DEAR HELOISE: I was distressed when an attorney informed me that my older pets could not be included as a part of the updating and finalizing of my will. But I was able to include (in the will),as a request, that my wishes be carried out concerning them. He stated that the request (their euthanasia and cremations at a specified facility) are not enforceable. He stated, “Who is going to check?”
Laws may vary from one state to another. My dinnerware will be bequeathed, but my beloved pets’ care and final resting place are considered only a request.
- Heartbroken in Texas
DEAR READER: You are a caring and loving pet owner. I hope my readers will stop and think about this and try to make plans for their pets. The Humane Society of the United States recommends that you have at least two friends or relatives willing and able to carry out your wishes. Provide them with your veterinarian’s information, keys to your home and care instructions for your pets before an emergency occurs, because pets need care every day.
DEAR HELOISE: I would appreciate an easy hint on how to clean my metal Venetian blinds.
- Norita A., Nebraska
DEAR READER: To give those blinds a really good cleaning, make a mixture of a fourth cup of laundry detergent, a scoop of oxygen cleaner and warm water in your bathtub. Take off the blinds (as long as they are metal) and soak them in the tub for about 30 minutes. Rinse and then hang to dry.
For a quick clean to remove dust, use an old sock and wipe away. Why not clean your windows while your blinds are soaking? Mix a solution of half a cup of vinegar with a half cup of water.Spray on your windows and wipe with newspaper.
DEAR HELOISE: I’m sure you are aware of the plastic key-chain fobs that grocery and convenience stores, etc., give out to be scanned for bonus points at purchases. To prolong their longevity, I laminate them.
- Timothy T., Harrisburg, Pa.
DEAR HELOISE: When we moved, our cat started jumping on our kitchen counters. We lined the countertops with foil, and she quickly learned her lesson.
- Melinda W. in Georgia Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email Heloise@Heloise.com
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