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Jessie Raymond: Merry Christmas — now go buy stuff

Posted on December 16, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



A hundred years ago, Christmas shopping was a snap. You’d buy an orange and a handful of walnuts for each of the kids, a silk handkerchief or a pouch of pipe tobacco for the spouse, and bang, you were done. No Black Friday madness, no anxiety about the January Visa bill, no Christmas Eve runs to the Hammacher Schlemmer section of T.J. Maxx to grab Dad an electronic golf ball case (on the off chance he starts playing golf this year).

Times have changed.

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Jessie Raymond: Christmas memories color reality

Posted on December 3, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



One of my favorite holiday traditions is putting up the Christmas tree.

It’s the same every year: One day in December we head out to the tree farm, where we tromp through the freshly fallen snow until we find the perfect tree. We cut it, tie it to the roof of the car and sing “Jingle Bells” all the way home.

We set up the tree in the corner of the living room, drape it with lights and decorate it, drinking hot cocoa while holiday music plays in the background.

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Jesse Raymond: Gingerbread idea no piece of cake

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



It’s almost time for the Vermont Folklife Center’s annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit. This could be the year I finally enter.

I say that every November but I’ve always chickened out. I’ve learned from past attempts at making gingerbread houses that the whimsy of the final result belies the blood, sweat and multiple batches of burnt gingerbread that go into the process.

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Jessie Raymond: Terror lingers after nightmare ends

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



I’m not sure what caused the bad dream I had on Halloween night: the horror movie we watched or the 78 mini Reese’s peanut butter cups I ate (we only got one trick-or-treater). I suspect it was a combination of the two.

A red-eyed demon woman was screeching and grabbing at me with her long talons. She was an evil spirit bent on “getting” me, whatever that meant. I knew it wasn’t good.

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Jessie Raymond: Finishing book before she's 'Gone'

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



I finally did it: I read a whole book in less time than it takes a pint of half-and-half to go bad in my fridge.

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Jessie Raymond: New approach outdoes 'honey-do'

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



When it comes to odd jobs around the house, my husband, Mark, and I just don’t have the same priorities.

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Jessie Raymond: Bitter cold boots body and mind

Posted on September 24, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



I’m a fun, football-loving, school-supporting Addison County resident. So I should have been looking forward to attending a Middlebury Tigers home football game last Friday night, right?

Well, I would have been, except the games don’t start until 7, a time when the sun is going down, the temperatures are dropping and my thoughts are turning to how nice it would be to crawl into a warm bed with a good book.

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Jessie Raymond: Gardener's hope wilts late in season

Posted on September 11, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



Dear Fine Gardening magazine,

It is with great sadness that I request that you cancel my entry in your Gardener of the Year contest, Vegetable Division. Turns out, I don’t stand a chance.

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Jessie Raymond: Help! My daughter got her learner's permit

Posted on August 27, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



Our daughter recently got her learner’s permit, so you know what that means: Mother is going to need a sedative.

Let me be clear: There is nothing wrong with my daughter’s driving skills so far. There is a lot wrong with my skills as a passenger.

I don’t consider myself a control freak in general. But traveling in a car in which I can’t reach the brake pedal terrifies me. In fact, it’s the primary reason I don’t have a chauffeur.

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Jessie Raymond: Expectations up, enjoyment down

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



I bought a car this past December. While I had been mostly concerned about finding something reliable, I admit the car’s extensive bells and whistles came as a welcome bonus. Over the past eight months, however, they have turned me into a spoiled, though very comfortable, brat.

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