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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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Because I always show you zinnias that are a riotous explosion of color, like this bunch that I ran outside yesterday and cut willy-nilly, then stuffed in a vase, because they were falling over from all the storms... ...I think it is only fair to show their subtle, quiet side... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
I am not sure what it is about "collecting" that appeals to us humans. Looking. Finding. Gathering. Joining. Collating. Re-arranging. What I do know, is that very small collections give me the most pleasure. Nothing to weigh me down. Easily sorted by color. Arranged with little effort on the small,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Dottie shared this poem with me when we were on our Moss Sisters trip. I recommend printing it off and placing it someplace easily accessible. Then, when you are faced with a decision, let this philosophy guide you in making the proper choice. God Says Yes to Me by Kaylin... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Before leaving for Mendocino, when telling people where we were going, it became evident that the village of Mendocino on the northern coast of California is relatively unknown, in Kansas anyway. Then I would say "we are going to walk on the headlands", also met with quizzical looks. Tonight I... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
We went to see The Art of Racing in the Rain today. Oh. My. Sweet and sappy, about love and loss, complete with good guys and bad guys, and one great dog. There. That's all you need to know. Take a hanky. Milo Ventimiglia is the quintessential good guy which... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
With all my recent travels, I have been away from the farmers market for many weeks. Today it was wonderful to see all my friends. They may not know they are my friends, but they are. There were flowers and peaches and honey for sale. Along with amazing tomatoes that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Re-entry activities included a nice sunset from the plane, garden rounds, walks, that though not along the headlands, do include unusual specimens, curating of found items, along with new (old) vase procured at Lost Coast in Ft. Bragg, and more zinnia admiring. There was also tennis shoe washing, coffee drinking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Between us, and our 4 cameras, we took exactly 87 pictures of the three of us. This one is my favorite. I will try not to post more than 3 more of the remaining 86. That would mean there are 83 I am sparing you from. Today we are fanning... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Tomorrow morning we leave, but tonight there is this. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden is a lovely spot to visit. Right now the dahlias are putting on quite a show. Some are more spectacular than others, but they are all show-offs. There is a trail to the ocean, fields for photo taking, and a lovely little nursery with plants... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Collections from Mendocino. From the tide pools, the garden at our house, the beach, and the trails along the headlands. Julio, the barista at the Good Life Cafe and Bakery, continues to delight with his coffee art and the manner in which he calls out your name when it’s time... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed I am not in Kansas. The Moss sisters are on a week long retreat in Mendocino. Doing top secret work. We’d tell you about it if we could. But it’s highly classified. To all who might encounter us it appears... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Without exception, every person to whom I have mentioned that I am reading Where The Crawdads Sing, who has themselves read the book, glances at me knowingly, in their eyes that look of shared enjoyment of such a story. Delia Owens has crafted a well fleshed-out tale about a young... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
It could be that I should bite my tongue, but at this moment, bolstered by the lack of failure, I am here to proclaim, my succulent pots are thriving. It is surprising how many varieties there are available here in Kansas. Even the dragonflies have given their seal of approval.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Warning: Family photos ahead. May not be of interest to you unless: 1. your last name is Mulvenon 2. you were a participant in the recent trip to Breckenridge (and your last name is not Mulvenon) 3. you are someone who loves to look at photos from the family vacations... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Hello and happy quiet Sunday from Lawrence. Chris is downstairs in the kitchen, making potato salad to go with the ribs he is smoking out back. My agenda for the day has included garden rounds, weeding, watering, trimming, more zinnia gathering. Adding a few fresh blooms to last week's bouquet... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I am almost (but not quite) done with Colorado stories. Did I tell you there are cute towns there? With amazing flowers, stylish people, music, good beer or mojitos with mountain views, and places to buy a new hat? The two cutie pies below are my new friends who were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Reporting in on all the ordinary things done in the last weeks. Things like NOT going to Colorado and NOT going to California. Staying at home stuff. First there was this lemon cake from Cafe Europa where I went for a Quail Dinner. Sublimely enjoyable. Every mouthful. Speaking of enjoyable...... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
One of my nieces, stumbled upon the Fairy Forest in Breckenridge, while out on a walk, and not really looking for it. As soon as she mentioned it, my ears perked up. Of course I had to go. To see my distant cousins. Fairy cousins. That I haven't seen in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
What follows are random photos from my wonderful days in LA/Santa Barbara. In no particular order, with no particular purpose, other than to remind myself of what a lovely trip it was. I am 100% in love with these works of art in the Japanese gardens. An acquisition may be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The next time you are in the Breckenridge Colorado area, put Hoosier Pass on your list of things to see. The views are breathtaking. Every which way you look. It may be best to check it out once you have acclimated slightly to the higher elevation. If you are a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Our plans for the weekend are mainly centered around heat avoidance. Which means a movie. We have selected Yesterday. Please do not tell me before Sunday if you saw it and hated it because I will be spending Saturday brushing up on all the lyrics in anticipation of singing along.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Educated is an engrossing read. Hard to listen to at times, but also hard to stop listening. It is a very compelling look into a complex/dysfunctional family dynamic. And yet, the very resilient author has presented us with a thoughtful glimpse into it all. Her ability to reflect back on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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 Jul 16, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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 Jul 15, 2019 at Tall Tales from Kansas