Dear Readers: Wow! Who knew so many readers had hints about RECYCLING INSULATED FOAM BOXES? Here is a small sample:
Sonia in Nebraska says, “Foam boxes are perfect for protecting breakable items when traveling or shipping.”
Pam in Maryland says: “My husband came up with a game where the grandkids stack them to the ceiling, then get to knock them down. The fun lasts forever.”
Michele in New Hampshire says, “Why not donate them to Meals on Wheels or a similar program?”
Victoria in Washington, D.C., says, “Insulated boxes are great for arts-and-crafts projects at schools and day-care centers.”
Diane, via e-mail, says, “This past Christmas, my neighbor lady wrapped festive bows around them to look like presents and placed them outside among her shrubbery as decorations.”
Lynn in Maryland says, “I have used foam coolers to provide a home-cooked meal to new parents or parents-to-be.”
These are all great hints! Keep them coming! -- Heloise
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Dear Readers: Uses for popcorn cans, from a reader in Kansas:
* As recycling or trash containers.
* As storage for pet food.
* As storage for seasonal decorations.
* To hold umbrellas or walking sticks.
* As storage for sewing supplies.
Dear Heloise: My keyboard console slides out. It was constantly sliding back while I was working, and it was becoming a big hassle. I found a solution. I took an extra-large binder clip, found at any office-supply store, and clipped it to the track after sliding the keyboard out. Now it stays in place, and my work isn’t interrupted. -- Colleen in Colorado
Dear Heloise: After adhesive bandages are removed from my grandchildren’s scrapes and bruises, there is a residue that is very difficult to remove. Any suggestions? -- A Reader, via e-mail
What a sticky situation! Try either baby oil or lotion. Apply a generous amount to the bandage before removal or on the residue that is left behind. Let soak for a little while, then gently remove the bandage or glue. Hope you can pull this one off! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: We have five happy indoor-outdoor cats. Here are some good tricks for them:
Whenever they come in, give them a little treat (keep the treat bag right by the door). They’ll be more motivated to stick close and “check in” often.
Toot a small whistle three times just before you feed or treat your cats. When you want to get them in (or if they get lost), you can toot the whistle to help them find their way home. -- A Reader in Arizona
Dear Heloise: I am hoping you will address the problem of charities sending “gifts” while asking for contributions. It seems such a waste of money! We received 10 calendars last year, pads of paper, etc. The organizations could use this money, and look at all the “stuff” that goes in the garbage. Thank you. -- Adele in Maryland
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