Thank you to everyone who sends flowers! As a family member recently told me, it’s like the sender is sending a hug and love when it’s most needed. -- Nancy, via e-mail
This is a blooming good hint! Thanks for writing. -- Heloise
THE GOLDEN RULE
Dear Heloise: A friend recently said that the golden rule of neat housekeeping is: Don’t put it down; put it up. It’s a great rule if you can live up to it. -- Harold W., Temple, Tex.
Dear Heloise: Near the end of the year, I receive lots of calendars for the next year from charities. There is no way I could use all of them, so I package them up and donate them to the citywide food drive during the holidays. I figured these are an item that everyone needs, and I am glad they won’t go to waste! -- Jan B., North Little Rock, Ark.
PLASTIC CONTAINER ODOR REMOVER
Dear Heloise: I had a favorite small plastic bowl with a lid that was in use all the time.
It got pushed to the back of the fridge and was forgotten, and when I found it, the half onion had turned to mush. I could not get the terrible smell out.
I used soap, soaked it in vinegar, bleach, stuffed it with newspaper, added vinegar to the newspaper -- but nothing would remove that awful odor.
When opening a new jar of instant coffee, the delicious aroma gave me the idea to put a teaspoon or so in the container, close the lid and let it sit overnight. Like magic, the odor is completely gone, and the container is ready to use again. I never miss your wonderful column! -- Esther in Columbus, Ohio
Dear Heloise: I buy gift cards, but hate trying to remember the amount that is left after a purchase. I keep the receipts and tally the remaining (Heloise here: the remaining balance left), and write it using a permanent marker on the back of the card. -- K.R. in New Hampshire
Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com. Please include your city and state.
2012, King Features Syndicate