SNOW at the Padilly 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!!! ūüôā

Anyone who knows Mrs. Padilly, knows I never miss an opportunity to build a snowman. Or in this case, a SnowWoman.

Mrs. Padilly's SnowWoman

Since my garden was still in bloom with camellias, roses, and Lantana, giving her a hat was a piece of cake. Read More

Prada Marfa, Texas

I recently visited the town of Marfa in the Big Bend region of Texas, which by the way, is well over 600 miles from my 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!

During this visit, I made sure to stop by the Prada Marfa art sculpture, and, since I see myself more of a Lucchese girl than a Prada girl, took the following picture.

Mrs. Padilly in Lucchese Boots at Prada Marfa

And in case you are wondering, the boots are Lucchese; much to the chagrin of Mr. Padilly, who gave them to me as a gift. I trucked all around the high desert of the Trans-Pecos in them. They are way more comfortable than my tennis shoes, and can take the dirt. Read More

Mrs. Padilly Rocks

Getting ready for a trip to Big Bend Country, and made this collection of “souvenir” rocks to leave along the way. Maybe you will find one?


Weekly Photo Challenge: The Road Taken

If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.
~ Seth Godin ~

Bachelor Loop: Creede, Colorado

Bachelor Loop near 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 journeyed the Bachelor Loop, near Creede, Colorado.

As you approach the start of the loop, you come across the old abandoned mining town you see in the photo.   Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
~ Theodore Roosevelt ~

Enchanted Rock State Park, Fredericksburg, Texas

Enchanted Rock's Geodetic Survey Mark

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 Survey Reference Mark at the top of the rock.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration

~ Sylvia Earle ~

C-Horse Anchored on Lake Conroe, Texas

Photo of C-Dory from the Lake

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 causing¬†a horrible pain to shoot¬†through my body, which¬†I can recall to this day.

I’ve had a few close calls with water since, but¬†it truly is my inspiration, in all its forms: Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half & Half


Campsite at Bastrop State Park, Texas, showing burnt section just behind our trailer


At first glance it might appear 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. Read More

Weekly Photo Challenge: Envelope


Mrs. Padilly's Casita Travel Trailer: Free Range

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

A Texas “Pop-up” Thunderstorm

Lake Conroe, Texas


A pop-up thunderstorm developing over the north side of Lake Conroe, Texas, April 2015.


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