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They show up late for dinner again

Dear Readers: Today’s Sound Off is about guests who arrive late for every function:

“Dear Heloise: My brother and his wife never show up on time and never call to say they are running late. At Thanksgiving, I hosted a family dinner, which took hours of work. I told them we would be sitting down to dinner at 2 p.m. If they weren’t there, we would go ahead without them.

“And that’s exactly what we did. They showed up at 4 p.m. expecting to have Thanksgiving dinner, which I refused them since we all had eaten and had just finished cleaning up the kitchen. In the past, I’ve tried telling them we were having dinner at 1 p.m., thinking I’d actually prepare dinner for 2 p.m., and they still showed up two hours late!” — A.D. in Maine

A holiday dinner is expensive, time-consuming and takes a lot of planning and work. Showing up late on a continual basis is inconsiderate to the host. — Heloise

Pre-wash spray

Dear Heloise: You had a pre-wash mixture that worked well, but I’ve lost the instructions. Would you reprint that for me? — Kate W., Reno, Nev.

Kate, you’ll need to mix equal parts water, household ammonia and dishwashing (not “dishwasher”) liquid. Put the mixture into a clean spray bottle. Be sure to label it, and keep it away from children and pets. Once you apply this to a stain, wash the garment immediately.

FYI: When using a spray-type laundry stain remover, turn the stained item inside out and spray the stain from the “wrong” side. — Heloise

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send money-or time-saving hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)

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