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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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A few random things from last week before we turned back the calendar and went back to March. One more cutting of lilacs for the table. The two-tone iris on the top of the wall out back started to bloom. Cold brew was made for an afternoon pick me up... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Thank you Debbie! So far I have just made one, but want to do some smaller ones and then hang them all individually from the light fixture over my dining room table. My light fixture likes to be decorated, all the time. ❤️👍🏻 Carol
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Yes, I did start the day by heading to the farmers market. No, I did not get out of the car. A different plan was hatched as the rain came down in sheets. It involved the community mercantile, some local produce and flowers, and a little Italian buffalo mozzarella. Yes,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Happy Friday! We are gearing up for a rainy weekend here in Kansas. 100% chance for showers both days is what they are saying. Luckily I have some ideas for things that are good to do on rainy days. #1. like look at the photos of the walks we took... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you subscribe to the axiom of Solvitur Ambulando , "it is solved by walking", then you will want to read this book. One of you told me you were reading it and it sounded good, so I checked it out. Please identify yourself in the comments so I will... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The iris, hostas, alium, japanese painted fern, dianthus, hydrangea, and fothergilla in my garden are all coming along swimmingly. These lovely perennials that manage to survive year after year with little attention from me. All with a story to tell. The iris from mom's house in Arkansas, the hostas from... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Seen on a random drive through Lawrence this week. It may, or may not, have been on earth day. This spring every single day feels like earth day to me. When you schedule your trip to Lawrence this year, promise me you will take at least a whole afternoon to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Sometime, in your life, I hope you get the chance to go out into a field and pick asparagus. And if, while you are there, you get to see a girl in a sun bonnet, well so much the better. A work commitment kept me from my appointed rounds at... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Last week, I left the house on my day off to find an adventure. Which I did. An adventure that included blue trails and white trails and sometime a blue/white connection between the trails. There were also lots of roots and rocks to jump over plus an area or two... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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We have made our first trip of the season to Pine's, one of my favorite gardening spots here in Lawrence. Is there is anything that rivals the beauty of a sea of brightly colored flowers? If there is, I don't know what it is. This flowering cabbage put me in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I have somehow lucked into a seriously good run of reading recently. While I was reading The Rabbit each night, I was listening to Harry Bosch on my way to and from work each day. This is a book you just want to stay in the car and keep listening... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On April 17,2011, the doors of Tall Tales from Kansas were officially thrown open with this story of 4 college friends meeting in Chicago. Since that day there have been a total of 2000 posts sent out into the blogosphere from this old table my computer sits on, up here... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Rabbit Cake, by Annie Hartnett, is my favorite book of 2017, so far. It is the story of Elvis Babbitt, a 5th grader, whose mother was a sleepwalker, who may or may not have committed suicide, possibly drowned accidentally, or had a brain tumor, but nonetheless died while she was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This past week, in addition to "Eastering", I spent a few hours out and about, checking up on things. I watched the occupants of birdhouse #15 for a bit. I intended to bring this lunch with me, in case I got caught on an extended stake-out, but forgot. Nevertheless you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This morning over Easter breakfast, which in part consisted of jelly beans and chocolate eggs, Chris read me interesting facts about Easter. Stuff like "ham or lamb?" for Easter dinner. Either works by the way. Things about dying Easter eggs and the significance of the egg and Easter through the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On Easter Saturday at the farmers market I saw rhubarb, superman eating kettle corn, and a jayhawk with a head feather. There was colorful coleus, a future contestant for the Westminster Dog show, and Karen listened carefully to a gardening question before rendering an opinion on the problem. Asparagus were... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This Friday night the thing that has me giddy is the thought of getting up in the morning and walking around the house to open every single window shade and curtain so I can stare outside while my pot of coffee brews. Then, cup in hand, I will go outside... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On Tuesday, at 11:09 am, I disembarked from my vehicle at Loose Park. As I strolled among flowering trees and expanses of green grass I encountered a lady in a dress with sandals, on the swing set, pumping her legs like a 4 year old. There were flowering shrubs to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Ok! You make the rabbit. I stick with squirrel. Those long ears might be too hard for me or require reinforcements!
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You all likely already know about taproot magazine, but in case you are like me, and were not familiar with "the magazine for makers, doers, and dreamers" here is your heads up. It was a link to an article about a "journal cowl" that made me go and check it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On Tuesday, at 11:09 am, I disembarked from my vehicle at Loose Park. As I strolled among flowering trees and expanses of green grass I encountered a lady in a dress with sandals, on the swing set, pumping her legs like a 4 year old. There were flowering shrubs to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This week's flowers from the farmers market came from Micky from McClouth. The grape hyacinths combined with the smallest daffodils I have ever seen in my life were beyond cute. But then she went and arranged them in a salt shaker. With the lid attached. I do so appreciate a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Sunday at the Masters is a day that must be prepared for. All weekend chores completed or re-assigned. Seats arranged properly for comfort. And of course, snacks planned well in advance. My brother and I also discussed who we would like to see win and who we wish would win... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Today was the opening of the farmers market in Lawrence. Maybe in your town too? If so, I hope your weather was as perfect as it was here today. Sunny and breezy with blue skies and puffy white clouds. Market season means it's time for streamers, flowers, and planter boxes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Yesterday while the wind blew and the rain fell I whipped up a batch of tomato soup using this recipe. It remains my go-to for a classic tomato soup. Easy, quick, no fancy ingredients. I happen to have one big bag of last season's tomatoes left in the freezer and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas