A push for the word ‘porching’


Dear Heloise: I’d like to propose using a new word, the verb “PORCHING” (from the noun “porch”), meaning “The action of sitting down for a friendly visit with somebody on your or their porch”; e.g., when asked what I am/was doing, I answer, “I am/was porching with so-and-so.”

What do you think? Try it for a while to get the feel of it. I did. — M.D.A., via email

I love it! A great way to get to know the neighbors and keep an eye on the goings-on on your block! — Heloise

Dear Heloise: My kids and I always have fun cleaning the house on Saturday mornings. As soon as we are done, we go to the library, movies, swimming or bowling.

We have two rules:

1) My middle daughter makes the cleaning schedule. Each child has one chore per month, and then they rotate chores. She’s better at keeping everybody on their toes than I am.

2) If any child wants to visit a friend, or if they want a friend to come over, our house has to be clean. The one who wants to visit or receive visitors has to do most of the cleaning!

— Theresa N., Colorado Springs, Colo.

Dear Heloise: Here’s my method for washing the car:

* I get a bucket, add car wash liquid and place it on the side of the driveway when it’s pouring rain.

* I back the car out of the garage.

* I use a towel, dipped into the liquid, and I wipe down the car.

* I rinse.

* I pull the car back into the garage, and, using a chamois cloth, dry off the roof first, then the rest of the car and the windows. — J. Lynch, The Villages, Fla.

I love the reuse of the rainwater. Say hello to all my friends in The Villages! — Heloise

Dear Heloise: There’s always some liquid soap left at the bottom of the bottle, because the straw is too short to pump all of it. I solved this problem by getting a plastic straw and snipping an inch and a half at a slight angle.

I slide the piece over the pump straw until it reaches to the end. Now I can use all of the soap instead of having to pour it out, dripping like molasses, onto my hand. No more wasting liquid soap. — John E., via email

Dear Heloise: If I find an item in the store with a tiny flaw, I ask the cashier if I can have a discount. They usually are authorized to give about a 10 percent discount on slightly damaged merchandise. — Kelly M. in Ohio