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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
The first Zinnia's of the year were cut and arranged with basil and coneflowers - this to celebrate our first post-pandemic dinner party. It was a low key affair with a simple dinner, and we enjoyed it immensely. Even got out the "good" china. Why not? The other simple thing... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
On a recent adventure with Mary Joan, the day started at Hi-Hat with a butter bean latte. We found ourselves a nice table under an umbrella, the perfect spot for catching up. Great latte, friendly baristas, excellent neighborhood to take a stroll through if you are so inclined. Our destination... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Cherries and tomatoes were what caught my eye at the farmers market today. Even if you didn't like cherries (is there such a person?) you would probably want to buy cherries from her. Great smile, great sign, great fruit. I don't know if she read the sign or not, but... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
My latest drive-time listen is below. Later, by Stephen King and the first thing I want to say is I liked it. Stephen King writes great dialogue and puts out a good story with no unnecessary "stuff" that you just want to speed through to get to the point. Admittedly,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
The Yucca plants around the Keepers of the Universe statue down by the river in Burcham park are blooming. They look especially nice in the early morning light. Everything looks good in early morning light. Even the cottonwoods that are on their way to falling into the river. I love... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Dear New York Times: While looking through your paper recently, I stumbled upon this advertisement for "Gap Year NYC". I am a high school graduate, and I did not defer college. At the tender age of 18 I jumped from high school to college to marriage to a career and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I heard about my most recent read on the Diving In podcast which I have mentioned here previously. Another book that would not normally be something I thought to pick up, but after hearing them discuss it, I was intrigued. Before the Coffee gets Cold, by Toshikazu Kawaguchi is about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I am on hospital duty this weekend and won't make it to the market. Instead I present some favorite recent moments including poppies, clouds, and cardinals. I hope in your life (sometime) you will be lucky enough to be gifted a jar of strawberry butter. It's other-worldly in it's deliciousness.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The wild daisies are blooming in Lawrence right now. They are perfect in a setting like this, popping up in the best places. Indulge me while I show you just one more. It's turning into full on summer here. That means it's already hot by mid morning. My walks are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
MY latest seasonal refreshment comes courtesy of the NYT summer cooking section. I find it best served in a tall canning jar with a lid. Because it just seems better that way. Why? I don't know. Why does anything taste better in a canning jar? Because it seems nostalgic? Because... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
I finished City of Girls this week and found it, in the end, to be quite a satisfying listen. It's been on my list for awhile but when my college roommate told me she liked it, I decided to get started on it. Initially, before I really got into the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Here is my favorite photo from the farmers market yesterday. This is the tie-dye spirit personified. Complete with smiles, laughs, and a peace sign. I could just stop right here and you would know it was a great morning. But since I took a few more photos let me ramble... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Happy 67th wedding anniversary to Ray and Angie. Tonight Chris and I are having tostada's for supper, and eating it on the Franciscan ware that was their wedding china. It is hard to comprehend how Dad can have been gone for 21 years and mom for seven. What the pandemic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Behold the Fraternite. My cocktail before dinner last night with the Quails at Aixois. It's the perfect summer aperitif, citrusy but with a touch of sweetness, cold, light, refreshing... made up of pear and ginger liqueurs, lime, simple syrup and sparkling wine. We sat outside on the patio, where there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Our Memorial Day weekend was extremely low key, some might say pitifully boring, and that wouldn't stop me from doing it all over again the next time there is a 3 day weekend to be had. To start there was a blueberry snacking cake made with a bag of blueberries... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
When one comes to the Baker Wetlands the price of admission includes getting your shoes wet and muddy. Sometimes your pants too, but it's a small price to pay for the opportunity to watch a cavorting blue heron with a long, thin, black, plume/feather that starts at the top of... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Peonies and strawberries were top on my list for the market on Saturday. I learned my lesson from last week and arrived before 7:30 am - in time to procure my allotment. Several more vendors had them for sale this week which also helped. I was also glad to have... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
This collection of essays has been living on my bedside table for a month or so now. Each night before I go to sleep Ann Patchett has been talking to me about a variety of subjects. Things like figuring out what you were meant to do with your life and... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Poppies are blooming here. Maybe I love these dark red ones the best? There is nothing namby-pamby about it. It grabs your attention. No getting around it. And oh. dear. me. Look what's to come still. A multitudinous multitude of more blooms. All of this has been happening under the... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Way back in April when the Magnolia trees were blooming, and the sun was shining, I took these photos. But forgot about them. I figure there is no reason not to put them up now. I was going to tell you about the great ice cream sandwich I had for... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
When this clematis was planted I was informed it would sleep, creep, and finally leap - in regards to it's growth pattern. This year it is doing whatever comes after leap. Some kind of massive move forward. Whatever that's called. The buds before they open are as interesting as the... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
In case you are wondering what to wear to the farmers market when you come to visit, anything goes. But if you want to win the "best dressed award" you will want to bring these boots. Peonies were in many baskets, including mine. Because as long as they are blooming,... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Today something came for me in the mail. All the way from Scotland and the Spiral Tide Pottery studio. Introducing "waveware" cup #10. It arrived safely, thanks to the great care and attention of the shipper. Who also happens to be the maker. From every angle it whispers of the... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
The May garden report is as follows: A. Geraniums planted. Since I can not live in California where they grow as big as bushes and are a mass of blooms, I settle for them in pots. On the porch. B. This Japanese fern is positively eating up all the rain... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas
On the hit parade of the ordinary this week, here are the top 8 on the charts. A tiny flower arrangement, a Chinese fringe tree, a breakfast, an evening sky, rain on plants, a solitary coffee shop visit, this year's crop of iris, and just one more of Pam's peonies.... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2021 at Tall Tales from Kansas