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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: Travel, Cooking, Bikram Yoga, Gardening, Knitting, Golf, Reading.
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The Girl in the Green Raincoat is a novella by Laura Lipppman that was first published in chapters in the New York Times. It is the perfect "car story" for a 5 hour drive. Here's a quick run down of the plot: female private investigator has her curiosity piqued, while... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
In addition to bringing flowers, wire cutters, and pumpkins for our "grave sprucing" duties this past weekend. I also brought chairs. One lawn chair that my dad used to sit in when he cleaned his clubs and shoes after each and every round of golf, and one chair I got... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Dottie and I could not have picked a more beautiful weekend to spend down in the Ozarks. The weather was mild. Ideal for hiking, walking, or strolling. We got in some of all three. It's important to get plent of walking in when you are eating shrimp wrapped in country... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Dottie and I are on an adventure to celebrate mom's birthday. There might be some leaf peeping involved. A couple of baseball games to be watched. Maybe a harvest tart with pumpkin, red peppers, and olives to be made. A walk down Horseshoe Bend road where I learned to ride... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Read. This. Book. the end. p.s. That means I really liked it. I am a huge fan of young adult fiction. I think it must be a holdover from when I was in grade school and maybe junior high and we used to get to order from Scholastics Books a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Any weekend in October is a good weekend for the annual pilgrimage to Schaake's pumpkin patch. This year we went out early in the morning when there was a little frost left on the pumpkins. I like watching all the excitement and anticipation of finding the best pumpkin ever. There... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
In honor of Mom's almost birthday, coming up soon, I present an Angie re-run. These photos were featured in a post I did about Mom on 9/16/2011. We were on a mission at the grocery store. I wanted to get some shots of the gourds on display so I told... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Fall mornings call for a neck warmer. At least for me they do. If my neck is cold, my whole body is cold. I made this cowl a while back but hadn't realized how much I liked it until recently. Hand above included for perspective. It's a small cowl (circumference... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
It's hard for me to believe the leaves are going to get even prettier than they are right now, but I am told the week to come is going to be the "peak" for our neck of the woods. Can you imagine what it would be like to wake up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Roasted chestnuts were front and center as I walked into the farmers market on Saturday. I have never eaten a roasted chestnut. Maybe this is the year I will try one? I hope they aren't anything like boiled peanuts. I heard they were good too. They were not. To be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Somehow the other night, when I was attempting to sketch Jeanette, her beautiful heart shaped face took an unexpected turn when her mandibular symmetry got off resulting in a slightly problematic area that I don't need to point out to you. I rescued it by adding a label and a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I for one, am quite delighted with the return of the sun to it's proper location in the sky. Which means where I can watch it going down right before dinner as I stand at my kichen sink. I like the golden hour best in the fall. It's a thing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Vegetable roasting season has hit here at Tall Tales headquarters. In a BIG way. I can not get enough roasted peppers, red onions, broccoli, carrots, and anything else I happen to have on hand. Did you know that purple peppers are green on the inside? I cut mine up, drizzle... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I finished the sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats last week. I am not sure you could finish the first book and not want to read the second. If you are like me, you want to find out what happens to the main characters when you reach the end... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Because you wouldn't know it by looking, I will tell you that this represents hours and hours of knitting. It also means that I am done with the left front, and the back of my Aran Wrap. I just squeaked by with enough of the "wood violet" yarn to finish.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If you have a herd of monarch catepillars you are feeding you probably already know this, but in the event that you are like me, and have never seen or heard of it before... allow me to introduce you to asclepias physocarpa, also known as "hairy balls". It's a kind... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Saturday morning I dug out an old flannel shirt and wool socks and headed to the farmers market, under clear blue sky's and trees with bright yellow leaves. Little Red Riding Hood ain't got nothing on this lady with her hoodie and basket of treats. She told me exactly where... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Someone forgot to tell the lantana that fall was here. Earlier this season I had nasturtium in the pot along with it and it was obviously sucking all the nutrients out of the soil because as soon as it died the lantana was rocking the pot. Note to self: lantana... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I felt the need to get out every bowl and measuring cup in my kitchen on Thursday. So I did. And while I had them out I went ahead and got out the ingredients to make my all-around favorite, all-purpose, go-to cookie... the oatmeal raisin nut. Goes well with coffee,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today Jeanette and I met to draw each other, eat toast and drink coffee, talk about art, and in general have a meeting of the minds. It is my firm belief that meetings of all kinds are most productive when accompanied by a nice refreshment. The toast at the Black... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
As I was working my way through all the hubbub about the blood moon tonight, I did not come across one single bit of information about the effect of the interplay between the rays of the sun and the moon on plants. I guess that means the color boosting effects... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This is my latest stack of books from the library. It's a pile for flippin' through. There may, or may not be, much reading involved. I don't have to finish any of them if I don't want to. I may decide I only want to look at the pictures. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I had occasion to check out the farmers market in Harrison Arkansas while meeting up with my college friends last weekend. Really it was a combination farmers market, antique car show, and craft fair all rolled into one. Consequently it was a bit different than the usual farmers market. For... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
There are few things in life better than a weekend spent with old friends. Friends that you grew up with 33 years ago when you were starting out life on your own as a young college co-ed. Friends that you pick right up with no matter how long it has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Just in case you were wondering. There are things about fall that I love almost as much as pumpkins. Chief amongst them would be this lovely orange specimen below. When I saw this woman fashioning a wreath out of bittersweet at the market I knew I would be circling back... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Tall Tales from Kansas