Hints from Heloise: Enjoy the beauty of the season

DEAR HELOISE >> I know Black Friday isn’t here just yet. However, with the supply chain slowing down right now, people are eager to make their holiday purchases earlier than usual. I understand this, but last weekend while I was shopping I saw two women fighting over a toy. It was the last one left of its kind, and they both claimed they saw it first.

A shouting match ensued.  Is that the holiday spirit?

Christmas and Thanksgiving are about more than receiving gifts and eating a huge meal. It’s not even the reason 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. This is, after all, a very special time of year to be shared by people all over the world.

— Joseph F., Buffalo, N.Y.

DEAR HELOISE >> Here are some additional uses for sand:

• Use on walkways and stairs instead of salt.

• Clean up liquid spills with sand.

• Put some in a paper bag and place a votive candle in it.

• Use to help thin out clay soil when planting.

DEAR HELOISE >> My washing machine used to have a terrible odor. When a repairman was here he told me to keep the washer (front loader) door slightly ajar, and I wouldn’t have an odor in my washer. Sure enough, he was right. I put an old dish towel between the door and the washer, and it allows air to circulate inside. No more odor.

— Tracy L., Shawnee, Oklahoma

DEAR HELOISE >> My friends and I have keys to each other’s homes and condos. This is in case we need to help our friend or bring something to them. After a while it got very confusing which key belonged to

which residence! We solved that problem by getting new keys made in either different colors or with a picture on it. This makes it easier, because I know that one person loves pink and her key is pink. Another loves dogs and she has a dog on her key.

No more fumbling in an emergency!

— Jean W., Jackson, Mississippi

DEAR HELOISE >> About fur coats, maybe your mother’s, find an expert in sewing and have them make a teddy bear out of it. This way you will always have a keepsake and a fond reminder of the person who owned the coat before.

— Lynn C., Fort Wayne, Indiana Lynn, if the coat is out of style or has been heavily worn by a former owner, or the new owner does not wear animal furs, this is a nice way to still keep the memories attached to the item.

DEAR HELOISE >> I simply cannot afford to look good. How do I update a wardrobe?

— Sandy T., Fresno, California

Sandy, many fashion models shop vintage and secondhand stores. It’s all in how you put your look together. Be original and creative.

Write to Heloise

P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

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  • Posted On: 11/22/2021 5:25:53 AM
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