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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
Brother had a birthday recently. He probably thought I would do a blog post about it, so I fooled him and delayed it until several days after his birthday. Mostly because Dottie sent me this photo yesterday and I love it so much. Yes, it illustrates the fact that brother... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
Even though Spring doesn't start officially for another 2 weeks, I have dived in head first into the season. It is so marvelous to be outside, to feel soft air on skin, air that doesn't make you shiver and race for the nearest refuge. To walk on a trail where... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Emie I would have tried to steal the powder 😄 and hide it
Oh Brenda!!!! I love how this comment calls to mind the hotel in Spain and the bartender. We lived in Spain for 4 years when we were kids and I love how this makes me think of that too. The “connection” is felt strongly. I will have to google 5 Crowns. Thank you for adding to this story with your comment.
It has finally come to me that the perfect description of the fragrance of stock (matthiola incana) is a combination of spicy red hots and vanilla. It hit me today as I was repeatedly sniffing each of the 5 colors I purchased at the store. Sister has been painting stock... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
In the very ordinary arena these days, we have taken to playing cards here at Tall Tales Headquarters. Specifically, Rummy and War. When us Moss's were kids we played cards. A lot. I think Angie told us to go amuse ourselves, and cards filled the bill. Chris on the other... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
The moon was setting when I stepped outside recently for a walk. Do you step out the back door before a walk too? Just to "test the waters" and be certain the get-up you have selected to wear will provide the proper amount of warmth while being mindful that you... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Last week when Joan and I met up for an adventure, I told her "tell Chuck you won't be home until at least 3:30, I have plans for us", without missing a beat, she assured me she was up for it. If you live in the KC area, and you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
At 7:29am, under a dense fog advisory, with temperatures holding steady at 38 degrees, and NO wind... outdoor walking season resumed in Lawrence Kansas today. Birds were singing, no other humans were about, a squirrel ran up a tree and then came back down. It was GLORIOUS. Cobwebs that I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Happy Friday all. As I sit down to write tonight, it's worth noting that this is the 3,000 post I have sent out into the world since the inception of Tall Tales from Kansas, almost 10 years ago. If you would have asked me at the time if I thought... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Here are my latest "kid book" favorites. First there is The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse, by Charlie Mackesy. It is lovely for it's sweet and tender message of goodness about a friendship, between ... you guessed it, a boy, a mole, a fox, and a horse.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This goldfinch and I had a staring contest the other day. So unusual that he did not take flight when I quietly crept outside to take his picture. You can see he still has his winter colors on... but they are beginning to turn. We have been doing our best... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The toasted oat, maple/nut, scone above came about recently because of snow. Glittery snow. Which of course made me think of sparkly sugar. And it was all downhill from there. Oats were toasted with pecans, chopping was done, an egg was mixed with cream and milk, my hands got all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This is another COVID story. It's a hard one. Don't read it if you can't take another single bit of sadness right now. The thing is, these losses matter. Whenever I hear or read about someone thinking the number of deaths related to COVID are inflated, or the virus "isn't... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Sister, Pam, and I had such a good time playing around together during the annual art retreat in January, a decision was made for a repeat in February. We converged on ZOOM from our respective homes this past weekend, with a priority of having fun, and for me... doing things... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This morning I finished listening to Monogamy, by Sue Miller. She also narrates this audio version by the way, and I quite enjoyed her voice. I liked this book, a lot actually. It was interesting to follow along as Annie (the main character) dissects her relationship with her husband after... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I can not recall the last time I was grateful for temps in the 20's with sunshine. Interesting what you are happy about when you have endured worse. Today before shoveling the driveway, photos were taken. Self portraits, snow studies, snow on the Chinese elm with that amazing bark. Plants... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Tonight it was 3 below zero on the car thermometer on the way home. That's without a wind chill factor. To say I am sick of the snow and cold would be an understatement. I am dreaming of sunshine and warm breezes. In the meantime how about a reflection on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Happy Valentines Day from the deep freeze that is Lawrence Kansas today! Chris and I are staying warm today by eating chocolates, dancing the jitterbug, and telling stories of all our most romantic moments of the past 40 years. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Oh I do thank those of you who told me about Maisie Dobbs. To start with, this is a lovely story, set in post WWI England, a little bit of a mystery, a charming main character, excellent supporting cast, and a reader with a great voice. AND, on top of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Sunday Art ZOOM focused on hearts for me. Kind of like the tree's I got addicted to around Christmas time. When I find something that appeals to me, I like to work it. For all it's worth. Watercolor, ink, scissors. I was going to sew them together for a garland,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Yesterday, when our temperatures dipped into the single digits, and it was generally unpleasant outside, we tucked ourselves in, cozied ourselves up, and stayed put. There was this lemon meringue slab cake to make and heels to turn. No matter that the only color of reinforcing yarn I have is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today during "Feedback Friday" session, Margaret and Shauna and I did a blind contour round robin. To mix things up we drew "post-it note" sized drawings with a thick line (sharpie marker). I have decided that an individual's response when faced with the suggestion of doing something like this is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
ZOOM art experiments continue. Self portrait with colored pencils here. Sister is drawing what's on her tables at home. Chris is downstairs sneezing loudly. Wyatt is trying to get on Sister's table at Moss Cottage. Below is last week's portrait. No end to the fun. Do tell us what tour... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The most productive thing I did on Sunday was flip the calendar from January to February. Yes, I roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, made lunches for the week, paid the bills, sent out some mail, and changed the sheets. But I didn't really "do" anything. You know how on a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas