Monday, January 15, 2018

Missing some punctuation, much?

With the advent of making twitter posts DOUBLE what they used to be, I've noticed that more and more people are ignoring punctuation.  I'm seeing periods just ignored, most of the time.  Here's an example:

Bob wasn't stupid he knew Jane didn't love him he just didn't care.

I THINK the author meant to write:

Bob wasn't stupid.  He knew Jane didn't love him.  He just didn't care.

I see whole paragraphs written with not a period at all.

What's up with people?  Missing punctuation can change the entire meaning of the sentence.  Here's an example, from Let’s eat Grandma! How to use, and not use the comma

These have two different meanings:
Let's eat, Grandma.
Let's eat Grandma.

Are you inviting her to eat or are you a cannibal with Grandma on the menu?

It's the same thing with periods.  Lack of a period can mean changing the entire meaning.

We went out to the car whose sunglasses were tinted.

is much different than:

We went out to the car.  Whose sunglasses were tinted?

So please, for the love of people who like to read, use punctuation.  It may change someone's life.

Thank you!
Markee

Monday, January 8, 2018

How to Get Out of a Slump

I've been in a slump for the past two months.  Between the holidays and a few time distractions (like watching Twitter), it's been tough to concentrate on anything anymore.

So how do I get out of that slump?  Schedule time for every moment of the day.  Give myself time to read over Twitter, but only for a short period of time. 

Has that happened to you, where you just can't focus?  Keep your goals in mind and know that you CAN do it.  If I can write 59 books, you certainly can do whatever you put your mind to.

Have a super week!
Markee

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!!!

...just a day late.  LOL!  Sorry about that!

May your new year be filled with happiness, healthiness, and success like no other.



Sunday, December 31, 2017

December 31--New Year's Eve

It's been a very interesting year, but it's not over yet.

Here are some cool websites that tell more about ringing in the New Year:

When Year 2018 Starts Around the World
New Year Traditions (around the world)
History.com: History of New Years
New Years Eve Events Around the World

There's a lot to know about New Years, but most of all, may you have a safe and happy 2018!


Saturday, December 30, 2017

December 30--Chuck Wagon Cookie Recipe! YUM!

This is a throwback to simpler days—a recipe from my grandmother. 



Chuck Wagon Cookies:
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup butter

Cream together.

Add:
1 beaten egg
1 ½ cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 diced apple (peeled and chopped fine)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts.


Mix together and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until brown.


Friday, December 29, 2017

December 29--Mint recipes!

Here’s my grandmother’s recipe for butter mints.  They’re delicious and great for after-party mints:

Butter Mints:
3 tbsp. soft butter or margarine (easier to use)
¼ cup cream
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
2 tsp. peppermint
1 lb powdered sugar

Blend all ingredients.  Knead.  Color and form into balls, or put into mint molds.  Press down.  Refrigerate.



My mother uses this recipe for mints:

Cream Cheese Mints:
1 pound powdered sugar
¼ pound margarine or butter
4 ounces (1/4 pound) cream cheese
A few drops of milk (to make it mix better—use more if needed)
1 tsp peppermint (or more or less to taste—I also like plain mint, as well, or other flavorings instead)
Mix together (use your hands), shape (or put into molds), and refrigerate for 2 hours.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

December 28--Yummy Candy!

Our middle child graduated from college last May, and brought home some yummy recipes from her roommates.  She was in a 'quad,' where there are four bedrooms, a living room, a bathroom, and a fully working kitchen.  They had to make their own meals, so they'd share recipes.

This is one from one of her roommates that's really simple.

Pretzel/Rolo/M&M candies

Holiday pretzels (they're round, like a wreath)
Rolo candies (caramel and chocolate)
Green and red M&Ms

Put aluminum foil on a baking sheet.
Place the pretzels flat on the sheet (as many as you want to eat).
Put one Rolo in the middle of the round pretzel.
Bake at 325 degrees for 2-4 minutes, or until the Rolos melt.
Take out of oven and put a red or a green M&M in the middle of the Rolo.  Let cool  Delicious!

Here are some pictures of the finished product: