Dear Heloise: I read in the newspaper a reference to FAMILY PICTURES and would like to suggest an additional point.
I am our family’s genealogist, and I have borrowed some of my cousins’ pictures and scanned them into my computer. I created files, arranged them in chronological order by black-and-white and then color. After, I copied the files onto flash drives and returned the pictures, as well as the flash drives. Now we all have a collection of family photos that we didn’t have before. This has brought our relationships closer in spite of the long distances. Hope you can use this suggestion. -- John Valdez, via e-mail
I’m happy to print your excellent hint, and a big hug to you for doing all of the work! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I read your column every day in the paper and also in Good Housekeeping. I actually keep a file of all your hints that I find helpful.
I have many magazines that I would like to donate, but I don’t know where to take them. Can you suggest venues? Most of them are home, remodeling and fashion magazines. -- Lucille C. in San Antonio
Lucille, there are many places that will accept the magazines. You will need to call to double-check that they want them and if they have any specific needs or wants.
Here are some places to check:
* Grade-school, high-school or college art departments or classes.
* Ask family, friends or co-workers, who may want them for crafts.
If current copies:
* Nursing or assisted-living homes.
* Ask the reference desk at the library.
Hopefully, one of these places will be happy to receive the magazines you have. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: Recently, my husband, David, installed a garage-door opener. We found out that our wired 10-button box on the outside and the button inside of the garage door were not compatible with the new opener. We wanted an additional switch on the inside door frame.
Dave came up with the idea to put self-gripping tape on one of the remote controls and attach it to the inside of the door frame. We can get in the garage and immediately hit the button to close the garage door. He made it so easy. -- Alice in Youngstown, Ohio
AN UNDIE LAUGH
Dear Heloise: I had to laugh at an item suggesting accounting for all undies in the laundry, lest they fall out conspicuously later.
I had a similar experience years ago. Just a few days after my husband and I got married and I did our laundry for the first time, my husband and his father went on an errand together. As they were walking out in public, a pair of pink undies fell from my husband’s clothes — there were a couple of guys with pink faces! -- Linda, via e-mail
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