Dear Heloise: I am retired and a senior citizen. To keep my mind active, I created a blog featuring my family. It was so much fun getting together all of the funny stories, etc. Then I created a second one, and now I am on my third.
This is a good hint for someone to start an online blog. It’s a great hobby and a wonderful way to keep the family connected.
JoAnn W., via email
Dear Readers: If you are interested in creating a blog for your family, just go to your search engine and type in “How to start a blog.” There you’ll find free step-by-step instructions as well as information on reasons for creating blogs and how to use them.
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Dear Heloise: A while back, a reader suggested leaving the airplane lights on for extra warmth on a long night flight. Just know that this can be distracting for those in the seats in front or in the back, as well as those in the same row who may be trying to sleep.
When they cut the lights for that long night flight, it signals quiet, rest and sleep (if possible). These lights are so bright that they can keep other people awake. I have asked attendants to turn off the light of someone behind me who fell asleep with the light on.
If you’re not warm enough, why not ask for a second blanket? Thanks for publishing this opposing opinion.
A Faithful Reader, Jean H., via email
Dear Heloise: On a recent trip down South, my husband and I found ourselves needing some kind of “trash-collecting receptacle.” While my husband was trying to rig something up, I simply took a plastic grocery bag, opened my glove box and placed the handles of the bag inside the box before closing it back up.
The handles on the bag were large enough that we had plenty of room to place trash in it without the need to open the glove box every time we threw away trash.
We used one as we headed out and another one as we headed back home. This is just another hint for reusing those plastic grocery bags.
Jerry N., via email
Dear Heloise: As the Christmas holiday approaches, our family has what we think is a creative way of “gifting” family members.
Besides giving gifts, we write out a “coupon” of something we’re willing to do for a member within the next year. We include activities like going to the movies, a dinner or two at their favorite restaurants, visiting a local winery or brewery, etc.
The coupons are placed in a basket, and are randomly drawn. Whoever offers the activity on the coupon sets up dates and times with the person who drew it.
It has been a joy, and far more memorable and easy to do than buying specific gifts for specific people.
Tracy M., via email
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