Dear Readers: Wow! Are my readers super! A reader had a problem: How to FRAME A PUZZLE? Here are just a few of the hints you shared:

Elaine in Alabama wrote: “You can find tons of good frames, all kinds and all sizes, at thrift stores. Some will be empty, and some will have pictures in them. Just take out the pictures. They will be very inexpensive.” (I agree! -- Heloise)

Frank in Arkansas wrote: “Find a carpenter, as they always have a lot of scraps left over. They have saws and could cut pieces at the end of the day. Buy glue at the hardware store to finish. Use books as weights to hold pieces in place while glue sets.”

Marillyn in Texas wrote: “After assembling, coat the front of the puzzle with glue (Heloise here: They make special glue for puzzles, or use any that dries clear) and slide a squeegee or plastic ruler over the puzzle to work the glue into puzzle pieces. It will dry clear. After it has dried, turn the puzzle over and repeat the process on the back. Cut a piece of poster board to fit, and glue in place.”

Marie, via e-mail, wrote: “Picture frames do not come in the sizes that puzzles are made in. Buy a frame that is larger and use pretty paper or pieces of fabric to cover the edges where the backing shows.”

All of these are great hints! Thanks for writing in! -- Heloise



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Dear Heloise: When my husband passed, there were so many friends and family who signed the guest book. However, I couldn’t read 90 percent of the names. Sign your name, but also print it. -- Sue, via fax

Sue, I am sorry for your loss, and you are so kind to write with this hint. This time in anyone’s life is difficult enough. One should not have to worry about trying to read an unreadable name. Also, with sympathy cards, please include your last name — there are a lot of Johns and Janes out there. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Whenever we travel on a getaway trip via car, we appreciate the motels that accommodate us with a coffee machine and coffee. But for some reason, the water from the tap doesn’t taste right. Now when we travel, we take our own bottled water, and our coffee brews deliciously. -- Sally F. in Texas

Love the coffee machines in a hotel room, but you are right! Sometimes the water is just fine; other times, in some cities or older hotels, well, it’s not. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: My street does not have much light except porch lights. To help guests find my house whenever I have a get-together, I change the light bulb in the porch light to a different color, like blue or green.

When I give directions, I tell people to look for the house with the blue porch light. It helps them find my house more easily. -- Olive in Orlando, Fla.

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