30th Apr2012

1957 Chevy Bel Air {Photography}

by Daenel

Yesterday, I got to spend some one~on~one time with the boy. It’s rare that he and I spend time hanging out with each other. I’m so not into video games and he could care less about crocheting. But one thing we do have in common is a love of old cars. Who knew?

1957 Chevy Bel Air

When we spotted this 1957 Chevy Bel Air in the parking lot, we just had to stop.

1957 Chevy Bel Air

We walked around the car, talked about how we’d fix it up. Where we’d like to take it on a drive. Just a bunch of random musings…

1957 Chevy Bel Air

I had no idea that the boy was that into cars. And I’m pretty certain that he had no clue that I like vintage cars. I know others see a rusty old car, but I see the potential and I love it.

Sometimes, I think that’s how God viewed me, like an old rusty car sitting on the side of the road and He saw my potential, took me home, renovated me and made me a new creature {2 Corinthians 5:17}. I’m so grateful that even at my worst, He loved me anyway.

28th Apr2012

Gray Boots {Shoe Style Saturday}

by Daenel

Gray Boots {Shoe Style Saturday}

Can you believe I picked these boots up at Old Navy for $7.03? Score, right? The hubs was all “When your toe pops through the front the first time you wear them then you’ll learn…” Whatever, bubs, they were originally close to $40. Even if I only wear them once, I consider it a deal.

Where did your shoes take you this week?

Shoe Style SaturdayTo participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog, flickr or tumblr
  • leave a comment below letting me know you’re linking up
  • visit other participants and leave some comment love

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners.

27th Apr2012

Evening Sky {Shoot. Edit. Submit.}

by Daenel

Now that the weather has warmed up a bit, there’s nothing I like more than going outside with my camera in the evenings to capture the night sky…

Evening Skies {Shoot. Edit. Submit.}

I created this picture by combining 2 photographs to form the third:

  • to see the original, click here
  • to see the black and white, click here

I’m linking up with Misty and Kim at Through a Photographer’s Eyes for Shoot. Edit. Submit. If you’d like to join in, the “rules” are simple:

  1. The photo must be taken this week {Saturday~Friday}
  2. Only one entry per person
  3. Must have the “Shoot. Edit. Submit.” button or text link to back to this week’s post to qualify
  4. Link only to the blog post and not your main blog URL

And make sure you visit some of the other participants and leave some  comment love.

26th Apr2012

Fave Photos {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Do you participate in the photo a day challenge? I’ve found that taking pictures on a daily basis forces me to get my camera out even when I don’t really feel like it. It also forces me to be creative and try to think outside of the box. Not all the time do I hit the ball out of the park, but every now and then I get a few shots that I really like. So, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite photos from this month’s Photo A Day Challenge with you. If you’d like to see more or just engage in random conversation, please join me on Facebook by clicking here.

10 April: Cold

Cold {#PHOTOADAYAPRIL}

15 April: Sunset

Sunset {#PHOTOADAYAPRIL}

17 April: Something You Don’t Like

Something You Don't Like {#PHOTOADAYAPRIL}

25 April: Looking Down

Looking Down {#PHOTOADAYAPRIL}

Would you like to participate? Here are the rules:

  • Go visit Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim and let her know you’re joining in
  • Starting 1 May take a picture using the inspiration from the prompt
  • Once you’ve taken your photo, share the picture on your blog, Facebook page, Twitter, flickr or other preferred social media page. If you’re sharing on Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #PHOTOADAYMAY so others can find your photos.

If you’d like to see my challenge submissions, please click here.

I’m linking up with Deb of deb duty photography for This or That Thursday.

25th Apr2012

Count Your Blessings {Word Filled Wednesday}

by Daenel

Count Your Blessings {Word Filled Wednesday}

I’m linking up with:

25th Apr2012

Five {What I Wore Wednesday}

by Daenel

Are You a Shoe Girl?

Please Join Me on Saturday for Shoe Style Saturday!

(click here for more information)

So what happens when a hippie dresses all professional like? Well, what you see below…

Sunday {What I Wore Sunday}

This is what I wore to church last Sunday. I haven’t been able to fit in those pants in well over a year, so I was all excited to get in ‘em. I love the drape and the window pane plaid is so very classic.

Sunday {What I Wore Sunday}

My mother’s always telling me that I need to have at least one suit in my closet. I have two. This is one of them. I usually only wear them to interviews. So not a suit girl. I like the bow, I think it makes the suit a little more modern. Next time I wear it I think I’ll go with a bolder colored top, the nude cami is just a little “too nude”.

I’m linking up with:

Please check them out for more fashion inspiration.

24th Apr2012

May Photo~A~Day Challenge {Photography}

by Daenel

I had so much fun with last month’s photo~a~day challenge! Did you see my photos? I think I’ll post a few of my faves over the next few days, or you can check them all out by clicking here. Did you participate? Leave a comment below letting me know where I can find your pictures, I’d sure love to see them.

May Photo~A~Day

Would you like to participate? Here are the rules:

  • Starting 1 May take a picture using the inspiration from the prompt.
  • Once you’ve taken your photo, share the picture on your blog, Facebook page, Twitter, flickr or other preferred social media page. If you’re sharing on Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #PHOTOADAYMAY so others can find your photos.

If you’d like to see my challenge submissions, please click here.

23rd Apr2012

Sikeston Drag Strip {Getting to Know Missouri}

by Daenel

Sikeston Drag Strip

This weekend the hubs and I went to the Sikeston Drag Strip so that he could take his car for a spin. When we lived in Pennsylvania, he used to race every weekend {sometimes he’d take me on a ride along and OMG was it a blast}. I didn’t ride along with him this weekend, but I did have fun snapping some pictures…

Sikeston Drag Strip {Getting to Know Missouri}

The hubs lining up to go down the strip. You can’t see it, but there’s a big ol’ cheese eating grin on his face.

Sikeston Drag Strip {Getting to Know Missouri}

His car isn’t pimped for racing, he just wanted to see how fast it can go. He said for me to say “1/8 mile in 8 seconds flat at 87 mph with a 1.4 reaction time.” Somewhere deep down inside, I think he’s thinking that he has to get himself a toy

Sikeston Drag Strip {Getting to Know Missouri}

I totally enjoyed watching the cars rev their engines and squeal their tires. I’m sure there’s a technical name for it but I don’t know it… It was just loud and crazy.

Sikeston Drag Strip {Getting to Know Missouri}

I was totally fascinated by the kids who were driving the cars above. Part of me was cringing but the other part of me was like “Whoa, look at those kids go!”

You can see the rest of my pictures from the Sikeston Drag Strip by going here.

How was your weekend?

21st Apr2012

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

Shoe Style Saturday

I didn’t really do much this week, between the chilly weather and being a bit lethargic, I just haven’t gotten out much. Last night, we went to church {the second night of our men’s conference} and I wore the shoes above. I’ve had them for at least 3 or 4 years, an impulse buy while visiting my sister in Tennessee. I think I’ve worn them 2 or 3 times. I’m never really sure what to wear them with, do you have any ideas?

Where did your shoes take you this week?

To participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do is

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog, flickr or tumblr
  • leave a comment below letting me know you’re linking up
  • visit other participants and leave some comment love

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners.

20th Apr2012

Getting to Know Missouri {Shoot. Edit. Submit.}

by Daenel

Railroad Tracks {Shoot. Edit. Submit.}

Taken at the Mississippi Riverfront in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

I’m linking up with Misty and Kim at Through a Photographer’s Eyes for Shoot. Edit. Submit. If you’d like to join in, the “rules” are simple:

  1. The photo must be taken this week {Saturday~Friday}
  2. Only one entry per person
  3. Must have the “Shoot. Edit. Submit.” button or text link to back to this week’s post to qualify
  4. Link only to the blog post and not your main blog URL

And make sure you visit some of the other participants and leave some  comment love.

20th Apr2012

Teach Your Kids to Control Their Anger {In the Family Room}

by Daenel

A few days ago, I read a story about a 6~year~old girl in Georgia who was handcuffed by a police officer because she was throwing a temper tantrum in the principal’s office. You can read the full story by going here. Apparently, her tantrum included screaming, pulling items off the wall and knocking over a shelf and injuring the principal.

The article goes on to say attempts were made to calm the child before the police were called. Office personnel also tried to contact the girl’s parents, when those attempts failed, the police were called. The updated article also states that this child has run away from school several times and had other disciplinary issues. So from reading the story, I don’t see that the school administration did anything wrong.

Think about it, this child was throwing a violent tantrum that couldn’t be contained. She could have seriously injured herself or someone else, then the public would have been looking at the school all cross~eyed. This is a sign that this child already has anger management issues. And a problem with respect for authority.

At 6 years old, this girl is still young enough to learn to control her temper, which will serve her well as she gets older. Once she’s a teenager, her violent outbursts aren’t going to be quite so cute or harmless. One of the first lessons, we taught our children was to control their anger. Yes, they get mad and they get angry but they don’t slam doors, kick, hit or punch, nor have they ever yelled “I hate you.” Rage and/or violence is not the way to handle disappointment.

The parents need to teach their daughter how to focus her anger so that it doesn’t end with her in juvenile court when she’s in her teens.

The child wasn’t traumatized by the event. According to Acting Chief Swicord, the girl was taken to a meeting room while they waited for a family member to pick her up.

What do you think? Were the police out of line? How could the administration have handled this differently? 

19th Apr2012

Roses {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Rose {This or That Thursday}

Rose {This or That Thursday}

Evidently, I’m not very observant because I didn’t notice these beautiful roses growing on the side of my house until a few days ago. It makes me wonder how many other things go unnoticed in my home…

Guess I should go figure out where I left the kids.

I’m linking up with Deb of deb duty photography for This or That Thursday.

18th Apr2012

He is Our Guide Until the End {Word Filled Wednesday}

by Daenel

He is Our Guide Until the End {Word Filled Wednesday}

Today my church family is celebrating the Home Going of our pastor’s father. While we’re sad to lose his presence, we rejoice in the knowledge that his sleep is but for a short while, because when the trumpet sounds, he will be joined with our Heavenly Father {1 Corinthians 15:52}.

I’m linking up with:

17th Apr2012

Strawberry and Creme Pie {Photography}

by Daenel

Strawberry Cream Pie Color Palette

Last week’s prompt for the 52 Week Project: 2012 Edition was “advertisement”. The idea was to take a picture that made viewers want to “get in line to get what you got”. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to capture until I happened to be at McDonald’s eating a Strawberry Cream Pie.

As all of my family and friends know, I’m a big fan of the McDonald’s Peach Pie Seriously, have you ever had one before? It’s beyond delish but I’d never had the Strawberry and Cream pie before but one bite and I was like Oh, yeah, this is it! So I quickly bought another pie I truly suffer for my art ran home and started snapping away.

What you see above is the final shot with the addition of a color palette. So, what do you think, does it make you wanna get in line for a pie?

You can see the rest of my submissions to the 52 Week Project: 2012 Edition by going here.

16th Apr2012

Tortellini with Squash {Meatless Monday}

by Daenel

Tortellini with Squash {Meatless Monday}

Now, I’m not even gonna pretend that I’m one of those people who minces my own garlic and grates my own Parmesan. I don’t. I use jarred garlic that’s already been minced and I use a lot of it. I’m also not very particular about the measurements. Dump and stir is the only way to go. Add a little and just keep going ’til your eyes roll back in your head and a whispered “Mmmm” escapes your lips. Deal?

I made Tortellini with Squash for my family a few nights ago and we all agreed that it stays in rotation. It’s light, filling and can be eaten steaming hot or at room temperature. If you’re a mother, you know that’s generally the temp of your food by the time you get to eat. So let’s get to it:

Ingredients

1 package tri~color Tortellini

1 Yellow Squash (sliced)

1 Zucchini (sliced)

Minced garlic

Olive Oil

Salt

Freshly Ground Pepper (OK, this is the one thing I do insist upon, there is nothing like freshly ground pepper)

Parmesan Cheese

Directions

1. In a pot of salted water, cook tortellini according to package directions.

2. While the tortellini is cooking, coat the bottom of a saucepan with olive oil and heat on medium high. Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant (about 1 or 2 minutes), add the yellow squash and zucchini. Cook an additional 5 minutes (cook longer if you don’t like crunchy veggies).

3. When tortellini has finished cooking, drain but reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.

4. If you’re fancy, you can pour the tortellini into a bowl but my family is hard core, everything goes back into the cooking pot so….  Return tortellini to the pot, add in the veggie/garlic mixture, stir in reserved liquid to keep pasta from sticking. You may not need all of the liquid but you can keep it on hand to use to reheat the tortellini later if you need to do so.

5. Once you’ve placed the tortellini on a plate, add freshly ground pepper and Parmesan cheese.

If you try it, let me know what you think. I’d also be interested in knowing how you adjust the ingredients/recipe for your family.

15th Apr2012

Kreative Blogger Award

by Daenel

Kreativ Blogger AwardGuess who has two thumbs, a camera, her own little space on the web and has been awarded the Kreative Blogger Award? That’s right, this girl right here. Can I tell you how excited I am about this? Well, I’m very…

I was given the award by Natasha at Houseful of Nicholes. If you haven’t visited her blog, you should definitely do so. She is the craftiest library~saving momma this side of the Pecos. OK, I don’t know about the Pecos part but I do know that lady can sew up a storm and she’s a big~time library crusader. So please, go check her out.

So the rules of the award are:

  1. Thank the award giver and link back to them in your post
  2. Copy the award and post it above
  3. Tell your readers seven things about yourself
  4. Award seven others and tell them about the award

Seven randomosities about me:

  • I can touch the tip of my nose with my tongue. This is not one of those life skills that has served me well in adulthood but as a kid, it used to freak my sisters out, so it was well worth it’s short~lived value.
  • In a previous life, I was a model, history instructor and librarian. I was also in the Army for 4 years. During that time, I was stationed in Korea and I would stay with random Korean families just for fun. I would kill my kids if they ever did that. I didn’t speak Korean and many of the families that I visited didn’t speak English.
  • We found out about my twins 9 days before they were born. As in the doctor said, “Mrs. Tucker, you’re having twins and we don’t deliver twins here, so you’ll have to go to Texas.” Nine days before I was due to give birth. You can read about my labor on the highway by going here.
  • I’m not a bad mother but I once left my kid at the top of the escalator. Although the statute of limitations ran out about 14 years ago, she still tells the story to anyone who will listen and offer a sympathetic ear.
  • I would like to be a professional car dancer. Dude, if there can be professional paint ballers, surely there can be professional car dancers.
  • I absolutely positively love monkeys. If you’d like to know the story behind my monkey love, just go here. When I was a kid, I swore I’d have a monkey and a child and raise them together as siblings. My plan was vetoed by the hubs.
  • My Nikon D3100 is the best gift the hubs has ever given me. That includes the children.

My seven nominees:

  1. Chic Homeschool Mama ~ Gina was one of the first photographer bloggers to encourage me in my new~found hobby
  2. Deb Duty Photography ~ Deb’s another one of those photographers who has been encouraging me
  3. Mom’s Toolbox ~ I love how Amy encourages her readers to dig deeper into the word of God
  4. My Freshly Brewed Life ~ Barbie’s words are just so inspirational
  5. Nora Elizabeth Photography ~ Nora’s sweet spirit and grace come through in her photography
  6. Serendipity is Sweet ~ I big puffy heart Melissa’s photography
  7. Snafood ~ I’m a recipe junkie and ever since Erin told me about her online cookbook, well, I’ve been in foodie utopia

Please check them out when you get a chance and let them know that I sent you.

14th Apr2012

Shoe Style Saturday

by Daenel

Boots {Shoe Style Saturday}

I thought boot wearing weather had come to an end. Does boot wearing weather every really come to an end though? It’s bordered on freezing here. OK, slight exaggeration but after the near 80s we were having, the 50s and 60s feels kinda frigid. Has the weather done a sudden flip where you are too?

Even with the cool weather, I did get out and do a bit of wandering around the area with my camera in tow. The Mississippi Riverfront is one of my fave places to go when I wanna just people watch or take some pictures of different architectural settings. Have I told you how much I love taking pictures of buildings? I think my fave discovery this week had to have been the antique shop that I visited on Thursday. The historian in me was all kinds of geeked out. You can see my pictures by clicking here and here.

Miss 15 had a choir concert last night and I was prepared for all sorts of weirdness. Last time I attended one of her concerts the guy sitting next to me kept licking his arm. I KID YOU NOT. HE WAS LICKING HIS ARM! This time I was sitting next to a sweet couple who had me giggling. The father kept holding up a lighter and yelling “Free Bird!” Hilarious! He also told me if he nodded off and his head rested on my shoulder not to worry, he’s “clean”. Ummmm

Where did your shoes take you this week?

To participate in Shoe Style Saturday, all you have to do isShoe Style Saturday

  • take a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog, flickr or tumblr
  • leave a comment below letting me know you’re linking up
  • visit other participants and leave some comment love

So, come on and show me your femme fatale flats, those sexy stilettos and pin~up peep toes, yes, even your racy runners.

12th Apr2012

Welcome {Ultimate Blog Party 2012}

by Daenel

Are You a Shoe Girl?

Please Join Me on Saturday for Shoe Style Saturday!

(click here for more information)

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Hi, everyone! Welcome to Living Outside the Stacks, my little corner of the bloggy world. Let me tell you a little about myself…

My name is Daenel, pronounced Day~nell. I don’t know what my mother was thinking. I’ve been married for seventeen years and have five children and three grandchildren.  We have a dog named Squeekerz who would sell out the family for a slice of bread or a box of Girl Scout Cookies {Shortbreads}. I’ve been blogging since 2007 (!) and I’ve written about a variety of topics ~ librarianship, my family, my faith, crafting… In the last few months, I’ve gotten into photography.

I have mad crazy love for monkeys and an irrational fear of birds and cats.  It’s best not to delve too deeply into that but let’s just say the bird thing stems from living in Italy for several years and, um, cats jump ~ it freaks me out. 

I enjoy kicking back with a cup of coffee and watching television when I have down time.  My favorite show is Scandal. Seriously, have you seen that show? Kerry Washington is working it all kinds of ways, right?  I also enjoy getting caught up in historical mysteries. Brad Meltzer, call me. 

I invite you to look around and make yourself at home.  Feel free to look through my photo albums, listen to some music, grab a book from my library or just wander around my blog and leave some comment love.

I’d love to get to know you better, so please join me on Facebook {click here} or talk to me on Twitter {click here} and, just for fun, answer the question below:

WHAT IS YOUR THEME SONG?

Ultimate Blog Party 2012About the Ultimate Blog Party

Everyone is welcome to this party.  This is an opportunity for you to get to know other bloggers as well as a chance for you to grow your blog. All you have to do is head over to 5 Minutes for Mom and follow the directions.  Don’t forget to grab the badge, leave a link to your post and then do some partying at your neighbor’s blog.

And don’t forget to register for the fabulous prizes that are being offered, just go here for more information.

Have a great weekend,

12th Apr2012

Getting to Know Missouri {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

A couple of days ago I spent some time down at the Mississippi Riverfront, in the Historic District.

Mississippi River

While there, I took a few pictures of some of the buildings that are undergoing rehabilitation. They’re turning them into lofts {if it weren’t for the kids, I would beg the hubs to move into one}. I took a peek inside one of the windows ~ exposed brick, great metalwork, etc.

Buildings

On my way home, I passed by this charming little antique shop and I just had to go inside.

Back Street Gallery Antiques

Once inside I roamed the aisles and made a sweet little discovery…

Rabbit

My sisters and I had very similar rabbits when we were kids. They were little banks. I’m not sure what happened to them{knowing me, I probably cracked mine opened to buy some Big League Chew ~ do you remember that gum?}.

What discoveries have you made this week?

I’m linking up with Deb of deb duty photography for This or That Thursday.

11th Apr2012

When I Think of the Goodness of Jesus {Word Filled Wednesday}

by Daenel

When I Think of the Goodness of Jesus {Word Filled Wednesday}

When we moved to Missouri, I tried not to think about all the things that I’d be giving up {a career that I loved, people I enjoyed working with on a daily basis, etc.} and focus on the things that I’d be gaining  {living closer to my family, a promotion for the hubs, etc.} but it was still scary.

I practically hyperventilated every time I thought about all the bills. Bills we still had to pay. On one salary. Yes, the hubs got a promotion but it didn’t come with a two~person salary increase. Our house in Pennsylvania still hasn’t sold. We have a kid in college, two in high school and one in junior high. And don’t get me started on the vehicles…

After one particularly vomit~inducing bill paying session, the hubs told me to write all of our bills on a sheet of paper and stick it in the Bible. I flipped my Bible open to Philippians 4:19:

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus

And I didn’t think anything else of it.

Until a few days ago when I realized that God has totally made a way out of no way and I hadn’t been thanking Him for it. God has so seamlessly blessed us that I didn’t even realize it was happening. Every month, God has given us enough money to meet all {not some} but all of our needs.

So when I think about the goodness of Jesus and all that He’s done for me and my family, my soul cries out Hallelujah, I thank God for saving me!

I’m linking up with:

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