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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
Early morning walk, 60 degrees, it was just me, the geese, and dogs being walked. Are you just sick of me telling you about the joys of walking. I can't help myself, it's like a good book, a wonderful meal, a song I can't get out of my head -... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
This week, on a whim, I parked in the middle of Old West Lawrence and went for a neighborhood stroll. Up and down a few streets I hadn't been on in a while. Happily the route chosen had me walking right by one of my old favorites. There is nothing... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
It's the time of year when annuals are being added here and there in the garden. Some color while we wait for seeds to do their things and later perennials to bloom. I do so love a nice vibrant long-blooming vinca. That bright fuchsia color demanded to come home with... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Last evening the Quails met to celebrate Nancy's birthday. As with many things in life, there were last minute snafus, adjustments had to be made, bottom line is only the "senior" Quails were able to be in attendance. We enjoyed cocktails, an appetizer, main courses were passed around (ok I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
It was 48 degrees this morning when the bell rang to open the Lawrence Farmers Market at 07:30am. She was ready for us in her orange beret, flannel shirt, neck warmer. The Mona Lisa smile and cool glasses took it over the top. Once the best vendor of the day... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This week there was some much needed garden work attended to. The non-glamourous side of gardening, where you get hot, sweaty, and sore, then go sit on the porch with an ice pack on your back and a cool refreshing beverage in your hand. While I was out pulling up... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
It's raining today, so instead of getting out and walking I deleted around 137 photos from my repository of pictures that badly needs cleaned up. This made me feel productive. I stopped at 137 because there is no need to go overboard on a first pass. Here are some photos... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If you like talking about food, thinking about food, making things to eat, going places to explore new culinary trends, and have more cookbooks than you know what to do with... you are going to want to read Stanley Tucci's Taste: My Life Through Food. It is a fun romp... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Local strawberries were waiting for me this morning at the farmers market. So were lots of other things. As I walked over to get my asparagus, I ran smack into the middle of of a lesson on how to grab asparagus out of the container, to ensure the remaining stalks... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The Huff girls tripped on over to Lawrence this week to have lunch with me. Will you please get a load of that fabulous dress Marti is wearing? Yes, the one with the Mola yolk/collar. Raise your hand if you know about Molas. They are the most intricate, colorful appliqué... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I felt some of you might want to hear the full report on the strawberry breakfast tart. The one from the Farmers Market this past weekend. Dangerously good. Perfect ratio of filling to crust. Lots of pure strawberry flavor and not overly sweet. The crust was firm but flaky if... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
When we made our pillows at the quilting bee, Pam shared an app that she uses to identify bird calls/song. On my recent walks out at the Baker Wetlands, I have tried it out and found it to be MOST satisfactory. I have heard killdeer, indigo buntings, and common yellowthroats.... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
More often than not, the the farmers market re-cap starts with a flower photo. Not today. These boys have to lead because they are my favorite shot of the day. They were walking through the market talking, looking, hanging out. Doing boy things. I asked them if I could take... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
My walk on this day was a competition between the honeysuckle and the smooth water. Step, step, step, look to the right, sniff to the left. What a lovely dilemma to have. I chose the walk because it was close, and the rain was coming, and I wanted to get... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I just finished listening to The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka. It was recommended to me by a colleague when I mentioned I learned many things, from a cultural perspective, after listening to Pachinko. I had no idea what it was about. On faith, I just got it... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
You may have noticed the jacket Ann was wearing in some of the photos from our quilting retreat. It's just a little something she whipped up in her spare time. The pattern is the Tamarack Jacket and she added the hood and a pocket. She made it from a couple... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
There were good country roads for walking outside the doors of our Airbnb near Clinton Lake. Lots of stacked stone fences to admire, birdsong to enjoy, everything you want a Saturday morning ramble to be. There are many hiking trails at Clinton Lake, but really we didn't want to take... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This past weekend Pam and Ann and I went into seclusion at an Airbnb near Clinton Lake to do some quilting. Not that you need to go into seclusion to quilt, but it is easier when you are not distracted by the things in your house that need your attention.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If it's possible where you live, try and find yourself a whole row of lilac bushes you can walk by on a warm, sunny, afternoon. When lots of blooms are open, pumping out their fragrance, for all the world to enjoy. If your row of bushes happens to be a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
These are all the things I would have missed if I had not walked after work on Wednesday. The dogwoods are especially pretty right this second. Again with the "spring green" below. I swear that photo was not enhanced in any way. I love an early morning ramble, but this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
These are the tulips that came home with me from the farmers market this week. They are shorter and less "showy" than the bouquets from the last two weeks. Less vibrant but not less beautiful. They remind me of the colors of butter mints at a wedding. Those mints that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
What I saw on a recent walk out in the woods, on the unpaved trails, where one must pay close attention to the roots that can reach up and grab your foot before you know it. It's really hard though, not to keep looking up at the pops of purple... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Saturday morning was a chilly one at the farmers market. But as one of the vendors told me "you just have to check the temperature and then dress like you would if it's 10 degrees colder than that... and you will be fine". I would always rather be a bit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Kathy: thanks for your kind words! Carol
I looked her up, and you are right, her works is wonderful! Thanks for steering me her way. Carol