Dear Readers: I recently spoke to Arthur G. of Otisville, N.Y., regarding a nice letter he sent to me about my column. As we were talking, I asked him for a hint that he could share.
He said that it is a long way to the end of his driveway, where TRASH IS PICKED UP. Rather than drag the bags all the way there, he puts the trash bag either in the car or on top of the trunk and then drives it all the way to the end of the driveway, which is more than 600 yards away.
This is such a great idea, and what a back saver! Readers, what do you think? Do you have any inventive solutions for this problem? Write and let me know! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: Mom’s camera never, ever flashed the first time she tried to use it at family get-togethers when light was needed to take a low-light picture, thereby missing many candid shots. The last time she had that problem, she mentioned that new batteries had been put in a few weeks before.
I took out the batteries, wiped the ends clean and put them back in, and the camera still flashed months later. This works on most gadgets that have batteries, even rechargeable ones. -- Linda E., Pekin, Ill.
Dear Heloise: I recently had to have my beagle Hillary put to sleep. She was 15 years old. When I was removing her collar, her dog tags jingled. I thought it would be a great way to remember her by stringing her tags with fishing line and adding them to a wind chime. Now I still will hear her tags jangle, just as when she was alive. -- Sue W., New Bloomfield, Pa.
My sincere sympathy on the loss of your pet. It is always so hard to lose a loved member of the family. Great idea of keeping happy memories with the wind chime. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I have a hint that I hope you can use. My daughter tried it, and she said, “Mom, you should send that hint to Heloise.”
When you buy coffee in the large cans, here is a good way to pour the coffee out and into a nice container that sits next to your coffeemaker: Take off the lid, but do not remove the foil. Instead, take a small knife, poke a hole in the middle of the foil and cut out the foil on top like you would a piece of pie. The smaller the pie cut, the smaller the pouring spout. It works and saves coffee-ground spills. -- Dee R., via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I broke my glass microwave turntable and couldn’t find a new one to buy. I found one at a thrift store. So, don’t ever throw away the glass turntable — donate it! -- Pene F., via e-mail
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