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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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Jessie Raymond: One weird fact: Online info false!

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Recently a Facebook friend of mine shared a terrifying post, ostensibly written by her cousin’s co-worker, about a dangerous new car-jacking trend. The incident in question happened to the friend’s cousin’s co-worker’s daughter in a Walmart parking lot and, the post warned, it could happen to you.

The poor young woman came out of the store and got in her car. When she checked her mirror to back up, she noticed a sale flier tucked under the rear wiper. So, with the car running, she got out to remove the flier.

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Jessie Raymond: Police encounter ends life of crime

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



When I saw flashing blue lights in my rearview mirror one evening last week, I pulled over to let the cop go past.

But instead of flying by, he pulled in right behind me.

My first thought: Not this again.

I’m not proud to say it, but I have a history of run-ins with the law.

There was that time the summer after high school graduation when I got pulled over for going 35 in a 25 mile-per-hour zone. The officer let me off with a warning.

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Jessie Raymond: Decking the halls is no easy task

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



For Christmas this year, I’m planning to decorate our front porch with a garland and white lights. I don’t even have the garland yet, and already I’m second-guessing my plan.

Doubt started creeping in the moment I pulled the lights out of storage. The five strands I had placed, separately, into a box last January came out bundled together in a giant ball. What’s worse, when I finally got them untangled, I found that only one strand worked.

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Jessie Raymond: Time to end the war on Black Friday

Posted on November 19, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



What is this country coming to?

According to the news, Black Friday, that day-after-Thanksgiving retail frenzy we have all come to love and fear, is getting scaled back.

This year, some retailers are encouraging people to max out their credit cards over the entire month leading up to Christmas, rather than just on one heady, potentially life-threatening day.

We can’t let this happen.

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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: 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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