Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about grocery-store cashiers and packers:
“Typically there are employees in the grocery store who pack the groceries while the cashier rings up the items. However, these ‘packers’ are often called away for other things. When the packer is called away, I take over packing to help the cashier, and usually the cashier starts packing with me, or the packer returns. This time, not only did the cashier not help me pack, but she stopped ringing up items to allow me to catch up with the packing before she started again, and she just watched me. Unbelievable! Also, when I left, she never even thanked me for helping! -- Cindy D., via e-mail”
Cindy, please pause a moment to take a deep breath. The cashier probably didn’t mean to be rude, but was just very busy and concentrating on her job. I’ve also helped pack my groceries when packers are not available, and I just figure I also can get out quicker. -- Heloise
Dear Readers: What to do with old magazines:
* Give to doctor’s offices, hospitals, etc.
* Use for collages or scrapbooks.
* Recycle them.
* Give to school or after-school programs.
* Use as packing material.
Be sure to remove the mailing label before giving them away. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I would like the formula for newspaper that bleaches the paper but not the print. Part of the formula contained milk of magnesia. I do not have a copy machine. -- Leona in Metairie, La.
This is one of my mother’s hints (the original Heloise 1919-1977). It might not REMOVE the yellow from old newspaper clippings, but it should help preserve any new ones you have. Make a solution of liquid milk of magnesia and club soda: Mix 2 tablespoons of milk of magnesia and 32 ounces of club soda. Once mixed, put the solution in the refrigerator for eight hours (this step is very important — do not skip!).
Next, put the solution in a shallow pan. Soak each clipping for one hour (one clipping at a time). Carefully remove and put each clipping in between layers of white paper towels (white, not colored or with designs). Allow to dry on a flat surface.
Newspapers are not made with the same paper they once were, so your results may vary. Your best bet is to try to copy or scan the clippings. If you don’t have a computer or copier, try one of the copy and print stores. -- Heloise
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Dear Heloise: When using a ladder outside to get onto my roof, etc., I always place bags of fertilizer (or some other heavy bag) at the base for added security. They are heavy enough to keep the ladder legs from sliding. -- Daniel in Minnesota
This is helpful for extra security, but remember to only use ladders on stable and level surfaces, face the ladder when going up or down, and do not overload the ladder. Never use ladders on slippery surfaces. -- Heloise
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