It's reader response day, when I take the opportunity to report just a few of the comments I get from you, my dear readers, every single day of my life. And you wonder why I keep doing this. I guess it's no secret that I thrive on hearing from you and getting your feedback on what you read.
Comment on: "Best Inexpensive Heated Mattress Pad"
Dear Mary: I have been reading and enjoying your column and advice for years. You have saved us a ton of money and made us healthier with tips on nontoxic cleaning products, dryer balls and stain removal. But I'm truly most grateful for your recommendation on heated mattress pads. I have mild arthritis, and winters are hard for these reasons: It's cold; my bed is cold; and my husband can't tolerate it if I turn up the thermostat. But even if I do turn up the heat, the bed is still cold. Arthritis seems to hurt more when I'm cold and trying to get to sleep. I got the queen-sized heated mattress cover with dual controls. I'm so very happy with it. It's like a giant heating pad for the arthritis. It puts me to sleep without meds. Thank you, thank you! You are a huge blessing to us. -- Anne
Comment on: "8 Wedding Gift Hacks"
Dear Mary: I love these suggestions for wedding gifts. But if you choose an idea from the couple's registry and buy it elsewhere, it remains on the registry, and you take a chance that someone else buys the exact same item. -- D.J.
(Some wedding registries -- Amazon, for example -- allow you to mark the item as purchased from another source so it comes off the list to avoid duplication. - Mary)
Comment on: "How to Make Ugly Soap Scum Magic, Mildew and Water Marks Disappear Like Magic"
Dear Mary: I just want to let you know how much I appreciate that recipe for the shower cleaner with vinegar and blue Dawn. I am amazed how it's taken care of my soap scum buildup. None of the other cleaners I've tried work half as well as this does. Thank you. -- Julie
Comment on: "Instant Pot Tips, Recipes and Accessories"
Dear Mary: Thanks for the post about Instant Pot. I am getting acquainted with mine, and I just made yogurt -- it's just the best ever! I loved that the right temperature for heating the milk was preset and I didn't have stand over the stove to make sure the milk didn't boil. It worked great. -- JM
Comment on: "Einstein Bread -- So Easy to Make You'll Feel Like a Genius"
Dear Mary: This is without a doubt the best bread I have ever made. I've been making artisan bread for a while now, and I love it. I tried your recipe for Einstein Bread (English Muffin Bread), and it was spectacular. My husband said it's the best bread he's ever had as well. It makes a great regular-size loaf. -- Carol
Comment on: "Mistakes Teach Us What Doesn't Work"
Dear Mary: At my age, I should have known better, but I didn't. Like most, I thought that I could handle it. I borrowed against my car with just two payments to go and paid off my credit cards. I had five cards and then charged them again. Lesson learned. Finally, I paid off the car and cut up the cards. I'm slowly paying them now. -- Sherry
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