Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Random Stuff {This or That Thursday}

The other day I was cleaning up my desktop and found about a million folders marked “New Folder” {Why do I name them that? Can’t I be just a little bit more original? Descriptive even?} and inside of them were a couple hundred unedited photographs. These are just a few of them…

Buildings in Cape Girardeau

These buildings overlook the Mississippi River in downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri and are being converted into lofts. I would really like to get a chance to take a look inside but my dream would be to live in one… I just think they’re absolutely beautiful.

Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge

The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge spanning the mighty Mississippi River, the hubs and I enjoy taking walks along the Mississippi River whenever we get a chance.

Old St Vincents Catholic Church

The steeple of Old St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau. Such a beautiful old building. I’ve heard that they offer tours but I haven’t been on one. Yet.

Evening Sky

This was my first clear moon shot. Or, at least, clear enough that I’m willing to share…

What do you do with your unedited photos? Do you save them for later and forget about them? Or do you edit and post immediately?

I’m linking up with Deb of Deb Duty Photography for This or That Thursday.


He is the Light {Word Filled Wednesday}

Light {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last week, the hubs, Miss 15 and I were driving into town when the hubs pulled over and said “You have got to get a picture of that sky!” It was the most spectacular looking thing we’d seen in just about forever. As I snapped away, I kept telling him, “I can’t quite capture the beauty…” I felt overwhelmed by the beauty that was before me…

This week as I read the section about God’s names of splendor, I was brought back to how I felt standing on the side of the road with my camera in hand. I felt overwhelmed. The Hebrew word for God’s name of splendor is OR OLAM or Everlasting Light. He is brilliant, magnificent, glorious, resplendent… He is the light in a world of darkness.

Right now we rely on the sun to give us light during the day and the moon and stars to provide light by night, but one day we will walk in the light of His presence {Isaiah 60:19}. Can you imagine? God is so brilliant that He can outshine the sun?

A couple of times a week, I plan to share what I’ve learned from my discussions with the ladies from the Women’s Bible Café and my readings from the book  Knowing God by Name: A Personal Encounter by Mary Kassian. For more information on the study, you can check out the Women’s Bible Cafe on Facebook by clicking here.

I’m linking up with:


Lazy L Safari Park {Getting to Know Missouri}

When it comes to going on adventures, Miss 15 is the ring leader. While the rest of us may be content to kick back and do absolutely nothing for a day, she’s raring to go… And Saturday morning was no exception, at her prodding, the hubs, the girls and I headed out to the Lazy L Safari Park to see the animals…

Lazy L Safari Park Collage

I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, maybe just a few farm animals or something, but I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of animals at the park…

Lazy L Safari Park

Lazy L Safari Park

Lazy L Safari Park

Lazy L Safari Park

The girls were brave and fed the animals…

Lazy L Safari Park

But I was stuck making friends with this little guy. You will never understand how badly I wanted to hold him!

Do you have a favorite animal? Why?

I’m linking up with:

Weekly Kodachrome

Communal Global

Show Off Your Shot







June Photo A Day {Photography}

May’s Photo A Day Challenge was a bust. I’m not even sure when, where or how I fell off the wagon, I just know that I did. But I did enjoy seeing everyone else’s contributions. It really is a lot of fun getting a glimpse into the lives of others. Just seeing what’s going on in other parts of the country and, in some cases, other parts of the world can be so inspiring.

Chantelle at fat mum slim has released her list for the June Photo A Day Challenge, which starts Friday. Will you participate? Leave a comment below letting me know where I can find your pictures, I’d sure love to see them.

Photo A Day June {fat mum slim}

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 #photoadayJune so others can find your photos.

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


Scavenger Hunt Sunday {Photography}

Happy Pentecost Sunday! Hope everyone had a great day. Please remember to take time to think about the families of those who’ve lost their lives in the name of freedom. And have a safe and happy Memorial Day.

Now on to my finds for this week’s hunt:

1. Beneath Your Feet

Beneath My Feet

My coffee table, while I kick back, sip coffee and watch TV. This could also be my shot for “currently”… If you’re a shoe girl, consider joining me on Saturdays for Shoe Style Saturday. For more information, click here.

2. Capturing Movement

Capturing Movement

The hubs was a little restless last night, so we drove down to the water front to walk around. I’m glad he made me run back into the house to grab my camera before we left. I think the light reflecting off the railroad tracks demonstrates movement, don’t you? This is pretty much SOOC (I added the watermark).

3. Texture


The hubs and I took the girls to the Lazy L Safari yesterday and this little guy kept following us around. I think it had something to do with the bag of food Miss 15 was carrying around.

4. Face Your Fears

Face Your Fears

As a result of growing up in Italy and spending a lot of time in Venice, I have an intense fear of birds. And cats. And running out of coffee.

5. Currently


This picture was taken tonight while I was editing pictures. Notice the ever present coffee mug?

I’m linking up with Ashley at Ramblings and Photos for Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Here are the “rules” if you’d like to join in:Scavenger Hunt Sunday

  1. Take a photo of each prompt {if you have to dig into your archives, it’s OK but the pictures should be relatively new}
  2. Link to the URL of the blog post, not your main blog
  3. Grab the button or text link back to Ramblings and Photos
  4. Visit some of the other participants and leave some comment love

Next week’s prompts {sponsored by Abra at The Magical Miss} are:

  • Shine
  • Fast
  • Left
  • Peace
  • Plain

Have a great week!

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