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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...
Recent Activity
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On the way to the dentist last week, I stumbled into hollyhock heaven. Who knew it was right here, on Vermont street, in Lawrence Kansas? Mine did not come up this year. Just part of the cycle of life in a garden Maybe I will go get a couple of... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Ordinary Grace is a book you can get lost in. You might find yourself wandering around the side streets of New Bremen Minnesota when you aren't even reading. The story revolves around two brothers, Frank and Jake, and a series of life changing events that happened one summer. Frank tells... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
Janelle: this is high praise coming from YOU, one of my cooking mentors!
GREAT idea!!!!!!
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The things that I like best about this weeks bouquet from the farmers market, in no particular order are: they fit well in the Ken Klostermeyer pottery pitcher, the flowers rise up to meet the fabric pom poms hanging over the table, the amazing blues, the bright yellows, the fact... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you don't have seeing the hoodoos at Bryce Canyon on your bucket list, you might want to add it. For all the reasons noted below. Starting at the top and winding our way down into the canyon, first along the Navajo Loop trail and then hooking up with the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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While the combination of kale and blueberries might seem strange to some... ... you throw some yellow peppers and feta cheese into the mix and you got something happening. Something unexpectedly tasty. I used my usual kale salad dressing on this: 3 T of olive oil, 2 T apple cider... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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There were lovely flowers to celebrate my return to the farmers market after a two week absence, plus blueberries from my favorite blueberry growing family. Madeline's zinnias have also returned to the market. The very essence of the colors of summer. Conversations were happening. I think these two were talking... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Twenty two years ago when the Mulvenon clan went on the first "family vacation", the tradition of hiking was born. Now the majority of the family are hiking enthusiasts. Give us a map, a half of a peanut butter sandwich, plenty of water, and we are good to go. This... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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My heart was pierced by a 4 year old in Utah. A 4 year old named Cyrenna. Who asked me what my name was before she told me she needed help. She has a teeny tiny voice and likes stick on tattoos. And thinks she can cut things out with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you go to Utah, and you want to see some bighorn sheep, head for the Canyon Overlook Trail in Zion National Park. We didn't actually see any while hiking, but when we were driving away from the trailhead, 3 of them popped up on the rocks right above the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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While I was in Utah my garden grew. Cone-flowers, lemon balm, coreopsis, marigolds, and lavender make a mighty fine bouquet. Especially in a turquoise mason jar. My poppy patch went to town. Seriously flamboyant this year. Harvey came over and we visited for a whole morning. He had lots of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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In the event that you are taking a trip to Southwest Utah anytime soon, I am going to tell you about the things we did there. In case you want to repeat. Or not. This is Larry. Our ATV tour guide for the trip to a slot canyon. I have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Before I fall into bed tonight, I am reviewing a few photos from our Utah trip. Family vacations are about hanging out. Building memories. Trying new things. Eating amazing food prepared by a family of chefs. Telling stories. Singing songs. Taking walks. Providing instruction on how to eat a cherry... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Sometimes a poem provides an explanation, an insight, a shared comfort that science can not. This is one of those. My Father, Dying by Joyce Sutphen It was hard work, dying, harder than anything he’d ever done. Whatever brutal, bruising, back- breaking chore he’d forced himself to endure—it was nothing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Today our hiking/exploring took us to Bryce Canyon. The Navaho trail specifically. Part of it was closed for repair, which actually turned out to be ok. We followed a different loop back up and saw things we hadn't planned on. More about these hikes when I get home. For now,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This morning a crew of 6 left the house at 6:10 for Zion National Park. Destination - Angels Landing. It was strenuous, long, and exhausting. And it will go down as one of the best hikes I have ever taken. It's such a great feeling to tackle something that is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Southern Utah is majestic. With impressive views, red rocks that sometimes look purple and pink, slot canyons where the temperature cools, and oh I could go on and on. Instead I will show you a few photos from my phone for now, more when I get home. Meanwhile, we'll just... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Southern Utah is majestic. With impressive views, red rocks that sometimes look purple and pink, slot canyons where the temperature cools, and oh I could go on and on. Instead I will show you a few photos from my phone for now, more when I get home. Meanwhile, we'll just... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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By the time this post is published I should be in Utah. Where about 30 members of the Mulvenon clan will be gathering for a week long vacation. There will be some hiking, cooking, sitting, drinking, story-telling, and the like. Janelle has games planned, the details of which are top... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This past Sunday I went to services at the "Church of the Next Door Neighbor Cat". I was just going for a simple walk, but then I started to pray that I would see a cat. And lo, one appeared. So I took it as a sign to stay awhile.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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No vacation packing has been done for the upcoming family trip to Utah, but I can report that vacation reading has been secured. I ventured out to The Raven in downtown Lawrence over the weekend with a list of 8 potential buys, narrowed down from the 54 potentials on my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The memorial day weekend in Kansas started with storms and clouds and concluded with full on sun. In between there was: three card monty, snap dragons, and face painting in downtown Lawrence. The smitten kitchen's broccoli slaw was just one of the items on the menu. Tasty, tasty, and tasty.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I am thinking about my Dad on Memorial Day. Knowing if he were here he would be camped out on the lawn chair in back, watching Chris barbecue ribs, sipping on a bourbon and orange juice, telling us a tale of some adventure in Brazil or maybe on Big Sheep... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Eyes were on the sky Saturday morning at the farmers market. For extremely good reasons. Wind, wind, and wind! It was literally "blowin' up a storm". Which we are used to in Kansas. Feet were on tent poles, canopy saving moves were being made, and all hands were on deck... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas