Text Next?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dear Readers: It was bound to happen! With new technological devices such as cellphones, tablets, etc., we have a new ďailmentĒ with its very own name: TEXT NECK!

Just like purse strain (from too heavy a purse) or wallet backache (from a fat wallet in a back pocket) or eye strain from staring at a computer screen all day, text neck might be real! Just as itís recommended that you get up and move around every so often, you need to take a break every now and then to save your neck!

Here are a few hints to help prevent text neck:

A. Sit up straight (just like grandmother used to say), and try NOT to slouch.

B. Do a few gentle neck rolls every so often.

C. Give yourself permission to take a break!

No neck pain! -- Heloise



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San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

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Dear Heloise: Airline tray tables are hard plastic, which can be very slippery for items such as cups, glasses and plates. Iíve had those slide into my lap; very messy. Now I take a piece of nonslip ďdrawer and shelf linerĒ found in a storeís kitchen-supplies area. Itís only a bit larger than a postcard and works fine. No more ďslip-and-slide.Ē -- Manfred R., Vancouver, Wash.


Dear Heloise: I read your hint a while back about ordering water instead of drinks when eating out in order to save money. This family of five finds it cheaper to go this route as well.

But we do tack a little extra money onto the tip. Itís usually about 50 cents per glass, because we figure itís still a beverage thatís being served and filled throughout our dinner.

I really donít mind adding the extra tip, and I feel like Iím helping out my server. Just a hint for others who do what we do. Itís still a beverage thatís being served. -- Yolanda D. in Dallas

Spot on! The establishment is still providing the glass, ice, maybe a slice of lemon, as well as the manpower to serve the glass, and it must be washed, too.

Donít scrimp on a tip, especially at breakfast, where the bill usually is low. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I read where a reader told you how she keeps her skeins of yarn separate when working on projects that require multiple skeins. Hereís what I do:

I take 2-liter bottles, cut off the bottoms and place a skein inside. I feed the ďtailĒ out through the neck. I then get a box that holds multiple wine bottles and place the liter bottles in it, and youíre all set. -- Doris G., Belton, Texas


Dear Readers: Q. Why should you NOT use fresh or frozen pineapple in gelatin desserts?

A. Fresh or frozen pineapple hasnít been processed, so it still contains the enzyme that will prevent gelatin from setting. Use canned pineapple, and itís a go! -- Heloise

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