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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
For today I have compiled a list of things that are still happening. The leaves are still turning. The Quails continue to meet for dinners, and always have dessert at the end, in particular when there is a crème caramel on the menu. New walks are being found, some with... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today I said YES to a pumpcullent and a piece of pumpkin spice latte cake. Two very good things. But before I show you other things let me tell you about something I did not get a picture of. Respecting the "I don't think his parents would want me to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
On this recent, early morning hike, the Baker wetlands were cocooned in a light mist, making it the perfect place for a walk that showed off the artistry of all the overnight, spinning spiders. It was so quiet, except for a few honking geese, and the occasional call of western... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Book # 8 in the Inspector Gamache series does not take place in Three Pines and it does not involve a full team of investigators from the Sûreté du Québec. Instead, this story unfolds in a monastery, where they specialize in Gregorian chants and aside from that live in isolation... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Here are some favorite things that happened around these parts lately: Lots of local Jonathan apples were eaten. Some were chopped, others sliced, most picked up and eaten right off the core. Of course there were zinnia moments. Every day I find a new favorite. Nancy and I met on... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Bittersweet wreath anyone? Pendletons had them at the market on Saturday. Likely they have a good supply of them out at the farm too. Apparently the oriental bittersweet plant is considered to be an invasive species in some locales... but gosh, isn't it just lovely? Several varieties of "pumpculents" were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
In the hours before we got a little bit of rain the other day, the clouds gathered and moved across the sky in a most pleasing manner. What I really need in my backyard is a "cloud observation" stand - which would consist of a soft mattress, covered with a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The zinnias know their season is coming to a close and want to get it on record that their performance this year has been one of THE most spectacular ever. Especially since most of them were volunteers. To the very end, they are blooming almost faster than I can keep... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is, as the name implies, the story of a marriage and what happens when the husband is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. It does not focus on the crime or the legal battle, but rather, as the title implies, what happens... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
In these last in-between days of late summer and early fall, there are candles inside and outside. I am having races with myself to finish projects, promising myself the possibility of new creative endeavors to start on. Just because I have not begun a new year of "school" does not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Fall was on full display at the farmers market this weekend. Orange, yellow, green, round, oblong, bumpy, smooth - whatever your pleasure, in the squash/gourd family, they had it. The return of the "mean greens" made me happy. I like a nice spicy salad mix. I had to get these... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Another recent glorious walk here in Lawrence. When I turned around, this scene, framed in perfection, demanded to be photographed. I could search my brain for all sorts of adjectives to describe this walk, as well as the resulting sense of deep satisfaction when I was done, but I will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This is my latest read, I have been listening to it on CD while I sit upstairs, in a comfy chair, with my back to the window to allow the light to shine directly on my stitching. The Life we Bury, by Allen Eskens, is one of those books you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
A mish-mash of good things from the last weeks. Walks, zinnias, the white truffle garlic bread with house made ricotta appetizer, making Barb and Nancy pose at the little cafe table, pickling peppers and making simple syrup, watching a robin who was delighted that I turned on the sprinkler, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
It's September and let me admit that I am seriously Jonesing for fall. I already told you that Chris made chili for supper the other night and I am wanting something pumpkin. Too early for pumpkin bread, but bran muffins are always right. Even though I rarely make them, Sister... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This is what came home in my basket from the farmers market on Saturday. New things I am trying this week include a re-energize juice (carrot, apple, ginger), protein balls with coffee in them, poblano peppers, and joint oil. It's important to throw new items into the mix regularly. These... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
On Friday, in Lawrence, there was a meet-up of the Huff + 1 lunch club. Back to the usual membership, Marti decked out to the nines, and me bringing 2 cameras to be sure I got at least one picture of her in her black dress with pearls. She shined,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If you were coming to visit Lawrence Kansas and wanted to know what to do while you were here, one of my first recommendations would be to head for the Baker Wetlands. For a walk. Wide open blue skies, wonderful native plants, a doe and her fawns, and likely a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This past weekend was a potato salad eating, porch sitting, butterfly watching, needlepointing, watercoloring, kind of holiday here in Kansas. After the morning walk I watched the butterflies drift on the breeze, searching for just the right flower. Quite contented was I as I watched. Brother and I have discussed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I just finished listening to The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abe Daré. The main character in this novel is Adunni, a 14 year old girl living in Nigeria, trying to do everything she can to get her education, so that she may "have a voice". She was told... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The honey crisp apples took up more space than the peaches this week at the farmers market. Which of course has me thinking of apple cake with a streusel topping and big chunks of apple (soft but still holding on to some texture and shape) nestled inside of a moist... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Things that are occupying me lately include a nice sunset... ... and the emergence of the queen lime red zinnias. These are from new seeds that I didn't plant until later in the season. The whole queen lime series of zinnias are simply divine. Probably most importantly is the trip... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
As I passed this beautiful basket of purple eggplant at the market yesterday, I heard John Pendleton telling a woman how he likes to chop it up with other vegetables, toss it in a skillet and make an omelet. Unless he finds himself short on eggs, in which case he... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I just finished listening to A Trick of the Light, book # 7 in the Three Pines series with Inspector Armand Gamache, by Louise Penny. I do enjoy a quick visit to the Eastern Townships and a chance to catch up with a most interesting group of characters. I love... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The other day, the Huff lunch club met. It was actually the Huff lunch club plus 3 minus 1 and one of the plusses was a teeny tiny sweet great grandson who slept in his stroller and paid us no never mind as we feasted and gabbed. How it is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2023 at Tall Tales from Kansas