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This article was published January 17, 2013 at 2:24 a.m.

— DEAR READERS: If you are an overnight guest in someone’s home, do you strip the sheets or not? Here are just a few of the responses:

K., via e-mail, said: “When I have a guest sleep over, I want the person to make the bed the next morning. I like the house to be neat, and I maynot be able to get around to changing the sheets until later in the day. It’s just like I wouldn’t leave dirty dishes or towels thrownon the floor.”

Viv G. in Minnesota wrote: “I make the bed up nice and neat every morning. If I stay for some time, I remove everything from the bed, fold the sheets and blankets and leave them at the foot of the bed on the covered mattress.”

Kathy in Maryland wrote: “The last day of my visit, I continue to make the bed, but I turn down a corner of the sheet/blanket/spread. I leave a small gift in the exposed corner (a box of chocolates or a scented candle) in appreciation of the hospitality.”

Shirley R. in Wisconsin wrote: “When we visit, I take my own sheets and pillowcases. I remove the sheets on the bed and put mine on. When we leave, I put the original sheets back on.”

Just be sure to let the hostess know.

C.L. in Louisiana wrote: “While attending a friend’s wedding, I decided to be helpful and strip the bed, but I did not ask my hostess. I found layer after layer of sheets and coverings. I didn’t know when to stop, and I couldn’t figure out how to put things back together! I’m sure the hostess would rather have been asked, but I was too shy.”

DEAR HELOISE: When attempting to give my dogs pills they would just spit them out, even when I would wrap them in a piece of cheese.

One Thanksgiving, I discovered that my dogs love pumpkin, so I keep canned pumpkin on hand. I divide the pumpkin into plastic bags and freeze so I can take it out as needed.

Take a small amount (about a teaspoon) and bury the pill in the middle, then hold out your hand, and they just gobble it up!

  • Suzanne in Oregon

DEAR HELOISE: While at work, I had a drink that I wanted to keep on my desk throughout the day, but it had condensation on it. I grabbed a couple of sticky notes to place under the cup. This kept my desk dry. I made sure to bring in a coaster the next day.

  • K.G., via e-mail Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or e-mail

Weekend, Pages 36 on 01/17/2013

Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS


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