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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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I love it when I wake up at 6:15am on a day when it is supposed to be raining. But it's not. And for some reason, I am the only person that got the advance notice of the change in plans from the weather gods. Just me and the birds... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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It's supposed to snow tonight in Lawrence. Between 2 and 5 inches are forecast. At this very moment it is sunny and 44 degrees outside. It was a lovely day. Therefore, I am burying my head in the sand, sharing photos from the Saturday farmers market, and pretending that none... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Wandering around halfway between aimlessly and purposefully is one of the things Sister and I enjoy doing when we spend time together. This is some of the stuff we saw on one such excursion in and around Santa Barbara. There is no end to the enjoyment to be had in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The life in my garden is changing by the hour, the Japanese maple cloaks me in pink light from my position on the porch. The forget-me-nots and grape hyacinths are blooming, hostas and false baptisia are pushing through the ground. The hydrangea leaves are unfurling from their hiding spots in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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As a prelude to the weekend, tonight I present guidance, in the form of a poem, in the event that you are trying to think of how to spend your day. This little nugget of goodness is from a book that caught my eye at Tecolate Book Shop in Montecito.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The first farmers market flowers for the year have been superlative. Each morning when I leave for work and every evening when I return, I am grateful to see them on the table. And to think, this is the beginning of farmers market flower season. Oh JOY. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Below are the specimens collected over the course of the days I spent with Sister tramping around the beaches, gardens, back lanes, preserves, and marshes of Carpinteria, Montecito, Santa Barbara, and all points in and around there. I have no need to continue to pick up random items that catch... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Sunrise, a great blue heron with legs stretched behind takes flight, three deer crossing the path pause to watch me as I pass, a chorus of red winged blackbirds, the golden sun on the grasses, the unexpected color of a blooming redbud, a marshy area full of chirping frogs, spotting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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And just like that, with the ringing of the opening bell, things are a little more right with the world again. Here in Lawrence Kansas anyway... because farmers market season is here Everyone was prepared for "weather", and yes there were a few sprinkles when I was there, but really... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The first week back at work is always a challenge after a week off. But looking at this video of our first sunrise at the beach last week helps. Isn't it great how easy it is to take a video these days? And watch it as much as you want?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Tonight, after work, before the rain, we sat on the front porch for 10 minutes before dinner. Because people it is SPRING, and sometimes in Kansas this season can be fleeting. As in only a few weeks so you gotta "get out there while the gettin's good". Someone said that,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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In between the moon setting and the sun rising, on the beaches in and around Santa Barbara, there was a most amazing display of botanical prints created in the sand every morning. By the actions of the tides combined with rocks and all the living things in the sea. This... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Happy Easter from Kansas, where I am piddling and poking and moving from one thing to another, getting back to familiar routines. California was simply stunning. The company, the weather, the air perfumed by Victorian Box trees, jasmine, and citrus blossoms, and the ocean. Always the ocean with beach walks.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I am on hiatus. Chasing sunsets, observing the moon, listening to birdsong, eating all meals out of doors. Stuff like “vegan crack bowls” and “bacon on a date” sandwiches. All served with wine, the chilled white variety with lunch, the bold reds with dinner. Making masterpieces with Sister. Stunning landscapes,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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A recent walk on a foggy morning. It was magical. A muffled sort of hush all around, even the geese were muted, spider webs dripping. Sun behind the mist trying to break through. An atmosphere of expectation. Who says all these shades of gray are not interesting? Not me. At... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you are not a fan of magnolia's, stop right here and come back tomorrow. Because all there is tonight are images of a grouping of star magnolia trees between 8th and 9th on Tennessee street in Lawrence Kansas. After discovering them about 5 or 6 years ago, I try... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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If you want to sit down with a former president and have a direct conversation about what it's like to be the leader of the United States of America, without having to get dressed up, or feel awkward/uncomfortable. You will want to read A Promised Land. Even better to listen... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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In the days and weeks before harvesting from the flower garden is possible, may I suggest you gather instead, sedums, lavender, lemon balm, and cat mint. It makes a charming stand-in; an understudy if you will. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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A conversation: Me: Harvey! (in high pitched squealing voice) Him: Oh, hello (in refined, slightly bored cat voice) Me: come down here at once and let me pet you! Him: sorry looking for lizards or other unsuspecting creatures right now. Me: but you are yawning and look tired, you can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This weekend was occupied with very important things that needed to get done. I was all prepared to complete my part of the work on the taxes until I heard the deadline has been extended until May 17th. This caused for a change in plans. No sense in being done... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Beauty, coffee, history, laughter, the search for potential acquisitions, and culinary explorations have become the essential agenda items for days devoted to adventure. Curiosities should also be sought out if possible. These crested euphorbias filled the curiosity bill nicely recently. One will be on my back patio this summer. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Although St. Patrick's day has come and gone, I would like to report that we continue to enjoy shamrocks and shortbread here at Tall Tales Headquarters. As soon as the weather warms up a bit, the shamrock will head out to the front porch. The cookies on the other hand,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Some poems you can not say why you love, you just do, on so many levels that you can't put it into words. At least not without getting all awkward about it. THIS one is not one of those. Here is exactly why I love it: 1. It is so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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During the pandemic I have worked from home about 5 days. I can't decide if the best thing about working from home is: A. A lunch that does not come out of a bag. B. A very quiet office with a window. C. The aroma of freshly baked shortbread cookies... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On my first outing to the levee trail this spring, a dog decided I needed a walking companion. He joined me about 5 minutes in and stuck with me until he found some better 4-legged companions. The horses came up to the fence when I walked by. Reminding me yet... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas