Dear Heloise: After losing our 12-year-old, much-loved cat, my daughter surprised me with a 6-week-old KITTEN.

I brought “my” kitten home after being spayed and microchipped. The instructions were to try to keep her from jumping. To keep her from trying to leap on and off the bed, I placed a two-step stepstool next to one side of the bed. I only needed to show her once how to walk up and down, and she has been using it ever since. This is a good hint for other pet owners whose pets are sick or are recovering from surgery. -- L.W., via e-mail

Glad your “stray” found a good home! Meow, meow! -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Debbie K., via computer tablet, sent a picture of her two King Charles Cavalier dogs, Sophie and Rosie, giving each other kisses. Debbie calls it “sisterly love.” To see Sophie and Rosie’s picture, go to and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I recently purchased a large bag of coffee beans at a local big-box store. As I left, I forgot to grind the beans in their grinder. Realizing that it would take forever to grind with my little coffee grinder, I used my food processor’s short metal blade and was able to grind the coffee to just the way we like. -- Jackie H. in Texas

I’ve done the same thing when I received some coffee beans as a gift. I used my blender, and it did the job. Coffee is such a tasty drink, with so many types to choose from and different ways to flavor it. I start my day with a cup or two and wrote a pamphlet about coffee! Heloise’s Flavored Coffees and Teas is filled with delicious recipes and fun facts. To receive one, send $3 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Coffee & Tea, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Remember, put leftover coffee grounds in the trash or out in the compost pile, but NEVER down the garbage disposal! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Another idea for parents taking children to amusement parks, zoos, etc.: If the child is given a wristband, write your cellphone number on it. If not, make sure the child knows the number. If the child is separated from the parents, she should look for another mother with children and ask that mom to call the parents. We always say to find an employee, but often they’re not readily accessible or are busy. There always are mothers around who will help. A friend’s pediatrician recommended this. -- Grandmother of Seven, via e-mail


Dear Heloise: After replacing a TV remote control (iced tea was spilled on it) I came up with an idea that works: Wrap your remote controls in plastic wrap, and they will be safe from any spills. -- Helen B. in Florida

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