Mrs Padillys Painted Rocks

A Painted Rock Brightened Her Day

I just ran into a woman jogger, excited about a painted rock she found along a walking path in The Fort Wilderness Campground, WDW. Having placed such rocks myself, I explained the idea behind these random acts of kindness, also known as Kindness Rocks (see The Kindness Rocks Project.") Now that she understood why she found… Continue reading A Painted Rock Brightened Her Day

Sunset in Key Largo

Story of a Conch Shell

Finding a conch shell on the beach has been a dream of mine since I was a child, and on this day my dream "kind of" came true. Mr. Padilly and I were in Key Largo to celebrate our milestone birthdays (we were born just 24 days apart), so we rented this wonderful property on… Continue reading Story of a Conch Shell

Disney's Free the Female

Wordless Wednesday – 70s Flashback

I took this image back in the 1970s using my 110 camera. I edited it with the new Ps Camera App's Pop filter.    

100 Acre Wood

What Children’s Book Inspired your Creativity and Writing Style?

When have you last thought about the books you loved as a child? Did these favorites inspire you towards the career and/or hobbies you have today? For me, the answer to both of these questions is a "YES!" When I was young, anything by Dr. Seuss was a hit! This article includes image and text… Continue reading What Children’s Book Inspired your Creativity and Writing Style?


Change Comes in 2020, Starting With New Logo

2020 rings in a new logo and location for Mrs. Padilly of and! Since 2012, I've been blogging as a Texas lifestyle and travel writer, but in the fall of 2019, the Padilly's moved to Florida! In this new local, my Texas Padilly logo no longer fits my brand.  It came time to… Continue reading Change Comes in 2020, Starting With New Logo

Happy Camper Book on Chair

Happy Camper: Camping Journal & RV Logbook

Document all your camping trips with my new camping journal and RV Logbook, Happy Camper!   After eight years traveling as Mrs. Padilly, I've learned a thing or two about campgrounds, from five start RV resorts to your most basic campground sites. Using my personal experiences, I designed this camping journal and RV logbook to make… Continue reading Happy Camper: Camping Journal & RV Logbook

Actual Contact Marfa Texas

A Meteor Shower, Alien Hieroglyphics, and Mysterious Lights

"THE MYSTERY OF LIFE ISN'T A PROBLEM TO SOLVE, BUT A REALITY TO EXPERIENCE." ~ Frank Herbert ~  Reflecting On My Best Birthday Ever: Could the Devil's Triangle exist in a section of Texas' Big Bend Country? Anchored on each corner are Alpine, Marfa, and Terlingua, and at some point in-between them you get lost.… Continue reading A Meteor Shower, Alien Hieroglyphics, and Mysterious Lights

magnolia market digitally painted photo

Magnolia Market Haiku

Shopping for family. Lucky me the crowds are light. Spent too much money.2019 - Digitally Painted Photo Digitally Painted Photo of Silos at Magnolia Market, Waco, TexasMedia: iPhone 7, Waterlogue, Photoshop - February 2019 Mrs. Padilly

S/V Beautiful Dreamer Tayana 37

S/V Beautiful Dreamer

"SOMETIMES IN THE MIDDLE OF A DREAM, YOU WAKE UP AND FIND ANOTHER." ~ Mrs. Padilly ~ Once again we are taking to the high seas! Well, more like Galveston Bay and Texas coastal waters. Boating has always been part of our life, but it has been over 10 years since we had a big… Continue reading S/V Beautiful Dreamer


SNOW at the Homestead!

Snow is a VERY RARE occurrence in my part of Texas, but on December 8, 2017, we were treated to more that just the typical dusting of snow! And, rumor has it, it could snow again around Christmas!!! 🙂 Anyone who knows Mrs. Padilly, knows I never miss an opportunity to build a snowman. Or… Continue reading SNOW at the Homestead!


Prada Marfa, Texas

Traveling to the Big Bend region of Texas is well over 600 miles from our homestead in East Texas. To give you some perspective, that is equal to driving from Marfa, Texas all the way to Phoenix, Arizona and crossing two state lines! One of my bucket list items was to get a photo in front… Continue reading Prada Marfa, Texas


The Road Taken

"IF IT SCARES YOU, IT MIGHT BE A GOOD THING TO TRY." ~ Seth Godin ~ Bachelor Loop: Creede, Colorado. Every once in a while we take a road we wish we didn't, but once we make it to the other side, we realize it was worth it. This is exactly how I felt when we… Continue reading The Road Taken


Beneath Your Feet

"KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE STARS, AND YOUR FEET ON THE GROUND." ~ Theodore Roosevelt ~ Enchanted Rock State Park, Fredericksburg, Texas One of my favorite hikes in Texas is to the top of Enchanted Rock, the star attraction at Enchanted Rock State Park near Fredericksburg, Texas. In this image, we are standing at the Geodetic… Continue reading Beneath Your Feet



"NO WATER, NO LIFE. NO BLUE. NO GREEN." ~ Sylvia Earle ~ C-Horse Anchored on Lake Conroe, Texas. It's somewhat ironic that water is my inspiration since, at the age of five, they pulled my lifeless body from a lake and revived it; my first breath radiating horrible pain through my entire body, which I… Continue reading Inspiration


Half & Half

Two Halves to Bastrop State Park Campsite at Bastrop State Park, Texas, showing burnt section just behind our trailer At first glance it might seem this campsite, full of tall Loblolly pines, was merged in the editing room with a photo of a forest destroyed by some unknown force, but there is no photo editing going on. This… Continue reading Half & Half



MRS. PADILLY'S HAPPY PLACE Like the shell of an egg, enveloped around the chic awaiting its first adventure, my little brown egg Free Range provides comfort and safety during my travel adventures. Inspired by Weekly Photo Challenge: Envelope


Forces of Nature

~ Texas "Pop-up" Thunderstorm ~ A pop-up thunderstorm developing over the north side of Lake Conroe, Texas, April 2015. INSPIRED BY WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: Forces of Nature