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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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Here is contestant #3 in the Knitted Pumpkin competition. He was a breeze to knit up and stuff. I dug out my set of double points made from really smooth wood. Wow. Using them made all the difference. The yarn just slides so much easier on them as compared to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Sunday I filled a vase with zinnias, some basil, lemon balm, and a marigold. Made perhaps the last kale salad of the season. I used barley as my grain. Very tasty. And started pumpkin number 3. I know. Stop the presses. It was so exciting. Then because it was raining,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Squash was front and center at the farmers market today. It was 70 degrees when I arrived at 8:09 am. People were smiling. And sneezing. Apparently I am not the only one with "ragweed problems" who eagerly anticipates the first frost each year. Rest easy though, this post contains no... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Yesterday morning, exactly 18 minutes before the start of fall, the last flower photos of the summer were taken. I spotted them growing on the side of a building and ran to snap them, causing me to be exactly 3 minutes late for my 9am haircut. But when you see... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Today, on the autumnal equinox, it seemed right to try out another knitted pumpkin pattern. And so I did. I used leftover bits of yarn. The pattern was a bit fussier than the extremely simple one I did previously. Lots more stitches and increasing and decreasing and the like, but... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today at work I had the opportunity to read what I consider to be perhaps the most succinct, yet crystal clear advanced directive I have ever seen. "I wish to live and enjoy life as long as possible, but I do not wish to receive futile medical treatment that I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The season of fall festivals is here at last. Where you can find marionettes, unique local pottery, and "wind-catching-thingies" to put in your garden. All in the same venue. Plus you can wear your boots with your tie-dyed skirt, your church clothes, or your superman cape. No dress codes at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Dottie sent this to me this morning and it is SO SO SO worth watching that I am posting it here for you. In case you haven't seen it yet. More later, I am off to practice my dance moves. Soy YO! Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Happy Sunday Morning from Kansas. I hope your weekend, has been as restful as mine. Filled with staring contests in the back yard with goldfinches that are occasionally interrupted by visits from the Harvey boys. You would be amazed at how time can get away from you when you are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Last week I got together with my friend Mary Joan so we could make stuffed pumpkins. And boy, did we make some pumpkins. I am not sure why we decided to make purple ones. Except for the fact that I had some purple velvet from who knows what project and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Last week at the butterfly house at Pendleton's Country Market there were some amazing caterpillars. Seriously big and bold and HUNGRY. They were going after the butterfly milkweed like nobody's business. I saw a butterfly lay an egg, watched a caterpillar hanging upside down that was about to turn into... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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In some class, in some country, in some grade, a long time ago, I recall a "current events" board. Where the teacher would post things that were happening and we would, at some point in the day, discuss it. If I had a bulletin board right now. These are the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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After a two week absence, I was glad to get back to my farmers market Saturday am. I missed my people. My fellow early risers, eager to get out and see just what our farmer friends are coaxing from the earth. The zinnia's this year have been absolutely beautiful, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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For Saturday night, I present a jumble of pictures from last weekend's drive through a scenic route in Kansas. All meant to encourage you to get off interstate 70 the next time you drive through Kansas. If you happen to be hungry and are near Wamego Kansas, we had some... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you are between the ages of 45 and 80, or anywhere close to that range, you might enjoy reading this book. I renewed it from the library twice. When I tried a third time I was unsuccessful because somebody was waiting for it. This is a book you want... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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There have been some amazing photos of fields of very tall sunflowers with big giant heads on my recent forays through the internet. Sort of like the one I went to near me, the week before they bloomed. These are not those photos. Nope. These are the ones at the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Ok - here is my first knitted pumpkin for the 2016 season. Thank you so much Joan Clark for calling them to my attention! I used a much bulkier yarn than called for in the pattern, cast on the same number of stitches, and knit for 4 inches instead of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Brenda: you will be happy to know that all I did to make this journal was to buy a big, well constructed book, with good heavy paper, and illustrations I thought it would be fun to paint over(at a second hand book store for dirt cheap). I glued some pages together. Removed pages that only had writing. Used gesso over some pages before I painted on them, and then just went to town stenciling, collaging, painting, doodling, and writing! It doesnt get any easier than that.
Actually I am wearing them right now!
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So you know how sometimes when you are working in your visual/art journal, and each stroke of paint you lay on the page feels like torture, and you wonder "will I ever finish this page/book"? That's exactly how I felt about his book. Until today. Today when I looked at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Through the rolling hills of Kansas we went this past weekend. Me, armed with a muffin man latte* and Chris with a bottle of water. We headed in a westerly direction with plans to stop in a few spots to see what we could see. In Paxico, population 221, we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If you were in the Flint Hills of Kansas right now, just south of Interstate 70 on the Native Stone Scenic Byway, this is what you would see and hear. I am learning about videos and embedding them. It is a steep curve for me. But I wanted to show... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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These are the things that happened today. On a Friday. Before a three day weekend. Pumpkins were started. Plans were hatched. Plans for a circuitous drive through the by-ways of Kansas to see what we can see. A pot of tea was made and iced to put in a cooler... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Tonight, for your listening pleasure, I present the first live concert of the bathing Watsons. You saw them here first. Please note they take their craft very seriously. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I have been reading a great book, which I AM going to tell you all about (as soon as I have completed it) but today I want to tell you about how I took some advice from the book, turned it on it's head, and had a most successful result.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas