Dear Readers: Here’s this week’s Sound Off, about luggage racks.
“Many people read your column, and I would like to make a public
request: All lodging-type establishments should provide two luggage
racks in every room.
“Many people travel alone and probably need only one, but as a
frequently traveling couple, each of us would like to have one.
“We shouldn’t have to reserve a room with two beds so that we can have
one for our luggage, but we often do.” - Pat K., Cypress, Texas
Pat, I feel your pain, because when my husband, David, and I travel, he
ends up putting his things on a chair. Sometimes I use a luggage rack,
and other times I don’t. When traveling alone, I, too, ask for two
double beds, and the second one becomes my extra desk.
Request an extra rack when you check in, or pull out the ironing board,
set it up against a wall and voila - extra space! It may depend on the
hotel/motel; generally, the lower-priced places don’t have them. It does
cost the establishment to put one in every room, and two would make the
cost of your room go up! Some “guests” will steal ANYTHING from a motel
room that is not tied or anchored down!
- Heloise (Too many miles and too many hotels!)
Dear Readers: Here are other uses for old, clean pantyhose:
In the garden to tie plants.
As a paint strainer.
To keep wrapping-paper rolls from unwinding.
Cut into circular segments and use as hair ties.
As an exercise band!
Dear Readers: It’s time for festivals, craft shows and women’s shows.
Years ago, I found a beautiful, quilted, lightweight jacket - blue,
green, sort of patchwork, with lovely beading and some netting. It
looked closely and discovered that the quilted jacket was well-lined
with a beautiful turquoise fabric, the seams were finished, and I
thought, “Hmmm.” I turned it inside out and discovered I could wear it
with the lining side out. All I did was carefully clip the tag from the
got two jackets for the price of one - great for travel! When shopping,
check handmade and commercial items. They may serve double duty. -
Dear Heloise: A friend told me about milk that doesn’t need to be
refrigerated until opened. Is the nutritional value different from
refrigerated milk? Can it be used in place of regular milk? - Betty F.,
Yes, it can. It’s been around a long time; you may just now be hearing
about it. Packaged in a special container, it can sit on the shelf for
up to six months. After opening, it needs to be refrigerated and used
within 10 to 14 days. And yes, it does have the same nutritional value
as “regular milk.” - Heloise
Dear Heloise: When I repot plants, I cut up a foam egg carton and put
the pieces in the bottom. No extra weight. - Green Thumb, via email
hair, my money, my time
Nov. 18, 2015
Dear Readers: Here’s this week’s Sound Off, about beauty-shop etiquette:
“When someone comes early
for their hair appointment, the operator (stylist) should tell them to
have a seat. This early bird shouldn’t make small talk with my operator
while she’s doing my hair. I really don’t want a stranger talking to my
operator during my time. This happens a lot, and in some places I’ve not
“I also don’t want a stranger making comments about my hair. It’s my
appointment, and I’m paying for this time with this operator.
“Whenever I arrive early, I always take a seat and wait my turn.” -
No Name in Ohio
Mention this privately to your operator. Some people are not bothered;
others are. Many women (and men) go to a salon for some alone time - to
read a book, chat with friends or catch up on what’s going on. Your
personal space should be respected. - Heloise
Dear Readers: Here are some other uses for ironing boards:
Extra counter space in the kitchen.
Cover and use as an extra buffet table.
As a bedside table.
Cover and place baked goods on it to cool.
In a hotel, use as an extra support for suitcases.
Dear Heloise: My little brother took a black permanent marker and
scribbled on one of my shirts. I tried hand sanitizer to get it out. I
squirted some on the marks and rubbed them just a little. Then I washed
it right away. Every mark came right out. - Jewel in Texas
Hand sanitizer is mostly isopropyl alcohol, and getting to the stain
quickly was the right choice. Don’t put the shirt in the dryer; let it
hang to dry. Repeat the cleaning steps, if needed. Oh, and make your
little brother help! - Heloise
Dear Heloise: l have a variety of de-caffeinated tea, green tea, regular
tea and some loose tea from Germany that my granddaughter sent. Please
tell me how long can I keep tea, or are they ready for the circular bin?
- Ruthann L. in Greenacres, Fla.
