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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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Jessie Raymond, Around the Bend: 'Farmhouse style' at odds with rural life

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



In an effort to address my poor home-decorating skills, I recently joined a Facebook group called “Farmhouse Style.”

I don’t think it’s the right group for me.

I thought it would be a good fit. I already have the farmhouse; I just need the style. But as it turns out, the farmhouse part is optional. Judging from the pictures people post, it appears all you need is a shiplap wall and a giant rustic clock to hang on it. And whitewash. Lots of whitewash.

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Jessie Raymond: Calendar is lying; fall is really here

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



Forget what your calendar says. It’s officially fall.

The geese haven’t flown south and the leaves are still green, but the nights are growing cooler, and pumpkin spice is back. What other signs do you need?

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Jessie Raymond: Dorm drop-off comes full circle

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



I’ll never forget what I said to my parents in 1986, on the day they dropped me off at college: “Bye!”

To be fair, I was at college — kind of a big deal — and they were just older people who, as far as I could tell, didn’t have much going on in their lives. I’m sure they were envious that I was finally free from our boring little Podunk town, and they were probably devastated that from then on it would be just the two of them.

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Around the Bend, Jessie Raymond: Goats leave strained garden legacy

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



I learned something this year: Gardens grow much better when you no longer own a pair of free-range goats.

When we had the goats, not much ever bloomed. Now, almost every day, I discover a new flower I don’t even remember planting. Who knew?

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Jessie Raymond: Getting older, and getting 'the look'

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



On the whole, I’d have to say the pros of aging are so far outweighing the cons. But I do have one complaint: young people.

It’s not what you think: I’m not on the “millennials are lazy and entitled” bandwagon. I know a lot of millennials who work harder than I ever did at their age. You could say I was a millennial before the millennium.

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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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