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Dear Heloise: Here
is an inexpensive way to deal with snowfall when you don't have a
garage. I went to the camping department of a store and purchased a blue
tarp large enough to cover my vehicle. I also purchased several
heavy-duty bungee cords.
When snow is
predicted, I place the tarp over my car or van and secure the tarp by
hooking the bungees to the tarp's grommets. The bungees should fit
snugly, not allowing wind to get under them.
When it's time to
remove the snow, simply detach the bungees and peel the tarp in whatever
direction you want the snow to go. - Louise G., Neptune, N.J.
Dear Heloise: Each
year, I buy huge gift bags for my grandchildren from the dollar store. I
put one name on each. As I shop, I put the gifts in the bag of the
correct child. On Christmas Day, I set them under the tree, either
wrapped or just with tissue paper. They take the bag with their name on
it to unwrap. It's great. They have a handy way to keep their gifts
separate when they leave. - Kay Hall, via email
Dear Heloise: A
few years ago, my husband and I learned a valuable lesson. We were
driving/rock climbing in the desert with our SUV. Later in the day, in a
very deserted area, we discovered that we had two flat tires. The spare
tire was attached under the SUV, and we could not physically remove it.
My hint: Before you
go on a trip, make sure you can detach the spare tire if it's underneath
the vehicle. We were stranded overnight and had to walk five miles to
the nearest point where someone might drive by. I'm glad my husband had
the "Boy Scout" instinct to be prepared with food and water.
- Darlene Walker, Henderson, Nev.
nice to have a family member who thinks ahead? Both my husband, David,
and I were Scouts, and it serves us well. Be prepared for Plan A, B and
C, just in case! - Heloise
Dear Heloise: Here
is an easy last-minute gift: All you need is a roll of pretty packing
tape and lots of loose change. Unroll the tape little by little. Stick
the coins on the tape at intervals, then roll the tape up in different
directions so it looks like a rock. My grandchildren love taking it
apart to see how much money they will get. - Daphne White,
After years of trying to find a way to carry small jewelry, such as
earrings and rings, I came up with the idea of using a one-week daily
pillbox. It works perfectly and can be put in a purse or carry-on for
security at the airport. - Judy M., via email
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