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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...
Recent Activity
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Today I thought I would share a bit about what it's like to be working at a healthcare facility in the middle of the United States these days. All experiences and thoughts are mine alone. Other parts of the country, other hospital departments, and other individuals perspectives will almost certainly... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
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There is apparently a new family moving onto the front porch at Tall Tales Headquarters. While I am not thrilled about a nest right there, on the wreath, which is not all that stable in my opinion, I can not bring myself to take it down. It's a beauty. The... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Hello there three day weekend. I have plans for you. Starting with part 2 of the very close examination of the budding habits of all the trees in the state. After that I will focus on birds, their unique calls, and why crows chase each other like a couple of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I take my temperature each morning before leaving the house for work. A temp above 100 degrees Fahrenheit means I must stay home. Pretty soon, in addition to that, I am going to have to weigh myself daily. Here is why. These are the Ultimate Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits from America's... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Earlier in the week, while I was enjoying the tulips on my table. The ones that replaced the daffodils. I heard a bunch of honking horns, so I did what you, and any other naturally curious person would do, I jumped up to see what was what (without knocking over... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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When I bought this "sea salt and water" candle a few weeks back, I didn't think about it as a balm for the house in the days of social isolation. But it is. Seriously wonderful aroma and the name makes me think of salt water rinses/gargles which are good for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Because one whole lime poke cake was not enough, I also made 27 cookies this week. The recipe is supposed to make 9 dozen, if you make teaspoon sized cookies. Who does that? These are the "Mint Devils Food Cookies" from the June 1988 Creative Ideas for Living magazine (yes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Every sniffle, sneeze, cough, and ache can be a cause for concern these days. To help you sort things out I am providing this helpful chart. It is not meant to replace a call to your primary care doctor but rather determine at a glance when to pick up the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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As the COVID-19 pandemic marches on around us, so does this. Spring is apparently immune to the virus. Birds are chirping, grass is greening up, and trees are blooming. Yesterday, in one last attempt to support all my favorite local small businesses, I went downtown for a quick dash into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The other day in the middle of refilling my coffee container with a bold rich blend of Italian Roast (the motorcycle on the front and the memory it evoked of the motorcycle riders we saw in Bavaria had nothing to do with my selection), Chris hollered from the laundry room... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Can I just comment on the confidence boost I received from the governor of the state of Kansas – Laura Kelly - boldly stepping out, as the first state in the country, electing to close ALL schools in the state for the remainder of the year? Yes, I understand the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This happened the other day at our house. It was inevitable, so we made no attempt to fight it. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. FYI the photo above is shown with the amount of sprinkles that Chris prefers. Which is clearly inadequate. It comes together lickety split,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The resilience building activities (also known as routine regular stuff) that have been done of late include: admiring the houses of Lawrence enhanced by the shadows of trees, watching very sweet (and I do mean SWEET) movies on demand at home (I will also admit to being glued to an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Even though the other day I spoke about being quarantined in a somewhat lighthearted manner, please do not confuse me with someone who doesn't take what is happening right now seriously. This new Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is changing how we live in the world everyday. I am not going to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Well, I am glad I decided to give Renee Ballard (Michael Connelly's newest protagonist) another chance. In the second book she is featured in, Dark Sacred Night, Harry Bosch is also along for the ride and they make for pretty good "partners". At the end of the book we also... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Signs of the imminent arrival of spring include the following: A: a crocus siting B: the appearance of pastel malted milk balls on the table C: the upward thrust, through the mulch, of tulips D: the sudden veering to the side of the road to take pictures of houses that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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In the event that house quarantine becomes a thing in the future, there may need to be a slight reduction in the amount of True Vine Ranch blueberry jam that is being lovingly spread on toast today. However, until such time arises, and because as of last inspection there remained... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Happy Sunday, from Kansas, where I just got done planting a Rising Sun Redbud tree. I had someone else plant the last 2 weeping cherries that have both ended up dying in that spot, and decided maybe I should just take matters into my own (capable) hands. When that was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Chances Are by Richard Russo is the story of 3 college friends (men), who return to Martha's Vineyard after a 30 year hiatus, and try to come to terms with where they are at in their lives, relationships, and figure out what happened to their friend Jacy who disappeared the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood finally became available on demand in my neck of the woods and Chris and I watched it recently. It's really more about the reporter (Tom Junod) who wrote this article for Esquire magazine and the relationship they had during the time he was interviewing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Scenes from a day well spent. If you haven't been to Monarch Coffee in midtown Kansas City, you might want to scurry over there. Nancy told me they were voted best coffee in Missouri by Food and Wine magazine so you know I had to try it. I broke from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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When I asked him to describe his pain, the 52 year old man with stage IV lung cancer, who was admitted to the hospital with severe shortness of breath, weakness, and pain, said "I've been shot 6 times and stabbed 4 times, but nothing has ever hurt as bad as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I finished "The Little Paris Bookshop" recently. If you are a lover of books, a romantic at heart, can willingly push aside your skepticism, and are ok with a slightly formulaic story (even though the setting is lovely and the characters charming), you will like this book. I loved the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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The clouds on Sunday morning between 8:00 and 8:22am were simply splendid. It was a bit chilly on my walk, but these vista's and the smells of approaching spring, along with the chatter of returning robins made for a perfect morning. My endorphins were kicked up into high gear; in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
THANK YOU JEANETTE!