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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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If you have one drop of Mexican blood in your body (and even if you don't), run to the theatre to see Coco. Chris and I went this weekend. Completely magical. The storyline revolves around the Mexican tradition “Dia de los Muertos”, and is a great portrayal of how death... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
The Holiday Farmers market was today in Lawrence, and it was splendid. Decorations, produce, gift ideas, and tempting treats. It was all there. I fell in love with the chickens at DoGood Farms and getting to meet the genius behind all the handmade, home-grown, products is something I enjoy about... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Allow me to introduce what could be the most delicious cocktail consumed in 2017. The “Smoked Old Fashioned”. Basil Hayden’s bourbon, a dash of chocolate bitters, with a garnish of orange peel and three dark cherries. AND it was served tableside on a smoked plank. If you live near an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
While I wait for Chris to edit the photos he took at the “old fashioned Christmas parade” last weekend, I present the best of what you can do with your iPhone. It was a beautiful day and the crowds were plentiful. There were ladies in red capes riding big horses... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today I puttered. But efficiently. If that is even a thing. Which I think it is. Three cups of coffee will kick low-key puttering into high gear. Trust me. Soup making, combined with a little decorating, followed by the annual bringing in of the hoses. That got done too. All... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
We went over the river and through the woods today. Or more accurately, down 15th street, through the fields, and across the railroad tracks. To the best spot I know of in Douglas county for poinsettias and greenery. There was all manner of other finery out there too. But oh... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Janet - yes! It’s an oldie (2009). Andrea Bocelli My Christmas.
Heidi - socks! Started them last year and decided they were too big so ripped out and restarted. Much happier with them now.
Holiday still life on a Friday night. So many possibilities for this first weekend in December. I’m not sure where to start. So I am just going to sit and stare for awhile. And sing along with Andrea Bocelli. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The Christmas lights are up in downtown Lawrence, and things are “oh so festive”. I told Chris tonight we MUST get downtown this month and go out for dinner. We will sit at a table by a window and bask in the glow of all these lovely lights. There will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I present today's edition of The Writers Almanac in case you missed it or are just not a regular listener. It's worthy of a pre-holiday read. Bear In Mind by John Martin A bear is chasing me through a meadow and I’m running as fast as I can but he’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Tonight, at 6:48, exactly 12 minutes before sitting down for dinner, I finished Y is for Yesterday. It was 17 delicious hours of listening. Our favorite Santa Teresa private investigator, Kinsey Milhone, once again answers the call of duty. Sue Grafton skillfully crafts a tale that brings back a bad... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
In addition to being a perfect day for walking, Sunday was also a great day for raking. No wind, sunshine, 60 degrees. Crazy for November but we uttered no complaints. Chris prepared the bag and I told him I had a good method for filling it. As you see below,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Over the long weekend, I had the pleasure of sitting on the couch flipping through Making and Taproot magazines. Here are the projects that have made my list for further consideration. The perfect yarn for this project is already living in my stash. I can not explain my fascination with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
On Small Business Saturday, I went to the Lawrence Bizarre Bazaar. Always a treat. Wandering through the booths. Soaking up all the creative vibes. Then I came home and had some leftovers. Ann brought pimento cheese spread for snacking on before the turkey dinner. In these super cute orange ramekins... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Thanksgiving began in the customary way. Bringing out all the china, silverware, cranberry server, gravy boat, and wine glasses from years gone by. From the homes of all the Thanksgiving makers that have come before us. The head turkey maker followed the usual routine, including stuffing the cavity of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
As the host house for Thanksgiving, part of our job, in addition to making the turkey and stuffing, is to select a nice hike for Thursday morning. We went scouting the other day for a new option for this years ramble. We take our job seriously at Tall Tales Headquarters.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Chris had to go and say something about wanting an oatmeal raisin cookie for dessert last night. He just couldn't keep that thought to himself. Even though he knows I am very susceptible to suggestion. Innocently made or not. That is why my plans for making leaves for pumpkins this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
My Friday started with a check on the Japanese maple, moved on to unpinning the scarf I just blocked, going to a coffee shop to knit with friends wearing said scarf, and starting a new knitting project. There was a butterscotch latte included, discussions involving a customized winter knitting retreat... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I love words and subscribe to the Merriam-Webster “Word of the Day”. Today’s word is one of my favorites. Lollygag. Please let this serve as your reminder over the next week to be spending time idly, aimlessly, or foolishly. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
In order to avoid going outside and raking leaves the other day, I decided it was time to get out all kinds of pumpkins and put them on the table in anticipation of Thanksgiving. There was also the light fixture over the table that needed to be festooned. What do... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I am late to the pumpkin party this year. No pie has yet been made and the first pumpkin bread just happened this weekend. I decided to use large and small bundt pans this year instead of a loaf pan. Just because. This is my excuse for breaking my own... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today, under overcast skies, we made our way downtown for the Veterans Day parade. I did my best to keep a stiff upper lip, but confess to some tearful moments. Our dad was in the Air Force, and we moved all over the world growing up. We changed schools regularly,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
For those times when you need to read a sweet story about a couple of unlikely friends, who happen to be wolves, who like to exercise in trees, and sleep under blankets made of leaves.... ... may I recommend you check out Big Wolf & Little Wolf from the library?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
What I did with my extra hour on Sunday. I hope yours was as well spent. I also filled 6 bags of yard/garden waste. I could have done 10 more, but all things in moderation, and in their own good time. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas