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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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The views of the mountains from our place outside of Breckenridge was amazing. Every night and every morning, a new movie to watch. While I could not "film" the stars (and I tried), this magnificence was captured for repeat viewings. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Hiking has been a big part of our family vacations for the past 24 years, since that first trip to Red River New Mexico in 1995. The cast of characters has changed over the years, but many things remain constant. Like trouble finding the trailhead, and making do with what... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On the drive to Colorado, for the biennial meeting up of the Mulvenon clan, we made a detour off the beaten path to see Castle Rock. It really is in the middle of nowhere, can be approached from the east or west, is on private land, and I was very... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On the beaches of Santa Barbara we saw walkers, runners, bike riders, dog walkers, shell seekers, hand holders, toddlers discovering the magic of the ocean, sand castle makers, and driftwood structure architects. But of all the things we glimpsed on the beaches of California, perhaps the most intriguing was the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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We interrupt this recap of Santa Barbara for an update from Colorado. Where the flowers are dazzling, snow covers the mountain tops, and family hikes are being taken. We are playing Farkle, cooking, and feasting on new taste treats like the roasted peaches with honey, topped with burrata, pistachios, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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There's a lot of interesting things to see hidden on the back lanes of Montecito and Santa Barbara. Everywhere you look. Oh, "but wait, did you see that?" It helps to have a tour guide who will drop you off to take pictures, point at things as she takes off,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Oh the joy of having like-minded friends, who at the drop of a hat, will arrange their schedules to sit around a table with you and play. I include this photo of Sharron and Joyce because it's a perfect reflection of their friendship, but also so you can see what... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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What follows are my favorite quirky pictures from California. Opinions, loves, fashion, art. All statements. About something. You add the commentary. Or not. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Whatever else you have planned for your 4th celebration (if you have one), include this. Or some semblance of this. Brownies would do. So would a root beer float. This was Chris's idea. When he had a craving for white cake with white frosting with sprinkles and came home with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The Douglas Family preserve is a nice spot for sunset viewing. And lots of moments leading up to the setting of the sun, then continuing after it sets, and if you want to peek over the edges of cliffs, see wildflowers, meander on a trail, sit on a log, or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Sister says it's a law (punishable by a steep fine if broken) that the jacaranda trees MUST stay in bloom for all of June, in LA. Overhead or underfoot, they were in compliance during the days I was there. In groups or single blooms, they are spectacular. Ever since we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Thanks Maureen. I love a fried egg, but maybe less in a flower than on top of avocado toast. Sent from my iPhone
Thanks Sharon! Sent from my iPhone
I brought some driftwood home. Not for a structure, but a little sculpture of sorts. Maybe. Sent from my iPhone
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Good to have you along Amy! Sent from my iPhone
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Thanks Jacki! Sent from my iPhone
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From the first glimpse to the last, in the fog/gloom/sun/shade/mist, at dawn/midday/dusk, I will take all of this I can get. Where the water meets the land I could walk for miles. Water lapping, birds calling, the smells of the ocean, the breeze on my skin, all loved equally. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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On my semi-annual pilgrimage to the Huntington in San Marino, the desert garden, one of my favorite places on earth, did not disappoint. My fascination with succulents knows no limits. On this visit, time was also spent in a new (for me) amazing area. Tucked into the inner sanctum of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Sometime in the last 10 years sister and I got in the habit of reading to each other when we are on vacation. Usually before bed. Generally she reads and I listen. This year's selection was Tuck Everlasting. It has nice short chapters, perfect if you are drowsy, have just... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The first time I recall seeing a Matilija poppy was on an excursion up the California coast to Summerland in 2014. Walking along a lane behind our rental cottage, there they were. In all their glory. This year we hit the peak of their season again. Or so I think.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I re-entered Kansas airspace Sunday night. Inky black skies, a chill in the air, clean sheets on the bed. The first days after vacation are best for mindless wandering. Getting re-acquainted with the garden, putting things away. Unpacking. Combining fallen eucalyptus buds with hearts made by Mary Stanley. We visited... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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What you see below is the “mango bowl” from the lucky llama in Carpinteria, situated right up the road from Santa Barbara. It’s blended açaí, mango, and banana, topped with strawberries, bananas (blueberries added because), granola, and just a drizzle of honey. I would call it a uniquely delicious breakfast... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Today while the sun shone, we walked from east beach to butterfly beach, listening to the soundtrack of the ocean. Bluffs, water, rocks, gulls, a sailboat, ball-chasing dogs. These were some of the things we saw. When we got home my finds were rinsed and laid out. In about 8... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Here is the new home I have picked out for myself (and Chris too of course) in Santa Barbara. If for some reason it is not available, below is the alternate that has been selected. The third option, chosen for the interesting pots and use of ironwork is just a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas