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Dear Heloise: My dearest friend is Ticker, who just had her 17th birthday. We celebrated with a "cake." She came from a family who didn't want her anymore. That was 16 years ago, and I am so happy to have her!
— Caroline B., Miamisburg, Ohio
Dear Readers: Board games and puzzles can take up a lot of storage space; those boxes they come in are big and cumbersome. Here’s a hint to save space:
Grab some 2.5 gallon freezer/storage bags, and insert the game board, puzzle pieces, chips, tokens, etc. Important: save the directions and paper insert for the game. You can cut the name of the game off the box or draw it on the bag with a marker.
Then reuse the boxes for other storage, or recycle them.
Dear Heloise: I have a full and robust garden. These are the filler plants I use:
● Hostas. Super easy to grow, and I can split them and they will spread.
● Irises. They flower in late spring, and I can split them too.
● black-eyed Susan. Grows healthy and strong almost anywhere; again, splitsville to fill out the garden.
● Coral bells. They flower all summer, a pretty pink color. I keep them in the shade to get deeper color.
Easy, cheap ways to fill in flower beds.
— Mike W. in Illinois
Dear Heloise: To fancy up a simple roll of toilet tissue waiting in the on-deck circle, so to speak, here's this:
Fold the end sheet of paper into a triangle, turn your bathroom sink on for a split second, just to get it wet, and then shut the water off. Dab the triangle end of the paper up to the sink spigot to get that wet mark that looks so regal.
Next, stand the roll with the tube positioned vertically. Take several facial tissues individually and lay them across the roll in a crisscross pattern. Then with your finger, insert the tissues down into the core. This will form a pretty blossom look.
It's perfect for guest bathroom when you have company.
— Heather O. in Texas
Dear Heloise: We are emerging from lockdown and planning a road trip. Here are some hints that save us time:
I pack each child's outfits on individual hangers. Their shirt, pants, underwear, socks in the pockets — all ready to go. I bring a plastic bag for dirty clothes.
I drive in a dress. It's comfortable, cool and looks nice. I also wear at least a little makeup for pictures.
— Martha W., via email
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