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Jessie Raymond: Ant invaders pose pesky challenge

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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Every time I walked into the kitchen last week, I began singing, “The ants go marching 10 by 10, hurrah, hurrah …”

I wasn’t singing for the fun of it. I was singing in reaction to the scene before me: We had an ant problem.

Ants are nothing new. In an old farmhouse like ours, they’re just one of the varieties of creepy-crawlies that take up residence in the warmer months. In a normal year, we’ll have a few days where tiny ants march in line across the countertop, looking for sweets or maybe just water.

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Jessie Raymond: Dishwasher provides an education

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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Two weeks ago, our 15-year-old dishwasher went from “sometimes makes it through the whole wash cycle,” which I had been coping with for years, to “doesn’t turn on,” which, to my mind, made it almost not worth having.

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Jessie Raymond: Growing flax puts new spin on linen

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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This year, I’m growing flax. Not for flowers, not for flaxseed, but for fiber to make linen; you know, like they did in the olden days.

Humor me. This is the kind of thing I do.

I’ve always had this weird fascination with learning obsolete skills once used on the homestead.  According to my psychic, this isn’t surprising; in a past life I was assistant manager of the Sturbridge Village gift shop.

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Jessie Raymond: Embracing the sameness of winter

Posted on March 15, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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If there’s one thing I love, it’s a long, cold, snowy winter. Everyone knows that about me. And now here we are, in mid-March, with fresh snow on the ground.

Isn’t it great?

I worried that the winter storm we had last week was going to be the last snowfall of the season.

“Boy, I’m going to miss this,” I said, putting on my heavy coat, insulated boots, hat and mittens and tromping out through the snow to feed the chickens, same as I have done twice a day for the past 962 days or so.

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Jessie Raymond: Don't have what it takes, and that's fine

Posted on March 5, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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Last week I saw an article claiming that, in living rooms all around the country, viewers were watching Olympic performances and saying to themselves, “I think I could do that.”

Really? I didn’t even feel that way when the games cut to a commercial for mopping.

I do stand in awe of the Olympic athletes, but I’ve never felt that I could be one. When a future Olympian is 8 or 9, their parents, recognizing the child’s potential, pack up the family, move to Colorado and build a regulation ski jump in the back yard.

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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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Out and About: Twist O' Wool Guild

Posted on February 5, 2016 | Blog Category:
By Jessie Raymond



In November, I announced in this blog space that I would be making more of an effort to go to at least a few of the many interesting events I come across as the community calendar editor at the Addison Independent. I hoped to attend one event every 1-3 weeks.

I was so naïve back then.

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Jessie Raymond: Kale — if you know what's good for you

Posted on May 21, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



At the risk of getting too personal, I have to ask: Have you massaged your kale lately?

Normally, that’s a subject I’d bring up only with my closest friends, but I can’t resist. I just learned a few weeks ago that you could — and should — massage your kale, at least if you intend to serve it raw. And here I was, unaware that kale was prone to nervous tension.

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Jessie Raymond: If size really matters, calories count

Posted on January 15, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



The other day I pulled on my winter jeans, which fit snugly because of my long johns, and then realized I wasn’t wearing long johns.

Ugh.

It wasn’t just the overabundance of cookies at Christmas that has led to my recent uptick in weight. It’s been a gradual process over the past year or so, when my portions have grown incrementally larger — think deli platter — and my snacks more frequent. I haven’t been paying attention.

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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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