Web site posting keeps concerned family and friends informed

Dear Heloise: After a tragic accident, my friend has been in a coma for quite some time.
I thought that your readers would like to know about the idea of posting daily status reports of a friend or loved one on a Web page. This type of Web page saves the family from a great deal of stress and countless well-intentioned phone calls. Rick, via e-mail
Rick, this is a helpful hint that will allow people to keep in touch and will relieve the family from having to update everyone by phone, repeating the same info over and over again.
Also, it is a good way to announce the birth of a baby so the new mother and baby can get the rest they need, and yet friends and family can be kept current. Don't forget to share photos! Heloise
Fast facts
Dear Heloise: Here are four uses for a muffin tin:
Carry a meal to a sick child -- small portions of peas, mashed potatoes, etc.
Invert the tin to hold taco shells upright while filling.
Great for making large ice cubes for a cooler or a punch bowl.
Use to make individual meatloaves or casseroles. Elizabeth W., Huntsville, Ala.
Dear Heloise: I discovered this handy hint when going through some slides from the 1950s and '60s. Why pay someone to turn those old family slides into photos? Just project them on a white, nonreflective wall and take photos with your digital camera (low or no room lights -- Heloise).
This is a very economical way to turn old family slides into prints and to archive them electronically.
Thanks for all your great hints in the Houston Chronicle! Kristi Boehm, Spring, Texas
Experiment with lighting, surfaces and your camera options until you get the optimum digital photo from those slides! Heloise
Dear Heloise: I have a hint that has worked for me for years. To clean debris out of my computer keyboard, I unfold a paper clip and run it between the keys. It quickly picks up hair and dust bunnies that get caught in those tight spaces. Michelle Riley, via e-mail
Sound off
Dear Heloise: Why do some parents send their young children to day care when they know the children are sick?
It's the parents' responsibility first, but if day-care facilities would take a quick temperature (the strips work nicely, or the little machine where the temperature is checked under the arm), couldn't they avoid accepting children with fevers and keep them from making others sick? Also, with the cost of day care, offering a "sick room" for ill children could help parents who have no one else to care for their sick child and could keep the healthy kids well. A Concerned Working Mom, via fax
Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to (210) HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com.
King Features Syndicate

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