Dear Heloise: My CELLPHONE recently stopped working correctly, and it just kept turning on and off and on and off. I knew I should take it to the phone store, but I didn’t have time.
So, I went online and typed in the make and model of my phone and what it was doing wrong. My phone provider had a page that gave me an option to try before having to take it in for repair. I tried the method, step by step, and my phone came right back up! I haven’t had a problem, except that it didn’t save my contacts — ugh! -- A.R. in Washington, D.C.
Glad you were able to fix your phone without leaving home!
Sorry that you lost the contacts. It is important to save the contacts to your SIM (subscriber identity module). If the phone malfunctions, you may be able to retrieve the contacts. Also, check with your carrier to see if it can offer any suggestions on recovery so you don’t have to enter them all back in.
You also can back up your contacts on your computer to have them saved for just a case like this. -- Heloise
Aloha, Heloise: I have enjoyed your column for many years and would like to share a hint with you. I have several of the padded, satin hangers, but my clothes kept slipping off. I wrapped a rubber band (the thicker, the better) on each end of the hanger, and no more slipping! Aloha and Mahalo! -- Jackie Walden, Maui, Hawaii
Aloha, Jackie, and I do like this hint. Those hangers are nice, but things do seem to slip! How is lovely Maui? I have very fond memories of happy visits there, including a speech for a teachers group! Mahalo! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I am laughing at the hint about using a rake to hold necklaces! It may work, but it is sooo goofy!
I mounted a small, decorative curtain rod in my closet. Then I hung my necklaces from it, grouping colors together. Now when I need a certain-color necklace to go with my outfit, I can tell at a glance where it is and see the choices in length.
My next project is to install one for my bracelets. -- Linda W., Helena, Ala.
Linda, it’s just the “head” of an old rake, painted and mounted on the wall. It would work for scarves, belts, hats and leashes, etc. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: A reader suggested using foil balloons as a background for scrapbooks or photo albums. I’d like to caution that using any product that is not acid-free may be harmful to photos over time if they are mounted directly onto the balloon.
Bordering the photos on acid-free paper before mounting on the balloon would act as a barrier between the two. -- L.J. in California