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You can't mask Halloween apathy

Posted on October 23, 2013 | Blog Category:
By Jessie Raymond



Halloween: I’m just not that into it.

Oh, I like the subversive part where kids openly demand — and receive — candy from random adults. I’m just not crazy about costumes.

It may stem partly second grade, when I missed Halloween altogether. On Oct. 30 I came down with chicken pox — all the rage in those days. I tried to convince my mother that I could still trick-or-treat since my costume would hide my condition. No dice.

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Jessie Raymond: New stove destined to stay cold

Posted on October 10, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



I recently went public with my intense desire to own a working wood cook stove. A few friends — having long ago accepted my quirks without question — started hunting on my behalf.

Their work paid off. Last Wednesday, I got a lead on a nice stove in Tunbridge for sale at a good price. By the time I contacted the seller, however, two other people had already made plans to look at it. My hopes were dashed. (On the bright side, apparently I’m not the only weirdo in Vermont.)

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Jessie Raymond: Cider setback sparks second round

Posted on September 26, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



Heading into the fall, my husband, Mark, and I decided we’d like to make a year’s supply of hard cider. The task required little more than a huge amount of apples, tons of time and the proper equipment. Over the next couple of weeks we picked a lot of apples — I lost count, but let’s say 14,052 — from our four trees and procured a vintage but working meat grinder that served admirably to grind the apples into a fine pomace, which we then made into cider with a press Mark had built several years ago.

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Jessie Raymond: How do we like them apples? Ground

Posted on September 12, 2013 | Blog Category:
By Jessie Raymond



Right now, a workhorse of a machine is sitting in my husband’s woodshop. If it works properly it’s going to make our lives a lot easier over the next couple weeks.

I found it last Saturday through sheer luck and good timing. At the time I was out running errands and whining loudly, as I tend to do, about how we needed an electric apple grinder to go with our cider press. (A grinder, or “scratter,” reduces apples to a pulp to allow for maximum juice extraction.)

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Jessie Raymond: One good goat deserves another

Posted on August 29, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



So we got another goat.

Kind of an odd choice for a family that has found one goat to be just slightly over their ideal Goats Per Household quotient.

But you can’t have just one goat, because goats are herd animals and want to be around their own kind. Years ago we took in three goats out of pity but now we’re down to one, and that’s a problem. Sure, Lucy’s been fine on her own this summer, but with winter coming we couldn’t bear the thought of her alone in the goat barn on long, cold, dark nights, with no one to play cribbage with.

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Jessie Raymond: Creative criminals liven up the news

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



The Addison Independenthas won awards for its local news coverage, striking photos and special sections.

Whatever.

Readers who want the most compelling combination of information and entertainment in this paper know where the real action lies: in the police logs. (Admit it: You go there.)

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Jessie Raymond: Working hard for simple pleasures

Posted on August 1, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



I spent last Sunday afternoon watching YouTube videos of people preparing meals on their wood cook stoves.

I’m pretty sure I am not normal.

But lately I’ve become obsessed with the idea of installing an antique wood cook stove in our kitchen. And cooking on it.

I’m totally serious.

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Around the Bend: Disc golf throws players a curve

Posted on July 18, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last weekend my husband Mark and I spent two nights over in Warren, thus honoring our longstanding custom of getting away alone together once every 19 years. While there, we went tubing down the Mad River (easy), tried paddle boarding on Blueberry Lake (a bit more work) and, best of all, played disc golf at Sugarbush (nearly impossible).

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Around the Bend by Jessie Raymond: I'd rather not scream for ice cream

Posted on July 3, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



Gone are the days when I could eat all I wanted without gaining weight. (For you youngsters still scarfing down pizza and beer with abandon, enjoy it now; eventually those calories count double.)

I don’t subscribe to any particular diet plan, other than the one where you move more and eat less. It’s not flashy. It doesn’t have a spokesperson, no one delivers pre-packaged meals to your door, and it doesn’t result in weight loss so dramatic your dog doesn’t recognize you. But it works.

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Jessie Raymond: My goat has a taste for finer things

Posted on June 20, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



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One recent morning, my husband, Mark, and I sat on the back porch with our feet up, drinking our coffee and enjoying some much-needed sunshine. A typical late spring scene, really.

Except, perhaps, for the goat.

Lucy, our one remaining goat, had trip-trapped onto the porch like she often does, to stare at us with her lazy yellow eyes. And smirk. She’s always smirking.

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