I know the world can be a very cold place at times, but in a crisis it warms my heart to know that I can count on the kindness of my neighbors and friends. We may not be a perfect country, but in a crisis we work together and in doing so we strengthen our unity and become a better country.
– Shirley N., Helotes, Tex.
Dear readers: Here are some additional uses for these silica gel sachets:
● Place in a letterbox to avoid humidity.
● In a store drawer where you keep nails, bolts, etc.
● In plastic bags where you store winter clothes and blankets.
Dear Héloïse, I learned the difficult way to protect my dishes when I move. The movers told me they usually recommend a plastic shelf liner, cut into squares and placed between the plates. Coffee filters work well too, as do paper plates, but never ship your china without something to cushion your dishes. I thought since we were moving just 11 miles from our old house to a new location everything would be safe. I was wrong!
Dear Héloïse, My husband always laughs at me because I buy paper plates for all kinds of things, not just picnics. I use them to catch spills under a soup bowl, under the dog’s water bowl, as a spoon and more. Then I throw it in the trash when it’s done.
– Jeannie K., Elmdale, Ind.
Dear Héloïse, It won’t be long before we enjoy strawberries again. If you want to extend the life of your berries, place them in a plastic container lined with paper towels (before washing or corking them) and place a paper towel between the layers of berries in the container. plastic. Seal the container with an airtight lid and place in the refrigerator. They will last a few more days.
– Patsy G., Eau Claire, Wis.
Dear Héloïse, I didn’t know how to close a big bag of crisps while on vacation last winter. I started looking through the drawers and found a three inch paper clip that worked well to keep the food bags closed. Now I use them at home all the time.
– Jo Ann P., Skokie, Ill.
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