When contemplating how to attach your bird feeders, birdhouses and/or wind chimes do not attach them with nails, screws or anything that will penetrate the outer bark.  Texas A&M Forest Service has a great explanation on why one shouldn’t: Penetrating the outer bark can damage the cambium, the area just […]

Don’t Harm That Tree


To help ease our camping experience, and help our trips immensely, we decided to organize the campsite ‘kitchen’. For this we started looking at purchasing or building a chuck/grub box to store all of our camp kitchen supplies. This would save time routing around looking for utensils and places to prepare the meals. Using […]

Our First Official Chuck Box



Mission Tejas State Park is a 363.5-acre park in Houston County, 22 miles northeast of Crockett. The park contains several historic sites in the park along with a commemorative replica of the first Spanish mission in Texas and one of the oldest surviving structures in Houston County.  Nice short trails crisscross the park, along […]

Mission Tejas State Park


Shortly after spring break our family decided it was time to move.  We had a short time to find a house and settle in before the new school year started.  I am glad to say we have found our new home and have lived it for the past couple of […]

A Short Hiatus



Camping is one of our family’s favorite activities, but it requires some preparation. Camping with two kids and three dogs requires the ability to plan a camping trip. As with anything planning ahead will make your life easier. Book your reservations well in advance of your trip, plan your menu for the […]

Learning From Our Mistakes


I have had to pleasure to start working with ZF2 Element\Collection the last couple of weeks. Boy can I tell you what fun it is, especially with Zend’s fantastic/useful documentation; can you smell the sarcasm? I did have the benefit of looking at another team members work done in a […]

Fun with Zend Form Collections



This year we added eggplants to  our garden, I haven’t really used eggplants in any of our recipes, so I started to look for some ideas.  Thanks to google it was quick and easy to find someone who tried this. Ingredients:  1 large eggplant, about 1 pound 1 1/2 teaspoon […]

Eggplant “Bacon”


In a current project I am working on I have a client that requested to have a single page allowing them to update six existing PDF files. The files uploaded are not guaranteed to have the same file name currently on the server, and they will not always be updating […]

File uploading with Zend