MS Office Resource

I just wanted to share with you a good resource for MS Office (Word, Excel, etc.) troubleshooting. It is also a WordPress site, and it is called the Cybertext Newsletter.

The Cybertext Newsletter, authored by Rhonda, is my favourite bit of news that I welcome into my email inbox. She is easy to understand, approachable, and very clever. I encourage you to support her, she is an asset to the knowledge-seekers of the internet.

Find My Cursor

  • Mouse Properties
  • Pointer Options
  • Check the box for “Show Location…”

Now that it is set up, when you press the CTRL button on the keyboard, your mouse cursor will be indicated [I was going to say “pointed out”, but then you would all groan and know that I tell bad jokes]

It is especially useful when working on 2 monitors, or if you have a bit of a blind spot in your vision.

Not what you were looking for? If you were looking for your “Curser”, here is a website that can help you with that. You should not click on links that may not be safe, so I’ll just give you the URL so that you can paste it into your address bar.


The “I Can’t Cook” Cookbook

I have created a unique cookbook, designed to help people who say they can’t cook.
The cost is $15 (contact me if you’d like to purchase one

Here is one of my favourite September recipes:

Apple Crisp

3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup Tbsp flour
3/4 cup Tbsp oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup margarine or softened butter
2 apples

In a medium-sized bowl, combine all ingredients listed above. Mix well. If you’re using butter, and you don’t have time to soften it, use a food processor.
Peel and core the apples, and cut them into slices.
Place apple in a 9″ x 9″ pan.
Cover with oat mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Substitutions: Pears, peaches or cherries also work well.
Healthier: Add 1/4 cup wheat bran and reduce flour to 1/2 cup.

I hope you enjoy these few pages from the book.

  • Recipe for Meatball Subs
  • Recipe for Tuna Pineapple Melt

You can purchase the book by contacting me at:

Have vs Has vs Had

The verb is To Have

Have – can be used to show the present tense
example: I have a cat.

Has – is also present tense, but third person
example: Sam has a cat.

Had – can be used to show the past tense
example: I had a cat when I was young, but now I don’t.

Sometimes it isn’t as simple. Beyond the past, present and future, there is the present-perfect tense. It indicates a time in the past that is indefinite, or a situation that happened in the past but also continues in the present. It uses have or has together with another verb, like this:
example: Sam has worked at the store for ten years.
example: I have owned a dictionary since Grade 1.

When you are using had, you may be writing in the past-perfect tense. As explained by the Chicago Manual of Style:
“The past-perfect (or pluperfect) tense is formed by using had with the principal verb’s past participle {had walked} {had drunk}. It refers to an act, state, or condition that was completed before another specified or implicit past time or past action {the engineer had driven the train to the roundhouse before we arrived} {by the time we stopped to check the map, the rain had begun falling} {the movie had already ended}”

Had to or have to can be used to indicate obligation.
example: You have to take a test before you can have a driver’s license.

Up On vs Upon

Up On = location that is elevated (e.g. Up on the mountain, there is plenty of fresh air.)

Upon = a formal and antiquated version of  the word ‘on’, and sometimes “used to show that something happens soon after, and often because of, something else.”* (e.g. Upon seeing her test grade, she contacted the teacher to see if there had been a mistake.)
When used between two nouns that are the same, ‘upon’ indicates the large number or amount of the thing that has been mentioned.** (e.g. She saw miles upon miles of yellow canola fields as she looked out of the car window.)

*Cambridge dictionary,, Accessed September 2, 2019.
**One Stop English,, Accessed September 2, 2019.

Image of Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood Source: Clker Clipart

Wikipedia explanation of “Once upon a time…”

What is a kangaroo word? This is new to me.

While I was looking something up online, I came across a term I had never heard of: kangaroo word.

It means a word that contains its own synonym. explains it best here:

The website even has a place for you to “play along”, how fun is that!?

Cent — Sent — Scent

Cent = in currency, a penny. One cent (1¢) = $0.01
“C” is the first letter of the word, and the symbol is a “C” with a vertical line through it, which helps us to remember which word to use.

Sent = arranged for someone or something to be taken away to another location

Scent = a smell or odour   

If you can try to remember these three variations in this order, it might help to remember the meaning of each one. 
1.) “C” comes before “S” in the alphabet
2.) “S” is next in the alphabet
3.) Last of the three is both “S” and “C” together

Capitol vs Capital

Capitol with an “-ol” = the building where a state legislature meets
Only use upper-case “C” when referring to the one in Washington, D.C., “Capitol  Hill”

Capitol Hill

“U.S. Capitol Building_05”by US Department of State is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Capital with an “-al” = for everything else : – )
e.g. Upper case letters, as in capital H
e.g. “That’s a capital idea!” (British)
e.g. The capital of Manitoba is Winnipeg


Complement vs Compliment

Complement means “to go well with”, for example, “Those bright pillows complement the neutral colour of the sofa.”

To compliment means to comment in a positive way on a trait of a person or thing. For example, “I meant to compliment her on the intelligent question she asked, but didn’t catch her before she left the classroom.”

Leaving Time to Proofread

The following link to a CBC article calls attention to the importance of leaving enough time to proofread.

Spelling error on bronze plaque unveiled by Queen cost taxpayers $4K to fix

A plaque the Queen unveiled at Canada’s high commission in London fixed after spelling error spotted


Perspective vs Prospective

Perspective is a specific point of view.

Prospective is something that has potential, or something that is likely.

This might be easier to remember if you picture a prospector from the gold rush era:

Prospector clipart
  Gold Rush Prospector

The prospective wealth that lies beneath the rock causes the gold rush prospector to work very hard.

Breath or Breathe?

A trick to remembering which one to use is this:  There is an “e” on the end of the word “breathe”.

Breathe is an action. You breathe the air.
The “e” on the end makes the one in the middle sound like a long “e” .   The “th” is like in “those”.

The other word, “breath”, like in “she has bad breath”, is not an action word. The “e” is short, like the “e” in “wet”, and the “th” is soft like the “th” in “think”.


Quit, Quiet or Quite

Notice there is no “e” in one of the words.
Also, the “e” is in a different place in the other two words.

Rule: Quit has no “e”, therefore the “i” is a “short i“.
So the “i” in quit  sounds like the “i” in pit.

Meaning: Quit = Stop

Quiet. If you sound it out by carefully looking at the letters, you find it is the only one of these words that has two syllables. Qui-et.                                                              

Quite is another way of saying very.  For example, the sky is quite bright today.
Since there is an “e” on the end, the “i” in quite is a “long i”.
So the “i” in quite sounds like the “i” in kite.



Then vs Than

Often people will use “then” in places where they need “than”.

Incorrect: The girl in red is taller then the girl in blue.
Correct: The girl in red is taller than the girl in blue.

It’s a comparison, like “stranger than”, “more than you would think”, or “colder than”.

Side note: Winnipeg, where I am, was colder than Mars on December 31, 2013.  It was -38°C (-48 with the windchill factor!)      More…

To or Too (and then there’s Two)

I am going to the kitchen.                              (going in a direction)

The waves are too high.                                 (more than you need)

Me too!                                                               (also)

There are two (2) trees.                                  (number)

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