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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: globe trotting, getting my hands dirty in the garden, making things with yarn, reading, sketching badly, playing golf, walking, cooking, going to the farmers market...
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In case you were wondering, yes we ARE completely prepared for the solar eclipse. We are working, but plan to steal some time to catch a glimpse on Monday. At work, in Kansas City, Kansas I think I will be darn close to the "path of totality". Chris will be... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Saturday, I selected the Tuberoses at the market for their simplicity. And the fragrance of course. Simple lines. Cool white and green. All very soothing. And then I arranged them on the table with the zinnias from Madeline. Along with some marigolds in a pink and orange vase. Because let's... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Here are the details of how "lemon bar Sunday" went down. First there was some gathering. Followed by some pressing down. I have been wanting to see if using these clips to hold parchment paper worked as good as Martha says they do. They DO! Then some slicing and seeding.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On the land, in the sky, through the streets. Always something interesting to see, even on a regular, ordinary, day on Lummi Island. This group of kids riding by on their bikes with loud music playing was hilarious. They had just watched a group of whales go by and then... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I dearly hope you have fresh peaches available where you are, if not, I apologize for the cravings that this post may create. First thing this morning at the farmers market I saw this lady, giving in to the natural instinct to sniff a fresh peach. She apologized for messing... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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While wandering through the byways on Whidbey Island, Sister and I stumbled upon a real nice patch of hollyhocks. A brake-applying, door-opening, picture-taking patch. Hollyhocks with water in the background are quite a different experience than hollyhock heaven in Lawrence Kansas. There was also a small branch of the Norwegian... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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At the Spencer museum on the KU campus there are two exhibitions featuring quilts that will be up until September 17th. If quilting is your thing, you may want to skip over and take a look. And Still We Rise: Race, Culture, and Visual Conversations is an exhibit of story... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Printing off photos today. Sewing stuff in the Lummi Island travel journal. Oh it's fun sewing photos in this journal! The key is being able to take the signatures out to maneuver through the machine. You see those red clips in the photo below? I got them for quilting. They... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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In looking through my Instagram feed of our time on Lummi Island, I realize there is a lot of blue and a serious lack of green. There are however, 3 preserves on the island that have some lovely opportunities for hiking. I checked them all out while we were there.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Such a lovely, unexpected treat to have a preview of fall this weekend. Cool mornings. Rain. Tiny flowers on the deck, like confetti. The only downside, missing the farmers market. There will be more. Who doesn't want to feel the cooling relief of a clean shower on a summer in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Before we ever laid eyes on her, sister and I were enamored with the Whatcom Chief ferry. It's the ferry across Hale Passage from Gooseberry Point to Lummi Island. Sister had sent me videos of a rough crossing and we had read of times when service was interrupted because of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Cory Taylor - Image from The New Yorker In my day to day work with people who are dying (and their families), I sometimes have conversations with patients about how they are feeling. On a more existential level. For example, what is it like to be facing the end of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This is the story of Dick Bosch and his dream of a garden in the forest. It started 50+ years ago when he bought the acreage and begin clearing part of it. Life got in the way. Raising a family. Working. He kept at it though. Little by little he... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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A conglomeration of moments that fit in between all the other stories about our time on and around Lummi Island. Longer stories to come. I am formulating plot lines and working on character development. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Raise your hand if you love an ordinary day. Filled with uncomplicated things. Like making BLT's, completing the Lummi Island travel journal, and enjoying zinnias. Or watching StitchBookery videos, mastering the "T-cut", and starting my first little accordion book. Oh joy. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I bought the bitter melon it looked so cool an exotic food, it made me drool. I tried it raw, then seared and hot I sought to like it, but I could not. The taste akin to old cold tar, to soothe my mouth, a candy bar. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Tomatoes were well represented at the market today. Heirlooms. Big, beautifully irregular, with cracks and such. I went for the ox heart heirloom below. Front and left. BLT's are on the menu tonight. First time this summer. It was 70 degrees and sunny this morning. Unheard of in July in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Before I head to the farmers market in the morning, here are a few glimpses from the market on Lummi island, as well as some of Charlotte and her fresh flower stand, located (handily) one turn up the road from our cottage on the island. We stopped on our first... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The 11.6 pound box of treasures from the beach, that I mailed home from Lummi Island arrived at my doorstep in Kansas at 11:09 am today. Such perfect timing. In between unpacking, doing laundry, and sweeping the front porch, I arranged and re-arranged them several times. Then, because I had... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The waves are choppy this morning, I could hear them as soon as my eyes popped open with the 5:30am sunrise. The beach remains deserted at 7am when I venture down for a last walk. A few more shells or rocks. Maybe another eagle sighting. Yesterday I explored the top... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Our days up here in the cool, sunny, occasionally cloudy - but still exceptionally pleasant, Pacific Northwest are drawing to a close. Time to savor each vista and store it up in my head for easy retrieval when needed. Today we went back to Fidalgo Island. Exploring a few of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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In addition to water and beaches and waves and sunsets, Lummi island is about meadows, forests, sheep, poppies, and lavender fields. The people are also pretty great. Like the two women I met on my low tide exploratory walk today, who told me that the eagles are plentiful here because... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Oliver's granola with yogurt and fresh fruit at the Mount Bakery cafe in Bellingham is how I started my day. The wisdom of this choice will become evident. Keep reading. At Glen Echo Gardens Dick Bosch gave us a lesson on very old trees. He likes to use the question... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Whatcom Ferry watching and examination of marine life occupied us Wednesday. There was also a tour of fishing shacks. I need to read about these. Who, what, when, why, and where are the occupants now. The flowers continue to delight and amaze us, as did the brief history of this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Wednesday we jumped on the Whatcom Chief ferry early, before they closed from 10-3 for maintenance. Destination - Coupeville, with a stop at Deception Pass State park. We found flowers, the Knead and Feed, felted bird houses, boats, and a sand beach with beautiful driftwood. All around us water. After... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas