11th Jun2014

Visit Cape Instagram Takeover

by Daenel

Instagram Takeover of @VisitCape by @4daenelt {Living Outside the Stacks} #visitcape

You guys, I’ve been almost at the bursting point with excitement for the last few weeks and now I’m finally able to share…

I’ve been invited by the Cape Girardeau Visitor’s Bureau to participate in an Instagram Takeover!  An Instagram Takeover is basically where I sign in to Instagram as @visitcape and post pictures from their account for a designated period of time. How cool is that?

Since moving to Southeast Missouri, The Hubs and I have been totally enamored of the area. We enjoying strolling down the River Walk, window shopping at the various antique stores, and sitting along the mighty Mississippi River with coffee in hand… I’d been tagging my Instagram pictures with the hashtag #visitcape as a way to connect with the community and learn more about the area and it worked! I’ve made some wonderful friends, shopped in sweet locally owned stores, and discovered so much about the history of the area. Anyway, I look forward to sharing my view of Cape Girardeau with the Visit Cape community and connecting with more people.

Have you ever participated in an Instagram Takeover? If you could, who’s account would you want to takeover? Or who would you like to have takeover your account?

If you’re on Instagram, make sure you follow @visitcape and the hashtag #visitcape!

Daenel T

27th May2014

Old St. Vincent’s Catholic Church

by Daenel

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, some of my best adventures happen by chance…

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This past Saturday, The Hubs and I were out for a drive when we noticed a sign in front of Old St. Vincent’s Catholic Church that read “Open for Tours”. I’ve been dying to go inside pretty much since we moved here {I have mad love for gothic style buildings, old homes, and cathedrals/churches}. So, yay for the signage! We went inside and were treated to a tour and a bit of a history lesson.

The first St. Vincent’s Church was constructed in 1838 and destroyed by a tornado in 1850. The existing building was built a year later, using stone from the original building for its foundation.

The church was declared a Chapel of Ease in 1977 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The church is used for services on Sundays and for cultural events the rest of the time.

The chapel is also one of five consecrated churches in the U.S. as it houses relics from four saints.

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The altar

Close up of the scroll work on the barrier that divides the sanctuary from the altar.

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House for the Spirit of Jesus

This container is over a hundred years old and still works! It’s opened with a key and each section opens separately.

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The altar with a 3D sculpture of The Last Supper

Do you see the windows to the left and the right? An interesting story about those: the sisters would enter the door on the right and watch services through the windows. They weren’t covered over the way they are now; material was added to muffle the sounds of machinery that’s now encased in the wall.To the right is where slaves used to sit to watch services. In Missouri, slave owners were required to have their slaves attend services.

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Old St Vincent's  {Living Outside the Stacks} #SoutheastMissouri #SEMO #VisitCape

Sanctuary with a view of the organ in the balcony

The church is built in the shape of a cross, with the stations of the crucifixion posted on the walls. When the church was built, people were illiterate, so they used statues and paintings to depict biblical events so people could look at them and see the story for themselves.

Beautiful, right?

Do you go on historic tours? What are your favorite places to visit?

To learn more about Old St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, click here.

Daenel T

24th Sep2013

Ten Things I Love About Fall {In the Cafe}

by Daenel

Things I Love About Fall {Living Outside the Stacks}

10. Hot apple cider

9. Autumn displays ~ Missouri and Pennsylvania have the most beautiful Fall weather, from the falling leaves to the deep blue skies, nothing is more indicative of the hand of God at work.

8. Heated seats ~ A warm bum. Need I say more?

7. Return to school ~ I enjoy the arrival of the students back on campus. After a quiet summer, the buzz of student activity is refreshing.

6. Boots and socks ~ Can you think of a better cool weather fashion statement for the feet?

5. My favorite TV shows ~ The Walking Dead has given my television viewing new, ahem, life.

4. Big ol’ bowls of soup ~ Have you checked out my Pinterest board? I plan to add every one of those chowders, soups, and stews to the rotation.

3. Comfy sweater ~ It may be because I’m a librarian or because I’m cold blooded, but there’s little better than wrapping up in a cozy sweater.

2. Saturated colors ~ I love the deep rich colors that become so prevalent as the weather grows cooler.

1. Coffee ~ I big puffy heart coffee just about any time but sitting on the front porch with the hubs chatting over a cup of coffee makes my life.

Are you Fall person? What do you love about Fall?

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19th Aug2013

The MV Mississippi: Largest Diesel Tugboat {In the Neighborhood}

by Daenel

The Hubs and I often have deep and meaningful conversations, especially on Saturday mornings when we’re trying to decide what we want to do besides eat breakfast…

The Hubs: “What do you want to do?”

Me: “I don’t know. What do you want to do?”

The Hubs: “You can’t answer a question with a question.”

Me: “Oh.”

We finished eating breakfast in relative silence, both of us checking our cell phones and sending each other goofy jokes. Yeah, we’re those people.

Then I saw a tweet from Visit Cape announcing that the MV Mississippi would be docked in Cape Girardeau and they’d be holding an open house. So I casually mentioned to The Hubs that we should go check it out. The MV Mississippi is the largest diesel towboat in the U.S. operating on the Mississippi River.

I don’t know what I was expecting… Maybe something that looked like the tugboat from the children’s story, Scuffy the Tugboat, I don’t know. But what we saw was something much more grandiose:

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}


The mural on the flood walls along the Mississippi River

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

Walking up to the MV Mississippi

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

View of the Mississippi River from aboard the MV Mississippi 

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

MV Mississippi {Living Outside the Stacks}

If you’d like to see the rest of the pictures, check them out on Instagram.

I’d like to thank the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for providing us with a fun and informational tour of the MV Mississippi.

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04th Jul2013

Run for God 5K {In the Gym}

by Daenel

Run for God 5K {Living Outside the Stacks}

So you know how I’d been planning for my first race to be the Capaha Classic 5K on 13 July? Well, my first 5K turned out to be the Run for God on 29 June. I signed up for it for a variety of reasons, the main one being that the proceeds from the race benefited the Amen Center, a program that helps those in our community who are in need. Thank you to Merry Ann who told me about the race {and also about the group that I’m currently running with}.

Run for God 5K {Living Outside the Stacks}

The only problem was that I didn’t realize this race is such a big deal. I thought it’d be a local thing with roughly 50 to 75 people. There were 350 people signed up for the race! Can you imagine?

Run for God 5K {Living Outside the Stacks}

Because this event was sponsored by Lynwood Baptist Church and is a religious affiliated event, the race started with a prayer as well as the singing of the National Anthem. So cool! And planted along the run were verses from the Bible as well as inspirational quotes from different runners. Seeing the signs and hearing people cheer was so motivational. Every time I wanted to quit, a stranger would yell “You can do it!” or “Hang in there!” I got so many high fives as I was running that I thought I was part of the NBA line up! I was able to run 1.5 miles nonstop. I’ve never done that before!

Run for God 5K {Living Outside the Stacks}

By the end of the race, I was pretty exhausted though. I also think I may have been a little dehydrated. I started wheezing a bit and had a hard time catching my breath so I slowed it down. I also think know I was intimidated by the ginormous hill at the top of the finish line. At the beginning of the race, it was a gentle rolling hill, by the end of the race it had transformed itself into a 90° angle.

Run for God 5K {Living Outside the Stacks}

The blogger in me wanted to stop and take pictures along the way but I fought the urge. However, two of my daughters and the hubs were there to catch me in all of my glory. Yeah, that’s what we’ll call all of that sweat: “Glory”. Let’s just say, the girls decided that I should put more effort into my runner’s pose and less in endurance and speed.

Official Time: 40 minutes 27 seconds

Place: 34/44 {age group 40~49} and 220/294 overall {runners}

Distance: 3.1 miles

Date: 29 June 2013

When I first started running, I adopted Philippians 4:13 {“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”} because I knew that I couldn’t accomplish something like this on my own. It took God placing the right people in my life at the right time.

Thank you, Lord.  I’m so proud of myself; I really did this!

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01st Apr2013

Visit to St. Louis {About Me}

by Daenel

When the kids were little, the hubs and I figured out a work around for the dreaded travel questions. You know the ones: Where we going? How long are we staying? Are we there yet? We simply quit giving the kids advanced notice about trips. Instead, we’d wait until a few minutes before we ready to go and then we’d tell them to go get in the car. We once took them from Pennsylvania to Mississippi using this method. I’m telling you this is the secret!

Anyway, the hubs and I decided to go old school and whisk the kids away for a day trip. So, Saturday morning we told them to get in the car without telling them where we were going. Actually, we had to give them a bit of a heads up that we were planning a trip because they’re teenagers now and they tend to make their own plans and live their own lives. Anyway, they cleared their schedules for us and we kept them in suspense until 10 minutes into our trip to ST. LOUIS!

St Louis {Living Outside the Stacks}
We didn’t go up in the Arch because I’m afraid of heights and tight spaces the line was too long. So we walked around and visited some of the other sights…

St Louis {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Old Cathedral is absolutely beautiful. It kinda reminded me of the churches in Italy… We didn’t stay too long as they were preparing for Resurrection Sunday services.

St Louis {Living Outside the Stacks}

The ceiling in the Old Court House where the Dred Scott case was tried. I had to bend almost in half to take this picture but it was soooo worth it.

St Louis {Living Outside the Stacks}

We didn’t ride in the carriage but I did touch the horse. With one finger.

To see the rest of the pictures from our trip, click here.

How did you spend your weekend?


21st Mar2013

Date Night at the Mississippi River {In the Neighborhood}

by Daenel

When you’re a parent, finding time for a date night can be hard. Sometimes it seems impossible. But, let me tell you, it’s so vitally important that you carve out time for each other. I know a lot of moms put their children first but your marriage should come first and then the kids. Trust me on this oneOne day your kids are going to grow up and leave your home and you’re gonna be stuck with that man that you married and the last thing you want is to be stuck staring at a stranger who you have absolutely no desire to get to know. Anyway, one of the things that hubs and I like to do is go out for coffee and walk along the river front.

The Mississippi River {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last weekend, the hubs and I went downtown and decided to take a look at the Mississippi River; we weren’t prepared for how much it had risen. Areas where we had just sat the previous month were now covered with water.  click here to see more pictures The ledge where I had captured this couple was now completely submerged. click here to see the picture We were completely blown over.

When you’re a parent, finding time for a date night can be hard. Sometimes it seems impossible. But, let me tell you, it’s so vitally important that you carve out time for each other. I know a lot of moms put their children first but your marriage should come first and then the kids. Trust me on this one. One day your kids are going to grow up and leave your home and you’re gonna be stuck with that man that you married and the last thing you want is to be stuck staring at a stranger who you have absolutely no desire to get to know. Anyway, one of the things that hubs and I like to do is go out for coffee and walk along the river front.

Last week’s theme for the 365 Project: 2013 Edition was “Street Photography”. This was my submission; if you’d like to see my daily pictures, click here.

I’m not sure if this couple is married or if they have children but it was just sweet to see them walking by the river front holding hands.

Date night doesn’t have to be expensive nor does it have to be elaborate; it’s just about you and your husband taking time out away from the kids so you can enjoy each other’s company.

How do you and your husband reconnect?

25th Feb2013

Saturday Wanderings {About Me}

by Daenel

For the past few weeks I’ve been nearly vibrating with excitement; the hubs and I were supposed to go to Tennessee to visit my sister. But as with all of the best laid plans, this one fell through and the hubs and I were left wondering what we should do…

We ended up running a few errands and then heading down to one of our favorite haunts: the Mississippi River Walk. We enjoy sitting on the banks of the river with coffees and people watching. For whatever reason, we didn’t stop for coffee before heading downtown. Not cool.

The Mississippi River Walk {Living Outside the Stacks}
Did you notice that she has coffee?
Saturday Wanderings {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is also a little preview of my What I Wore Wednesday post? Like how I slipped that in there?

The Mississippi River Walk {Living Outside the Stacks}

Don’t you just love the view? Can you see why the hubs and I like to wander around the River Walk?

The Mississippi River Walk {Living Outside the Stacks}
What do you think they sell at The Woman’s Store? Or rather, what do you think they used to sell at The Woman’s Store? It was completely empty but fascinating all the same.

The Mississippi River Walk {Living Outside the Stacks}

One of the things that I appreciate about the hubs is that he indulges my crazy. Saturday’s bit of loopiness involved him pulling over on the side of the road so I could take a picture of this windmill. Cars were coming and he had to wave them around, but he patiently sat in his car until I was satisfied with my shot.

It’s moments like that when I truly appreciate what a great husband I’ve created. Bwahahaha 

How did you spend your weekend?

24th Jan2013

The Alley {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Alley {Living Outside the Stacks}

This week’s theme for the 365 Project: 2013 Edition is “Tilt Shift”. I’m still fighting a lingering cough from my bout with the flu and bronchitis. For those of you keeping count, this is week 3 ofThe Plague“. So going outside in 2o and 30 degree weather just wasn’t in the cards for me this week, so most of my pictures have been re~edits from the archives. From my understanding, in order for a tilt shift to be really effective, the photographer should be looking down on a scenic landscape when taking the picture. So that’ll be my goal in the near future, find a high point with lots of color and snap a picture. I think tilt shift could be a lot of fun and lead to some interesting photos. You can see the rest of my images from the 365 Project: 2013 Edition by clicking here.

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

27th Oct2012

Autumn Sky {Photography}

by Daenel

Autumn Sky {Living Outside the Stacks}

Autumn Sky {Living Outside the Stacks}

Autumn Sky {Living Outside the Stacks}

Autumn Sky {Living Outside the Stacks}

Autumn Sky {Living Outside the Stacks}

Autumn Sky {Living Outside the Stacks}

Have a great weekend!

04th Oct2012

Annie Laurie’s Antiques {Getting to Know Missouri}

by Daenel

Recently, I attended a presentation called “The Psychology of Now… In Retail and Fashion” by Lynn R. Moore. During the presentation, Lynn talked about current trends in retail and how people have shifted their thought from “I must have new” to “How can I reuse and/or recycle?” She talked about how people are thrifting more, shopping in vintage/second hand shops, garage sales, etc and upcycling their finds. She ended her talk with a discussion about the importance of buying local.

One of the stores she mentioned was Annie Laurie’s Antiques. Now I’d been hearing about this shop pretty much since I moved to Missouri but I never quite found the time to pay a visit. But after hearing the rave reviews from Lynn (and eyeballing a beautiful necklace she was wearing), I decided that no matter what I was making a trip.

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

I ended up going two days in a row. Once by myself and the second time with the hubs.

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

I absolutely adored the whimsical decor. See those frames, wouldn’t they make fabulous memory boards? Or chalk board frames? And, come on, umbrellas hanging from the ceiling? Fabulous!

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

My first trip was spent scoping the place out. I found a couple of pairs of boots that I absolutely adored but they were too small…

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

I also spied some fabric I thought would be make a lovely new slipcover for a bench the hubs and I had picked up from an earlier trip to a second hand store. Vintage luggage tabletops, anyone?

And, of course, there were all sorts of fun little things such as bird cages, globes and old books (be still my bird fearing wanderlust having librarian heart).

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

Annie Laurie's Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

The hubs and I will definitely be going back, we have lots of space to fill in our home.

Do you shop second hand stores? Are you a thrifter? What was your last purchase?

01st Sep2012

Red Cowboy Boots {Shoe Style Saturday}

by Daenel

Cowboy Boots {Shoe Style Saturday}

So much has happened in the two weeks that I’ve been offline…

First, let’s talk about those boots, shall we? Aren’t they fantabulous? Ever since we moved to the South I’ve been dying to get a pair of cowboy boots. Full southern experience, y’all…. Anyway, I picked these beauties up at a cute little consignment shop called The Clothes Line for all of $8.75! Score!

The most exciting thing is that we’ve moved into a new house. Honest to goodness, this is our dream home. From the colors to the carpet to the front porch, everything about this place feels like it was custom made for us. I cannot wait to show you around!

Trunk Full of ShoesThe hardest part of the move had to be moving my shoes. I seriously didn’t realize how enormous my shoe collection is until it took us 3 trips to move all of my shoes from the old house to the new house. I even got rid of some of my shoes. So you know it makes me wonder, why does my photo stream look like I wear the same shoes every day? Things that make you go hmmm….

Last week our beloved dog of almost 10 years, Squeekerz, ran away from home.  It’s crazy how a week can be so full of hope and heartbreak at the same time. My prayer is that someone has found him and that they’re taking good care of him… We’d love to have him back but we know the chances of that happening are slim. For years I was against chipping because it just seemed so weird but, lemme tell ya, after the tears that were shed this week, I’d advise anyone who loves their pets to chip them, keep current pictures and never take for granted that your pet will not run off. Do your best to protect your furry friend.

The hubs gives the boy the keyLast week, the hubs gave the boy the keys to his car. And it’s a pretty sweet little ride too ~ 2000 Pontiac Firebird. The boy totally takes after his parents, my first car was a Pontiac Fiero (red) and the hubs has a serious love of sports cars. Of course, we stressed that this car is more for us than it is for the boy. It’s now his responsibility to take his sisters wherever they need to go. Can you say happy parents?!

Where did your shoes take you this week?

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

  • Shoe Style Saturdaytake a picture of your shoes
  • post them to your blog, flickr or tumblr
  • if you post to Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #ShoeStyleSat
  • 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.

30th Aug2012

Squeekerz {Missing Dog Alert}

by Daenel


This has been a very difficult week for my family and me. Last Friday morning, our beloved dog of 10 years, Squeekerz, decided to go for a walk without his leash or his humans. Those of you who are long time readers know that Squeekerz has become quite a fixture in my photography. He’s a first class photo bomber! And often likes to pose for pictures (this after spending many months getting over his fear of the camera sounds).

SqueekerzI’ve never been a big proponent of pet chipping, honestly, the thought of putting something inside my dog sort made me feel all Big Brotherish… But after this past week, I would tell anyone, if you love your pet, chip it. Make sure that your dog is licensed. Keep current photos. And never ever take it for granted that your dog will not run off.

Squeekers is a short haired Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix. His eyes range from dark brown to light brown almost hazel depending on his mood. He’s partial to bread and Girl Scout Cookies (short bread, thankyouverymuch). He was lost in Jackson, Missouri near HWY W around 7:30 AM. on Friday, 24 August. If you see him, please contact me at outsidethestacks@live.com. He’s missed terribly by his family.

16th Jun2012

Happy Father’s Day!

by Daenel

Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River

I’d like to wish all the dads out there a very happy Father’s Day. My prayer for each and every one of you is that you will show the love and guidance for your family that God has shown toward us.

24th May2012

Peacocks. In a Cemetery. Really? {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

When Miss 15 told me that she’d gone with some friends to visit the peacocks at the Cape County Memorial Park, I was tad skeeved, slightly intrigued and a little bewildered. Peacocks. In a cemetery. Really?

Yes, really.





Also, I hope y’all are impressed with me right now considering my intense fear of birds. I don’t care how pretty they are, birds are scary, scary critters. And, as Miss 15 stated, “Those things sound like little old ladies crying out for help.”

Side note, the historian in me had to find out why there are peacocks in the cemetery: A little over 30 years ago, when Ted and Mildred Strom owned the cemetery, her husband and father~in~law thought it’d be nice to have peacocks on the property, so they bought some from a supplier and the birds roamed the property until the highway expanded to four lanes. Now the birds are kept in a pen where they can be fed and viewed during daylight hours.

Are there any unusual things in your neck of the woods?

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

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?


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