Dear Heloise: After an airline trip, I was in the PARKING GARAGE and happened to notice a woman taking a photo (with her cellphone) of the number and letter of the parking space.

I thought this was a wonderful idea, as I have gotten lost in a parking garage, and it took several hours to finally find my car! -- Jamie T. in Illinois

This is a favorite hint in Heloise Central! It works in all kinds of situations, like stadiums, shopping at outlet malls, amusement parks and college campuses. -- Heloise

Dear Heloise: I remember reading in your column the Heloise Vienna Coffee recipe. Can you please reprint it? -- Frankie Ellen, Mayflower, Ark.

Frankie Ellen, I would be happy to reprint this often-asked-for Heloise recipe. To make it, you will need:

* 1/2 cup instant coffee granules

* 2/3 cup granulated sugar (or sugar substitute)

* 2/3 cup powdered milk or coffee creamer (nonfat can be used)

* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together and store in a container with a tightfitting lid. To make a cup, fill a 6- to 8-ounce mug with boiling water and 2 tablespoons of the flavored coffee. With cooler weather, a cup of hot coffee or tea sounds delicious, doesn’t it? For more exotic mixes, send $3 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Coffee and Tea, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. You also can add a pinch of nutmeg or allspice for a different taste. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I’ve been a fan and avid reader of your column, and now I can add my two cents:

1. When cleaning lampshades, I found that using a sticky lint roller does an excellent job of picking up the dust, dirt and pet hairs that seem to continuously float in the air. It certainly beats using a brush or vacuum attachment, and with no scattering of the dust.

2. My husband wears only black socks (always the same brand), and it’s impossible to match old with new when laundering them. Now I use colored thread to sew a few stitches at the heel of each pair of socks. Every three-pack has a different color. Makes matching those black socks very easy. I hope you find these hints useful.

-- Linnea Shuping, Carrollton, Tex.


Dear Heloise: To keep kids busy, I find craft projects for them. I found a box filled with small seashells we had discovered at the beach during our summer vacation. I came up with the idea of making them into magnets for the fridge.

We washed the shells, bought small, round magnets and, using my glue gun, we glued magnets onto all of the shells. Every time I see the shells, it reminds me of our wonderful vacation! -- Wendy S., Pueblo, Colo.

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