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Around the Bend: These animals can get your goat

Posted on June 3, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



When you spend enough time with animals, you start to truly understand them. Maybe it’s the barn fumes, but lately I feel like I can even hear what they’re saying.

Take our pet goats, for instance. As soon as the three of them see my husband and me preparing to move their fence to new pasture, they come bounding up to us with eager smiles, saying, “That looks interesting. Here, we’ll help.” The next thing you know, they’re weaving in and out between us, nibbling on the fiberglass posts, stepping on our feet and generally being more problem than solution.

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Around the Bend: Thorough job cuts into leisure time

Posted on May 20, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



When it comes to projects around the yard, my husband Mark has an annoying habit of doing things in what I call “the hard way” — or what other people might call “the right way.”

He refuses to admit this is a problem. He insists it’s reasonable to draw up detailed plans, gather the proper materials and tools for the job, and take the time to make the project look good and last a long time.

There’s no reasoning with him.

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Around the Bend: Tripping on path to aging gracefully

Posted on May 6, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



I’ve done it: I’ve sworn off the bottle. No, not Jim Beam — Miss Clairol.

I colored my hair for a good 15 or 20 years. But in March, when I turned 42, two things struck me: (1) Even with my pretend brunette color people are starting to suspect I’m no longer 21, and (2) the longer I dye my hair, the more pronounced the difference will be when I eventually stop.

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Around the Bend: Ladybugs give way to spider influx

Posted on April 22, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



If you’re looking for a deeply moving opportunity for personal growth, I recommend letting your house get overrun by a plague of ladybugs. It worked for me.

It started in March, when, out of nowhere, hordes of the tiny, black-spotted red beetles showed up like so many miniature Volkswagens at a vintage car show. Within a few days the walls and ceilings looked like dot-to-dot pictures. Ladybugs crawled everywhere and clung to everything; it was nothing to find one perching on the end of the pen I was writing with.

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Around the bend: Thumbs up for one-of-a-kind trait

Posted on April 8, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



What do super-hot actress Megan Fox and I have in common? Other than our shared conviction that she is much sexier than me, not much. But there is one thing: Brachydactyly type D.

This is not a type of dinosaur; it’s actually a condition, one I’d like to say is characterized by flawless skin, come-hither eyes, pouty lips and a perfect figure. But I’m afraid it just means we have unusually short, fat thumbs.

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Around the bend: A little 'insanity' preserves harmony

Posted on March 25, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



My husband Mark and I have discovered the key to a happy marriage: Insanity.

I don’t mean our mental state after 15 years of being shackled together in wedded bliss. I mean “Insanity,” the hardcore fitness program you may have seen advertised on TV. As far as I know, it’s the first home workout that comes with its own defibrillator.

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Around the Bend: Turkey love heralds spring's arrival

Posted on March 11, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



Not sure whether spring has arrived? Just ask a turkey. Judging from the way ours are acting, it’s been spring for weeks.

Mingling among our dozen or so free-range chickens, we have eight Slates and Bourbon Reds, two breeds of heritage turkeys. These old-fashioned breeds of turkey are heavier and tamer than the wild turkey and smarter than the genetically “improved” supermarket turkey, which in terms of adaptive intelligence ranks just above a cinder block. They let us know loud and clear when mating season — what we more politely refer to as “spring” — has arrived.

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Around the Bend: Bread-baking mania sweeps office

Posted on February 25, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



Not many people bake their own bread these days.

I’m not surprised. To read a cooking magazine, you’d think it requires a $49 digital kitchen thermometer, a convection oven and a kitchen scale accurate to 0.05 grams. We forget that early man was cranking out homemade bread way back in the days when the wheel was still being tested in focus groups.

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Addison Independent Almost No Knead Bread

Posted on February 25, 2010 | Blog Category:
By Jessie Raymond



Makes one double-size loaf

White Flour Recipe:
6 cups all-purpose or bread flour
1/2 tsp. instant or rapid-rise yeast
3 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups plus 4 Tbs. (14 ounces) water at room temp
1/2 cup plus 4 Tbs. (6 ounces) beer
2 Tbs. white vinegar (cider and wine vinegar are also fine)

 

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Around the Bend: A closet full of 'unmade decisions'

Posted on February 11, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



They say everyone has skeletons in their closet. I probably would, too, but I just don’t have the room.

My bedroom closet is packed right now. I’ve been meaning to clean it for months, but you know how busy Vermont winters are. Most nights and weekends I’m out straight watching TV and sleeping.

Until recently, the closet would have been called a walk-in. Sort of. Not the kind that you actually walk into to get dressed, or the kind with a full-length mirror and floor-to-ceiling shoe racks and adequate lighting.

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