HINTS FROM HELOISE

Garden City Telegram

Dear Heloise: With so many children at home, they naturally get bored. I decided to keep mine busy with crafts. I took some elbow macaroni, string, food coloring and some craft paint and got them started on making noodle necklaces. They want to give them out to our female guests at Easter or the Fourth of July, depending on when it's safer to have family gatherings. 

It keeps them busy to make noodle necklaces and bracelets for family and friends, and lifts some of the boredom of being isolated from their friends. - Connie J., Scranton, Pa.

LOST NEEDLES

Dear Heloise: I use one of my spare bedrooms as a sewing room but, unfortunately, I tend to lose straight pins in the carpet ... until I find it either jammed into my knee or hand. My son finally suggested I use a magnet to gather up pins on the floor after I finish pinning a garment. It worked beautifully! Now no more pin sticks. - Grace N., Waltham, Mass.

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795001

San Antonio, TX 78279-5001

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

Email: Heloise@Heloise.com     

DEALING WITH DOCTORS

Dear Heloise: I need to see a doctor, but I just don't know who to go to. There are plenty of doctors in this city, but I want a qualified physician. How do I go about selecting one? - Holly V., Lima, Ohio

Holly, here are some hints:

-  Ask friends or family for references. They may know of a good doctor.

-  Call your local medical association for a list of doctors in the specialty you need.

-  Online, you can check the doctor's educational background and whether he or she is board certified.

-  Does the doctor have privileges in a surgical center or hospital?

-  Don't be afraid to switch doctors if you are not satisfied with the doctor you've selected.

CANDLE WAX

Dear Heloise: Recently I had my first big dinner party and used a beautiful tablecloth given to me by my mother-in-law. Unfortunately, it has candle wax spilled on it, and I don't know how to get it out. HELP! - Taylor D., Burlington, Vt.

Taylor, first, put the tablecloth in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer for a couple of days. When the wax has hardened, carefully scrape off the wax with a dull knife. Place paper towels on both sides of the stain and turn on your iron to a warm (not hot) setting. Press over the paper towel to absorb all of the wax. Keep moving the paper towel around to absorb the wax stain onto a clean area. Launder or dry clean your tablecloth as you would normally do. - Heloise

SCAM ALERT

Dear Readers: Have you received a call that starts out, "Hello, I'm an adviser for Social Security on a recorded line. Can you hear me?" Do not reply. Hang up immediately. They want to record you saying "yes," but that one word could get you into a mountain of financial trouble. There are a few variations on this, but never answer them. Simply hang up and never give out financial information or any personal details about you or your life. - Heloise

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