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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...
Recent Activity
Before the hard freeze hit this past week, I got real clever, and brought in this geranium from the front porch ...and gave it a haircut I could take some cuttings to root for next year's front porch geraniums. I hated to do it because it was so pretty... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
Remember that yarn I showed you eleven days ago? Here is what I am doing with it. Exhibit A was that complete and total impulse buy yarn. It's turning into a Wakefield Diagonal lace scarf. I think I got the pattern on Ravelry. It's striping up just perfectly. I don't... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
As I suspected they would be, the pecan pie shortbread bars are sublime. Ridiculously good actually. With that crispy, buttery, shortbread topped by a layer of golden pecan pie how could they not be? The mixes make them a snap to put together. One bowl, no measuring, fool-proof dessert. Recommended.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
While they are not the showy spectacle that the October trees are, there is something to be said for the trees of November. There is a great quote by someone about being able to appreciate the true beauty of a tree when the leaves have fallen. I thought it was... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Please allow me to share one final suggestion for a 2015 holiday read. It is especially recommended for those of you who love all things food AND are partial to a Minnesota accent. Which, is why it is THE perfect book to listen to if you are driving somewhere for... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
The other day my niece Krissy sent out a photo reminding us that it had been 2 years since Angie and Katharine Ray met. Mom was completely and totally captivated by that baby girl. In honor of that meeting, and the joy it brought to all of us, I present... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
In anticipation of a large crowd here for Thanksgiving this year, preparations for the big day have begun. So far I have added a festive leaf garland to the gourds that have been hanging up since last year, artfully arranged a few pumpkins here and there, and I got the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened". Anatole France Because I missed National Cat Day on October 29th. And because cats make my world go 'round. And because we all need a little more love right now. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
In the event that this is the last appearance of Daniel Craig as 007, as it is rumored, do yourself the favor of going to see Spectre. On the BIG screen. It's a spectacle. As all James Bond films really should be. The good guys are good. The bad guys... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Last week my friend Mary Joan and I got together for some pre-holiday coffee talk. We met at Starbucks for a PSL (to boost their lagging sales this year) with plans to wander around after that and try to get into some trouble. She brought her needlepoint (Kaffe Fassett's red... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This week I finished working in all the ends of the Wingspan scarf. These colors are better for spring, but that will not stop me from wearing it at least once this fall. It is made from Cottonation yarn (100% cotton) in colorway 791. Just right for warmer fall or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
My idea of a good book is one with a decent plot line, likable characters, and one in which the author doesn't continually use 40 words when 10 would do. I just finished listening to a book that meets all these requirements. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. I had read... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
To say that I like leaves would be a misrepresentation of the power they have over me. It might be more accurate to say I am mesmerized by leaves, or they intoxicate me. Yellow, orange, red, green, or brown. I love them all the same. We are expecting storms here... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This coming weekend, November 14th and 15th, is THE weekend for making pumpkin bread. For several reasons, but the main one is that on the 21st and 22nd you are going to be busy doing prep work for Turkey Day, and the following weekend you will have leftover pumpkin pie... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This morning I was reading Leslie's post about footwear, in which she mentions the preferred athletic shoe of the Moss Sisters, and as I was perusing her blog in general I came across this, and had the most delightful time reading it and delighting in the art work and clever... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Highlights from the farmers market this week included the bee man, Duchess pears, cute toddlers in knitted hats with pom-poms on top, amazing wreaths, flower arrangements with stock and sunflowers, rainbow chard, green beans, spinach, and green leaf lettuce. All in all a very successful trip to the market. Even... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
My week-end plans may or may not include the following: making pumpkin bread, trying to find watermelon radishes at the farmers market (to go with cheese and beer because Nancy said I MUST try this), finishing a book, cleaning the bathroom, and figuring out a plan for Thanksgiving day. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Raise your right hand if (with the time change) you leave for work in the dark and get home right at dusk if you are lucky. Which means that in the last 5 days your red sunset maple has turned from hum-ho to wowsa but you haven't been home when... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
My ornamental cabbage is being consumed by a nibbling creature as fast as it is turning color, which leads me to believe that this might be as good as it gets this year. The zinnias are also on their last legs, the red husker penstemon has gone from purple to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I think I told you a few months ago that I was declaring a moratorium on kale or quinoa recipes. I fully intended to stick to my guns. BUT, that was before I spotted this Russian kale at the market on Saturday. AND before I started trying to figure out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I used my extra hour of time today to sit down in front of the fireplace and finish reading the latest installment in Sue Grafton's alphabet series. I brewed a pot of coffee, frothed some milk for the top, and grabbed an afghan for my feet. Sheer luxury. As always,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The farmers market season is winding down here in Lawrence. Only a few more weeks left and then the season ends. Sniff, sniff. This made me really glad to see there were still some flowers to be had today. Along with roasted chestnuts, squash, and a ... beauty school drop... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
That is an explanation I CAN understand brother! Thanks for lending your expertise.
This is the bougainvillea on my deck out back. The one that used to be a beautiful fuchsia color. With the dropping of the temperatures it has changed to this amazing shade of deep fall red. I have no idea if the process that makes leaves turn colors and this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The pumpkins have been arranged out back, the rabbit and basket are holding their gourds, a jack-o'-lantern with crows has been added to the pea pod boy-marigold tableau, and I have put all the wartiest pumpkins by the front door. All of this means we are ready for Halloween. Which... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas