31st Jan2013

A Quote About Shoes {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Shoes {Living Outside the Stacks}

I know I’ve mentioned that I’m doing the 365 Project: 2013 Edition but did I mention that I’m also doing the 52 Week Project: 2013 Edition? I know, I’m a glutton for punishment. I didn’t even come close to finishing last year but this year will be different. This year I’m celebrating my 40th year of life by documenting life.

Anyway, last week’s theme was “Quote”. So I shared my favorite quote with a pair of my favorite shoes (A gift from my mother. I know, right?) This photo wasn’t my original intent but I’m more than thrilled with the final outcome. And it sums up how I feel about shoes perfectly.

I’m linking up with Deb for This or That Thursday. I just read that Deb will no longer be hosting This or That Thursday as she starts to focus more on her scrapbooking business. I’m so excited for her and if you haven’t checked out her scrapping, you really should. I will continue to share my favorite photo from the previous week’s 365 Project or 52 Week Project right here every Thursday. I hope you’ll continue to join me.

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.

17th Jan2013

Chain Link {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Chain {Living Outside the Stacks}

This week’s theme for the 365 Project: 2013 Edition is “Minimalism”. I’ve had a lot of fun with this particular theme because it’s challenging to focus on a single object and still try to tell a story. My inclination when trying to capture an image is to get as much into the picture as possible, this challenge has forced me to pay attention to color, detail and cropping. I’ve also tried not to do much editing, other than a bit of sharpening and, of course, cropping. 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.

10th Jan2013

Today I’m Whining {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Leaves {Living Outside the Stacks}

The above picture is from my 365 Project. This week’s theme is monochrome and I thought this perfectly captured my mood for the day week. You can see my other pictures by clicking here.

This has been the longest week ever. I’ve been sick with the flu. Not fun at all. Today I was supposed to begin my monthly self portraits in anticipation of my 40th birthday on 10 March but the last thing I want is a picture of me with tissue smooshed up to my nose. Yes, I’m whining. And you know why? Because women so rarely get the chance to do it.

We get sick and we suck it up. Wake the kids and get them dressed. cough cough sneeze Make sure the hubs has his work stuff and is ready to go. sneeze sneeze cough Clean the house, feed the dog, start the laundry drip sniffle cough

My stomach and my head hurt from coughing so much. I’m alternating between freezing and burning up. I want this nastiness to end. Now.

OK, I’m finished whining. Thank you for indulging me and, please, ladies, stay healthy.

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

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!

18th Oct2012

The Boy Has His License {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

He's Official {Living Outside the Stacks}

The state of Missouri has determined that the boy is competent enough to drive a vehicle. Congratulations, Son. I love you.

He's Official {Living Outside the Stacks}

But more than anything else, I love that my taxi duties have officially ended.

I’m linking up with:

06th Sep2012

Abandoned Egg {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Abandoned Egg

The hubs found the nest under the lid on our propane tank. I’m sure by now that there’s probably nothing in the shell but y’all know my fear of birds (shell or not) so I didn’t touch anything to find out. And, omg, so many feathers on the nest!

I’m linking up with:

16th Aug2012

Instagram Love {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

I’m one of those people who begged and pleaded for Instagram to come to Android. So when it finally became available, I downloaded it almost immediately and then proceeded to forget about it. I know, right? How much sense does that make?

I’m not exactly how long I went without using it but one day, I was playing around with my cell phone camera and I decided to try Instagram. Oh. My. Gosh. What had I been waiting for? I was absolutely smitten. And from that moment on, I’ve had to stop myself from snapping every moment of my life. It really is quite addicting.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the past 2 months:

@4daenelt {Instagram}

Notice something? There’s an inordinate amount of coffee in my stream. But that’s the fun part of Instagram, you get to see the small parts of  your friends’ lives and it’s the small moments that create the big things in life.

Are you on Instagram? I’m @4daenelt, give me a shout out and let’s share the small moments…

I’m linking up with:

02nd Aug2012

Clouds {This Or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Last week, we had some crazy weather. It was soooo hot. I think we hit the triple digits or very close to it most of the week but Thursday just flipped the script. While I was at work, I happened to look out my window and noticed that the clouds looked a little, ummm, odd. So, I did what any normal person would do, I grabbed my Nikon and ran outside and started snapping away…


I only took a couple of shots before it started raining so I quickly ran back inside…

But the cloud show started again almost as soon as I got home…




I decided not to edit, accept for the addition of my watermark…

What’s the weather been like in your area?

I’m linking up with:

26th Jul2012

Giving Thanks for the Small Things {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Shopping Cart and Sunlight

Sometimes I get so caught up in the big picture that I miss the little things. For example, I took this picture using Instagram because I thought the light coming off the setting sun was just beautiful. In fact, I was so awestruck by the evening sky that I didn’t even notice the lone shopping cart until after I had posted the picture. And it made me think, how many times have I been so involved in the “big” things of life that I forget to give thanks for the “little” things?

Life has no guarantees, in fact, Psalm 103:15~16 says: “The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.” {NIV} There are so many people who woke up in happiness and are going to bed in sorrow because they’ve lost someone due to accident, tragedy or illness. Either way that person is gone and the time to say “I love you” will never be again.

If you read 1 Thessalonians 5:16~18, we are told to “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” {NIV}

Right now I need to give thanks to God for the “small” moments in life:

  • the sound of my children’s laughter as they tease each other
  • the hubs’ contented smile as he sits in his favorite chair and reads a book
  • mom and dad who offer emotional and spiritual support
  • my brothers and sisters, by blood and by choice, who make me laugh
  • my church family who push me out of my comfort zone on a weekly basis
  • our dog who greets me each and every day as if he hasn’t seen me in years
  • the blessings that are too numerous to count

Downstairs, there’s a sign on my wall that says “It’s the small moments that make our lives big.” 

What do you take for granted? Are there little things that you miss because you’re grabbing at the big stuff?

I’m linking up with:

05th Jul2012

How to Create a Succulent Garden {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

If you read my post on Tuesday, you’ll know that I’ve been dying to either buy or create my own succulent garden for awhile now but failed in my first attempt. Lesson learned from that little episode? Be prepared.

There are many reasons why I like succulent gardens:

  • Low maintenance
  • No allergy concerns
  • Kinda funky and unexpected

Succulent gardens can be purchased just about anywhere, but when you’re looking for something unique, it’s more fun to create yourself.

To see larger images, simply click on the picture.

So here’s what you’ll need to create your own succulent garden:


Succulent Garden Supplies

  • Cactus Soil
  • Soil Cover aka Rocks
  • Choice of Succulents
  • Planter


Succulent Garden Collage

When picking your succulents, you want to make sure that they all have the same or similar sunlight, feeding and watering requirements. You also want to pay attention to things like texture, shape and color. The best composites are usually odd numbers with one tall, one “fluffy” and one “spreader”. Look at your arrangement close together to make sure you like the composition. Look at it from all angles.


1. Empty Planter

Empty Planter

If you are particularly handy, you can add drainage holes. The coffee cup and saucer are bonded together so I didn’t bother with adding any. Also did you notice the dirt in the bottom of the planter? That’s from me placing the plants to see how I’d like them arranged in the pot. I recommend you do this so that you have a rough idea of what your finished product will look like (you can also gauge how much soil you’ll need by prearranging).

2. Add Rocks

Planter with Rocks

To make up for not having drainage holes, add a layer of rocks to the bottom of the planter. A single layer will suffice.

3. Add Soil

Planter with Soil

Add a layer of soil. You kind of have to eyeball it to see how much you need to put in but remember your succulents’ roots are packed in soil so you want to make sure that you leave room for them but you also need a barrier between the roots and the rocks.

4. Add Water

Planter with Water

Dampen the soil. You don’t want it soaking wet but you do need it damp.

5. Add Succulents

Planter Top View

Add more soil until your plants are securely situated in the planter. You don’t want the soil to touch the leaves (that can cause them to rot). Adding a layer of rocks over the soil not only helps to retain moisture but it keeps the leaves and soil from touching.

6. Admire

Planter Side View

To care for your succulent garden:

  • Keep in high sunlight areas
  • Water when top soil is dry (roughly every 2 weeks or so)
  • If you keep your succulent garden outside, bring it inside when the weather starts to turn

I’m linking up with:

21st Jun2012

Thank You {This Or That Thursday}

by Daenel

#Cinchspiration Peanut Butter Crunch Bar

I just wanted to take this time to thank all of you who’ve been so supportive of me as I’ve begun my weight loss journey with Team #Cinchspiration. Your kind words of support, your cheers, your questions, everything has helped me to push forward. As you know, starting (and starting in such a public way) can be daunting but knowing that you guys are out there supporting me.

To watch my story unfold, stay tuned as I blog, Facebookvlog, tweet and pin my inches lost. You can follow the Team Cinchspiration conversation on Twitter using #Cinchspiration.

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

Disclosure: I am receiving free Cinch® Inch Loss Plan products from the Shaklee Corporation in exchange for my participation in the #Cinchspiration campaign. All opinions are my own.

07th Jun2012

This Week’s Fave Photos {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Hi, everyone! I hope you’ve had a pleasant week. Things have been going really well over here. So many exciting things are happening: I was selected to be one of 50 female bloggers to join Team #Cinchspiration in a weight loss blogging program (you can read about that here). I’m going to need lots of cheerleaders, so please join me on Facebook, Pinterest and/or Twitter.

Now on to this week’s This or That photos… I’m just sharing some of my favorite photos from this week, you know pictures that for whatever reason haven’t made it to my blog. Hope you enjoy…


In the Garage

Black and White Legs

Apple Slices

My Workspace

Nothing special, just trying to find the beauty in the ordinary…

Do you ever do that? Take pictures of random stuff just to see?

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

31st May2012

Random Stuff {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

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

Buildings in Cape Girardeau

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

Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge

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

Old St Vincents Catholic Church

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

Evening Sky

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

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

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

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.

17th May2012

Hanging with Miss 18 {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Earlier this week, Miss 18 and I decided to go on a photography walk in the historic section of Cape Girardeau. You can see my pictures by clicking on the bold words.  We love it down there because of the old buildings, the views of the Mississippi River and the fabulous antique shops that line the streets… Right now, though, my favorite place is the Cup N’ Cork, a hip coffee house that also serves wine.
Cup N' Cork

I’d visited the Cup N’ Cork earlier with a friend of mine and enjoyed the ambiance, I thought Miss 18 would enjoy it too. I also thought it’d be a nice “thank you” for letting me photograph her…

Miss 18

Miss 18

Miss 18

Miss 18

We had so much fun playing around with different poses and camera angles. Also she’s such a good sport! What you can’t tell from the pictures is that she was being attacked by bugs the size of small birds.

Do you have a favorite place to shoot?

I’m linking up with Deb of deb duty photography for This or That Thursday.

10th May2012

Coffee Love {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

While taking pictures for this week’s May Photo~A~Day Challenge, I noticed something, I take a lot of pictures of coffee.

This week, my obsession seemed to be coffee beans…

Coffee Beans

There’s something about the smoothness of the beans…

Coffee Beans

The richness of the browns…

Coffee Beans

Yep, I love all the things about coffee…

Coffee Beans

Collage Layout Courtesy of Ginger Pixel

But, mostly, I love the taste…


What are you obsessed with this week?

I’m linking up with Deb of deb duty photography for This or That Thursday.

03rd May2012

The River Walk {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Yesterday I went for a quick photo walk along the Mississippi River…

Mississippi River {This or That Thursday}

Without fail, I always take a picture of the Port Cape Girardeau…

Port Cape Girardeau {This or That Thursday}

It’s just a beautiful old building and that Coca~Cola {thanks, Ellie, now you know my soda preference} sign on the side is priceless…

Pepsi Sign {This or That Thursday}

But I think my new favorite building may be the B’Nai Israel Synagogue that I discovered on my way home. Built in 1937, it reminds me of the Middle Eastern architecture that I love so much…

BNai Israel Synagogue {This or That Thursday}

What did you photograph this week?

I’m linking up with Deb of deb duty photography for This or That Thursday.

26th Apr2012

Fave Photos {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Do you participate in the photo a day challenge? I’ve found that taking pictures on a daily basis forces me to get my camera out even when I don’t really feel like it. It also forces me to be creative and try to think outside of the box. Not all the time do I hit the ball out of the park, but every now and then I get a few shots that I really like. So, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite photos from this month’s Photo A Day Challenge with you. If you’d like to see more or just engage in random conversation, please join me on Facebook by clicking here.

10 April: Cold


15 April: Sunset


17 April: Something You Don’t Like

Something You Don't Like {#PHOTOADAYAPRIL}

25 April: Looking Down


Would you like to participate? Here are the rules:

  • Go visit Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim and let her know you’re joining in
  • Starting 1 May take a picture using the inspiration from the prompt
  • Once you’ve taken your photo, share the picture on your blog, Facebook page, Twitter, flickr or other preferred social media page. If you’re sharing on Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #PHOTOADAYMAY so others can find your photos.

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

I’m linking up with Deb of deb duty photography for This or That Thursday.

19th Apr2012

Roses {This or That Thursday}

by Daenel

Rose {This or That Thursday}

Rose {This or That Thursday}

Evidently, I’m not very observant because I didn’t notice these beautiful roses growing on the side of my house until a few days ago. It makes me wonder how many other things go unnoticed in my home…

Guess I should go figure out where I left the kids.

I’m linking up with Deb of deb duty photography for This or That Thursday.


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