Dear Readers: People sure can be messy when they use a PUBLIC RESTROOM. No matter where you go, someone has left behind a mess. It does not matter what state, city, town or airport you’re at.

I have seen toilet paper and paper towels on the floor, and dirty counters. It makes me think about the bathrooms at these patrons’ homes. Do they leave a mess behind no matter where they go?

If you don’t sit all the way down on the commode, please clean up after yourself. If you place paper or use one of the seat liners, please dispose of it properly -- don’t just toss it on the floor.

I must admit that I have used clean paper towels to pick up paper off the floor. Here is something to think about: If you enter an airplane bathroom, and it’s messy, do you just leave it that way? I feel I need to pick up after the person who was there before. Wonder why I would do this? Well, if people have watched me enter the bathroom and then exit, and then they go in to find a mess, who do you think they are going to assume made the mess? That’s right — me! And with phones able to take photos and instantly post them on the Internet, I don’t want to take a chance.

It will make a difference if everyone simply cleans up after him- or herself. For goodness’ sake, it only takes a second or two! So, for the sake of common courtesy, keep the bathroom clean! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Save your medical appointment cards. They will make it easier to figure out your billing statement. The date on the card should coincide with the date of service on the bill. -- B. Moczygemba in San Antonio


Dear Heloise: I look forward to your hints in The Villages (Fla.) Daily Sun. Here is my hint: I place spices, seasonings, liquids, etc., that I’m using to the LEFT of the item being prepared. As I use each item, I place it to the RIGHT. This way, if I get interrupted, I will know what I’ve added. -- Ruby in Florida

Ruby, good hint! Interested in making seasonings and sauces? I have a four-page pamphlet filled with recipes, including Pungent Salt Substitute, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Mustard Sauce, Cilantro Sauce and many others. To receive a copy, just send $3 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/SSS, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. You’ll also find my marinade recipe (vinegar, Italian dressing, wine, etc.), which can be used as a meat tenderizer for beef, veal or lamb. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Sometimes it is hard to keep track of what row I’m on when I’m knitting and there are multiple rows to a pattern. I discovered that a small sticky note works great. Just move it along as you knit. When the stickum wears off, just get a new one. -- K.A.S., Springfield, Ill.

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

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