Don’t trash the tea! If stored correctly, tea bags and loose tea can
last a LONG time! The tea needs to be kept in a cool, dry place. Also,
it’s best to use a tin or other dark container. I have boxes in an upper
kitchen cabinet, and the flavor is just fine. I know you are going to
scream - some of it is seven years old, and a gift from a friend. -
Dear Heloise: After your hint on cleaning birdbaths, did you know that
copper pennies will help greatly and are nontoxic?
put one in my pets’ water bowl and never have the green slime. There’s
one in the bowl that’s outside in the sun, which is what causes the
slime. - Weltha K., Columbus, Ohio
Be sure to change the water often; our animal friends deserve fresh
water. - Heloise
Sounding off on
Nov. 4, 2015
Here’s this week’s Sound Off: “I get frustrated watching breaking news
on some 24-hour TV news channels. With each channel trying to be the
first to get the story, it seems they report anything and everything,
without verifying facts.
“The story is fluid and
changing minute by minute. Channels seem pressed to report
up-to-the-minute information when many times it’s incorrect. Even
interviewing ‘witnesses’ presents its own problems.
“Since the media has a responsibility to report facts to keep us
informed and safe, take time to get the real facts and eliminate hearsay
and false reporting.” - D.R., via email
Dear D.R.: You have voiced an opinion that many (including me) feel
strongly about. However, it’s not the old days of wait and then report
at the 6 p.m. news. Breaking news on a 24-hour channel is just that - it
just happened, and here is all we know right now.
With the many ways people get and share news, it’s a whirlpool of
information, some correct, some not, being thrown together.
Readers, what can you do? Wait before retweeting, posting or passing on
questionable information as fact. Don’t make a snap judgment based on
one source, even your favorite news channel or a tweet from a friend.
It’s similar to being at a football, basketball or baseball game, or any
event where lots of people are involved. Are you in the stands? On the
field? Watching it on your cellphone, tablet, computer or TV, or
listening on the radio? Which point of view is real?
Readers, news - good, bad and incorrect - moves quickly today! The
24-hour channels are trying to fill time! Anything is up to be
broadcast, even a black cat walking under a ladder.
Dear Readers: More hints for re-using dryer sheets:
Place one inside a vehicle as an air freshener.
Wipe a dusty electronics screen.
Wipe the fish smell off hands after fishing.
Place in bags, containers, drawers, etc., to mask odors.
Dear Heloise: Here’s a hint for readers who can’t keep their children’s
memory books updated. I started one with my first child and became
frustrated because I couldn’t keep it up.
For my daughter’s first Christmas, we sent out Christmas cards with a
family picture and newsletter.
The response was so positive, we continue today. Three children and 30
years later, we’re still updating relatives and friends.
Our children enjoy going back and reading summaries of our life’s
- Anna A. in Texas
Dear Heloise: When I travel for business, I put extra business cards in
a zip bag in my carry-on bag. I’ve run out at too many conventions and
don’t have any to hand out! Last time, I resorted to letting the person
take a snap of my last card with a camera phone.
- S.D., Boulder, Colo.
Dear Heloise: When I use a paper towel to wipe something up, I rinse it
with water afterward, and wipe off the dusty leaves of my kitchen ivy.
- Maureen C. in New York
Apartment and condo hunting tips
Nov. 4, 2015
Apartment or condo hunting should take some time to find the right spot
to live. You may be there awhile! Hints to help you:
Where do you want to
live? Near schooling, work or family? Need access to bus routes, stores
or medical centers?
Check crime statistics in that ZIP code. Some apartments have police
officers who live on-site who work security on their off-hours.
There should be good lighting, and the buildings should be clean and
well-maintained. Parking should be lighted and safe!
You must check the apartment you want! Do appliances work? Check the
bathroom drains and shower. Hot water slow? Do they drain well? Flush
the toilet a few times to see if it drains quickly. Good locks on doors
and windows are a must! - Heloise
P.S.: Chat up residents in common areas and ask how they like living
Dear Readers: Have a happy and safe Halloween. Keep pets and children in
sight. - Heloise
Thanks mom with
Dear Heloise: I read the article about a child thanking their mother on
their birthday. As a single parent, college tuition was a struggle. When
my son turned 30, he sent me a card that read “30 years ago you gave me
life, 10 years ago you gave me a future.” Enclosed was a check for all
the tuition I had paid!
- Peg W., via email
Give that man and yourself a big Heloise hug! - Heloise
Pluck versus tweeze
Dear Heloise: I enjoy you in The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo., and
had the pleasure of hearing you in person at the Offutt Air Force Base
Officers’ Wives Club in Nebraska back in the 1970s.
have an interesting reaction to the term “plucking” one’s eyebrows.
