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Carol
Lawrence, Kansas
Hi, my name is Carol. I live in Lawrence KS. I write Tall Tales. I tell about stuff that happened to me. Most of it is true.
Interests: Travel, Cooking, Bikram Yoga, Gardening, Knitting, Golf, Reading.
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Here are my carefully chosen selections from the market this week. That beautiful green leaf lettuce got turned into a fried chicken salad on Saturday night. These radishes were a total impulse buy. They looked so pretty all grouped together. I had no idea what I was going to do... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
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There were strawberries at the market on Saturday. So I bought a basket. I ate some for breakfast and added some to my afternoon cocktail on Saturday and Sunday and Monday. A 3-day weekend calls for daily cocktails. Because they were so pretty, and because my sister instagrammed the ones... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Especially for Memorial Day I present you with peonies. Double or single petal, creamy white with crimson flecks, rosy pink with lemon cream collars, fuschia with deep yellow staminodes, blushing pink, fully open or buds. All beautiful. They fill the area around the dining room table with the scent of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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My plans for this summer include making as many new salads with kale and quinoa (separately and together) as possible. Would you have thought of putting dill and dried cherries together in a salad? Me neither. Luckily Deb from Smitten Kitchen is adventurous. I put my trust in her unbeaten... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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You knew I would keep going back until I saw this. I don't know if baby geese are cuter than baby goats OR if baby goats are cuter than baby geese. But I do, for a fact, know that they are both much cuter than the snakes a little boy... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Scenes from the Japanese Friendship Garden at 1045 Massachusetts street in downtown Lawrence. In the almost 15 years it has been here, I had never explored it before this week. There is a lovely spot for sitting. And thinking. There is never enough time for uninterrupted thinking. Today at work... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On Sunday while I was telling Mary Ann about all the reasons that I should drive out to LA and pick up Corky Lynn and bring her to Kansas to live, I drew 2 lemons on a Wedgwood plate and copied the flowers from the pattern on my purse. Next... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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What happens when you try to take pictures of your friends after having beer, margaritas, and sangria is this: one will tell you the sun is in her eyes, one will try to get a stranger to take the photo so you can be in it (despite the fact that... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I have had lemons on the brain lately. Strawberry lemonade with Chambord, lemons squeezed over fresh asparagus, and pasta with artichokes, capers and lemon. Still, my appetite for lemons remained unquenched. So I did what any self-respecting lemon lover would do. I made lemon bars. Not just any lemon bars.... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On Sunday morning I happened upon a pile of gosslings on my morning walk. I could not do justice to the cuteness that they were with the iPhone so I went back today, hoping they would still be there. I got as close as I could before the head mother... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Love was in the air yesterday at the farmers market. True love, puppy love, young love, and even kitty cat love. I think it was the scent of peonies that induced the good vibrations. Five gallon buckets full of peonies for 2 dollars a stem certainly do it for me.... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Have any of you read True Sisters? I can not remember for the life of me who it was that told me to read it. Was it you? It was on my "read this" list so I requested it from the library even though the reviews were not great. It's... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Today I took my morning walk in a beautiful rose garden. For a minute I thought I had died and gone to California. Yellow, red, pinkish/orange, peppermint striped, golden, and yellow with pink tips. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. The only thing I regret about this walk is that it's 51.6 miles... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Today I took my morning walk in a beautiful rose garden. For a minute I thought I had died and gone to California. Yellow, red, pinkish/orange, peppermint striped, golden, and yellow with pink tips. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. The only thing I regret about this walk is that it's 51.6 miles... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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All I want to do is be off every day in the spring and get up early and go on walks and watch blue birds flit around in fields and then stop and pose for me in the branches of trees. That's it. I met a man today at work... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Happy Birthday Dottie! I hope your big day includes a hike on a trail followed by a breakfast on a veranda with a lovely view and an excellent capuccino. I leave the rest of the imaginings to you. After all, your birthday should be all about YOU. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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When I go to the market on Saturday mornings, my usual routine is to scout out everything before I make my purchases. It's important to see every flower there before I decide which ones want to go home with me. Not this week. As soon as I spied these peonies... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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It's a "two for one" this week on the FaceTime Sketchtime serial thriller. This week in the general chit-chat part of FaceTime Sketchtime we discussed how many years you can continue to bring the same clothes with you on vacation, the best method for watering trees, and how when you... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This year dragon wing begonias joined the geraniums on my front porch. My friend Joan had them last year and when I saw how well they did all summer long I made a mental note to get some. These shades of orange and pink make the perfect analogous color combination.... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Because I like to eat things like Texas White Sheetcake, Peach Crisp, Maple Bacon Biscuits, Pimento Cheese, Crab Cakes, and Marcona Almond Blondies does NOT mean that I do not just as easily appreciate a good vegan / gluten-free, 100% healthy, salad. The Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you like books and bookstores, and books about people who operate and frequent bookstores, you will like this book. I liked the beginning, the middle, and the end of this book. It's not a mystery or a romance novel or crime fiction but it contains elements of all three.... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This is Dianne (the one in the glasses) and Wickett. Dianne's family has ties to the Lawrence area that go back to the 1850's. She knows a lot of people, who know a lot of people, and basically has the low down on the what to and the why for... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Tuesday morning I went from this ... to this ... with no fuss, and no muss. No consulting with husbands or brother-in-laws was needed. No trips to Van Liews's in Kansas City to buy a new water pump. No new caulking and sealing. It was an uncover, clean, fill, and... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The bouquet I picked up from the farmers market this past Saturday included lilacs, allium, and stock. Any one of these flowers make a stunning arrangement on their own. In a group, they are spectacular. In the smell department it's hard to top lilacs, but stock gives it a run... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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You know I love pickled cucumbers and red onions. As well as pickled red onions and cucumbers. Truth be told, anything pickled pretty much has my name on it. But when I spotted a recipe for creamy cucumber salad I was willing to consider the possibility that there were other... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas