The other hint is to call the manufacturers of items you use the most. Many products have a toll-free number for customer service, and you can ask for coupons to be sent to you via postal mail. Also check your grocery store. Most have a coupon area or display board for customers. If you don’t see such a place, just ask! -- Heloise
Dear Readers: Birds are wonderful pets to have, but did you know that they should be kept out of the kitchen or breakfast nook all the time? A kitchen can be a dangerous place for our feathered friends, as they have very sensitive respiratory systems.
Cooking can create smoke and grease, which causes difficulty in a bird’s breathing. Always ventilate the kitchen by opening a window or turning on the exhaust fan while cooking, which is good for you, too!
Cookware can overheat and send toxic fumes into the air — not good for the bird!
So, what is the best location for your bird and its cage? Try placing your bird in a den or living room — somewhere in the house where you spend some time each day. Or, bring the bird into the kitchen when not cooking. Two cages would work perfectly.
Be aware that additional stresses to birds are temperature changes and numerous people walking past where the bird’s cage is. Do not use hair spray, perfumes and room fresheners in rooms with birds. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: My husband rolls in his sleep and takes the sheets and blankets with him, leaving me out in the cold. I make the bed as usual, but on my side, I add and tuck in a twin sheet and a twin blanket. Now when he rolls and takes all the covers, I am left with a set. -- Debbie in Ohio
Dear Heloise: I just made meatloaf in a muffin-tin pan. I have several neighbors who either live alone or whose kids are no longer at home, so I was able to give my neighbors each a serving of meatloaf and have some meatloaf muffin for my husband and me. -- Susan in Garden Grove, Calif.
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