Thursday, December 22, 1977 HOi'K (ARK ) STAR Page Thre»- By Abigail Van BurenU i.. 1*76 by Otc*ro Jr&tt* H r Mt~l Sr'O i«e Grandma Doesn't Always Know Best DEAR ABBY: I have a problem concerning my daughter-in-law (111 call her Mary) and my three beautiful grandchildren, who are all under 10 years of age. Mary doesn't work, and about three times a week she brings the chilHrpn nyer for me to baby-sit while she goes out with the girls, attends club meetings, etc. I love having the children, but it breaks my heart to see them looking so neglected. Their clothes are soiled and tattered, and they always look like they could use a good bath. Last week when Mary dropped the children off, I took the boys to a barbershop for much-needed haircuts. Then I took the girl to my beautician, who shampooed the child's hair and gave her a shorter, more manageable, hairstyle. (She loved it!) ^ When Mary came to pick up the children she hit the roof I She screamed at me and told me she'd never bring the children over again if I didn't leave them exactly as she dropped them off. (In the past I've bathed them and bought them new clothes, and she never complained about that.) Meanwhile, I haven't seen the children in a week. Do you think I was wrong? I only did what I thought was best for the children. GRANDMA DEAR GRANDMA: Cleaning up the children, and even buying them new clothes, is one thing—but haircuts •without their mother's permission is something else. Even though you meant well, you overstepped your bounds. If you want a good relationship with your daughter-in-law, you should have a clear-cut understanding of what you may and may not do for your grandchildren, regardless of how neglected they may appear to you. DEAR ABBY: In one of your columns a while back you said that the IRS ruled that a face-lift for either a man or woman is a legitimate deductible medical expense. Well, I just had a hair transplant performed by a licensed surgeon, and I assumed that it was also tax deductible because it was done for cosmetic reasons—same as a face-lift. I phoned my local IRS office and a man there said there is nothing in their files that states that a hair transplant is deductible, but I should go ahead and deduct it and see if it's allowed. I don't want to get into any trouble with the IRS, but I ' certainly don't want to pass up a chance to save some money. What should I do? UNDECIDED DEAR UNDECIDED: Consult a C.P.A. or a tax expert who is informed on what the IRS considers deductible. DEAR ABBY: I have been dating a divorced man for three years. His ex-wife still calls him to trim her shrubs and fix her furnace. Their daughter is getting married . soon and my ;i,boyfriend's ex-wife has refused to'attendee, wedding if I'm there. "''' " "* *** " «' **• " " ^ " * The daughter has asked rne to attend. She says we should all bury the hatchet for that one day and attend the wedding in harmony. Should I go? Or should I step aside if the girl's mother positively refuses to come if I'm there? THE OTHER ONE DEAR OTHER: The word from here is to step aside. Hate to write letters? Send $1 to Abigail Van Buren, 132 Lasky Dr., Beverly Hills, Calif. 90212, for Abby's booklet "How to Write Letters for All Occasions." Please enclose a long, self-addressed, stamped (24<J| envelope. Lack of moisture, not heat can give you cold feet By Herb Alexander If you find yourself shivering and turning up the thermostat, even though it indicates a temperature of 70 degrees or higher, it may be that the air in your house is too dry - not too cold. At 70 degrees you should be comfortable with a humidity of 40 per cent or slightly higher (but not more than 60 per cent). Cold air is invigorating outside. But when it enters your home it soaks up moisture and becomes dry and uncomfortable, and the relative humidity can drop to as little as 10 to 15 per cent. There are means of putting moisture into the air to maintain comfort. There's mothing new about the idea. Many of us can remember the coal-fired, gravity feed furnace with water pan mounted on the front. This you kept filled with water. There has been a good deal of improvement since then, and most furnaces can be equipped with modern humidifiers. All of them are relatively automatic, though they may vary in efficiency. If you can't install a humidifier in your furnace, you can buy a portable unit that can be moved from room to room. But the most efficient way of adding moisture to the air is through a unit connected to the furnace. Before investing time and money in a humidifier, determine if you really need one. A humidity indicator is as important in a home as a thermtherrnpmeter. It will tell if humidity is too high or too low. Too much humidity during cold weather can also be a problem. When the moist air is chilled as it makes contact with a cold surface there will be condensation. The result is clouded or even ice-covered windows. If your win- AlMUii ' \~-^-t-\ I fas^-L' -Humidity may be Problem, Try Placing a Pan of Water Somewhere in the Room. dows are only slightly clouded - in extreme cold, frosted - you probably have nearly correct humidity. The most common of the furnace mounted humidifiers is the plate type unit. Water fills a container in which porous plates are mounted. The hot dry air from the furnace picks up the moisture from the plate and carries it through the heating system. This type is comparatively cheap, but the plates can clog with minerals. Make certain the plates are easy to replace. The valve also may clog so check it. More expensive and more elaborate units force moisture into the air. They contain an atomizer or similar device that breaks up cold water into a fine spray or mist. These humidifiers generally mount in the cold air return, and the furnace filter takes the mineral deposits out of the water. You will find variations of any of these. Check their rated capacity. On a cold day you need at least a gallon of water per room per day. If you are uncertain, check with a heating contractor. Avoid units that do not list capacity. Kusin"s entertains at coffee Jessie Ward, Rose Thrash, Billy Bob White, Mel Kusin, Mrs. Mel Kusin, Sherman Kusin, Charlie Harrell, Betty Bass, and Barry Wilson —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Billy Burton are shown at the community coffee sponsored Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce office by Kusin's Furniture Co. Chicken fondue for cozy dining By Allcch Claire NEA Food Editor Is your fondue pot neglected? Fondues — cheese, shrimp, fruit, dessert, beef — were, the "in" way to entertain just a few, years ago,' but were quickly replaced by later cooking fads. However, fondue dishes ,remain.a cozy, informal way of dining with . friends or family, with everyone joining in the fun of dirjping from , a single pot. \ i.- ••• Fondue cookery ca.ri.be, .as varied as your imagination. Why not try a chicken fondue • this weekend? 'Dip in sour.-cream 'apricot^ sauce, I'tGinato-'.sbuce'fOr' a'sauce of your own creation. CHICKEN FONDUE 2 whole broiler-fryer chicken breasts, boned, skinned '/a cup flour 1 egg, beaten 1 cup fine dry bread crumbs 2 cups salad oil 1 cup clarified butter Cut chicken breasts in half. Cut each half into about 14 bite-size pieces. Coat each piece with flour, dip in egg and then coat with bread crumbs. In saucepan combine clarified butter and oil, Heat to 375 degrees. Pour-, into metal fondue saucepan,; and. place _directly ; . ovejvi canned Keat flame. Spear pieces of chicken with fon- due forks and hold in butter- oil mixture until golden brown. Remove from fondue fork and cool slightly. Serve with sour cream apricot sauce and tomato sauce. Makes 4 servings. Note: To clarify butter: Melt butter over hot water. Remove from heat. When milk solids have settled, strain through a very fine sieve or cheesecloth into saucepan. SOUR CREAM APRICOT SAUCE % cup sour cream Vi cup=aprlcot jam 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard t' Hn:.':small-' ;bowl combine sour cream, apricot jam and mustard. Serve at room temperature. TOMATO SAUCE 2 tablespoons olive oil '/< cup chopped onion 1 clove garlic,finely chopped cup finely chopped green pepper 2 large tomatoes, peeled, finely chopped W teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon Tabasco pepper sauce 2 tablespoons chopped parsley Heat oil in skillet. Add onion, garlic and green popper and cook until tender. Add tomato, salt and pepper sauce. Simmer approximately 15 minutes. Stir in parsley. (NEWSPAPER ICNTICHPKISK ASSN.) THURSDAY Before them people are in anguish, all faces grow pale. Like