Dear Heloise: My parents recently lost the memory card for their CAMERA after taking a beautiful vacation. My hint is to write your name and address on a 3-by-5-inch card. Take a picture of it. That way, if you lose the memory card, maybe whoever finds it looks on it for a clue to who you are and sends it back. -- Kim in Lowell, Mich.

A very good hint indeed to hopefully have those vacation memories returned! Why not add an e-mail address so the “finder” can contact you? If the person does send it on, a special thank-you would be in order for the time he or she took. -- Heloise



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Dear Readers: Parents have been trying to save money by buying secondhand baby gear forever! But there are many items that should NOT be bought used, for the safety of your child. Here are just two that you should not buy secondhand:

* Car seats: A car seat should NEVER be reused after an accident. When bought secondhand, you don’t know the seat’s history.

* Cribs: Safety standards on cribs frequently are updated. NEVER buy a crib with drop-down sides.

Many things can be bought secondhand. You must inspect them before purchasing. Do not buy if the item has any loose, damaged or missing parts.

For the latest recall information, visit Don’t take a chance with your baby’s life! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: In reference to your column about keeping cats out of flower beds: I put moth flakes in mine at times when cats come in, and this makes them stay out. I also sprinkle it in my yard if dogs come in for bathroom use. It doesn’t hurt the yard, and the smell leaves in a day or so. You will have to redo if it rains. Hope this helps. -- Mary W. in Houston


Dear Heloise: I used to carry hand sanitizer in my car for use after pumping gas.

Instead, I now carry gardening gloves in the side pocket of my car door. When I pump gas, I slip them on, and when finished, I return them to the car door. My hands stay clean, and when the gloves get dirty (which they certainly do), they are easily added to a load of wash. Thanks so much for your great column! -- Selena P. in Houston


Dear Heloise: Most of us Northerners own a snow shovel, and I found a great use for mine when there is no snow.

I discovered that my snow shovel works great to help scoop up leaves and yard waste along with my rake. Just use the shovel like a dustpan and rake the leaves into it. You can pick up much more than using just your hands, and you don’t have to bend over as much. I’m sure I will be using it again in the fall when the leaves need raking. -- Nancy R., Massillon, Ohio

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