Today is the 145th day of 2023.
When it comes to saving electricity at home, appliances that involve water or keeping things cold account for nearly 25% of the average household's energy use. Choosing energy-efficient dishwashers and refrigerators is a good way to start, and opting for cold water whenever possible when washing clothes really adds up.
DEAR HARRIETTE: I have a nephew who is dead set on joining the military. He has been talking about it for a few years, and it's almost time to enlist. He believes that it’s as easy as 1-2-3: He will apply, get in and go to basic training. I hope that's true, but that is not what I have heard from people I know who are in the military. They tell me the admission process is rigorous and that for various reasons, many people don't get in. How can I help my nephew increase his chances of getting in and also be realistic?
DEAR HARRIETTE: I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, which should have been a moment of pure joy and excitement. Unfortunately, my husband's mother had other plans. Despite my wishes, my mother-in-law insisted on being in the delivery room during the birth of our child. This was not a decision that my husband and I had discussed beforehand, and I was caught completely off guard. I did not want her there.