Chickens are “plucked”; people “tweeze” their brows. - Sandy R., via
Sandy, ouch either way! One can “pluck” a chicken and one’s eyebrows,
but it’s difficult to “tweeze” a chicken!
Yes, I remember my visit, and what a treat to go “down” underground to
the command center for the Strategic Air Command at the time. They had
“Welcome Heloise” on the big screens! Thanks, Air Force, from an AF
“brat.” - Heloise
Dear Heloise: We went to painting workshops at a home-and-garden show.
The speaker said to put about 1/4 cup of fabric softener in paintbrush
cleaning water. I did, and it is so fabulous. Brushes are soft and smell
great. - K.M., Grey Forest, Texas
My mother, the original Heloise, printed this hint decades ago. Update:
Be sure to rinse well. - Heloise
Dear Heloise: The plastic tubs that hold dishwasher or laundry
single-use packs make wonderful storage cans for things you store near a
washing machine: stain pretreater, cloths for cleaning and other items.
- Elva in San Antonio
Dear Readers: Here
is this week’s Sound Off, about package amounts:
“My Sound Off is about
food packaging. Companies are decreasing volume rather than raising
prices. I would rather pay a few cents more than try to figure out
quantities for my favorite recipes or have almost a whole package of
unused ingredients.” - C.S., Gastonia, N.C.
Dear C.S.: Not much new about this complaint. Companies have been doing
this for decades, and sometimes the consumer does not realize because
the can or package looks the same size but has less content. See if
neighbors or friends might want the “excess” ingredients. - Heloise
Dear Readers: Other uses for empty, cleaned nut cans:
Wrap in decorative paper and use for cookies.
As a small container for lunches.
Keep screws or nails in one.
Shell your own nuts and use to store.
Cut a slit in the lid for a piggy bank.
A “button” of garlic?
Dear Heloise: I enjoyed reading the interesting and historical article
about Heloise in a recent San Antonio Express-News.
have heard of the garlic bulb and the garlic clove, but please explain
what a “button” of garlic is? Does that mean the entire garlic bulb is
used? Thank you for all your helpful suggestions. - Maria in San
Maria, thanks for the mention of the special story that ran in our
newspaper here in San Antonio. Readers, if you would like to take a
look, visit my website, www.Helosie.com, and it’s on the home page. It’s
about my mother, the original Heloise, and the story of me taking over
upon her death. It’s been 38 years! Thanks for staying with this column;
I appreciate each of you and your input.
About the garlic button: You may be thinking of my mother’s Heloise
Teriyaki Sauce recipe, which she got when we lived in Hawaii. Her
original recipe calls for 1 “button” of garlic, which is simply a clove,
NOT the whole head or bulb! Did you miss the recipe and want a copy?
It’s in my pamphlet, along with many other family sauce and seasoning
recipes. Go to my website, www.Heloise.com, or send $3 and a long,
self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Seasonings, P.O.
Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Have a recipe that calls for a
tablespoon of wine but don’t have any? Use apple juice in a pinch,
depending on the recipe. Most recipes won’t suffer by omitting just 1
tablespoon of wine anyway. - Heloise
Dear Heloise: I read you every day in The (Monroe, La.) News-Star. I
would like to add a shoulder-pad use. If you break your arm and the
sling you use is rough on your elbow, use a shoulder pad to cushion it.
I used a shoulder pad, and it worked wonderfully well. - Bobbye C.,
Smart: recycling, reusing and prevents pain! Also, fold one over, pin
and use for a pincushion. - Heloise
soap out of hand?
Oct. 21, 2015
Dear Readers: This week's Sound Off is about scented soap in public
restrooms shouldn't use scented soap. Some people are allergic, and
besides, who wants their hands smelling like wildflowers when trying to
eat a sandwich." Susan V., via email
Susan, I've addressed this issue
of some people being allergic to scents many times. It may be someone's
perfume or cologne, stores with scents in the air or scented soap in a
Sorry for your situation, but
it's the establishment's prerogative, and it is a public restroom. You
can mention it to management. Also, carry hand sanitizer to use. -
Dear Readers: Hints for labeling
- Use nail polish.
- Use colored key covers.
- Wrap in decorative tape.
- Make keys in different colors.
- Mark with a felt-tip pen. -
Dear Heloise: I need to know what
type of hanging things to use to keep toilet bowls clean. I now use
those blue hanging things, and they don't work. I used the tablets, and
the chlorine ate up the rubber and plastic parts. Thank you. - Glen
H., via email
"Glen, there is no easy or safe
answer! As you found out, those hanging things" and chlorine tablets
don't really work to clean the toilet. The chlorine tablets in the tank
can eat up rubber parts, causing a leak.
The old-fashioned way is still
the best. It's called use a toilet brush and swish around the bowl a few
times a week."
I don't know why people wait to
clean it ONLY ONCE a week or so, when it gets used daily! You don't have
to use a cleaner; just scrub the bowl a few times with the brush, daily,
and flush. This prevents a buildup and keeps it pretty clean.
To quickly freshen, you can
squirt a drop of dish soap, hand soap or hair shampoo in the water,
swish and scrub, then flush! Do this daily, and the bowl will not be
hard to clean. Wipe the surfaces with a cleaner or paper towel every few
days, too. - Heloise
P.S.: "Don't flush flushable"
Dear Heloise: I have two
daughters and two sons. We were having a problem with the toilet seat
and lid being left up. So, the family hint is lid and seat down after
use. That way, it's fair for everyone, male and female. No excuse about
I forgot to put the seat down or It wasn't me! Can't tell you how many
times I've fallen in during the middle of the night! I should turn the
light on, but don't, so I do take a little blame.
- Betty Jean B., via email
Dear Heloise: My lightweight
vacuum has a removable filter. Each time I clean it, I spray it with one
of my perfume fragrances. The aroma is lovely when I vacuum the next
time. It makes the whole house smell like a garden in bloom. - Angie
Z., Englewood, Fla.
A lack of feedback
Oct. 15, 2015
Dear Readers: Here is this week’s Sound Off, about customer service:
“I have wondered why it is so difficult to engage American companies in
a two-way conversation. It seems to be somewhere between difficult and
impossible to provide companies with feedback on products and services.”
- Chris C., via email
Chris, sorry, but I can’t agree with you. At no time has it been easier
to contact a company. Most have a website, which usually has contact
information - sometimes only an email, but many times a phone number,
also. A lot of products do have a toll-free phone number on the label
Whether they listen or respond to you is another matter! - Heloise
Dear Readers: Other uses for picture frames:
Frame colorful paper, set the picture frame flat and use to hold a
Use a large frame as decoration around a flat-screen TV.
Frame a screen or corkboard and use to hang jewelry.
Paint the glass with chalkboard paint and use for messages.
Mount several empty frames on a wall as decoration. - Heloise
Cleaning wood blinds
Dear Heloise: I read your column in The Washington Post and desperately
need your help. I have wooden-slat blinds. I have tried oil soap and
baby wipes, but I cannot get them clean. Can you please help? - Marie
M., via fax
Help is here. Cleaning wooden blinds shouldn’t be hard! Baby wipes are
OK, but may leave a residue (oily, depending on the wipe), which will
attract more dust and cause it to stick more! The oil “soap” is what I
use, and it’s never failed me.
Are they just dusty? Coated with a gummy sort of residue? Are they
painted or raw wood? Painted should be a zip to clean. If they are
unpainted wood, try this: Use a microfiber cloth dipped into just warm
water. Wring it out, and run it over one slat. Go both ways, back and
forth. If you see “dirt” on the cloth, then proceed.
If it’s that sticky stuff, then go back to the wood soap. Don’t overwet,
and be sure to rinse off, then dry well. Test one-half of a blind and
see which method works best for you! - Heloise
P.S.: Use the upholstery attachment with the brush to “suck” dust off
Dear Heloise: Shredding paperwork can be such a mess. I always seem to
get little pieces of paper floating around when dumping the bin. Now I
line my shredder with a lightweight trash bag. When it is full, I simply
pull the drawstring and carry it to the trash. - Lew D., Mobile, Ala.
Wood blocks re-life
Dear Heloise: When my children outgrew their wooden blocks, here is what
I did: I spelled out their names, then glued the blocks together and
used them as decorations. The blocks I had left were used to spell out
other words. - Becca M., via email
The cut of my veggies
Oct. 7, 2015
Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about frozen vegetables:
“My Sound Off is when frozen vegetable blends or mixes are not cut in
uniform sizes. There will be some cut into pieces of less than half an
inch, while others in the same bag will be as big as golf balls. It is
very hard to cook the big pieces of veggies without overcooking the
small pieces.” - Grace W., via email
Grace, I hear you. I love bags of mixed veggies, and always have some in
the freezer. Yep, the small pieces cook faster than the big chunks.
