Posted: September 26, 2013 at 2:33 a.m.

DEAR HELOISE: It’s imperative that I add to a previous column my experience about adults being aware of kids walking behind them on trails.

Years ago, my family ventured on a well-traveled, seemingly safe trail in Big Bear, Calif. My three daughters were ages 9, 7 and 3. My instincts prompted me to hold the hand of my 3-year old, despite her attempts to break lose. The other two were instructed to walk a few steps in front.

After 15 minutes, I decided to pick up and carry my youngest the rest of the way, as she continued trying to free herself from my grasp. Within 20 minutes, we returned to the car. As we pulled out, we passed the trail where we had just exited. Imagine our shock as the car passed a mountain lion sitting at the end of the trail with its eyes still on us. It obviously had stalked us, waiting for the opportunity to steal my little one and drag her away.

  • Linda B. in California

DEAR READER: Your instincts were right. Never let children lag behind you.

DEAR HELOISE: My hint is to always carry my own pen, especially during the cold-and-flu season. I certainly don’t want to use the pen provided at the pharmacy. The same thing goes for wherever a signature is required, whether it be a store, bank or even signing your child out of school.

  • Karen R., Freehold, N.J.

DEAR READER: Don’t forget the hand sanitizer.

DEAR HELOISE: Let’s face it, there are only so many ways you can cook shrimp, but here’s a new recipe:

Heat a can (about 14 ounces) of New England clam chowder. Blanch a 1-pound package of peeled shrimp in boiling water for about a minute. Drain thoroughly. Add the shrimp to the clam chowder. The result is tasty shrimp covered with a lovely seafood sauce.

  • Ronald N., Alexandria, Va.

DEAR HELOISE: I play soccer at the collegiate level and have two practices a day. My teammates and I have found that women’s deodorant doesn’t last through practice. However, men’s deodorant does. Although it’s a little unconventional, I can’t recommend it highly enough to female athletes.

  • Ellie R. in San Antonio

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

Weekend, Pages 36 on 09/26/2013