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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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The Nicodemus Buffalo Soldiers were one of my favorite parts of the Old Fashioned Christmas parade in Lawrence yesterday. We were two of the many who gathered on Massachusetts street to watch. Hats, mittens, and scarves were required. This was the perfect combination of horse and people watching, with just... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
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It was poinsettia buying time in Lawrence today. For the last several years I've gotten ours from Pendleton's Country Market. Usually I get them at the Holiday Farmers Market, but wised up this year and went directly to the farm while I had Chris with me to help carry. This... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This is me. Reading the last of my book in a very well-lighted, safe, cafe. In the middle of the day. With other people around. Because this book was too scary for me to read all aloney on my owny at night in the bedroom at my house. Luckily, there... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Today I did this. Because last night I bought my plane ticket. I hope Sister and Pam don't mind that I changed the name of our annual event to "Winter Art Retreat". This year we are forgoing the hip poolside retreat in Palm Springs for the quiet beauty and peacefulness... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you are passing through Lawrence over the holidays, and want to see something interesting, cruise by 11th and Rhode Island streets. Here, on the site of an old lot that used to be a Packard junkyard, you will find Nick Schmiedeler's sculpture. It's made of found objects - many... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Someone in my office pointed out to me last week that my Halloween coffee cozy was slightly out of season. This led to me making another one. Can you have too many? Complete with pocket for the "buy ten get one free" card. Dang that's a clever idea, and I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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My post Thanksgiving activities included staring at the decorative grasses, petting Harvey, going to Bizarre Bazaar, and having a spectacular cosmo. I love seeing the creative end products of talented artistic minds. I am never disappointed. Every art form was represented. Something for everyone. In addition to the things for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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You remember this poncho? The one I was going to have done in time for the trip to Arkansas, that I didn't finish in time, but it turned out ok because it wasn't cold enough to need it? I got it blocked and seamed just in time for Thanksgiving. Last... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The admission price to dinner at the Mulvenon Family Thanksgiving extavaganza was a photo. Of them. Taken by me. In a cowl. Or a hat. Or both. As you will see below, they were all quite agreeable, and posed nicely. Somehow Dan escaped my notice. He's like that. Flying under... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Here is what my Euonymus alatus (burning bush) was doing the other day when we were outside sprucing up the yard. We declared last Sunday the day for the annual picking up of the pods from the giant thorny locust tree in the yard behind us. To say they are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On a gray November day, there is nothing better than knitting. Knitting by the fire, with a hot cup of coffee is a very worthy way to spend a morning. Especially with size 17 needles and super bulky yarn. I went from casting on to blocking in about 2 hours.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you are in need of a book to read over the Thanksgiving holiday, here is my recommendation. I just finished it and found it a very good read. There is a plane crash off Martha's Vineyard with 2 survivors. The book goes back and chronicles the lives of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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November is officially here. Cold, gray, skies and gale force winds. Before it hit this week, Chris and I had time to get in a hike. Just a little scouting expedition prior to the planned hike on Thanksgiving day. Before dinner. A little reconnoitering if you will. So we know... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Ask any nurse, in any area of practice (ICU, labor & delivery, oncology, pediatrics, etc...) and they will tell you they see a lot of things in their line of work. Good, bad, hard, sad, sweet, and sometimes funny. This week at work I saw something I had never seen... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Because more than anything, the purpose of this blog is to help me take time to focus on things that make me happy, tonight is all about some of my favorite moments from our time at Big Cedar Lodge. I wish I could put the essence of these kids in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If, based on this photo, you think Chris and I played in a fort on the back deck this past weekend, you would be wrong. If you are speculating that it was time to wash the quilt and I wanted to get some fresh air blowing on it, and we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Are you watching This is Us on NBC? You should be. It's marvelous. Heartfelt. What about Designated Survivor on ABC? I don't know where it's going, but wherever it is, I am along for the ride. Hooked. I haven't been into TV much in the last several years, but these... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Today, during FaceTime Sketchtime with my sister, I drew Hillary and The Donald. I don't know why. It seemed like a good idea at the start. While we worked, we discussed important topics, like can a pantsuit be considered formal attire and what are important criteria that should be taken... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Today, in the words of a former co-workers father, "I climbed back into myself and carried on". To be more specific, what I did was make a pumpkin pie and look at pictures of Garrett and Gavin and K-Ray. In my mind I constructed long elaborate stories for them and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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These are some of the pumpkins I saw on display Monday night in the windows of a store in Kansas City. All created by students at the Kansas City Art Institute. They bring the art of pumpkin carving to a whole new level. I remember seeing a display they did... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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For the record, I am not complaining. But I am ready for just a smidge more fall crispness in the air. As we speak, the reds and oranges are coming more from the still flowering bougainvillea, in pots on the back deck, than from the maple tree in the front... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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These are some of the pumpkins I saw on display Monday night in the windows of a store in Kansas City. All created by students at the Kansas City Art Institute. They bring the art of pumpkin carving to a whole new level. I remember seeing a display they did... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The colors at the Maple Leaf Cemetery in Arkansas were not as brilliant this year as they have been in years past. No matter. The Moss clan still gathered for what has become our annual ritual of visiting mom and dad and sprucing things up around the graves. Angie's lawn... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Yesterday we headed south from Lawrence on 1500 Road to a farm near Baldwin Kansas. To the studio where Pam Carvalho of Prairie Found Studio works her magic. She and about 10 of her artist friends are displaying their work this weekend. This quilt above was not for sale. It... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Fall evenings have me starting a new practice of walking around the neighborhood before dinner. Streetlights coming on, crickets chirping, leaves crunching, someone has a fire going. Things look different in the evening than they do in the morning. I went outside yesterday to deadhead and dry marigolds. Seeds to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas