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Around the bend: Who knew nothing could be fun?

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



We just returned from a week of camping in Salisbury. This year, for the first time, it actually resembled the sort of positive experience most people associate with vacations.

We don’t go away very often, what with my husband being self-employed and us having a large garden and various sorts of farm-type animals, most of whom have special issues (pet sitters generally aren’t willing to rub a goat’s temples to ease her migraines).

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Around the Bend: Not every camper is a happy one

Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



We dropped our 12-year-old off at summer camp last Sunday.

She was only too glad to get away from us, especially after her father started singing made-up camp songs in line during registration (mortifying her is one of his many talents; singing is not).

She’s at an age where we are no longer her favorite people to spend time with — or even be seen with, really. But to her, camp is more than an escape: She thinks it’s fun. I went to camp once, and let me tell you, she’s wrong.

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Around the Bend: Growing cranky in the garden

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



Every spring, in anticipation of my vegetable garden, I forget an important point: Gardening is neither easy nor particularly enjoyable.

Don’t believe those dreamers who insist that growing vegetables is a spiritually transforming experience. Sure, we all have those brief moments of awe when a bean seedling first breaks through the concrete crust of Addison County clay. And who doesn’t swoon over the taste of a juicy, just-picked tomato, still warm from the afternoon sun?

Whatever. Most of the time, gardening is the pits.

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Around the Bend: Insects can give you a nervous tick

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



The mild winter seemed too good to be true. And it was. The downright tolerable temperatures allowed an unprecedented number of ticks to survive and, according to the news, they’re out in force this year.

If you’re the kind of person — like me — who lives in a constant state of unease, believing that bugs exist primarily to crawl on you, summer is already a nerve-wracking time of itchy paranoia. Now there’s a bumper crop of critters that want to bury themselves in your skin, suck your blood and spread disease.

Kill me now.

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Around the Bend: Battling the Godzilla of weeds

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



As a gardener I tend to be the gentle type. I hate to thin weaker seedlings or pull an innocent weed that had the rotten luck to grow in the wrong place. But when facing my nemesis — the Japanese knotweed that came with our property — I have a cruel streak.

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Around the bend: Take a walk on the moderate side

Posted on May 3, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



While eating dessert the other night, a question occurred to me: When did I forget about “seizing the day”?

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Around the Bend: Needed: Anti-embarrassment app

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last weekend at a girls’ basketball tournament, I found myself in a public restroom with my 12-year-old daughter and some other moms and pre-teens. I washed my hands and waved them under the paper towel dispenser to trigger the sensor.

Nothing.

Wave, wave.

Nothing.

Frantic jazz-hands wave.

Still nothing.

My daughter groaned.

“It’s not that kind, Mom,” she said, rolling her eyes. “Just pull.”

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Around the Bend: Didn't win lottery, but still lucky

Posted on April 5, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



My Saturday morning went south the moment I found out I had not become a multimillionaire overnight.

Oh, I knew a single Mega Millions lottery ticket wouldn’t give me a real chance at Friday night’s record-setting $654 million jackpot.

But I didn’t have just one ticket.

Last week, 20 of my fellow Addison Independent employees and I each threw $2 into an office pool. While one ticket offered only a 1-in-75-million chance of winning, we had 42.

It was all we could do not to clean out our desks Friday afternoon.

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Around the Bend: Staying on the ball at the office

Posted on March 22, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



You’re sitting down, right?

Bad choice.

Recent studies indicate that sitting for any length of time is only slightly better for your health than riding a motorcycle drunk, while smoking, without a helmet. By the time you reach the end of this column, in fact, you’ll be lucky if you haven’t had a coronary.

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Around the bend: Warily shifting into spring mode

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



Back in December, when the weather failed to live up to standard expectations for a Vermont winter — that is, cold, dark, snowy and generally miserable — no one panicked. “There’s still a lot of winter left,” everyone said, in a tone of optimism or, at least in my case, dread for what the next three months might hold.

And when January similarly broke tradition by depriving us of the usual treacherous weather and its associated crankiness, that was OK too, because we still had February and March to look forward to/endure.

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