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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
Mary Joan and I did not let a little thing like the weather keep us from our appointed rounds today. We had plans. Springlike plans. Plans to fill our eyes with bunnies and flowers and all things green and sprouting or blooming. For the record, I did not buy a... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
One of you told me about this little book. The story of a lady who is left a home in Sag Harbor by a lady whose home she used to clean, and who became her friend. There is a lot more to it than that, but you get the gist.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Saturday night we had friends over for dinner. We needed to discuss potential vacation plans, drink wine, and most importantly... eat colcannon. There are likely at least 8 other people who read this blog that can relate to the need to center a dinner party around a dish that consists... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Spring is the best time for driving around and collecting all sorts of beautiful things. For free. Here are my finds from an afternoon last week. Just as I was about to call it good and head for home, I spotted this patch of creeping phlox. One of Angie's favorites.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Back in the day (exactly what time frame that refers to, I'm not sure, but in this case I am meaning when we were in our late 30's or early 40's), my sister and I used to make mail art for each other. Quite frequently I would say. I was... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
When you are buying your spring daffodils in the coming days it's important to remember to get some that are blooming now and some that will bloom in a few days. This means you will need to "root around" through all the bunches at the store which may cause the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Kaffe Fasset and Brandon Mably were in Lawrence a few months back as part of their 2016 USA tour. While they were here they got together with the folks at Sarah's and put together a selection of fabrics and "designed" a quilt. When I saw it hanging up in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Saturday we ventured out to the Baker Wetlands to see what we could see. In addition to getting to pet a 12 week old chocolate lab, who was taking his new mama for a walk, we said hello to frogs, ducks, and birds. We did not pet them. This is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If, on a weekend, you have a few strawberries left over from breakfast, cut them up, pour a few ounces of vodka over them, and leave them alone. Then, run upstairs and look at all the scraps from your Sew Together Bag, and think about what you can make out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
When your last name is Mulvenon you take your St. Patrick's day "stuff" seriously. You buy the shamrock cookie embosser, you make the dough, you roll the dough, you press the dough, and of course you bake the cookies. Then you make the special frosting, and color it, and apply... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
A healthy dose of yellow, in the form of some tulips from the grocery store, seemed like the perfect balance to the snow this week. Let me qualify that by saying if I was living up in the northeast, where the snow fell in feet not inches, it would have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If you aren't watching this, you are missing out. Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon are sublime in their portrayals of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. It makes me want to watch old movies in a dark theatre. With popcorn. And something to cover my eyes with at the scary parts. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This was what it looked like this past Saturday in Lawrence. It was glorious. There was no gardening to be done. Too wet out for a walk. The perfect opportunity for a sit in front of the fireplace. Just as important as seizing the day when the weather is fine,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Because it snowed on Saturday, and because this yarn is pretty, and because everyone needs another pair of fingerless mitts, I made these over the weekend. The "lightening fast mittens" are indeed a quick knit. I just adapted the pattern slightly to make mitts instead of mittens. They are knit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This has all happened. And yes, there are some imperfections in the attachment of the binding but nothing I can't live with. All the different colors and patterns of orange/yellow came together very nicely into a whole. It works for the front and maybe even better with the back. There... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The older I get, the more I appreciate good experiences. Simple parts of everyday life. Things like getting up early in the morning and taking a walk at a time when you would normally already be at work. Watching it get light while the birds are chirping away, then noticing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If you think you might want to know why Arctic nomads eat organ meats and why they can be classified as both "meat" and "fruit and vegetables" , or that aroma and taste matter in a ratio of 50/50 to cats but 70/30 to dogs, you might want to go... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Chris opened a can of salted cashews the other day and since that moment I have been obsessing about these. Haunted, fixated, and troubled would also be proper descriptors. The extreme close up of the buttery, brown, crispy, melt in your mouth, salty, sweet, chewy, goodness is just to show... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
In the event that something unforeseen happens while the binding is being attached, and this scrap/experimentation quilt never see's the light of day again, here is what it looked like when the quilting phase was completed. Gosh I love what adding all those quilting lines did to the total effect.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Sunday, while on a mission to fill 7 bags of yard waste for the 6am Monday morning pick-up, I discovered the bare-root poppies that I planted last year, that never bloomed, have emerged! While I was out there I did some serious whacking on the rose bush, that has a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Saturday started with a fresh bag of Sumatra beans and ended with slices of cara-cara orange floating in a perfect cosmo. In between those things was the discovery of the self-cleaning button on my iron. Which I used (after googling a video) for the first time - ever! They recommend... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Dear Brother: Happy Birthday. I won't say how many years because we both already know. I hope you get lots of presents just like in this picture that was taken circa 1957 or '58 at our house on Wilder Avenue in Hawaii. I have no idea who that blonde girl... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
How could I have missed that yesterday (March 2, 2017) was World Book Day? Did I even know there was such a thing as World Book Day? I don't think I did, but happily Oliver Jeffers rectified the situation with this lovely little video on Instagram. Not being one to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Friday I have a date with my walking foot. The one that attaches to my sewing machine. The one that I am going to use to finish quilting my quilt. Because it's just time. It has not a single thing to do with the two new top patterns I want... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Joan came to Lawrence today for our annual visit to the Ladybird Diner. Where we pay our respects to Mrs. Ladybird Diner who is the undeniable queen of pies. It seems only right to set aside one day out of the year to recognize such greatness. We started with a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Tall Tales from Kansas