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Jessie Raymond: Trying to beat the heat on a budget

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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A few years ago, when we told people that we didn’t have air-conditioning, they seemed impressed.

Now they just look at us with a mixture of confusion and pity and then offer us their spare bedroom until the heat wave passes.

Maybe we’re just stubborn, but we’re not giving in yet.

For my part, I object to the cost of A/C. We spend a lot to keep our drafty old farmhouse warm in the winter; I refuse to pay for climate control in the summer as well. While I’m happy to have A/C at work, I can’t bring myself to run it at home.

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Jessie Raymond: Forget yard sales; 'free' gets results

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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It may sound unpatriotic, but here it is: I don’t do yard sales. Oh, I might go to one; I just won’t hold one.

I have no problem giving away things we don’t use anymore, and I’m open to selling things that still have some value. But spending an entire weekend hauling out all of our stuff, sitting outside in unpredictable weather for two days and haggling with people over whether a bent metal dustpan is worth 25 cents — well, I’m no business expert, but it seems like a lot of work for little reward.

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Jessie Raymond: It pays to shop with legal tender

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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“Keep the change.”

That’s something I can say, because I’m one of those people who still carry cash. But for most Americans, especially the young ones, cash is a thing they’ve only heard about, like phone booths or dial-up internet.

They don’t know what they’re missing.

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Jessie Raymond: Summertime, and the eating is lazy

Posted on June 7, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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It’s only the beginning of June, and already the framework around which I arrange my daily life — dinnertime — is shot.

In the colder, darker months, I generally take a few minutes on Sunday to plan the week’s meals. Yes, I’m a boring, nonspontaneous old biddy. But more specifically, I’m a boring, nonspontaneous old biddy who wants to make sure that if we want burritos later in the week we have tortillas on hand.

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Jessie Raymond: Ant invaders pose pesky challenge

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
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Every time I walked into the kitchen last week, I began singing, “The ants go marching 10 by 10, hurrah, hurrah …”

I wasn’t singing for the fun of it. I was singing in reaction to the scene before me: We had an ant problem.

Ants are nothing new. In an old farmhouse like ours, they’re just one of the varieties of creepy-crawlies that take up residence in the warmer months. In a normal year, we’ll have a few days where tiny ants march in line across the countertop, looking for sweets or maybe just water.

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Jessie Raymond: Spring yard cleanup defies manual

Posted on May 9, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



I recently came across an online article titled “Top Ten Tasks for Spring Yard and Garden Cleanup.”

That was four or five more tasks than I personally cared to undertake, but I thought maybe I could pick up a few pointers.

“Be careful when you begin cleaning your yard this spring,” it began. “March is notoriously unpredictable.”

March? I snorted. Clearly this wasn’t a Vermont-based website.

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Jessie Raymond: Dishwasher provides an education

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
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Two weeks ago, our 15-year-old dishwasher went from “sometimes makes it through the whole wash cycle,” which I had been coping with for years, to “doesn’t turn on,” which, to my mind, made it almost not worth having.

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Jessie Raymond: Growing flax puts new spin on linen

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
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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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