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Jessie Raymond: Halloween hangover an annual rite

Posted on November 5, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Halloween has come and gone.

Once again, I ate too much candy.

You might wonder how this happens, when we have no trick-or-treaters left at home, and our Halloween visitors are so rare we could gather all the candy we needed just by digging between the couch cushions.

Well, I buy candy. “Just in case.”

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Out and About: Looking for StoryMatters

Posted on October 29, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Jessie Raymond



Last week in my “Around the Bend” column, I declared that as the Addison Independent’s community calendar editor, I felt that I should make more of an effort to attend at least some of the community events I compile each week. Along with that, I promised to write about my experiences, in blog form. So here it is: the first installment of my new Addison Independent blog, “Out and About.”

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Halloween is time for fun in Addison County

Posted on October 22, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



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ADDISON COUNTY — There is no shortage of Halloween activities going on in Addison County in the next week or so. From “trunk-or-treat” gatherings costume parades to story times, area children and their families will find something fun (or spooky) to do.

Coming up on Saturday, Oct. 24, the Vergennes Eagles will host a children’s Halloween party from 1-3 p.m. Children ages 1-10 are invited to come in costume to this free event, which includes a parade, games, crafts, goodie bags and temporary tattoos. Prizes will be handed out.

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Jessie Raymond: New blog to get her 'Out and About'

Posted on October 22, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Among my numerous roles here at the Addison Independent, I hold the title of community calendar editor. In that capacity, I spend hours each week at a computer, inputting heaps of data in exchange for a modest hourly wage.

But don’t be fooled; it’s more than just a glamour job.

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Jessie Raymond: Back in the game, thanks to fantasy

Posted on October 8, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Thanks to fantasy football, I’ve rediscovered my love for the NFL. No, seriously.

I started watching pro football with my father when I was quite young. He taught me not only the basics of the game but also, inadvertently, how to yell at the TV using a spectacular array of expletives.

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Jessie Raymond: Fall temps trigger a cooking frenzy

Posted on September 24, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Nothing makes me smile quite like the first cool morning of fall. And boy, did fall come suddenly this year.

I was asleep when it happened, but the National Weather Service reports that the seasons unofficially changed at 2:48 a.m. on Sunday morning. With a whoosh, out went swimming holes and sunburns, and in came football and infinity scarves.

Hallelujah.

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Jessie Raymond: Front porch arrives 53 weeks late

Posted on September 10, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Lately, people keep coming up to me and saying, “Your front porch looks absolutely beautiful.”

They are correct.

They are also being very polite. Because what they really mean is, “Your front porch appeared to have been under renovation for an inordinately long time. It’s good to see it finished. Finally.”

And how.

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Jessie Raymond: I can't 'recall' a more relaxing time

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



A few months ago, I got a recall notice on my car.

I handled it promptly, by throwing it in the back of a desk drawer.

Ignoring it seemed like the wisest course of action. After all, the parts in question — the rear pneumococcal joint defibrillator flanges, I believe — hadn’t technically gone bad; they had merely shown the potential to go bad.Also, I’d have to have the parts replaced at the Toyota dealership way down in Rutland, rather than at my local mechanic’s.

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Jessie Raymond: Can't take the heat? Try Vermont

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



A faraway Facebook acquaintance of mine recently posted that, in an unexpected but delightful gesture, a new neighbor had come to her door with a loaf of banana bread.

It struck me, as it did some of the Facebook commenters, that it would have been more appropriate if she and her family had brought banana bread to the new neighbor, and not the other way around.

She agreed but explained that she wasn’t aware that she even had new neighbors because (a) their car was similar to that of the previous owners and (b) she and her family never go outside.

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Jessie Raymond: Giving minimalism a go - for now

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



A few days ago, I joined the ranks of over 2 million eternal optimists who have embraced The New York Times bestseller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.”

The author is a Japanese professional organizer named Marie Kondo, whose “KonMari” method espouses a simple philosophy: Free up space in your home by keeping only those possessions that “spark joy.”

The woman is a genius. Oh, and also: She is crazy.

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