Some helpful hints around the cemetery and home

By Heloise Cruse

King Features Syndicate

DEAR HELOISE: I have two hints:

  • When hanging an arrangement of crosses recently, I found that a couple of the metal ones hung lopsided. I fixed the problem by sticking a straight pin in the sheetrock on the leaning side (under the cross "arm") to keep it in line. It’s a quick fix, and the tiny pinhead isn’t noticeable.
  • I like to use wax-paper cereal-box liners and trace circles on them using 8- to 9-inch baking pans. I cut these out as needed to line the pans before baking cakes. I still grease and lightly dust each pan with flour first, but the added wax-paper liner guarantees easy cake removal every time. — Donna Lehr, New Braunfels, Texas:

DEAR HELOISE: I read your column about a woman who lost her digital camera and, after she got it back, took a photo of her business card in case it was lost again.
My daughter lost her new digital camera while in Orlando, Fla. She was with the high-school band, and I felt it wouldn’t be wise to put her name or address on the camera. For anyone who is with a group, photograph a large sign with the leader’s name and phone number or the name of a church or business. They could be contacted instead of the person who owned the camera. This is much safer, especially when dealing with teens or younger people. — Martha, via e-mail

Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or e-mail it to

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