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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: Travel, Cooking, Bikram Yoga, Gardening, Knitting, Golf, Reading.
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When the leaves come back on the old locust tree out back, and the iris that were transported from Angie's yard start to bloom, and the garlic chives Nancy gave me get buds on them, it's time to uncover the birdbath and get it filled up. I let all the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
At the conclusion of last week's FaceTime Sketchtime session I had completed an extremely inaccurate yet very evocative visual reproduction of the house that Mary Ann and I stayed in when we went to Summerland last June. I could hear the train and see the ocean and taste the sketchbookery... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
I'm not sure what it is about lilacs that make me think of kitchen tables, and farmhouses, and milk bottles on the back porch, and rolling out biscuit dough on the counter. I had none of these personal experiences with lilacs in my past that I know of. Regardless, it... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
How I missed the newsflash about a new coffee spot in Lawrence is beyond me. In 125 words or less I am going to make up for lost time. Introducing DECADE coffee. Where they make a rich, warm, earthy, smooth, delicious cortado that is served in a cup made by... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
My sister Dottie told me months ago I would really like All the Light We Cannot See and so I put it on my list, and eventually requested it from the library. Last month I finally got it and today (because it is due tomorrow) I finished it. I had... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
I managed to make it to the farmers market on Saturday just before the sky opened up and the rains fell. Potential for rain always slows down the pace at the farmers market. A little grayer, a little cooler, a few less people, lots of time to chat. If you... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Exactly 1,410 days ago, Tall Tales from Kansas turned on the lights and started sending messages out into space. I never dreamed that 1,399 posts later I would still be sitting here each evening doing this "show and tell" thing we refer to as blogging. But here it is, 4... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Megan, thats what Barb says too. I sure hope Mrs. Batliner knows that 14 years later we still think of her and her husband so fondly.
The succulents that survived the winter were placed back outside today. All in all I would say that wintering them over was fairly easy. They look a bit worse for the wear, but don't we all after a long winter inside? I let them sit out in the rain today.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Verdant, growing, leafy, sprouting, grassy, lush... no matter how you say it, green is pretty. From the spirea, to the hostas, to the coral bells, day-lilies, lemon balm, and oakleaf hydrangea, green never looked so good. I don't want you to think with all my exuberance for spring blossoms I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This is what happened when the new palette came out to play during FaceTime SketchTime week 7. Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Slate-Colored Junco under a mayan orange sky. The grackle's got tired of looking at a blank page so I strategically placed the junco's next door. I don't know who... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Last week Chris and I zipped over to Topeka to check out "Tulip Time" - a celebration of tulips in 3 different parks in the city. All the photos below are from Old Prairie Town and Botanical Garden. Other items of note included a contorted eastern white pine, more spectacular... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
You may or may not recall that while in Virginia we had a delightful appetizer of smoked gouda pimento cheese served atop crusty beer bread. I, however, have not forgotten for one single minute since we got back. I had been waiting for "Sunday at the Masters" to recreate this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
After painting with my present palette of watercolors for the past year, I decided I needed to switch things up a bit and add some new colors. For me, it took a year of messing around with the colors I had to figure out what I was missing. When the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Bedding plants were the order of the day at the first farmers market of the season on Saturday. I also saw old friends, pretty flower arrangements, and an extremely well packed bicycle. Mostly I just walked around grinning at everyone and everything. I can't help it. The farmers market makes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
We worked in a mid-week FaceTime SketchTime session this last week because... well just because. Some weeks call for it. While my Sister created bold, arresting, birds with colorful plumage, I did a study of the Quiscalus Quiscula family. More commonly known as the grackle. Followed by the geranium cutting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Walking the neighborhoods in Lawrence is a great way to experience spring. I saw trees in front of houses, an amazing display of muscari bulbs, cobblestone sidewalks strewn with petals, tulips, robins on fences, flowering fruit trees, and the most interesting old light fixtures. I pulled over for the tulips... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If you happen to find yourself with 23 chocolate cupcakes on hand and no twin 5 year olds, or an almost 3 year old, or an almost 2 year old around to feed them to, you might want to go buy some strawberries. When you get home, cut them up.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
On Tuesday, when it got up to 82 degrees here (I am NOT complaining), I decided to put away the fall kitchen towels and get out the spring kitchen towels. Sometimes changing the kitchen towels makes the experience of cleaning the kitchen more enjoyable. Taking out the different towels made... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Yeah Sharron! Thats what I told her too! Sent from my iPad
Here are the last 2 squares of the Lizard Ridge afghan. I finished them last week after my return from Virginia. This morning I decided it was high time to pull ALL the squares out, and get the blocking party started. All those lumps and bumps from the use of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
During this week's FaceTime SketchTime I tried to make an alphabet like the one on the front of Em and the Big Hoom. I may need to do it 37 or 38 more times before I get it just right, but it's bold and colorful and that's the direction I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today Chris and I held the annual dying of the eggs challenge. I always use the method employed by the Moss family for generations - warm water, store bought food coloring, and a splash of vinegar. Chris uses the Mulvenon method - store bought egg dying kit complete with coloring... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Spring is bustin' out all over in my part of the world. These days I carry the Nikon with me on all my walks. Frequent stops are mandatory. The red buds are spectacular this year. The Japanese maple held on to it's old leaves so long I was beginning to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The book below was snatched up at The Raven bookstore simply on the basis of it's cover. Can you look at that lettering without wanting to grab a brush right this instant and make yourself an alphabet? I can't! The story that goes with this cover is just as wildly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas