Use computer to keep family history

Dear Heloise: Wishing to simplify the task of laebeling heirlooms but realizing the importance of keeping histories intact, I decided to begin a list on the computer.

Additions and corrections are simple, and extra copies are easy.

Here is an example: Chair and needlepoint cushion on a very old chair - rocked my mother, my brother, Justin, Brian, Sarah - I did the cover after resurrecting it. - Jean Pruett, Camden, S.C.

This is a wonderful way to let future generations know the history of something that is being passed down. - Heloise

Send a great hint to:


P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 210-HELOISE

Fast Facts

Here are five handy ways to reuse a coffee can:

Keep in the laundry room for lint from dryer.

Make into a child's piggy bank.

Put in shed or garage for nuts and bolts.

Store birdseed in it.

Use to scoop dry dog food.

- Heloise

Here are two hints from Char Ratzlow of Loves Park, Ill:

Shipping safely

I save all of the plastic zippered bags from comforters, mattress pads, etc., to pack items that I send to my adult children in Colorado. I place the filled bag in a cardboard shipping box, and off it goes.

The plastic protects the "goodies" from moisture, etc. All articles arrive safe and sound.

We recycle the bags by sending them back and forth.

Extra space

I placed a spring-loaded shower-curtain rod across the narrow end of my laundry room. This makes an excellent rack to dry items that cannot be put in the dryer.

When I am finished, I take it down and set it in the corner - out of the way until the next wash day rolls around.

Easy egg lid

Dear Heloise: I usually buy a dozen or more eggs before I run out. I place the new eggs in the bottom of the egg container. Then, I take the older eggs and put a large X (use a pencil - Heloise) on the end of the egg. This way, I know which eggs to use first. - Lee Cox, San Antonio

Sound off

Dear Heloise: Until manufacturers go back to 25 cents or 35 cents off on items they wish me to try, I will no longer cut coupons.

Now everyone seems to have gone to $1 off on two, three or four items - sometimes even five cans.

What if I don't like it or have no use for more than one can? Then I am stuck.

Wake up, manufacturers - the only people who buy multiples are those who have used your product, waited for a sale, then cashed in the extra coupon. - Virginia B. Pschirrer, Fairport, N.Y.

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