Rambling Woman Part 3

Charleston demands a poet

So I found one of my favorites to hang with

You have to absolutely adore people who are as cuddly as this, right?

I left Charleston in search of this place

I am always delighted when I find my friends on the shelves.

Miz Claire was busily getting ready for the Moveable Feast

This is about all I saw of the Atlantic

Ellen & friends from Clinton & Fayetteville made the trip over to the beach

Rebecca and I worked in a little extra time by staying up long past the midnight hour

But Ellen & the Clinton gang all showed up for the Moveable Feast — 15 minutes of talking at each table.

What’s a day at the beach without a  mermaid?

Or a beautiful woman

Of one sort or another?

The staff at Quartermoon are a hard-working bunch. The feast was sold-out — and so was Double-Wide.

I left out early the next morning

So I could hear this man preach. No. Not in Ronnie’s market. Up the street @ Cornith UMC. Steve Taylor and I figured out we attended the same football games in high school. Only he was on the field and I was in the stands. I guess since he was preaching & I was listening, technically he’s till on the fields and I’m still in the stands.

I drove through pelting rain to Raleigh where I met up with these good people

You already know that Hugh & Renea are two of my favorite people

Now you can add A.J. & Cynthia to that list. They are starting an urban church in Raleigh at the Lincoln Theater. They help with Love Wins. (Cynthia don’t forget the table for Sunday.)

I drank enough coffee on Sunday to fuel an army, but it was worth it. Julie and I grabbed a cup in Greensboro, where we also swapped books. Ron Hogan introduced us at the Alabama Book Festival and I am so glad he did. Julie works in the publicity end of books and I’m telling you what… she should be writing the books.  The stories she knows.

I made Hickory by midnight where I got to visit with Eddie D. and Miz Judy. We drank some Washington wine & swapped more stories.

And I dropped by to take Dad his own copy of the book.

And I ran by the old home place, where I visited Cuz Joel at the newspaper

And I took in as many local sights along the route as I dared

I am hoping one of you will come up with a caption for this one, which compelled me to turn the car around for a second-look.  If the idea is that the curtains will draw your eye away from everything else, I’m not exactly sure they’ve achieved that total look yet.

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  • That last pic is classic. It should be on a book cover or sitcom or something.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      I agree, James.

  • Lillian

    LEFT BEHIND? Oh wait, that’s already taken— isn’t it?
    CURTAINS! Doesn’t that mean FINISHED –moving on?
    YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING—maybe too many kids.
    PLAYHOUSE—maybe too many kids 2.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      All good, Lillian. Eddie’s wife Judy is a decorator. She says the blue sheers are a “Wow” factor effect but in this case the wrong kind of “Wow!”

  • Steve T

    I truly loved hanging out for a bit and communing in the back pews. I think maybe those fields and stands have given way to the deep waters of life. Sister, it’s good to be swimming in the same stream, sometimes wild and out-of-the-banks, sometimes a slow float on a summer day, but in it all … grace. Blessings on your journey and thank you for sharing it.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Steve: Enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks for the invite.

  • Whew. You wear me out, girl! I can’t believe how much you manage to cram into a weekend! I need a nap…
    As for the last pic, I’d call it “Appalachian-Pottery Barn.”

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Girl, what a great time visiting with you. Thanks so much!

  • John in PDX

    I am not sure but maybe the Blue Mermaid (it looks like one on the porch) fits into the theme.

    •Prepare your martini glass by filling with ice. Set aside to chill. In a cocktail shaker add rum, blue curacao, triple sec and sweet & sour mix.


    Sugar the rimAdd a handful of ice and shake thoroughly. Empty the ice from the nicely chilled martini glass, slide the lemon slice along the glass rim and dip into the sugar.


    Strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker into your sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a sugar-dipped lemon slice or a simple twist of lemon. Then there is only one thing left to do… raise your blue mermaid martini and make a toast to whatever floats your boat. Here’s to Karen!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      John: Terrific. Love that.

  • Debbie Derrick

    see what the winds of Rogerville can do

  • Linda Williamson

    Karen, it was so good to see you again. Tell your husband hello for us. Now we just have to come up with a plan for coming back to NC next year as well.