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Around the bend: Drive revealed Gap in knowledge

Posted on May 5, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



Two weeks ago, I made the flatlander mistake of assuming that because it was mid-April in Vermont, it was spring.

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Around the bend: Nine minutes just too much to ask

Posted on April 21, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



 

When my life gets really busy, I fall back on my tried-and-true coping strategies: snapping at my family and keeping my shoulders clenched up around my ears. But sometimes even those aren’t enough to make me feel better.

Recently, I went in search of some real stress relief.

With little time lately for a proper yoga class, I settled for a shortcut I found on YouTube: a 9-minute guided relaxation led by a soft-spoken European woman. I like to call her Elsa.

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Around the bend: Opening up a frugal can of worms

Posted on April 7, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



 

Given the current tough economic times — otherwise known at our house as the New Normal — we’ve had to cut way back on our impulse purchases. As I’ve told my husband, Mark, no more going out to the store for milk and coming home with a new tractor.

This need to be financially responsible comes more easily to me than to him; I’m a tightwad by nature. That’s probably why it took me so long to make my latest purchase. After months of hemming and hawing, last week I finally decided to just take the leap and do it.

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Around the bend: Home brewing leads to 'ale-itism'

Posted on March 24, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



 

This winter, I made my first batch of home-brewed beer. I only wish I had done it sooner.

Until a few months ago, I never thought of beer as something you could make yourself. Then I heard a radio show about home brewing and learned that (a) beer does not, as I had always vaguely assumed, come directly from some stream in Latrobe, Pa., and (b) making your own beer is a relatively simple process, requiring little equipment and only a few ingredients.

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Around the bend: Cat rescuers can't take the heat

Posted on March 11, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



 

"Mrowwwwrrrr. Mmmrowwwrr. MMROWWWWWRRR.”

Recognize that sound? It’s sort of a cross between a baby crying, a siren going off, and the demons of hell rising up in rebellion and depriving you of a good night’s sleep.

Picture it on an endless loop, hitting a crescendo every half-hour or so, for a couple of weeks without end. It’s the sound, as we found out not long ago, of a young female cat in heat.

I know: We brought it on ourselves.

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Around the bend: Rare sunlight exposes chores to do

Posted on February 24, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last Friday, Mother Nature gave us a treat: nice weather.

The warm breeze and bright sunlight came as an unfamiliar surprise to county residents, who, upon stepping outside, squinted skyward and blinked, disoriented, much like Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day, but without the media attention. Was it time to wake up?

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Around the bend: Texting pushes my buttons; just call

Posted on February 10, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



I hate to sound like an old square, but I have to say it: I just don’t get this whole texting thing. What’s wrong with a phone call?

I admit a text message is more appropriate than a phone call in certain situations, like when it’s too loud to talk, or when you’re being held hostage by crazed gunmen and need to keep it down. But most of the time, I just don’t see the point.

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Around the bend: Dream leads to big lottery 'jackpot'

Posted on January 27, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



Guess what: I won the lottery.

I never thought it would happen to me. I don’t win at games of chance. I’m not one of those charmed people who spend $50 a week on scratch tickets and score a $1,500 jackpot every decade or so. I just don’t have that kind of luck.

I’m amazed I actually won. But what’s even more incredible is that I knew it was going to happen. The numbers came to me in a dream.

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Around the bend: A new year brings hibernation time

Posted on January 13, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



I’m not opposed to New Year’s resolutions. I just don’t think Jan. 1 is a good time to start anything that requires self-motivation.

In Vermont, the deepest part of winter is just beginning. People may feel obligated to make New Year’s resolutions to exercise and lose weight and get organized, but right now all anyone really wants to do is curl up on the couch and eat. Anything. With extra butter.

Even my cat gets fat in January.

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Around the bend: Can't teach an old Santa new tricks

Posted on December 30, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



For couples with conflicting spending habits, the end of the Christmas shopping season always comes as a relief.

With these couples, one partner dislikes shopping and hates to waste money on overpriced gifts. This person declares solemnly, “Christmas isn’t about presents; it’s about family spending time together.”

That’s a lie, of course. But for people like me, who get chest pains at the thought of paying $119.95 for a set of Legos that will fit in a shoebox, it’s all we have.

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