In keeping with the rules of the TV game show, Jeopardy, how about I give you the answer, then you respond with the question, OK?
Answer: 88. Your turn [clock ticking].
Huh? Sorry but no. You’re right that 88 is the number of keys on a piano, but that’s not the answer I was looking for. Eighty-eight is the average number of emails a user receives per day.
So, how average are you? Me? Not even close. I’m fortunate to receive hundreds of messages every day from my wonderful fans and readers.
I just reached in to find the following:
Homemade Wrinkle Release
Dear Mary: I love the Downey Wrinkle release solution in the blue spray bottle. Do you have a homemade recipe? Thank you. Carol
- 1 cup water bottled or distilled water
- 3 teaspoons liquid fabric softener
- 2 teaspoons rubbing alcohol
Pour the ingredients into a spray bottle. Give it a shake, and you’re good to go.
To use: Spray lightly on wrinkled areas. You want this to be damp, not wet. Pull the item taut to help smooth out the wrinkles, and allow to dry completely.
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Eufy Deik* HomeVac Love
Dear Mary: I want to thank you for your recommendation on the Eufy HomeVac cordless vacuum. I purchased one about a year ago. It is absolutely awesome! My 5-year-old granddaughter loves it as well and always volunteers to vacuum after meals at my house.
I have purchased three more Eufys for my adult children and their spouses for Christmas. Thank you so much for your recommendation. What a time saver. I will always remain a loyal reader. Deb
Dear Deb: I love the image I have in my mind of your little granddaughter managing your Eufy. That’s a testimony to how lightweight this stick vac is.
Honestly, I use my Deik HomeVac cordless vacuum every single day and have for more than 2 years now. And given the feedback from my mailbox, thousands of your fellow readers share your love for Eufy!
One thing I want to remind my readers: Although Eufy will pick up debris from the surface of low-pile carpet, it is really not meant to deep clean rugs and carpet. Eufy is designed for hard surfaces. Think of Eufy HomeVac as an electric broom, dust mop, and dustpan—all in one. Add to that headlights, swivel head, large capacity debris cup, and amazingly runtime on a single charge—it’s no wonder so many of us are in love with our
Tip: Don’t plug
Eufy Deik into its charger after every use. Its Lithium-ion battery needs to discharge routinely, but not completely. Once it gets down to just one or two lights on the battery gauge, plug it in. For me, that’s about once a week. That way you will keep the battery healthy to extend Eufy’s useful life.
*Updated: As of Jan. 2019, Eufy Cordless Stick Vac has been discontinued. R.I.P., Eufy. But not to worry! Deik Cordless Stick Vac is all that Eufy was, with a few upgraded features. I love it and think you will, too. Check it out.
DIY Legal Docs—Is It Safe?
Dear Mary: We are ready to make our Living Trusts and our other important legal documents. Is it truly safe to use Quicken’s WillMaker Plus 2019 online and give out all our personal information? Thanks for any help you can give us. Jim and Carol
Dear Jim and Carol: No, that would not be safe! But that’s not how it works.
Quicken Willmaker Plus 2019 is software you purchase and download to your computer. Then, in the privacy of your own home, customize your important documents by filling in the blanks on your computer. Then you save, print, execute as instructed and keep those documents in a private place.
You can depend on Quicken WillMaker Plus 2019 documents to be properly prepared, completely legal in every state** and simple for those whom you will designate to be in charge of your finances, health, and possessions when the time comes.
As a backup, you can save your completed forms to your computer’s hard drive or another external drive. Or you can print out the blank forms and fill them in by hand.
Willmaker Plus 2019 is not web-based. It’s software you download to your computer. Others in your family can use the same forms as well to create their own personal and private documents.
Will this preclude the need to hire an attorney? It could, but I cannot advise you on that because every situation is different. What I can tell you is that you can do this yourself and be well protected now with all of your information and desires written down in proper legal order—and have that to take to an attorney if or when you find that necessary.
I hope that helps!
**Because of Louisiana’s strict requirements, it is not wise to rely on a generic “Last Will and Testament” form. Failure to get the form exactly right will result in an invalid document or perhaps worse, lead to estate litigation due to Louisiana’s unique civil law system.
Nolo does offer this simple Willmaker for Louisiana residents that has been prepared and vetted by a team of attorneys. If you live in Louisiana and wish to also create your Durable Power of Attorney and Health Care Directive, see a Louisiana lawyer for help.