Saying ‘thank you’ the right way
Dear Readers: Have you and/or your kids and grandkids written thank-you notes for holiday gifts? A handwritten thank-you note is not only appropriate, it tells the gift-givers that you appreciate them.
Rules for thank-yous, from Good Housekeeping magazine: Mention the gift specifically and how you will use it. Don’t froufrou up your language; write as you would speak. And definitely use the person’s name in your note.
Finally, consider the closing: “Love” is great for family members; “Fondly” for friends; and “Sincerely” for people you may not know as well. — Heloise
P.S. You don’t have to use fancy stationery, but no emails.
Dear Heloise: Years ago, I jumped on the baking soda/vinegar bandwagon when reading Heloise I [the original Heloise, 1919-1977].
Instead of using cellulose or foam sponges, I found one that is many times better. It is the melamine scrubbing sponge. These, used with or without a baking soda paste, are great. They are similar to a commercial-brand eraser but without the cleaning additive. That’s where the baking soda comes in. — Teresa C., Omaha, Nebraska
Teresa, is it possible we were separated at birth? I am with you. Baking soda is an effective scrubber.