Dear Heloise: A friend once informed me that TOILET TISSUE should always be placed on the roller with the paper cascading over the top like a waterfall. Apparently, this made an impression on me, because I’ve always done it that way.

As I observe other people’s bathroom rolls, I find the majority put their rolls on so they fall close to the wall -- cascading off the back of the roll, so to speak. Is there a right and wrong way to place paper on the roller? -- Pat in Arkansas

Oh, Pat, here we go! There is no right or wrong way to put the toilet tissue on the roll. However, people can be very picky about this subject.

Some say the paper is easier to grab if it is out and over the roll. Others say you use less if the roll goes back and around. Readers, what do you say? Let us know at; at Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000; or via fax, 210-HELOISE. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Carol in Mansfield, Ohio, sent a picture of her gorgeous black schnauzer, Inky, cuddling with her stuffed likeness. Carol says Inky always has her head or “arm” on the toy! To see Inky and our other Pet Pals, visit , and click on “Pets” on the left side of the page. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: My linen closet has “bundles” of sheets. I take a sheet set and neatly “bundle” it with a fabric-coated elastic hair band. It keeps sets together and prevents sheets from falling out when retrieving others. -- Denise, via e-mail


Dear Heloise: I read the letter about how dogs are much happier with a companion dog in a home. The same is true of cats. We adopted a nice cat from the shelter. He was very quiet and moped about our big house for three months, until we adopted another cat — same sex, same size.

You should have seen the transformation; our first cat utterly came to life the moment he saw his new friend. They’ve been deliriously happy these 10 years. Their hilarious antics entertain us every day. -- Judy in Arizona

Judy, great! Cats are a bit more tricky than dogs to pair up. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, there are some factors to consider, chief among them being space and time. Cats need to have enough room to feel comfortable, and may not get along right away, but they should warm up in time. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I noticed in my shower that the drain cover looked like it had mold around it. I removed it and couldn’t believe what was there! I got my rubber gloves, bleach, brush and soap, and proceeded to clean the gunk and yuck from the drain. I hope this can help others. -- Ann in New Jersey

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