I do a lot online, and every site requires a password. I try to simplify the passwords, and many are the same, but I find that one is numbers only, another is alphanumeric.
So, I started a file in my word-processing software program listing all my passwords, sign-on IDs and account numbers -- I save it by encrypting the file.
Now, to check a password, I only have to remember the one to access the file. Everyone could use less stress.
Jerry Clark, via e-mailJust be sure to choose a password that you can remember!
We had a laugh here when one of my assistants said she saved some important information in a file, password-protected it and then couldn't remember the password and couldn't access the file!
This winter, I discovered a quick fix for the static that electrifies my hair when I remove my hat. I simply place a dryer sheet inside the top of the hat.
It sticks to the hat when you take it off and leaves my hair cling-free!
Marilee S., via e-mail
Rather than drape my kitchen towels over the sink faucet or around the refrigerator-door handle, I place them in a ring-type holder that you commonly find in the bathroom.
The stand keeps the cloths neatly folded and allows them to dry thoroughly after use.
Alexandria Dear Heloise:
Here is a hint for people who use a weed whacker: Put on a pair of baseball or soccer shinguards.
These are not pretty but will help prevent serious injury.
New Brunswick, N.J.Dear Heloise:
I recently bought one of those heavy-duty, dark, nonstick baking pans. It says not to use anything metal or sharp on the inside to avoid scratching.
I made a batch of brownies in it. After cooling completely, I got a plastic (disposable) knife and cut the brownies with it. Worked like a charm, and no scratches!
Jill Russell, Alexandria