Wednesday, January 29, 2014

double space this!

One of these things is not like the other....




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I saw some pretty shapes and shadows at the end of the driveway yesterday.


Three  One of these things is not like the other.

I made this for lunch.

The Pioneer Woman's queso-fundido

Her picture is much better than mine.  It looked so yummy.
It tasted pretty good too.

If you like things 'hot' then you should definitely add some jalapenos or even use pepper jack cheese.
(that's for you Janet)


When I am done cooking in the oven I leave the door wide open to warm up the kitchen.
Does anyone else do this?


It's Catholic Schools week.  Today is the day parents come in a eat with their student.  I wanted to skip it this year....I've done this five times and don't really remember it fondly.  So I asked Katie if she wanted me to come and she said yes she did, she is afraid to be the only one without a mom to sit with. So I will go.  They don't always want you there.  She does now.  So I shall be there.


I read last night that the double space at the end of the sentence is incorrect.  The article had loads of facts and proof to make his point.

All I can say is....tell it to my 7th grade typing teacher.

I can not change and I will not.

Double space forever.


XOXO
Donna




48 comments:

  1. Hi, I'm sitting on my loveseat with my laptop when I should be vacuuming. Imagine my joy when I saw on FB that your post was up. Yay for Procrastination!!

    A to the Men about double spacing. I also took 7th grade typing and it is stuck in my brain. There is no hope of me not double spacing. I'm just saying.

    I saw the recipe from PW about the queso - oh my lanta it looks good. Sadly I have no access to Montery Jack Cheese. There are 88 kinds of cheese here (mostly of the Swiss variety) but no Jack. sigh.

    OK - time to vacuum!

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    1. A to the bigtime Men here, too.

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    2. I can hear Queen Jean the Typing Machine (my old school, knew shorthand and typed legal docs with carbons that allowed for zero errors Mama) protesting the double space post-modern nonsense all the way from the heavenly realm. You are in fine company!

      Amen, indeed
      Double space Di

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    3. I love hearing about Queen Jean :-)

      hey, double space Di is catchy!

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  2. p.s. have a great lunch. You are a wonderful mama.

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  3. Any cheese that melts will do!!! Use that fondu cheese!

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  4. Teresa Culpepper9:46 AM

    Double space forever!

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  5. Anonymous9:52 AM

    Yum! Looks delish. Great presentation, Donna! I leave the oven door open after I'm done baking.
    I always double space at the end of the sentence. I know I need help with my grammar. he he I figure I'll learn again when Sophia is in school. : )
    Have a great day!
    Sarah P. from Iowa

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  6. Donna,
    When we lived in Costa Rica for 8 months, the oven was the only source of heat at my friend's house during a cold, windy snap in Dec. I have fond memories of sitting in front of the open oven and drinking tea.

    We are struggling here at my house. I found this quote (it seems like you might have posted it here before Donna), and it gives me comfort:

    "Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake."

    ~Victor Hugo

    But, I could sure use prayers for me as I deal with a very angry, raging daughter. Also, my heart is hurting for my sister Michelle. Michelle's son has Type 1 diabetes. he is 20 and he almost went into a diabetic coma because he hasn't been caring for himself. He has other serious, serious health issues, too. Please pray that he chooses health--and life.

    Thank you, QL community. Just posting here makes me feel better.

    hmbalison

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    1. Anonymous10:14 AM

      Oh, ((Alison)). Prayers for peace and health and comfort for you, your sister and both your children.

      Mary Z

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    2. Oh Allison! Bless you (really) as you and your family go thru this very hard time. Remember you are loved and always just 'do the next thing'. (((Michelle and her dear son)))

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    3. Anonymous10:31 AM

      Alison, you have my prayers. My dad has lived with Type 1 diabetes for almost 42 years now. My brother in law has it, too. They both use pumps (life saving!). If your sister needs any guidance or some help, I know my dad would be happy to talk over the phone. He has helped many people over the years with diabetes. Just thought I'd put that out there. I would be happy to give you my email if you'd like. You have my prayers. Hugs.
      Sarah P. from Iowa

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    4. adding my prayers. Peace to you, Alison.

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    5. Anonymous11:58 AM

      Alison, I am praying for you and your daughter. One of my children went through a similar time as a teenager and I know the heartache and pain it causes. May God give you strength and even peace as you go through this stage of life. With him nothing is impossible, including change in a teenager's heart.
      Debbie Z.

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    6. Anonymous1:46 PM

      Praying for you and your daughter…love wins out every time…eventually. Praying that you can endure the difficult moments and find peace…both of you. Also, praying that your sister's son will want to live his live more healthfully. love and prayers, jep

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    7. Anonymous7:19 PM

      "live his life" I meant to say.
      jep

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  7. I double space too! :) And your queso fondido looks DELICIOUS! And I leave the oven open too - it's the efficient thing to do, right? (At least that's what I tell myself.)

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  8. Anonymous10:18 AM

    Double-spacers, unite!!! I always leave the oven door open, too, but I have to make sure our dog is occupied elsewhere as she may try to nose around and burn herself.

    Catholic Schools Week got short changed as our schools were closed Monday and Tuesday. If they try to cram all the planned activities in, the rest of the week should be pretty fun. :)

    Enjoy your lunch with Katie!

    Mary Z

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  9. I just noticed how poorly written the sentence about the 'article' is. Oops

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  10. Amy J in WI10:35 AM

    Donna, I double space and leave the oven door open. We have so much in common!

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  11. I agree with you on the double-space! I have an English degree from Michigan and this is how I have always done it. However, much to my chagrin, my 8th grade daughter's Language Arts teacher thinks otherwise and it drives me crazy!

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  12. Anonymous10:42 AM

    Of course I leave my oven door open after baking!!! I wonder about the age of those of us who do so. I would guess that we, for the most part, are of the older crowd. I have noticed that many of my younger neighbors don't even shut the storm windows AND the inside windows during the winter. I live in mid-Kansas and it does get cold here. I would think that shutting both windows would be the equivalent of layering your clothes.

    My sister took a business English course a several years ago. It started with typing. They were graded down for double spacing after a sentence. It was a hard habit for her to break because she learned to type in the mid-sixties! The instructor said that the change was made by publishers. It meant that they could get more text on a page and shorten the length of the book by a few pages. When printing thousands of copies, that savings added up.

    Interestingly enough, my sister made 100+ percent in the grammar portion of that course. Many of the college age students had to drop out because they did not have the background information they needed to understand the grammatics of English. They did not know about subjects, verbs, nouns, predicates, direct objects, indirect objects, prepositions, pronouns, etc. How sad!!! I have really noticed that there are so many grammatical errors, even in professional publications and made by professional newscasters. I have finally, after nearly fifty years of marriage, convinced my husband that "had went" is incorrect usage. The superintendent of schools here, a man with a PhD and post-graduate work doesn't know how to use "myself". He is always saying or writing, "Send the paperwork to myself." I used to think that teaching parts of speech, as much as I loved studying language, wasn't extremely important. But I have changed my mind. Foreign language teachers told me that they had to teach it before they could teach the language. And it dawned on me, that by understanding parts of speech, one has a common vocabulary needed to discuss grammar.

    Enough ranting! Ha ha! I don't really correct peoples mistakes, except for my husband's! But I do think it in my head.

    Hope things warm up across the country soon.

    Dee S

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    1. Dee, You would be impressed with Katie's little school. Traditional grammar all the way. This week it is the gerund phrase. The students take Spanish from 1 st grade on and I think these two classes work together perfectly.

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    2. Anonymous11:17 AM

      I am sitting here red-faced! I just noticed that I needed an apostrophe in "people's" in the next to the last sentence! It slipped through, but at least I do know that I missed it!

      It does sound as if Katie's school is doing a great job! And I agree, to learn the basics in one class and see it used in another is fantastic. Is Katie becoming fluent in Spanish? What an asset it is to be bilingual. Dee

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  13. Anonymous11:52 AM

    Yes! Double space all the way. My son was recently writing essays to submit for graduate school entrance and for the number of allowed typing characters to fit the space on the online application he had to remove every extra space at the end of sentences, making them all single. He showed me and I thought the whole essay looked crammed together and like it flowed less well. I guess I am old school, but the double space just seems right. As for the oven, my grandma began every letter with, "Here I sit, writing to you, with my feet in the oven." A fond memory of her and how she stayed warm on winter mornings.

    Debbie Z.

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    1. I love that about your Grandma and the oven! Sweet memory for sure :-)

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    2. I adore your grandma's opening too!!!

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  14. I'm a long time reader, very rarely make comments. The reason for the double-space in typing is because typewriters used monospaced type. In other words, each letter took up the same amount of space and the double-space was used to define the end of a sentence. With the advent of the pc and the eventual use of proportional spaced fonts where not all characters take up the same amount of space, the pc becomes more like typesetting than a typewriter. As far as I know Courier is the only monospaced font that's widely available. If I were using Courier, I would double space, with any other font I would single space after a period. And I was a typist many, many years before I started using a pc and teaching word processing software. It's just second nature to me now to single space and I do think that's the correct method but I'm not going to criticize anyone who chooses to double-space. For anyone who's writing a paper or essay and their instructor requires single spacing, I'm fairly certain there is a search and replace feature in most software that easily searches for double spaces and replaces them with single spaces. I'm a dinosaur in that I still use WordPerfect and refuse to use Word unless absolutely necessary. I have a feeling that it will be a never-ending argument on whether to single or double space after a period.

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  15. Regarding what Martha says above - I use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for work all the time and I often have other people contribute to my documents. I cut and paste their stuff in and then revise away to make it fit the appropriate style manual used by the company I'm with and overall good grammar and readability. What that means is I often accidentally copy over double-spaces after periods (LOTS of people still use it) and I don't always see them while I edit. My last step is always to use Ctrl+F to bring up the Find/Replace function. I put two spaces in the "Find" box and one space in the "Replace With" box and click Replace All. I often repeat that until it comes back with zero replacements made.

    I still remember that 1994 was the year I had to switch. I finished grad school using a computer with a word processor, but it was still all monotype font when I printed on a lovely dot-matrix printer. My first job was writing training materials using Word, and it was drilled into me to use a single space after periods. It only took a day or two to retrain myself.

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  16. Anonymous1:33 PM

    So funny what a response the double-space question has garnered! I just love your blog and reading the comments. To Martha, that is an excellent explanation. I have never heard it explained that way, but that does make perfect sense. (For the record, I took typing in the mid-'80s, so I am hard-wired to double space. Can't imagine changing now.) My husband and I have a constant disagreement about how to punctuate our last name - St.Clair or St.(space) Clair - he says the space is a requirement; I think it looks too strung out, so I don't put a space. Oh, well!
    As far as the school activities go, my daughter is the same age as Katie and I think we are in an awkward stage for knowing when she wants me there & when she doesn't want me there. I err on the side of being there when I'm not sure. She is so sweet, I'm not sure she'll ever be able to tell me "I can do this one without you."

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  17. I always left the oven open after I finished until I had kids. With an open plan house there was no way to keep them away from it. But they're plenty big enough now; I should get back in the habit.

    I was a die hard double spacer for a very long time. I think I've (mostly) converted to single now. Probably because Word likes to put a green squiggle under my double spacings to say they're wrong. :) Fun fact: On an iDevice (phone, pad, pod, whatever), if you insert a double space (without typing a period) it will automagically convert it to a period and single space. On an iPod/iPhone it saves you the trouble of having to "shift" for the period.

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    1. oh...i wondered about that. period. thingy.

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  18. Anonymous2:15 PM

    Yes, I do leave the oven open after using it.
    Those shadows in the snow remind me of pictures from the moon.
    Hope you and Katie had fun at lunch.
    The changes to grammar rules and typing astound me…I am so old school.
    love and prayers, jep

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  19. Cyndi K G2:59 PM

    We probably had the same typing teacher! I think the "only one space" rule is fairly new: sometimes I follow it ... and sometimes I don't.

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  20. So many times I find myself saying, this is right now, this is not forever. Usually it is to get through the hard things, like sick kids and newborn babies. Thanks for the reminder that it also applies to the good things too, like drooly kisses and wanting me to volunteer in their classroom!

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  21. I have always (and always will) put double spaces at the end of my sentences ... it is the CORRECT thing to do. Having settled that ... I don't leave my oven door open after use because someone would "trip" over it on their way through the kitchen ... however, I do "recycle" the warm air and moisture of the dishwasher. After it completes its cycle I open the door and pull out the top rack slightly ... allowing the heat and moisture to fill the room ... especially beneficial to things drying more quickly in the dishwasher without using additional electricity AND adds moisture to the air if you need it. By the way ... I absolutely HATE "auto correct" on devices ... just sayin'

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  22. Anonymous3:41 PM

    I do the same thing with the oven! These last few nights, I have based dinner around what needs to cook in oven vs stovetop.

    Kim L

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  23. I totally agree about the double spacing

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  24. Hi, I just found your blog. My question for you is....how do you get so many people to comment on your blog? I rarely get a comment, and this is something that I wonder about.

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    1. Sharon, I gave been blogging for ten years...some days I get very few comments...other times in the thirtys. I have 1500 visits a day...I usually get %1. That's not so many is it? As far as drawing people out... Ask questions from a genuine place. If you love books, ask for recommendations. That sort of thing. Hope this helps,
      Donna

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    2. Sharon, that is a great question and Donna gave a great answer. I love this: Ask questions from a genuine place.

      Donna has a gift of writing things that resonate. For instance, I've cracked the oven door all my life (can't waste that warm air, don't ya know) but I can't recall ever reading about that practice.

      Once in the summer, years and years ago, I remember when Donna got no comments for two days in a row. Her response? You guys must be busy. What are you doing? And then the comments poured in, everybody chiming in on their busy summer.

      Without any self-promotion, Donna has developed a loyal following. With hard work, daily, she's put out something worth reading.

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  25. We leave our oven door open after baking, also. Sometimes, I will just linger and enjoy the warmth. As you can see, I too, double space, after sentences and have taught my children the same, not sure if they do it though.

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  26. I'm glad I was able to contribute something after all these years of reading. Regarding being hard-wired to double-space --- I learned to type in 1960 and worked as a secretary for 30 years before learning to use a pc way back in 1990, in the DOS years and before Windows came out, which gave us the opportunity to use all the lovely fonts we see today. I had to teach myself to use a pc and then teach myself WordPerfect in order to train co-workers. One of the many books I purchased on that learning journey was "The PC is not a Typewriter." So, using one space after a period is not a recent development. It's been around since the first version of Windows and long before that in the typesetting industry. After all these years, I view it as "you say to-may-to, I say to-mah-to." The only time it really comes into play is in an environment that requires the use of a style manual.

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  27. The use of a style manual...bwahahaha....

    I don't mind the change....I just don't like being told I am wrong :o)

    haha

    I'm glad you could add to the conversation!!!

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  28. I found out about the double-space rule (ahem, the NEW DOUBLE-SPACE RULE) a couple of years ago. I have since adjusted...but I did not like it one bit at first! :)
    Your pictures are lovely, as always.

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  29. Stop the truck! That Queso whatever looks scrumptious times one hundred!

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