Dear Heloise: Audiobooks are not new to most people, especially when on the road. But I have discovered a fantastic way for me to "read" books while I am home washing dishes, folding clothes or even resting.My eyes get very tired, and it's always been hard for me to read books with many pages. But now with audiobooks, both cassette and CD, I can enjoy books. I can get them free at the library or at rental stores. Plus, I have a friend with failing eyesight who benefits as well. I wish I would've had them to use earlier. Maria O., Garden Grove, Calif.
Dear Maria: Audiobooks are great! You can "read" a book on the way to work or even at lunchtime. Heloise
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Dear Heloise: When I have to stop somewhere on the way to somewhere else (like on the way home from work), I attach a note to my key ring. This way, if I forget, I find the note when I get into the car. I've shared this secret with several people, and it works.Of course, the "key" thing to do here is attach the note when you think of it, or you're lost. Gina Thompson, via e-mail
Dear Gina: Great hint. Also, if you put your car keys in the refrigerator at work, you can't leave without them. Heloise
Dear Heloise: Those rabbit ears with the telescopic antenna work great for staking up potted plants. I cut off the wires and bury the base with the plant roots. As the plant grows, I pull up the antenna according to the height that's needed. You can hardly see it, and it's great to be able to recycle an item that will be obsolete in the next year. Lyn Hutchison, Coto de Caza, Calif.
Dear Heloise: I read and enjoy your column every day in The Villages (Fla.) Daily Sun. I would like to add a hint on packing. I have made a list on my computer with columns including one small one to use as a check-off listing everything we need in our travels: passports, reservation tickets, jackets, slacks, socks, toothpaste and brush, etc. I even included at the end of the list reminders to take out the trash, unplug small appliances, lock windows and stop the paper and mail. As we pack each item and complete the reminder list, we just check it off. I am able to get two columns on one sheet of paper. When we are ready to take a trip, I just print it out, and we haven't forgotten anything yet. Anne, The Villages, Fla.
Dear Heloise: For a while, I had a problem with tea-bag tags ending up in the tea. Now I attach a clothespin to the tag, and it will not go into the cup or pot. Don Paulsen, Valley Center, Calif.
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