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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
Getting multiple opportunities to see what our local creative types are up to is one of my favorite things about December. Last weekend was the LOLA event - a local arts collective annual holiday show in Lawrence. From gluten free products, to garlands, glass, lotions, and soaps... there was something... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
For the first December 2019 "regular stuff" post, there is red & green, an uncommon use for pumpkin butter, knitting updates, and an old movie recommendation. Along the same lines as last year when I encouraged you to use your leftover cranberry sauce on your oatmeal, this is for the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
It's real difficult to limit the number of photos in a blog post when the subjects of the pictures are horses, and riders, in a parade. I shall endeavor to do my best but make no promises. And then of course there are all the people at the parade... keeping... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
From today's old fashioned Christmas parade in downtown Lawrence, here are the Nicodemus county Buffalo Soldiers. They are always my favorite part of this parade. From a brief on-line search ... the nickname Buffalo Soldiers was given to the Black Calvary by Native Americans who fought in the Indian Wars,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Every year when faced with the dilemma of poinsettia color selection, I struggle. Then I always end up getting red. Because I am a traditionalist. Red. Red. Red. And no glitter on the leaves please. Also never white. No. No. No. Though I can see a place for them in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
We started our holiday movie season with Knives Out on Saturday. It's a perfect whodunnit. Clever, tongue in cheek entertainment, with a stellar cast of actors in what I would say are "different" roles for them. From the ambiance of the mansion, filled with quirky objects, to the masterful interpretation... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Up this week in the "ordinary chronicles" there was all of this. A perfect latte in a wonderful spot where I heard "Stuck in the Middle with You" for the first time in maybe 30 years. A glorious sunny day sandwiched between cloudy and blustery ones. A leftover piece of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Before I begin the trips up and down the basement steps, taking down the orange, bringing up the red and green, there had to be this. One last compilation of the best of fall, in all it's splendor. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
My very most favorite thing about Bizarre Bazaar this year in Lawrence has got to be the artists. Seriously. Of course there were the works of art too. In all shapes and sizes. Including the toothpick figures below and those tie-dyed scarves, which I have been meaning to add to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The Lager Queen of Minnesota is a top contender for my favorite read of 2019. It's a delightful tale of 2 sisters and what happens when their father leaves the farm to only one of them. It's also about brewing beer (which has sent me down a tasting trail by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
On this Thanksgiving day, I am most grateful to the folks who live at this house, on 9th street in Lawrence Kansas, who have this amazing work of art in their front yard, and that it is open to the public, free of charge, and that they didn't come out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
As you go about all of your pre-thankgiving (and/or plain old regular) chores today, things like having a discussion with the head turkey maker about whether or not you should fill the cavity of a smoked turkey with an onion, orange, and apple, like you do when you are cooking... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
One of my work partners, Marilyn, is an extremely talented sewist. Last week at her quilting retreat, she whipped up a few shopping bags. Which I may have mentioned that I thought were wonderful. Which resulted in her "gifting" me one. Today I took it on it's maiden voyage to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Butterscotch latte's were on the menu at Decade Coffee in Lawrence this week. There was also a lovely tea service. Yes please to any nice cup you can wrap your hands around while chatting with friends on a chilly day. Joan brought the sweater she just finished making. Such beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I have corn and green Chile on my mind and am searching for THE perfect recipe that uses these ingredients for Thanksgiving. In my mind it is a "plain-ish" side dish. No cheese or binders, not a casserole. Just corn, roasted hatch green Chile, some onion, salt & pepper. Before... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Thanks for that emie❤️
Today I am unpacking from my 3 days in Atlanta attending the 20th annual CAPC (Center to Advance Palliative Care) conference. None of the other attendees was taking notes in a shockingly pink, flowered, Nathalie Lete notebook, featuring a kitty with a pocketbook in a dress on front. But I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Fall moving into winter things ... Red Sunset Maple in the front yard, adding pumpkin pie spice to a fresh batch of meusli, burning bush and sedum in morning light, meeting a dear friend for our annual "catch-up", and saying goodbye to some succulents after a very robust summer. Despite... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This is a post about one of those things I meant to tell you about, but forgot. It was lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but I still want to show you the pictures and tell you the story. In the event that you might might find... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Every once in a while, I get seriously intrigued by a recipe, and can not get it out of my mind until I try it. This was one of those. A cranberry walnut pie that was in the local newspaper last weekend. To me it sounded like a nice twist... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I just finished reading The Library Book, by Susan Orlean. Mary Ann told me about it, and while we sometimes have slightly different tastes in reading materials, I was intrigued by what she told me about it. You can read more about what she though of it here. If you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I am taking advantage of every sunny fall day we have. Building up a bank of days to look back on as it gets colder and the walks outside are not quite as enjoyable as they are right now. Clinton Lake, and the Saunders Mound trail to be more specific,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The list of completely ordinary things that have been happening around here lately includes pressing leaves, baking an acorn squash, buying store flowers, and washing blueberries. Leaf looking continues to provide much delight, especially when cats follow you as you look, sometimes threatening to climb trees. The Fall 'over-the-table-light' adornment... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I just finished this book, which has been on my nightstand for a few weeks. Gravity is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty. Exactly why I added it to my list I can not recall, but it was the right thing to do. I LOVED this story. It's real, warm, fanciful,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Terri: it’s beautiful today!