warriors they charge, like soldiers they scale the wall. They march each on his way, they do not swerve from their paths. — Joel 2:6,7. "Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way." — Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President. HOSPITAL NOTES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, ADMITTED: Mrs. Mattle Altona Cox, Joe Martin, Willis Thrash, Mrs. Lorie R. Morrison, Hope; Keston Clark, Lewisville. DISMISSED: Mrs. Horace Montgomery, McCasklll; Mrs. Herbert Raley, McNab; Mrs. Homer Cook, Ross ton; Mrs. Houston Kitchens, Robert Epps Jr., Hope. NEW ARRIVAL: Mr. and Mrs. Lorie R. Morrison, Hope, girl born December 21. Answer (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) By ANDY LANG AP Newsfeaturea Q. — I read somewhere that the cost of building houses has gone up 10 percent a year for the past five years. What reason do the builders give for this? Is all the extra money going to the workers? A. — No. The National Association of Home Builders has completed a survey which gives two principal reasons for the increases and neither is related to labor, One is the sharp rise in the price of land. The other is the multiplicity of federal, state, county and local regulations, especially those which concern fees and requirements By VIVIAN BROWN AP Newsfeatures Making a family game of chores and teaching youngsters how much It costs to run a house can be an uncomplicated procedure that provides rewards for the entire family. Youngsters can learn about conservation and energy in the way it hits home — dad's pocketbook. Peggy and Bill Houlton of New York say they have had a lot of fun themselves as the years have gone by, playing various chore games with their two girls. Balancing bank statements was a frustrating chore for the busy Houltons — and one day Mrs. Houlton bought an inexpensive calculator and It gave her an idea: Why not get the girls into the bank act? It was so much fun that the then 6-year-old Betsy, and Jenny, then 9, looked forward to the bank statement In the mall. Either Betsy or Jenny would become bank manager each month by working the calculator. The others worked as bank teller, accountant and auditor. The teller pulled a check out of the envelope and the accountant would call out that she had found the item on the bank statement and mark it off. The auditor would find a stub and check it off. Deposits and deposit slips were checked. Another game involved paying bills. All the bills were put in the land development process. The NAHB report points out that, in general, less than 50 percent of the cost of building a house goes to pay for the materials and labor. In a big container. When it came time to pay the bills, one girl played the digger and check writer, and the other entered It in the checkbook. A third person, Peggy or Bill, signed the checks addressed and stamped the envelope and Inserted the check plus any other required matter. "It's a great way for children to get an idea of how much everything costs. For example, when we got to the light bill Betsy realized she hadn't really known that every time we turned on the dishwasher or switched on a light we had to pay a company. "How can they possibly tell when we turned on a light?" the youngster asked incredulously. Her mother guided her to the electricity meter and "was surprised to learn that she actually thought the lights came free with the house," she said, As a result daughter Betsy, now 12, turns lights off when she leaves a room, and has become more aware of conserving energy. Awareness can come when telephone bills, clothing bills, and all the others are encountered by the youngsters. And they may be sympathetic even when you balance the books. Another of the Houltons' games — a make-believe employment agency — also was founded when Betsy was six. It was based on her "Make Pretend" games which she played Women's news Mrs. Annette Rofff.tit Phon* 777-lttiH Beta Sigma Phi meets in Vines home for Christmas party Beta Sigma Phi had its annual Christmas party Monday night in the home of Mrs. Julianna Vines. Members revealed secret sisters names and exchanged Christmas gifts. New names were drawn (or the coming year. Mrs. Sandy Gilbert read the Christmas story from the scriptures for the program. Mrs. Sheryl