinets. I just haven’t given him any plans.

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Jessie Raymond: Potato shopping has lost its appeal

Posted on August 16, 2018 |
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I forgot to pick up potatoes last Friday.

This is nothing unusual. I forget groceries all the time. Sometimes it’s because I write my list on a scrap of paper and leave the paper at home. Sometimes it’s because, despite a long history indicating otherwise, I think I can get by without a list. (These are the times you’ll catch me in the supermarket looking very focused and whispering “bread, broccoli, coffee, detergent, tortillas” over and over.)

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Jessie Raymond: Welcome to the jungle, er, bedroom

Posted on August 2, 2018 |
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This past weekend, I did something courageous: I stood up to the schefflera in our bedroom.

If a schefflera were some kind of mythical, multiheaded beast, you’d probably be impressed (although you might wonder how it got into our bedroom). In truth, a schefflera, also known as an umbrella tree, is just a houseplant. Still, I showed great courage.

That thing had been intimidating me for years.

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Jessie Raymond: Trying to beat the heat on a budget

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
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A few years ago, when we told people that we didn’t have air-conditioning, they seemed impressed.

Now they just look at us with a mixture of confusion and pity and then offer us their spare bedroom until the heat wave passes.

Maybe we’re just stubborn, but we’re not giving in yet.

For my part, I object to the cost of A/C. We spend a lot to keep our drafty old farmhouse warm in the winter; I refuse to pay for climate control in the summer as well. While I’m happy to have A/C at work, I can’t bring myself to run it at home.

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Jessie Raymond: Forget yard sales; 'free' gets results

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
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It may sound unpatriotic, but here it is: I don’t do yard sales. Oh, I might go to one; I just won’t hold one.

I have no problem giving away things we don’t use anymore, and I’m open to selling things that still have some value. But spending an entire weekend hauling out all of our stuff, sitting outside in unpredictable weather for two days and haggling with people over whether a bent metal dustpan is worth 25 cents — well, I’m no business expert, but it seems like a lot of work for little reward.

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Jessie Raymond: It pays to shop with legal tender

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
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“Keep the change.”

That’s something I can say, because I’m one of those people who still carry cash. But for most Americans, especially the young ones, cash is a thing they’ve only heard about, like phone booths or dial-up internet.

They don’t know what they’re missing.

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Jessie Raymond: Summertime, and the eating is lazy

Posted on June 7, 2018 |
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It’s only the beginning of June, and already the framework around which I arrange my daily life — dinnertime — is shot.

In the colder, darker months, I generally take a few minutes on Sunday to plan the week’s meals. Yes, I’m a boring, nonspontaneous old biddy. But more specifically, I’m a boring, nonspontaneous old biddy who wants to make sure that if we want burritos later in the week we have tortillas on hand.

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