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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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This Whitebanded, adult female, Crab Spider, was sitting contentedly on the flowers in the front garden yesterday morning. We chatted while I waited for the delivery truck to bring my new hard drive. Just think, if it wasn't for that little computer melt-down, I would not have been out there... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
A true story about one of the things I love most about blogging. Yesterday, I got a text from my friend Pam, who lives right here in Lawrence Kansas. She is in Squam Lake, New Hampshire. Which, according to the maps app on my phone is 1,271 miles from Tall... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Hello friends: I am tapping away on Chris's laptop this afternoon. The "regular" computer is still in the evaluation stages. Second opinions being sought, stuff like that. Meanwhile, here are some photos I downloaded from my camera and uploaded to Typepad prior to the crash. A walk in the woods.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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A computer medical emergency meant a trip to the best diagnostician we know today. If it were a person, there would be a clinical exam, some vital signs (all dire on my assessment), and then a CBC, CMP, ultrasound, and perhaps a CT scan, followed by an exploratory laparotomy. We... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Monarch watching, Art in the Park, Kung Pao chicken, and bicycle rides are on tap for this weekend. It's also hard for me to tear my eyes away from the coverage of Irma as it approaches Florida. I can not begin to imagine what it must feel like to be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This book (Folly by Laurie R. King) made me very jumpy when I first started reading it. You know the feeling when there is so much foreshadowing that you think something BAD is going to happen any second and you just can't stand it? But one of you recommended it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Summer tomato pie making went off without a hitch this week. If you don't usually think of tomatoes as something you would call beautiful. You gotta think again. After cutting I laid them out on paper towels and sprinkled them with salt to get some of the juices out. These... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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In addition to the snapdragons and zinnias from Madeline, I also got this lovely arrangement Saturday at the market. Why just have one bouquet when you can have two? The dahlia is what drew me to this one, but also the lovely mums. And what about that celosia? It reminds... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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When I was at the library last week, I walked by The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. It was on a shelf with selections meant to entice. Oh and I was. Enticed that is. It's been on my list of books to read for a long time but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This is Jo. I made her acquaintance Saturday morning at the farmers market. I almost dropped my basket when I saw her hat. She won the award for "best sense of style" at the market today. Hands down. No one else came close. There was also winter squash and a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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These 11 tomatoes went through the skin removal process last week. Yikes. That sounds cruel, but it was quick and painless. An X was made on the bottom of each tomato, followed by a drop into boiling water for 15 or 20 seconds, a plunge into ice water, and off... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Chris and I checked out a new sunflower patch this week. He read about it in the paper and we went on a Thursday instead of on the weekend. It's south of Lawrence, off 59 highway. Turn like you are going to Well's Overlook and follow the sign. (923 East... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Despite the unfortunate combination of a late start, a small infestation of green hornworms, and some unseasonably wet weather this summer, the tomatoes are beginning to do their thing. They are not a pretty site out there on their branches with just a few leaves, but the fruit looks good.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On Saturday, at the farmers market, while I was busy making goo-goo eyes at this amazing bougainvillea ... ... a lady came and selected the best dahlia at the market. But, before you start feeling sorry for me, it made for a great conversation starter with this student who also... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Sometime in the last month or so, I read someone's list of young adult books that anyone should read, and selected these two. For the the life of me, I can not find that list again. Oh there are lots of similar lists out there. But of course the one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This week, when taking care of a woman who was dying, I asked her if she could do anything she wanted in the next few days before she died what it would be. She looked me straight in the eye, smiled, and said "well I would go down to Joplin... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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August means time for fresh salsa. Probably my favorite thing to do with home grown tomatoes. Next to BLT's of course. This year, because we are not having a bumper crop of tomatoes, I feel like I have been missing an important part of summer. But... thanks to Victor and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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"Well pleased" describes exactly and precisely how I feel about my cutting garden this year. In particular, the zinnias. The different shapes, sizes, and subtle (and not so subtle) variations in color. Looking for seeds for next year is something I look forward to researching this fall and winter. This... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On Monday, Emily and Christi and I ventured to a park near the hospital. To experience the solar eclipse. In nature. Not from a window. Glasses were worn. Spots were selected. Viewing began. From sun or shade, chairs or blankets. You can't tell from this photo but it was like... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Nine tomatoes + one spaghetti squash = lunches for next week. In the event that you have these same ingredients on your counter and need to use them, here is what I did. Chopped up tomatoes. Put them on a cookie sheet. Sprinkled with olive oil with thyme and garlic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Somewhere, in a random photo album, I have a picture of myself with my very first car. A '64 Chevy Belair that I bought for $100. A very good buy. I am certain it had nothing to do with the fact that I was purchasing it from my then "boyfriend".... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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In case you were wondering, yes we ARE completely prepared for the solar eclipse. We are working, but plan to steal some time to catch a glimpse on Monday. At work, in Kansas City, Kansas I think I will be darn close to the "path of totality". Chris will be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Saturday, I selected the Tuberoses at the market for their simplicity. And the fragrance of course. Simple lines. Cool white and green. All very soothing. And then I arranged them on the table with the zinnias from Madeline. Along with some marigolds in a pink and orange vase. Because let's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Here are the details of how "lemon bar Sunday" went down. First there was some gathering. Followed by some pressing down. I have been wanting to see if using these clips to hold parchment paper worked as good as Martha says they do. They DO! Then some slicing and seeding.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On the land, in the sky, through the streets. Always something interesting to see, even on a regular, ordinary, day on Lummi Island. This group of kids riding by on their bikes with loud music playing was hilarious. They had just watched a group of whales go by and then... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas