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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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I have just finished listening to The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag, and can honestly say that my second visit with Flavia de Luce was as completely and utterly satisfying as my first encounter with her. These books are the ultimate in escapism, into the English countryside of the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
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My Friday started with a color check on the burning bush, followed by mum watering, and a short sit on the front porch before we got down to the real business of the day. Sampling the Huevos Bravos at the Ladybird Diner. The swirling leaves and pumpkins in the windows... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Oh Celastrus Orbiculatus you delight me so. Especially when you are hanging from the knobs of an old flower seed display. I hope you have a local farm to visit for your fall flower needs. It is one of my favorite things about living in Kansas. You never know what... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Soup season has started in earnest around here. It began with the carrot ginger soup. Followed by the curry-cumin roasted cauliflower soup. All leading up to the queen of soups... THE butternut squash bisque. Which may look like baby food, but tastes like heaven in a glass jar. Serve with... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Tonight it's a string of photographs taken in the last week, threaded together on a very loose common thread. Of things I can't let go of. That make me smile. Like new discoveries. The cheddar/chive scone. Who knew? Starting next year's planner. The weekly bouquet. Drinking tea from a mason... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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You likely have a place you wander through for ideas, before you go up to your attic or down to your basement to get out the Halloween, Thanksgiving, or general "fall" labeled box(es) or bag(s). For me it will always be J'adore in Brookside. Just that little push to get... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Saturday morning, while I was getting a hair cut, Jami and I got into a deep discussion about brownies. Which is why, at the peak of pumpkin season, I had to do this. Jami falls into the brownie "purist" camp. That means a really good chocolate, no additions to the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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There was a pilgrimage to Kauffman gardens this week. A little jewel tucked into the heart of the city. Where the dahlias had me exclaiming. And the asters, mums, and zinnias whispered "don't forget about us". There is always time for flower meditation here. Benches to sit on. And a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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My favorite month to have a day off, in the middle of the week, is October. For the weather, the colors, the neighborhood walks, and to immerse myself in all the intangible qualities of fall. The perfect fall day for me can include a neighborhood drive where there are pumpkins... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Where do I begin to explain the balloon festival? As I said to Dottie and Christy after we had been on the grounds for about 10 minutes. "Oh this is something you have to experience to really get the magnitude". And the color. And the spectacle that is all those... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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In addition to hiking and ballooning, there was some fine dining done in Albuquerque last weekend. Dottie flat out did some amazing cooking while I was at she and Christy's home. Perhaps most unforgettable was this plate of goodness. Ye'abeshe Gomen (Ethiopian Collard Greens), Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas and Kale,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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When I told Dottie I was coming for a visit, she gave me lots of options for things we could see and do. I informed her that the only "musts" were seeing her house, the balloon festival, a hike in the mountains, and eating some green chili's. To that end,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Have you seen the inside of a Kiwano fruit? Otherwise known as a "horned melon". Me neither. Until last Saturday at the Farmers market. My first thought was "now that's a strange looking fruit". My second thought was "oh, so many seeds". Thought #1 made me want to try it.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I am sorry to do this to you. But it's time. To gather supplies. Measure out ratios. Combine them to mingle the flavors. And settle in for a serious snacking session. Happy Friday. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you live in the area, and are planning to come to Lawrence for anything before Thanksgiving, here is something you should check out. On the west campus, at the Dole Institute, there is an exhibit that highlights the role of the wives of soldiers who were missing or prisoners... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I saw some of the images from The Paper-Flower Tree on Brain Pickings Weekly, I think. I checked it out from the library so I could examine it more closely The drawings combined with the use of color and patterns is really lovely, and the story is simple and sweet.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Signs of the advancement of fall at Tall Tales Headquarters include: The first batch of roasted cauliflower with cumin and curry soup getting made. The Salty Sea Air candle was changed out for the Vermont Autumn Leaves fragrance. And mini pumpkins were lined up on the table runner on both... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The thing I got most excited about a few weeks ago at Art in the Park in Lawrence was these banners. BANNERS seriously float my boat. Cute babies with squishy legs and feet, pet beds with canopies, and a dad getting a head massage are all good. Seriously good. But... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Remember I told you I made an apple cake that I didn't love? I kept trying. Different recipe. Applesauce instead of shredded apples. It is also lavishly coated with maple cream cheese frosting that is as light as a cloud. I took this to work for my co-worker's birthday. So... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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There were some extra cute kids at the butterfly bio-villa out at Pendleton's last weekend. The butterflies were pretty spectacular as well. But they weren't talking like the kids were. "Hey I found the black one! Did you see the black one? It's over here!" Or "I have to go... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Tonight was the conclusion of the PBS special by Ken Burns on Vietnam. It has been an emotional experience. Hard to watch at times. I grew up during this war. We watched the coverage on television but I mostly remember not understanding everything that was going on. The interviews with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Jackie: thanks for adding your review about Our Souls at Night. I like a nice representation of divergent opinions on books. And yours is so well stated. Carol
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Yesterday's post was just words. You were supposed to supply the pictures. From your own fall-photo file cabinet. Stored somewhere up in your noggin. Today is pictures from this past Saturday's farmers market. You supply the words. I have to say a few things of course. But you knew that.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Fall arrived while I was working on Tuesday. Sun replaced with overcast skies. A chill in the air. The leaves showing signs of turning. And just like that a file cabinet opened in my head. The one with us Moss kids trick or treating in South Carolina in 1969, scarves... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Just when I had been fretting about there only being Y and Z left in Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone alphabet chronicles, I discovered not one, but two new series of detective/crime fiction. Both with slightly unusual sleuths in the starring role. I already told you about Flavia de Luce, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas