05th Mar2015

In My Cup {#OurProject52}

by Daenel

In My Cup #OurProject52 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Hi, my name is Daenel and I’m a coffee addict. I started drinking coffee when I was about 10 or 11 years old. My parents used to pastor a church when we lived in Italy, and after service, the church would serve refreshments. One Sunday my parents were taking for~ever to finish talking to everyone, and they ran out of tea and hot chocolate, so I made myself a cup of coffee. It was love at first sip…

In My Cup #OurProject52 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Just about every morning I post a picture of myself with a cup…

In My Cup #OurProject52 {Living Outside the Stacks}

It’s a way for me to start my morning on a positive note with my friends and family…

In My Cup #OurProject52 {Living Outside the Stacks}

So I invite you to join me on Facebook or Instagram for a cup of whatever your favorite morning beverage happens to me.

Cheers,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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22nd Jan2015

Guilty Pleasure {#OurProject52}

by Daenel

Guilty Pleasure #OurProject52 {Living Outside the Stacks}

I can’t remember the first time I had one but I knew the minute that I bit into it’s warm ooey gooey goodness that I would never ever be able to get enough of McDonald’s Specialty Pies. Well, not the holiday one because, ummmm, no. What’s in that thing anywayBut the strawberries and cream or the peaches and cream pies? Even the cherry pieGet in my belly now.

Guilty Pleasure #OurProject52 {Living Outside the Stacks}

My favorite one is whichever one they’re currently selling. Right now, our McDonald’s is selling the strawberries and cream. Oh. So. Good. Add a mug of coffee and I’m in my happy place. My kids have been known to bring me pie {even the apple version} before they spring any you’re doing what with your life/hair/education news on me.

Guilty Pleasure #OurProject52 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Yeah, I definitely have a thing for McDonald’s Specialty Pies. For the record, I do not share.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

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15th Jan2015

Morning {#OurProject52}

by Daenel

Morning {Living Outside the Stacks} #OurProject52

I’m in Albany {house hunting, yay!} for the week, so my mornings have been, ummm, different. I’m sleeping a little bit later, waking up a bit discombobulated, and stumbling to find my stuff…

The only consistencies have been coffee and time spent in the Bible with the ladies from Hello Mornings.

How do you maintain your routine when you travel?

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12th Jan2015

My Week on Instagram {2/52}

by Daenel

Hey, you guys! How was your weekend? Mine was exhausting… The Hubs and I arrived in Albany, Georgia around 1 PM and slept til 7 PM. Kid. You. Not. You would’ve thought we walked here. I’m not sure why we were so exhausted. So far it has rained and been kinda chilly since we arrived. I’m not happy about this. At all. This is Georgia, I expected sun and warmth. I’m going to need this to change before I arrive permanently…

Day 11 I See

Day 11 I See {Living Outside the Stacks}

Some very cool measuring spoons that’ll be making their way into my new home. Yep, I’m shopping already. Although I keep bouncing between styles. I’m so totally digging the stuff that Chip and Joanna Gaines do on HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Have you watched that show? Love it.

Day 10 Hello

Day 10 Hello {Living Outside the Stacks}

Yay, I’m in Albany! I’m all kinds of excited about this new stage in our lives.

Day 9 Pattern

Day 9 Pattern {Living Outside the Stacks}

Every day I stare at the weave on this basket across from the desk. For the next week, instead of this view, I’ll be visiting the place I’ll be calling home in the next few months: Albany, GA.

Day 8 Landscape

Day 8 Landscape {Living Outside the Stacks}

The library stacks look all mysterious when they’re blurry, don’t they?

Day 7 Currently Reading

Day 7 Currently Reading {Living Outside the Stacks}

It’s not too late to join us for #TeamLOTSReads. You can find out more information here.

Day 6 Round

Day 6 Round {Living Outside the Stacks}

Round things at Bollinger Mill.

Day 5 Square

Day 5 Square {Living Outside the Stacks}

Dice are squarish, cubish, fun…

Join Me for a Cup

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Are you on Instagram or Twitter? How about joining me each morning for a cup of coffee? It’s just a fun way to start our mornings and offer encouragement to get through the day.

What was the highlight of your week? What’re you looking forward to this coming week?

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05th Jan2015

My Week on Instagram {1/52}

by Daenel

So, how was your first week of 2015? Can you believe we’re even saying “Twenty Fifteen”? It doesn’t even feel right… I dunno, I always kinda thought the two thousands would look like a mix of Leave It to Beaver and Star Trek but, ummm, shinier. I’m not really sure what that means but that’s what I thought. What’d you think the world would look like in the year 2015?

My favorite pictures from last week:

War Brides by Helen Bryan

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We’ve started reading War Brides by Helen Bryan for our first #TeamLOTSReads Book Club. If you’d like to join us, simply pick up the book, and then join us on Facebook for questions and discussions.

Join Me for a Cup

Join Me for a Cup of Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

Are you on Instagram or Twitter? How about joining me each morning for a cup of coffee? It’s just a fun way to start our mornings and offer encouragement to get through the day.

A Pouty Pup

A Pouty Pup {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

Squeekerz was upset because The Boy had company which meant that he had to stay upstairs on a leash. Ya know, if he’d just be nicer…

DSLR Basics: Focus Points

DSLR Basics {Living Outside the Stacks}The ladies at A Beautiful Mess are offering a DSLR Basics course and I thought why not? I like their photography style, it’s so bright and airy. My own photography leans more towards dark and, dare I say, heavy. Anyway, the first lesson was to practice using the different focus points. This gave me an opportunity to bring out my Bratz doll.

What was the highlight of your week? What’re you looking forward to this coming week?

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30th Dec2014

Favorite Coffee Pictures of 2014

by Daenel

Favorite Coffee Pictures of 2014 {Living Outside the Stacks}

You guys know I love sharing a morning cup of coffee with you. It’s an opportunity to start my day with friends and a smile.

Since I’m not doing my traditional year~end blog post round up, I thought I’d share my favorite coffee pictures with you and invite you guys to join me each morning in 2015 for a cuppa and a smile.

So, if you’re on Instagram, give me a yell. I’m @DaenelT. I’d love to share a cup and see your life in pictures!

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22nd Dec2014

My Week on Instagram: Day 15 Through Day 21{And the Book Reveal!}

by Daenel

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Hi! Are you ready for Christmas? Seriously, didn’t the holiday just sneak up on us? It feels like one day we were complaining about the heat and the next folks were complaining about the Hallothankgivmas decorations. Now it’s almost *gasp* 2015!! Dude. So. Not. Ready. So let’s take some time and look back on last week’s happenings…

Day 21 A Breakfast Date

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The Hubs and I celebrated the beginning of his two week long vacation with coffee at one of our favorite local spots. He’s been traveling since October, so this is a much needed break for him and some much needed family time for us.

Day 20 Sugar Paper Planner

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Usually, I rely on my phone for keeping appointments, but next year {*gasp* 2015} I’ll have so much going on that I decided to try keeping a planner. I wasn’t ready to make the big leap to one of those expensive life planners, but my dear sweet blogging friend, Katie from Creole Wisdom, let me know about this Sugar Paper planner at Target ($9) and now I’m all sorts of happy and ready to take on the year {*gasp* 2015}.

Day 19 Top Instagram Photos

Coffee, naturally… And, hey, if you’re on Instagram, leave a comment below with your name so I can give you a follow! I’m @DaenelT.

Day 18 Click and Blossom Coffee Mug

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Are you a blogger or a photographer? Then you’ve got to check out the line of products from Click and Blossom. Seriously, the cutest bags, mugs, and tees ever. I received no compensation for this, I just love love love my mug.

Day 17 Origami Bird

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Someone left little origami birds on the study tables at the library. So very cool…

Day 16 #FrostyVoxBox Reveal

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I know you wanna know! So, go ahead, click right here!

Day 15 The Book Reveal: War Brides by Helen Bryan

War Brides by Helen Bryan {Goodreads}

Yay! We finally have a book for our first book club! To read the “official” synopsis, simply click the picture and it’ll take you to my profile on Goodreads. I’ve read some of the reviews and they look pretty good.

I’m definitely looking forward to the reading and the discussions. I’ve had a fascination with war brides and, to be honest, the whole era between World War I and World War II since I was a teenager. I think it’s because it seemed like a such a study in contrasts ~ women were expected to be delicate and feminine, yet they had to hold down practically the entire nation while still staying in their places. Then you had the undercurrents of race issues ~ African American soldiers fighting for freedoms that they didn’t yet have in their own country. And, to be honest, Danielle Steel may have played a small role in my romanticizing of the period

Are you a fan of this era? Whether you are or not, I hope you’ll join me on Facebook for the reading and discussion.

So here’s the plan: we’ll start reading the book during the first week of January and discuss throughout the entire month. I’ll post questions and, hopefully, you’ll post questions and we’ll have a nice discussion. This is is my first time doing this, so there’s going to be a learning curve but I hope this’ll be fun!

If you’d like to know more about #TeamLOTSReads, click here.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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15th Dec2014

My Week on Instagram: Day 8 Through Day 14

by Daenel

throws my stuff on the ground and slumps in my chair I’m exhausted. And I’m not really certain why, I mostly slept this weekend. I mean, I did a couple of things: ran some errands with The Hubs, did laundry, started prepping for the move {I know it seems early but The Hubs is a planner and when the time comes, we know from past experience, that it’ll go quickly}. But, other than that, I did nothing. Nada. Zilch. And I’m totally unapologetic. Did you have a busy weekend? What did you do?

Day 14 Squeekerz Update

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For those of you who’ve been following along, Squeekerz is feeling so much better. I had to take him to the vet last week because he was lethargic, not eating or drinking, and having a difficult time going to the bathroom. The vet did some blood work and checked his kidneys and liver {both of which were fine}. His blood work did show that his white blood cell count was twice what it should be, indicating an infection. We don’t know what from. She put him on antibiotics and now he’s back to his old self: confiscating my slippers and being rude to everyone in the family.

Day 13 12~13~14

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Don’t you love it when the calendar has a funky date that only happens like once in billion years? How did you observe 12-13-14? The Hubs and I went to “our spot” and watched the guys working on the barge.

Day 12 Bellevue Apartments

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The Hubs and I were driving around downtown Cape and he said: “I’ve got to see the other side of that building.” So we drove around to the front and I immediately knew I had to get a picture. I absolutely positively love old buildings. I didn’t get too close ~ spiders, squirrels, mice, trespassing, you know, all that creepy stuff… What you can’t see in the picture {which I wish I’d captured} is that the porch light is on. Does someone live there? Who’re they inviting in?

Day 11 Face to Cookie

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The Hubs and I went to an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party and we played a game called Face to Cookie. You put a cookie on your forehead and try to get it in your mouth using only your facial muscles. The game was fun but I didn’t want to win. Do you know how many times that cookie ended up on the floor?

Day 10 A Book Club

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This week I announced that I’ll be hosting my first book club discussion in January. You can watch the video by clicking here. I hope you’ll join me.

Day 8-9 Join Me for Coffee

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Are you on Facebook or Instagram? If so, I’d love it if you’d join me for a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever you drink}. Every morning, I like to share a cup with my friends, just to get the day started on a positive note. If you’d like to join me, just post a picture of yourself on my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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11th Dec2014

I’m Starting a Book Group

by Daenel

Living Outside the Stacks Book Club #TeamLOTSReads

I’ve decided to host a book club on my Facebook page! I know, right? I’ve been thinking about it for a while now and I kinda just threw the idea out there and got a great response. I love the idea of doing something informal, relaxed, and fun. I like to read but once I’m done, I’m left with this overwhelming feeling of that’s it? I want more, I want to talk about why I did or didn’t like the book. I want to know if other people are as affected by the characters as I am.

Anyway,  I don’t have any real rules yet. You know, the ideas are still percolating but I do have a rough outline of what I’m thinking…

Right now, I’m keeping track of potential books on Pinterest, you can click here to check out my board. If you have suggestions or if you’d like to add books to the Pinterest board, leave a comment below and let me know. As far as the types of books I’d like to read, I’m open to just about anything: fiction, nonfiction, biography, etc. Just know that I don’t read any of the following types of books:

  • Erotica
  • Horror
  • New Age
  • Paranormal

Therefore, those genres won’t be included on the reading list.

Happiness is a Cup of Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks} #TeamLOTSReads

I think for the first read, I’ll pick the book using Random Generator. You know, count how many books are posted to the Pinterest board and then whatever number comes up in the generator that’s what we’ll read. I’m all about the random, ya know? And as we read the books, I’ll move them over to another board so that we can keep track of what has been read. Sound fair?

As far as the discussion and reading schedule goes, I think we’ll aim for one book every two or three months, with discussions running from the beginning through the end of each cycle. I’ll start the discussion and then we can just respond and share any time. I really want to keep things informal, no pressure. Read when you can, ask questions, respond to questions at will.

Maybe we’ll even do something on Instagram and/or Twitter… What do you think about the hashtag #TeamLOTSReads?

If you’d like to join in, make sure you like my Facebook page by clicking here.

And, last but not least, I’ll post my reviews of the books we read here on the blog, you can see my other book reviews by clicking here.

I plan to start our first discussion in January.

So, leave a comment below and let me know what you think,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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08th Dec2014

My Week on Instagram: Day 1 Through Day 7

by Daenel

You guys, this may be the busiest weekend I’ve had in a long time. The Hubs and I spent the weekend house hunting online. I’m so ready to go to Albany and begin the “real” house search. I can’t believe how many people don’t realize how important the online photos of their homes are…

<rant>Instagram filters, piles of laundry, and blurry photos are a big ol’ NO when you’re trying to sell your home. And if you’re going to put a video on Youtube, it should be an actual video tour of your home and not just a slide show of the pictures from the realtor’s website.</rant>

Between virtual house hunting and bill paying bo-ring we made some time to go downtown to hang out and see the sights. So, in the spirit of full disclosure, these pictures were all taken over the course of two days. Except for the coffee picture, which was taken on Friday.

Day 7 Happy Husband

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There are so many things to unpack here:

  • Dan the Cat, Guardian of Annie Laurie’s Antiques ~ everyone says this cat doesn’t like anyone, the whole time we were in the store he was stalking me, at one point he even walked over and rubbed himself up against my legs
  • The chair that Dan is occupying is now in our home office, one of a matching set
  • For years, The Hubs has wanted a cedar chest… Just as we were leaving the store, he spotted this one under some blankets, it’s now safely settled in our home

Day 6 A Sweet Gift

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While we were at Sloan + Themis, The Hubs bought a bracelet and matching earrings {not shown} for me. Such a sweet surprise.

Day 5 Christmas Carolers

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Christmas carolers dressed in historic clothing were singing in the historic district… Obvs, these two weren’t singing but I thought they made an interesting/lovely couple.

Day 4 Living Mannequins

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These “living mannequins” were in the window at Pastime Antiques; beautiful, aren’t they?

Day 3 Sloan + Themis

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While we were out, The Hubs and I went to visit the lovely Ms. Claire at Sloan + Themis. She’s  redecorated the shop since the last time I visited her. I absolutely adore it. And, ummm, that mannequin is only making me want one even more.

Day 2 Date Night

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We went to “our spot” AKA The Mississippi River. This really is a beautiful place, so peaceful and a little bit mysterious. Seriously, can’t you just imagine Robert Stack doing the opening sequence to “Unsolved Mysteries” right now?

Day 1 Squeekerz

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This was a rough weekend for the little guy. He spent most of it not feeling well, so I babied him and let him sleep on my lap. As you can tell, he’s still quite the character even when he’s sick.

Favorite Coffee Picture

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You know what I found out this week? That coffee is delicious even when you’ve run out of creamer…

Are you on Instagram? Give me a shout out, I’m @DaenelT, I’d love to see your life via Instagram!

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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01st Dec2014

My Week on Instagram: Day 24 through Day 30

by Daenel

How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was great. It was nice having everyone back under one roof. The only people missing were our oldest daughter and her family. One day. We ate a lot. Talked a lot. And laughed a lot.

Day 30 My Current Situation

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It hit me like a bag of bricks. One minute, I was fine and folding laundry and, the next, I was light headed and achy…

Day 29 A Photography Course

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I signed up for my first photography course: Basic DSLR with A Beautiful Mess. So far I’m liking the information that they’re providing – so easy to understand and written for people like me who have no technical knowledge whatsoever. This was my set up for the first homework assignment: focus and focal points.

Day 28 Bribing for a Picture

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I almost lost a limb. Squeekerz was like “Snap the picture. Don’t play with me.” Look below and you’ll see why…

Day 27 Mississippi Mutts

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Those are dog treats. I know, right? Squeekerz gets to celebrate Thanksgiving too.

Day 26 They’re Baaaack!

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The kids came home for Thanksgiving! It’s funny to see how much they’ve all changed and grown since being away. I know they were just home a little bit ago, but every time, I see something new…

Day 25 Annie Laurie’s Antiques

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I love coming here. Even if we don’t buy anything, it’s just fun to look around. And, OK, how many stores have this much fun with their mannequins?

Day 24 Stolen PJs

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Shhhh… Don’t tell The Hubs but I stole his PJs. Seriously, why are men’s jammies so much cozier than women’s?

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Be happy,

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24th Nov2014

My Week on Instagram: Day 15 through Day 22

by Daenel

Hi, all! How was your weekend? Mine was nice. The kids started coming home from college for Thanksgiving break, so it’s been, ummmmm, loud. But I’m totally loving it. The only people I’m missing right now are The Hubs and our oldest daughter and her family. Other than that, I couldn’t be happier.

Have you started your Thanksgiving prep yet? Are you trying anything new? This year I’m making a Double Pumpkin Pie per The Hubs request. I’ve never made a Double Pumpkin Pie before. This should be fun. I’ll definitely let you know how it goes.

In the meantime, I’m sharing some more photos from last week:

Day 22 A Favorite Thing

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Special K cereal topped with dried fruits and nuts. Just yum.

Day 21 Shoes

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I have a thing for cowboy boots. They count as shoes, right?

Day 20 Bright

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Re~edit of an old picture because today was just blergh.

Day 19 Whole

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Squeekerz is summing up my whole feelings about the cold.

And why does he always have a stray hair sticking out of his nostril? Seriously, dude, blow…

Day 18 I Love This

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When I catch The Hubs watching me.

Day 17 Cooking

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Celebratory Baklava ~ I survived the trip to the grocery store for the stuff I’ll be cooking on Thanksgiving.

Day 16 After

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After the cold front. Not a lot but still snow.

Day 15 Hot + Cold

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It’s cold out there!

Favorite Coffee Picture of the Week

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If you’d like to see a collection of all of my coffee pictures, go here.

#FMSPhotoaday is an Instagram photo challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. If you’re participating, leave a link to your pictures in the comments below so I can check them out.

Be happy,

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17th Nov2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 8 through Day 14

by Daenel

Hello, Friends! Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was nice and quiet. I spent a lot of time sleeping, which was desperately needed. I’ve been feeling sleep deprived for months… I’m not sure why but I made up for it this weekend.

We also got a bit of snow on Sunday. Needless to say, that didn’t make me happy. I don’t mind sweater weather but snow? Absolutely not. If you’re curious, you can see my picture of the snow falling here.

Day 14 Letters

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My initial on a coffee mug. What else?

Day 13 For me

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A sink full of dirty dishes… Gosh, I miss having all the kids home.

Day 12 Normal

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His normal routine involves making himself comfy on my slippers.

Day 11 A set

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Chess set. I used to play but not anymore. Now it’s just for show.

Day 10 I do this every day

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Walk Squeekerz. Actually, it’s not so much walk as watch him stretch. Every. Single. Limb.

Day 9 Heck yes!

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Coffee and a magazine. We don’t have a new house yet ~ not until June ~ but it’s never too soon to get inspired, right?

Day 8 A place

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The Mississippi River. It’s where we go.

Favorite Coffee Picture of the Week

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Be happy,

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10th Nov2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 1 through Day 7

by Daenel

This was a busy but fun weekend for us. The library where I worked celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a party on Friday evening. I was the “Official Kent Library Photographer”. Seriously, that was the what the archivist called me. I hope she’s happy with the pictures that I took. You can take a look at the cake that was made for the celebration by clicking here and here. Isn’t it stunning? Just look at the detail…

I didn’t finish last month’s challenge but I’m back at it again, check it out:

Day 7 On the floor

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Squeekerz, of course.

Day 6 Made me smile today

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My daughter. I was having a bad day until she texted me and asked if I was free for lunch. Love her.

Day 5  8 o’clock

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Getting acquainted with my new friend: 35mm f/1.8g prime lens.

Day 4 Can’t live without

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I can live without coffee. I just don’t think I should have to.

Day 3 Weather

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So very dreary. It was darkish at 5 PM. Can we stop with the time Daylight Savings Time now?

Day 2 I saw this

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My face.

Day 1 Something blue

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The Mississippi River this morning.

My favorite coffee picture of the week

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Breakfast with The Hubs. The highlight of my weekend. This is our time to reconnect and share all of the stuff we missed out on during the week.

#FMSPhotoaday is an Instagram photo challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. If you’re participating, leave a link to your pictures in the comments below so I can check them out.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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02nd Nov2014

My Week Via Instagram

by Daenel

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

Duuuude, it’s seriously November. How in the world did that happen? Doesn’t it feel like we were just prepping for summer break? Honestly, it’s like the older I get the faster time passes by. I’m not cool with that.

By the way, don’t you just love the little heart in the cement? I really do “heart” fall; just not the bone chilling wind that comes with it.

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

Something creepy must’ve happened in downtown Cape on Halloween night…

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

Squeekerz woke me up bright and early on Saturday morning, like 5 AM, and then promptly went back to sleep. Apparently, he doesn’t observe Saturday, the high holy day of the sleep deprived. I need to fix that.

My Week Via Instagram {Living Outside the Stacks}

Autumn colors all around… And a little print mixing.

So how was your weekend? What are you looking forward to this week?

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27th Oct2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 20 to Day 24

by Daenel

Yesterday, I posted on Facebook that I never noticed how dark my house is or how loud my street is until this past week. I’ve finally decided that it might be time to do something with that YouTube channel I have that’s been languishing in the land of nothing… Well, recording a video is easier said than done. But I finally got a welcome video posted and have started making plans to really build up my channel.

I was inspired to jump start my blog by the lovely and oh~so~talented LeSha B. at The Lovely Photog. She was able to find a way to connect with her fans and share her interests in a way that shows her personality. I love love love this… And, gosh, being able to talk? That’s something that I do well.

I plan to post my Coffee Talks on YouTube on Thursdays and product reviews whenever I have them. For now those seem to be the two things I most want to focus on for videos and it makes sense. So if you watch videos, give me a yell, and feel free to subscribe.

And now on to the pictures for this week…

Day 24: {X is for…}

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Treasure.

Is there a treasure buried in this tree? One can only hope.

Day 23: {W is for…}

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White.

Pretty white flowers.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100

Day 22: {V is for…}

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Victory.

There is victory in Jesus Christ.

Day 21: {U is for…}

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Under.

Can you believe I’m under caffeinated? How’s that even possible?

Day 20: {T is for…}

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Tongue.

Squeekerz does this a lot. I’m starting to take it personal.

Favorite coffee picture of the week

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

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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20th Oct2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 13 to Day 19

by Daenel

Annnd so another week begins. Gosh, it’s like you just get into the weekend groove and it’s time to go back to work. I really need someone to invent a non~work day between Sunday and Monday.

Day 19: {S is for…}

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Star.

A beautiful pendant that I don’t wear nearly enough.

Day 18: {R is for…}

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Retro.

I think once a year ladies ought to put on the perfect dress with pumps and pearls and guys should sport suits and fedoras.

Day 17: {Q is for…}

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Quote.

I’m cheating here. I did this in 2013 but it was late and my kids were home for the weekend so I dug through the archives.

I also took this with my Nikon D3100

Day 16: {P is for…}

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Pearls and plaid.

The perfect combination.

Day 15: {O is for…}

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Opening.*

I know this isn’t really an opening but it kinda looks like one. And I wanted to share this beautiful picture again.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100.

Day 14: {N is for…}

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Nose.*

When I was a kid  hated the freckles across my nose… Kids teased me: braces, 4 eyes, freckles, yellow skin, and frizzy red hair. Now that I’m a mom, I embrace those things.

I never want my kids to share my insecurities. They are {I am and you are} wonderfully and fearfully made by the creative hands of God.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100.

Day 13: {M is for…}

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Favorite coffee picture of the week

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Because sequins are always appropriate in the library…

I’m joining up with Fat Mum Slim and a host of other people for her Photo A Day Challenge. Check out the hashtag #fmsphotoaday on Instagram to see the other participants.

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.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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13th Oct2014

#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram: Day 6 to Day 12

by Daenel

Hi! How’re you guys doing? Are you ready for another week? I am and I’m not. Now that I’ve announced that we’re moving, I’m so ready to get on with it, you know? This is gonna be the longest 7 months ever…

Day 12: {L is for…}

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Lipstick.

This is the last of my favorite tube by Revlon. I use it sparingly and only for special occasions. The struggle, y’all.

Day 11: {K is for…}

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Keys.

Vintage cast iron keys found at Annie Laurie’s Antiques. I haven’t decided where to put them yet but I had to have them.

Day 10: {J is for…}

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Jar.

There’s no story. Just a jar. I wish I could say that I use them for cool stuff like homemade bone broth or something, but I usually end up drinking cranberry juice from it. ‘Cause I’m classy like that.

Day 9: {I is for…}

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Ice Cream.

Yes, I did make a special trip for the prompt. I suffer for my art.

Day 8: {H is for…}

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Hand.

I love my son but his hands freak me out. His fingers are so long and bendy {he’s double jointed}.

Day 7: {G is for…}

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Goat.*

I prefer monkeys but goats can be interesting too.

*Taken with my Nikon D3100

Day 6: {F is for…}

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Fall.

My favorite season: sweaters, scarves, boots, changing colors…. It’s just so beautiful and magical.

Favorite coffee picture of the week:

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I spent the morning touring the campus of Southeast Missouri State University with my youngest daughter. I cannot believe she’s getting ready to go off to college. This is gonna be the quickest 7 months ever…

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.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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02nd Oct2014

Blogtober 2014: Instagram Round Up

by Daenel

I remember when they first released Instagram for Android, I think I may have been one of the first people to download the app. If I wasn’t, I know I screamed the loudest. Yes, that’s just how excited I was. I love that Instagram allows me to connect with people without words. Seeing how other people live is just fascinating, don’t you think?

I enjoy sharing pictures from the various Instagram challenges that I participate in, you can see them here. But here are a few that didn’t make it to the blog:

Blogtober 2014 {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few years ago, Squeekerz ran away from home, when he came back it was with a pregnant cat. Every now and then we see the cats roaming around our backyard like they’re looking for their…daddy.

Blogtober 2014 {Living Outside the Stacks}

There’s nothing like the taste of fresh beans. These are from Dynamite Coffee, a local coffee bar.

Blogtober 2014 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Rowdy, the Southeast Missouri State University mascot, came by my office at the library to let everyone know about the coming Health and Wellness Fair for employees.

Blogtober 2014 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Every Friday I do a little thing I call “Fist Bump Friday“. Sometimes we get so bogged down with life that we fail to acknowledge the good things. I view this as an opportunity for us to share life’s happiness and celebrate together. I hope you’ll join me!

Are you on Instagram? Leave a link below.

You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Blogtober 2014 {Natty Nikki}

I’m linking up with Natty Nikki for Blogtober 2014, a month long blogging challenge. Please feel free to join up, leave comments, share the posts, you know, spread some love.

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04th Aug2014

Instagram Week in Review: Hands

by Daenel

Hello, my friends! I hope you had a great weekend. I did. I spent time with my family, caught up on my sleep, and watched the season premier of Hell on Wheels. I’m totally addicted to that show. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out: Saturday nights on AMC.

Every week I look at my pictures and I try to see if there’s a theme. I think this week it looks like it’s all about the hands. Hands fascinate me. They have the power to love and to hate, to create and to break down. Hands can express so much…

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Fist Bump Friday. If you’re on Facebook or Instagram, please join me for Fist Bump Friday {use the hash tag #FistBumpFriday}. It’s a time for us to celebrate the things that have made us happy during the week.It doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering, if it made you happy, share!

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Street art. My nephew was all kinds of fascinated by the hand prints on the flood wall.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

American Queen. The Hubs and I have put riding the American Queen on our Couple’s Bucket List.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

National Lipstick Day. I’d never heard of it either but once I did, I thought why not? I rarely wear lipstick but when I do, it’s usually a dark brown.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Random silliness. As much as my family hates having my camera aimed at them, they sure have no problem when it comes to photo bombing.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Coffee love. My favorite coffee photo of the week. You can see the others by clicking here.

What was the highlight of your week?
Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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