Dear Heloise: I love BIRD-WATCHING. Do you have any suggestions on how to attract more birds to my yard? -- Patti in Mississippi
Patti, bird-watching is a wonderful way to start off the day or spend an afternoon. According to the National Bird-Feeding Society, there are several things you can do to attract birds to your yard. Here are some of the suggestions:
* Use several different types of feeders and seed to attract more species.
* Always have fresh water available. Choose a birdbath that is shallow and not slippery.
* Try to reduce hazards such as window collisions and predators.
* Offer alternative foods such as nectar, suet and fruits.
For more information, such as which plants are best, visit the National Bird-Feeding Society Web site, www.birdfeeding.org. You also can print out a backyard bird checklist to keep track of the birds that visit your yard. -- Heloise
P.S.: I enjoy watching birds along our Texas coastline. The Roseate spoonbills are just beautiful!
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Dear Heloise: My family took a trip to the beach. Of course, the kids wanted to take pails, shovels and other toys with them to play with on the beach. Those things can take up a lot of space. So instead, we found a dollar store when we arrived and purchased inexpensive toys there. The kids had a blast playing with them. When it was time to go, we passed them on to another family staying near us. They didn’t cost a lot, so I didn’t feel guilty about wasting money, and it saved precious packing space. -- Anne in Kansas
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Dear Heloise: In regard to identifying your luggage, I have the usual black suitcase that everyone else seems to have. I bought some red-colored duct tape and a marker, and wrote “All mine and no one else’s” on the tape and put it on the front of the bag. I have yet to lose my luggage, and seeing my bag always makes people laugh and say: “What a good idea! Why didn’t I think of that?” -- Martha, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: If you are having a hard time reading small print, take a picture with your phone. Go to the picture, and you can enlarge the printing. This also will work with a digital camera. -- Kim W., via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I have several metal candleholders that I received as gifts. They are very pretty and decorated with a floral motif. Instead of putting new candles in them, I use them on my desk as organizers. One holds pens and pencils, another paper clips, etc. They go together nicely. -- Andrea in Georgia
Dear Heloise: In a hurry and cannot fasten your bracelet? Insert a metal crochet hook (hook end) into the bracelet with the left or right hand. Hold in place and use the other hand to firmly fasten the bracelet. Saves time and frustrations. -- R.L.S., Fort Wayne, Ind.
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