Category: Thoughts

Heading out

By , June 13, 2011 7:23 am


Just a quick update… I’m headed to Dayton, OH for a couple days to sit a class I’ll be teaching some day. 

Sorry for the lack of updates, but I’ve been running around like a headless chicken.  Expect a bunch of updates later this week as we share our future plans.

Current location: Jacksonville, FL

New Camera!!

By , March 4, 2011 2:25 pm

Jonathan surprised me with a new camera. What a sweetie!!

My last camera died an unfortunate death in a canoe accident.

My new camera is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2. This little guy is blue and it is shockproof(dropproof from a height up to 6.6ft), waterproof (depth of 33ft), freezeproof (freezeproof to -10 degrees C/14 degrees F), and dustproof.

I love the camera. I think the love the little note even more!Red heart  What a sweetheart! Open-mouthed smile


Harbingers of Spring

By , March 3, 2011 7:18 am

The Star is still parked in Central Florida but we are both in Northern Virginia right now. Jonathan will be here for another week or so and I be here for two to three months. I’ve committed to a work project in the DC area and I will be staying with my family during this time.  We’ll be going back and forth to visit each other.

Yes, it’s cold here but it is slowly warming up. It is early March and the crocuses and daffodils are out in the yard. These flowers are harbingers of Spring!




The year 2011 will see a lot of changes for us. So far, it has been quite busy already. Our 11th wedding anniversary is tomorrow. We will attend a friend’s wedding in Bruceton, West Virginia the following day. We will have to miss another friend’s Memorial Service that is taking place in Falls Church, VA that same day. It’s too bad we cannot be in two places at once. On the one hand  there is hope and new beginning (wedding) and on the other there is death and sadness but there is hope too. That hope is the resurrection hope of a better future to come. Maintaining a balance and the right frame of mind can be a challenge sometimes when “life happens”.

Of Mountains and Meadows…

By , August 2, 2010 2:00 pm

We have enjoyed spending time in Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens. We are both awed and humbled by it. We will be catching up on those posts in the next couple of days while we are in the Vancouver/Portland area.


Majestic mountains shrouded in clouds

And flowery meadows that make the heart delight

You do your Creator proud

Displaying His wisdom and might


Guest Post: Roadtripping

By , February 27, 2010 8:30 pm

Editors note: We were approached by Tripbase and asked to do a guest post on behalf of their site,  After checking the site, it seems like something our readers might find interesting, so we agreed.  So, without further ado, here is our first “guest” post! 🙂

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Chris Zwierzynski, from shares some expert advice on roadtripping.

The very first road trip dates all the way back to the time of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II and so occurred because he took it upon himself to ride his chariot over the course of a single night, on the way back from Memphis. Imagine how far that must have been when you’re not in a car or plane, but just being pulled along by some horses? That was one determined road tripper.

Perhaps even ever since that time, road trips have long become a nigh-on integral part of the human experience, with many a person taking time out to carefully plan, strategize and execute fantastic road trips of their own. Sometimes, people even embark on road trips with little to no planning whatsoever, leading to a spontaneous burst of road trip-related freedom, but a nevertheless thoroughly enjoyable and life-enhancing experience. Carl Jung, that most famous of thinkers, even stated that the humble road trip was a “persistent element of human culture”; a sentiment that I – for one – tend to agree with, especially after seeing the prevalence of road trips in modern society these days. That and they’re awesome fun, of course.

Whatever you might think about road trips in general, it is an inarguable fact that not only do they have an important role as an integral part of the human existence, but they are also rapidly becoming an incredibly popular pastime for many, many people the world over. Road trips – long seen as the journey part of a vacation – are becoming much more than they used to be and instead of being but a fraction of the entire vacation, they ARE the vacation, with friends and/or family journeying on the open roads in their vehicle of choice, experiencing nothing but the good times and what whatever the road may have in store for them.

Also, in the blogosphere, you even have the increasing prevalence of road tripping blogs (much like this one, in fact!), which is just one indication of how increasingly popular the activity of going on road trips is becoming. Here you have a number of bloggers not telling you about their vacations in exotic locales, but rather the details and planning that go into their road trips and then when that part is over, you’re informed of the journey and just the journey, because we all know that the journey IS the road trip.

If you happen to be inclined to embark upon a road trip of you own, then you shouldn’t look for an excuse or a reason to go on a road trip, you should just GO. Carpe diem – seize the day – and make the most of what life has to offer by going on a road trip with some good friends. You’ll be the envy of everyone you’ve temporarily left behind, because you’ll be out on the open road, living life in precisely the way it was meant to be: exactly the way you want, uninterrupted.

For more travel tips and vacation inspiration, check out the Tripbase Travel Blog / Tripbase site.

About Tripbase:

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Photo copyright 2007, Jonathan Kalmes, some rights reserved.

The best laid plan…

By , December 11, 2009 12:15 am

The plans of the diligent one surely make for advantage…

Proverbs 21:5

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men, Gang aft agley

Robert Burns

Yes, there are definite advantages to planning and being prepared. But life happens…

image When you get sick, you go to the doctor. When your RV is “sick”, it goes into the shop. When the RV is in the shop, (especially for an extended period), you are “homeless” and therefore need to do the following:

  • Get alternate accommodation (friend, family, hotel, etc…)
  • Pack your toiletries and clothing (have a toiletry bag on standby and an overnight bag handy)
  • Put away or secure your “valuables”
  • Expect it to cost you

We have had our share of the RV (first the Storm and now the Star) in the shop.

Knowing what to expect helps.

It’s too small!

By , December 2, 2009 2:37 pm

That’s what we said to a 25-foot Class C RV that weClassC_Rental rented from Cruise America earlier this year. We wanted to do a “trial run” before we bought an RV. 

If we had not visited an RV dealership and had seen what a new RV look like or what a used RV look like that is cared for, the rental experience would have turned me completely off to the idea of living in an RV. The rental RV had over 100K “hard” miles on it and it was only one or two years old. It was a very used RV, it was an abused RV. I sanitized it & bleached it before we set off on your trip.

The rental experience taught us the following:

  • A 25-foot RV is too small for us to live in
  • We do not want a Class C RV
  • We want a Class A RV

On the way we met a retired couple in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel. They were “boon docking” or dry camping in the parking lot the night before. They received permission from the manager to do so. They had a shiny 40-foot Alfa Seeya with a matching enclosed trailer. Jonathan said it was his “garage”.  The trailer did have a couple of bikes and toys for the grandkids.

Notice the sign on the lower right of the trailer, it say “Retired Kids At Play SLOW”. 🙂


They have an RV “estate” some where in Florida. They are “professional shufflers”. They offer lessons and clinics if you want to learn to play shuffle boards. 🙂


They have been “full timing” or living in it for a couple of years. I distinctively remember asking him how long the RV was. He said it was a 40-foot diesel pusher and “very easy to drive, especially with the backup camera”. He also said that you need at least “36-40 foot RV if you plan on living in it full time”.  While he was talking size, all I thought about was that is HUGE! The size intimidated me.

After living in our 30-foot RV (with no slide-out) for a few months now…I am thinking he may be right.

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