Dear abby may 8 couple disagrees on etiquette of curating their bathroom art e electricity bill payment

Years ago, I bought an original work of art by Patrick Oliphant titled “Naked Nixon,” which I hung over the toilet in my powder room. While entertaining guests I knew were politically conservative, I switched it out for a print of long-stemmed flowers. If you know there’s a possibility someone will be offended while using a room that’s a “necessity,” the polite thing to do would be to listen to your husband.

DEAR ABBY >> We invited friends over for dinner. Because they have toddlers who like to eat early, we started meal preparations accordingly. One hour before they were to arrive, the wife canceled because her daughter was “cranky.” She said she wanted to reschedule for two days later. Since the food was already prepared, we now have leftovers that will last for days.

I don’t want to go shopping again because I feel like she already stood us up, and I know she can’t host us for now because she lives with her parents. What’s proper notice when canceling a dinner date? How should we as hosts handle her request to come over a different day, especially so close to the event?

DEAR MIFFED >> Because she lives with her parents, your guest could have left her cranky daughter with “Nana” and “Poppy.” Barring illness, the “proper” time to cancel would have been before you bought groceries for the dinner. However, with small children, things do happen, so be forgiving. Because she’s a good friend, put the food you prepared in the fridge for two days and serve it when she shows up. (It may taste better after the flavors meld.)

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Years ago, I bought an original work of art by Patrick Oliphant titled “Naked Nixon,” which I hung over the toilet in my powder room. While entertaining guests I knew were politically conservative, I switched it out for a print of long-stemmed flowers. If you know there’s a possibility someone will be offended while using a room that’s a “necessity,” the polite thing to do would be to listen to your husband.

DEAR ABBY >> We invited friends over for dinner. Because they have toddlers who like to eat early, we started meal preparations accordingly. One hour before they were to arrive, the wife canceled because her daughter was “cranky.” She said she wanted to reschedule for two days later. Since the food was already prepared, we now have leftovers that will last for days.

I don’t want to go shopping again because I feel like she already stood us up, and I know she can’t host us for now because she lives with her parents. What’s proper notice when canceling a dinner date? How should we as hosts handle her request to come over a different day, especially so close to the event?

DEAR MIFFED >> Because she lives with her parents, your guest could have left her cranky daughter with “Nana” and “Poppy.” Barring illness, the “proper” time to cancel would have been before you bought groceries for the dinner. However, with small children, things do happen, so be forgiving. Because she’s a good friend, put the food you prepared in the fridge for two days and serve it when she shows up. (It may taste better after the flavors meld.)

Good advice for everyone — teens to seniors — is in “The Anger in All of Us and How to Deal With It.” To order, send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby, Anger Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and handling are included in the price.)