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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: Travel, Cooking, Bikram Yoga, Gardening, Knitting, Golf, Reading.
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Mending is not something that I normally get giddy about. It's mending. A chore to be endured but not enjoyed. Until Pam gave me one of the strawberry pin cushions she made for an embroidery class that is!! It was on my pillow when I got to Art Retreat #3.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
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My sister and I had a FaceTime sketch session the other day. While she did a jaw dropping rendition of Sharron's journal, I drew she and Pam from photos I took in Palm Springs. Then I colored them in. I like to color in. It's fun. I also put some... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This is Nettie Young. She is one of the Gee's Bend quilters. Here is what she said that stopped my in my tracks when I was reading last night, "I made all my children's clothes. Didn't need a pattern. Same with quilts. If I seen a dress or a quilt... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This weekend I decided to make another steen syrup cake, or as I call it now, Louisiana breakfast cake. You have to be sure and pronounce it Loo-zee-ann-uh when you call it that though. I have been thinking about my dad's sisters lately. I think it's because quilting has been... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This is the house we stayed at in Palm Springs for Art Retreat #3. There was plenty to see on walks in the neighborhood including (but not limited to) old cars, a park, palms trees, bougainvillea, and always the views of the mountains. I did not get many photos inside... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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These are the Palm Springs squares for the Lizard Ridge afghan. I named this one pool... ...and this one Cactus. These balls of yarn are ready for my trip next week. I don't know what their names will be yet. It will depend on what they look like when they... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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When you finish a quilt big enough to cover a king-sized bed I suppose it's normal to tell yourself "never again". I know I did. Until you realize how much you like having a quilt that is just the size, weight, and color you require. In this case, after the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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In addition to cactus gazing, tea cup buying, and taking neighborhood walks... there was also quite a bit of sketching done in Palm Springs. It's important to let some paint just fly around a bit before you get down to the serious sketching. By serious you know that I mean... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Let's be truthful here. I would rather wake up to 60 degrees, blue skies, palm trees, and a heated swimming pool, than snow and cold. But I must admit, it was a pretty snow and it was the first time I had to shovel all year, so I am not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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There are many important elements to a good art retreat. Climate. Accommodations. Scenery. Atmosphere. Food. Music. Wine. Decent tables. Lighting. But none of those mean anything if you don't have THE number one most important part of an art retreat. People. People. People. Did I already mention people? I can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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As evidenced by these photographs... ... a good time was had by all at art retreat #3 this past weekend. Tom foolery prevailed. When I have slept, unpacked, and sorted photos (in that order) I will have stories to tell and journal pages to show. Sister and Pam will likely... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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As evidenced by these photographs... ... a good time was had by all at art retreat #3 this past weekend. Tom foolery prevailed. When I have slept, unpacked, and sorted photos (in that order) I will have stories to tell and journal pages to show. Sister and Pam will likely... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Right at this exact moment I am in Palm Springs. Right here. Morning, noon, and night. Hanging out, splish-splashing around in some paint and the pool. This afternoon I may try to do both at the same time. But probably not. Actual photos from the 3rd annual art retreat shall... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Happy February 14th - the Feast of Saint Valentine, when sweethearts all over the world profess their devotion and offer symbols of their love to one another. I hope you are making that salted butterscotch creme brulee I told you about for your sweetheart tonight. If however, the object of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I love a good "ordinary day". A thursday for example, when you don't leave the house at all. You just stay home and do regular things. Things like watching the birds go crazy for the berries on the spartan junipers by the back door. Normal things like trying to make... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This yarn below is in the process of becoming a chevron waves scarf. It's made with Prism yarn in my favorite color palette - grays, browns, and blacks, with a nice pop of coppery gold thrown in for good measure. It has "classy" written all over it. This scarf is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Did you watch "Being Mortal" on your local PBS station last night? What did you think? Dr. Atul Gawande in “Being Mortal” on “Frontline,” which explores how doctors communicate with the terminally ill. Credit Frontline If you missed it, you can go online to PBS, enter your zip code, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On a Tuesday morning, in old west Lawrence, somewhere around 7th and Louisiana, I spotted the following things as I roamed the area in search of breaking news. Lovely angles on a house, my next vehicle, an interesting new species of birds, a perfect spot for reading, spring bulbs starting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This past weekend was our turn for the every other month cooking challenge we have entered into with Dan & Ann. (Dan is Chris's brother - Ann is his wife and my on-call knitting model). This all started in November when we went over to their house for dinner and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you haven't purchased your conversation hearts yet, you are going to want to get them today. Tomorrow at the very latest. If you wait past February 9th you run the risk of them being sold out, or picked over. This means your valentine candy dish will either be empty... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Over the years my strategies for keeping fit have bounced from walking, to swimming laps, to yoga, then there was the going to the gym phase, followed by riding my bike, then hot yoga, and now back to the walking. I can't do any one thing for too long without... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
That binding is dy-no-mite!!! 100% quilt perfection. The Moss aunts from Louisiana would give this quilt very high marks :-) Guess who just ordered the triangle template? thanks for the link.
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2015 on coming out of my quilting coma at pamgarrison
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Every year around this time two great companies in Kansas City come together to create something special. Something known as chocolate ale. They don't make a ton of it and once it hits the market it flies off the shelves. Which is why Chris bought several bottles this week. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I have been bitten by the flat white bug. I had my first one 9 days ago. I couldn't get it out of my mind. Right then and there I decided my "one and done" for February would be a serious exploration of the flat white. After tasting my first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I am forever telling you about my love of all things breakfast. From pumpkin doughnuts to blueberry snack cake to huevos rancheros to baked eggs and I could go on and on, but I will stop there. Please note I haven't mentioned bacon or sausage. Or oatmeal. Or cream of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Tall Tales from Kansas