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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
Here's a quick update on the happenings at Tall Tales Headquarters this Memorial Day weekend. I fell hook line and sinker for these groupings of fat quarters at Sarah's Fabrics in Lawrence - Here There batiks by Marcia Derse. This neck warmer, which is in no way needed right now,... Continue reading
Posted 45 minutes ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
The cloudy coolness last Saturday at the market was brightened considerably in several unexpected ways. Starting with this lady's basket. There were colorful macarons - which I had not previously spotted for sale. Hot dogs for breakfast! It's good to have a partner for things like this. There was some... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Happy Sunday from Kansas, where my very brief "rose season" has commenced. I cut these earlier in the week. Here is what they look like today. Colors fading, still lovely and fragrant. These were snipped this morning while I was sitting out back, having coffee, contemplating what the day would... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Last year, after enjoying neighborhood walks in other cities, a vow was made to do more of this in my own town. This is the second in the series. Today I present the Pinkney neighborhood. It's a favorite for the houses, yards, flowers, and general "coolness" factor. Right now in... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Playing around with scraps to make this pillow sham was good fun. Though it's hard to tell from these photos, I practiced some quilting. I also tried folding over the back of the sham to make the "binding" instead of making bias binding and attaching it separately. That was a... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This week at the market there were women balancing cute puppies and coffee and multiple bouquets while reaching for bags of asparagus. There were snap dragons and gladiolas, people waiting for doughnuts, wonderful looking greens, and future farmers in training. There was carrot cake and pottery for sale. I also... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Gill: when you are used to them, they don’t seem scary but they are always impressive.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2022 on a typical Kansas storm at Tall Tales from Kansas
Sending raindrops your way!!! If only we could 😄
Toggle Commented May 16, 2022 on a typical Kansas storm at Tall Tales from Kansas
These were the skies over Lawrence Kansas Sunday morning from 6:55 to 7:30 am, when I left the house, betting that I could get in a quick walk before the storms hit. They layers and patterns in the clouds were spectacular. About 5 minutes after I walked back through the... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Terri: thank you so MUCH for this! Carol
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Before I get new flowers at the market Saturday morning, indulge my need to share last weeks bouquet more fully. Now go forth and indulge thine own self with some blossoms from your local market that will fill you with whatever you need this week. P.S. These tulips are from... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas
One might think that working part time instead of full time would translate to more not less blogging. What I am finding though, is that the extra time is going instead to sitting and thinking. Thinking about stuff like "No Mow May" which helps the bees. There is also the... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This line below was forming at 7:25 Saturday morning at the farmers market in Lawrence. Here's why. Moon on the Meadow always has the first strawberries of the season. Small, sweet, red through and through. Worth getting to the market 5 minutes early for. They had some amazing poppy bouquets... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas
In between blissing out on the blooming dogwoods and admiring the spring window decorations, I have been finishing up a pillow sham with the leftover fabric from the spots and stripes quilt. A pillow sham is a good place to practice quilting and piecing ideas without getting all serious about... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Weekends have a new freshness to them, when every Monday is not a work day. There is time for piddling. Selecting flowers for the first mini flower arrangement of the season, sitting on the front porch after pulling weeds. There is soil to be turned and amended, mulch to be... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas
It's Tulip Time at Ted Ensley Gardens in Topeka. If you live in the area, you may want to go. But make it quick before the wind and the rain put an end to the celebration that this day was. The thing is there are big trees, little trees, flowering... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Spring weather in the midwest can translate to glorious skies. Here is a perfect example from last week. Looking up the river and across to the other side, the reflections of the remnants of the storm on the water were wonderful. Just straight up was pretty good too. Especially as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today apparently is tulip Tuesday, luckily I have lots of photos to commemorate the flower that is being celebrated. This bunch is my bouquet of the week from the farmers market. They are a perfect compilation of colors and textures. I mean come on, who thought to take pinking shears... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Sally that is exactly what it was called. Now I am going to investigate that further! Thank you,
Hello flowers. You beautiful local, colorful, splendidly wonderful, things. Good to see you lettuces. Especially all grown together in a salad pot. Oh, hey there relatives of the Dracaena trifasciata that I got last year. Which by the way, remains extremely healthy, and about to go back outside again. To... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The prairie makers loaded up and headed to the Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, Missouri this week. It's only a few hours away and seemed like a thing to do. Yep, we had to get the picture at the worlds largest spool of thread. Started in 2018, 22 feet... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas
On our last day in Santa Barbara we were treated to a simultaneous presentation of clouds in the sky and clouds at our feet. Sometimes life gives you things that are hard and some days you receive this. I don't think it's a perfect balance. It just IS. The birds... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Tonight just a sampling of the "non-beach" delights to be found in the Santa Barbara area. You may not have heard about the street of the Italian stone pines, it's not in a travel guide, but is worthy of a visit. We chose "our" houses from among the selection of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas
after a weeks worth of morning beach walks in california, easter sunday was a bit on the brisk side here in kansas this morning but there was still good stuff to see and the bunny left me a box of whoppers in my basket flowering trees and shrubs + candy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2022 at Tall Tales from Kansas