DEAR HELOISE: I love bird-watching. Any suggestions on how to attract more birds to my yard?
Patti In Mississippi
DEAR PATTI: Bird-watching is a wonderful way to start the day or spend an afternoon. According to the National Bird-Feeding Society, there are several things you can do to attract birds to your yard. Here are some of the suggestions:
Use several types of feeders and seed to attract more species.
Always have fresh water available. Choose a birdbath that is shallow and not slippery.
Try to reduce hazards such as window collisions and predators.
Offer alternative foods such as nectar, suet and fruits.
For more information, such as which plants are best, visit the National Bird Feeding Society website, www.birdfeeding.org. You also can print out a backyard bird checklist to keep track of the birds that visit your yard.
DEAR HELOISE: My family took a trip to the beach. Of course, the kids wanted to take pails, shovels and other toys with them. Those things can take up a lot of space. So instead, we found a dollar store when we arrived and purchased inexpensive toys there. The kids had a blast playing with them. When it was time to go, we passed them on to another family staying near us. They didn't cost a lot, so I didn't feel guilty about wasting money, and it saved precious packing space.
Anne In Kansas
DEAR HELOISE: In regard to identifying luggage, I have the usual black suitcase that everyone else seems to have. I bought some red duct tape and a marker, and wrote "All mine and no one else's" on the tape and put it on the front of the bag. I have yet to lose my luggage, and seeing my bag always makes people laugh and say: "What a good idea! Why didn't I think of that?"
Martha, via email
DEAR HELOISE: I have several metal candleholders that I received as gifts. They are very pretty and decorated with a floral motif.
Instead of putting new candles in them, I use them on my desk as organizers. One holds pens and pencils, another paper clips, etc. They go together nicely.
Andrea In Georgia
DEAR HELOISE: In a hurry and cannot fasten your bracelet? Insert a metal crochet hook (hook end) into the bracelet. Hold in place and use the other hand to firmly fasten the bracelet. Saves time and frustrations.
R.L.S., Fort Wayne, Ind.
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