Dear Annie: My boyfriend has two rather large sisters who apparently have difficulty cleaning themselves, as they have terrible odors about them. When we invite them to our home, they leave their stench everywhere they sit. We then have to clean the chairs and sofa to rid these areas of the smell, and we can’t use the furniture for hours because it has to dry.
Is there any way to tell them of our dilemma or protect our furniture? – Washington
Dear Washington: For some overweight people, excessive sweating causes an odor problem. It’s also possible those sisters have an underlying medical condition that is a contributing factor. It would be a kindness if your boyfriend could work up the courage to tell his sisters about their body odor so they could do something about it. If he won’t, however, the best you can do is cover your furniture with fabric or plastic, and give them a fancy bath kit as a gift and hope they get the hint.
Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Just Curious in the Midwest,” who received a mass text message as a thank-you note.
Here is how I make sure to send personalized thank-you notes. I do not allow myself to deposit checks, spend cash or use any gift until I have handwritten and mailed a thank-you note. My husband and I did this for our wedding, and when we have children, they will write thank-you notes before they are allowed to play with their gifts. It will give them an incentive to do the right thing. – C.