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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: Comfort trumps style in recliner wars

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last November, Mark and I bought new living room furniture. The purchase reignited a longstanding marital dispute.

About his recliner.

Here’s the thing: Mark is a contractor. He works hard, sometimes six or seven days a week, frequently outside, and often in extreme weather. After a long day of physical labor, he likes to spend the evening relaxing in his recliner. (For “relaxing,” read “falling asleep within five minutes of putting his feet up.”)

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Jessie Raymond: A relaxing trip ... to the dentist?

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last Monday at the dentist’s office, I learned something about myself: I’m an unusual patient.

I don’t have a third set of teeth, and I can’t tune in talk radio on my fillings or anything. But, according to my dental hygienist, I’m odd because — confession time — I kind of like getting my teeth cleaned.

No, really.

I don’t mean that I adore it. I don’t count down the days, giddily anticipating my time in the chair. And of course I worry that the exam will reveal an expensive problem.

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Jessie Raymond: Cozy winter meal fails to satisfy

Posted on January 18, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



When I made soup on a recent frigid Sunday, I wasn’t just making dinner. I was turning the kitchen into a beckoning space of warmth and flavor, a treat for all the senses, to fend off the bitterly cold weather.

I take my food pretty seriously.

I started by setting a cast iron Dutch oven on the top of our wood cook stove. I could have used the Kenmore range, but I maintain that nothing combats winter like a hearty meal simmering over a wood fire, even if people do call me Ma Ingalls behind my back.

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Jessie Raymond: 'Twas the season for slacking off

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
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Well, I did it again.

For the second year in a row, I’ve had the week off between Christmas and New Year’s, and, also for the second year in a row, I got nothing done.

The difference is that last year I thought I’d use the extra down time to catch up on projects around the house and to focus on my health and fitness.

Neither happened.

This year I had no such expectations. And I did not let myself down.

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Jessie Raymond: Baking experience takes the cake

Posted on December 21, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



For a while now, I’ve needed a break from reality. Obsessed with the news, I find my moods swinging between “disgruntled” and “despairing for the future of our democracy.”

I found my escape Saturday, when I baked my grandson’s birthday cake, an annual tradition.

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Jessie Raymond: Of marriage and coffee tables

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last weekend I decided to refinish our old, banged-up coffee table.

Mark objected.

“You’re not going to do a great job,” he said. This was true. He’s seen me tackle all kinds of projects, only to lose interest in the process and, in the end, fudge them.

“I don’t have to do a great job,” I said. “I just have to make it better than it was.” I reminded him of an old saying: “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.”

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Jessie Raymond: Seasonal treat a tough nut to crack

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
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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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