Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


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Hi, friends! How’re you doing? I’m doing well. The kids came home to celebrate Twin A’s and B’s 19th birthday. Nineteen, y’all! It was so nice having everyone home. Even Squeekerz was in an abnormally mellow mood.

The Kids {Living Outside the Stacks} Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset

This is what happened when I said “Hey, Guys, I need a group picture.” They’re so silly.

Instead of doing my usual weekend wrap up, I’m sharing some of my pictures from the September Photo a Day Challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in a challenge and I’ve pretty much failed at the 52 Week Project: 2014 Edition, I decided to give it a try. If you’re participating, leave a comment below so I can check out your pictures. And don’t forget to give me a follow on Instagram.

 Day 21 {Fave Word}

#FMSPHOTOADAY 15-21 September {Living Outside the Stacks}

Faith is believing every need has been met even when I don’t know the hows or the whens. Faith is standing still when I want to turn and run. Faith is putting my trust in God and knowing it will be OK.

My faith in God meeting my needs is based on Matthew 6:25~34, which reads:

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Day 20 {Beginning}

#FMSPHOTOADAY 15-21 September {Living Outside the Stacks}

It’s the beginning of a new day. A chance for new opportunities, new laughs, new tears… Enjoy it.

Day 19 {Even}

#FMSPHOTOADAY 15-21 September {Living Outside the Stacks}

My daughters aren’t even waiting for me. That’s cool, go ahead and leave your mom behind…

Day 18 {Person}

#FMSPHOTOADAY 15-21 September {Living Outside the Stacks}

Thanks to this person I’ve become much braver about taking pictures of people. She is so much fun and can totally work it.

What you can’t see is that she’s on a rickety metal balcony surrounded by a bazillion bugs.

Day 17 {Key}

#FMSPHOTOADAY 15-21 September {Living Outside the Stacks}

I literally squealed with delight in Walmart when I found out I could have a monkey on my house key.

Day 16 {I Don’t Like}

#FMSPHOTOADAY 15-21 September {Living Outside the Stacks}

I don’t like Tapioca Pudding. Seriously, are those fat globules in the pudding? However, The Hubs likes it, so when he’s away I like to send him random pics of me eating his stash. We’ve been married 20 years. It’s the little things…

Day 15 {Remember}

#FMSPHOTOADAY 15-21 September {Living Outside the Stacks}

The last picture we took in our home in Pennsylvania before moving to Missouri. It was such an exciting time for us. New beginnings and all that…

My favorite coffee picture of the week:

Horse Print Dress with Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

Have a great week! Hope to see you around the interwebs, I’m on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and, of course, Instagram. Give me a yell!

I’m linking up with Jeanette at Life Rearranged for InstaFriday.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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What I Wore: Fashion Flashback

Have you ever gone back through your outfit pictures, looked at something and thought: Hmmmm, why haven’t I worn that again? That’s totally what I was thinking when I looked at this picture from 2012. Like, seriously, this is such a “Daenel outfit”…

So I’m resharing the post in the hopes that you’ll be inspired to go back through your closet and revisit a fashion fave.

What I Wore Sunday

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret, I absolutely positively love Junk Gypsies on HGTV, so when I went to their website and saw that mug on sale, I just had to have it. Unfortunately, you can’t see it very well in that picture, but trust me, it’s one big honkin’ hunk of ceramic fabulousness. I didn’t receive any compensation for this, I just big puffy heart that show and, well, that ginormous mug helps me to get my coffee happy on.

What I Wore Sunday

Anyway, I wore this outfit to church on Sunday, the dress is a little somethin’ somethin’ I picked up from Walmart a few years ago but rarely wear. Not really sure why, since I absolutely adore it. And, yo, it was a steal for something like $12. The jacket has been in my closet forever.

What I Wore Sunday

See how I’m finally starting to work accessories into my outfit? I don’t know why it’s taken me so long, I have so much great stuff that just sits in my drawer…

What I Wore Sunday

Ever since we moved to Missouri a year ago, I have been dying to get a pair of cowboy boots. I mean, like seriously scoping out cowboy boots only to get sticker shock. As much as I love shoes, there’s no way I could justify the price. So when my coworkers and I went into this little consignment shop called The Clothesline, I about fainted when I spotted a red pair sitting on a shelf. Honestly, how perfect are those boots? And they only cost me $8.50. Shut the front door! Total score, right?

What I Wore Sunday {Living Outside the Stacks}

So what outfit will you revisit?

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Coffee Talk: Common Sense, Television, Dog Fur, and Coffee, of course

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}

Wow, it’s been a long time since we’ve chatted. How’ve you been? I’ve been OK. Just busy with, well, life… You know how that is, right?

Anyway, I’d like to welcome you to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

1. Daniele Watts, an African American actress who was in the movie “Django Unchained” is accusing Los Angeles police of racism for cuffing her while responding to complaint. The actress says that she and her boyfriend were targeted because she’s black and her boyfriend is white. I read the story and listened to her interview on CNN yesterday morning and I’m gonna to have call nonsense. Someone reported that a couple was engaged in a sex act in a Mercedes; she admits that she and her boyfriend were “making out” but that it had ceased by the time the cops arrived. In the video, you can hear the cop ask for her ID several times and you can hear her refusing several times. She then throws out the race card, the actor card, and the “it’s my right to make out with my boyfriend” card as excuses for why she won’t comply with the officer’s request. insert eye roll here

Girlfriend, had you just followed your boyfriend’s lead and given the officer your ID, you never would’ve been cuffed and detained. As a general rule, when the cops ask you to stop and put your hands up, you should just do it. If they ask for your ID, give it to them. I’ve been followed, profiled, pulled over, etc. and every time, I’ve complied with the requests. Even when I knew the stop was unjustified. I’m looking at you, Mr. Police Officer who pulled me over and asked me why my kids were in the car with me instead of at school. It’s just easier. Yes, it’s frustrating. Yes, I’ve cried. But I’ve never ended up in cuffs or face down in the asphalt.

Here’s the deal, there are enough people who’re dealing with genuine race based discrimination out there that people don’t need to make things up or bring crap on themselves… A whole lot of Jesus and a little bit of common sense, people, that’s all it requires to get through this life.

2. I’ve stopped watching Extant and Under the Dome. Both shows had me wondering what the heck is going on here? And not in a good way either. But Hell on Wheels? If you are not watching that show, stop everything you’re doing and catch up. Then get back at me so we can discuss Sunday’s episode. Oh. Em. Gee. Anson Mount and Common had me all in my feelings.

3. You guys, I love Squeekerz. Goodness knows, I love that dog. I cried right along with the kids when he ran away. And I cried even harder when he came back with a pregnant cat. But there is no way in the world, I’m going to walk around with a purse made out of his fur. Yep, someone is making dog fur purses. And people are buying them. The rational side of me says this is no different than carrying a leather or cowhide bag but there’s another part of me that goes ewwwww…. But I will say one thing, they are GORGEOUS!!!! shudder

4. Coffee served in an ice cream cone? Yes, please.

Talk to me, what’s got you scratching your head?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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