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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...
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In addition to water and beaches and waves and sunsets, Lummi island is about meadows, forests, sheep, poppies, and lavender fields. The people are also pretty great. Like the two women I met on my low tide exploratory walk today, who told me that the eagles are plentiful here because... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Oliver's granola with yogurt and fresh fruit at the Mount Bakery cafe in Bellingham is how I started my day. The wisdom of this choice will become evident. Keep reading. At Glen Echo Gardens Dick Bosch gave us a lesson on very old trees. He likes to use the question... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Whatcom Ferry watching and examination of marine life occupied us Wednesday. There was also a tour of fishing shacks. I need to read about these. Who, what, when, why, and where are the occupants now. The flowers continue to delight and amaze us, as did the brief history of this... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Wednesday we jumped on the Whatcom Chief ferry early, before they closed from 10-3 for maintenance. Destination - Coupeville, with a stop at Deception Pass State park. We found flowers, the Knead and Feed, felted bird houses, boats, and a sand beach with beautiful driftwood. All around us water. After... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Tuesday dawned most magnificently over the Puget Sound. A perfect day for scrambling over rocks, discovering starfish, making avocado toast and kale salads at home, listening to Eva Cassidy, working in our travel journals, curating the expanding collection, and reading about the history of Lummi Island. A trip to the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
This is a story, in pictures, of what can happen when you don't know about the need to make a reservation ahead of time for a ferry. As told from two perspectives, by the Moss sisters. Who did make it home by 11:30 pm and are spending the day today,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
On our first full day on the island we collected things with our hands and our eyes. There is more here than is possible to hold with either. The flowers. Gahhhh! What to say about a giant daisy or a blue thistle? Best to just show you. After driving by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
We left Seattle at one o'clockish yesterday and headed north on the 5 to begin our Pacific Northwest adventure. So far we have stopped in Bellingham for a hippie bowl at Brotha Dudes, met a pacific northwesterner who prefers rain to sun, talked to an Air Force man on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Since I am "zinnia rich" these days, I enjoyed getting a totally different bouquet from Madeline (the zinnia wizard) at the market last weekend. Lord help me these little red flowers with the white things sticking up in the middle are amazing! If anyone knows what they are, please do... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Because the proof, as they say, is in the pudding, you must look at these today. A selection of extremely simple flower arrangements that include the cosmos and zinnias grown from seed this year! I am so excited that both the zinnias and the cosmos are tall, with long stems,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I can't recall how I heard about this book. Maybe on Brain Pickings Weekly? All I know is I went straight to the public library site and requested it immediately after reading about it. And now I find myself in the quandary of being on page 133 of 327 with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today I learned a very important lesson about gardening that warrants passing along. It is this... the secret to being a successful gardener lies not in picking the right plants for the right spot, or continually trying new flowers to spice things up, nor is it feeding the birds. It... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Yellow flowers, in all makes and models, were front and center at the Farmers Market on Saturday in Lawrence. Blackberries, cherry tomatoes, and the cutest summer squash you ever saw in your life were also available to buy. This industrious farmer in training was bagging up sweet corn as fast... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Yesterday, in between a lot of yakitty- yak about gardening, needlepoint, knitting, books, food, trip-taking, and everything else under the sun, Mary Joan and I made hand sewn puzzle balls. Supplies were laid out, directions were read, felt was cut, and we got started. We did of course break for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today my friend Joan came over so we could work on a new project. She brought her "sew together" bags at my insistence and I was blown away by her fabric choices. I must make another one. Soon. I need one for small sewing projects. My current one is for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Over the holiday, in addition to eating cake, I made my first batch of Watermelon Salsa. Ann made it a few weeks ago when they had us over for dinner and it was addicting. Since it's salsa season, and we have no tomatoes yet, it seemed like the thing to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
You may or may not recall from last year that Chris gets ideas on the 4th of July. Cake ideas. Cake ideas that are hatched following late night web surfing sessions. When he first showed it to me and said "hey look at this", I said "don't be ridiculous". In... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This weekend while I was sitting out back, under the shade of an umbrella, admiring my weeding/trimming, sipping coffee, and wondering if the red, swollen, patch of skin on my arm was poison ivy, I discovered that I like bouquets of flowers out-of-doors as much as I do indoors. And... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
For me, there is as much enjoyment in trying to figure out what to do with my farmers market buys, as actually going to the market, and hanging with my people. This week Nancy brought a shredded carrot salad to work from Andre's, a KC favorite lunch spot. It was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today was an exceptionally good morning at the market. It was sunny and 64 degrees at 7:10 am when I pulled into my parking spot. The one that says "reserved for Carol" in red letters. In my mind. Madeline and I got caught up on everything that has happened in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
It's Friday night here at Tall Tales Headquarters, where I have just finished taste testing one of the cocktails developed for my sister's Stitch*Bookery class. After that I had a glass of wine with dinner, which means I am a bit more silly than normal about the upcoming weekend. This... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
At long last, time to block my SHINE scarf/shawl. It was a pleasure to knit and I was obviously in no hurry to get it done. The blocking wires were used for this one. I wanted it to have nice straight edges and really wanted to open up the design.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If you like to do this... and this... and this... ...then you really NEED this. Which you have probably already heard about, but in case it slipped up while you were napping, or on a trip to the moon, or working on your new on-line class... I call it to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
All you "expert picklers" out there probably already know this, but I discovered something this week when I was making my first jars of pickled cucumbers and red onions. I have always made enough pickling liquid to cover the contents of the jar even though several hours into "sitting" there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This week it was ALL about the flowers at the farmers market. And the really nice people selling them. I have it on the highest authority that we are at this moment, and for the next several weeks, in the height of flower season right here in Lawrence. I plan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas