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Jessie Raymond: Time to show the garden who's boss

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



A good gardener isn’t someone who has luck getting things to grow. Things will grow whether you want them to or not. The real talent lies in taking charge of what grows and not letting the garden be the boss of you. You have to be ruthless.

I’m not.

Or, I wasn’t. After years of lamenting my lack of cruel streak, I have finally found my inner garden warrior.

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Jessie Raymond: Momentum lost after starting on top

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



Picture, if you will, a spinning top. When first released with a twist of the wrist, it whizzes around upright at high speed, describing tight circles, occasionally bouncing off nearby obstacles, but retaining most of its momentum.

As time goes on, however, the top slows, growing more and more wobbly until, tracing one last dramatic arc, it falls onto its side, spent.

The top is a metaphor. (To be clear: I’m the top.)

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Jessie Raymond: A Danish export worthy of support

Posted on December 8, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



Winter’s here, and it’s time to get your hygge on — unless you’re already wearing it.

Just kidding. Hygge is not an article of clothing. It’s a state of mind. In Denmark, at least.

Before we go into what hygge is, let’s talk about how it’s pronounced. It doesn’t sound like “higgy” or “high-ga” or “hig.” It sounds more like “heurgha,” as if spoken in the voice of the Swedish Chef from the Muppets.

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Jessie Raymond: Holiday baking not cookie-cutter work

Posted on November 23, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



These days I’m feeling, like much of the rest of the country, Decidedly On Edge. Luckily, we’re moving swiftly toward the holidays, when emotional comfort comes in several forms, a vital one being cookies.

I find making cookies kind of a drag; it’s a lot of creaming of butter, beating of eggs and routinely forgetting to take the final batch out of the oven until the smoke alarm goes off. You know how it is.

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Jessie Raymond: Clean closet, healthy mind ... briefly

Posted on November 10, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



What with the drama surrounding this year’s presidential election, the past week or so has had many of us on edge. But I’ve got it worse than you: Due to the Addy Indy print deadline, I’m writing this before Election Day.

You, at least, know how things turned out.

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Jessie Raymond: It's tough to get into the swing of golf

Posted on July 28, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



It happened. After two years of resisting my husband’s pleas, I gave in: I started golfing with him.

The things we do for love.

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Jessie Raymond: Teleportation? Beam me up, Scotty

Posted on June 30, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



You heard the news, right? Last week the Russians announced that they would like to get serious about teleportation. That’s right: They want to make that old sci-fi standby a reality by 2025.

Finally.

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Jessie Raymond: Goats crossed the road, and the line

Posted on June 1, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



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It’s the end of an era at our little homestead, the Lazy J. For the first time in almost a decade, the property is goatless.We have sent our two goats, Jasper and Daphne, to live with a new family in Castleton.

Our decision to rehome them came this spring, after our eldest goat, Lucy, died. (It was harder on us than you might expect; I wore a black armband on my barn coat for weeks.) Suddenly, Jasper and Daphne decided they were not only free-range, but also free to leave the property.

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Around the Bend: Frivolous shopping trip unravels

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



Being both a homebody and a tightwad isn’t always as fun as it sounds.

Last Saturday, for instance, I had to run an errand in Essex. Two hours of driving for a one-minute chore seemed like a terrible reason to leave the house. It took all my powers of positive thinking — plus persistent glares from my family members —  to convince me to look at the drive as an opportunity. I’d make a day of it and have some fun in a busy part of Vermont I normally avoid.

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Jessie Raymond: Feelings mixed about precipitation

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



If this were a typical Vermont winter, I’d be reaching my breaking point right about now. By January I start to feel like people are going out of their way to annoy me by, for example, cutting me off in traffic or being married to me. I can’t help it; it’s hard to be pleasant when it’s dark all the time and I can no longer maintain a core body temperature above 90 degrees.

But this winter has hardly been typical.

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