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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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Quick! Before I get a new bouquet at the market in the morning, let me show you the one from last week. This was a new color of stock for me. So pretty. So delicate. So sweet smelling. And I like the way it looks in that extremely loud pink... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The first picnic of the season last weekend was splendid. There was everything you need - a shelter, picnic tables, red and white table cloths, grills, walking/biking trail close by, and large grassy areas for bocce ball and playing catch. There were also extras like sunflowers and babies on blankets.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Most of you know that I am a palliative care nurse and that my job consists of helping patients who have a variety of serious/critical illnesses. Generally, that means working to get symptoms under control, making sure patients and their families are fully informed about their medical condition so they... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The next time you buy 3 pints of strawberries when you know 2 will be sufficient, and then find yourself trying to figure out what to do with that last pint before they go bad, and you don't need another jar of jam, do this. I did not spray or... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Because I don't think people all around the world understand how extremely wholesome and good looking people in Kansas are, I present "cat-eyes" and "dimples". I was getting ready to leave the market on Saturday when I spotted them. I saw her glasses first as I walked by and decided... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Happy Friday from Tall Tales Headquarters, where as we speak Chris is chopping and dicing and peeling. Making a big old bowl of potato salad for a family picnic tomorrow. There will be burgers and brats and quinoa and watermelon and brownies and maybe some salsa and chips. Most importantly... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I am fairly certain that heaven is a big space filled with geraniums. Rows and rows of lovely geraniums with their faintly herbaceous fragrance that float around after you brush your hand over their velvety soft leaves. All colors of geraniums. Reds and oranges and corals and oh the pinks.... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Cranberry walnut toast with almond butter, honey, and a touch of sea salt. If you attempt to make this at home cut your bread double thick and toast it for less time than you think it needs. Mix up your almond butter really good before you spread it so it... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Sunday the tomato growing expert (Chris) and I headed to the greenhouse to select our specimens for this year. For the record I would like to say that while I did get distracted by other things at the greenhouse, I did not stray from the mission. The mission to get... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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As I made my way through the booths at the farmers market this weekend, searching for strawberries, I saw romaine lettuce that was lit by early morning sunbeams, beautiful pots of flowers backlit by that same golden light, and sweetly sewn lavender dolls. Just when I thought I had struck... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
On Friday night during a storm that was centered over Tall Tales Headquarters, I was attempting to embed a video into a blog post when my left hand was hit with a spasm that caused my little finger to strike a series of keys that made the keyboard smoke. Because... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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While my PC has been undergoing "disc repairs" and "auto diagnosis" and "restarting" and "updating" and all manner of gobbledy gook like that these last few days I have been continuing on with normal activities. The most exciting of which are the scientific observations of baby geese. You might not... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Things are happening so fast in the garden at this time of year, it's hard to keep track of it all. These are all perennials that have done very well over the last 10 years. Some planted with care and forethought, others just because that's where there was an open... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Last weekend we took off to explore a treasure in our own "back yard". The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Manhattan Kansas. The new Flint Hills Discovery Center is there and we had heard rave reviews. We packed a picnic lunch, grabbed our boots, and headed out the door. After... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you were born between 1955 and 1965 you are old enough to remember Bisquick, and it is likely your mom made a coffee cake from it. We loved it when we were growing up. It was cake! It was for breakfast! Of course we liked it. Especially when mom... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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There were lots of things for mothers at the farmers market on Saturday. If Angie would have been with me we would have gotten one of these crepes to split. A sweet one for sure. As I passed by, I enjoyed listening to the crepe maker talk about how he... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you don't have a friend who thrills at the site of a garage sale on the way to work in the morning, who also knows you and what you might be interested in, you should get one. This morning, I added greatly to my collection of wool strips for... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Happy Cinco de Mayo from Lawrence Kansas where we are getting ready to have a Mexican Fiesta in honor of all my ancestors as well as Ignacio Zaragoza who is likely NOT related to me but I will have to ask Dottie to be sure. I lament the lack of... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Happily, in addition to this being the season of farmers markets, baby geese, and spring bouquets it is also the time of year when you can usually find a good art fair going on somewhere. With displays of colorful creativity where little girls can begin to appreciate the mysterious pull... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Stock + Allium + Weigelia + more stock = one sweet smelling bouquet. I carefully placed on the kitchen counter, all the stock flowers that fell off in transport. Each time I walked by, all day long, I could smell them. Pure heaven. And so it begins. Local flower bouquet... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Rain on a Saturday morning never deters the serious Farmers Market lovers. There are many ways to deal with a little precipitation. This week I observed the puddle jumpers, umbrella lovers, those who believe in a good jacket with a hood, and of course the ball cap wearers which I... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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There may be something cuter than a gaggle of baby geese following their mama around, maybe. A wiggly baby goose butt is pretty irresistible though. To say I was delighted to welcome back my friends from last year would be a huge understatement. I might have jumped up and down... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Happy rainy Friday night. If you haven't made any plans for this weekend yet and find yourselves twiddling your thumbs trying to think of something to do, here's a suggestion: drive around until you find some lilac bushes that look like they need trimming and make yourself a big bouquet... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Sometimes you make banana bread because you have bananas that need to be used up. If there is a container of buttermilk in your refrigerator that is about to go out of date, that is another reason. Sometimes you make banana bread just because you have a taste for banana... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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My Grandmother Asked me to Tell you She's Sorry is a story about a family. Like a lot of stories are. But don't for one minute think that when you read this you will be reading any old ordinary story. The main character is a young girl, (my favorite kind... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas