Dear Heloise: Many parents find it hard to throw away their children’s artwork because it keeps piling up in boxes or filing cabinets. When my kids were in their thirties, I decided to hang some of their pieces in my garage. Every day after work I drove into the garage for smiles and wonderful memories. My children appreciated so much that mom keeps these memories.
Plus, I had one piece from each child matted and professionally framed. A very good summary of a 4-year-old is prominently displayed in my living room, and one that is a collection of little drawings and loving words for mom is in my studio. —Beverly Carr, Ottawa, Ohio
The birds are knocking on the windows
Dear Heloise: A magnificent male Scarlet Tanager crashed into our large window and died. The very next day, another magnificent male Scarlet Tanager crashed into the same window and luckily survived. We decided we had to do something.
One idea I found online was to hang reflective metal discs in front of the window. We hung aluminum pie pans, but we didn’t like the look and noise the pans made hitting the window. Instead of pans, we hung patriotic windsocks in front of the windows and that did the trick. Not only do we celebrate the great country we live in, but the windsocks are nice and quiet and protect our beautiful birds. — Diana Coulthard, North Tazewell, Virginia
Keep windshield and windows frost-free
Dear readers: If you must leave your vehicle outside in cold weather, here’s how to keep those windows free of ice and frost. Coat the windshield, side and rear windows with a mixture of three parts vinegar to one part water. That works!
Vinegar is such a useful and safe household product, especially for cleaning, deodorizing and cooking. My six-page brochure on the uses of vinegar is a must-have. You can get a copy by visiting www.heloise.com or by sending $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, PO Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. — Heloise
Trap flying insects
Dear Héloïse: I keep my porch door open wide enough for Bernie, the dog, to access the porch. If a bee or other flying insect is trapped on the porch, I pick it up in the butterfly net of a child’s toy and release the insect from the porch. — Mary H., Arlington, Virginia
Update contact details
Dear Heloise: Be sure to keep an up-to-date contact card in your ticket wallet as names, addresses and phone numbers change.
My friend has become a widow. Three weeks later, she had a heart attack while driving. Authorities have struggled to locate relatives with a different last name. —Mary Daugherty, Springfield, Illinois
Mary, this is important information. Make sure all your contact information – and that of your family members – is up to date to protect you and your family, especially in an emergency. — Heloise
Dear readers: Cathy M. from Long Island, NY, sent in a photo of her 13-year-old pug Teddy, cautiously taking a walk outside in cool weather. Teddy likes to eat vegetables and fish. He also likes to rub his face in the grass.
To see Teddy and our other Pet Pals, go to Heloise.com and click on “Pet of the week”. — Heloise
— Send a good hint to: Heloise, PO Box 7950000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000; fax: 1-210-HELOISE; email Heloise@Heloise.com.