HELP­FUL HINTS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - HELOISE

DEAR HELOISE: I’m get­ting mar­ried in late Au­gust, and my fi­ance wants to travel to Europe for our hon­ey­moon. I don’t. I’m ap­pre­hen­sive about trav­el­ing to a strange place where I don’t know the lan­guage, cus­toms, mon­e­tary sys­tem or foods. I know my fears are un­rea­son­able but how do I con­quer them? — Ginger E., Val­dosta, Ga. DEAR READER: With all the tur­moil in the world, I un­der­stand your fears. Here are a few things to think about:

In­stead of think­ing, “I’m wor­ried about where we’re go­ing,” think, “It is so ex­cit­ing to see some­thing new.”

Re­search where you’re go­ing. Per­haps you could take an evening class to study the lan­guage. Read about the his­tory and cus­toms of the people who live there. Find places you want to see for your­self, then make sure you go there.

Don’t worry about things you have no con­trol over, such as the weather. Don’t worry about things that prob­a­bly won’t hap­pen.

Use com­mon sense when trav­el­ing. Be aware of what you’re eat­ing and drink­ing, and be alert in strange sur­round­ings. If you don’t want to lose some­thing, don’t bring it along. Ask the ho­tel man­ager or tourist guide what parts of town you should avoid. En­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence of new sights and sounds.

DEAR HELOISE: I want to know how to at­tract but­ter­flies to my gar­den. My kids love to watch them, and my son loves to study their habi­tats. I want to keep en­cour­ag­ing them to study na­ture. — Emma W., Quincy, Mass. DEAR READER: There are a cou­ple of ways to at­tract but­ter­flies and en­cour­age them to in­habit your gar­den.

You can buy a but­ter­fly box at a gar­den store, or make one from in­struc­tions on­line. This will of­fer them shelter.

But­ter­flies are at­tracted to cer­tain flow­ers, es­pe­cially ones they can lay their eggs on. A few of the flow­ers they usu­ally like are: al­lium, gold­en­rod, snap­dragon, bee balm, laven­der, stonecrop, blue­berry bushes, lupine, sweet alyssum, cat­mint, mint and zin­nia.

DEAR READ­ERS:

If ice cream thaws, it should not be re­frozen. Ice crys­tals form in the prod­uct, and the fla­vor changes.

Flour can be frozen. Baker’s yeast will freeze for years with­out go­ing bad. Any bak­ery item with a cream fill­ing should not be frozen. They be­come soggy.

Send a money- or time-sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San An­to­nio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email Heloise@Heloise.com

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