Dear Heloise: We have deep INDENTATIONS IN OUR CARPET after we moved several pieces of furniture, and we need to know how to restore these areas. -- Alice, via e-mail

Alice, here are a few options to try on the carpet:

Take a spray bottle and fill it with warm water. Spray the areas of carpet until they are damp. With a hair dryer, blow warm air over the area while fluffing up the carpet with your fingers.

You also can place an ice cube in each dent. Let the ice slowly melt, and fluff the fibers every so often with your fingers.

A steam iron or clothes steamer might work as well. Just be careful, and never touch the carpet with the iron. -- Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



Dear Readers: Other uses for a plastic gum container:

* Decorate and use as a small vase.

* Add water, freeze and use in an ice chest.

* Keep in a car to hold change.

* Use as a water cup for small pets.

* Use as a pencil-and-pen cup.

Do you recycle plastic gum containers, or any plastic containers? Write and tell me what you do with them. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I have five children who are now long past the toddler stage, but I still remember what it is like to have an antsy toddler in a restaurant.

The problem, as I see it, is that you use up all of a toddler’s good behavior while waiting for your food. My solution to this is to take him or her for a walk after you order your food.

Obviously, keeping out of the way of employees and other diners is a priority, but mothers of toddlers are used to thinking on their feet.

Even the most kid-unfriendly restaurant has a parking lot. Standing on the sidewalk and discussing car colors can use up a few minutes. I always tried to get back to the table just when the food arrived. My toddler usually would be ready to eat quietly, and I would be able to enjoy my meal. -- April, via e-mail


Dear Heloise: Having the misfortune of experiencing a fall that resulted in a fractured wrist, I got a wonderful hint from my doctor’s nurse for using a product designed for one use, but in a new way. It’s the plastic wrap that is self-sticking. Three turns around my plaster cast, and I am completely waterproof in the shower. No more struggling with plastic garbage bags and tape. -- Dar in Indiana


Dear Heloise: I live in a neighborhood with very narrow streets and no curbs.

Often when driving, I encounter another car and have to move to the right side as far as I can. It is very frustrating when the other car does not do the same. I end up getting run off into someone’s yard just so the other car can drive down the center of the road. Be polite, move over, and we both can get through. -- Abigail in Texas

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