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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.
Recent Activity
Each night when I get home from work I go out back and walk around the tomato plants, carefully evaluating each and every one of the 14 tomatoes left on the vines for signs of the progression of ripening. I am not sure if I can expect these to make... Continue reading
Posted 57 minutes ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
This came in my mail box tonight. It came on the heels of this, which arrived on Monday. Both of the above will join the supplies below. Which I will use to make one of these. You better believe that if there was any way possible, I would be sitting... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
Poor, poor, bran. It gets such a bad rap. Even though it clearly states on the label it's a "friend of the heart". I am not on a one woman crusade to rescue the reputation of bran, but I did get the impulse to use up a few of my... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
This is my most recent stack of three. One for the car, one for the bedside table, and one to carry around with me because I want to keep looking at it in multiple places all around the house. My old friend Kinsey Millhone and I are in the midst... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
If I was not a full time worker I think I would take one day during the week to do nothing all day except watch butterflies. I would take a break mid-day to eat lunch of course, and then get right back to it. That seems a worthy way to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
It's not everyday you see decorative cabbages and yellow pom poms in flower arrangements. That was reason enough for me to select this one. Not that I needed a reason. Flower season at the market doesn't last forever. You gotta get 'em while the gettin's good as the saying goes.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Hats and coats were the order of the day at the market this morning. I noted a temperature of 42 degrees when I rolled up to my designated parking spot. There were many different styles of hats, and some people had to be reminded to keep their coats on. Cold... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
A long time ago I learned never to criticize or correct the work done by another... unless I want to do that work myself. So, tonight when I wondered aloud to Chris if he thought we ought to cover up the tomato plant because it's supposed to be in the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Ready or not you are about to hear about "the vogue papers". I alluded to it last week when I showed you the the chair portrait project. I've got enough projects going that I need a whole filing system to keep up with them. Luckily my mind is like a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Just outside of Lawrence Kansas, off the scenic river road, there is nice little spot called the lakeview fishing and shooting association. Founded in 1892, it apparently started out as some sort of men's club, but is now a more family oriented private community. One of the women in my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If you have a brulee torch and have just been dying to find another way to use it, may I suggest this recipe. I did not want to make a whole cake so I did 2 servings in ramekins instead. And I added a dash of cinnamon to the crust... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Ahhhhh Sharron, you are the clever one :) I should have known you would know the artist! Sent from my iPad
Saturday we went to the Alexander Gardner exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. It's a collection of photographs from 1867-1868 and focuses on his work in the American west. Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, Kansas 1867. This is a lovely textural composition that is made from the caps of liquor... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The mornings were chilly this weekend here in Kansas. Fall is definitely in the air. I am not sure where August got to, but as we slip into fall I am ready for time to s-l-o-w down just a hair. I am in the midst of an Heirloom tomato tasting... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
In the wee hours of the night last night, after having taken a 3 hour sewing class during the day, I started a new sewing project. A teeny, tiny quilting project actually. It's important to reinforce your learning by practicing shortly after you acquire a new skill. For me it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Carol is now following Donda
Sep 6, 2014
When Lisa and I met for coffee last week, she came with a brilliant idea for us to do chair sketches of each other. The thought took hold in her mind as she was flipping through a magazine. So I told her of course I was up for the project...... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I've got a bevy of mourning doves that are calling my back yard their home these days. I don't know if it's the combination swimming pool/drinking fountain, the all you can eat buffet, the nice selection of beds in that tree, or the flower arrangements I have put out for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This is the pile of "reading" I just finished going through. The Art of Hearting Heartbeats is a story about a woman who travels to Burma in search of her father. It's a heart-warming tale. I dislike that phrase, but really, it sums it up perfectly. I have requested the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
As my friend Frank used to say.... "Amen brother Ben, crack a louse, kill a hen!" She said this when she was excited. I have no idea what it means. I say it when I am excited too. Today I am beyond excited. I have finished my quilt. I am... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This morning at Tall Tales Headquarters I had a scone breakthrough. I baked a batch of the worlds best oatmeal maple scones. I saw a recipe in the Farm Chicks cookbook and started to make that until I realized the recipe did not call for any salt and I got... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I did not find the cantaloupe I was looking for at the market yesterday, but I did make the acquaintance of D. Johnson. She carried many bags with a practiced hand and needed NO assistance with her flowers as she got money out to pay for her jar of jam.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Tomatoes were picked and sliced and salted and patted dry this week and made into a tomato pie. This summer tomato pie. Since the crust for the Rustic Breakfast Peach Galette came out ok the other day I think I am a pie crust expert now so I made that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I am thankful for the heat tolerant bougainvillea, the portulacaria afra variegata, the echeveria hybrid, the campfire and gollum crassulas, and the Ipomoea nil. They are NOT included on the list of the casualties of the dog days of summer. Sniff sniff. Farewell nasturtiums and zinnias that I put in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This is Mary's latest completed afghan. It is composed of mitred squares and was knit primarily from her stash yarn. There is something so pleasing about the optical illusions created when the squares are placed together. It's mesmerizing. This, in my mind, is the art of knitting at it's finest...... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas