Hints From Heloise: No chewing at the table

December 16, 2013

Dear Readers: Here is this week’s Sound Off, about using CHEWING TOBACCO in public:

“I read your column about spitting in public being disgusting. I have something even worse! I was at a child’s birthday party inside one of those bouncing places, and a young man was sitting at our table. He started chewing tobacco, and he used his drinking cup to spit in as he was chewing, right at the table. I found it so disgusting that I had to move tables. -- G.T. in San Antonio”

Yuck and double yuck! It’s not only disgusting to watch, but it can cause cancer in the throat, stomach, tongue, mouth and esophagus, among just a few ramifications! -- Heloise

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

E-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Other gift-wrap ideas:

* Newspapers from home for someone out of town.

* Sheet music for a musician; comic pages for children.

* A receiving blanket for a baby gift.

* Use pretty leftover fabric.

* A map for a traveler.

-- Heloise

RUGS ON CARPET

Dear Heloise: My kitchen is carpeted, and I have a half-circle mat at the sink and a small mat at the doorway. Nothing I have tried will keep them from gradually moving out of position. I cannot find any product that is designed for rugs on carpet. Tape, upholstery tacks and nonslip pads don’t work, and I don’t want to nail them to the wooden floor underneath the carpet. Any suggestions? -- J. Holloway, Fort Wayne, Ind.

I, too, have carpeting in my kitchen. They do make nonslip pads specifically designed for rugs on carpeting. Look at a carpet or home-improvement store for the exact product. Also, a heavier rug will stay put better than a light one. I use a large carpet sample (you can buy them pretty cheaply) by the door as a “walk off” mat, and it stays put! So, give that a try.

If the one by the sink is next to the underside of the cabinet, you might be able to secure the edge of the rug to the cabinet. It may take a combination of things to stop the rugs from moving. Keep trying, and I hope these hints help! -- Heloise

PANTRY RAID

Dear Heloise: Here is a hint I use every few months to clean out my pantry: Go through and pull out the extra stuff. Then I look up recipes using what I have. For example, if I have a can of diced tomatoes, I search “recipes with canned diced tomatoes.” Then I look through what comes up and pick a recipe I like. It helps clean out the pantry and try new recipes. -- A Reader in San Diego

PAPER PLACE MAT

Dear Heloise: When eating at a restaurant without tablecloths or at a counter in a diner, I use my unfolded paper napkin as a place mat and ask for another napkin. This eliminates concern about the cleanliness of tables. -- Elizabeth E., Boca Raton, Fla.

Heloise’s column appears six days a week at www.washingtonpost.com/advice. Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com.

, King Features Syndicate

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