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Carol
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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Hurrah! A finished project... a stranded knitting cowl, just in time for June in Kansas. I want to be a person who knits with the right season in mind, but alas it seldom happens that temps and projects coincide. No matter. This is my first full stranded knitting project and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This week there was lunch at Blu Hwy with my favorite 100 and 1/2 year old, and her 2 side-kicks Jennifer and Nancy. (I couldn't decide which of these 2 photos I liked the best so I enclosed both) As I was snapping away, before they drove away, making sure... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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There were these bouquets to greet me at the market on Saturday. Plus big tables of good looking green stuff - crispy, crunchy, tasty, all of it looked good. It's a combination of restraint coupled with taking advantage of what is in season right now that might be fleeting. My... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This week I have been mesmerized by the raindrops on plants, enjoyed a stupendous sunrise on the way to work, gotten the bougainvillea planted, went to an engrossing exhibit at the Spencer museum "Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley: Let the World See". artwork below by TJ Reynolds, and cut some... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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For today I give you the joy of friendship in the form of peonies snipped (with permission) from the garden of a friend. What could be more delightful? The pleasure of the cutting and arranging, the generosity of the giver, the softness of the pink petals in all their shades.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The wonder that is spring continues here in Kansas. A slight chill in the air early in the day. Perfect for the morning mind clearing stroll. I read that bird migrations are occurring across the midwest and I heard a man with binoculars exclaim to a fellow birder that he... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This weekend at the farmers market in Lawrence there were big dogs and girls in dresses. Not that they go together but they were both extremely cute. Pretty flower bundles were available in jars or wrapped in paper. Bright bottles of cold press juices, beets, and jars of liquid gold... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Chris and I recently jumped in the car and headed in a southeasterly direction for 3 1/2 hours until we arrived in Bentonville, Arkansas. It's so nice to have places one can get away to that are relatively close, but still give the feeling that you are AWAY. Out of... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The peonies from last week's farmers market have been delightful. They seem more beautiful and fragrant than "normal" or it could be as simple as the enchantment of the first acquisition of the year. It makes no difference, they are splendid. Every time I pass by the table and catch... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This week at the farmers market, my very, very, very, most favorite picture was the last one I took right before getting back to the car. This absolute heart squeezer in the most perfect rain outfit ever. With the nicest mom, I might add. Most others in attendance were using... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Tonight it's some everyday moments from the last week or so. Sunrise on the way to work, lilacs snipped from the bushes by where we parked for a walk, the key lime pie that got made because it's been too long since we had it, a perfect iris from the... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Today when I got to work I flipped over from April to May in the calendar that Dottie makes us each year. Here is what I saw. Yes, it is a lovely photograph of Fanore Beach in County Clare, Ireland. But the words that went with it were what stopped... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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These 50 degree morning walks are one of the great pleasures of spring in the midwest. Made even sweeter by the knowledge that they will only be possible during this short window of time, before it gets so much warmer, making the walks less pleasant. Don't get me wrong, you... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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It is hard to put my finger on just why I love the character of Lucy Barton as much as I do. Because she is flawed? Because she openly shares all her worries? Because she says things I sometimes think in my own head? All I can say for sure... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Tonight it's a sprinkle of this and a dash of that. Things I wanted to tell you about, pictures to show that do not go with what I want to say. You get the idea. The dianthus are blooming. They are oozing with vibrancy. Seriously. So much so that you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This weekend, I am working and missing the farmers market. So instead of showing you what I am not buying today, let's look at how last week's tulips held up throughout the week. I sat down at my desk at the hospital around 9am to have that perfect cup of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Chris and I went out to the Konza Tallgrass Prairie recently for a walk. It sounds funny right? Walking/hiking on the prairie? But it's a lovely way to understand that the plains of the midwest are not all flat. There are rolling hills, creeks, rises and falls, wild turkeys, trees,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Spring has sprung in my garden. The flowering shrubs have started and I am actually getting blooming iris this year. Last year there were a few straggly bloomers and I thought "well that's what you get for not digging them up and spacing them out like you know you should".... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Recently, there was this. A 2-hour laugh fest, accompanied by good food and intelligent conversation that left me with things to thoughtfully ponder when we departed. It was wonderful. Let me briefly mention the tacos which I had not previously tried. I had the paprika roasted carrot tacos with pickled... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Any farmers market that begins with a table full of vases of allium for sale is bound to be a good one. This is what crossed my mind today as I entered to make my Saturday rounds. Yes please to a garden full of these beauties. Tall, graceful, quietly beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The only problem with Spring is that it's the perfect time to walk, weed the garden, AND sit on the porch. Forcing one to pick between all these wonderful activities leaving some undone. Right now the walking is winning out on all fronts. I just can't get enough of it.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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From the moment they came out of the basket and got popped into a mason jar, these tulips have been a rich burst of delicious color and texture that makes life better. The Parrot tulips are so exotic, if I close my eyes I can imagine I am in Mexico... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Today, April 17, 2024, marks the 13th year anniversary of the birth of Tall Tales from Kansas. Just as with all things related to the passage of time, it seems so long ago and simultaneously like it was just yesterday. In this period of time, I have composed 3,621 blog... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Flowering trees, shrubs, bulbs, early perennials, and all that stuff were on display at the Overland Park Arboretum recently. I felt like I had been transported to California for a second, to one of those places my sister is always going, where everywhere you look there is something to ooh... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I am not sure if it's because the older I get the more I cherish things, OR if it's because I have been so looking forward to this day, OR if this actually was the BEST opening day of the Lawrence Farmers market EVER. Seriously though... the tulips from our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2024 at Tall Tales from Kansas