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P.O. Box 795000
San Antonio, TX 78279-5000
Dear Heloise: Regarding your hints on what to do when leaving for a long trip, those are good suggestions, and here are some more:
Turn off valves to the washer and under the sinks. This could prevent the house from flooding if a supply hose springs a leak — and they do. The icemaker will turn itself off when the bin is full, so that’s good to do, but not a huge issue. Also, check the thermometer and set the air conditioner at 85 or the heat at 60. I also leave a radio on and set random on-off timers on some lights. -- P.A.L., via e-mail
Good advice, and everyone should have a “checklist” to close the house down, especially if you travel a lot, like I do. It’s easy to forget to take out the trash! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: My husband has allergies, so I’m not able to burn candles in our home. To get around this, I lightly spray scented oil, perfume, etc., onto artificial flowers that I have in several vases throughout the house. The scent is not strong and can be tolerated by my husband. I mainly do this when we’re expecting company, as I can do without the scents the rest of the time. -- Cheryl B. in Louisiana
Dear Heloise: Have you ever tried to frame a photo only to find that the backboard is too large to fit easily? As a photographer, I have had this happen many times. Take an emery board and gently file the edges. Soon the back will ease into the frame. -- Bonnie M., Fort Wayne, Ind.
Dear Heloise: I always keep a blanket in my car. I found a really cute outdoor one that rolls up pretty small. My family loves to go on picnics, see outdoor movies or just enjoy a park. I never know when we may want to stop and be outdoors. I always have a blanket handy now, just in case. -- Rose in Texas
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.
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