LITTLE ROCK DEAR HELOISE: Have old photos that are not memorable enough for an album? Buy a package of blank folding card stock and envelopes at a crafts store. Cut the photos, if necessary, to the folded dimensions of the card. You have instant high-quality note cards for all occasions at a fraction of the cost of store-bought greeting cards or note cards.
- A Reader, via e-mail
DEAR HELOISE: People would stop by my desk at work and “borrow” my pen and never return it. I only use pens that have tops (no clicker ones), and I keep the top. Very few people walk off with a pen without a top. This has served me well for many years.
- Faye A., Silver Spring, Md.
DEAR HELOISE: I have four ceiling fans, each with three to four glass light shades, and three vanity light shades in my half-bath.
Every couple of months, I place them in the top rack of the dishwasher and run them through a short cycle with dishwasher detergent. They come out sparkling.
Note: This is not for thin glass, only heavy glass shades.
- Rhonda Therrien, Manchester, N.H.
DEAR HELOISE: I found the perfect tool for opening a jar, no matter the size: the oil-filter wrench (plastic and rubber type) from the garage. It doesn’t get used; we no longer change our own oil. The adjustable rubber band makes a perfect grip for the lids. Just make sure you wash after you steal it out of the garage.
- C.P., Chesterton, Ind.
DEAR HELOISE: I work in furniture sales and delivery. My delivery men sometimes are asked to remove their shoes at houses. This is a very dangerous request.
More often than not, these are heavy, awkward, large pieces. Slippery socks on bare floors and exposed (not protected) toes are a bad combination, not to mention possible damage to the house. Please go with secure floor covering, and do not subject these men to injury.
- C.M., via e-mail
DEAR HELOISE: I like to have a wastebasket by my bed, but it usually was in the way and unattractive. My new wastebasket is a gift bag that hangs from the bedside table knob.
- Doris, via e-mail
Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or e-mail Heloise@Heloise.com
Style, Pages 30 on 01/29/2013
Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS