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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
The best of the regular stuff these last days has included: Deciding this yarn and this pattern should go together. Both have been in my possession for years but for some reason didn't find each other until this week. It's funny how "stuff" can get buried and rediscovered. I am... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
Some of the mighty oaks in our neighborhood are holding on to their glorious golden/yellow leaves with everything within them. When I walk underneath them and look up, it's as if I am in a cathedral. Seriously, what could be better? If you just whispered under your breath "10 degrees... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
In case you were wondering, which you probably weren't, but pretend like you were, because I want to tell you about it. The thanksgiving pumpkin pie was very good. The crust was not soggy or underdone, but nicely browned through and through. Crust is important. There was just the right... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Thank you Susan!
Me too Sharron ❤️
That birthday toast was for Sharron 😄
In the days before Thanksgiving, the pumpkin pie was made. When it's a celebration for two, my usual pie making expert will not be bringing her beautiful pies. Therefore I must buckle down, woman-up... aka whip one up myself. I used my "go-to" recipe from Cooks Illustrated. What makes this... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
I had decided about 1/2 way through this book I wasn't going to write about it here. It just wasn't grabbing me the way it did the person who told me about it. But I persevered, for some reason. Then about 2/3 of the way through I found myself sitting... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
On Sunday's walk at the Lawrence Nature preserve there was not one other car in the parking lot. Not one other person on the trail. Nary another human voice did I hear. For the duration of my walk. But there were jumping, scampering squirrels, and trees, and paths, and growing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Dottie sent this to me and I am posting it here for your listening pleasure. Sort of a pre-thanksgiving treat. No calories. All joy. I have never heard of the Bengsons before, but am about ready to do a deep dive into their music. I hope to come up in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This was my recent "scouting expedition" for a turkey day hike. We haven't hiked at the wetlands before on Thanksgiving. Something new is always fun. The potential for getting lost (highly unlikely) always adds an element of excitement to a hike. Plus the golds and blues are sure pretty right... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If you already subscribe to American Life in Poetry and have therefore read edition #817 which features a marvelous bit of work by James Crews, I apologize for this re-telling. But I could not risk anyone missing it. It's from his collection titled "Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
How about we discuss COVID today? Neighbor to neighbor. Across the back fence, or on the front porch. Grab a cup of coffee before you start reading. I'll wait. I want to talk about how COVID is spreading now as opposed to early on in the pandemic, the hospital capacity... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Though "red leaf" season is over (here in Kansas anyway), and this blog has seen more than it's share of posts devoted to fall color, brace yourself for one more. Because these are MY red leaves. The ones from the tree that I planted in 2017 after the first one... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Yesterday, before I threw away the mini pumpkins that were getting soft, I arranged them on candlesticks on the table. Yes I did. It was fun. When I was done playing, a Thanksgiving themed runner went on the table along with a few pumpkins that won't get soft. Then Chris... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This November we are having some warmer than "normal" days, which I am appreciating. It's great to be able to get outdoors for a bit longer and appreciate the last of the colors of fall. With most of the leaves gone, I am noticing different things on my walks. Sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Remember the "old days", when we took for granted the ability to go somewhere and have a coffee with a friend? This week Joan and I met up and checked out a new (for me) spot in Kansas City. Splitlog Coffee on Olive, in the Pendleton Heights neighborhood, was absolutely... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
A day off after working the weekend, sleeping all the way until 7am, finishing reading the Sunday paper, these are the things that make life sweet. At the end of the day a nice sunset right out back, chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes for dinner, and reading a good... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Thanks for those good words Chris
Claire, I keep hoping we can all fall in line and do our part for the good of the whole... but we are a country of individuals. Fingers crossed.
This birdhouse was hanging up at the Airbnb we stayed at when we went to the Ozarks. I coveted it. I still covet it. If one of you knows where I can get one just like it please let me know. Otherwise Chris is going to have to do his... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I realize that it has been a solid few months since I wrote anything about COVID-19. Frankly, after dealing with it all day long, I am weary. Tired of witnessing the anger, disbelief, grief of families. Worn down by the stress I see in my team mates. Fatigued by the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The fall color this year has been stupendous. Red, yellow, orange. Bright leaves on branches, underfoot, against the sky, in front of houses, on a bench. Morning, mid-day, sunny, cloudy, at all times and in all conditions, they make me smile. Nature, while unpredictable, can always be relied upon to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I just completed installment #10 of the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley - The Grave's a Fine and Private Place. Another extremely enjoyable romp around the English countryside of the 1950's with my favorite sleuth. There are so many things about this series that I enjoy. The quirky... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas