Dear Heloise: A wonderful assistant at my eye doctor’s office gave me a small bottle of lens cleaner and an eyeglass-cleaning cloth. She suggested I keep them both at work, instead of at home, and that I should CLEAN MY GLASSES every day while at work.

I have made a routine where I clean my glasses daily at work before I eat lunch, and now I have clean eyeglasses (at least) five days a week!

Also, by having this new routine, I take my daily medicine at work at the same time. I had sometimes been forgetting to take my pills, but now I just make myself a priority every workday, right before lunch. -- Linda R., Columbus, Ohio

Linda, marvelous! A new positive routine is the perfect way to take care of yourself. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Shawna from San Antonio sent in a picture of her 12-year-old corgi mix, Corkie, having a quiet moment lying on the bed. Shawna rescued Corkie from the Humane Society after her previous owner abandoned the dog. That owner’s loss was certainly Shawna’s gain! To see beautiful Corkie and our other Pet Pals, visit and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Some people may like to sneak their dogs a treat from the table now and then. A lot of foods are okay for an occasional treat, but here is a list of just a few foods NEVER to give your pet:

* Avocados: They contain a fatty acid, called persin, that is known to be toxic to animals.

* Cherries, plums, peaches and apricots: The leaves, stems and seeds contain a cyanidelike compound that can lead to difficulty breathing and shock.

* Chocolate: It contains two stimulants, caffeine and theobromine, and is very high in fat.

Always check with your veterinarian about what snacks to feed your dog. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: A hint for when you go to the dentist: Keep lipstick and gloss to a minimum, and wipe it off for the treatment. Guys, keep facial hair neatly trimmed. Please brush your teeth before the appointment, and skip onions and garlic before an appointment, too. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Those pesky cards that fall out of your magazines make great emergency dustpans. Use one to corral crumbs that fall to the floor, and sweep powdered detergent onto one in the utility room.

Also, make the cat litter last another day by doing a quick pickup job there with a card! -- Ruth in Waco, Tex.


Dear Heloise: I have an easy way to carry full reusable grocery bags from the grocery store. When I get home from shopping, I put one over each shoulder, and one in each hand. I can carry four bags of groceries at one time. The heavy bags feel much lighter on the shoulder than in your hands. -- Rosary G., Plantation, Fla.

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