DEAR READERS: A lot of people travel for the holidays and bring gifts and food with them. Here are just a couple of friendly reminders about flying with wrapped packages, from the transportation Security Administration:
When it comes to food, the same rules apply as the rules for liquids. If it's more than 3.4 ounces, it needs to be put in checked baggage or shipped ahead of time. This includes jams, creamy dips, sauces, etc.
Wrapped gifts are allowed in your checked baggage, but realize that if your bag is searched, TSA officers may and are allowed to unwrap the package. Plan to wrap gifts upon arrival, or ship them ahead of time.
I hope these hints come in handy, and I wish everyone safe travel this holiday season!
P.S.: Please don't fuss at TSA officers if your family's favorite homemade salad dressing must be confiscated from your carry-on bag.
DEAR READERS: Did you know that when you delete a file on the computer, it may not automatically delete? It is temporarily moved to the computer's recycle or trash bin. This is so you can recover a file that might have been accidentally deleted. Here are some hints about a computer's recycle bin:
To recover files from the recycle bin, double-click on the recycle-bin icon. Find the file you are looking for. Right-click on the file and select "Restore."
To permanently delete files from the recycle bin, first open it. There will be an option on the toolbar to "Empty the Recycle Bin." Select this option, and all files will be permanently deleted. (Be sure to look over the files first and make sure there is nothing worth saving.)
DEAR HELOISE: I purchased a wrist support to help when using my computer mouse. It wasn't much good for its intended use my wrist kept slipping off. I returned it and noticed a carwash sponge at the same store for $1. The sponge is about 6 inches by 9 inches and is covered with a very soft and fluffy woollike fabric. It works great!
Doug In Louisiana
DEAR HELOISE: I repurposed my 4-year-old grandson's diaper pail. He and his mom live with us, and the bathroom they share was always littered with his tub toys. I got some decals from the hardware store and decorated the white-lidded pail with ocean creatures. It has a pop-up lid, and when the bath ends, he shoots the toys into the pail like basketballs. The toys can drain and be ready for the next oceanic adventure.
Deb In Indiana
DEAR HELOISE: If you don't have enough room outdoors for a potting shed, use an old adjustable ironing board. It can easily be stored just about anywhere, is easy to set up at the level you need and can be cleaned off easily.
Dottie In Florida
DEAR HELOISE: I recently forgot a load of towels in the washer for a couple of days, and now they smell like mildew. Please tell me how I can get rid of this awful smell.
DEAR READER: This happens a lot, and you're not alone! To get rid of the smell, rewash the towels in hot water with a normal amount of laundry detergent and 1/2 cup of baking soda or washing soda (you can find it in the laundry aisle). Then put the towels into the dryer ASAP. Also, use a low heat setting for a longer time. You may need to repeat the process if they're still not fresh.
DEAR READERS: Other uses for clean cloth diapers:
As a burp cloth.
As a towel in the garage.
Use to wash the car.
As a cleaning rag around the house.
Keep in a car for spills, etc.
DEAR HELOISE: I have a handicap parking pass and use a cane. Shopping was a problem walking to get a shopping cart with the cane, putting the cane into the cart, trying not to hit things with the cane, etc. Finally, I realized that I should park not in handicap places, but next to the shopping-cart corral. I no longer need the cane, since the shopping cart is like a walker on wheels; I get just a little bit more exercise.
DEAR HELOISE: I moved into an apartment that had a funky smell, so I put a clip-on air freshener for the car on my box fan and turned it on to circulate the air. Magically, the smell was gone.
DEAR HELOISE: I have a large houseplant that has a lot of stems and is hard to get to for watering. Solution: Use a turkey baster. Works great for getting in between all of the stems.