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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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I have two very different books to report on in today's post. Du Is Tak? is written and illustrated by Carson Ellis and was named one of the best children's books of last year. I like kid books. I like them a lot. This one has characters who speak in... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you think all I did at art retreat was stare at Joshua tree's and admire cactus gardens, you would be mistaken. Here is evidence of the "art" part of Winter Art Retreat #5. Submitted NOT for your approval but just because. Lets start out with two of my favorites.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The desert gardens surrounding our house in Joshua Tree were quirky, fun, interesting to explore. So different from the Kansas garden. Lots of good chairs/swings/benches/hammocks for resting too. Behind this big cactus pot you can see a trail in the distance, winding around behind a small mountain. Maybe a hill.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I am at the phase of adding some neutrals to the scrap bag quilt I am in the process of piecing. Which kind of has me second guessing how I am putting things together. I find myself moving the rows and squares around and then standing back and squinting to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Seeing a Joshua Tree has been on my list of things to do for about 10 years. My friend Megan Wallace told me about the National Park and I got the idea in my head I needed to see it. So when Sister suggested it as a location for Art... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Today I am unpacking, making coffee, doing laundry, going to the library, working on my quilt, and downloading photos. Recalling, the last 4 glorious days of Winter Art Retreat #5. While I was waiting for Sister to get out of school on Thursday I hung out at her house and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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It is likely I will be off the grid while at the 5th Annual Winter Art Retreat. We are going to Joshua Tree this year and might get caught up on an 18 hour hike through the desert, or be trapped outside in the hot tub - surrounded by coyotes.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Inside my new art supply suitcase I have packed the following items: 4 sketchbooks of varying sizes and paper weight, 1 everyday journal, 1 mini car/field sketchbook, 9 pens, 1 pencil, 5 paint brushes, 1 water brush for the mini sketchbook, my full watercolor palette, the mini watercolor palette, 4... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Okay. Listen up. Here is something you gotta make. Because it's easy. It's good. It's relatively healthy. And because it turned me on to a whole new way of liking Brussels sprouts that doesn't involve roasting. Not that there is anything wrong with roasting. No siree Bob there is not.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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It was not an easy task to narrow down my favorite photos from all of the strolls I took through the Lawrence Farmers Market in 2016. But it was extremely enjoyable looking through each one again; trying to arrange them into a pleasing whole. My aim was to convey that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This is a book that will confuse you, delight you, and squeeze your heart in certain moments. Moments that make you recall times when you could have used the embrace of a crow. A big, black, feathery, bumbling, creature who comes to you in your saddest imaginable moment and says... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
No its too cold to lock you out. You might freeze! Besides mom posed you there for that photo. I had nothing to do with it.
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Hey Sister, Happy Birthday!! I got out the Barbies and am ready to play if you want to come over. I also have the paper dolls close by in case we get tired of Barbies. After we play there will be dramatic readings from a Bobbsey Twins book and then... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Three Kings Day is being celebrated in Lawrence today in a non-traditional way. Instead of chalking the door, having the house blessed, eating Three Kings Cake, winter swimming, and going to church, I am hanging out. Boiling eggs for salads later in the week Looking out at the snow and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I submit to you this collage as my favorite photos of 2016. For the sheer joy of the moment in which each image was captured. For so many different reasons. You may notice that it contains no farmers market photos. That collage has yet to be put together. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On the day after New Years, spurned on by the musings of Loretta over at pomegranates and paper, I went through my refrigerator and disposed of the following: coleslaw dressing, wing sauce, plum jelly, pickled jalapeno slices, orange marmalade, horseradish, oyster sauce, some amber liquid that I could not identify,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Yesterday morning as I was flipping through instagram, I came upon a photo of Bob Walrafen ,taken by his wife Nancy, on their New Years Day hike. I pointed it out to Chris and said "hey, we should go on a hike too". He said "hmghf". Which can mean: a.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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At Tall Tales headquarters there is not a sharp line between the holidays and the rest of January. This means that the re-populated pygmy forest may remain standing for another month, in order to receive maximum sunlight, before it once again goes into hibernation. I made myself stop at seven... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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These things I saw on a lovely walk this week, when I pulled the car over on a whim, and got out, because I could. There were patterns and a little Free Library that had a copy of Winne the Pooh - in french! There were red chairs with sun... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This week I pulled out all manner of scraps and bits of papers and cards and quirky handmade labels (from sister) and old calendars and wrapping paper (from Pam) and anything I looked at that I liked. That could be cut. There was lots of stuff. I advise you not... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This morning, while I unloaded the dishwasher, then ate my breakfast, I listened to the last 40 minutes of The Likeness by Tana French. Oh how I hated for it to end. Except that it was already 13 days overdue. Please accept my most sincere apologies person who has been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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It could be that in the last days while you were eating smoked turkey and cabbage rolls, or opening presents after eating waffles and bacon on Christmas morning, or driving around town looking at the holiday lights, you might have missed this article about looking death in the face. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Today I can't decide between working on my calendar or my scrap bag quilt. Which means I am doing both. Simultaneously. While I run downstairs and eat a handful of peanuts and grab a sip of Chris's beer to keep myself hydrated and nourished. I also drank coffee out of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Happiest of Christmas Eves to each and every one of you, from Tall Tales Headquarters and the merchants of the downtown shoppes, who decorated their windows just for YOU (and me). I do so love a window display. Almost as much as I love being able to go downtown and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Tucked in between the hustle and bustle of the season, there have been some nice understated moments this December. Like the unexpected opportunity to have a nice dinner out with a friend, or slowly reading though Christmas cards in front of the fire. I love seeing my college room-mates' daughters... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas