Dear Heloise: If you have ever had the frustration of trying to DESCRIBE A NOISE that doesn't belong in your car, or if the car stops making the noise right at the door to the service garage, do this:
Put fresh batteries and a tape in a small cassette recorder, and when the car makes the noise, record it. Go to the service garage and play the noise for the mechanic. This also works for major appliances! -- Matt Madden, Via E-mail
You will never get caught unprepared again, and thanks for e-mailing your hint. Please be sure to include your name (if you don't want it printed, just tell us), city and state when you e-mail so we can include them with your hint or question. Our reader s enjoy seeing where the hints come from. -- Heloise
A MEMORY SHARED
Dear Heloise: Some time back, you asked for memories of you or your mother from long ago. I am 43 years old, and I used to read your mother's household hints in our newspaper.
My mother (also a faithful reader) used to mention that Heloise said that if you had company coming, not to bother to clean all the edges of the rooms, just the middle.
As long as I can remember, my mother referred to this as "Heloise's middle."
I hope this gives you as many smiles as it does me. Thanks for carrying on your mother's work. -- Linda Ramsey, Staunton, Va.
I'm laughing because I still do the same thing. I pick up the big chunks and don't fret about the dust bunnies in the corners. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I have discovered two small tricks that make life easier for people with arthritic hands:
Those slippery fingernail and toenail clippers work much easier with a rubber band wrapped round and round the handle.
I put mouthwash in an empty pop-top water bottle -- no more unscrewing those protective, puzzling bottle tops day after day after day. -- M.L.M., Via Fax
WHERE THINGS ARE
Dear Heloise: One of your readers wrote that because she had trouble remembering where she put things, she kept a list of "where things are" on her word processor. Your addendum suggested that she save this list under a password.
Heloise, really, if she can't remember where she puts things, how is she going to remember the password? -- M.N. Lamb, Via E-mail
Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000 or fax it to 210-HELOISE. I can't answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.
)2001 by King Features Syndicate Inc.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.