After living at our new grotto for a year, Amanda and I are ready to start building our vegetable garden bed.  This one is a little ambitious as it will be a permanent structure and raised up to a little over 2 feet.  I even learned to used SketchUp to […]

The Next Garden Bed




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