DEAR READERS: Kids need to be very cautious when getting on and off a school bus. The U.S. Department of Transportation has reminded us that it's time to be "SAFE" with these suggestions:
• STAY five steps away from the curb.
• ALWAYS wait for the bus driver to signal you when to board.
• FACE forward after sitting down on the bus.
• EXIT the bus when it stops completely; look left-right-left and take those five steps back onto the curb.
Kids should always listen to the school bus driver's instructions.
DEAR HELOISE: I like to cook fish on my gas grill, but I don't want the fish to fall through the grate into the flame. To solve the problem, I use a splatter guard screen like I use on my frying pan.
I spray it with nonstick spray and put the fish on that, then right on the grill.
-- Charles in Texas
DEAR HELOISE: I have an HE washing machine (low water use). Because my family uses bath gels, we have trouble with insufficient rinsing and/or stiff towels in our laundry, so I use NO detergent and very little fabric softener. The towels come out nice, fluffy and absorbent.
-- Pat C., Palermo, Maine
DEAR HELOISE: I like to move around when I use my laptop computer. I put it on a cafeteria tray to keep it steady and the airflow clear.
I can put handy things there, like glasses, pencil, sticky notes, earbuds and a flash drive. Good to go.
-- A Reader, via email
DEAR HELOISE: When fruits are in season, I purchase them. We eat some, then I put them in my blender and pulverize them. Next, I measure how many cups I need to make jam. I put them in bags or containers and put them in the freezer.
I only make one batch at a time. When I'm ready to make more, I thaw the pulp and make another batch. It's better made fresh instead of having several batches on hand.
-- Edna H., Prattville, Ala.
DEAR HELOISE: I had several cotton/polyester blouses that were wrinkled. Instead of using an iron, I spritzed each one with cold water from a spray bottle. The wrinkles fell out, and the blouses were ready to wear when they dried.
-- Sue, via email
Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email
Weekend on 09/05/2019
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