Dear Heloise: I have a hint for you concerning sending condolences for deaths in families.
When my father-in-law passed away, we received a lot of floral arrangements and plants. The one arrangement that I remember the most was a basket of floral stationery, envelopes, thank-you cards and stamps — all the items had a floral theme. The card read: "We thought that this basket of flowers would be more useful."
I have used this idea for baby showers, weddings and housewarmings. Just pick the appropriate theme for the occasion. I also added address labels that I printed on my computer.
These baskets are usually well-received and something that most people can never have enough of. — Audrey Hayes, via e-mail
This is a blooming good hint! And with postage what it is, including stamps is a very nice gesture. — Heloise
Send a great hint to:
P.O. Box 795000
San Antonio, TX 78279-5000
Dear Heloise: What can I do with dozens of extra hangers? — Jim Conlan, Port Orange, Fla.
Here are some ideas sent in from my readers:
Take them to a coin-operated laundry.
Give them to a thrift store.
Ask a local tailor shop if it has a need for them.
Take them to a battered-women's or homeless shelter.
Return them to your dry cleaner — call first to make sure they are wanted. — Heloise
Dear Heloise: When I buy a new appliance, television or anything that has a model number or serial number that I might need later, this is what I do:
Before putting it in place, I take the owner's manual and write the numbers down on the front of it. Then I attach the sales slip.
This way, I have all the information I need and do not have to look in several different places if it needs repairs. — Zelda Boyer, Cedar Hill, Texas
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