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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: 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
Today, while investigating what was coming up in the garden. I discovered that a garden gazing ball is a most excellent reflecting surface for a self portrait. I am especially fond of the Popeye bicep effect created by the ripple in the glass. The crocus, alium, and tulips poking through... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
My normal "cure-all" for things that are not going to kill me and do not include a high fever or altered level of consciousness (nurse speak for confusion), is extra rest, lots of fluids, regular doses of ibuprofen, ginger ale if nausea is involved, and hot tea if symptom include... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Vicki, why oh why did you have to go and mention that salty sweet concoction!
I realize that 3 posts in a two week time frame about a sewing project may seem over the top. But now that the big reveal of the finished product is here, I think you will agree that all 3 are completely warranted. If it's not the cutest darn thing... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
There has been previous discussion on this blog about the significance of the thimble token in monopoly - as in this post right here. But today when Chris pointed out to me that Hasbro announced they are getting rid of the thimble I decided the issue must be re-visited. The... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
While I was shopping at Sarah's Fabrics in downtown Lawrence a month or so ago, I happened upon a colorful, fabulous, eye-popping, little bag. Just sitting on the counter. Waiting for me. I showed it to my friend Ann and we discussed how amazing it was. How we could hold... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Happy red, and pink, and hearts, and flowers, and kitties, and candies, and bows & arrows, and flowers, to each and everyone of you on St. Valentine's Day. And a nice piece of molten chocolate cake if you are into that sort of thing. Which I definitely am. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today, while preparing vegetables for the week, putting conversation hearts in the little special bowl from great Aunt Alice, and toasting/chopping hazelnuts, Chris provided non-stop entertainment by reading "The Funniest Slang Term from Every State". I had to interrupt him halfway through and tell him "all right already, what about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Damn it sister! You guessed!
These are not only finished, they have all been used, washed, folded and are everything they were meant to be. And more. That thing about the cowboy hat cake though... that was a tall tale and won't be happening. I am taking the head chef out for dinner and dessert... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Chris got home in time to enjoy the last bits of sun today, when it got up all the way up to 70 degrees. I can't begin to tell you what a treat it was to walk out of work and feel a balmy breeze instead of a biting wind... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This morning when I came into work, my eyes flashed to this headline "We didn't save his life, but we didn't disrespect him either". A good read from the Washington Post. Link below in case you are interested in this sort of thing. If you aren't now, trust me, there... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The last book I read by Ann Patchett was State of Wonder. It was the sort of book I will be able to remember particular details about years from now. That means it was different and kept my interest. Below is her latest book, Commonwealth. I feel pretty much the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
While out on an adventure walk recently, my eyes were drawn to the shadows. Big shadows, stark shadows, soft shadows, faint shadows. There were also bottles, round porches, and peeling trees. Oh, and this super cool gate on the house with the round porch. I saw plenty of things to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Tomorrow morning at 8am the palliative care nurses are having a strategic planning meeting. I don't know about you, but if I am going to think strategically, I need treats. With this in mind, and determined to set the proper mood for the meeting, I decided to whip up a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Do you think there is an age cut-off for a boy to like cowboy napkins? I'm wondering because I have an idea. An idea that involves cowboy napkins for a birthday present. For a boy that might be getting close to retirement age. I saw this fabric collection and could... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
In the event that you have not yet put Joshua Tree on your list of places to visit (preferably while you can still scramble around a little), I provide today a few more visuals to try and convince you. It's a wondrous place. Morning, noon, and night. When you visit,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Happiest of Birthdays to you Mary Joan. Here's to many more adventures together through the years. Including Rhubarb pies, quilting, hiking in the woods, knitting, making garden sculptures, needlepoint, telling Angie and Mama Thompson stories and everything else that makes life worth living. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This is what my unpacked knitting retreat bag looked like. Before I left, I made a list of things I would like to accomplish while I was there. Stuff like "finish gray Janina Kallio Shine scarf" - which I did not accomplish though I did get a lot of work... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This past weekend I attended the annual knitting retreat put on by The Studio in Kansas City. January is the perfect time for a knitting retreat. Cozy fires. Bulky sweaters. Cowls. Mitts. You get the idea. It's also time to see familiar faces, old friends from the past 7 (or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The bias binding for my quilt is made! It is completely amazing how much two and a half inch wide bias binding you can make with a relatively small amount of material. When I made the binding for my last quilt, I remember doing it this way, but I don't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Before I head out this weekend to my annual knitting retreat, I thought I would give you one last look at Winter Art retreat #5. Where, in addition to an amazing national park, a great breakfast spot, a farmers market, and the perfect house for an art retreat... they also... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
In the event that you have not seen this, and because it should not be missed, and because I have embedded it for ease of viewing. You are so welcome. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The draft stopper got finished this week. This is a great knitting project for several (plus 2) reasons: 1. You can use up left over yarn 2. Almost everyone has a spot in their house with a draft 3. This is good TV watching knitting 4. It looks way better... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I have two very different books to report on in today's post. Du Is Tak? is written and illustrated by Carson Ellis and was named one of the best children's books of last year. I like kid books. I like them a lot. This one has characters who speak in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas