Dear Readers: VALENTINE’S DAY is just around the corner, and there is no better way to show your valentine he or she is loved than by sending a specially postmarked card. Loveland, Colo., is celebrating the 67th anniversary of its world-renowned valentine remailing program this year.

Each year, Loveland (also known as “The Sweetheart City”) holds a contest to select a winning design and verse that will be featured on the stamp for the year. The city’s 60 volunteers hand-stamp more than 160,000 cards from all 50 states and 110 countries.

If you would like this special Valentine’s Day stamp, address and stamp each card (46 cents for standard cards). Place all of the valentines (include one for yourself) into a large, first-class envelope addressed to: Postmaster, Attention: Valentines, 446 E. 29th St, Loveland, CO 80538-9998.

For your valentines to make it in time, they must be received in Loveland by Feb. 8 if sending within the United States. (Foreign cards need to be received no later than Feb. 4.)

Looking for a different postmark? Try Romance, Ark. (72136), Valentine, Neb. (69201), Loving, N.M. (88256), Darling, Miss. (38623) or Bliss, N.Y. (14024). Just place all cards in a large envelope and address it to: Postmaster, Valentine Remailing and the city of your choice. -- Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



Dear Heloise: The last time my husband and I went on a trip, my luggage ended up being “misplaced” for the first day of our trip. We eventually got it, but I was without fresh clothes for a day. Now when we go on a trip, I pack an outfit in his suitcase and he packs one of his in mine. That way, if something should happen to one of our bags again, we at least have one fresh change of clothes. -- A Reader, via email


Dear Heloise: I came up with an idea regarding window air-conditioner units and pool noodles. We had a gap on either side of our unit, as well as a small gap at the bottom. I came up with the idea of using a pool noodle to fix it. Just measure and cut the length you need for each side, and because they are foam, you can squish them in, and they form a great seal. Works perfectly, and with the fact that they are less than $2, it was a cheap fix. -- M.E. in Ohio


Dear Heloise: I saw that you gave certain commands for PC users on how to cut, paste, copy, etc. You forgot a very important one, which I use all the time:

Ctrl + Z is to undo an action.

It’s very important to someone who may have accidentally deleted something. I’ve done it before and was mad because I didn’t know the command. -- Edward, via e-mail


Dear Readers: Here is a quick hint when buttoning up a shirt: Start at the bottom, and you are sure to match up the buttons every time. -- Heloise

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

, King Features Syndicate