Take pleasure in the great thing about the season | Hints from Heloise
Today’s Sound Off is about the vacation crush:
Dear Heloise, I know that Black Friday is not here yet. However, with the supply chain currently slowing down, people are eager to get their Christmas shopping sooner than usual. I understand, but last weekend I saw two women out shopping and fighting over a toy. It was the last of its kind, and they both claimed they saw it first. There was a scream. Is that the holiday mood?
Christmas and Thanksgiving are more than receiving gifts and eating a big meal. It’s not even why so many people celebrate the holidays. I was shocked and saddened by this display of greed. I wish everyone would just calm down and enjoy the beauty of the season and the chance to be with our loved ones. After all, this is a very special time of year that people all over the world share.
– Joseph F., Buffalo, NY
Here are some additional uses for sand:
– Use instead of salt on sidewalks and stairs.
– Wipe up spilled liquid with sand.
– Put some in a paper bag and put a votive candle inside.
– Use for thinning clay soil when planting.
Odor in the washing machine
Dear Heloise, my washing machine used to smell terrible. When a mechanic was here, he told me to keep the washing machine door (front loader) slightly open so I wouldn’t have any odor in my washing machine. In fact, he was right. I put an old tea towel between the door and the washing machine to allow the air to circulate inside. No more smell.
– Tracy L., Shawnee, Oklahoma
Dear Heloise: My friends and I have keys to each other’s houses and condominiums. This is in case we need to help our friend or bring something back to him. After a while it got very confusing which key belonged to which apartment! We solved this problem by making new keys either in different colors or with a picture on them. That makes it easier because I know a person loves pink and their key is pink. Another loves dogs and she has a dog on the key. No more fumbling in an emergency!
– Jean W., Jackson, Mississippi
Dear Heloise: For fur coats, maybe your mother’s, find a sewing expert and have them made into a teddy bear for you. That way, you will always have a keepsake and a loving memory of the person who previously owned the coat.
– Lynn C., Fort Wayne, Indian
Lynn, if the coat has gone out of style, or has been heavily worn by a previous owner, or the new owner is not wearing animal skins, this is a lovely way to keep memories of the item.
No money, no problem
Dear Heloise, I just can’t afford to look good. How do I update a wardrobe?
– Sandy T., Fresno, California
Sandy, lots of models buy vintage and thrift stores. It depends on how you put your look together. Be original and creative. Always negotiate for a lower price.