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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: 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
Today I finished I finished listening to Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer. Honestly, I had trouble with it at first. Listening to it had me feeling unsettled. Like I had been dropped into the middle of a family reunion, where all the relatives were extreme extroverts, and all... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
Art retreat #6 was a rousing success. Gouache, walking, watercolor, sketching, swimming, discussions of how this tradition will continue for another 30 years. We did all that. And more. Did I say we saw Palm Springs cats? On roofs? Our house was perfect. Filled with light and sun, plus comfy... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
When you wake up to this view first thing in the morning, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be a good day. If you can go on walks and see mass planting’s of barrel cacti, do yoga in the pool, and see mountain tops covered in snow, so much the better.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Last night I did some worrying and fretting, and downright catastraphizing. Related to the weather. And to my flight to Los Angeles today. The talk of winter storm warnings, advisories, and school cancellations, dire predictions of sleet and ice. Stuff like that generally leaves me unconcerned but not the night... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Because I do not want to have to "take down the holidays" after I get home from Palm Springs, we did our best to box things up over the last few days. Putting things away is as much a trip down memory lane as taking them out. So many of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
There is a story to this pie. It was mentioned during a visit with a very dear family whose mother I cared for last week. They were holding the most loving vigil at her bedside. Talking about important things. Like the peanut butter pie made by Mike's wife. And how... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This is going to be my first completed project of 2018. Not counting wee elves and trees because they are bonus projects. Small things slipped in between the big stuff to keep life interesting. It's like reading a magazine article when you put your book down for a minute. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
In exactly 6 sleeps I will be headed out of the cold. Bound for balmy breezes, starry skies, cat visits, late night neighborhood strolls, cruising for photo ops, maybe a cafe con leche .... Yep. It's time for that annual ritual called art retreat. We are headed back to Palm... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Top on the list of things I intend to accomplish this year is making this quilt. It's all cut out and ready to go. No excuses. There must also be at least a few tiny trees added to the pygmy forest before they go into hibernation until next December. This... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This week, with our bitterly cold weather, I finally got my butt in gear and figured out how to have fresh water for the birds available by the feeder. I have read that water is even more important to birds in the winter than food. It's probably not true. But... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
On the first day of 2018, let me throw in some wisdom to consider as you set about making resolutions, or not. From Jane Kenyon, one of my very favorite poets. It resonated loudly with me when I read it. A good "common sense" prescription to live by. Here's to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today, for the first time in months, I picked up my Nikon and took some photos. Nothing spectacular. Just house stuff. Hanging out on a cold day with a brand new candle and some knitting. Still enjoying the Christmas tree, looking at Oliver Jeffers delightful new book, listening to Tony... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The snow and single digit wind chills did not stop us from our appointed rounds earlier this week. We decided to each pick a new sweater pattern to work on together in 2018. Something to stretch our skills. Challenge our ideas of what might be too hard for us. To... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
It's back to work tomorrow for me. The last 4 days have flown by. But I was making a movie in my mind as the moments clicked by. The highlight reel includes but is not limited to the following: Dottie sending me a photo of Angie giving me a Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Overnight a dusting of snow. Perfect for a Christmas Eve early morning walk. Then it was home to make a deep dish pumpkin pie with fresh ginger, yams, and heavy cream. This is my “go to” pumpkin pie recipe. Deeply rich and flavorful without being overly spicy. It also has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Elf #2 was completed last night while we were watching the “I Love Lucy” and “Dick Van Dyke” Christmas specials. Elf #1 was very clear about the need for a companion. Once you get the hang of it, they are ridiculously fun to make. Just so you know, they are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This. This right here. This is the meaning of Christmas. Call me shallow, call me real, call me a sugar cookie lover. Call me anything you want if you bring frosted sugar cookies to work. If they are bite-sized and made by one of my favorite mother/daughter duos. Well that’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This week yarns were wound into wee balls. Hardware stores were visited. Washers were purchased. Kits were assembled. Friends gathered. Coffee shops were visited. And a new knitting project was undertaken. Things were a little fiddley to start. Totally normal when you are knitting with toothpicks. Collards greens and spaghetti... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I love setting up the Pygmy forest every year at Christmas. However, I dislike how the trees wobble on their cork trunks, and regularly fall off the table and tins and candlesticks I stand them on. This weekend we solved that problem with the help of Abraham Lincoln and a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today I decided to start some holiday baking. Bourbon balls were first up. There are lots of recipes out there. I picked a very simple one. And made a few changes based on what was in the pantry. The recipes all called for crushed vanilla wafers. I substituted Lorna Doone’s.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
As I write this I am listening to Amy Grant’s Christmas album from 1983. Sitting in front of the fire. Swaying to the music. Do you do that too? For me, it comes from all those years of singing with the folk group at mass. At Christmas we were especially... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If you have one drop of Mexican blood in your body (and even if you don't), run to the theatre to see Coco. Chris and I went this weekend. Completely magical. The storyline revolves around the Mexican tradition “Dia de los Muertos”, and is a great portrayal of how death... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The Holiday Farmers market was today in Lawrence, and it was splendid. Decorations, produce, gift ideas, and tempting treats. It was all there. I fell in love with the chickens at DoGood Farms and getting to meet the genius behind all the handmade, home-grown, products is something I enjoy about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Allow me to introduce what could be the most delicious cocktail consumed in 2017. The “Smoked Old Fashioned”. Basil Hayden’s bourbon, a dash of chocolate bitters, with a garnish of orange peel and three dark cherries. AND it was served tableside on a smoked plank. If you live near an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
While I wait for Chris to edit the photos he took at the “old fashioned Christmas parade” last weekend, I present the best of what you can do with your iPhone. It was a beautiful day and the crowds were plentiful. There were ladies in red capes riding big horses... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas