Dear Heloise: You might suggest to your vast readership that a WILL should be left with a close, trusted friend. I am only 46 years old and recently had an accident. The subsequent healing brought me to the revelation that my family had helped themselves to everything I owned, including my bank account, antiques, clothing and dog. They did all of these things immediately. I could go on and on. PLEASE, people, write a will so you know where everything is going to go. I found that it doesn’t matter how old you are. -- A.H. in Arkansas

P.S.: By the way, I sure do miss my dog, but not the family.

Oh my! I’m so sorry. Thank you for sharing your experience so hopefully this won’t happen to someone else. It’s tough to think about writing a will. Some people think they will never die; others don’t want to acknowledge that they may die; and some just never get around to it. So, dear readers, please think: “What would happen if I died?” Get something, anything (check what is appropriate for your state) in writing BEFORE something bad happens. Also, if you don’t have a trusted friend, an attorney can keep the will for you. -- Heloise

P.S.: Tear out this column and put it somewhere to remind you to get a will!


Dear Heloise: We refurnished and decorated our children’s room. The furniture had been passed down and was in poor condition. We took the drawers out of a broken chest and painted them. My husband attached wheels, and we placed them under the kids’ beds. They store toys in the drawers and can roll them in and out. -- Jamie S. in Texas


Dear Heloise: A reader shared a hint about getting a wireless doorbell for use by a bedridden relative. I got one for use by my mom, who has health challenges. I also bought a baby monitor. One unit is plugged in her room. I keep the other in the living room.

If I am in the basement or out back, I take the unit with me (I can clip it onto my pants). I keep the volume on only if I need to hear what’s going on. This way, if she needs me, she just rings the doorbell, and I can talk to her from wherever I am without having to go to check on her. -- J.J., via e-mail


Dear Heloise: When you tear off a piece of tape, duct tape, masking tape, etc., always fold one of the corners over just a little bit. The next time you use it, it will be easy to find where the end is and pull off what you need. It’s a real timesaver. -- James H. in Texas


Dear Heloise: I found another use for reeds for scent diffusers. When the liquid is gone, I put the reeds in the trunk of my car. My trunk smells great. -- Debby, via e-mail

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