Dear Heloise: When I
get an advertisement from lawyers, doctors or businesses on magnets, I
don't throw them away -- I use them. I take a picture of a family member
or pet that's about the same size. I paste it over the advertisement,
then put it on my refrigerator. My family loves my collection, and I
even send them to friends. - Earl Harmon, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
P.S.: I love your
hints in the magazine (Good Housekeeping magazine - Heloise) and
newspaper columns. The other day, I was at a home-improvement store to
pick up supplies for a hint I read in your column. The salesman asked
what I was making. He said, "What a great idea - did you think of it?" I
couldn't lie and said I read it in your column. He said, "Wow ... I
thought all those helpful hints were about making cupcakes." I think he
is a follower now.
Regarding placing a tarp over your car to easily remove snow: It may
work on some cars, but it likely will destroy the luster on most. Snow
is heavy, and on top of a tarp it can scratch your car. The more often
you do this, the more scratches will accumulate.
To those wives whose
husbands think they are too manly to read your articles: I'm a
55-year-old man who fishes, works on cars, operates heavy equipment and
fixes almost anything. I not only learn something occasionally, but I
enjoy reading your column. Thanks. - Dave in Dayton, Ohio
Dear Earl and Dave:
Thank you both for writing and reminding folks that this column is not
just about baking, sewing and housework. It's about life, and how to fix
things, prevent and solve problems and take care of yourself.
It's amazing to
me that there are still new hints to learn! Here are some Heloise do's
Don't put your
cellphone in a microwave to dry it - yes, people have done this!
Don't use ammonia
for a pet-urine stain - it smells like urine! It will attract the animal
back to that spot.
Don't put fine
crystal wineglasses in the dishwasher. It can scratch (etch) them.
Do recycle and
reuse. Yes, newspapers are still good for the bottom of a bird cage,
garbage can and to clean windows.
I'm still here
testing, calling experts and researching hints for you. I'm the gal you
Thank you for continuing to read Hints From Heloise, and I hope I'll be
here for you for a long time.
- Hugs, Heloise
Dear Heloise: I
take a lot of vitamins that come packed with cotton. I save the cotton
to use with nail-polish remover. - Debbi in Florida
gift might need some coverage
Jan. 15, 2015
Dear readers: Did
you receive (or buy) a pricey piece of electronics, such as a new
television, cellphone or DVD player, or lovely jewelry? You probably
need to INSURE that added item. Most folks don't think about it, but now
is the time to contact your insurance agent to see if you need to add a
floater or adjust your policy.
A special floater
covers property that you lose or that is damaged, whether in your home
or away. Maybe a wedding ring falls down the sink at home, or while on
vacation! Or that special camera gets broken by mishap beyond repair.
Contact your insurance company today to find out what you may need to do
to be covered. - Heloise
Dear Heloise: It
used to be that ATMs and gas pumps swallowed your credit/debit card and
spewed it out when your transaction was finished. Nowadays, most require
you to insert and then pull the card out very quickly. Because of a
medical condition, it takes me too long, and the transaction is
Now I keep a small
pair of long-nosed pliers in the armrest and use them to hold the back
of the card as I insert it and withdraw it immediately. - John S. in
Dear readers: In a
recent column, a reader wrote about being asked to bring prescription
bottles to every doctor visit. Other readers shared their hints:
Carol J. in Texas
wrote: "When my mother lived with me, I kept a copy of her medications
list on the refrigerator in case of an emergency. It could be retrieved
quickly by the ambulance crew to take to the hospital."
Eleanore J. in New
Hampshire wrote: "I always keep a copy of my and my husband's medical
list, including doctors, medical histories and medications. I keep each
list in a small, plastic bag, ready in case of emergency anywhere."
Becky H. in Texas
wrote: "I have one son who is a firefighter, and another is a paramedic.
They insist that I carry a list of my medications, with dosage. I carry
this in an outside pocket of my purse. Firefighters and paramedics DO
NOT like to go through a patient's purse or wallet to find medical
Dear Readers: Thanks
to all who shared their helpful advice. This information is especially
true if you or someone you care for has a serious medical condition. As
to the "not like to go through a patient's purse or wallet," the first
thing a responder will do is try to stabilize a patient. A purse, wallet
or cellphone is not high on the list at that moment. However, the
information will be helpful a little later on. - Heloise
Dear Heloise: I
keep chain necklaces from getting tangled by rolling them onto foam hair
- Suzy K., Columbus, Ohio
Jan. 9, 2015
Dear readers: Here
are some of your responses to a past column about how to recycle or
donate old National Geographic magazines. This topic must have hit home
with many of you. Here goes:
Jill Wilson, via
email, wrote: "Artists across the U.S. are looking for old National
Geographics to use in making abstract paintings. The magazines are
difficult to locate and would be of great use to crafts organizations or
Betsy Creamer, via
email, wrote: "Please consider veterans hospitals. They love them. We
took 40 years' worth and were met at the door eagerly."
Jan in California
wrote: "I have seen old National Geographic magazines for sale in
Al Bayless in Kihei,
Hawaii, wrote: "I give them to a doctor or dentist to put in the waiting
room. I once asked a doctor why he didn't subscribe to it for his
office. He said, 'Because they are stolen so quickly.' So, please donate
them." - Heloise
No bug bites
Make sure you check your boots, galoshes, etc., before you put them on
your feet. Spiders and other insects could have made their homes in
there. Spray them first with a bug spray. Insect bites can be very
painful. - Bob Choolijian, Plaistow, N.H.
Bob, the first rule
of camping or staying the night in a wilderness cabin is: Shake out
shoes and boots! Don't just put your hand or foot into footwear! You
never know what may have crawled in during the night.
Dear Heloise: I love
this time of year, when the holidays have come to an end but there are
plenty of leftover candy canes. I use them to stir my coffee and tea for
an added hint of mint. - Jerry H. in Colorado
This is a
resourceful way to use leftover holiday candy. As a coffee and tea
drinker, I like to add a pinch of nutmeg, candies or cremes for
different flavors throughout the year. I have many more hints in my
Heloise's Flavored Coffees and Teas pamphlet to help make your coffees
and teas tastier. To order one, please send $3 and a long,
self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Coffees, P.O.
Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Other candies that can be
dropped into a hot drink are lemon drops, red-hot cinnamon candies,
peppermint candy and chocolate, of course! - Heloise
Dear Heloise: I
enjoy entertaining. Before my guests arrive, I put fresh rolls of toilet
paper in each bathroom so that I do not have to deal with that common
problem. - Anita N., via email
Anita, a good hint
that I use myself. Put a fresh roll on, and store the half-roll under
the bathroom sink.
Dear Heloise: Save
your empty paper-towel rolls to wind up the Christmas tree lights on. No
- Susan in Huntington Beach, Calif.
year of giving
Jan. 5, 2015