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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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On the long trip back from Sweden on Wednesday, I had lots of time to go through my travel journal, to make sure I had captured those moments from this trip that I want to remember. Like the young man practicing riding a unicycle beside an old iron railing on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On our last day in Stockholm it is difficult to decide just how to spend the few hours we have left. Wandering through neighborhoods, smelling flowers, or eating Swedish pastries. Or we could paint portraits of Swedish royalty, put our feet back in the water that surrounds the city, and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On our last day in Stockholm it is difficult to decide just how to spend the few hours we have left. Wandering through neighborhoods, smelling flowers, or eating Swedish pastries. Or we could paint portraits of Swedish royalty, put our feet back in the water that surrounds the city, and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Just before the rain hit this afternoon, we had time to fill up our eyes. Window shopping on the streets of Stockholm. Then we headed for home. To continue documenting our time here for future reference. It's important to capture things you don't take pictures of. Like the nice couple... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This is our headquarters in Stockholm. We are staying on Sodermalm, in an apartment, in a charming neighborhood, on the 5th floor, with lots of windows, cool breezes, and lovely views over the rooftops. I am staying in Gilbert's room. It's the one with the guitar and ukelele's on the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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We ventured out into the archipelago for the first time this week. Destination: Vaxholm. Historic old buildings. Winding lanes. Windows with curtains. Views of the water. Maybe our favorite was lunch at Cafe Hembygdsgarden. We sat outside at a little white table with a tree for our umbrella. Swedish cake... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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We ventured out into the archipelago for the first time this week. Destination: Vaxholm. Historic old buildings. Winding lanes. Windows with curtains. Views of the water. Maybe our favorite was lunch at Cafe Hembygdsgarden. We sat outside at a little white table with a tree for our umbrella. Swedish cake... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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There were lily pads, with sides, that were the size of small boats at the tropical pavilion at Berianska tradgarden. I think there were fairies having parties on them. Invisible fairies. There were also lovely walking paths, around a body of water that was not a lake, but like a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you like textiles, and you find yourself in Stockholm, get yourself on over to the Nordiska museet. If textiles is not your thing, maybe you like table setting, doll houses, or folk art? If the answer is yes, you will be happy too. They also have a lovely little... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Strolling through Stockholm is a feast for the eyes. Down each alley, around every corner, it doesn't disappoint. From the streets of Gamlastan to the allotment gardens on Sodermalm. Traveling by bus and metro we are meeting the nicest people. From the man with the sleeping baby in his stroller... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Strolling through Stockholm is a feast for the eyes. Down each alley, around every corner, it doesn't disappoint. From the streets of Gamlastan to the allotment gardens on Sodermalm. Traveling by bus and metro we are meeting the nicest people. From the man with the sleeping baby in his stroller... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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When you are reading this I will be just getting to Stockholm, depending on where you are reading from of course. I might still be flying over a big, big, big, ocean on my way to see things I have never before seen. In a country I have not set... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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We had a doozy of a storm the other night. The clouds started building up in the evening right after dinner and sometime in the middle of the night the thunder and lightning let loose. It made for a very adventurous drive in to work in the wee hours of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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There was no trip to the market this weekend since I won't be here to eat a week's worth of produce. I settled for looking lovingly at my tomatoes. Including this one that will be ready for picking before I get back I am thinking. I hate to miss the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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All the dried poppy heads were cut down and brought inside in advance of the big rains we had recently. Taking great care, I might add, not to turn them upside down, to avoid all the seeds spilling out the top. I will take them outside later in the season... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I have been bitten by the gouache bug. Bit HARD. You can probably tell. Seeing as I have done show and tell 4 times in the last 7 posts, and prior to that there had been no show and no tell for quite some time because there had been no... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Monday, Chris and I had a flag cake competition. It went something like this. After mixing, baking, pouring, and cooling for three hours, we each assembled our preferred decorating ingredients. Each competitor was given exactly 6 minutes to put something together to present to the judges. Of which there were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Since I was feeling reasonably satisfied with my mastery of gouache after painting the golden beet the other day, I decided to boldly proceed to the deceptively simple donut. Step 1 - go to "Munchers" and buy some donuts. That was the easy part. What followed was a bit more,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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It was a red, white, and blue themed weekend around our house. There were drives, movies, naps, cake, flowers, and flags. Everything you need for the 4th of July. If all that wasn't enough, there was this on the Writers Almanac today. Copied below for you convenience. Because it's that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This is the story of how we went out on an adventure on the day before the 4th of July to get corn. Except Bismarck's was closed so the corn buying expedition turned into an adventure to find houses decorated for the 4th of July. Which we did. After about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Unfortunately I did not make it to the farmers market this morning because it was raining. A lot. Which left me at odds for what to do on a Saturday morning. I decided to go to the community mercantile for produce and flowers, and there I found the most beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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You probably should sister. Or they can leave two pieces here and I will get in my George Jetson mobile and bring it to you.
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The weather people here are forecasting a rainy weekend for Lawrence. That could mean that the big bird of the patio will be completely engulfed in black-eyed susan vine by next weekend. Loose plans are being woven together of things we may or may not do over the next three... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Chris alerted me to the ad in the paper the other morning announcing that sweet corn is for sale at Bismark gardens. That means we are going on Saturday. Which means I went downstairs to the freezer yesterday to be sure I had used all the bags I froze to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Last week, before the bombings at the Ataturk airport in Istabul, my sister Dottie sent me a link to this TED talk. I meant to share it with you. Now it seems even more important that I do. Thank you Gill for reminding me what unites us. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas