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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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When Saturday starts with a sky like this, and then you head to the farmers market, jumping in the car at just the right time to hear this interview with Nate Marshall. You can just stop right there and call it good. After you submit a request to your library... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
India Opal Buloni is a girl who happens upon a runaway dog wreaking havoc in a grocery store, claims him as her own, names him Winn-Dixie, and takes him home to see if she can keep him. If you want to know more, go to the library and check out... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
On a day off, there is nothing better than racing the sun to see if you can arrive simultaneously at a designated spot to greet the day together. Today, victory! Below, the rewards of starting the day with the sun. The preamble and that first glorious hour of the day... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
I love discovering a new (for me) interesting area in Lawrence. Most recently it was the Pinckney Historic district. Right up from Burcham park and the river trail. It makes for the perfect ending to a nice walk. So many interesting houses to look at, with gardens. And porches that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Featured this week in the usual, ordinary, commonplace, and regular activities of daily living I present the following: Collected on a hike. Cut from the garden. Made in the kitchen. Seen in the sky. Eaten for breakfast. Everything bagel with plain cream cheese how have I gotten through all these... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Lines at the farmers market don't happen too often. Especially at 7:45 am. Which can only meaning thing. Peaches! Here is a well prepared shopper. Box of peaches procured - meaning she must have had plans for them in advance. AND - will you look at that hair? Someone didn't... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
It's hard to pick a favorite zinnia. There are a multitude of reasons to like each of them. That said, I am partial to the Queen Red Lime and the Queen Lime Orange. Especially with a few Tequila Lime thrown in for good measure. I love the varying degrees of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
For those of you who've never met a buttonbush before, allow me to introduce you. I made it's acquaintance on a recent walk. Super cool looking flower isn't it? At first glance it was reminiscent of the coronavirus image. It's not uncommon for me to come across things not previously... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
At least 10 years ago, I made some ginger cookies with an orange/gingery cream frosting sandwiched between 2 spicy, crispy on the outside - soft on the inside cookies. It could be that I made them a few times. Then somehow I didn't get back to them. Until this week.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Let me start out by saying this is an unusual book review for me. Because... #1 I couldn't stand the main character. #2 I couldn't stand the main character's father who was prominent in the first 1/3 of the book. #3 I could not for the life of me understand... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Though my farmers market trip this weekend was slightly later and slightly shorter it did not decrease my spending. The first thing I did was march right back to the vendor with the cherokee purple heirloom tomatoes from last week. They are incredible. I placed my order... "I need one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
It crossed my mind as I got ready to cut down the dried poppy's last week, that seeds should be harvested. In case my sisters want/need some. This year, in addition to those nice, big, deep red blooms, there were lighter pinkish ones, and some red and white ones with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Three things about last weekend that sustained me through the week and have me looking forward to the coming weekend include the following. 1. This cup of morning coffee. With the Sunday paper. 2. This spectacular sunrise, 7 minutes from home. 3. Sitting around watching this pot of succulents grow.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
At Mary’s lake, in addition to water, there are nice woods with deep shade, and open meadows with flowers. There are also lots of unmarked paths between these spaces waiting to be explored. I did not expect the gentle sloping that got my ticker pounding as I went up and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
There was a whole lot of goodness at the market this past Saturday... starting with BABY FEET, ambrosia melons, and pink zinnias. One good pink deserves another so I present this little miss, spotted from a distance (I have a fine-tuned radar that alerts me to things such as this)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Sometimes, after a Saturday night hamburger, Hawaiian macaroni salad, key lime pie, three glasses of red wine, dinner party for two at home, I like to take myself over to the worship service where the big bells ring and the stairs are plentiful. This walk is also good after Chris... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
It’s been three weeks since this last post about what is happening in my work life. Friday marked the end of my 16th week on the palliative care team that is seeing the COVID positive patients at my hospital. Here is a quick update from the front lines: Our numbers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
When I got home from the farmers market last week, I headed straight for a very specific pottery pitcher to use for a vase. A creamy beige that just seemed meant to be paired with this unusual color of zinnia. Then came the tablecloth, found on a trip through a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
If you are looking for a far-fetched, slightly kooky, kind of formulaic, yet somehow charming book; Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen might be just what you need. It doesn't really fit anywhere on the shelves of books I generally reach for, but for bedtime, when you just want a little... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I have changed the language around my habit of walking. It wasn't a conscious decision, it just happened one day. Before I went to bed I began to think about where I was going to GET to walk in the morning versus NEEDING to get a walk in, or BEING... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Recently I did a deep dive into the Wishing Bench, situated at the intersection of 9th and Delaware streets in East Lawrence, not far from Decade coffee shop, which is still closed. Sigh. I have never taken my favorite coffee spots for granted but you can bet I am going... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
They had everything I needed and then some at the market on Saturday. Those tiny tomatoes were positively glowing, and I might have said "holy crap" or something like that when my eyes fell on them. I mean seriously. These crocheted bags full of lemons were so cute I wanted... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Some of my favorites from the last several weeks. Walks, flowers (outside, on the table, by the sink), and my pick for "best flag hanging on a porch in Lawrence" for the 4th of July. It's not officially summer until at least one of Janelle's key lime pies has been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
At the Baker wetlands right on the south/east side of Lawrence there are chattering red-winged black birds that sit atop tall narrow grasses that sway a bit under the weight. But never bend. How is that possible? There are also what I believe are boxes of bees making honey, tended... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Baby robin #2 took a full 38.5 hours longer than baby robin #1 to leave the nest. There was much thinking and talking, followed by hemming and hawing, in addition to lots of ongoing feeding, nudging, and encouraging by mom, before the standing and flying off happened. In the dead... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2020 at Tall Tales from Kansas