The winner: I keep a basket near my recliner to hold items I may need while reading or watching TV, including pen, highlighter, pencil and sharpener, notepad, sticky notes, scissors, magnifier, and bookmarks. Patricia Covington, Charlotte
Pickle juice keeps on working
I’m so clever that after I finish eating a jar of store-bought pickles, I save the leftover juice in the jar. Then I slice a fresh cucumber, add the slices to the juice and let them marinate for a couple of days in the refrigerator. That gives me a second jar of tasty, refrigerator pickles. Leslie H. Davis, Charlotte
In response to last week’s tip about using ribbon to mount a heavy holiday wreath without putting a hole in a fiberglass door, a few readers pointed out that you can purchase cheap, over-the-door hooks that work quite well.
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