17th Nov2013

November Photo A Day Challenge: Days 10~15 {In the Dark Room}

by Daenel

Day 10: Book

Day 10 Book {Living Outside the Stacks}

When I moved out on my own, I took three things from my parents’ home: a few books, a chess set, and a doll.

Day 11: Memory

Day 11 Memory {Living Outside the Stacks}

1994. I was promoted to Corporal by Capt. DeMassey and the hubs. Side note, I’m pretty certain I was violating all kinds of reg with the glasses and lipstick.

Day 12: Clouds

Day 12 Clouds {Living Outside the Stacks}

The weather has been all over the place. One minute it’s cold, the next it’s hot. I need stability.

Day 13: Part of Me

Day 13 Part of Me {Living Outside the Stacks}

My eyes are my favorite features, even though I’m blind as a bat without my glasses.

Day 14: Eating

Day 14 Eating {Living Outside the Stacks}

One of my favorite salads is the Waldorf Salad. I’m not sure if it’s the juicy grapes, tart apple slices, or sweet and crunchy nuts that I like best.

Day 15: In My Pocket/Purse

Day 15 In My Purse {Living Outside the Stacks}

My bags are big. I carry a lot of stuff.

I’m linking up with:

Are you participating? Share the link in the comments so I can see your pictures.

Daenel T

10th Nov2013

November Photo A Day Challenge: Days 4~9 {In the Dark Room}

by Daenel

Happy Monday, y’all! I hope you guys had a good weekend. My weekend started on Friday and lasted through Sunday. Yay for long weekends! We didn’t do anything, just hung out around the house. But, sometimes, you just need to take a break and do nothing, amiright? But there are times when you really need to get away from it all…

I think next time the hubs and I have some time off we’re going to try to go exploring.

This week’s pictures are a mix of camera phone and DSLR shots. I find that if I mix it up I’m more likely to post a picture for that day’s prompt. I guess this means I like flexibility in my tasks. See, these challenges are more than vanity ticks, they teach you about yourself too.

So without further ado, here are my interpretations:

Day 4 Table {Living Outside the Stacks}

Day 4: Table

Vintage material covers my table

Day 5 I Collect {Living Outside the Stacks}

Day 5: I collect

Coffee cups. Are you surprised?

Day 6: Music {Living Outside the Stacks}

Day 6: Music

I have absolutely no musical talent.

Day 7: Yes {Living Outside the Stacks}

Day 7: Yes

Yes to all this.

Day 8: Someone I miss {Living Outside the Stacks}

Day 8: Someone I miss

There are times when I’m ashamed to say that it doesn’t cross my mind that my dad is gone. Then there are times when it hits me like a ton of bricks and I crumble…

Day 9: Mine {Living Outside the Stacks}

Day 9: Mine

The best gift the hubs has ever given me. And that includes the children.

I’m linking up with:

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Daenel T

03rd Nov2013

November Photo A Day Challenge: Days 1~3 {In the Dark Room}

by Daenel

It has been waaaay too long since I’ve picked up my camera to shoot anything other than my clothes.

{Fruit} Day 1 #FMSphotoaday

Day 1: Fruit

Confession: that apple was the last from a purchase from about a month ago. On one side it was wilted and bruised. Miss 18 was totally skeeved the whole time it was in her hands.

{I Did This Today} Day 2 #FMSphotoaday

Day 2: I Did This Today

I do this every day. For further proof, check out my Instagram feed.

{P is for Petal} Day 3 #FMSphotoaday

Day 3: P Is For…

Pretty petals on a purple flower.

I’m linking up with:

Are you participating? Share the link in the comments so I can see your pictures.

Daenel T

01st Jul2013

July Photo A Day Challenge {In the Dark Room}

by Daenel

July Photo Challenge {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve participated in the Photo A Day Challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. I think I’ve been so focused on running and training for my 5K that I’ve forgotten to just enjoy taking photos, I hope this will get me back in the groove.

As usual, I’ll be participating on Instagram, you can follow me by clicking here. I’ll try to remember to do a weekly round up of photos here, just so I can get back in the habit of sharing something other than my sweaty face.

Are you participating? Leave a link in the comments so I can check out your photos.

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20th Dec2012

December Photo A Day {This Or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Hi, everyone! This has been such a long week. Most of the students are gone, so work has slowed down significantly, making for long days. I’ve been spending it putting together work schedules for the student workers for next semester. And doing clean up work.  But, mostly, I’ve been counting down to vacation. How’re you spending your last week before Christmas?

Day 13 Lights

Day 13 Light

Old St. Vincent’s Church in Cape Girardeau, MO. I love taking pictures of old buildings. There’s something mysterious and romantic about them.

Day 14 Something Green

Day 14 Something Green

My favorite green eye shadow from Bare Escentuals. It’s called “Glamourista”. Sexy, no?

Day 15 Outdoors

Day 15 Outdoors {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

I love the rocks in our front yard, I’m not much of a gardener. These I can maintain.

Day 16 Something You Made

Day 16 Something You Made {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

I’m making a throw out of the many skeins of scrap yarn that I have around the house. My next project will be some flowers for a couple of my Instagram buddies.

Day 17 On the Floor

Day 17 On the Floor {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

Cute shoes that I’ve had for years but can’t wear because I need to have the heels repaired. I found a cobbler a couple of days ago, pay day they’ll be going into the shop.

Day 18 Makes You Feel Merry

Day 18 Makes You Merry {Living Outside the Stacks}

Beginning tomorrow at 5 PM, I will be on vacation until 8 AM on 2 January 2013. This makes me incredibly merry.

So that’s my week in review. Nothing super exciting, just a life that I thank God for every single day. How was your week?

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

Are you on Instagram? If you are, give me a shout out, I’m 4daenelt!

14th Dec2012

December Photo A Day {InstaFriday}

by Daenel

I had my performance evaluation this week. I was so nervous. Even though you kind of have a rough idea of how things are going, it’s still unnerving to sit there and listen to someone break your work down. I always expect the worst because I stress decisions. I always wonder if I made the right one. Or if there are things I could have done differently. I replay conversations and have to stop myself from calling, texting or emailing the person to clarify. I’m not sure where this lack of confidence comes from because I know I’ve accomplished a lot. And under some difficult circumstances: young kids, cancer, a husband, full~time employment, etc. But my evaluation went well. Probably one of the best evaluations I’ve ever received. I give all glory and honor to God for giving me wisdom, a good sense of humor and grace under pressure.

Relaxing {Living Outside the Stacks}

I celebrated by relaxing in the tub… I thank the hubs for doing me a solid and getting me a house with the perfect tub.

Day 8:  Someone You Love

Day 8 Someone You Love {Living Outside the Stacks}

Eighteen of the longest years of my life. Bwahahahaha

Day 9:  Out & About

day 9 out and about {Living Outside the Stacks}

Driving home from church with the hubs. The weather changed so quickly, from the high 70s to the mid 50s in a matter of days.

Day 10: Under

day 10 under {Living Outside the Stacks}

It totally skeeves me that the kids let the dog sleep under the covers.  But it makes me laugh that he nearly pushes them off their beds.

Day 11:  Sweet

day 11 sweet {Living Outside the Stacks}

Nothing’s sweeter than a cup of coffee and some chocolate coins.

Day 12:  Hat

day 12 hat {Living Outside the Stacks}

I cannot believe I wore this hat to work. It was a few years ago. I must have been feeling silly that year.

So that’s my week in review. Nothing super exciting, just a life that I thank God for every single day. How was your week?

I’m linking up with Life Rearranged for InstaFriday.

Are you on Instagram? If you are, give me a shout out, I’m 4daenelt!

08th Dec2012

December Photo A Day {Instagram}

by Daenel

Happy Saturday! Do you have plans for this weekend? Today, the hubs and I are hosting a few couples from our church for breakfast. Eep I’ve never done anything like this before, so I’m pretty nervous. We’ll be serving scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, French Toast, fried apples, and assorted juices.

The men will be having a whatever it is that men do when they get together meeting while the ladies will be having an ornament exchange. I find this more than slightly amusing sense I’m not putting up a tree this year. Long story short, the kids decided they don’t want to decorate this year. Grinches. And decorating really isn’t much fun when you’re doing it by yourself.

Anyway, here are this week’s pictures for the December Photo A Day Challenge…

Day 1: 8 o’clock

Coffee Crochet Sleeping Dog Collage {Living Outside the Stacks}

I spent Saturday morning relaxing with a cup of coffee and finishing up the scarf that I wrote about for this week’s Advent post about love.

Day 2: peace

Bible Verse on the iPad {Living Outside the Stacks}

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”

Day 3: something you held

Keys {Living Outside the Stacks}

Nothing like grabbing my keys to go home at the end of a long day at work.

Day 4: black & white

Salt and Pepper Shaker {Living Outside the Stacks}

Miss 19, my daughter, and I try to eat lunch together at least once a week. It’s a chance for us to catch up, share a laugh and relax.

Day 5: looking up

The Sky {Living Outside the Stacks}

It’s been unseasonably warm here in Missouri. I’m not complaining. Sweaters and no coats in December, I’ll take it.

Day 6: from where you live/your country

Bill Emerson Bridge Spanning the Mississippi River {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Mississippi River with the Bill Emerson Bridge in the background. This is where the hubs and I like to go just to sit and talk.

Day 7: stars

Star Pendant {Living Outside the Stacks}

One of my favorite brooches that I don’t wear near enough.

So that’s my week in review. Nothing super exciting, just a life that I thank God for every single day. How was your week?

Are you on Instagram? If you are, give me a shout out, I’m 4daenelt!

01st Dec2012

November Photo A Day {Instagram}

by Daenel

cue the cheering crowds

I did it! I did it! I took 30 photos for 30 days. I cannot believe I did it. Some of the photos have been less inspired than others but, you know what, it’s my life and I thank God for each and every day of it.

Day 25: sky

Day 25 the sky {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is the view from my living room window, it never gets old. God is awesome.

Day 26: in the cupboard

Day 26 in the cupboard {Living Outside the Stacks}

One of my favorite dollar store finds, a coffee mug.

Day 27: tree

Day 27 tree {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Christmas tree in the library, decorated with book jackets. Creative, no?

Day 28: vehicle

Day 28 vehicle {Living Outside the Stacks}

My big and obnoxious baby. For the first time in over 8 years, my entire family can fit in the same vehicle.

Day 29: big

Day 29 big {Living Outside the Stacks}

The hubs and I went shopping for new silverware and we couldn’t get over how big silverware has gotten. Seriously, the teaspoons are the size of serving spoons. Why?

Day 30: on the wall

Day 30 on the wall {Living Outside the Stacks}

Our family motto is from Joshua 24:15: “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my household,we will serve the Lord.”

December Photo A Day Prompts

December Photo A Day {Fat Mum Slim}

I’ll be posting my pictures on Instagram (you can follow me by clicking here) and then doing a weekly wrap up here on the blog.

Would you like to participate? Here are the rules:

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

If you need suggestions or tips, Chantelle offers them here.

25th Nov2012

November Photo A Day {Instagram}

by Daenel

Time for another week in review, Instagram style. I’m so enjoying this Photo A Day Challenge, it’s fun to look back over the week and see all that’s happened. The prompts may seem random but it really requires a bit of creativity to capture memories…

Day 18: happened this weekend

Day 18 It Happened This Weekend {Living Outside the Stacks}

The hubs made dinner for us: Hamburger Helper for himself and the kids and big ol’ hamburgers for me. This made me incredibly happy.

Day 19: something awesome

Day 19 Something Awesome {Living Outside the Stacks}

Can I get a “What? What?” The hubs made dinner two nights in a row! Pork steaks, rice and stuffing (he’s not much of a veggie man).

Day 20: work/play

Day 20 Work/Play {Living Outside the Stacks}

Even with all of the tech toys at my disposal, I still write my to do list out by hand and then transfer the library related stuff to my online calendar. Redundant, I know but that’s part of my charm.

Day 21: what you wore

Day 21 What You Wore {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m totally digging colored tights, especially now that the weather’s getting colder. I also love that they don’t have to match, they just have to go with… Gosh, being a girl is so much fun.

Day 22: grateful

Day 22 Grateful {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m grateful to God for my family who provides me with laughter and love all year long. We all gathered at my house for Thanksgiving this year, which was truly a blessing after being away from everyone for almost 15 years.

Day 23: black

Day 23 Black {Living Outside the Stacks}

My Nikon D3100. The best gift the hubs has ever given me. And that includes the children.

Day 24: a sound you heard

Day 24 Sound You Heard {Living Outside the Stacks}

Squeekerz, our Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix, spent a lot of time barking this week. He’s not much for company. Or the people who actually live in the house. Unless we have Girl Scout Cookies. Or bread.

So that’s my week in review. Nothing super exciting, just a life that I thank God for every single day. How was your week?

Are you on Instagram? If you are, give me a shout out, I’m 4daenelt!

17th Nov2012

November Photo A Day {Instagram}

by Daenel

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning, and I’m sitting here watching a documentary about Abraham Lincoln. He’s such an interesting character. I’d really like to go see the movie that’s come out but I know that’s one I’d have to see alone. If I asked the hubs to go, he’d say: “That’s not my thing.” Sometimes I like that our tastes are so different; other times, not so much.

This week I finished reading Reach: How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God an ebook by @laurakrokos and @angipratt. I can’t remember exactly how I stumbled across the book, but I’m glad I did. For a while, I’d been thinking about how I could use my blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc to spread the gospel. I don’t want to face God and have Him say that I squandered the resources that He provided for me. There will definitely be some reevaluting of my online priorities.

I also kept up with the November Photo A Day prompts! Yay me. Two weeks in a row. I think I may just make it this time.

November Photo A Day {Living Outside the Stacks}

  • day 12: drinking a cup of coffee in my office
  • day 13: my poor bedroom, it needs help
  • day 14: I like to crochet flowers to embellish my cardis and jackets
  • day 15: yep, I carry all that stuff in my bag (so. very. heavy.)
  • day 16: looking out my dining room window
  • day 17: one of the seven skirts I purchased at the thrift store last weekend

So that’s my week in review. Nothing super exciting, just a life that I thank God for every single day. How was your week?

Are you on Instagram? If you are, give me a shout out, I’m 4daenelt!

12th Nov2012

November Photo A Day {Instagram}

by Daenel

It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon and I’m sitting here reviewing last week’s pictures from Fat Mum Slim’s Photo A Day Challenge. My inner critic is wishing that I’d been a bit more creative with the prompts but the quitter in me is celebrating the fact that I have 10 pictures posted.

Photo A Day {Living Outside the Stacks}

  1. one of my favorite mugs from Earth and Wears
  2. what’s more colorful than shelves of books in a library?
  3. breakfast date with the hubs
  4. yes, our TV is hanging on the wall above the stairs
  5. kickin’ back in the recliner
  6. right now I’m totally diggin’ my boots from Sebago
  7. view of my kitchen in the hall mirror
  8. I drink coffee every day for your protection
  9. my little pink monkey usb
  10. I’m blind as a bat without my glasses

So that’s my week in review. Nothing super exciting, just a life that I thank God for every single day.

Are you on Instagram? If you are, give me a shout out, I’m 4daenelt!

01st Nov2012

November Photo A Day {Photography}

by Daenel

I’m not sure why I keep doing this to myself. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment or maybe I’m just hoping that one day I will actually complete an entire month of photos. And, well, I kinda like this month’s Photo A Day prompts.

November Photo A Day {Fat Mum Slim}

I’ll be posting my pictures on Instagram (you can follow me by clicking here) and then doing a weekly wrap up here on the blog.

Would you like to participate? Here are the rules:

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

If you need suggestions or tips, Chantelle offers them here.

24th Jul2012

August Photo A Day {Photography}

by Daenel

So did you catch all of my photos for the month of July? No? That’s because I think I took a total of four. Four in 31 days! What the heck, yo? I have a perfectly good camera that has been collecting the proverbial dust because I, hmmm, I don’t have a valid excuse. But since I got called out on Instagram by my friend Mylynka at Finding Fitness in My Forties (notice her name showing up a lot lately?), I guess I’m gonna have to succeed this month.

So here it is, Fat Mum Slim’s prompts for August’s Photo A Day Challenge:

Photo A Day August

Would you like to participate? Here are the rules:

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

If you need suggestions or tips, Chantelle offers them here. And if you’re looking for a place to share your photos, Barbie at My Freshly Brewed Life offers a weekly link up, check it out here!

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

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