Dear Heloise: Here is a reason to NOT BURN CANDLES ALL THE WAY DOWN: I was reading in bed and burning down the last of a small candle that was already sputtering out. I was getting drowsy and thought I’d just let the candle burn itself out. So, I went to sleep.
I woke up when I heard a whoosh of air and saw my lampshade engulfed in flames, which were licking the bottom of my drapes! I don’t remember how I put the fire out, but I sure counted myself lucky. I have never again left a candle to burn itself out! -- Karen M. in Indiana
Yikes! You are very, very lucky! This happens more than you want to know. Thank you for writing to remind my readers that candles are wonderful for ambience and aroma, but they must be used correctly.
Our friends at the National Candle Association urge people who love candles (as millions of us do) NOT to burn them near anything that may catch fire. Please take notice of drapes, lampshades, bedding, books, a stack of magazines, etc. Do NOT let a candle burn out! To be safe, put out the candle when there is 2 inches of wax left, or 1 / 2 inch if it is in a container. -- Heloise
P.S.: My favorite is a lavender candle that I use when taking a relaxing bubble bath!
Dear Heloise: As a mother of four sons and grandmother of four, I put photos of the grandkids on their Christmas presents. I make copies or print them out. The kids have a blast looking for their pictures. I use funny ones, or ones from when they were babies or much younger than they are now. It’s great for kids who can’t read. -- Janice N. in Florida
Dear Heloise: I was laid off and had to redo my resume. It had been years since I had looked for a job. I started from the bottom (first job to last job). If sending out many applications and resumes, make a large resume that lists everything, from work to hobbies, etc., but NEVER send this out. It is nice to look at this and choose which information is best-suited for each of the jobs you are applying for. You can cut and paste to make the perfect resume for each. -- A Reader, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: When a screw falls out of your eyeglasses, grab the wire tie from a bread bag. Strip off the paper so only the wire remains, and thread it through the hole in the glasses. This will hold it until you have time for a more permanent solution. -- Aaron K. in Indiana
Dear Heloise: I save my plastic cleaning-wipe containers and store my produce bags in them. It’s very convenient, and the area under my sink is much more organized. -- Samantha K., via e-mail