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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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I do not believe I have ever used the word "wholesome" in a book I am telling you about. Until now. But it is the perfect descriptor for The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg. It's a sweet story about a town in Missouri whose founders come from Sweden and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Chris and I went downtown today for the Veterans Day parade. Things got started off with a fly-over. No matter how many times I see one, I am always simultaneously impressed and choked up. There were people walking and riding and smiling and waving. Mostly we wanted to show our... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Ordinary things from the week. Lets start with this dahlia shall we? By itself, or with it's companions. This sky. These veggies. Have you roasted delicata squash? This banner. Which gets fall leaves added to it, thus extending hang time into Thanksgiving. Forgive the cuteness overload here. But seriously. This... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Many walks are being squeezed into these most beautiful of autumn days. Early morning, late afternoon, or middle of the day. On a trail or in the neighborhood. They are all good. Sometimes alone. Sometimes with Chris. Red. Orange. Yellow. As I walk, I tell the leaves to hang on... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
A little mid-week poetry. Courtesy of Matthew Ogle and Pome. the angels have no wings they come to you wearing their own clothes they have learned to love you and will keep coming unless you insist on wings Lucille Clifton (2004) Helpful links: Pome Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
When the Prairie Makers met at Mary Joan's house recently we got the chance to examine this treasure made by her great aunts Emma Dunagan-Thompson and Martha Dunagan-Thompson. They lived in Georgia and were of English/Irish descent. We have all seen Crazy Quilts, right? And I think we can all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Marcy and Al were at the Farmers Market on Saturday in their warm hats. I first spotted them a few years back, and since then, have taken a picture of then in their cold weather headgear every year. It means that the season is coming to an end. This year... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Here is another quilt I saw in someone's room at the hospital in the last month. I haven't seen a "flower" made like that before. It was so pretty. The delicate hand stitching for the appliqué of the leaves and stems is a thing of beauty. It is unlikely that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This week at the hospital I spied some especially lovely handiwork in the rooms of a few of the patients I was seeing. Quilting and love of fabric art is an immediate way to connect with people. It lets us know we have a common language. I bonded well with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Agreed Jacki!
Chris: good question. For me “making” is the opportunity to play and have fun with no expectation of an outcome that will be great. Of course I would like it if all my projects were perfect in the end, but they rarely are, except to me. I love all the things I make because I remember the joy of the activity. Selling would add a layer of pressure that would make it seem like work. Since I already have a full time job, I like to keep my fun free of any expectations. Carol
Thanks for alerting me to the fact that there actually is a “candy corn day”
Attached, complete with photographic evidence, are the minutes from the latest meeting of the Makers. Agenda: Make a table runner from the "dots" edition of Making Magazine or perhaps a needle book. All our members must have options. Maker Joan provided guidance by starting her project early in order to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Banners are hung. Pumpkins are out. Front porch light is on. Kit-Kats, Snickers, and M&M's are ready to be handed out. Hurry up kids! I am ready to see a unicorn on my porch. Or maybe a ballerina, or Spiderman, or a robot. I am not picky. We are equal... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Spectacular is the best I can do for the colors of THIS fall season in Lawrence Kansas. And it doesn't seem like enough. The colors followed us home from Lake Tahoe. Before we left there was not much to write about. This last week though, the leaves sat up and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If you haven't done it yet. It's high time. To mix yourself up a batch of Halloween goodness. Brother called the other day so we could discuss the ratio of peanuts to candy corn. We like to discuss important culinary matters like this in the Moss family. I'll tell you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
After several weeks away from my Saturday market routine, it was good to get back there this weekend. A haze was lifting, and the sun was coming up as I drove out of the neighborhood. When I arrived, some kids were playing a game of "jump the curb", while their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Happy Friday night from Kansas. Where the sun was shining on the Euonymous alatus (aka burning bush) in a most pleasing way when I got home tonight after work. This weekend we are planning to enjoy the fall colors that have at last come to Kansas. In a most pleasing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Humor me will you? While I show just a few more photos from Lake Tahoe. Starting with the happy couple the morning after the exchanging of the vows. Gosh, if you are planning a destination wedding, this spot in the universe is amazingly beautiful in October. What a backdrop for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Thank you to the Prairie Trails Public Library in Burbank Illinois for seeing fit to lend me the 3rd installment of the Jackson Lamb "Slow Horse" series. I love getting to know more about this group of MI5 operatives who have each done something that got them reassigned to their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Even though I have plenty of skeins of yarn awaiting their turn on the needles, it is very important, when traveling, to make local yarn store visits. Which is what led us to Knits and Knots in South Lake Tahoe this past weekend. Where we discovered some lovely hand-dyed yard... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Heading home soon and back to regular routines. But boy, has this opportunity to get out among the trees, water, and mountains been perfect. Lake Tahoe, I think we might have future business together. I will have my people contact your people. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
All this + a wedding, one bear siting, and some mighty fine local coffee. Good times. For sure. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
We arrived. And oh yes, it is pretty. Really pretty. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Chris and I are heading to Lake Tahoe in the wee hours of the morning. Wedding bells are ringing for our youngest niece. Ain't love grand? We understand it's beautiful in that part of the country this time of year. There may be a daily post card if I plan... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Tall Tales from Kansas