Dear Heloise: My husband and I love to play board games, but sometimes the board is upside down for one of us. We started placing the boards on a Lazy Susan, and now we can just turn the game toward the player. -- Carol D. in St. Louis
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San Antonio, TX 78279-5000
Curling iron burn
Dear Heloise: I have a couple of burn marks on my bathroom counter because I set my curling iron down when it was very hot. To avoid any more accidents like that, I bought a silicone potholder, and now I lay the curling iron on that and there are no more burn marks on my counter. I also can toss the potholder in my suitcase when I travel. -- Betty M., Bend, Ore.
Good for guests
Dear Heloise: My husband and I have a lake house, and in the summer we have a number of guests who come for a visit. We buy travel-size items such as shampoo, toothpaste, hand lotion, etc., and have these items in a pretty basket on the dresser in the guest bedroom. If guests forget something, they are welcome to help themselves to items in the basket. -- Dan and Alice H., Torch Lake, Mich.
Dear Readers: We had several comments on our article from a reader who claimed that weather girls, female reporters and news anchors wore their clothing too short and looked too unprofessional. The following are some of the comments we received.
Canfield, Ohio: "In regard to the TV women: They are not dressed professionally."
Anonymous: "I agree with the woman who wrote in about the inappropriate dressing of TV women. Why do reporters appear to have been poured into a mold of a Barbie doll? Too many women dress provocatively."
Deerfield Beach, Fla.: "In light of all the sexual harassment claims these days, I should think women on TV would set a better example by dressing in a more professional manner."
Dallas: "Whatever happened to the classy women who knew that a suit was their mantle of authority?"
Deter the deer
Dear Heloise: Because it grows aggressively, I plant my mint in plastic containers that I sink into the edges around my garden in shady areas. Besides containing the plants and keeping them from growing wild, it repels deer. -- Amy C., Rock Hill, S.C.
Dear Heloise: I have one of those calendars where each day you tear off a page to reveal the next day's date. When I tear off a page per day, I put it under the calendar, and the calendar itself is by the phone. When I need to take a message, I use one of the pages from previous days and write on the back. -- Ellen M., Dothan, Ala.
Letter of laughter
Dear Heloise: My aunt bought a new bedspread that she wanted to show me. While I was there with my 5-year-old son, my aunt mentioned how much she liked her new spread, to which my son said, "I thought you said she had a middle-age spread." -- A Reader, via email