Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about the height of mattresses:
“When did they start making beds so high? I had a difficult time finding a mattress recently that I could actually get onto comfortably. I am short, about 5 feet, and suffer from a back problem.
“On a road trip, my husband and I stayed in a higher-end motel in a handicapped room. Again, the bed was so high that I almost could not get into it. Motel chains need to consider that people of all types use their rooms, and considering that this was a ‘handicapped’ room, what would some have done who are more disabled than I?” -- E.D., Converse, Tex.
I agree with you. Sometimes you almost need a stepladder to get into one! -- Heloise
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Dear Readers: Other uses for hanging shoe bags:
* In a bathroom for hair dryers, curling irons, lotion bottles, etc.
* In the kitchen for spice bottles, aluminum foil, etc.
* By the front door for umbrellas, gloves, scarves, etc.
* In kids’ rooms for toys, hats, clothes, etc.
* In a closet for towels, cleaning supplies, etc.
Dear Heloise: I tried to dust my plasma-screen TV with a multipurpose-cleaner-covered washcloth, and now I have streaks! Any suggestions? -- Sharon in West Sacramento, Calif.
Plasma screens can be damaged by wet cleaning, and unfortunately, as you found out, it can cause severe damage. Sorry to say, there is nothing I know of to help fix your situation. You can try the manufacturer for hints, but I’m afraid you are stuck. For my other readers, please take note: To clean, simply dust them with a soft, dry microfiber cloth. If you have streaks from a previous cleaning, fingerprints or other stubborn spots, you can try wipes designed specifically for electronics. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: My husband rarely wears ties now, so I have a box of beautiful ties from his business days. The fabrics, colors and designs make the ties worth saving for special projects. I have made a tote bag covered in ties sewn together. The thin ends of the ties form the handles. A friend asked me to make a bag for her using her late husband’s ties. I enjoyed doing this for her, and she found that using the tote comforted her. -- Fran Miller, Deerfield, N.H.
Some ties from the old days could bring back happy and funny memories. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I have an idea that my husband and I have been doing for several years. We think it is fun and nostalgic. We save all our personal greeting cards in separate boxes and “re-give” them to each other at a later date. They may be 10-15 years old, but it is fun to read our feelings and the notes we wrote back then. -- Ruth W., Westminster, Calif.