Héloïse’s tips: candy or a spell – the lawyer-messenger

Dear Héloïse: With Halloween so close, it’s important to remind people to examine the candy in their children’s bags. Last year my 8 year old daughter brought home a marijuana cigarette in her bag. I stand on the sidewalk and let my three children approach the doors, but I have no idea where the cigarettes are coming from or who would be distributing the marijuana.

The kids are enjoying Halloween so much, but now I’m not sure if I will let them go for treats this year. They are really looking forward to Halloween because I wouldn’t let them out last year because of Covid. If they go out, I fully intend to check everything in their bags. – Doreen T., El Paso, Texas

Doreen, that’s a really good idea. Make sure they haven’t received anything that could harm them. Although it is rare, there are times when a child is given something that they should not have or that could potentially harm them. – Heloise


Dear Héloïse: I have records: 45s, 78s and 33s. They have a lot of grime, dirt and dust on them. What’s a good way to clean them? – Diane R., Southwick, Massachusetts

Diane, there are several ways to clean them. Here is one of them.

1. Use distilled water and a mild dish soap.

2. Mix the soap and water together. Using a synthetic chamois, dip it in the soapy mixture and, with small circles, gently clean the surface of the disc. Some people use the soft pads on their fingers, but either method should work.

3. Rinse with water making sure all soap has loosened from the surface.

4. Take a dry cotton T-shirt (clean, freshly washed and dried) and gently pat the surface of the disc to absorb the water. Allow to air dry for at least two hours. – Heloise


Dear Héloïse: Recently, a reader asked how to protect her floors. Well, step shoes can pick up small stones, gravel, and bits of metal which then wreak havoc with wooden floors. – Geneviève B., Eureka Springs, Arkansas


Dear Héloïse: My patio planter contains a vine that I would like to repot and bring inside for the winter, but without insects and their eggs. How do I do that? – Judy D., Massillon, Ohio

Judy, first of all, never use outdoor soil for houseplants. Buy sterile soil in a bag. Gently message the roots of the plant to remove any dirt and untangle the roots. After that, transfer the plant to its new pot and tamp the bagged soil around it.

Then, mix water and mild dish soap in a spray bottle and spray the plant with a generous amount of the mixture. (I recommend doing all of this outdoors). Allow the plant to dry indoors in a sink or tub. This should eliminate the bug problem. – Heloise


Dear Readers: Have you recently visited my website? There are recipes, animal news, and other interesting topics to explore. Visit www.Heloise.com. – Heloise

(c) 2021 by King Features Syndicate Inc.

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