Beautiful Nueces River.
One of the cabins.
Glamour shot of my dad.
Jared, my dad, and Hunter prepare to ride out.
An bird’s eye of Money Mountain Ranch and surrounding properties.
My trusty boots.
A misty morning.
Our state squirrel.
Hunter proves that camo can be pretty darn effective.
Butterfly convention’s in town.
Stairs down to the river.
Jared bags a beautiful axis buck. (Picture courtesy of Tiffany!)
The moon says “howdy.”
Serenity looks like this.
I’ve already admitted that I’m a spoiled creature. But my husband took it to a whole ‘nother level when he flew me home to spend my birthday weekend with my family at our ranch in the Texas Hill Country. It was a last minute decision and I was up until 1 AM packing… but it was perhaps my favorite birthday present of all time! (And particularly generous, since the husband was sadly unable to join due to work.)
It’s hard–nay, impossible!–to capture the Texas Hill Country’s rugged beauty in late October. It’s untamed and sunshine-y and serene, unspoiled by internet access or cell service. Some moments were almost ridiculously Arcadian–my stroll through wildflower fields rife with butterflies (the monarchs are migrating right now), or when my brother Hunter and I accidentally spooked two fawns, sending them leaping lightly from a thicket. But they say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so in defiance of my writer’s heart, I’ll let my snapshots speak for themselves. Continue reading “Texas: Home, Home on the Range”
A very promising box!
Sizes 6, 0, 2, 3, and 4.
Thanks, Lynne Sait!
So I know it’s totally cheating to open presents a week+ before your birthday. I also know that at almost let’s-not-talk-about-it years old, I should have some self-control.
But when that promising box from Jackson’s Art Supplies showed up, I couldn’t resist.
As a watercolorist who has a hard time perceiving myself as anything but an amateur, I’ve been content to pick up my brushes here and there from Michaels and Hobby Lobby. But a few years ago, I treated myself to some tubes of Winsor & Newton’s gorgeously saturated paint…. Then my husband gave me some “grown up” watercolor paper for my last birthday…. And now my sweet parents have dropped some Winsor & Newton Series 7 brushes in my lap.
Suffice it to say, I’m a wee bit spoiled. Continue reading “Birthday Presents & Painting Tools”