A month of cal­en­dars

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - Write to Heloise at P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 782795000; Fax 210-HELOISE; or email [email protected]

DEAR HELOISE >> I’ve been get­ting a lot of 2020 WALL CAL­EN­DARS from non­prof­its that I can’t use. It seems a shame to throw them out — I’d rather give them away. Do you know who could use them?

— Carol B., West­min­ster, Calif.

DEAR CAROL B. >> Carol, yes, ‘tis the sea­son for cal­en­dars, and many of the pic­tures are so beau­ti­ful. How about schools, youth and church groups, day care cen­ters or se­nior cen­ters? The card stock is won­der­ful qual­ity, and these groups can make puz­zles, flash­cards, book­marks, etc., from the cal­en­dars, and even frame the pretty pic­tures. The num­ber part of the cal­en­dar can be used to teach the hol­i­days, count­ing, spell­ing, etc.

DEAR READ­ERS >> Ever pur­chase an elec­tron­ics item on­line, then have an is­sue with it? Most of us have. Read the war­ranty card that is in­cluded with the item. It will, more of­ten than not, re­fer you to the com­pany web­site to down­load and read the in­struc­tion man­ual, op­er­at­ing man­ual and trou­bleshoot­ing tips, which should help.

Most com­pa­nies have these on­line nowa­days to save pa­per. If you need a hard copy, call the com­pany. The num­ber should be printed on the war­ranty card.

DEAR HELOISE >> If you have a garage door that has win­dows, you can buy a frosted film at your home-im­prove­ment store and cover the win­dows from the in­side for se­cu­rity.

— Nancy P. in San An­to­nio

DEAR HELOISE >> I use shin­guards so rocks don’t hit me when I’m us­ing the string trimmer on weeds and grass. Se­condly, I have moved my son twice, and I use plas­tic totes in­stead of mov­ing boxes. Af­ter the move, they can be used for stor­age in his house. Fi­nally, I use an air com­pres­sor to clean out my vac­uum fil­ter.

Also, do you pub­lish the hints some­where on the in­ter­net?

— Brenda, via email

DEAR BRENDA >> Brenda, thanks for your email and great hints. Check out Heloise.com for lots of my tried-and-true hints.

DEAR HELOISE >> I have a prob­lem with a cou­ple of my friends. They mean well, but they have caused a dilemma for me.

On oc­ca­sion, I need to ob­tain a ser­vice from one of them, not know­ing where else to go. They com­ply with what I need, and I thank them pro­fusely, then I ask them for their bill.

They say, “Oh, no, for friends and fam­ily, I don’t charge.” That’s nice, but it puts me on the spot. Please ad­vise these good Sa­mar­i­tans that “Business is business.” I want to pay my due.

— An Up­set Lady in Or­lando, Fla.

DEAR AN UP­SET LADY >> Yes, this can be an awk­ward sit­u­a­tion. If they still in­sist on no pay­ment, sug­gest they do­nate the money to char­ity.

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