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Around the Bend: No lying down on mattress move

Posted on November 18, 2010 | Blog Category:
By Jessie Raymond



Last Saturday night, I decided to move a full-size mattress — and box spring — up a flight of stairs in a narrow hallway. Alone.

Why do I do these things? Where was the voice of reason saying, “Many hands make light work?"

It was being drowned out by the voice of optimism, which kept shouting, “You can do this! Probably!”

My husband and daughter were gone for the evening, and I thought I would surprise her by moving out her no-longer-wanted single bunk beds and moving in the double bed some friends had brought over earlier that day.

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Around the bend: The squeaky wheel gets the BaNilla

Posted on November 4, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



The woman standing next to me in the dairy aisle didn’t share my enthusiasm.

She seemed not to understand she was witnessing one of my greatest personal triumphs.
She did not congratulate me; in fact, she told me not to hug her ever again.

She didn’t care that there, on the bottom shelf next to the butter, lay proof that my voice had been heard.

Stonyfield had listened to me.

Yes, this is a tale of yogurt and the power of free speech, two things I’m in favor of but rarely think about simultaneously. Through my input, I effected meaningful change in the yogurt industry.

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Around the bend: Staying warm is winter's challenge

Posted on October 7, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



Here we are, just one week into October, and my brain has already slipped into winter mode. For the next six to eight months, at least 40 percent of my waking thoughts will focus one elusive goal: staying warm.

I’m one of those people who are always cold. You know the type; every household has one. We scream, “Close the door!” the second it opens, before our family members have time to go through it. We wear socks 11 months of the year. We think the inventor of the Snuggie deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarianism.

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Around the bend: Weekend not for canned laughter

Posted on September 23, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



Oh, how I love Mondays.

This is a change; I used to look forward to weekends, a time for relaxation and respite from the hectic workweek.

But after spending yet another Saturday and Sunday preserving endless bushels of produce from the yard and garden, the thought of going back to work and sitting in a chair like a slug for five straight days makes me happy all over.

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Around the bend: Life on the farm turns into rat race

Posted on September 9, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



Over the past few years, our little homestead has started to look like a real old-fashioned farm, complete with all the standard barnyard animals. But if you’re thinking things are all E-I-E-I-O around here, think again.

Nowhere in that classic children’s farm song do I recall a verse in which Old McDonald had some rats.

Yes, rats.

It started about a month ago. Early one morning while opening up the turkey house, I spied a shadow slipping away from the feeder.

“Perhaps it’s a little Beatrix Potter field mouse,” I said. “I’ll call him Cuddly Wumpkins.”

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Around the bend: On-line auction gives cheap thrills

Posted on August 26, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



People tend to assume I’m mild-mannered just because I drive the speed limit, avoid trans fats and consider it a wild Friday night if I stay up until 10 knitting socks. But I’m a thrill-seeker, all right.

I get my kicks on eBay.

For the uninformed, eBay is a website where people can buy and sell items in an auction format. Find something you like, enter the highest (non-disclosed) amount you’re willing to spend, and click on Place Bid. Your bid will automatically be raised against competing bids until your limit is reached.

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Around the bend: The vegetable that can't be stopped

Posted on August 12, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



So far this summer, I’ve honored my vow not to unload any zucchini on friends and coworkers, especially those who have never done me wrong.

But it’s not easy.

I’ve never grown zucchini before and I’m not entirely sure why I did it this year. I know only too well — as the grudging recipient of several hundred pounds of zucchini each summer — that the number of zucchini eaten annually by the average American family is three, yet the yield of a single zucchini plant is 30 times that. So far. The season’s not over.

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Around the bend: Pulling off big party a tricky task

Posted on July 29, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last weekend, we threw a huge party at our house so we could celebrate my stepson’s recent wedding in Oklahoma with our friends and family in Vermont. It was a great time, or so they tell me; I was so busy being a good hostess I didn’t speak to any of the guests.

I found out that putting together such an event is not easy. So I’ve compiled a brief list of dos and don’ts for anyone who might someday decide to hold a party where the number of guests exceeds the population of the average Vermont town. Here goes:

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Around the bend: Pooling cool ideas to beat the heat

Posted on July 15, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



Congratulations, everyone, we did it: We survived the heat wave.

Before, most of us didn’t know much about dealing with prolonged high temperatures. But last week gave us a crash course in climate control. While the rest of the world was talking about the World Cup and LeBron James, we were talking about dew points and home-cooling solutions.

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Around the bend: It's not exactly the stuff of dreams

Posted on July 1, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



Much to the dismay of my family, I’m one of those people who not only remember the most obscure details of their dreams almost every night, but who also feel compelled to share those details, at length, with everyone at the breakfast table.

People at my house often skip breakfast.

Each morning, I lead off with something like, “I had the weirdest dream last night: We were in a bowling alley, and Mick Jagger was there with a cockatiel …”

My husband Mark invariably jumps up, saying, “Look at the time. I’m late for work,” and the kids scatter like cockroaches.

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