… arrive late for every function:
My brother and his wife never show up on time and never call to say they are running late. At Thanksgiving, I hosted a family dinner, which took hours of work. I told them we would be sitting down to dinner at 2 p.m. If they weren’t there, we would go ahead without them.
And that’s exactly what we did. They showed up at 4 p.m. expecting to have Thanksgiving dinner, which I refused them since we all had eaten and had just finished cleaning up the kitchen. In the past, I’ve tried telling them we were having dinner at 1 p.m., thinking I’d actually prepare dinner for 2 p.m., and they still showed up late!
– A.D. in Maine
A holiday dinner is expensive, time-consuming, and takes a lot of planning and work. Showing up late is inconsiderate to the host.
Here are some additional uses for safety pins:
• Pin socks together before washing so pairs stay together.
• Pin a scarf to the back of a coat collar so it stays in place.
• Use to keep skirt hems up in an emergency.
• Pin gloves to a child’s sleeve so they won’t get lost.
You had a pre-wash mixture that worked well, but I’ve lost the instructions. Would you reprint that?
– Kate W., Reno, Nev.
Kate, you’ll need to mix equal parts water, household ammonia and dishwashing (not “dishwasher”) liquid. Put the mixture into a clean spray bottle. Be sure to label it, and keep it away from children and pets. Once you apply this to a stain, wash the garment immediately.
FYI: When using a spray-type stain remover, turn the stained item inside out and spray the stain from the “wrong” side.
I get address labels from various charities, and I use them in a number of ways. They go on the back of my phone, in books I lend to friends, on my address book and on platters I take to potluck dinners. This makes it easy for people to return things to me.
– Claire U.,
When my husband and I watch a movie, we munch on chips and dips. Recently, I saw my daughter roll down the sides of the bag, then push the bottom up, and it made a bowl out of the bag!
– Marybeth S.,