Dear Readers: Is the LICENSE PLATE on your auto easy to read? In many states, it's illegal to alter a license plate. Also, something as simple as a license-plate frame that does not fit correctly and covers information may be grounds for a ticket. If a frame, decal, etc., obscures the number or the state name, it is a big NO-NO!
Also, don't put any cover on it or anything that makes the license plate unreadable. Take this into consideration, and check your state laws the next time you are thinking about getting a special license-plate frame, etc. -- Heloise
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Dear Heloise: When we traveled to a rented beach house, I put five laundry-detergent pods and five dryer sheets in an empty plastic container from a powdered drink mix and packed it in my checked luggage. When we got there, we didn't have to go out to buy more laundry supplies than we needed, and I had a container to bring shells home in! -- Joni W., Bentonville, Ark.
Dear Heloise: I have a 2-year-old female Shihpoo (Shih Tzu-poodle mix). She gets pinkish-brown staining on her cute little face just under her eyes. Do you have a safe, pet-friendly hint about how to clean her face and remove most of the staining? -- Debbie T., via email
There is an easy, safe Heloise Hint that I learned from several veterinarians. Mix 1 part baby shampoo (no tears!) with 10 parts warm water. Gently wipe the area using a cotton ball. It may take several times to get rid of the gunk. Then use a damp cloth (water only) or another cotton ball to "rinse" the area.
Many dogs have this problem, especially most white and light-colored dogs, plus it seems to show on them more than on a dark-colored dog. Try to wipe their eyes daily to help prevent a buildup. If the staining is really bad or your dog tears excessively, check with your veterinarian to make sure nothing is going on. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I had an accident where my wallet fell out of the rear pocket of my jeans. I came up with the idea to sew a 2-inch strip of self-gripping fabric to the top center of that pocket, which prevents that from happening. It also may prevent the loss of a wallet from a "nimble-fingered" pickpocket, as the pocket cannot be opened without you feeling it and hearing the self-gripping fabric unzip. -- Frank L., Anaheim, Calif.
Dear Heloise: Recently, my daughter got her feet soaked in the melting snow. When she returned from lunch, she was complaining about how cold her feet were. A fellow employee suggested that she set her shoes in front of the refrigerator in the kitchen. By 5:00, her shoes were totally dry. Makes sense, since the warm air from the refrigerator blows out the front. -- Evelyn. B., Little Rock, Ark.