Generally, the more expensive the bag, the better cuts of veggies. The
big store-brand bags are really bits and pieces. You could start cooking
the big pieces, than add the small. - Heloise
P.S.: Sometimes, I let the bag thaw in the refrigerator and nibble on
the veggies as is - just like steamed, without the hassles. Tasty on a
salad, dipped in low-fat blue-cheese dressing or sprinkled with balsamic
Dear Readers: Other items to use as bird feeders:
An empty milk carton.
Large, plastic soda bottle.
An unused cupcake stand.
Tin cans hung sideways.
An old plate, or a teacup and saucer.
Dear Heloise: My teenage son recently got a new karate uniform. The
problem is that the jacket (or gi) has been starched by the
manufacturer. I have tried everything to soften it. I soaked it
overnight in vinegar, in hot wash cycles, and used bottles of liquid
softener and fabric sheets. And still this jacket could stand up on its
own. Any advice would be appreciated. - Kelley K., Leon Springs,
Kelley, it may or may not be “starch”; it could just be the material and
fiber blend. Let’s review, for you and my other readers who may have a
Read the CARE LABEL! Some say no hot water, use cool. Most say do NOT
put in dryer on high heat. No chlorine bleach. No fabric softener,
liquid or sheets - it only coats the material more.
Try this: Soak the jacket in just plain cool water. Run the washer with
no detergent. Soak overnight, then run it through the longest wash cycle
possible. This will give the sizing/starch more time to break down. Do
this two or three times. No other clothing with it, either.
All say NO dryer, so try to hang it to dry, or use the lowest heat
setting for a longer time.
Depending on the gi, it may have padded areas for protection. You don’t
want those spots soft! Ask the instructor for a recommendation. Too
soft, not good; too stiff, not good. - Heloise
Dear Heloise: I hate tags sticking out of my clothes. I use a small
notebook and write down the garment and care instructions. That way, I
can take out the tags. Sometimes I just tape the tag to the page.
- Nan P. in New Hampshire
Is the front backward?
Oct. 1, 2015
Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about solar lights:
“I love the dollar store solar-powered figures that come in the shape of
flowers, hula girls, birds, etc. My Sound Off is that the solar-receptor
box is in the front of the figure, which is away from the window. If it
were in the back, there would be a lot longer action, because it would
catch the sun’s rays at all angles.”
- M.C., via email
Hmm. I understand your point, but my thinking is that most folks put
these in the yard or a pot plant rather than in a window, so the “front”
is facing most likely where the sun can recharge the “battery,” but I’m
not sure. Readers? - Heloise
Dear Readers: Other uses for stand-up paper-towel holders:
Keep bracelets on it.
Place yarn on it when knitting or crocheting.
Slip binder rings over it and attach page protectors for recipes, etc.
Keep large rolls of tape on one.
Place in a bathroom to hold extra rolls of toilet paper.
Dear Heloise: I have both cooking-oil and auto-oil spots on concrete
from a few years ago. Is there anything I can use at this time to remove
them? - Joanne, via email
few years ago? Let me guess: The cooking oil is from deep-frying a
turkey? I hope! Let’s give cleaning it a try. To make Heloise’s Concrete
Cleaner, use baking soda, water and a squirt of dish soap that
especially tackles oil and grease. Make a thick paste, wet the concrete,
cover the area and scrub with a stiff brush. Let it sit for 30 minutes
or so, then rinse. If some stain remains, repeat the steps, but use
dishwasher detergent rather than baking soda, and rinse off immediately.
Do keep kids and pets away. Baking soda is a multitasker around the
house, garage and yard. To find out the many ways I use it, order my
pamphlet. Go to my website, www.Heloise.com, or send $5 and a long,
self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda,
P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. The next time you see an
oil spot, sprinkle baking soda on the area right away to absorb the oil.
This works on the kitchen floor, too! - Heloise
Dear Heloise: I read your suggestions for getting two glasses apart that
are stuck together. I, too was never very successful. One day, I laid
the two down on the top shelf of the dishwasher. I ran a load of dishes.
When I opened the door, eureka! Works every time for me. - Donna H.,
Bella Vista, Ark.
Dear Heloise: When I
send a letter to my grandparents, I enclose a few special-issue stamps.
I pick them up at the post office - they are so pretty! Nana especially
likes the flower ones; Papa likes the music ones. - Annabella C. in
Too Fast to Catch
Sept. 23, 2015
Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about commercial
“My Sound Off is commercial ads where the person talks ‘a mile a
minute.’ You have no idea what is being said. It isn’t very smart to
advertise in such a way where no one can understand what you are
- Philip G., Newark, N.Y.
You would think that’s the case, but most likely it’s that they have
ONLY 30 seconds or so to say EVERYTHING. Most of the “gibberish” at the
end is legal information that they must include. If it’s something you
want to check out, the next time the commercial comes on, record it and
then play it back. - Heloise
Dear Readers: Uses for wooden crates:
Stack a few together and secure for a bookcase.
Hang on the wall as a shelf or shadowbox.
Use as toy boxes in a child’s room.
Place on a desk to hold folders or magazines.
Stack in a mudroom for shoes.
Clean a Curling Iron
Dear Heloise: I have a question: How do you clean a curling iron? -
Gwen, via email
Gwen, this question comes in often. You need only two things: a
washcloth or microfiber cloth and some plain rubbing alcohol. Be sure
the iron is unplugged and not hot. Then dampen the cloth with the
rubbing alcohol and rub the curling iron to clean. You may need to rub
several times, back and forth, depending how much buildup is there. If
you do this once a week or so, your curling iron will stay clean! -
Dear Heloise: I have a large dog, and he was having trouble eating. The
veterinarian suggested that we use elevated dog bowls.
When dogs are large (our Ansley is a great Dane), bending down low puts
them in an awkward position for eating and drinking. I wanted to check
if that was the problem and that lifting the bowls would help. I got out
a couple of cake stands that I rarely use and placed his food and water
bowls on them. It helped Ansley, and I loved the way they looked. -
Samantha G. in St. Louis
“Woof, woof” from Chammy, our adopted silky wheaten, who even though she
is NOT a large, tall dog, likes her food and water bowls raised. Henry,
the mini schnauzer (really mini! Less than 12 pounds) doesn’t need that
help. However, I notice he uses Chammy’s water bowl more than his. -
Dear Heloise: I love reading your column, and get ideas for so many
different things. Thank you.
read your hints for use of baby powder. One more useful hint: If I get
any grease on my clothes, I cover that area with baby powder and leave
it for a day or more, then wash the item (for silk, I just shake off the
powder). This works like a miracle. - K.P. in Yorba Linda, Calif.
No Names, Please
Sept. 17, 2015
Dear Heloise: Today I received my third email offer for “PERSONALIZED”
BACKPACKS. Please do not put your child's name (especially elementary
students) visibly on a backpack. A child can get a false sense of safety
and security if a stranger is able to call them by name. Never put your
child in possible danger with clothing or other items visibly displaying
their name. - M.C., via email
Thank you for this important hint. A personalized backpack sounds like
such a nice gesture or gift. But today, it's a whole different world.
Just because someone calls your child by name does not mean they really
know your child.
Security experts suggest that you and your child think of a question or
code word that only the two of you know. If someone comes to pick up
your child or the person says they are a friend, they must know the
“game” of the secret password. If the person does not, tell your child
to run, get away and find an adult they know - a teacher, crossing
guards, a neighbor. A good lesson that will keep them safe. - Heloise
Dear Heloise: Motels are using heavy comforters, which look luxurious
but are too hot for sleeping, in both summer and winter. Sometimes they
don't have a light blanket available. Here is a hint: Request two extra
sheets (for a total of three covering you). It feels like a light
blanket. - G.H., via email
My first “recon” in a hotel/motel room is to check the AC/heating, bed
and bath. Call for more pillows or a light blanket, and tip the person
who brings them. - Heloise
Dear Heloise: This is in response to the person having problems with
deer in their garden in Texas. We live just west of Little Rock, Ark.
The deer were enjoying our day lilies and roses. Someone told us that
deer have a keen sense of smell, and if we would sprinkle some balls of
human hair in our garden, they would stay away. We have a close friend
who has a hair salon. About every six weeks to two months, I get some
human hair from her and put it in the garden. - Charles S., Little
Charles, I, too, tried this, and it seemed to work only for a week or
so. Rain seemed to negate the smell of the hair. I have given up on my
antique roses for now; between the drought (we are back on water
restriction in San Antonio) and the deer, my beloved flowers will have
to wait to bring me joy again. - Heloise
Melting lip balm
Dear Heloise: Just a reminder for anyone who goes out in the heat and
needs a lip balm: Keep it from melting by placing it in the freezer
overnight or placing it in a baggie with ice cubes.
- Terri F., Mingo Junction, Ohio