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Dear Readers: Meet Maddie, a frosty-faced, 15-year-old diva dog from Connecticut. She’s a Chihuahua and spoiled silly, sleeps under the covers, loves vanilla ice cream and sunbathing on the deck, but she hates riding in the car!
Dear Heloise: I read your column in the Villages Daily Sun. It has lots of good ideas. I’d like to add a few:
● I put a dryer sheet in an empty suitcase to keep it from smelling musty.
● If I don’t have much food in the freezer, I fill clean juice bottles part way with water and freeze. This can help keep the freezer from working too hard, and in a power outage, it keeps the food frozen longer.
● I never keep my house key with my car keys for safety.
● I use distilled water in my steam iron. It won’t clog.
● I do breast self-exams in the shower when I’m soapy. I can feel any anomalies. I was a mammography technician.
Dear Heloise: When I pull a roast out of the freezer to thaw, I put it on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator. If it’s on an upper shelf, raw juices can drip down onto other items in the fridge.
Dear Heloise: I’m tired of hearing the phrase “an unplanned litter of puppies or kittens.” If you didn’t spay or neuter your pet, you’ve essentially planned for this litter.
Dear Heloise: I have another way to remove a permanent marker from glass. Go over the permanent marker writing with a dry erase marker and wipe with a clean cloth. It works! Thanks for all the great hints!
— Debbie Fajnor, via email
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