Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about handicapped parking spaces:
“Thanks for providing us with the Sound Off columns. They’re great!
“I am disabled with a hip/pelvis spinal injury and truly need handicapped parking spaces.
“In the 12 years I’ve needed them, I have found that people are abusing these spaces in the most ingenious and selfish way: They park the car in those spaces, and leave the handicapped person in the car, while the able-bodied person trots into the store.
“I cannot believe they feel justified in doing this, because they are taking those spaces from people who need them. -- A Reader, Torrington, Conn.”
Yours is a complaint that my readers have written about for a long time. One thing to consider is that an “able-bodied” person may look healthy and just fine, but he or she could have a medical condition that warrants using a handicapped parking space. You never know. There are many medical conditions where the person looks “normal.” -- Heloise
Dear Readers: Here are other uses for old pantyhose:
* Use in the garden to tie plants.
* As a paint strainer.
* Store gift wrap in one.
* Cut one into strips and use as hair ties.
* Place an umbrella in one when not in use.
Dear Heloise: You had a recipe for a shower-door cleaner in one of your columns that I failed to cut out of our paper. I think it had vinegar, water, alcohol and I don’t know if there was anything else. My shower doors have soap scum and hard water built up on them. Thank you. -- Patty, via e-mail
Patty, I’m always happy to help! Here is my easy recipe for a shower-door cleaner. Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar (white or apple cider), 1 pint of rubbing alcohol and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, and finish with enough water to make a gallon. Put some into a clearly labeled spray bottle and use the rest for washing windows. Vinegar is a multipurpose, cheap product that can be used for many chores. I have put all of my favorite vinegar hints into a pamphlet. To order, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Soak a stopped-up shower head in a small, plastic bag (if it can’t be removed) of full-strength vinegar overnight to remove hard-water buildup. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I have a hard time keeping my heels soft, especially when I wear sandals. I found an inexpensive way to do so. If I am going to wear tennis shoes, I rub petroleum jelly over my feet, put on socks and then my tennis shoes, and wear them all day. When I take them off, my feet are soft like a baby’s! -- Lucy C., Artesia, N.M.
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