Pendergraft was the winner of a holiday wreath. Members wore served cake, cookies and punch. Several members went to Pinehope Nursing Home Friday afternoon and carried Christmas stockings filled with items donated by the following businesses and also County Clerk Mrs. Dee McMurrough; Anders on-Frasler Ins. Co, First National Bank, Howards, TGiY. Fruit baskets were also furnished by Franks & Son Produce Co., and Barry's and Delaney's Grocery Stores and were taken to Heritage Manor and Pinehope Nursing Home. HOMES FOR AMERICANS Family Turns Chores Into'Games 9 alone. This "agency" dispatches a pair of house cleaners, one animal and one human. Betsy had played the animal parts: she was small enough to wriggle under beds to retrieve SOCKS, papers and slippers strewn by a puppy. When Jenny was 11, she became too sophisticated to play "Let's Pretend." Now at 15, she has a role on the "The Doctors," a TV soap opera — so Betsy and her mother continued the chore games together and still give them a new twist. When the family cleans together — daddy Bill does the big chores, such as floors and rug shampooing — other weekly chores are distributed. "We would have to pay someone to clean the house, so why not pay ourselves? It was an idea and we began paying $2.50 an hour for each worker into a glass jar each week. "With the money accumulated we go on a family vacation to a favorite vacation spot," Mrs. Houlton said. The Houltona have a housekeeping chart which is used to check off and rotate the weekly chore assignments for their New York orownstone. Peggy may take the first and second stairway; Betsy, the third floor bath; Jenny, the parlor. Or there might be an assignment to clean one-half of the kitchen or dining area thoroughly. The chart is placed where everyone will see it — on the refrigerator. FLOOR PLAN THIS CONTEMPORARY RANCH is essentially n five-room house suited to a modest-size lot. Plan HA1014A by Jerold L. Axelrod is 51 feet wide with a basic home area of 1,285 square feet, excluding the garage area and porches. To obtain more information, write to the architect—enclosing a stamped, self- addressed envelope—at 275 Broadhollow Road, Melville, N.Y. 11746. CALEH DAR OF EVEnTS Monday, December 26 Memorial Hospital Auxiliary scheduled to meet Monday, December 26 has been cancelled. Weight Watchers meet at Faith Bible Church, across from the library on 5th and Elm, every Monday at 5:30 p.m. All interested persons are invited to attend. Alcoholic Anonymous and Al- Anon Family Group meet every Monday at 8 p.m. at the House of Hope, corner of Jones Street, near Fair Park. Call 2512 or 3701 for additional information. Call 777-4256 for TOPS AR M information. The club meets every Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Douglas Building. Wednesday, December 28 Sherwin-Williams Co. will sponsor the community coffee Wednesday, December 28 from 0:30 to 11 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office. IMPORTANT NOTICE: No wedding or engagement pictures will be returned unless accompanied by self-addressed and stamped envelope. Saenger THEATRf Let yourself go to Pizza Hut TONITE 7:00 FRIDAY-SATURDAY THE EARTH IB ECOUH6ED BY EARTHQUAKES AND DISASTERS. Q. — I Intend to get two smoke detectors. Which is better — the battery-powered or the AC -powered? A. — Both do the job. Those who like AC-powered models feel that it is an advantage not to have to change batteries once a year. Those who prefer the battery type — and they seem to be in the majority — make the choice because a handy electrical outlet or special wiring is not necessary. Order any large pizza and get 3 free salads, order any medium pizza and get 2 free salads, or order any small pizza and get 1 free salad. Thick 'n Chewy* pizza or Thin 'n Crispy* pizza...any kind you want. Just take this coupon to any participating Pizza Hut* restaurant listed below. Hwy. 4 North-Hope, Ark.-CaU ahead for faster service- 777-8659 Offer good on regular menu pricei only through Jan. 5th (&I977 titu Hut. Inc One coupon p«r customer per vt»l(. C.ih V.lm U2CK In METROCOLflR mam tun nmcmau, i*c (gj <$$' PLUS—2nd THRILL fEATURS/ SUPERARGO AND THE FACELESS GIANTS" I 6UY MADISON METROCOLOR^ Released by FANFARE FILM PRODUCTIONS, INC.'
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