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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...
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The walking, looking, picnicking, adventure we had planned yesterday went off without a hitch. Plan #1 to go to the Konza Tall Grass Prairie was scrapped in favor of a trip in the other direction, away from the storms (at least for the time frame we had planned) to Powell... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
Emie! They are, I just got them last weekend. I am waiting for the Woodstock stamps to come out in august!
Janet, I usually eat the cauliflower raw in salads so did not know it changed colors when cooked. I know the purple asparagus turn green though.
Dear Susan, I am smitten with your state. And no amount of coolness, rain, snow hampered my enjoyment! “Watch the mountains turn red” - what a lovely pastime. We could see that from Dottie’s dining room table ❤️❤️
Harvested today, in between showers, was this threesome of Chihuly floribundas. There may be words adequate to describe their beauty, buy I can't locate them right now. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Tomorrow Chris and I are setting out for a spot somewhere in a 90 mile radius of Tall Tales Headquarters, where it is not raining, we can take a long walk in lovely surroundings, and have a picnic lunch. Given that we are in the middle of spring storm season,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
My haul from the market this week. The purple cauliflower is amazing to behold. The color and patterns can be stared at endlessly. Though I debated displaying them both in the dining room, in the end I just put the flowers on the table. The purple cauliflower went in a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Saturday at the farmers market was dominated by flowers, rain, boots, umbrella's (up and down), and amazing produce. Not necessarily in that order. My favorite of the week is below. If you could have heard her talking to that wooden duck, while petting it and then trying to pick it... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
This dianthus has been faithfully hanging onto the rock wall in back of our house for something like 7 or 8 years now. Each year I wonder if the fuchsia waterfall will return... and it does. The false blue indigo and poppies also did their things this week. The columbine... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Bandolier National Monument really requires no words. If you want to use one though, may I suggest majestic. Inventive and ingenious would also work. Let's not forget mystical. A perfect day was this. Concluding with my favorite thing to do at the end of a good tiring hike. Pulling out... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
While in Albuquerque, ordinary activities included taking walks, eating Christy's peach pie (sigh), exploring local coffee shops (Little Bear), and exclaiming over cactus flowers. There was also evening light to be admired, more of those cactus flowers, and taking lots of photos together. Because taking all these photos can wear... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
During a three day stay in Albuquerque it was windy, rainy, sunny, cool, warm, AND it snowed on the way to Bandolier. None of which spoiled our time together in any way. In Santa Fe there were plenty of things to delight us indoors. Tiles, geraniums, griddled polenta with red... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Albuquerque was lovely in every possible way. Mostly time spent with Dottie and Christy. More to come on that later. Tonight I just want to tell you about the book I finished up on the flight there. Less is a meandering, globe-trotting, love story that somehow flows easily across the... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This arrangement was swooped up at the farmers market last Saturday. When I was not in New Mexico, like I am today. It was promptly unpackaged, stems re-cut, and placed in a vase. On the table. Where I could watch those amazing peonies open slowly. As the alium and bridal... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
For your entertainment, enjoyment, and delight; while I am away visiting Dottie for a long weekend of "sistering", I present this video. I suggest you watch it nightly. If you can limit yourself to just once a day. Thanks for showing it to me Marilyn! Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today I am off to New Mexico. The land of enchantment, with bright blue skies, mountains, deserts, and red & green chile peppers. Dottie and I are going to hike, drink coffee, eat peach pie, look at roses and iris, climb a mountain, discuss books, explore cliff dwellings, and maybe... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Oh we are having a glorious Spring here in Kansas. Cool mornings and nights. Both sun and rain in equal measures. Perfect conditions for plants that are coming back or starting out fresh. More succulent pots again this year. A new knockout rose for the deck. For summer long blooms... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This week at the farmers market, when a man that I did not get a picture of, was exclaiming over a ginormous 4 pound sweet potato, the man below told him (with an air of authority which I admired), that when his people were traveling across this country many years... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Emie: here is what I learned on my distillery tour. There are 5 things that make it bourbon. To be classified as bourbon must be produced in the US, has to be made from 51% corn, has to be aged in a newly charred barrel, has to be distilled at no higher than 160 proof, and has to be a minimum of 80 proof when bottled. I thought that was interesting. Kind of like champagne only comes from France.
Claire: if someone knows your sisters wishes and will be able to speak them for her when she can’t speak for herself, the paperwork won’t matter so much. Even if she has not designated a DPOA for medical decision making, as long as there is not conflict about what her wishes would be, just someone knowing her wishes will be enough. Some people just can’t talk about these things. My suggestion would be that the family talk among themselves and see if your sister has ever made her wishes known to someone. If no one knows her wishes then my suggestion would be that one of you (just one so she doesn’t feel overwhelmed) talk with her. I would start the conversation from a place of love and concern, letting her know you are just worried and want to be sure that if things are not going the way you all hope, what she would want her care to look like. Does she want all medical interventions exhausted or would she rather focus on being comfortable and being out of the hospital if her time is short? I also am wondering if she (and you all) have clear information about exactly what her current medical condition is. These talks are hard. I wonder if she has access to a palliative care team at her hospital? Does she let family go to her cardiology appointments with her? If it’s ok with her maybe someone could. Ahead of time, I would ask your sister if she is ok with you asking hard questions about how she is doing overall. Sometimes people don’t want to know, and sometimes they do but they can’t ask for some reason. If she doesn’t want to know, ask her if it’s ok if you ask about it when she leaves the room so you can know. The bottom line is you will have to be respectful of what she wants. Even if it’s not how you would handle things. And that is so hard. I am sorry you are going through this. Thank you for asking for my suggestions. I am posting this publicly in case anyone else is facing this situation and would find it helpful.
Because the Kentucky derby is tomorrow, and since there are photos which have yet to be shared from our trip, and on account of I just feel like it, here is another post about our time on the Bourbon trail. My favorite distillery might have been Kentucky Artisan Distillery. It... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
For the last two weeks the dining room table has been graced with the presence of lovely bunches of lilacs. In addition to being beautiful, they make the house smell so lovely. In a way that only fresh flowers brought in from the out of doors can do. Oh, and... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This week's palliative care discussion is on the topic of Outside the Hospital DNR forms. This is different from an Advanced Directive, because in addition to outlining your wishes regarding CPR and other medical interventions, it is signed by a physician. Which makes it official. This is necessary in order... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Morels were front and center at the market this weekend. And cute boys playing guitar. Now bear with me for one tiny second while I show you the Duck yolk raviolo with fresh asparagus and morels I had for dinner at Freshwater in KC the other night. Beautiful to behold... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas