Dear Readers: This is a follow-up to a column where we asked for handy ways to use a wicker basket. Take a few minutes to read through these suggestions -- there are some really good hints:
Vivian Munson of Billings, Mont., writes, "I use a basket for my workout exercise tapes, wrist weights, talcum powder and hand towel."
Susan Klug of Green Mountain Falls, Colo., writes: "I live in a two-story home, and I have a 1-year-old. I keep a basket downstairs with a couple of diapers and wipes. That way, I don't always have to go upstairs when my son needs to be changed."
Marion Brown of Rochester, N.Y., says: "I keep a small white basket on my kitchen counter for car keys. I have everyone trained that when they come in, the car keys go in the basket. No more hunting for keys."
Sheri Johnson, Via E-mail, sent this: "I keep a rectangular wicker basket by the piano for all the music that is used most often that won't fit in our overflowing piano bench."
Lynne Becker of Colorado Springs, Colo., says, "My cat sleeps in a basket lined with cozy fabric."
Diane Funk of Kirksville, Mo., writes: "I put a pretty tea towel in one and place warm rolls in it to serve with meals. Use a towel large enough to cover them (keeps them warm longer)."
Lillian B. Lehmann of Lebanon, N.J., says: "I keep one on top of a bookcase to collect all the charge slips. Then when I go to tally up and check the bill, they are all in one place."
Dear Heloise: I read the hint in your column about transporting a flower vase home from work. I take a box (the kind that paper reams come in), cut a hole in the bottom (big enough for the vase to fit through), turn the box upside down and set the vase in it. The vase needs to be taller than the box after the box is turned upside down. Works great. -- Kathy Goodrich, Rapid City, S.D.
Dear Heloise: I mailed a card on Monday from San Antonio to Denver. On Friday, I got it back saying 11 cents postage due. It was a square card, and according to the post office, it was 1/4 inch too tall.
Why would the greeting-card companies not trim off 1/4 inch from their cards or else put on their envelopes the amount of postage required?
When I asked the post office where the card had been for four days, a representative said that it probably went to Denver, and that was where the postage was noticed.
Perhaps you can suggest that greeting-card companies resolve this situation. -- Gloria Travis, Via Fax
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