Dear Heloise:

I would like to ask the following from readers everywhere: Carry a map!

As a professional tour guide in our nation's capitol, I always carry a city map and Metro map with me, whether I'm on- or off-duty. It's always such a joy and a pleasure to help lost tourists find their way. Your kindness to them will never be forgotten.

G. Del Signore

Washington

Dear Heloise:

I read your column regularly and have found many hints that I use. When I buy something new that has a pamphlet with instructions, I staple the receipt to it. That way, if I have to refer back to it or have a problem, the purchase info is handy, and I don't have to look for it. This is a real timesaver.

Jeanne McCarthy

Buena Park, Calif.

Dear Heloise:

I am 72 years old and remember one of my mother's tips that I would like to share with you. She was an avid gardener and had a beautiful garden in England, as well as the prettiest hands, although she never wore gloves. Before gardening, she would scrape her fingernails across a bar of soap. When finished in the garden, she would wash her hands and use a cotton-tipped swab to get the dirt, mud and soap from beneath her nails. She would then pour a small amount of olive oil into the palm of her hand, along with a teaspoon of sugar, and massage her hands. She would again wash her hands with soap and dry them. And lastly, she would apply a small amount of a mixture of glycerin and lemon juice that she kept by the sink.

Pat Barrett, Houston

Dear Heloise:

We are retired and are avid RV travelers, and we love it. I have found that empty boutique tissue boxes (the square ones) are excellent buffers for many of the glass bottles we carry on board in our cupboard. Just pop the bottle inside, and ta-da -- it is secured.

Kathie Dehne, via e-mail

Dear Heloise:

I use coffee-filter papers on my mini-scale in the kitchen to hold items when measuring small amounts of nuts, raisins, chocolate, etc.

I.M., via e-mail

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